English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

By Jonathan Bate

A popular critic, biographer, and Shakespeare pupil, Jonathan Bate presents during this Very brief Introduction a full of life and fascinating evaluation of the literature that Jorge Luis Borges referred to as "the richest within the world." From the medieval "Hymn of Caedmon" to George Orwell's "Why I Write," from Jane Austen to Ian McEwan, and from Winnie the Pooh to Dr. Johnson, this incredible, compact survey stretches around the centuries, exploring the foremost literary kinds (poetry, novel, drama, essay and more), the various histories and theories of the very suggestion of literature, and the function of writers in shaping English, British, and post-imperial identities. Bate illuminates the paintings of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Dickens, and lots of different significant figures of English literature. He seems on the Renaissance, Romanticism, and Modernism, on the delivery of the radical and the Elizabethan invention of the assumption of a countrywide literature, and on the nature of writing itself. starting from kid's literature to biography, this is often an integral advisor and an idea for a person drawn to England's excellent literary heritage.
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A Room with a View (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By E. M. Forster

A captivating story of the conflict among bourgeois repression and radical romanticism, E. M. Forster’s 3rd novel has lengthy been the preferred of his early works. a tender lady, Lucy Honeychurch, and her chaperon—products of right Edwardian England—visit a tempestuous, passionate Italy. Their “room with a view” lets them look at an international a long way varied from their very own, a global unconcerned with conference, unfettered through social rituals, and unafraid of emotion. quickly Lucy unearths herself guaranteed to an evidently “unsuitable” guy, the melancholic George Emerson, whose wrong advances she dare no longer publicize. again domestic, her pal and mentor Charlotte Bartlett and her mom, attempt to control her into marriage with the extra “appropriate” yet smotheringly uninteresting Cecil Vyse, whose surname indicates the imprisoning impact he may have on Lucy’s spirit.

A colourful gallery of characters, together with George’s riotously humorous father, Lucy’s sullen brother, the novelist Eleanor Lavish, and the reverend Mr. Beebe, line up on both sides, and A Room with a View unfolds as a delightfully satiric comedy of manners and an immensely pleasant love tale.
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Jackson's Dilemma

By Iris Murdoch

In a mental drama, a mysterious and charismatic English butler derails the wedding of his grasp, a tender aristocrat, and his fiance+a7e, sending them either off on unusual and darkish paths. Reprint. NYT.
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L'enfant de l'étranger

By Alan Hollinghurst

« Elle fut déconcertée par l. a. voix de Cecil, une voix qui parut s'approprier très vite et très résolument leur jardin, leur maison et le week-end à venir, une voix nerveuse, prompte, semblait-il, à proclamer qu'elle se moquait de qui l'entendait, une voix dont les intonations étaient teintées en outre d'un brin de moquerie et de los angeles certitude de sa supériorité. »

Tout start en 1913, dans le jardin d'une maison de campagne anglaise, lorsque le timide George Sawle invite pour le week-end son camarade de Cambridge : l'aristocratique, énigmatique et capricieux Cecil Valance.

Ces jours dans los angeles maison familiale et le poème qu'ils inspirent à Cecil vont changer leur destin. Et plus encore celui de Daphné, l. a. jeune soeur de George. En ce printemps où rien n'annonce encore les proches bouleversements de l'Histoire, un pacte se noue secrètement entre ces trois personnages, element de départ d'une fresque saisissante à travers le siècle et les vestiges du temps, par l'un des plus grands romanciers anglais contemporains, Alan Hollinghurst, lauréat du Booker Prize en 2005 pour los angeles Ligne de beauté.

« Hollinghurst mérite incontestablement l. a. position du meilleur romancier anglais contemporain.
Éblouissant. » The mother or father
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The Poems (Bantam Classic reissue)

By William Shakespeare

David Bevington: quantity creation + Revisions and annotations to Shakespeare textual content, footnotes, textual notes, and person poem introductions.

David Scott Kastan and James Shapiro: Annotated bibliography.

The Poems

Shakespeare’s maximum success in nondramatic verse used to be his number of 154 superb sonnets that painting a tumultuous global of affection, contention, and clash between a poet, an aristocratic younger guy, a rival poet, and a mysterious “dark lady.” extra profound than different Elizabethan sonnet sequences and not exceeded as archetypes of the shape, those poems discover virtually each that you can imagine emotional complexity regarding love and friendship. a few poems are darkish, sour, and self-hating, others convey idealism with unmatchable eloquence–and all are of essential attractiveness, a part of the world’s nice literary heritage.

In addition to his sonnets, Shakespeare released lengthy poems early in his occupation: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. instantly well known in Shakespeare’s time, they demonstrate a richness that may additionally present us with insights into the robust imagery of his plays.

Rounding out this quantity are minor poems, “A Lover’s Complaint” and “The Phoenix and Turtle,” considered a part of Shakespeare’s early writings.
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The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings continuously tops polls because the best-loved literary paintings of all time. Now medieval student and Tolkien specialist Christopher Snyder offers the main in-depth exploration but of Tolkien's resource fabrics for Middle-earth—from the languages, poetry, and mythology of medieval Europe and old Greece to the halls of Oxford and the battlefields of global conflict I. Fueled by way of the author's ardour for all issues Tolkien, this richly illustrated ebook additionally unearths the strangely pervasive impression of Tolkien's undying fantasies on glossy culture. 
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The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau (Wordsworth Classics)

By Anthony Hope

With a brand new creation by means of Cedric Watts,
Research Professor of English, collage of Sussex.

In The Prisoner of Zenda, Rudolf Rassendyll’s shut resemblance to the King of Ruritania leads him into intrigue, romance and dangerous escapades. Enmeshed in a plot via the villainous Duke of Strelsau to depose the King, Rudolf is entranced through the gorgeous Princess Flavia, and unearths that either his lifestyles and his honour are imperilled.

The sequel, Rupert of Hentzau, tells how Rupert (‘who feared neither guy nor devil’) seeks to spoil Flavia’s recognition and wreak vengeance on Rudolf. occasions speed up to a dramatically violent climax.  either those swashbuckling novels provide the allure of romantic experience in a land now mythical. quite a few diversifications on reveal and degree have prolonged the celebrity of Anthony Hope’s Ruritania.

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Lorna Doone (Penguin Classics)

By R. D. Blackmore

First released in 1869, Lorna Doone is the tale of John Ridd, a farmer who unearths love amid the non secular and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. he's only a boy while his father is slain by way of the Doones, a lawless extended family inhabiting wild Exmoor at the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by means of interest and a feeling of event, he makes his method to the valley of the Doones, the place he's chanced on by means of the attractive Lorna. In time their infantile fantasies blossom into mature love—a bond that might encourage John to rescue his loved from the ravages of a stormy wintry weather, rekindling a clash along with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. cherished for its portrait of star-crossed fanatics and its surpassing descriptions of the English nation-state, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece.
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Richard III (Folger Shakespeare Library)

In Richard III, Shakespeare invitations us on an ethical vacation. The play attracts us to spot with Richard and his fable of overall keep an eye on of self and domination of others. no longer but king before everything of the play, Richard offers himself as an enterprising villain as he effectively plans to do away with his brother Clarence. Richard achieves related luck in conquering the girl he chooses to marry. He carves the way to the throne via assassination and executions.

The authoritative version of Richard III from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and frequent Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in keeping with the easiest early published model of the play

-Newly revised explanatory notes with ease put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s recognized strains and phrases

-An advent to interpreting Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by way of a number one Shakespeare pupil offering a latest viewpoint at the play

-Fresh photographs from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s substantial holdings of infrequent books

-An up to date annotated advisor to additional reading

Essay by means of Phyllis Rackin

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest choice of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from around the world. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals a whole calendar of performances and courses. for additional information, stopover at Folger.edu.
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Charles Dickens, A Very Peculiar History: With No Added Gruel

By Fiona Macdonald

Taking a different examine the most acclaimed and best-loved English writers of the 19th century, Charles Dickens, a really bizarre History asks why, what, the place, how and who the Dickens was once Charles Dickens? Why did he maintain a puppy raven that pecked at his children's shins? Why did he have a tunnel equipped lower than the line in entrance of his kingdom condominium? was once his death corpse relatively carried from his mistress's condo the place he collapsed to his relations domestic, in order that he may die 'respectably'?

Find out the solutions to those questions or even more strange ones in the course of the booklet, which beneficial properties quirky tales and interesting trivialities approximately this singularly advanced guy and consummate artist.
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