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Tom Jones (Oxford World's Classics)

By Henry Fielding, John Bender

Fielding's comedian masterpiece of 1749 used to be instantly attacked as `A motley heritage of bastardism, fornication, and adultery'. certainly, his populous novel overflows with a marvellous collection of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins, misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all too fallible humanitarians. on the centre of 1 of the main creative plots in English fiction stands a hero whose activities have been, in 1749, as surprising as they're humorous this present day. Expelled from Mr Allworthy's kingdom property for his wild mood and sexual conquests, the good-hearted foundling Tom Jones loses his cash, joins the military, and pursues his loved throughout Britain to London, the place he turns into a saved lover and confronts the potential for incest. Tom Jones is rightly considered as Fielding's maximum paintings, and one of many first and such a lot influential of English novels.

This rigorously modernized variation is predicated on Fielding's emended fourth variation textual content and gives the main thorough notes, maps, and bibliography. The creation makes use of the most recent scholarship to envision how Tom Jones exemplifies the function of the unconventional within the rising eighteenth-century public sphere.
concerning the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the widest diversity of literature from world wide. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative useful positive aspects, together with professional introductions by way of prime professionals, worthwhile notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional research, and masses extra.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare phases the workings of affection. Theseus and Hippolyta, approximately to marry, are figures from mythology. within the woods outdoor Theseus’s Athens, younger males and younger women kind themselves out into couples—but now not earlier than they shape first one love triangle, after which another.

Also within the woods, the king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, conflict over custody of an orphan boy; Oberon makes use of magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named backside, whose head is quickly remodeled into that of a donkey by means of a hobgoblin or “puck,” Robin Goodfellow. ultimately, backside and his partners ineptly level the tragedy of “Pyramus and Thisbe.”

The authoritative variation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and well-known Shakespeare sequence for college students and basic readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content according to the simplest early published model of the play

-Full explanatory notes comfortably 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 creation to analyzing Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by means of a number one Shakespeare pupil offering a contemporary point of view at the play

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

-An annotated consultant to extra reading

Essay by way of Catherine Belsey

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest number of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from all over the world. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger bargains an entire calendar of performances and courses. for additional information, stopover at
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The Defendant: Essays

G. ok. Chesterton’s hilarious defense . . . of virtually anything

during this hodgepodge of early musings, a tender G. ok. Chesterton operates lower than the vanity that many gadgets within the human purview—ranging from the humdrum and mundane to the outright ridiculous—could use the advocacy of a great apologist each on occasion. This vigorous ebook, choked with essays from Chesterton’s days as a budding journalist for the Speaker, vindicates every thing from skeletons to detective tales, from patriotism to penny dreadfuls. An ardent defender of the indefensible, Chesterton earns his recognition because the “prince of paradox” in The Defendant and reminds us why he's usually considered as one of many maximum ethical thinkers of his age.
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Jane Eyre (Bantam Classics)

By Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre is usually thought of prior to its time because of its portrayal of the advance of a considering and passionate younger girl who's either individualistic, needing for an entire existence, whereas additionally hugely ethical. Jane evolves from her beginnings as a terrible and simple girl with no pleasing appeal to her mature level as a compassionate and assured complete girl. even supposing its recognition as a vintage transcends gender, it's in particular held as a favourite novel between many girls for its indepth exploration of a powerful lady character's emotions.
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The Cloud of Unknowing: With the Book of Privy Counsel

By Carmen Acevedo Butcher

This nameless fourteenth-century textual content is the distinction of English mysticism, and some of the most functional and worthwhile publications to discovering union with God ever written. Carmen Acevedo Butcher’s new translation is the 1st to convey the textual content right into a smooth English idiom—while ultimate strictly trustworthy to the which means of the unique heart English.

The Cloud of Unknowing contains a chain of letters written by means of a monk to his pupil or disciple, educating him (or her) within the means of Divine union. Its theology is gifted in a manner that's remarkably effortless to appreciate, in addition to useful, delivering suggestion on prayer and contemplation that anybody can use. prior translations of the Cloud have tended to veil its intimate, even pleasant tone below medieval-sounding language. Carmen Butcher has boldly introduced the textual content into language as beautiful to trendy ears because it used to be to its unique readers greater than years in the past.

Also integrated within the quantity is the significant other paintings attributed to an analogous nameless writer, The publication of Privy Counsel, which includes extra suggestion for forthcoming God in a fashion that emphasizes genuine adventure instead of human wisdom.
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, Book 6)

By Arthur Conan Doyle


It has been 3 years in view that Sherlock Holmes fell to his dying after a showdown along with his very good enemy Moriarity at Reichenbach Falls. Believing his good friend to be lifeless, surgeon John Watson has moved on along with his existence. that's, until eventually he discovers Sherlock Holmes alive and in hide one afternoon in a London store. an entire new sequence of adventures awaits Holmes and Watson, and the consulting detective needs to use the technological know-how of deduction to unravel new mysteries, whereas explaining his personal meant dying and disappearance to Watson.

The go back of Sherlock Holmes was once released 8 years after The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, during which Holmes’ personality used to be killed. yet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s readers have been determined for extra of Holmes’ adventures, so he introduced the nature again within the first brief tale during this assortment, “The Empty House.”

Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales were tailored quite a few instances, together with the 2009 and 2011 video clips starring Jude legislation and Robert Downey Jr., and for the preferred tv indicates effortless, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, and the BBC’s Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. the 1st episode of Sherlock’s 3rd sequence, named “The Empty Hearse,” references “The Empty House” from this volume.

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The Accidental Woman

By Jonathan Coe

Detached via selection, indecisive through nature, Maria ploughs her means via fifteen years of womanhood, not able to determine what all of the fuss is ready. Will she ever have the ability to direct the process her personal lifestyles, or will it finish because it all started - by accident? Jonathan Coe's first novel, which brought a superb new expertise to English fiction.
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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by way of William Shakespeare early in his occupation approximately younger star-crossed fans whose deaths finally reconcile their feuding households. It used to be between Shakespeare's preferred performs in the course of his lifetime and, besides Hamlet, is one in every of his most often played performs. this present day, the identify characters are considered as archetypal younger enthusiasts. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a practice of tragic romances stretching again to antiquity. Its plot relies on an Italian story, translated into verse because the Tragical background of Romeus and Juliet via Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of delight through William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed seriously from either yet, to extend the plot, built helping characters, fairly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to were written among 1591 and 1595, the play used to be first released in a 4to model in 1597. this article used to be of terrible caliber, and later versions corrected it, bringing it extra in response to Shakespeare's unique. Shakespeare's use of his poetic dramatic constitution, in particular results resembling switching among comedy and tragedy to intensify stress, his enlargement of teenage characters, and his use of sub-plots to decorate the tale, has been praised as an early signal of his dramatic ability. The play ascribes varied poetic kinds to assorted characters, occasionally altering the shape because the personality develops. Romeo, for instance, grows more proficient on the sonnet over the process the play.
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