Literary Classics

O Pioneers!

Cather’s sentimental and a little bit arguable novel tells the tale of the Bergsons, a kin of Swedish pioneers that settles for all times within the American prairie. whereas Alexandra, the kinfolk matriarch, is ready to flip the relations farm right into a monetary luck, her brother Emil needs to grapple with the tragedy of solace and forbidden love. a singular unusually sooner than its time, this proto-feminist paintings touches upon quite a lot of issues, together with love, marriage, temptation, and isolation.

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A Fairly Honourable Defeat (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

By Iris Murdoch

In a dismal comedy of error, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by means of Julius, a cynical highbrow who comes to a decision to illustrate via a Machiavellian scan how simply loving undefined, being concerned acquaintances, and dedicated siblings can betray their loyalties. As puppet grasp, Julius artfully performs at the human tendency to include drama and intrigue and to want the distraction of confrontations to the tough attempt of speaking overtly and honestly.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes through uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by means of award-winning translators.

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The Satyricon / Seneca/ The Apocolocyntosis (Revised Edition) (Penguin Classics)

By Seneca, Petronius

Post yr be aware: This translation first released 1965. Revised variation 1986

Perhaps the strangest -- and so much strikingly glossy -- paintings to outlive from the traditional international, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his fight to regain virility. the following Petronius brilliantly brings to lifestyles the courtesans, legacy-hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age -- and, particularly, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of many nice comedian characters in literature.

Seneca's The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious skit on 'the deification of Claudius the Clod', was once designed by way of the writer to ingratiate himself with Nero, who used to be Claudius' successor. jointly, the 2 supply a robust perception right into a darkly interesting interval of Roman heritage.

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Le Colonel Chabert

By Honoré de Balzac

Tenu pour mort à los angeles bataille d'Eylau, le colonel Chabert rentre chez lui après des années d'errance et de souffrance. Mais aux yeux du monde, il n'existe plus. Sa femme, héritière de sa fortune, est remariée et mère de deux enfants ; sa maison a été démolie ; los angeles rue même où il vivait a été débaptisée : l'Empire a cédé l. a. position à l. a. Restauration... Dépossédé de ses biens comme de son nom, l'ancien héros des guerres napoléoniennes se lance à coeur perdu dans une dernière bataille, pour recouvrer son identité. Y parviendra-t-il ? Le Colonel
Chabert est l'histoire tragique d'un homme incarnant les restes sublimes d'une époque révolue.

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Six Tragedies (Oxford World's Classics)

Here's a energetic, readable, and actual verse translation of the six top performs by way of the most influential of all classical Latin writers--the in simple terms tragic playwright from old Rome whose paintings survives. instruct to the emperor Nero, Seneca lived via doubtful, oppressive, and violent instances, and his dramas depict the extremes of human habit. Rape, suicide, child-murder, incestuous love, insanity, and mutilation afflict the characters, who're obsessed and destroyed through their emotions. Seneca forces us to contemplate the adaptation among compromise and hypocrisy, approximately what occurs while feelings weigh down judgment, and approximately how someone will be stable, calm, or chuffed in a corrupt society and lower than consistent danger of demise. as well as her awesome translation, Emily Wilson offers a useful advent which deals a succinct account of Seneca's existence and instances, his philosophical ideals, the literary type of the performs, and their titanic effect on ecu literature. The booklet additionally contains an updated bibliography and explanatory notes which establish mythological allusions.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main actual textual content plus a wealth of alternative worthwhile beneficial properties, together with specialist introductions through best professionals, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra learn, and lots more and plenty more.

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Howards End

The fail to remember of a demise woman's bequest, a girl's try and aid an impoverished clerk, and the wedding of an idealist and a materialist — all intersect at an property referred to as Howards finish. The destiny of this nation domestic symbolizes the way forward for England in an exploration of social, monetary, and philosophical tendencies through the post-Victorian period.

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Little Dorrit (Penguin Classics)

By Charles Dickens

A novel of serendipity, of fortunes gained and misplaced, and of the spectre of imprisonment that hangs over all points of Victorian society

whilst Arthur Clennam returns to England after decades out of the country, he is taking a kindly curiosity in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and within the affairs of Amy's father, William Dorrit, a guy of shabby grandeur, lengthy imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea legal. As Arthur quickly discovers, the darkish shadow of the felony stretches a long way past its partitions to impact the lives of many, from the kindly Mr Panks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding middle backyard, and the tipsily garrulous plants Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles within the Circumlocution place of work. A masterly evocation of the kingdom and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is among the very best works of Dickens's adulthood. Stephen Wall's creation examines Dickens's transformation of adolescence thoughts of his father's incarceration within the Marshalsea borrowers' criminal. This revised version comprises improved notes, appendices and recommendation for extra analyzing by way of Helen Small, a chronology of Dickens's lifestyles and works, and unique illustrations. 

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more suitable by means of introductions and notes by means of individual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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The Complete Short Novels

By Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov, broadly hailed because the ideal grasp of the fast tale, additionally wrote 5 works lengthy sufficient to be known as brief novels–here introduced jointly in a single quantity for the 1st time, in a masterly new translation by way of the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

The Steppe
—the so much lyrical of the five—is an account of a nine-year-old boy’s scary trip through wagon educate around the steppe of southern Russia. The Duel sets decadent figures—a fanatical rationalist and a guy of literary sensibility—on a collision path that leads to a chain of unusual reversals. In The tale of an Unknown Man, a political radical spying on an enormous reputable via serving as valet to his son progressively discovers that his personal terminal disorder has replaced his long-held priorities in startling methods. Three Years recounts a fancy sequence of ironies within the own lifetime of a wealthy yet passive Moscow service provider. In My Life, a guy renounces wealth and social place for a lifetime of guide labor.

The ensuing clash among the ethical simplicity of his beliefs and the advanced realities of human nature culminates in a short apocalyptic imaginative and prescient that's specified in Chekhov’s work.

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From the Hardcover edition.

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Martin Chuzzlewit (Penguin Classics)

By Charles Dickens, Patricia Ingham

Charles Dickens's robust black comedy of of hypocrisy and greed

The greed of his relatives has led prosperous outdated Martin Chuzzlewit to develop into suspicious and misanthropic, leaving his grandson and namesake to make his personal method on the earth. And so younger Martin units out from the Wiltshire domestic of his intended champion, the scheming architect Pecksniff, to hunt his fortune in the United States. In depicting Martin's trip - an adventure that teaches him to query his inherited self-interest and egotism - Dickens created many vividly learned figures: the brutish lout Jonas Chuzzlewit, plotting to achieve the relations fortune; Martin's positive manservant, Mark Tapley; light Tom Pinch; and the drunken and corrupt inner most nurse, Mrs Gamp. With its portrayal of greed, blackmail and homicide, and its searing satire on the United States Dickens's novel is a robust and blackly shaggy dog story of hypocrisy and redemption. In her advent, Patricia Ingham examines characterization, the imperative issues of the radical, and Dickens's depiction of the USA. This version additionally comprises new prefaces, Dickens's postscript written in 1868, his operating papers, a notice on Mrs Gamp's eccentric speech, a chronology, up-to-date additional studying, appendices and unique illustrations by way of 'Phiz'.  

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable by means of introductions and notes by way of special students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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