The Wind in the Willows (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By Kenneth Grahame

Whilst Mole makes a decision he has had adequate tiresome spring-cleaning for at some point, the scrappy nonesuch throws down his broom and bolts out of his condominium trying to find enjoyable and experience. He fast reveals it within the type of the Water Rat, who takes the wide-eyed Mole boating and introduces him to the mysteries of lifestyles at the river and within the Wild wooden. Mole additionally meets Ratty’s sturdy buddies: the kindly, good Badger and the irrepressible Toad. quickly, the quartet’s escapades—including vehicle crashes, a sojourn in detention center, and a conflict with the weasels who attempt to take over Toad Hall—become the debate of the animal kingdom.

Filled with well-known human varieties disguised as animals, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind within the Willows, like several exemplary children’s literature, has consistently appealed vastly to grown-ups to boot. even though first released in 1908, while “motor-cars” have been new and infrequent, The Wind within the Willows offers strangely contemporary—and uproariously funny—portraits of speed-crazed Mr. Toad, beneficiant Badger, poetic Ratty, and newly-emancipated Mole. And lurking the entire whereas in the humor and sturdy spirits, Grahame’s deeply felt observation on braveness, generosity, and chiefly, friendship.

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Henry VIII: The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth, A Tragedy

King Henry VIII dangers either his realm and his immortal soul whilst he divorces Katherine of Aragon in favour of Anne “Bullen.”

With a forged of characters that incorporates Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cranmer, the dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, and Sir Thomas Cromwell, Shakespeare explores probably the most attention-grabbing sessions in English heritage, which was once nonetheless shaping and influencing his global lower than Henry's daughter, Elizabeth I.

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Poems and Ballads and Atalanta in Calydon

By Algernon Charles Swinburne

Republican, pagan, a sensualist alive to excitement and to discomfort, Swinburne flouted the principles of Victorian decorum and morality in his lifestyles and paintings He created a distinct technique of expression via what Tennyson referred to as his 'wonderful rhythmic invention', and but his verse used to be inspired through poets from a number of classes and nations. a lot of his poems are opulent hymns to sensual love, in all its facets, and to demise and to the lack of love. Swinburne's verse is immensely varied in shape: jointly those works display its wealthy complexity and diversity. As T. S. Eliot remarked, there isn't any cause to name his energy over phrases something yet genius.

This quantity brings jointly Swinburne's significant poetic works, Atalanta in Calydon (1865) and Poems and Ballads (1866). Atalanta in Calydon is a drama in classical Greek shape, which printed Swinburne's metrical abilities and taken him superstar. Poems and Ballads introduced him notoriety and demonstrates his preoccupation with de Sade, masochism, and femmes fatales. additionally reproduced this is 'Notes on Poems and Reviews', a pamphlet Swinburne released in 1866 based on adverse studies of Poems and Ballads. moreover, this Penguin variation features a preface, a desk of dates, a observation at the poems and appendices, certainly one of that is a map of the locations pointed out in Atalanta in Calydon.

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

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Lord Byron: Poems. Selected by Paul Muldoon

During this sequence, a modern poet selects and introduces a poet of the previous. by means of their collection of poems and via the non-public and important reactions they convey of their prefaces, the editors provide insights into their very own paintings in addition to supplying an available and passionate advent to an important poets in our literature. She walks in attractiveness, just like the evening Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that is better of darkish and vibrant Meet in her point and her eyes: therefore mellowed to that gentle mild Which heaven to gaudy day denies - "She Walks in Beauty".

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English Mystery Plays (Penguin Classics)

Humour, pathos and agony, and the culminating drama of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, provide those performs a superb immediacy. Their motion was once conceived on a cosmic scale and the entire enthusiasm and power in their writing is retained to today. The energies of complete groups, significantly at Chester, York and Wakefield, have been dedicated to their creation and so they have been to steer later dramatists considerably. The grand layout of the secret performs was once to rejoice the Christian tale from 'The Fall of Lucifer' to the 'Judgement Day', and this quantity includes thirty-eight performs, forming in itself a composite cycle and together with just about all the incidents universal to the extant cycles.

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Dylan Thomas: A New Life

By Andrew Lycett

In this riveting account of 1 of the twentieth century’s such a lot incredible and contradictory figures, now on hand back to celebrate Thomas’s a hundredth birthday, acclaimed biographer Andrew Lycett peels again the layers of story that have amassed round Dylan Thomas.

whilst he died in manhattan in 1953, Thomas was purely thirty-nine years outdated, and the myths soon took carry: he grew to become the Keats and the Byron of his generation―the romantic poet who died too younger, his power unfulfilled. Making masterful use of unique fabric from archives and private papers, Lycett describes the improvement of the younger poet, brings invaluable new insights to Thomas’s youthful poetry and the topics that persisted to appear in his paintings, and unearth interesting information about the poet's many affairs and his tempestuous marriage to his passionate Irish spouse, Caitlin.

the result's a poignant but stirring portrait of the chaos of Thomas's own existence and a welcome re-assessment of the lyricism and experimentalism of his poetry, performs, and brief tales.

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Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics)

By Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy’s impassioned novel of courtship in rural life
In Thomas Hardy’s first significant literary luck, autonomous and lively Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to soak up her place as a farmer at the greatest property within the sector. Her daring presence attracts 3 very assorted suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the dedicated shepherd Gabriel Oak. every one, in contrasting methods, unsettles her judgements and complicates her lifestyles, and tragedy ensues, threatening the steadiness of the full group. one in every of his first works set within the semi-fictional quarter of Wessex, Hardy’s novel of quick ardour and sluggish courtship is imbued along with his evocative descriptions of rural lifestyles and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty approximately sexual relationships.

This variation, according to Hardy’s unique 1874 manuscript, is the total novel he by no means observed released, and restores its complete candor and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan’s advent discusses the background of its ebook, in addition to the biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.

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

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The Napoleon of Notting Hill: A Fantasy of the Future

By G. K. Chesterton

Part comedy, half experience, half social statement, this amazing story of the next day explores the essence of human nature

released in 1904, G. okay. Chesterton’s debut novel is determined 80 years sooner or later. expertise and social mores stay an identical, however the England of 1984 boasts a central authority during which ineffectual kings are chosen at random from an another way apathetic population that has “lost religion in revolutions.”

The political approach hits a snag whilst Auberon Quin is chosen because the subsequent monarch. extra joker than potentate, Quin amuses himself through fitting a chain of legislation and weird customs that inflate civic pomp and condition to laughable proportions. those guidelines necessarily positioned Quin, a pacesetter who doesn't believes in any of his dictums, on a collision direction along with his such a lot earnest supporter: Adam Wayne, differently referred to as the Napoleon of Notting Hill.
a favourite between students and critics, The Napoleon of Notting Hill showcases the eclectic wit and unorthodox mind that demonstrated Chesterton as one of many 20th century’s so much influential and far-reaching thinkers.
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