Category: Literary Classics

Washington Square

By Henry James

While timid and undeniable Catherine Sloper acquires a speeding and decided suitor, her father, confident that the younger guy is not anything greater than a fortune-hunter, makes a decision to place a cease to their romance. Torn among her wish to win her father's love and approval and her ardour for the 1st guy who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonising quandary, and turns into all too conscious of the limitations that others search to put on her freedom. James's masterly novel deftly interweaves the private and non-private faces of nineteenth-century manhattan society; it's also a deeply relocating examine of innocence destroyed.

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Twopence Coloured

By Patrick Hamilton

West Kensington - gray region of rot, and caretaking, and cat-slinking basements. West Kensington - drab asylum for the pushed and cast-off genteel!' Patrick Hamilton was once acutely unsleeping that his 3rd novel (first released in 1928) used to be longer and 'much grimmer' than his past and well-received productions. Twopence colored is the tale of 19-year-old Jackie Mortimer, who leaves Hove looking for a lifestyles at the London level, purely to turn into entangled in 'provincial theatre' and complicated affairs of the guts with brothers, Richard and Charles Gissing. the unconventional, unavailable for a few years, is a gimlet-eyed portrait of the theatrical vocation, and entirely shows Hamilton's celebrated reward for conjuring London - the 'vast, thronged, unknown, hooting, electric-lit, dark-rumbling city.

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Epistulae morales ad Lucilium - Briefe an Lucilius. Band I (Sammlung Tusculum)

By Senenca

Senecas Briefe an seinen Freund Lucilius sind eine Einführung in die stoische Philosophie. Dabei strebt der Autor keine systematische Darstellung an; ihm geht es darum, Wege zur philosophischen Bewältigung konkreter Probleme des menschlichen Lebens aufzuzeigen. Themen wie Einsamkeit, Krankheit, der Tod berühren uns in gleicher Weise wie die Menschen vor 2000 Jahren. "Du entsinnst Dich doch noch, welche Freude Du empfandest, als Du die Toga des Knaben ab- und die des Mannes anlegtest und guy Dich aufs discussion board führte. Erwarte eine noch größere, wenn Du knabenhaften Sinn ablegst und die Philosophie Dich unter die Männer aufnimmt."

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The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence (Penguin Classics)

A certain selection of recommendation for life and probably the 1st 'self-help' e-book ever written

Written over 350 years in the past, The Pocket Oracle and artwork of Prudence is a refined selection of three hundred witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. From the paintings of being fortunate to the fit use of warning, those dependent maxims have been created as a advisor to lifestyles, with extra feedback given on cultivating solid style, figuring out how one can refuse, the foolishness of complaining and the knowledge of controlling one's passions. Baltasar Gracian meant those creative, pragmatic aphorisms to problem the brain, and regarded that few will be in a position to utilising them.

In Jeremy Robbins's advent to his penetrating new translation, he examines Gracian's position in Spanish literature and his prior works. Robbins additionally appears to be like on the issues, contexts and contradictions of The Pocket Oracle, in addition to the brevity and subtlety of Gracian's cool-headed aphorisms. This version additionally encompasses a chronology, urged extra interpreting and notes. 

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 background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior by means of introductions and notes by means of extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Chocky

By John Wyndham

In Chocky, pioneering science-fiction grasp John Wyndham confronts an enigma as unusual as whatever present in his vintage works The Day of the Triffids or The Chrysalids—the brain of a kid.

It’s now not extraordinarily strange for a boy to have an imaginary good friend, yet Matthew’s mom and dad need to agree that his—nicknamed Chocky—is something yet traditional. Why, Chocky calls for to grasp, are there twenty-four hours in an afternoon? Why are there sexes? Why can’t Matthew resolve his math homework utilizing a logical approach like binary code? whilst the questions Chocky asks turn into too complex and, frankly, too strange for lecturers to respond to, Matthew’s  mom and dad begin to ponder whether Chocky should be anything some distance stranger than a figment in their son’s mind's eye.

Chocky, the final novel Wyndham released in the course of his existence, is a playful research of what being human is all approximately, delving into such concerns as child-rearing, marriage, studying, creative inspiration—and finishing with a shocking and impassioned plea for greater human stewardship of the earth.

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Dead Souls (Dover Thrift Editions)

A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater neighborhood with a strange proposition for the neighborhood landowners: money for his or her "dead souls," the serfs who've died of their provider and for whom they have to proceed to pay taxes until eventually the subsequent census. The landowner gets a check and a reduction of his tax burden, and the stranger gets — what? Gogol's comedian masterpiece bargains an enormous and satirical portray of the Russian landscape because it lines the trail and encounters of its mysterious protagonist in pursuit of his doubtful scheme. Dead Souls, considered as either a pragmatic portrait of 19th-century Russia and a piece of serious symbolism, maintains to motivate twenty first century authors and readers.

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Persuasión (Penguin Clásicos)

By Jane Austen

Los mejores libros jamás escritos.

Publicada póstumamente, en 1818, Persuasión es l. a. última novela de Jane Austen.

Persuasión narra l. a. historia de una mujer madura, good y menospreciada, que años después de haber rechazado al hombre que amaba, persuadida por un mal consejo, ve cómo este reaparece en su vida, rico y honorable pero aún despechado. Una mujer que quizá por primera vez en los angeles historia de l. a. novela debe luchar para que el amor le conceda una segunda oportunidad. Esta obra se considera una de las novelas más oscuras de Jane Austen, sin duda l. a. más crítica con los angeles sociedad de l. a. época.

Esta edición incorpora una detallada cronología de los angeles autora. Asimismo cuenta con una magnífica introducción de l. a. crítica y académica Gilliam Beer, especialista en el campo de l. a. novela victoriana. Sus incontestables estudios le valieron su nombramiento como doctora honoris causa en literatura por las universidades de Oxford y Harvard.

«Obligada a conducirse prudentemente en su juventud, con los angeles edad se volvía cada vez más romántica: ésa period los angeles consecuencia lógica de su iniciación antinatural.»

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

By Jules Verne

An old booklet is opened through the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock and his existence - and the lifetime of his nephew Axel - is modified for ever. An previous piece of paper has tumbled from the e-book, a helpful parchment that would lead them on a terrifying trip to discover what lies on the centre of the Earth.

A undying event, brilliantly brought via Diana Wynne Jones, one in all Britain's most sensible delusion and sci-fi writers for kids.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Penguin Classics)

By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens's ultimate, unfinished novel, and person who has wondered readers and encouraged writers on the grounds that its publication

Edwin Drood is shrunk to marry orphan Rosa Bud whilst he comes of age, but if they locate that accountability has progressively changed affection, they comply with holiday off the engagement. almost immediately afterwards, in the course of a hurricane on Christmas Eve, Edwin disappears, leaving not anything at the back of yet a few own property and the suspicion that his jealous uncle John Jasper, head over heels in love with Rosa, is the killer. And past this presumed crime there are additional intrigues: the darkish opium dens of the sleepy cathedral city of Cloisterham, and the sinister double lifetime of Choirmaster Jasper, whose drug-fuelled delusion existence belies his decent visual appeal. Dickens died ahead of finishing The secret of Edwin Drood, leaving its tantalising secret unsolved and inspiring successive generations of readers to show detective. This variation includes an advent by way of David Paroissien, discussing the novel's finishing, with a chronology, notes, unique illustrations via Samuel Luke Fildes, appendices on opium use within the 19th century, the 'Sapsea Fragment' and Dickens's plans for the story's conclusion. 

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 simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater by means of introductions and notes via distinct students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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