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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Revised)

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This classic's vivid characterizations, action, and rollicking good spirits have captivated generations of readers of all ages for decades.

The Age of Innocence (Revised)

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Deeply moving study of the tyrannical and rigid requirements of New York high society in the late 19th century and the effect of those strictures on the lives of three people.

The Analects (Revised)

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Rich distillation of the timeless precepts of extremely influential Chinese philosopher and social theorist. Includes "Concerning Fundamental Principles," "Concerning Government," "The Eight Dancers: Concerning Manners and Morals," and much more.Footnotes."

Arms and the Man

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Witty masterpiece combines high comedy with social commentary in deflating romantic misconceptions of love and warfare. First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man is one of the most acted and studied of Shaws plays. It is reprinted here from an authoritative early edition, complete with Shaw's preface to Volume II of Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant.

One of Shaw's most popular comedies, deflating romantic misconceptions of love and warfare. Reprinted from an authoritative early edition, complete with Shaw's preface to Volume II of Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant.

Around the World in Eighty Days

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An eccentric Englishman accepts a challenge to circle the globe with unprecedented speed. Exotic locales, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and comic relief provide a fantastic blend of adventure, entertainment, and suspense.

As You Like It

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This wisely funny comedy, which contains some of Shakespeare's loveliest poetry, contrasts a country's world of envy and rivalry with a forest's world of compassion and harmony. In the Forest of Arden, the banished young heroine, Rosalind, disguised as a gentleman farmer, encounters an extraordinary assemblage of characters, including a fool, a malcontent traveler, her own banished father, and the banished young man she loves. Romantic happiness triumphs, even as we laugh at the excesses of love, at the ways of court and countryside, indeed, at everything, in this masterpiece of comic writing,

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (Revised)

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African-American writer's pioneering novel parallels his own life, probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white," and examines the American caste and class system. Major contribution to American literature.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the Autobiography one of the great classics of the genre.

The Beautiful and Damned (Revised)

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One of the great American writers whose works enjoy popular appeal as well as critical acclaim, F. Scott Lyric, highly readable novel traces the meteoric rise and fall of glittering young socialites Anthony and Gloria Patch. Building their marriage on the shaky foundation of an expected inheritance, they devote their youth and happiness on hedonistic pursuits that plunge them into moral and financial bankruptcy. Transparently based on the lives of Fitzgerald and his beautiful wife, Zelda, the novel eerily foreshadows the real-life's couple's rapid descent into ruin.

Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (Revised)

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The great 19th-century philosopher refines his previously expressed ideal of the superman in one of his most important works, a fascinating examination of human values and morality. Publisher's Note.

The Birth of Tragedy (Revised)

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Philosopher's classic study declares that Greek tragedy achieved greatness through a fusion of elements of Apollonian restraint and control with Dionysian components of passion and the irrational.

Blake's Selected Poems

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Regarded by a contemporary as a "brilliant eccentric whose works skirted the outer fringes of English art and literature", William Blake (1757-1827) is today recognized as a major poet and artist. This collection of 104 carefully chosen poems reveals the lyricism, mystical vision and consummate craftsmanship that have earned the poet his preeminent place with both critics and the general public.

Bulfinch's Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable

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Vivid myths of Greece and Rome, plus stories of Norse gods and heroes. Zeus and Hera, Apollo, Jason and the golden fleece, the wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas, the deeds of Thor, many more.

Christmas Carols: Complete Verses

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Complete lyrics for over 50 of the most popular, beloved carols: Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Silent Night, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and many more.

The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology

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This unique collection spans over 400 years (1488-1902) of haiku history by the greatest masters, in translations by top-flight scholars of the field. Haiku (distilled poems featuring 17 syllables) command enormous respect in Japan. Now readers of poetry in the West can savor these expressive masterpieces in this treasury.

Common Sense (Revised)

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First published in January of 1776, this highly influential landmark document clearly and persuasively argued for American separation from Great Britain and paved the way for the Declaration of Independence. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Revised)

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Influential work recalls author's mid-4th-century origins in rural Algeria; lavish lifestyle in Milan; his struggle with sexual desires; eventual renunciation of secular ambitions and marriage; and recovery of his Catholic faith.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Hank Morgan finds himself transported back to England's Dark Ages, where he is immediately captured and sentenced to death at Camelot. His quick wit saves his life and turns him into a celebrity.

The Country of the Pointed Firs (Revised)

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In scene after memorable scene of Sarah Orne Jewett's fictional masterpiece, "The Country of Pointed Firs, " the Maine-born author recorded what she felt were the rapidly disappearing traditions, manners, and dialect of Maine coast natives at the turn of the twentieth century. In luminous evocations of their lives a happy family reunion, an old seaman's ghostly vision, a disappointed lover's self-imposed exile, and more Jewett created startlingly real portraits of individual New Englanders and a warm, humorous, and compassionate vision of the New England character.
No less a writer than Willa Cather ranked "The Country of the Pointed Firs" with Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" and Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry" Finn as one of the three American works most likely to achieve permanent recognition. Long overlooked, Sarah Orne Jewett is today widely acknowledged as an American master and "The Country of the Pointed Firs "as a landmark in the defining of American character and the American experience.


Cricket on the Hearth: And Other Christmas Stories

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Written with Dickens's familiar flair for characterization and the picturesque, these three stories offer delightful evocations of a Victorian Christmas. Includes title story plus "The Holly-Tree" and "The Haunted House."

Crime and Punishment

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Supreme masterpiece tells the story of Raskolnikov, a student tormented by his own thoughts after he murders an old woman. Overwhelmed by guilt and terror, he confesses and goes to prison. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Cyrano de Bergerac

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A quarrelsome, hot-tempered, and unattractive swordsman falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful woman and woos her for a handsome but slow-witted suitor. A witty and eloquent drama.

Dark Night of the Soul

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In this spiritual masterpiece -- a classic of Christian literature and mysticism -- the author addresses pride, avarice, envy, and other human imperfections, describing methods of conversion through prayer, submission, and purification.

Declaration of Independance: And Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865

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Thirteen compelling and influential documents: Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, Washington's First Inaugural Address, The Monroe Doctrine, The Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, more.Includes 3 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative."


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Nobel Prize-winning German novelist and poet Hermann Hesse was already considered an important writer when, in 1919, he published the novel "Demian", which made him famous throughout Europe. In addition to its appeal as a coming-of-age novel, the book is also important to anyone interested in the evolution of 20th-century literature.

de Profundis

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While imprisoned, Wilde wrote this long letter of recrimination to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. It offers fascinating insights into Wilde's life in prison and the background and psychology of a notorious affair.


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A horror romance as deathless as any vampire, this blood-curdling tale carries readers from mystery-shrouded Transylvania to 19th-century London in the frantic hunt for the blood-sucking Count Dracula.

The Duchess of Malfi

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The evils of greed and ambition overwhelm love, innocence, and the bonds of kinship in this dark tragedy concerning the secret marriage of a noblewoman and a commoner.

The Early Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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These tales offer insights into many themes, characters, and techniques that emerged in Fitzgerald's later works. Selections include "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Babes in the Woods," and a dozen others.

The Emperor Jones (Revised)

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Brutus Jones, a former Pullman car porter wanted in the U.S. on two murder charges, has established himself as the self-proclaimed ruler of a West Indian island. Warned that his subjects are about to rebel, he flees to the jungle - sick with fright - where he is plagued by ghosts of the men he has murdered and haunted by visions of injustices done to his race. Powerful scenes, punctuated by beating tom-toms, suggest Jones's panic as he flees his angry countrymen and his own personal demons.

First produced in 1920, "The Emperor Jones" helped establish O'Neill's reputation as one of America's most important dramatists. Bold and expressionistic, the play was an instant success on the stage and has remained one of the staples of the dramatic repertoire. It is now available to a wide audience in this attractive, inexpensive Dover Thrift Edition.


English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology

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This volume contains a rich selection of poems by England's six great Romantic poets: William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. Encompassing a broad range of subjects, styles, and moods, the emphasis of these late 18th and early 19th century poets is imagination and individual experience, as well as a preoccupation with such themes as nature, death, and the supernatural.

English Victorian Poetry: An Anthology

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Over 170 beloved poems by the major poets of the 19th century, including works byTennyson, Browning, Arnold, Rossetti, Meredith, Swinburne, Hopkins, Kipling, and others. An introduction and biographical notes on the poets are included. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative."

The Enormous Room (Revised)

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A high-energy romp, the poet's prose memoir recounts his military service in World War I, when a comedy of errors led to his unjust arrest and imprisonment for treason.


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The most durable of medieval morality plays, along with 3 other classics: The Second Shepherd s Play, Noah s Flood and Hickscorner. All from standard texts.

Faust, Part One (Revised)

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Goethe's masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, "Faust" has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. Here, in "Faust," "Part 1," the tremendous versatility of Goethe's genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in literature. Here too we experience Goethe's characteristic humor, the excitement and eroticism of the witches' Walpurgis Night, and the moving emotion of Gretchen's tragic fate.

This newly revised edition, which offers Peter Salm's wonderfully readable translation as well as the original German on facing pages, brings us "Faust" in a vital, rhythmic American idiom that carefully preserves the grandeur, integrity, and poetic immediacy of Goethe's words.


Favorite Father Brown Stories (Revised)

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Beloved clerical sleuth in roster of remarkable cases: "The Blue Cross," "The Sins of Prince Saradine," "The Sign of the Broken Sword," "The Man in the Passage," "The Perishing of the Pendragons," more.

The Fiddler of the Reels and Other Stories

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Three of the finest of the author's numerous short stories include the romantic title tale, the comic "The Distracted Preacher," and "The Three Strangers," a tribute to community life.

First Fig and Other Poems (Revised)

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With the publication of "Second April" in 1921 and "A Few Figs from Thistles" in the following year, Edna St. Vincent Millay gave voice to the impassioned youth of her era. This excellent anthology comprises both works in their entirety, including such well-known and much-studied poems as "First Fig," "Recuerdo," and "The Philosopher."

First Love and the Diary of a Superfluous Man

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Ivan Turgenev (1818 1883) was one of the greatest Russian writers of his day, and the first to gain an international reputation. His novels, among them "Rudin" (1856), "Fathers and Sons" (1862), and "Virgin Soil" (1877), and his many stories and plays pointedly reveal his opposition to the serf system and his profound insights into the lives, interests, and attitudes of the nobility and intelligentsia of mid-19th-century Russia.
Two of Turgenev's best works of short fiction are the touching "First Love" (1860), a novella known to be partly autobiographical, and "The Diary of a Superfluous Man" (1850), a fascinating tale of an ineffectual Russian Hamlet. Both provide a superb introduction to the keen social perception, rich characterization, and narrative command of this Russian master. Both stories are presented here in acclaimed translations by Constance Garnett.


The Gambler (Revised)

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Narrated by the character Alexei, who is addicted to gambling, this short novel is based on Dostoevsky's own experiences as a compulsive gambler. Like so many characters in Dostoevsky's novels, Alexei is trying to break through the wall of the established order and the human condition itself but instead he is drawn into the vortex of the roulette wheel.

Great American Short Stories

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Features 19 gems in the American short-story tradition, including "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Bartleby" by Herman Melville, "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, plus stories by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, Twain, others."

Great Expectations

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Orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dreams of becoming a gentleman -- and one day finds himself in possession of "great expectations." Dickens' finest novel.

Great Russian Short Stories

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Among the country's greatest artistic contributions, 20th-century Russian literature was revolutionary in its approach to realism, injecting characters with human weaknesses familiar to all. It also provided fodder for other such important concepts as existentialism and even passive resistance, which was rooted in the works of Tolstoy, and practiced resistance, which was rooted in the works of Tolstoy and practiced successfully by Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The 12 powerful short stories in this collection are excellent examples of writing by the foremost authors from Russia's Golden Age of Literature.
Included are "The Queen of Spades" by Alexander Pushkin; "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol; "The District Doctor" by Ivan S. Turgenev; "White Nights" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by Leo Tolstoy; "The Clothesmender" by Nicholay Leskov; "The Signal" by Vsevolod M. Garshin; "The Lady with the Toy Dog" by Anton Chekhov; "The White Mother" by Theodor Sologub"; "Twenty-Six Men and a Girl" by Maxim Gorky; "The Outrage A True Story" by Alexander Kuprin; and "Lazarus" by Laonid Andreyev.
Ideal for students of Russian literature, this magnificent collection will appeal to a wide audience.



Great Short Poems

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Outstanding anthology features more than 150 English and American masterpieces spanning over 400 years. "Death Be Not Proud," "The Tyger," "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," plus works by Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats, Frost, others. Includes 3 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Great Short Stories by American Women

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Embracing a wide variety of subjects, this choice collection of 13 short stories represents the work of an elite group of American women writing in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The earliest stories are Rebecca Harding Davis' naturalistic "Life in the Iron Mills" (published in 1861 and predating Imile Zola's "Germinal" by almost 25 years) and Louisa May Alcott's semiautobiographical tale "Transcendental Wild Oats" (1873). The most recent ones are Zora Neals Hurston's "Sweat," an ironic tale of a failed marriage, published in 1926, and "Sanctuary" (1930), Nella Larsen's gripping and controversial tale of contested loyalty.

In between is a grand cavalcade of superbly crafted fiction by Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Djuna Barnes, Susan Glaspell and Edith Wharton. Brief biographies of each of the writers are included.


Great Sonnets

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Treasury of over 170 English and American sonnets by more than 70 poets, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Masterpieces by Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Blake, Swinburne, Yeats, Frost, Poe, many more.Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative."

Gulliver's Travels

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Great classic by preeminent prose satirist of the English language, written with disarming simplicity and careful attention to detail. An enchanting fantasy for children; for adults, a witty parody of political life in Swift's time.

Hard Times

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"My satire is against those who see figures and averages, and nothing else," proclaimed Charles Dickens in explaining the theme of this classic novel. Published in 1854, the story concerns one Thomas Gradgrind, a "fanatic of the demonstrable fact," who raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a stifling and arid atmosphere of grim practicality.
Without a moral compass to guide them, the children sink into lives of desperation and despair, played out against the grim background of Coketown, a wretched community shadowed by an industrial behemoth. Witnessing the degradation and downfall of his children, Gradgrind realizes that his own misguided principles have ruined their lives.
Considered Dickens' harshest indictment of mid-19th-century industrial practices and their dehumanizing effects, this novel offers a fascinating tapestry of Victorian life, filled with the richness of detail, brilliant characterization, and passionate social concern that typify the novelist's finest creations.


The House of Mirth

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A bestseller when it was originally published nearly a century ago, Wharton's first literary success was set amid the previously unexplored territory of fashionable, turn-of-the-century New York society, an area with which she was intimately familiar.
The tragic love story reveals the destructive effects of wealth and social hypocrisy on Lily Bart, a ravishing beauty. Impoverished but well-born, Lily realizes a secure future depends on her acquiring a wealthy husband. Her downfall begins with a romantic indiscretion, intensifies with an accumulation of gambling debts, and climaxes in a maelstrom of social disasters.
More a tale of social exclusion than of failed love, The House of Mirth reveals Wharton's compelling gifts as a storyteller and her clear-eyed observations of the savagery beneath the well-bred surface of high society. As with The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome, this novel was also made into a successful motion picture.


An Ideal Husband (Revised)

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Scintillating drawing-room comedy revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards. The dialogue between young lovers, society matrons, and a formidable femme fatale keeps the action brisk."

The Inspector General (Revised)

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Considered the high point of Gogol's writing for the stage and a masterpiece of dramatic satire, "The Inspector General" skewers the stupidity, greed, and venality of Russian provincial officials. When it is announced that the Inspector General is coming to visit incognito, Anton, the chief of police, hastens to clean up the town before his arrival. Local officials scurry to hide evidence of bribe-taking and other misdeeds, setting the stage for the arrival from St. Petersburg of Ivan, a penurious gambler and rake who is promptly taken by the townspeople to be the dreaded Inspector General. Ivan, and his servant, Osip, soon take advantage of the situation with hilarious results. First performed in 1836, the play transcends regional and national boundaries to offer a biting, highly entertaining glimpse of universal human foibles and failings.


Jane Eyre

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Written in 1847, Jane Eyre tells the tale of an orphan girl's progress from the custody of cruel relatives to an oppressive boarding school and its culmination in a troubled career as a governess. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Lady Windermere's Fan (Revised)

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Clever dialogue, fast-paced repartee, and pithy epigrams abound in this sparkling Victorian comedy of manners. The first of Oscar Wilde's dramas, the 1892 play attests to the author's legendary reputation as a wit and keen observer of ironic situations. In "Lady Windermere's Fan," Wilde offers a splendidly satirical view of society's obsessive regard for appearances rather than reality.
A paragon of morality, Lady Windermere firmly rejects the company of anyone exhibiting even the slightest deviation from the social code. Suspecting her husband of a dalliance with Mrs. Erlynne, a woman of dubious reputation, Lady Windermere rashly decides to abandon her secure position for the seductive charms of Lord Darlington. The voice of caution arises from an unexpected source when the mysterious Mrs. Erlynne reveals the calamitous effects of her own disregard for duty and virtue, and she augments her advice with an act of self-sacrifice. By laying claim to Lady Windermere's telltale fan, the woman from outside society shows the model of social propriety the difference between true morality and its semblance.
More than a century after the play's debut, the luster of its humorous quips, merry bon mots, and thought-provoking paradoxes remains undimmed. This modestly priced edition of Wilde's scintillating comic masterpiece will delight lovers of drama and literature.


La Vita Nuova (Revised)

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This celebration of the poet's passionate love for his immortal Beatrice weaves together rapturous sonnets and canzoni with prose commentaries and an autobiographical narrative. A predecessor to "The Divine Comedy, La Vita Nuova" (The New Life) also serves as an ever-relevant treatise on the art and technique of poetry.

Life Is a Dream

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One of Spain's outstanding dramas, this 17th-century allegory explores mysteries of destiny, illusory nature of existence, struggle between predestination and free will. Features magnificent poetry, rich in symbolism and metaphor. Excellent new translation.

The Life of Olaudah Equiano

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Compelling work traces the formidable journey of an Igbo prince from captivity to freedom and literacy and recounts his enslavement in the New World, service in the Seven Years War with General Wolfe in Canada, voyages to the Arctic with the Phipps expedition of 1772-73, six months among the Miskito Indians in Central America, and a grand tour of the Mediterranean as a personal servant to an English gentlemen. Skillfully written, with a wealth of engrossing detail, this powerful narrative deftly illustrates the nature of the black experience in slavery.

Little Orphant Annie and Other Poems

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Famous for his nostalgic poems invoking the people and places of rural Indiana, James Whitcomb Riley (1849 1916) earned himself the nickname "the Hoosier poet." His verse also earned him election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the gold medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and several honorary degrees.
This volume contains a rich selection of his best and most familiar poems filled with the warmth, humor, and picturesque Hoosier dialect that made Riley one of the most beloved American poets. Included are "The Old Swimmin'-Hole," "The Raggedy Man," "When the Frost Is on the Punkin," "Little Orphant Annie," "An Old Sweetheart of Mine," and many more.


The Lost World

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This imaginative 1912 fantasy recounts a jungle expedition's encounter with living dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures as it follows an eccentric paleontologist and his companions into the wilds of the Amazon.

Mainsfield Park

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Dependent on the benevolence of her aristocratic relatives, young Fanny Price develops into the moral center of a family gone astray. An entertaining study of the interplay between manners, education, and ethics.

Major Barbara

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When a Salvation Army officer learns that her father, a wealthy armaments manufacturer, has donated lots of money to her organization, she resigns in disgust but ultimately realizes that through wealth, people can help each other.


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Stirring reflections on the human condition provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman warrior and emperor of the 2nd century.

Monday or Tuesday: Eight Stories

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From one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century a splendid collection displaying the author's lively imagination and delicate style. Includes "A Haunted House," "A Society," "An Unwritten Novel," "The String Quartet," "Blue & Green," "Kew Gardens," "The Mark on the Wall," and the title story."

The Monster and Other Stories

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The title tale from this collection recounts the experiences of an African-American coachman who becomes disfigured after rescuing his employer's son from a fire. Includes "The Blue Hotel" and "His New Mittens."

My Last Duchess and Other Poems (Revised)

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Features 42 works, among them a number of the Victorian master's famed dramatic monologues, plus such memorable masterworks as "Love among the Ruins," "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and "Home Thoughts from Abroad." Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Nicomachean Ethics (Revised)

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Enduringly profound treatise, whose lasting effect on Western philosophy continues to resonate. Aristotle identifies the goal of life as happiness and discusses its attainment through the contemplation of philosophic truth.

Notes from the Underground

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Darkly fascinating short novel depicts the struggles of a doubting, supremely alienated protagonist in a world of relative values. Embraces moral, religious, political, and social themes. Authoritative Constance Garnett translation. New introduction.

The Odyssey (Revised)

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This excellent prose translation of Homer's epic poem of the 9th century B.C. recounts one of the most glorious tales of Western literature, a treasury of Greek folklore, and a myth that has held ageless fascination.

Oliver Twist

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The tale of a waif's unwilling but inevitable recruitment into a scabrous gang of thieves, this novel offers a realistic portrait of the correlation between poverty and crime.

Paul's Case and Other Stories

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From one of America's major writers of the 20th century: five short stories celebrating the land and its pioneers, including the title story and "A Wagner Matinee," both revised by Cather for publication in 1920; "Lou, the Prophet" (1892), "Eric Hermannson's Soul" (1900), and "The Enchanted Bluff" (1909).

Peer Gynt

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Masterpiece of world drama explores the virtues and vices common to all humanity as it follows a charming but arrogant young man through his life-long adventures.

Persuasion (Revised)

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Austen's last novel is the crowning achievement of her matchless career. Her heroine, Anne Elliot, a woman of integrity, breeding and great depth of emotion, stands in stark contrast to the brutality and hypocrisy of Regency England. Includes a new Introduction by Margaret Drabble, famed novelist and editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.

Poetics (Revised)

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In one of the most perceptive and influential works of criticism in Western literary history, third century B.C. Greek philosopher Aristotle examines the literature of his time, describing the origins of poetry as an imitative art and drawing attention to the distinctions between comedy and tragedy. Aristotle helped establish the foundations of Western philosophy, and his influence is evident in philosophical thought today.

Politics (Revised)

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Intellectually stimulating work describes the ideal state and ponders how it can bring about the most desirable life for its citizens. Both heavily influenced by and critical of Plato's Republic and Laws, Politics is the distillation of a lifetime of thought and observation. The great Benjamin Jowett translation.

Intellectually stimulating work describes the ideal state and ponders how it can bring about the most desirable life for its citizens. Famed Jowett translation of Aristotle's masterwork.

Pre-Raphaelite Poetry: An Anthology

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Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti crowns this outstanding collection: highlights include "The Blessed Damozel," "My Sister's Sleep," and selections from "The House of Life." Also includes Christina Rossetti's "Remember," "Cousin Kate," and "Song," plus Swinburne, and more

Renascence and Other Poems

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The poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) have been long admired for the lyric beauty that is especially characteristic of her early works. "Renascence, " the first of her poems to bring her public acclaim, was written when she was nineteen. Now one of the best-known American poems, it is a fervent and moving account of spiritual rebirth.

The Republic

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Influential philosophical treatise of 4th century BC chiefly concerns the idea of justice, plus Platonic theories of ideas, criticism of poetry, philosopher's role. Source of the cave myth. Jowett translation.

Richard III (Revised)

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Final play in Shakespeare's dramatization of the strife between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Richard is stunning archvillain who seduces, betrays, and murders his way to the throne. Explanatory footnotes.

Rights of Man

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"Rights of Man, " Paine's most widely read work, is considered a classic statement of faith in democracy. First appearing in 1791, this work spoke on behalf of equality and supported social security for workers, public employment for those in need of work, and other social reforms.

The Rivals

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Immensely popular comedy of manners featuring such memorable characters as the lovely Lydia Languish, her suitor, Capt. Jack Absolute; and Lydia's aunt Mrs. Malaprop, cleverly revolves around false identities, romantic entanglements, and parental disapproval."

A Room with a View

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A classic tale of British middle-class love, this novel displays Forster's skill in contrasting British sensibilities with those of foreign cultures, as he portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy. One of Forster's earliest and most celebrated works.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: First and Fifth Editions

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Omar Khayyam (1048-1122) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who was not known as a poet in his lifetime. These verses lay in obscurity until 1859, when FitzGerald published a free adapation of this Persian poetry. As a result, The Rubaiyat became one of the best-known and most often quoted English classics.

The School for Scandal

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A theater classic, often called the best comedy of manners in English, is a delightful play that brilliantly skewers the affectation and pretentiousness of aristocratic Londoners of the 1770s.

The Sea Gull (Revised)

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In this tragic masterpiece portraying the inner anguish of a tormented artist who burns with unrequited love, the Russian playwright uses the death of a sea gull to symbolize the ruined hopes and dreams of his characters. Universally acclaimed as a prototype of 20th-century drama, the play pioneered a new form of impressionistic realism.

The Secret Sharer and Other Stories (Revised)

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Three of Conrad s most powerful stories of the sea "Youth: A Narrative" (1898), "Typhoon" (1902), and "The Secret Sharer" (1910) each probing deeply, suspensefully into the mysteries of human character."

Selected Poems of Rumi

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Over 100 of Rumi's most passionate lyrics include "The Children of Light," "The Man Who Looked Back on His Way to Hell," "The Pear-Tree of Illusion." Translated by R. A. Nicholson.

Selections from the Journals

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Noted Thoreau scholar offers rich selection of favorite excerpts from voluminous "Journals." Masterly meditations on man, society, nature and many other subjects expressed with verve and vigor in some of the most poetic prose in American literature. Perfect introduction to the great naturalist and his thought. Introduction."

Shooting of Dan McGrew and Other Poems

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The English-born poet lived in Canada most of his life, where he penned aspirited series of poems that recapture the rough-and-tumble life of the frontier'smining camps and saloons. Includes "The Spell of the Yukon," "The Heart of the Sourdough," "While the Bannock Bakes," and "The Squaw Man.""

Short Stories

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Five poignant tales based in part on the author's experiences as a nurse during the Civil War: "Obtaining Supplies," "A Night," "My Contraband," "Happy Women," and "How I Went Out to Service."

Silas Marner (Revised)

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Silas Marner, a simple, religious man, angrily retreats from his community and church when he is unjustly accused of theft. In an isolated cottage, Silas spends his days weaving cloth and his nights sifting through the piles of gold he obsessively accumulates. Then, one New Year's Eve, a little girl, Eppie, appears at his home, and his life is miraculously transformed. Eliot's timeless tale includes an Introduction by David Carroll.

Snake and Other Poems

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This exceptional collection contains a rich cross-section of Lawrence's work, including the title poem, "A Collier's Wife," "Monologue of a Mother," "Fireflies in the Corn," and several others.

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (Revised)

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Classics of English poetry, alternately describing childhood states of innocence and their inevitable ensnarement in a corrupt and repressive world. Contains the full texts of all the poems in the original 1794 edition of both collections. Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Sonnets from the Portuguese: And Other Poems (Revised)

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Famed series of 44 love poems written to the poet's husband, Robert Browning, plus a selection of poems dealing with religion, art, social problems, and political events. Alphabetical lists of titles and first lines.

Sons and Lovers

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Torn between his passion for two women and his abiding attachment to his mother, young Paul Morel struggles with his desire to please everyone particularly himself. Lawrence's highly autobiographical novel unfolds against the backdrop of his native Nottinghamshire coal fields, amidst a working-class family dominated by a brutish father and a loving but overbearing mother. Lushly descriptive passages range from celebrations of natural beauty and sensual pleasures to searing indictments of the social blight engendered by industrialism. Essential reading for any study of 20th-century literature."

The Sorrows of Young Werther

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Goethe addresses issues of love, death, and redemption in an influential portrayal of a character who struggles to reconcile his artistic sensibilities with the demands of the objective world.

The Souls of Black Folk (Dover Thrift Editions) (Revised)

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This landmark in the literature of black protest eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind.

Spoon River Anthology

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An American poetry classic, in which former citizens of a mythical midwestern town speak touchingly from the grave of the thwarted hopes and dreams of their lives.

The Tale of Genji

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One of the world's oldest novels and the greatest single work of Japanese literature, this 11th-century romance offers a vast tapestry of court life, rich in poetry and subtle social, psychological observations.

Tao Te Ching

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An integral part of Chinese thought for more than 2,000 years, the "Tao Te Ching "teaches individual peace and harmony through meditation. One of the most influential books in history.


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Comedy, romance, and reconciliation are themes in this masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous harmony.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Challenging the hypocrisy and social conventions of the rural Victorian world, Tess of the D'Urbervilles follows the story of Tess Durbeyfield as she attempts to escape the poverty of her background, seeking wealth by claiming connection with the aristocratic D'Urberville family. It is through Tess's relationships with two very different men that Hardy tells the story of his tragic heroine, and exposes the double standards of the world that she inhabits with searing pathos and heart-rending sentiment.

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HarperCollins is pround to present a range of best-loved, essential classics.

'My life looks as if it had been wasted for want of chances! When I see what you know, what you have read, and seen, and thought, I feel what a nothing I am!'

Challenging the hypocrisy and social conventions of the rural Victorian world, Tess of the D'Urbervilles follows the story of Tess Durbeyfield as she attempts to escape the poverty of her background, seeking wealth by claiming connection with the aristocratic D'Urberville family. It is through Tess's relationships with two very different men that Hardy tells the story of his tragic heroine, and exposes the double standards of the world that she inhabits with searing pathos and heart-rending sentiment.

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This Side of Paradise (Revised)

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The story of Amory Blaine's adolescence and undergraduate days at Princeton, This Side of Paradise captures the essence of an American generation struggling to define itself in the aftermath of World War I and the destruction of "the old order".

Thoreau: A Book of Quotations

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In more than 600 striking, thought-provoking excerpts, grouped under 17 headings, Thoreau rails against injustice, gives voice to his love of nature, and advocates simplicity and conscious living. Note.

Thus Spake Zarathustra (Revised)

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This 19th-century literary and philosophical masterpiece introduces the controversial doctrine of the Ubermensch, or "superman," a term later perverted by Nazi propagandists. A provocative work, designed to inspire readers.

To My Husband and Other Poems

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From America's first poet a splendid selection of poems encompassing everything from lyric verses addressed to her husband and children to somber epitaphs on the deaths of her mother, father, and grandchildren. Poems grouped according to category (love, home life, religious meditations, dialogues, and lamentations). Of great literary value, these works also shed light on the cares, concerns and roles of colonial women."

Totem and Taboo

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Landmark collection of essays explores the conflict between primitive feelings and the demands of civilization. Ground-breaking work, essential for teachers and students of psychology and readers interested in ethnology and folklore.

Unknown Masterpiece and Other Stories (Revised)

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Three of the author s most highly regarded stories, newly translated: the title story, "An Episode During the Terror," and "Facino Cane.""

Utopia: A Dual-Language Book (Revised)

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Sixteenth-century classic by English ecclesiastic and scholar envisioned a tolerant, patriarchal island kingdom free of private property, violence, bloodshed, and vice. Forerunner of many later attempts.

Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Poems

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Representing the essential T. S. Eliot, these 25 works include the title poem plus the complete "Prufrock" ("The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Portrait of a Lady," others) and the complete "Poems." Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection

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More than 2,000 former slaves provide first-person accounts in blunt, simple language about their lives in bondage. Illuminating, often startling information about southern life before, during, and after the Civil War.

White Fang

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A classic adventure novel centering on a ferocious and magnificent creature, half dog, half wolf, through whose experiences we feel the essential savagery of wilderness life among animals and men.

The Wild Duck

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The idealistic son of a corrupt merchant exposes his father's duplicity, but in the process, destroys the very people he wishes to save.

Winesburg, Ohio

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In a deeply moving collection of interrelated stories, this 1919 American classic illuminates the loneliness and frustrations spiritual, emotional and artistic of life in a small town.

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations (Revised)

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This low-priced volume gathers together hundreds of Twain's most memorable quips and comments on life, love, history, culture, travel, and sundry topics that occupied his thoughts over 50 years of writing and lecturing.

The Yellow Wallpaper (Revised)

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Sevencharming tales explore relations between the sexes and offer witty insights from a feminist perspective. Includes the 1892 title classic, plus "Cottagette," "Turned," "Mr. Peebles' Heart," and more.