British Literature

Download E-books Middlemarch (Penguin Classics) PDF

By George Eliot

George Eliot's Victorian masterpiece: a significant portrait of a provincial city and its inhabitants

George Eliot’s novel, Middlemarch: A research of Provincial Life, explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands city in the course of smooth adjustments. The proposed Reform invoice provides political switch; the development of railroads alters either the actual and cultural panorama; new medical ways to drugs incite public department; and scandal lurks in the back of respectability. The quiet drama of normal lives and incorrect offerings are performed out within the complexly portrayed relevant characters of the novel—the idealistic Dorothea Brooke; the formidable Dr. Lydgate; the spendthrift Fred Vincy; and the steadfast Mary Garth. the looks of 2 outsiders extra disrupts the town’s equilibrium—Will Ladislaw, the lively nephew of Dorothea’s husband, the Rev. Edward Casaubon, and the sinister John Raffles, who threatens to reveal the hidden earlier of 1 of the town’s elite. Middlemarch displays George Eliot’s clear-eyed but humane figuring out of characters stuck up within the mysterious unfolding of self-knowledge. This Penguin Classics version makes use of the second one variation of 1874 and lines an advent and notes via Eliot-biographer Rosemary Ashton. In her creation, Ashton discusses issues of social switch in Middlemarch, and examines the radical as an inventive embodiment of Eliot's humanist beliefs.

For greater than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,500 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 more advantageous by way of introductions and notes via unusual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Fifty Works of English Literature We Could Do Without PDF

By Charles Osborne, Brigid Brophy, Michael Levey

The 50 works of English (and American) Literature handled during this publication are all thought of classics, reverently taught in our faculties, studied via researchers. The authors contend that those uninteresting, pretentious, and/or badly written works don't deserve their serious acclaim. This ebook comprises an essay on all the 50 works, explaining why lets do with out it.

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Download E-books Mistress Masham's Repose PDF

By T.H. White

"She observed: first, a sq. starting, approximately 8 inches extensive, within the lowest step...finally she observed that there has been a walnut shell, or part one, outdoor the closest door...she went to examine the shell—but appeared with the best astonishment. there has been a child in it."

So ten-year-old Maria, orphaned mistress of Malplaquet, discovers the key of her deteriorating property: on a abandoned island at its a ways nook, within the temple some time past nicknamed Mistress Masham's Repose, reside a complete neighborhood of people—"The People," as they name themselves—all purely inches tall. With assistance from her in basic terms friend—the absurdly erudite Professor—Maria quickly learns that this payment isn't any lower than the dominion of Lilliput (first obvious in Gulliver's Travels) in exile. competently hidden for hundreds of years, the Lilliputians are initially endangered by way of Maria's well-meaning yet clumsy makes an attempt to make their lives more uncomplicated, yet their scenario grows really ominous once they are chanced on via Maria's grasping guardians, who examine the folks and notice just a package of cash.

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Download E-books Jude the Obscure PDF

Jude the vague, the final accomplished of Thomas Hardy's novels, all started as serial in December 1894 and was once first released in publication shape in 1895. Its protagonist, Jude Fawley, is a working-class younger guy, a stonemason, who desires of changing into a pupil. the opposite major personality is his cousin, Sue Bridehead, who's additionally his imperative love curiosity. the unconventional is anxious particularly with problems with type, schooling, faith and marriage. the radical tells the tale of Jude Fawley, who lives in a village in southern England (part of Hardy's fictional county of Wessex), who yearns to be a student at "Christminster", a urban modelled on Oxford. As a adolescence, Jude teaches himself Classical Greek and Latin in his spare time, whereas operating first in his great-aunt's bakery, with the wish of getting into collage. yet ahead of he can try and do that the naïve Jude is seduced by means of Arabella Donn, a slightly coarse and superficial neighborhood lady who traps him into marriage via pretending to be pregnant. the wedding is a failure, and so they separate through mutual contract, and Arabella later emigrates to Australia, the place she enters right into a bigamous marriage. by way of this time, Jude has deserted his classical reports.

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Download E-books Oxford World's Classics: The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear (World Classics) PDF

By William Shakespeare

King Lear, largely thought of Shakespeare's so much deeply relocating, passionately expressed, and intellectually formidable play, has often been edited from the revised model revealed within the First Folio of 1623, with additions from the 4to of 1608. Now for the 1st time, this new quantity offers the whole, scholarly version to be dependent firmly at the 4to, now well-known because the base textual content from which all others derive. A thorough, attractively written creation indicates how the paintings grew slowly in Shakespeare's mind's eye, fed by way of years of interpreting, pondering, and adventure as a useful dramatist. This editition contains a brand new, modern-spelling textual content; an entire index to the advent and statement; construction photos and comparable artwork. The on-page observation and special notes to this variation provide serious assist in figuring out the language and dramaturgy with regards to the theaters within which King Lear used to be first played. extra sections reprint the early ballad, which used to be one of the play's earliest assets, and supply extra courses to knowing and appreciating one of many maximum masterworks of Western civilization.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative beneficial beneficial properties, together with professional introductions by way of major specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional research, and lots more and plenty more.

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Download E-books The Poems (Bantam Classic reissue) PDF

By William Shakespeare

David Bevington: quantity advent + Revisions and annotations to Shakespeare textual content, footnotes, textual notes, and person poem introductions.

David Scott Kastan and James Shapiro: Annotated bibliography.

The Poems

Shakespeare’s maximum success in nondramatic verse used to be his number of 154 extraordinary sonnets that painting a tumultuous international of affection, contention, and clash between a poet, an aristocratic younger guy, a rival poet, and a mysterious “dark lady.” extra profound than different Elizabethan sonnet sequences and not handed as archetypes of the shape, those poems discover nearly each that you can imagine emotional complexity regarding love and friendship. a few poems are darkish, sour, and self-hating, others show idealism with unmatchable eloquence–and all are of indispensable attractiveness, a part of the world’s nice literary heritage.

In addition to his sonnets, Shakespeare released lengthy poems early in his occupation: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. instantly renowned in Shakespeare’s time, they show a richness that could additionally present us with insights into the strong imagery of his plays.

Rounding out this quantity are minor poems, “A Lover’s Complaint” and “The Phoenix and Turtle,” considered a part of Shakespeare’s early writings.

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Download E-books The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds (Bantam Classic reissue) PDF

By H. G. Wells

The Time laptop
When the Time visitor courageously stepped out of his desktop for the 1st time, he discovered himself within the yr 802,700--and every little thing had replaced. during this surprising, utopian age creatures appeared to stay jointly in ideal concord. The Time visitor notion he may examine those outstanding beings--unearth their mystery after which go back to his personal time--until he stumbled on that his invention, his merely street of break out, were stolen.

H. G. Wells’s recognized novel of 1 man’s excellent trip past the traditional limits of the mind's eye first seemed in 1895. It received him fast reputation and has been appeared ever considering that as one of many nice masterpieces within the literature of technological know-how fiction.

[b]The battle of the Worlds
H. G. Wells’s technology fiction vintage, the 1st novel to discover the chances of clever existence from different planets, continues to be startling and shiny approximately a century after its visual appeal, and a part century after Orson Welles’s notorious 1938 radio adaptation.

This bold portrayal of extraterrestrial beings touchdown on English soil, with its issues of interplanetary imperialism, technological holocaust, and chaos, is principal to the occupation of H. G. Wells, who died on the sunrise of the atomic age. The survival of mankind within the face of “vast and funky and unsympathetic” clinical powers spinning uncontrolled was once a vital topic all through his paintings. Visionary, stunning, and chilling, [b]The conflict of the Worlds has misplaced none of its impression due to the fact its first ebook in 1898.

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Download E-books William the Conqueror (Just William series Book 6) PDF

By Richmal Crompton

William is often in difficulty, yet occasionally it's really not his fault. It used to be Ginger who confirmed him the ebook approximately Robin Hood, and it was once Violet Elizabeth Bott's inspiration to thieve from the wealthy and provides to the poor.

Unfortunately the one they be aware of is Violet's father, so William's most up-to-date plan to correct the world's wrongs is bound to guide to disaster . . .

In William the Conqueror everyone's favorite troublemaker, William Brown, is again in a suite of 13 simply William tales - now with a brand-new disguise glance illustrated by means of Joe Berger.

There is just one William. This tousle-headed, snub-nosed, hearty, lovely imp of mischief has been harassing his unlucky relations and delighting his millions of admirers on account that 1922.

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Download E-books The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 PDF

By Martin Amis

Is there anything that Martin Amis can’t write approximately? during this virtuosic, career-spanning assortment he is taking on James Joyce and Elvis Presley, Nabokov and English soccer, Jane Austen and Penthouse discussion board, William Burroughs and Hillary Clinton. yet chiefly, Amis is worried with literature, and with the lethal cliches–not in simple terms of the pen, yet of the brain and the guts.

In The conflict opposed to Cliché, Amis serves up clean exams of the classics and plucks ignored masterpieces off their dusty cabinets. He tilts with Cervantes, Dickens and Milton, celebrates Bellow, Updike and Elmore Leonard, and deflates the most bloated reputations of the previous 3 a long time. On each web page Amis writes with jaw-dropping felicity, wit, and a subversive brilliance that sheds new mild on every thing he touches.

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