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  • The Merchant of Veniceby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    The Merchant of Venice is classed as one of Shakespeare's comedies, but is more often remembered for its dramatic characters and situations. Though the villain of the piece, the Jewish moneylender Shylock is often the most prominent and well-remembered character of the play. As he can be played and directed either sympathetically or wholly villainous,... more...

  • Macbethby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely on a King Macbeth of Scotland. The play is traditionally considered "cursed", and thus many actors refer to it as "The... more...

  • Twelfth Nightby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Another case of mistaken identity from the king of the plot twist, Twelfth Night tells the tale of the beautiful young Viola who is separated from her twin brother, Sebastian, when their ship is lost at sea. Believing Sebastian to be dead Viol poses as a man and enters service with the Duke Orisino. When Olivia, the woman that Orisino loves, falls... more...

  • Essaysby Francis Bacon

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    It is virtually impossible to overstate the impact of Francis Bacon's work on modern society. As the creator of the scientific method, he paved the way for thousands of important discoveries. In this interesting volume of essays, Bacon takes on topics ranging from travel to family life, offering his unique viewpoint and nuggets of philosophical... more...

  • Sir Gawain and The Green Knightby Keith Harrison; Helen Cooper

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 8.99

    The finest translation in and for our time' (Kevin Crossley-Holland) Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, with its intricate plot of enchantment and betrayal is probably the most skilfully told story in the whole of the English Arthurian cycle. Originating from the north-west midlands of England, it is based on two separate and very ancient Celtic... more...

  • Pronouncing Shakespeareby David Crystal

    Cambridge University Press 2005; US$ 24.00

    The story behind the production of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe in original, Shakespearian pronunciation, first published in 2005. more...

  • Conspiracy and Virtueby Susan Wiseman

    Oxford University Press, UK 2006; US$ 97.99

    Conspiracy and Virtue is a study of gender and cultural politics in the century of revolution. It argues that in seventeenth-century England women's relationship to the political sphere was shaped by their exclusion from it. Authors discussed include: Aphra Behn, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Margaret Cavendish, and Queen Christina of Sweden. -... more...

  • Early Modern England and Islamic Worldsby Linda McJannet; Bernadette Andrea

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00

    The essays in this book analyze range of genres - such as travel narratives, canonical and non-canonical drama, and prose romances - and consider geographical areas beyond the Ottoman Empire, including Mughal India, Safavid Persia, and the Muslim regions of Southeast and Central Asia.  This collection deepens our post-Saidian understanding of the... more...

  • Paradise, Death and Doomsday in Anglo-Saxon Literatureby Ananya Jahanara Kabir

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 37.00

    A 2001 study of 'interim paradise': the temporary abode of souls after death and before Doomsday. more...

  • Representing Revolution in Milton and his Contemporariesby David Loewenstein

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 51.00

    Loewenstein explores the interactions of literature, polemics and religious politics in the English Revolution. more...