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  • 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...

  • King Learby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    King Lear is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. King Lear decides to step down and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When his youngest and favorite daughter refuses to compete and perform her love for him, he is enraged and disowns her. She remains loyal to him, however, though he slides into madness and his other children... more...

  • Salomeby Oscar Wilde; Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.95

    Salome is a tragic play written by Oscar Wilde, which tells the biblical story of Salome. Salome dances the Dance of the Seven Veils so well that she receives a boon from her stepfather Herod Antipas. Much to his dismay and her mother's delight she requests the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. Though John is a favorite of Herod and... more...

  • Frankensteinby Mary Shelley; Anca Munteanu

    Wiley 2004; US$ 10.99 US$ 9.50

    In the CliffsComplete guides, the novel's complete text and a glossary appear side-by-side with coordinating numbered lines to help you understand unusual words and phrasing. You'll also find all the commentary and resources of a standard CliffsNotes for Literature. CliffsComplete Frankenstein  is certainly Mary Shelley’s greatest literary... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1650?1740by Steven N. Zwicker

    Cambridge University Press 1998; US$ 28.00

    Brings together essays examining English literary culture in the Restoration and early eighteenth century, from Milton and Marvell to Pope and Montagu. more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetryby John Sitter

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 28.00

    This book analyzes major premises and practices of eighteenth-century English poets. more...

  • Bloom's How to Write about Shakespeare's Romancesby Suanna H Davis

    Infobase Publishing 2010; US$ 54.00

    The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Measure for Measure, and All's Well That Ends Well have fascinated scholars for centuries for, among other aspects, the ways they resist an obvious genre classification. While these stories of love and familial recognition bear elements of romantic conflict, Shakespeare integrated aspects of the comedic and tragic... more...

  • Literary Buckinghamshireby Paul Wreyford

    The History Press 2008; US$ 7.99

    A history of literary Buckinghamshire more...

  • Dangerous Goodsby Sean Hill

    Milkweed Editions 2014; US$ 15.99

    From the poet whose stunning debut was praised as "transcendent" (Kevin Young) and "steadily confident" (Carl Phillips), Dangerous Goods  tracks its speaker throughout North America and abroad, illuminating the ways in which home and place may inhabit one another comfortably or uncomfortablyor both simultaneously. From the Bahamas, London, and Cairo,... more...

  • The Adventures of Velaby Albert Wendt

    Huia (NZ) Ltd 2013; US$ 9.99

    Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela - Vela, so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa the Boneman. Follow him down through the centuries on his travels, encountering the single-minded society of the Tagata-Nei... more...