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  • Adonaisby Percy Bysshe Shelley; William Michael Rossetti

    The Floating Press 1821; US$ 3.99

    Adonais represents the height of artistic achievement for nineteenth-century Romantic poetry. Percy Bysshe Shelley's book-length elegy in the pastoral style mourns the loss of fellow poet John Keats in 495 remarkably accomplished lines. Shelley himself regarded "Adonais" as the best of his work, and the poem is a must-read for fans of... more...

  • Balladsby William Makepeace Thackeray

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Though he is best remembered as the satirical novelist who penned nineteenth-century masterpieces such as Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray was also an accomplished poet. This volume collects some of Thackeray's most popular ballads, lyrics, and other poems; it is a rewarding read for lovers of traditional verse. more...

  • Phantasmagoriaby Lewis Carroll

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Today, Lewis Carroll is best remembered as a writer of juvenile fiction responsible for such timeless works as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. However, Carroll was also a poet who wove dark visions and supernatural themes into his substantial body of work. Much of the verse collected in Phantasmagoria and Other Poems... more...

  • The City of Dreadful Nightby James Thomson

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    This long poem written by Scottish author James Thomson is a notable literary accomplishment on several levels. It offers a no-holds-barred account of the seedy underbelly of London's nightlife in the late nineteenth century that stands in sharp contrast to the more popular vision that was advanced in many other Victorian-era novels and poems.... more...

  • Pygmalionby George Bernard Shaw

    The Floating Press 1912; US$ 3.95

    In George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion a phonetician believes the power of speech is such that he can introduce a Cockney flower girl to polite society after careful language and etiquette training, and no one will discern her true roots. The professor and the flower girl grown close, but after her successful debut she rejects the professor and... more...

  • King Richard IIIby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Richard III belongs to Shakespeare's folio of King Richard plays, and is the longest of his plays after Hamlet. It is classified variously as a tragedy and a history, showing the reign of Richard III in an unflattering light. The play's length springs in part from its reference to the other Richard plays, with which Shakespeare assumed his... more...

  • Othelloby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Othello, The Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, his wife Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio, and his trusted advisor Iago. Attesting to its enduring popularity, the play appeared in 7 editions between 1622 and 1705. Because... more...

  • Paradise Lostby John Milton

    The Floating Press 1900; US$ 4.50

    Paradise Lost is one of the most epic, complex theological works to date. Milton's masterpiece in blank verse tells the story of the fall from grace. His protagonist is often read as Satan, who rebels against the omnipotent God, though he cannot win. Milton expresses the paradox of free will within the creation of an all-knowing God. more...

  • She Stoops to Conquerby Oliver Goldsmith

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 4.50

    She Stoops to Conquer was first performed in 1773, and remains popular today. Written by Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith, it is a comedy of errors spanning the events of one night. more...

  • The School for Scandalby Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 4.50

    The School for Scandal debuted at Drury Lane Theater in London in 1777. The play is still popular and regularly performed today. It is a comedy of manners about "the deceptive nature of appearances, the fickleness of reputation, [and] the often disreputable guises behind which goodness and honesty can conceal itself." more...