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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...

  • The Adventures of Velaby Albert Wendt

    Huia (NZ) Ltd 2013; US$ 6.99

    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...

  • The Alchemistby Ben Jonson

    The Floating Press 1900; US$ 4.95

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge said of Ben Jonson's The Alchemist that it had one out of the three most perfect plots in literature. This play, with its sharp portrayal of human folly, is considered by many to be Jonson's best comedy. First performed 1610, its popularity has endured to this day. more...

  • All's Well That Ends Wellby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Although originally classified as one of Shakespeare's comedies, All's Well That Ends Well" is now more commonly classified as one of his ambiguous problem plays, so called because they defy neat classification as either comedy or tragedy. Helena, a servant harbors a secret love for Betram her mistresses' son. When the king becomes... more...

  • Antony and Cleopatraby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 1753; US$ 3.99

    Antony and Cleopatra is a tragic play by Shakespeare, which tells the ill-fated love story between Antony and Cleopatra and the antagonistic role played by Julius Caesar, future Emperor of Rome. "I will tell you. The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne, Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold; Purple the sails, and so perfumed... more...

  • As You Like Itby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    As You Like It is truly one of Shakespeare's greatest romantic comedies. The heroine, Rosalind has grown up in the court of her usurping uncle Duke Frederick, her father, the rightful duke, having been exiled by his younger brother. Rosalind falls in love with Orlando, but Orlando is forced to flee when he is persecuted by his older brother Oliver.... more...

  • Autobiography of Anthony Trollopeby Anthony Trollope

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    Dive into the back story behind renowned British novelist Anthony Trollope's rise to literary fame and glory. This autobiography offers a movingly detailed portrait of Trollope's childhood, his early career missteps (including a stint as a postal worker), and his blossoming literary interests and ambitions. more...

  • The Ballad of Reading Gaolby Oscar Wilde

    The Floating Press 2013; US$ 2.99

    In 1895, Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor as punishment for having engaged in homosexual acts. While serving out his sentence at Reading Gaol in Berkshire, Wilde witnessed the execution by hanging of a young soldier who had murdered his wife by slashing her throat. Profoundly shaken by the execution and the crime that preceded it,... more...

  • The Ballad of the White Horseby G. K. Chesterton

    The Floating Press 2015; US$ 1.99

    British writer G.K. Chesterton was an irrepressible jack-of-all-trades when it came to literature, producing popular works in virtually every genre. The Ballad of the White Horse is an epic poem detailing the triumphs and travails of Saxon King Alfred the Great. It is said that Chesterton spent more time on this poem than any other work, and some critics... 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...