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  • Troilus and Cressidaby William Shakespeare; Dr. Barbara A. Mowat; Paul Werstine

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 5.99

    For Troilus and Cressida, set during the Trojan War, Shakespeare turned to the Greek poet Homer, whose epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey treat the war and its aftermath, and to Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales and the great romance of the war, Troilus and Criseyde. The authoritative edition of Troilus and Cressida from... more...

  • Poemsby William Blake; Patti Smith

    Random House 2010; US$ 5.99

    SELECTED AND INTRODUCED BY PATTI SMITH William Blake is one of Britain's most fascinating writers, who, as well as being a groundbreaking poet, is also well known as a painter, engraver, radical and mystic. Although Blake was dismissed as an eccentric by his contemporaries, his powerful and richly symbolic poetry has been a fertile source... more...

  • Songs of Actionby Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    If you have always thought of Arthur Conan Doyle as a hyper-rational one-trick pony, it's time to reevaluate your assumptions. This volume of verse from the beloved creator of Sherlock Holmes adds a starkly different dimension to his literary oeuvre. Linked by martial themes, the poems collected in Songs of Action are stirring and thought-provoking. more...

  • Thomas Mooreby Stephen Gwynn

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Irish-born poet and lyricist Thomas Moore arose from a working-class background to make a name for himself as one of the foremost figures in the Gaelic cultural revival that began to take hold in the early nineteenth century. Stephen Gwynn's comprehensive biography of Moore traces his unlikely trajectory from grocer's son to a looming figure... more...

  • A Second Book of Broadsheets (Routledge Revivals)by Various

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 51.95

    This book, together with A Book of Broadsheets makes up an anthology of the 1915 broadsheets distributed by The Times to members of H.M. Forces serving in the trenches of World War I. The volume contains a wide variety of rich literature from before the war and was designed to give soldiers entertainment. It includes extracts from the works of... more...

  • New Poetries VIby Michael Schmidt; Helen Tookey

    Carcanet 2015; US$ 18.94

    ‘With this, the sixth New Poetries,? write the editors, ‘the anthology series comes of age. It is twenty-one years since New Poetries I set the pattern, introducing new and relatively new writers, among them Sophie Hannah, Vona Groarke and Miles Champion, three poets so different that their art had to go into the plural.? And there it has stayed:... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...