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  • Much Ado about Nothingby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Shakespeare's comedy play Much Ado About Nothing pivots around the impediments to love for young betrothed Hero and Claudio when Hero is falsely accused of infidelity and the "lover's trap" set for the arrogant and assured Benedick who has sworn of marriage and his gentle adversary Beatrice. The merry war between Benedick and Beatrice... more...

  • My Discovery of Englandby Stephen Leacock

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Canadian humorist and academic Stephen Leacock had a plethora of opportunities to explore new cultures as he traveled the globe in support of his many popular books, often giving scholarly talks along the way. In this uproarious volume of essays and vignettes, Leacock sets down his impressions of a promotional tour of England. more...

  • Oracabessaby Lorna Goodison

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 7.26

    Oracabessa is a book of risky journeys, mappings and re-mappings, as the poet navigates place, history and imagination. Goodison travels to Spain and Portugal, to Canada ( Winter has landed') and back to the Hope Gardens of her childhood in Jamaica; even to the Old Testament world of Ruth and Hagar. Throughout her journeys she hymns the artists who... more...

  • Orwell's Coughby John Ross

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 10.99

    “The doctor suddenly appeared beside Will, startling him. Though he smiled reassuringly, the poet noticed that he kept a safe distance. In a soothing, urbane voice, he explained the treatment: stewed prunes to evacuate the bowels; succulent meats to ease digestion; cinnabar and the sweating tub… Desperate diseases called for desperate remedies.? ... 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...

  • 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...

  • Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bellby Charlotte Bronte; Emily Bronte; Anne Bronte

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Fans of the Bronte sisters should add this remarkable volume of poetry to their must-read list. Initially released in 1846, this volume was the first work published by any of the sisters. In order to protect their identities and avoid the condescension often directed at female writers during the period, the Bronte sisters used gender-neutral pen names.... more...

  • Rime of the Ancient Marinerby Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Frederick H. Sykes

    The Floating Press 1908; US$ 3.99

    A mariner stops a man on his way to a wedding. The mariner then relates to the man all the events of a long sea voyage, arousing in his listener feeling of impatience, fear, fascination and bemusement. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was published in the collection Lyrical Ballads (1798), which contributed significantly to the advent of modern poetry... more...

  • The Ring and the Bookby Robert Browning

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    Browning's dramatic poem The Ring and the Book narrates the trial of a Roman for the death of his wife and her parents. He suspected his wife of having an affair with a cleric. The man appeals his sentence, though unsuccessfully. The poem is narrated by many different voices, each adding their version of events to the whole in a series of monologues. more...