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  • Beowulfby Anonymous; Burton Raffel; Burton Raffel; Roberta Frank

    Penguin Publishing Group 1999; US$ 4.95

    Before there was Game of Thrones , there was Beowulf ...   SONG OF BATTLE AND KINGS   Beowulf is one of the earliest extant poems in a modern European language, composed in England before the Norman Conquest. As a social document this great epic poem is invaluable—reflecting a feudal world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory,... more...

  • She Stoops to Conquerby Oliver Goldsmith

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 4.50 US$ 3.92

    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...

  • Macbethby William Shakespeare

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95 US$ 3.44

    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...

  • The Canterbury Talesby Geoffrey Chaucer; David Wright; Christopher Cannon

    OUP Oxford 2011; US$ 5.99

    A group of pilgrims entertain each other with stories on their way to Canterbury in a poem whose characters, from the Knight to the Wife of Bath, are as vivid as their tales. This new edition of David Wright's acclaimed translation includes a new critical introduction and invaluable notes by a leading Chaucer scholar. 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$ 5.99

    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...

  • Oracabessaby Lorna Goodison

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 12.99

    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...

  • Colaterales/Collateralby Dinapiera Di Donato

    Akashic Books 2013; US$ 15.99

    The debut winner of the Paz Prize for Poetry, presented by the National Poetry Series. more...