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  • Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowdby R. E. Jonsson

    Wiley 1973; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    This book focuses on farm owner Bathsheba and her three suitors and shows the many faces of love. Perhaps the luckiest outcome is for Gabriel Oak, a shepherd who ends up with the love that makes life joyful. more...

  • Maugham's Of Human Bondageby Frank B. Huggins

    Wiley 1963; US$ 4.95 US$ 4.36

    This book is a chronicle of an Englishman tied to appetites that never sate his spirit. Several professional attempts and failures leave him with little but a desire for a woman low and coarse, who becomes a prostitute. more...

  • Shaw's Pygmalion and Arms and The Manby James K. Lowers; Marilynn O. Harper

    Wiley 1982; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    In Pygmalion , Shaw presents the classical story of a professor who transforms a girl of the lower class into an elegant creature, who then falls in love with him -- unfortunately in love, that is. Set in Bulgaria, Arms and the Man satirizes romantic attitudes about love and war. Raina, the heroine, falls in love with a cowardly, chocolate-loving... more...

  • James' The Portrait of a Ladyby James L. Roberts

    Wiley 1965; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    With rare honesty and acuity, James examines the mythologies of American life by putting Yanks in European society and letting them sink or swim. This tale of an innocent woman abroad adds to the wealth and richness of James's contribution to literature. more...

  • Moliere's Tartuffe, The Misanthrope & The Bourgeois Gentlemanby Denis M. Calandra; James L. Roberts

    Wiley 1968; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    In Tartuffe, a witty 17th-century French comedy, a religious hypocrite almost succeeds in his plot to jail a naive friend and his family and thereby get the title to their home. The Misanthrope centers on a man who decides to speak and act with complete honesty, despite the fact that society has its hypocritical aspects. Love enters the picture,... more...

  • Dreiser's An American Tragedyby Martin Bucco

    Wiley 1999; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    Called one of the best writers on the American scene, Dreiser is also called one of the world's best worst writers, with claims that he is an impurist with nothing but genius. This story, told in gruesome detail and with unswerving realism, recounts the dilemmas and choices of a "loser"; we watch him ascend to temptation, fall in transgression, and... more...

  • Lewis' Arrowsmithby Salibelle Royster

    John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    The Pulitzer Prize winning "Arrowsmith" (an award Lewis refused to accept) recounts the story of a doctor who is forced to give up his trade for reasons ranging from public ignorance to the publicity-mindedness of a great foundation, and becomes an isolated seeker of scientific truth. more...

  • Sterne's Tristram Shandyby Charles Parish

    Wiley 1999; US$ 4.95 US$ 4.36

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background — all to help you gain greater insight into great works you're bound to study for school or pleasure. In CliffsNotes on Sterne's Tristram Shandy, you find help in making sense of the complexities of Laurence... more...

  • Kafka's The Trialby Herberth Czermak

    Wiley 1999; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    Kafka's books are filled with the blurring of reality and dreams. The "real" world is never enough for Kafka's characters, and they are always left yearning for a firm metaphysical anchor that they can never quite grasp. This book describes a man's persecution by an overwhelming power. more...

  • Shakespeare's King Henry IVby James K. Lowers

    Wiley 1999; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    This popular play entertains and inspires in alternating comic scenes and serious ones and is the birthplace of one of the theater's greatest characters, Sir John Falstaff. Young Prince Hal rebels against his father the king until he must go to the king's aid to stamp out the rebellion of nobles. more...