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  • The Odysseyby Homer; Peter Jones; Dominic Rieu

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 11.27

    The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmityof the sea-god Poseidon - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to... more...

  • Relative Chronology in Early Greek Epic Poetryby Øivind Andersen; Dag T. T. Haug

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 29.00

    This book investigates the relative chronology of early Greek poetry through linguistic and literary analyses of the texts themselves. more...

  • Tao Te Chingby Stephen Mitchell

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.19

    Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching llods at the basic predicatment of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches... more...

  • Metamorphosesby Ovid; David Raeburn

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 12.68

    Ovid's deliciously witty and exuberant epic starts with the creation of the world and brings together a series of ingeniously linked Greek and Roman myths and legends in which men and women are transformed, often by love - into flowers, trees, stones and stars. This new verse translation, in simple and swift English hexameters, allows Ovid's narrative... more...

  • Gulliver's Travelsby Jonathan Swift; Claude Rawson; Ian Higgins

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 4.99

    Gulliver's Travels purports to be a travel book, and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four extraordinary places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms. A consumately skilful blend of fantasy and realism makes Gulliver's Travels by turns hilarious, frightening, and profound. This new... more...

  • Gilgameshby Stephen Mitchell

    Atria Books 2010; US$ 12.99

    Gilgamesh is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, and although previously there have been competent scholarly translations of it, until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right. Acclaimed translator Stephen Mitchell's lithe, muscular rendering allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece... more...

  • Horoscopes for the Deadby Billy Collins

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    WINNER—BEST POETRY—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEWSWEEK /THE DAILY BEAST NATIONAL BESTSELLER   Billy Collins is widely acknowledged as a prominent player at the table of modern American poetry. And in this smart, lyrical, and mischievous collection of poetry, which covers the everlasting... more...

  • Japanese Death Poemsby Yoel Hoffmann

    Tuttle Publishing 1998; US$ 16.99

    Although the consciousness of death is, in most cultures, very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei , or the "death poem." Such a poem is often written in the very last moments of the poet's life. Hundreds of Japanese death poems,... more...

  • Statius' Silvae and the Poetics of Empireby Carole E. Newlands

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 46.00

    A study of the poems of Statius' Silvae, exploring their insights into the culture of the Flavian period. more...

  • Homage to Cataloniaby George Orwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 14.09

    In this chronicle of his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic and brutal episode in European history. 'An unrivalled picture of the rumours, suspicions and treachery... more...