Captains Courageous (Penguin Classics) by Rudyard Kipling, John Seelye

By Rudyard Kipling, John Seelye

First released in 1897, Captains brave tells of the high-seas adventures of Harvey Cheyne, the son of an American millionaire, who, after falling from a luxurious ocean liner, is rescued via the raucous workforce of the fishing send We're the following. Obstinate and spoiled before everything, Harvey in the end learns diligence and accountability and earns the camaraderie of the seamen, who deal with him as certainly one of their very own. a real try out of personality, Harvey's months aboard the We're the following supply a pleasant glimpse of existence at sea and well-told morals of self-discipline, empathy, and self- reliance.

Introduction via John Seelye.

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The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch

By Iris Murdoch

A great legendary drama approximately well-meaning humans trapped in a conflict of non secular forces

Marian Taylor, who has come as a “companion” to a beautiful lady in a distant citadel, turns into conscious that her agency is a prisoner, not just of her obsessions, yet of an unforgiving husband.

Hannah, the Unicorn, possible a picture of persecuted advantage, fascinates those that encompass her, a few of whom plan to rescue her from her dream of redemptive pain. yet is she an blameless sufferer, a accountable girl, a mad girl, or a witch? Is her religious lifestyles particularly a few evil appeal? If she is forcibly liberated will she die? the standard, good humans continue to exist, and are by no means yes whether or not they have understood.

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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Energetic, soaking up, frequently outrageously humorous, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a piece of genius, an undisputed vintage that has held a different charm for every iteration of readers. The stories gathers twenty-nine of literature’s so much enduring (and endearing) characters in a shiny workforce portrait that captures the complete spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the common-or-garden Plowman.

This re-creation incorporates a finished advent that summarizes essentially the most vital old occasions and routine that outlined the area of Chaucer and his pilgrims; extra stories (Reeve’s and Shipman’s); introductions for every story designed to organize the reader for a greater knowing and pleasure of the story; newly written and very easily positioned explanatory notes; and a brand new, extra simply understood approach for studying to pronounce Chaucerian heart English.

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Mistress Masham’s Repose (The New York Review Children’s by T. H. White

By T. H. White

"She observed: first, a sq. commencing, approximately 8 inches extensive, within the lowest step...finally she observed that there has been a walnut shell, or part one, outdoors the closest door...she went to examine the shell--but appeared with the best astonishment. there has been a toddler in it."

So ten-year-old Maria, orphaned mistress of Malplaquet, discovers the key of her deteriorating property: on a abandoned island at its some distance nook, within the temple in the past nicknamed Mistress Masham's Repose, dwell a complete neighborhood of people--"The People," as they name themselves--all basically inches tall. With assistance from her merely friend--the absurdly erudite Professor--Maria quickly learns that this payment isn't any below the dominion of Lilliput (first visible in Gulliver's Travels) in exile. accurately hidden for hundreds of years, the Lilliputians are before everything endangered via Maria's well-meaning yet clumsy makes an attempt to make their lives more straightforward, yet their scenario grows actually ominous after they are chanced on through Maria's grasping guardians, who examine the folk and notice just a package deal of cash.

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The Last Man by Mary Shelley

By Mary Shelley

From the writer of Frankenstein comes this apocalyptic story of a global devastated via plague. Mary Shelley's 1826 roman à clef happens within the past due twenty-first century, as England's final king abdicates and a charmed circle of idealistic political reformers plunges right into a maelstrom of conflict, pestilence, and anarchy.

Shelley wrote this gripping novel after the premature deaths of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their comrade, Lord Byron. She modeled a couple of characters at the charismatic poets and established the narrator—the sole survivor of a pandemic—on her personal personality. This parable of humanity's destruction through plague is largely considered as a repudiation of Romanticism and its failure to unravel the world's difficulties via artwork and philosophy. It displays the methods utopian beliefs, unchecked by way of ethical and moral criteria, can shatter society.

Misunderstood through nineteenth-century readers, Shelley's visionary novel disappeared for over a century, basically to reemerge to serious acclaim as a precursor of technological know-how fiction and a forerunner of recent apocalyptic stories. Novelist Muriel Spark hailed it because the harbinger of "an fullyyt new style, compounded of the household romance, the Gothic extravaganza, and the sociological novel," and said it Shelley's "most attention-grabbing, if no longer her consummate work."

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The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography by Lois Potter

By Lois Potter

The Life of William Shakespeare is an interesting and wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare's lifestyles and works concentrating on oftern missed literary and old contexts: what Shakespeare learn, who he labored with as an writer and an actor, and the way those a variety of collaborations could have affected his writing.

• Written by means of an eminent Shakespearean student and skilled theatre reviewer
• can pay specific recognition to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways that they stimulated his writing
• deals an fascinating account of the existence and paintings of the good poet-dramatist established round the suggestion of reminiscence
• Explores frequently overlooked literary and ancient contexts that light up Shakespeare's existence and works

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Voice and the Victorian Storyteller (Cambridge Studies in by Ivan Kreilkamp

By Ivan Kreilkamp

The nineteenth-century novel has continually been considered as a literary shape pre-eminently eager about the written observe, yet Ivan Kreilkamp exhibits it used to be deeply marked via and engaged with vocal performances and the protection and illustration of speech. He deals an in depth account of the various methods Victorian literature and tradition represented the human voice, from political speeches, governesses' stories, shorthand manuals, and staged authorial performances within the early- and mid-century, to automatically reproducible voice on the finish of the century. via readings of Charlotte Brontë, Browning, Carlyle, Conrad, Dickens, Disraeli and Gaskell, Kreilkamp reevaluates severe assumptions concerning the cultural meanings of storytelling, and indicates that the determine of the oral storyteller, instead of disappearing between readers' choice for revealed texts, continued as a personality and a functionality in the novel. This cutting edge research will swap the way in which readers ponder the Victorian novel and its some ways of telling tales.

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An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd

By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the ancient novel at its best."
The long island instances booklet Review

Booker Prize Finalist

"Boyd has greater than fulfilled the intense promise of [his] first novel. . . . he's able not just of a few very humorous satire but additionally of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The manhattan Times

1914. In a resort room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith goals of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her choice to come to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a far off English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And within the heritage of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which not anyone has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly inspires the non-public dramas of a iteration upswept by means of the winds of warfare. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up hands on behalf of serious Britain. And whilst Felix's brother marches off to guard British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his greater judgment, a forbidden love affair. because the sons of the area fit wits and guns on a continent hundreds of thousands of miles from domestic, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of family and friends. by way of turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by way of violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human means for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively advised, a seriocomic romp. Boyd offers us reviews of individuals stuck within the aspect wallet of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, aspect and grit." —Harper's

"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose within which tale and characters stream without problems out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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