The Unicorn

By Iris Murdoch

A marvelous legendary drama approximately well-meaning humans trapped in a struggle of religious forces

Marian Taylor, who has come as a “companion” to a beautiful girl in a distant fortress, turns into acutely aware that her organization 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 ache. yet is she an blameless sufferer, a accountable girl, a mad girl, or a witch? Is her non secular lifestyles particularly a few evil appeal? If she is forcibly liberated will she die? the standard, brilliant humans live on, and are by no means yes whether or not they have understood.

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The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge significant other to Jonathan rapid is a particularly commissioned selection of essays. prepared thematically throughout various subject matters, this 2003 quantity will deepen and expand the joy and knowing of Jonathan speedy for college students and students. The 13 essays discover the most important dimensions of Swift's existence and works. in addition to making sure a large assurance of Swift's writing - together with early and later works in addition to the higher recognized and the lesser recognized - the better half additionally bargains a manner into present serious and theoretical concerns surrounding the writer. targeted emphasis is put on Swift's vexed dating with the land of his delivery, eire; and on his position as a political author in a hugely politicised age. The spouse deals a lucid creation to those and different concerns, and increases questions about speedy and his global. the quantity encompasses a distinctive chronology and a consultant to additional analyzing.

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Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics)

By Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy’s impassioned novel of courtship in rural life
 
In Thomas Hardy’s first significant literary good fortune, self reliant and lively Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to soak up her place as a farmer at the biggest property within the quarter. Her daring presence attracts 3 very assorted suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the committed shepherd Gabriel Oak. each one, in contrasting methods, unsettles her judgements and complicates her lifestyles, and tragedy ensues, threatening the steadiness of the full neighborhood. certainly one of his first works set within the semi-fictional area of Wessex, Hardy’s novel of fast ardour and gradual courtship is imbued together with his evocative descriptions of rural lifestyles and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty approximately sexual relationships.

This version, in response to Hardy’s unique 1874 manuscript, is the entire novel he by no means observed released, and restores its complete candor and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan’s advent discusses the background of its book, in addition to the biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater via introductions and notes via uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000

By Martin Amis

Is there anything that Martin Amis can’t write approximately? during this virtuosic, career-spanning assortment he's taking on James Joyce and Elvis Presley, Nabokov and English soccer, Jane Austen and Penthouse discussion board, William Burroughs and Hillary Clinton. yet chiefly, Amis is anxious with literature, and with the lethal cliches–not simply of the pen, yet of the brain and the guts.

In The struggle opposed to Cliché, Amis serves up clean exams of the classics and plucks overlooked masterpieces off their dusty cabinets. He tilts with Cervantes, Dickens and Milton, celebrates Bellow, Updike and Elmore Leonard, and deflates probably the most bloated reputations of the prior 3 many years. On each web page Amis writes with jaw-dropping felicity, wit, and a subversive brilliance that sheds new mild on every little thing he touches.

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The Vanishing Point

By Mary Sharratt

In the culture of Philippa Gregory’s shrewdpermanent, transporting fiction comes this story of darkish suspense, love, and betrayal, that includes star-crossed sisters, one misplaced and the opposite searching.

Bright and inquisitive, Hannah Powers used to be raised by means of a father who handled her as though she have been his son. whereas her appealing and reckless sister, may well, pushes the boundaries of propriety of their small English city, Hannah harbors her personal mystery: their father has given her an schooling forbidden to girls. yet Hannah’s mystery serves her good whilst she trips to colonial Maryland to reunite with might, who has been married off to a far off cousin after her sexual misadventures ruined her marriage clients in England.

As Hannah searches for may well, who has disappeared, she unearths herself falling in love together with her brother-in-law. by myself in a wild, uncultivated land the place the previous ideas not follow, Hannah is free of the limitations of the society that judged either her and will as dangerous—too shrewdpermanent, too fearless, and too hungry for all times. yet Hannah can be laid low with doubt, as her quest for solutions to May’s destiny grows ever extra hectic and tangled.

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Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)

By William Makepeace Thackeray

Nobody is best outfitted within the fight for wealth and worldly good fortune than the eye-catching and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished historical past to clamber up the category ladder. Her sentimental significant other Amelia, besides the fact that, longs just for caddish soldier George. because the heroines make their manner throughout the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles—military and domestic—are fought, fortunes made and misplaced. the only steadfast and honourable determine during this corrupt global is Dobbin together with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and intensity to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of affection and social adventure. 

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Selected Works: John Wilmot

By John Wilmot, H. Frank Ellis

Whereas residing a lifetime of reckless debauchery and sexual adventuring, Rochester produced comedian verse, scurrilous satires, and hugely particular erotica. His chosen Works, edited by way of Frank H. Ellis and now on hand from Penguin Classics, express him to be one of many wittiest and most complicated poets of the 17th century. With unending literary disguises, rhymes and alliteration, humor and humanity, Rochester's poems delay a reflect to the extravagances and absurdities of his age.

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Paths of Glory

By Jeffrey Archer

Some humans have desires which are so outstanding that in the event that they have been to accomplish them, their position in heritage will be assured. yet what if one guy had any such dream…and as soon as he'd fulfilled it, there has been no facts that he had accomplished his ambition?

This is the tale of this type of guy: George Mallory. He as soon as informed an American reporter that he desired to climb Mt. Everest "because it is there." On his 3rd try in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was once final visible 600 toes from the pinnacle. His physique used to be present in 1999. And it nonetheless continues to be a secret even if he ever reached the summit

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