Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Edwin A. Abbott

This masterpiece of technology (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully particular and hugely exciting satire that has charmed readers for greater than a hundred years. The paintings of English clergyman, educator and Shakespearean pupil Edwin A. Abbott (1838-1926), it describes the trips of A. sq., a mathematician and resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, the place women-thin, immediately lines-are the lowliest of shapes, and the place males can have any variety of facets, reckoning on their social status.
Through unusual occurrences that deliver him into touch with a number of geometric kinds, sq. has adventures in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one size) and Pointland (no dimensions) and eventually entertains options of vacationing a land of 4 dimensions—a progressive suggestion for which he's back to his two-dimensional global. Charmingly illustrated via the writer, Flatland isn't just interesting analyzing, it truly is nonetheless a primary fictional advent to the concept that of the a number of dimensions of house. "Instructive, pleasing, and stimulating to the imagination." — Mathematics Teacher.

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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe is a singular via Daniel Defoe, first released on 25 April 1719. this primary version credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its writer, top many readers to think he used to be a true individual and the publication a travelogue of precise incidents. It was once released lower than the significantly longer unique identify The lifestyles and weird Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived 8 and two decades, on their lonesome in an un-inhabited Island at the Coast of the USA, close to the Mouth of the good River of Oroonoque; Having been solid on Shore via Shipwreck, in which all of the males perished yet himself. With An Account how he used to be ultimately as unusually deliver'd by way of Pyrates. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in shape, the publication is a fictional autobiography of the identify personality (whose start identify is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends years on a distant tropical island close to Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers sooner than being rescued. the tale is largely appeared to were stimulated via the lifetime of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for 4 years at the Pacific island known as "Más a Tierra" (in 1966 its identify used to be replaced to Robinson Crusoe Island), Chile. even if, different attainable assets were recommend for the textual content. it truly is attainable, for instance, that Defoe used to be encouraged by way of the Latin or English translations of Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, an past novel additionally set on a barren region island. one other resource for Defoe's novel can have been Robert Knox's account of his abduction by way of the King of Ceylon in 1659 in "An old Account of the Island Ceylon," Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons (Publishers to the University), 1911.

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Anna Karenina

The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of 1 of the best Russian novels ever written

defined by way of William Faulkner because the most sensible novel ever written and through Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an unlimited and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, taking part in out the contrasts of urban and kingdom existence and all of the adaptations on love and kin happiness.

whereas prior models have softened the strong and occasionally stunning characteristics of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation real to his robust voice. This authoritative variation, which bought the PEN Translation Prize and was once an Oprah publication membership™ choice, additionally comprises an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. attractive, energetic, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina may be the definitive textual content for lovers of the movie and generations to come. This Penguin Classics Deluxe version additionally positive factors French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts superior via introductions and notes by way of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress (Oxford World's Classics)

By Daniel Defoe

Roxana (1724), Defoe's final and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a lady who has traded her advantage, initially for survival, after which for status and fortune. Its narrator tells the tale of her personal `wicked' existence because the mistress of wealthy and strong males. A ingenious adventuress, she is additionally an unforgiving analyst of her personal susceptibilities, who tells us of the associated fee she will pay for her successes. Endowed with many seductive talents, she is herself seduced: by way of funds, via goals of rank, and through the semblance that she will get away her personal prior. not like Defoe's different penitent anti-heroes, even if, she fails to overcome those weaknesses.

The novel's drama lies not just within the heroine's `vast number of fortunes', yet in her makes an attempt to appreciate the occasionally sour classes of her lifestyles as a `Fortunate Mistress'. Defoe's fulfillment used to be to invent, in `Roxana', a gripping story-teller in addition to a gripping tale.

This version makes use of the infrequent first version textual content, with a brand new advent, precise notes, textual historical past, and a map.

concerning the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the widest diversity of literature from worldwide. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, delivering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of alternative helpful good points, together with professional introductions via best specialists, worthy notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for extra learn, and masses extra.

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Great Expectations

By Charles Dickens

Nice expectancies is Charles Dickens's 13th novel. it's his moment novel, after David Copperfield, to be totally narrated within the first individual. nice expectancies is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it's a vintage paintings of Victorian literature. It depicts the expansion and private improvement of an orphan named Pip. the unconventional used to be first released in serial shape in Dickens's weekly periodical all of the 12 months around, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and corridor released the unconventional in 3 volumes. Dickens initially meant nice expectancies to be two times as lengthy, yet constraints imposed by way of the administration of all of the yr around constrained the novel's size. the unconventional is accumulated and dense, with a conciseness strange for Dickens. based on G. okay. Chesterton, Dickens penned nice expectancies in "the afternoon of [his] existence and fame." It was once the penultimate novel Dickens accomplished, previous Our Mutual good friend. it truly is set one of the marshes of Kent and in London within the early to mid-1800s. the radical comprises a few of Dickens such a lot memorable scenes, together with its starting, in a graveyard, while the younger orphan Pip is accosted through the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. nice expectancies is a picture publication, packed with severe imagery, poverty, criminal ships ("the hulks"), limitations and chains, and fights to the loss of life. Upon its unlock, Thomas Carlyle noted "All that Pip's nonsense." Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the unconventional as "All of 1 piece and regularly truthfull." Dickens felt nice expectancies used to be his top paintings, calling it "a very fantastic idea," and was once very delicate to compliments from his acquaintances: "Bulwer, who has been, as i feel you recognize, terribly taken via the book." nice expectancies has a colorful forged that has entered pop culture: the capricious pass over Havisham, the chilly and lovely Estella, Joe the sort and beneficiant blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook, Mr. Jaggers, Wemmick together with his twin character, and the eloquent and clever pal, Herbert Pocket. in the course of the narrative, normal Dickensian issues emerge: wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of fine over evil. nice expectancies has develop into extremely popular and is now taught as a vintage in lots of English sessions. it's been translated into many languages and tailored again and again in movie and different media.

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The Awkward Age (Penguin Classics)

By Henry James

Nanda Brookenham is 'coming out' in London society. Thrust all of sudden into the vicious, immoral circle that has amassed around her mom, she even reveals herself in pageant with Mrs Brookenham for the love of the fellow she admires. gentle and ironic in its contact, The Awkward Age however analyzes the English personality with nice subtlety.

The Awkward Age, which has been a lot praised for its usual discussion and the delicacy of feeling it conveys, exemplifies Conrad's comment that James 'is by no means in deep gloom or in violent sunshine. yet he feels deeply and vividly each soft shade.'

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

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The Ambassadors (Penguin Classics)

By Henry James

The maximum expression of his expertise for witty, observant explorations of what it skill to 'live well', Henry James's The Ambassadors is edited with an creation and notes through Adrian Poole in Penguin Classics.

involved that her son Chad could have get involved with a lady of doubtful acceptance, the ambitious Mrs Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's venture, although, is steadily undermined as he falls lower than the spell of town and reveals Chad sophisticated instead of corrupted via its impact and that of his captivating spouse, Madame de Vionnet, and her daughter, Jeanne. because the summer season wears on, Mrs Newsome concludes that she needs to ship one other envoy to confront the errant Chad - and a Strether whose view of the area has replaced profoundly. one of many maximum of James's past due works, The Ambassadors is a sophisticated and witty exploration of other responses to a ecu surroundings.

This version of The Ambassadors incorporates a chronology, additional analyzing, word list, notes and an creation discussing the unconventional within the context of James's different works on americans in Europe, and the novel's portrayal of Paris.

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Circus of the Unseen

By Joanne Owen

Staying alive isn't effortless on this planet of the dead

After an coincidence at her grandmother's condominium, Rosie is transported to an odd and sinister international populated by way of a forged of carnivalesque characters who dwell within the Circus of the Unseen. Reigning over them is an outdated girl referred to as mom Matushka, who guards the brink among existence and dying and has notable powers over throughout her.

This is an in-between global, a strange and trapped life, yet Rosie isn't really just like the others right here. She appears to be like soaring among the realm of the dwelling and the realm of the lifeless, or even turns out to have the ability to problem mom Matushka. Can Rosie break out mom Matushka's ambitious rule and an international in limbo? and will she resolve one other secret - one who lies on the center of her grandmother's life?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joanne Owen was once born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and browse Social and Political Sciences with Archaeology and Anthropology at St John's university, Cambridge. Now dwelling in North London, Joanne has released past younger grownup novels. Steeped within the surroundings of nineteenth-century Prague, PUPPET grasp blends the magic of marionette theatre with Czech folklore and legends. defined by way of The parent as 'timeless', PUPPET grasp used to be longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Branford Boase award and has been translated into a number of languages.

Her moment novel, THE ALCHEMIST AND THE ANGELS, is a fantastical old epic set in sixteenth-century Prague, one of the plague-ridden ghettos and decadent court docket of mad Emperor Rudolf. It used to be defined by means of college Librarian as 'an imaginitive journey de force'. persist with Joanne on fb at www.facebook.com/JoanneOwenBooks or on Twitter: @JoanneOwen.

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The Forbidden Kingdom (Pushkin Collection)

By Jan Jacob Slauerhoff

Slauerhoff’s The Forbidden Kingdom is a mix of historic chronicle, fiction and remark, bringing jointly the likely unrelated lives of a 20th century ship’s radio operator and the 16th century Portuguese poet-in-exile, Luis Camoes.
Slauerhoff attracts his reader right into a surprising global of exoticism, betrayal and exile, the place earlier and current merge and the opportunity of loss of life is rarely some distance away.
Through a story that evolves right into a critique of ecu background, tradition and colonialism, Slauerhoff speculates in regards to the classes to be learnt from history.

Pushkin assortment variants function a spare, dependent sequence type and improved, sturdy components. The assortment is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken top rate White Paper and notch-bound through the independently owned printer TJ overseas in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are revealed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. either paper and canopy board are acid-free and woodland Stewardship Council (FSC) qualified.

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Marathon Man

By William Goldman

William Goldman's impressive profession spans greater than 5 many years, and his credentials run the gamut from bestselling novelist to Oscar-winning screenwriter to Hollywood raconteur. he is loved by way of thousands of readers because the writer of the vintage comic-romantic delusion The Princess Bride. And he is infamous for developing the main harrowing stopover at to the dentist in literary and cinematic history--in one of many seminal thrillers of the 20 th century. . . .

MARATHON MAN

Tom "Babe" Levy is a runner in each feel: racing tirelessly towards his objectives of athletic and educational excellence--and without end clear of the threat of his well-known father's scandal-driven suicide. yet an unforeseen stopover at from his cherished older brother will set in movement a sequence of occasions that plunge Babe right into a vortex of terror, treachery, and murder--and strength him right into a race for his lifestyles . . . and for the reply to the fateful query, "Is it safe?"

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