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Water Margin
by Shi, Nai'an

9780804840958Shih Naian; J. H. Jackson (Translator); Edwin Lowe (Introduction by)The Water Margin: Outlaws of the MarshBased upon the historical bandit Song Jiang and his companions, this Chinese equivalent of the English classic Robin Hood and His Merry Men is an epic tale of rebellion against tyranny and has been thrilling and inspiring readers for hundreds of years. This edition of the classic J. H. Jackson translation features a new preface and introduction by Edwin Lowe, which gives the history of the book and puts the story into perspective for modern readers. First translated into English by Pearl S. Buck in 1933 as All Men Are Brothers , the original edition of the J.H. Jackson translation appeared under the title The Water Margin in 1937. In this updated edition, Edwin Lowe addresses many of the shortcomings found in the original J.H. Jackson translation, and replaces the original grit and flavor of Shuihui Zhuan found in Chinese versions, including the sexual seduction, explicit descriptions of brutality and barbarity, and the profane voices of the thieving, scheming, drinking, fighting, pimping lower classes of Song Dynasty China. Similarly, the Chinese deities, Bodhisattvas, gods and demons have reclaimed their true names, as has the lecherous, over-sexed and ill-fated Ximen Qing. All of which was sanitized out when first published in 1937. While Chinese in origin, the themes of The Water Margin are universal enough that it has served as a source of inspiration for numerous movies, television shows and video games up to the present day. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL2694 .S5 E5 2010
Publication Date:
1370










Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
by Anonymous

9781909608009David LearThe Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and Other Fantastic StoriesThe Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, also known as The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, was written around the tenth century AD, and tells of an extraterrestrial girl found in a bamboo field. This story is the earliest known tale of aliens visiting Earth. Please note that The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is a very short story, some six pages in length, hence it being part of an anthology which we hope you will enjoy. This collection contains a number of early science fiction tales, including: -- The Dream of Scipio by Cicero -- True History by Lucian of Samosata -- Urashima Taro -- The Ebony Horse -- The City of Brass -- The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter -- Micromegas by Voltaire. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL787.T3 A5 2013
Publication Date:
10th Century




Thousand and One Nights
by Anonymous

9780141191652Anonymous; Malcolm C. Lyons (Translator); Ursula Lyons (Translator); Robert Irwin (Introduction by, Notes by)Tales from 1,001 Nights: Aladdin, Ali Baba and Other FavouritesEvery night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba's outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps. The sequence of stories will last 1,001 nights. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
LEISURE READING FICTION LYO
Publication Date:
850




Oroonoko
by Aphra Behn

9780199538768Aphra Behn; Paul Salzman (Editor)Oroonoko and Other Writings..'I value fame almost as much as if I had been born a hero'. (Preface to The Lucky Chance).Aphra Behn (1640-89) achieved both fame and notoriety in her own time, enjoying considerable success for her plays and for her short novel Oroonoko, the story of a noble slave who loves a princess. Acclaimed by Virginia Woolf as the first English woman to earn her living by the pen, Behn'sachievements as a writer are now acknowledged less equivocally than in the seventeenth century.As well as Oroonoko, this volume contains five other works of fiction ranging from comedy and high melodrama to tragedy. The Fair Jilt, Memoirs of the Court of the King of Bantam, The History of the Nun, The Adventure of the Black Lady, and The Unfortunate Bride are complemented by a generousselection of her poetyr, ranging from public political verse to lyrics and witty conversation poems.This selection demonstrates Behn's range, as well as her wit, compassion, and interest in the question of identity and self-representation. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3317 .A6 2009 / Ebsco eBook
Publication Date:
1688










Dream of the Red ...
by Cao Xueqin

9780804840965H. Bencraft Joly (Translator); John Minford (Foreword by); Edwin Lowe (Introduction by); Cao XueqinThe Dream of the Red ChamberThe Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature." It is renowned for its huge scope, large cast of characters and telling observations on the life and social structures of 18th century China and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the classical Chinese novel. The "Red Chamber" is an expression used to describe the sheltered area where the daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived. Believed to be based on the author's own life and intended as a memorial to the women that he knew in his youth, The Dream of the Red Chamber is a multilayered story that offers up key insights into Chinese culture. "Henry Bencraft Joly's attention to detail and the faithfulness in his translation of Hong Lou Meng makes this revised edition of The Dream of the Red Chamber an excellent book for the student of modern Chinese." -- Edwin H. Lowe, from his introduction "...this partial version certainly deserves a wider readership, as a brave early skirmish on the outer ramparts of this masterpiece. The re-issuing of Joly's work will undoubtedly provide a rich crop of fascinating raw material for the growing community of Translation Studies scholars." -- John Minford, from his foreword - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL2727.S2 S713 / PL2998.T8 D7 / eBook / NC990.6 .S76 A4
Publication Date:
1791




Female Quixote, The
by Charlotte Lennox

9780199540242Charlotte Lennox; Margaret Dalziel (Editor); Margaret Anne Doody (Other); Duncan Isles (Contribution by)The Female Quixote: Or the Adventures of ArabellaThe Female Quixote (1752), a vivacious and ironical novel parodying the style of Cervantes, portrays the beautiful and aristocratic Arabella, whose passion for reading romances leads her into all manner of misunderstandings. Praised by Fielding, Richardson and Samuel Johnson, the book quickly established Charlotte Lennox as a foremost writer of the Novel of Sentiment. With an excellent introduction and full explanatory notes, this edition will be of particular interest to students of women's literature, and of theeighteenth-century novel. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3541 .L27 A66 /eBook
Publication Date:
1752




Dangerous Liaisons
by Choderlos de Laclos

9780140449570Choderlos de Laclos; Helen Constantine (Introduction by, Notes by, Translator)Dangerous LiaisonsPublished in 1782, just years before the French Revolution, Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. At its centre are two aristocrats, former lovers, who embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to bring amusement to their jaded existences. While the Marquise de Merteuil challenges the Vicomte de Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, the Vicomte is also occupied with the conquest of a virtuous married woman. But as their intrigues become more duplicitous and they find their human pawns responding in ways they could not have predicted, the consequences prove to be more serious, and deadly, than Merteuil and Valmont could have guessed. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ1993.L22 L513
Publication Date:
1782




Moll Flanders
by Daniel Defoe

9780679405481Daniel Defoe; John Mullan (Introduction by)Moll FlandersThis is the spirited story of a survivor whose racy anecdotes and shady dealings only underline her essential warmth and goodness. But there is nothing sentimental about Moll, who presents herself warts and all. Though her adventures take her abroad, she remains the vivid creation of London. Moll Flanders, pickpocket and prostitute-a mercantile genius trading in the oldest human commodity-has been for the past three centuries an enduring representative of reckless vitality combined with unshakable inner virtue. Daniel Defoe manages his story with such skill that our affection for his heroine increases with each astonishing sin she commits. Moll's adventures-possibly taken by Defoe from the story of some real criminal he met in Newgate, who "five times a wife, twelve year a thief, eight year a transported felon, at last grew rich, lived honest and died a penitent"-is told with the directness of narrative and reality of incident in which Defoe, often called the father of the novel, has never been equaled. (Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed) - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3404 .M63 1991 / eBook
Publication Date:
1722




Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe

9781591940685Daniel DefoeRobinson Crusoe (Townsend Library Edition)Running away to sea brings adventure and wealth, but then come shipwreck and a desperate struggle for survival.Defying his parents, Robinson Crusoe goes to sea. He is captured by pirates but escapes to Brazil. He makes a fortune using slave labor to grow tobacco and sugar. He sails to Africa to bring back more slaves but is shipwrecked on an uninhabited island.Everyone else is drowned. For over twenty years he lives alone. He learns to hunt and fish and make shelter. Then the cannibals arrive. Will this be the end of his adventure - or the chance to escape?"Real Reads" are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world s greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PE1127.L6 D47 2007 / eBook
Publication Date:
1719




Jacques the Fatalist
by Denis Diderot

9780192838742Denis Diderot; David Coward (Translator)Jacques the Fatalist'Your Jacques is a tasteless mishmash of things that happen, some of them true, others made up, written without style and served up like a dog's breakfast.' Jacques the Fatalist is Diderot's answer to the problem of existence. If human beings are determined by their genes and their environment, how can they claim to be free to want or do anything? Where are Jacques and his Master going? Are they simply occupying space, living mechanically until theydie, believing erroneously that they are in charge of their Destiny? Diderot intervenes to cheat our expectations of what fiction should be and do, and behaves like a provocative, ironic and unfailingly entertaining master of revels who finally show why Fate is not to be equated with doom. In the introduction to this brilliant new translation, David Coward explains the philosophical basis of Diderot's fascination with Fate and shows why Jacques the Fatalist pioneers techniques of fiction which, two centuries on, novelists still regard as experimental. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ1979 .A65 E5
Publication Date:
1796




Nun, The
by Denis Diderot

9780199555246Denis Diderot; Russell Goulbourne (Translator)The Nun'You can leave a forest, but you can never leave a cloister; you are free in the forest, but you are a slave in the cloister.'Diderot's The Nun (La Religieuse) is the seemingly true story of a young girl forced by her parents to enter a convent and take holy orders. A novel mingling mysticism, madness, sadistic cruelty and nascent sexuality, it gives a scathing insight into the effects of forced vocations and theunnatural life of the convent. A succes de scandale at the end of the eighteenth century, it has attracted and unsettled readers ever since. For Diderot's novel is not simply a story of a young girl with a bad habit; it is also a powerfully emblematic fable about oppression and intolerance.This new translation includes Diderot's all-important prefatory material, which he placed, disconcertingly, at the end of the novel, and which turns what otherwise seems like an exercise in realism into what is now regarded as a masterpiece of proto-modernist fiction. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ1979 .A76 E5 / eBook
Publication Date:
1796




Love in Excess
by Eliza Haywood

9781551113678Eliza Haywood; David Oakleaf (Editor)Love in Excess: Or, the Fatal EnquiryEliza Haywood (1693-1756) was one of the most successful writers of her time; indeed, the two most popular English novels in the early eighteenth-century were Robinson Crusoe and Haywood's first novel, Love in Excess. As this edition enables modern readers to discover, its enormous success is easy to understand. Love in Excess is a well crafted novel in which the claims of love and ambition are pursued through multiple storylines until the heroine engineers a melodramatic conclusion. Haywood's frankness about female sexuality may explain the later neglect of Love in Excess. (In contrast, her accomplished domestic novel, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless, has remained available.) Love in Excess and its reception provide a lively and valuable record of the challenge that female desire posed to social decorum. For the second Broadview edition, the appendix of eighteenth-century responses to Haywood has been considerably expanded. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3506 .H94 L68 2000
Publication Date:
1719




Camilla
by Fanny Burney

9780199555741Fanny Burney; Edward A. Bloom (Editor); Lillian D. Bloom (Editor)CamillaFirst published in 1796, Camilla deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people-Camilla Tyrold and her sisters, the daughters of a country parson, and their cousin Indiana Lynmere-and, in particular, with the love affair between Camilla herself and her eligible suitor, EdgarMandlebert. The path of true love, however, is strewn with intrigue, contretemps and misunderstanding.An enormously popular eighteenth-century novel, Camilla is touched at many points by the advancing spirit of romanticism. As in Evelina, Fanny Burney weaves into her novel strands of light and dark, comic episodes and gothic shudders, and creates a pattern of social and moral dilemmas whichemphasize and illuminate the gap between generations. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3316 .A4 C3 / eBook
Publication Date:
1796







La Celestina
by Fernando de Rojas

9780143106098Margaret Sayers Peden; Peter Bush (Afterword by, Translator); Juan Goytisolo (Introduction by); Fernando De RojasCelestinaThe racy and irreverent Spanish tragicomedy that is considered the first European novel-in a spirited new translation A Spanish Romeo and Juliet , Celestina was published in 1499 and became Spain's first-ever bestseller. Readers thrilled to the salty character of Celestina and her world of prostitutes and black magic even as they mourned the fate of Calisto and Melibea, the young lovers she unites using her wiles as a seller of perfumes and potions. Fernando de Rojas's exhilarating mix of street wit, obscenity, and cultured rhetoric mark Celestina as a masterpiece: an original, explosive, genre-defying work that paved the way for the picaresque novel and for Cervantes. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ6427 .E56 1968
Publication Date:
1499




Gargantua and Pantagruel
by Francois Rabelais

9780140445503François Rabelais; M. A. Screech (Translator)Gargantua and PantagruelThe dazzling and exuberant moral stories of Rabelais (c. 1471-1553) expose human follies with their mischievous and often obscene humour, while intertwining the realistic with carnivalesque fantasy to make us look afresh at the world. Gargantua depicts a young giant, reduced to laughable insanity by an education at the hands of paternal ignorance, old crones and syphilitic professors, who is rescued and turned into a cultured Christian knight. And in Pantagruel and its three sequels, Rabelais parodied tall tales of chivalry and satirized the law, theology and academia to portray the bookish son of Gargantua who becomes a Renaissance Socrates, divinely guided in his wisdom, and his idiotic, self-loving companion Panurge. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ1685 .E5 C6 1982 / etc,
Publication Date:
1532




Hyperion
by Friedrich Holderlin

9780979333026Ross Benjamin (Translator); Friedrich HölderlinHyperionHyperion is a novel of stirring lyricism, philosophical sublimity, and enduring influence. It stands among Holderlin's most extraordinary achievements. A Greek hermit recounts the pivotal phases of his life, from his discovery of the vanished glory of antiquity, through his encounter with his beloved Diotima, who embodies his goal of merging with "the All of nature," to his participation in a Greek uprising against Ottoman Turkish tyranny. Holderlin's sole novel has been celebrated for its musicality, the power of its cadences and tones to express a constant oscillation between extremes of grief and joy. Though Holderlin's genius was not widely recognized during his lifetime, he has come to be regarded as one of the most significant and unique poets in the German language. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT2359 .H2 A713
Publication Date:
1797




Amadis of Gaul
by Garci de Montalvo

9780813190341Edwin Place (Translator); Herbert Behm (Translator); John E. Keller (Introduction by); Garci R. de MontalvoAmadis of GaulIn the long history of European prose fiction, few works have been more influential and more popular than the romance of chivalry Amadis of Gaul . Although its original author is unknown, it was probably written during the early fourteenth century. The first great bestseller of the age of printing, Amadis of Gaul was translated into dozens of languages and spawned sequels and imitators over the centuries. A handsome, valiant, and undefeatable knight, Amadis is perhaps best known today as Don Quixote's favorite knight-errant and model. This exquisite English translation restores a masterpiece to print. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ6275 .E2 2003
Publication Date:
1508




Three Kindoms
by Guanzhong, Luo

9783035301625Lai Sing LamThe Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Mao's Global Order of TripolarityThis book examines the impact of classical Chinese literature on Mao Zedong's political rhetoric and his vision of a tripolar geopolitical landscape at the peak of the Cold War. The historical novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms , in which two weaker sovereign powers (Shu and Wu) collude to defend themselves against the dominance of another power (Wei), is here identified as a particular inspiration for Mao in building a Sino-Soviet alliance in opposition to the powerful United States. This classical Chinese text provided Mao with a framework for understanding the complexity of global politics, establishing a balance with the two superpowers, and gaining diplomatic autonomy in China's development. This study traces Mao's use of a tripolar policy throughout his leadership, including the role of the Korean War in isolating China, the influence of Sino-US hostility on Mao's Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, and the initiation of 'ping-pong diplomacy' with the United States to counteract the Soviet threat. The author offers an original insight into Mao's navigation of US and Soviet pressures while promoting socialist modernization in China. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL2690 .S3 E53 2004
Publication Date:
14th Century




Adventurous Simplicissimus
by Hans von Grimmelshausen

9781484127285Hans Jakob Christoph Von GrimmelshausenThe Adventurous SimplicissimusThe Adventurous Simplicissimus is a picaresque novel of the Baroque style, written in 1668 by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen and published the subsequent year. Inspired by the events and horrors of the Thirty Years' War which had devastated Germany from 1618 to 1648, it is regarded as the first adventure novel in the German language and the first German novel masterpiece. The full subtitle is "The life of an odd vagrant named Melchior Sternfels von Fuchshaim: namely where and in what manner he came into this world, what he saw, learned, experienced, and endured therein; also why he again left it of his own free will."The novel follows a boy from the Spessart named Simplicius in the Holy Roman Empire during the 30 Years War as he grows up in the depraved environment and joins the armies of both warring sides, switching allegiances several times. Born to an illiterate peasant family, he is separated from his home by foraging dragoons and is eventually adopted by a forest hermit. He is conscripted at a young age into service, and from there embarks on years of foraging, military triumph, wealth, prostitution, disease, travels to Russia, and countless other adventures. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT1731 .A88
Publication Date:
1622







Tom Jones
by Henry Fielding

9780192834973Henry Fielding; John Bender (Editor, Introduction by); Simon Stern (Editor)Tom JonesFielding's comic masterpiece of 1749 was immediately attacked as `A motley history of bastardism, fornication, and adultery'. Indeed, his populous novel overflows with a marvellous assortment of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins, misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all toofallible humanitarians. At the centre of one of the most ingenious plots in English fiction stands a hero whose actions were, in 1749, as shocking as they are funny today. Expelled from Mr Allworthy's country estate for his wild temper and sexual conquests, the good-hearted foundling Tom Jonesloses his money, joins the army, and pursues his beloved across Britain to London, where he becomes a kept lover and confronts the possibility of incest. Tom Jones is rightly regarded as Fielding's greatest work, and one of the first and most influential of English novels. This carefully modernized edition is based on Fielding's emended fourth edition text and offers the most thorough notes, maps, and bibliography. The introduction uses the latest scholarship to examine how Tom Jones exemplifies the role of the novel in the emerging eighteenth-century publicsphere. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3454 .H5 1998 / eBook
Publication Date:
1749




Man of Feeling, The
by Henry Mackenzie

9780199538621Henry Mackenzie; Stephen Bending (Introduction by); Brian Vickers (Editor); Stephen Bygrave (Introduction by)The Man of Feeling'a book I prize next to the Bible' Robert BurnsMackenzie's hugely popular novel of 1771 is the foremost work of the sentimental movement, in which sentiment and sensibility were allied with true virtue, and sensitivity is the mark of the man of feeling. The hero, Harley, is followed in a series of episodes demonstrating his benevolence in anuncaring world: he assists the down-trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success. The novel asks a series of vital questions: what morality is possible in a complex commercial world? Does trying to maintain it make you a saint or a fool? Is sentiment merely a luxury for theleisured classes? This edition reprints Brian Vickers's authoritative text, with a new introduction that discusses the novel in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment and European sentimentalism. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3543 .M2 M3
Publication Date:
1771







Confessions
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

9780199540037Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Angela Scholar (Translator); Patrick Coleman (Editor)Confessions'No one can write a man's life except himself.' In his Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted by governments and alienated from theworld of modern civilization. In trying to explain who he was and how he came to be the object of others' admiration and abuse, Rousseau analyses with unique insight the relationship between an elusive but essential inner self and the variety of social identities he was led to adopt. The bookvividly illustrates the mixture of moods and motives that underlie the writing of autobiography: defiance and vulnerability, self-exploration and denial, passion, puzzlement, and detachment. Above all, Confessions is Rousseau's search, through every resource of language, to convey what he despairsof putting into words: the personal quality of one's own existence. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ2036 .A57 / eBook
Publication Date:
1782







Julie, or, The new Heloise
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

9780874518252Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Roger D. Masters (Editor); Christopher Kelly (Editor); Philip Stewart (Editor, Translator); Jean Vaché (Editor, Translator)Julie, or the New Heloise: Letters of Two Lovers Who Live in a Small Town at the Foot of the AlpsAn elegant translation of one of the most popular novels of its time. Rousseau's great epistolary novel, Julie, or the New Heloise, has been virtually unavailable in English since 1810. In it, Rousseau reconceptualized the relationship of the individual to the collective and articulated a new moral paradigm. The story follows the fates and smoldering passions of Julie d'Etange and St. Preux, a one-time lover who re-enters Julie's life at the invitation of her unsuspecting husband, M. de Wolmar. The complex tones of this work made it a commercial success and a continental sensation when it first appeared in 1761, and its embodiment of Rousseau's system of thought, in which feelings and intellect are intertwined, redefined the function and form of fiction for decades. As the characters negotiate a complex maze of passion and virtue, their purity of soul and honest morality reveal, as Rousseau writes in his preface, "the subtleties of heart of which this work is full." A comprehensive introduction and careful annotations make this novel accessible to contemporary readers, both as an embodiment of Rousseau's philosophy and as a portrayal of the tension and power inherent in domestic life. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ2034 .A3 1990 / eBook
Publication Date:
1760







Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9783518029633Eric A. Blackall (Editor, Translator); Johann Wolfgang Von GoetheGoethe, Johann Wolfgang Von - Collected Works: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship , a novel of self-realization greatly admired by the Romantics, has been called the first Bildungsroman and has had a tremendous influence on the history of the German novel. The story centers on Wilhelm, a young man living in the mid-1700s who strives to break free from the restrictive world of economics and seeks fulfillment as an actor and playwright. Along with Eric Blackall's fresh translation of the work, this edition contains notes and an afterword by the translator that aims to put this novel into historical and artistic perspective for twentieth-century readers while showing how it defies categorization. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PT2027.W5 C31
Publication Date:
1795




Fanny Hill
by John Cleland

9780007300419John ClelandFanny Hill'Fanny Hill' scandalised thousands of Victorians with its vivid descriptions of sexual pleasure, and landed its author in court a year after publication on charges of 'corrupting the King's subjects'. This only heightened its allure - and today it is still hugely appreciated as a work of true erotic and literary merit. What's a penniless country girl to do in the big city? Fanny Hill is a blushing country maiden until tragic circumstances force her to seek a new life in London. She is taken in by the motherly Mrs Brown, but on her first night she receives a rather unorthodox welcome from one of the young ladies in the house - and swiftly gains a much more explicit idea of what is expected in her new role. Fanny takes to carnal pleasures with gusto, and she vividly recalls each lusty encounter, every thrusting conquest, in her saucy, voyeuristic and thoroughly irresistible memoirs. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3348.C65 M45 / eBook
Publication Date:
1749







Modest Proposal, A
by Jonathan Swift

9780140436426Jonathan Swift; Carole Fabricant (Editor, Introduction by, Notes by)A Modest Proposal and Other Writings'Pray what is Man but a topsy-turvy Creature?' To ease poverty in Ireland by eating the children of the poor was the satirical 'solution' suggested by Jonathan Swift in his essay 'A Modest Proposal' (1729). Here Swift unleashes the full power of his ironic armoury and corrosive wit, finding his targets - the British ruling class and avaricious landlords, and secondarily the brutalized Irish, complicit in their own oppression - with deadly precision. His masterly essay is accompanied by a generous selection of prose works, among them pamphlets attacking British rule in his native Ireland, periodical essays critiquing the new capitalist and military classes, a journal detailing his political activities in London, a loving tribute to his beloved 'Stella' after her death and pieces on such diverse subjects as the absurdities of astrology, the joys of punning and comical rules for servants. Ingenious and unconventional, Swift is revealed here as one of the greatest satirists in the English language. In her introduction to this new edition, Carole Fabricant discusses Swift's life and turbulent times, his political views and his powers as a writer of complex irony and intricate word play. This volume also includes a chronology, further reading, notes, a glossary and a biographical dictionary. Edited with an introduction and notes by CAROLE FABRICANT - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3722 .F326
Publication Date:
1729







Princess of Cleves
by La Fayette, Madame de

9780199539178Madame De Lafayette; Terence Cave (Translator)The Princesse de ClèvesPoised between the fading world of chivalric romance and a new psychological realism, Madame de Lafayette's novel of passion and self-deception marks a turning point in the history of the novel. When it first appeared - anonymously - in 1678 in the heyday of French classicism, it arousedfierce controversy among critics and readers, in particular for the extraordinary confession which forms the climax of the story. Having long been considered a classic, it is now regarded as a landmark in the history of women's writing. In this entirely new translation, The Princesse de Cleves is accompanied by two shorter works also attributed to Mme de Lafayette, The Princesse de Montpensier and The Comtesse de Tende; the Introduction and ample notes take account of the latest critical and scholarly work. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ1805 .L5 A72 2013
Publication Date:
1678




Sentimental Journey, A
by Laurence Sterne

9780199537181Laurence Sterne; Tim Parnell (Editor); Ian Jack (Editor)A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings'Love is nothing without feeling. And feeling is still less without love.'Celebrated in its own day as the progenitor of 'a school of sentimental writers', A Sentimental Journey (1768) has outlasted its many imitators because of the humour and mischievous eroticism that inform Mr Yorick's travels. Setting out to journey to France and Italy he gets little further thanLyons but finds much to appreciate, in contrast to contemporary travel writers whom Sterne satirizes in the figures of Smelfungus and Mundungus. A master of ambiguity and double entendre, Sterne is nevertheless as concerned as his peers with exploring the nature of virtue; unlike other writers ofsentimental fiction Sterne insists on the inseparability of desire and feeling.This new edition includes a selection from The Sermons of Mr Yorick, which shed light on the concerns of the Journey, The Journal to Eliza, which records Sterne's feelings as he languishes for the company of Eliza Draper, and A Political Romance, the satire on a local ecclesiastical squabble thatwas the catalyst for Sterne's literary career. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3712 .J27 / eBook
Publication Date:
1768




Tristram Shandy
by Laurence Sterne

9780393950342Laurence Sterne; Howard AndersonTristram ShandyObvious errors have been corrected, but most of the conventions of eighteenth-century printing and all of Sterne's brilliant exploitations and expansions of those conventions have been retained. Background information includes a chronology of Sterne's life and comments from his letters pertaining to the composition of the novel and to his theory of fiction. Responses by Sterne's contemporaries--among them Walpole, Goldsmith, Richardson, and Johnson--begin the selection of critical materials. Early-nineteenth-century assessments by Coleridge, Hazlitt, Scott, and Thackeray are followed by twentieth-century critical essays by Lodwick Hartley, D. W. Jefferson, Toby A. Olshin, Wayne Booth, William Bowman Piper, Martin Price, Jean Jacques Mayoux, Richard A. Lanham, Sigurd Burkhardt, J. Paul Hunter, Charles Parish, and Howard Anderson. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3714.T73 A5
Publication Date:
1759




Lusiad, The
by Luis Vaz de Camoes

9780199539963Luis Vaz de Camões; Landeg White (Edited and Translated by)The LusíadsFirst published in 1572, The Lusiads is one of the greatest epic poems of the Renaissance, immortalizing Portugal's voyages of discovery with an unrivalled freshness of observation. At the centre of The Lusiads is Vasco da Gama's pioneer voyage via southern Africa to India in 1497-98. The first European artist to cross the equator, Camoes's narrative reflects the novelty and fascination of that original encounter with Africa, India and the Far East. The poem's twin symbolsare the Cross and the Astrolabe, and its celebration of a turning point in mankind's knowledge of the world unites the old map of the heavens with the newly discovered terrain on earth. Yet it speaks powerfully, too, of the precariousness of power, and of the rise and decline of nationhood,threatened not only from without by enemies, but from within by loss of integrity and vision. The first translation of The Lusiads for almost half a century, this new edition is complemented by an illuminating introduction and extensive notes. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ9199.A2 F3
Publication Date:
1572




Monk, The
by M. G. Lewis

9780199535682Matthew Lewis; Howard Anderson (Editor); Emma McEvoy (Editor)The Monk`The Monk was so highly popular that it seemed to create an epoch in our literature', wrote Sir Walter Scott. Set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest. The great struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions leads its main character, the monk Ambrosio, to temptation and the breaking of his vows, thento sexual obsession and rape, and finally to murder in order to conceal his guilt. Inspired by German horror romanticism and the work of Ann Radcliffe, Lewis produced his masterpiece at the age of nineteen. It contains many typical Gothic elements - seduction in a monastery, lustful monks, evil Abbesses, bandits and beautiful heroines. But, as the Introduction to this newedition shows, Lewis also played with convention, ranging from gruesome realism to social comedy, and even parodied the genre in which he was writing. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR4887 .M7 / eBook
Publication Date:
1796







Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

9780142437230Miguel de Cervantes; Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria (Introduction by); John Rutherford (Translator, Notes by)Don QuixoteNominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Don Quixote has become so entranced reading tales of chivalry that he decides to turn knight errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, these exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray--he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants--Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together-and together they have haunted readers' imaginations for nearly four hundred years. With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote has been generally recognized as the first modern novel. This Penguin Classics edition, with its beautiful new cover design, includes John Rutherford's masterly translation, which does full justice to the energy and wit of Cervantes's prose, as well as a brilliant critical introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarriá. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ6329 .A2 / eBook
Publication Date:
1605




Interesting Narrative, The
by Olaudah Equiano

9781108060233Olaudah EquianoThe Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Or Gustavus Vassa, the AfricanNigerian-born Olaudah Equiano (c.1745-97), also known as Gustavus Vassa, was sold into slavery as a child and endured the horrors of the transatlantic slave ships. He later worked on board Royal Navy vessels, receiving an education and converting to Christianity. Buying his freedom in 1766, he embarked on several voyages before settling in London, where he became involved in the causes of anti-slavery and the welfare of former slaves. Published in 1789, this successful two-volume autobiography boosted the abolitionist cause, providing a first-hand account of the experience of Africans on both sides of the Atlantic. An important document in the history of slavery and immigration, it remains a classic work of black writing. Volume 2 recounts how Equiano achieved his freedom, his conversion to Christianity, his experience of shipwreck in the West Indies, and his life in England. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HT869 .E6 A3 / eBook
Publication Date:
1794







Rasselas
by Samuel Johnson

9780191568183Samuel Johnson; Tom KeymerThe History of Rasselas, Prince of AbissiniaWhat then is to be done? said Rasselas; the more we inquire, the less we can resolve.'Rasselas and his companions escape the pleasures of the 'happy valley' in order to make their 'choice of life'. By witnessing the misfortunes and miseries of others they may come to understand the nature of happiness, and value it more highly. Their travels and enquiries raise important practical and philosophical questions concerning many aspects of the human condition, including the business of a poet, the stability of reason, the immortality of the soul, and how to find contentment. Johnson's adaptation of the popular oriental tale displays his usual wit and perceptiveness; sceptical and probing, his tale nevertheless suggests that wisdom and self-knowledge need not be entirely beyond reach. This new edition relates the novel to Johnson's life and thought and to politics, society, and the global context of the Seven Years War. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3529 .F62 / eBook
Publication Date:
1759




Clarissa
by Samuel Richardson

9780140432152Angus Ross (Introduction by, Notes by); Samuel RichardsonClarissa, Or, the History of a Young LadyPressured by her unscrupulous family to marry a wealthy man she detests, the young Clarissa Harlowe is tricked into fleeing with the witty and debonair Robert Lovelace and places herself under his protection. Lovelace, however, proves himself to be an untrustworthy rake whose vague promises of marriage are accompanied by unwelcome and increasingly brutal sexual advances. And yet, Clarissa finds his charm alluring, her scrupulous sense of virtue tinged with unconfessed desire. Told through a complex series of interweaving letters, Clarissa is a richly ambiguous study of a fatally attracted couple and a work of astonishing power and immediacy. A huge success when it first appeared in 1747, and translated into French and German, it remains one of the greatest of all European novels. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3664.C54 F50
Publication Date:
1749




Pamela
by Samuel Richardson

9780460870641Samuel Richardson; M. Kinkead-Weekes (Introduction by)PamelaBased on actual events, Pamela is the story of a young girl who goes to work in a private residence and finds herself pursued by her employer's son, described as a "gentleman of free principles." Unfolding through letters, the novel depicts with much feeling Pamela's struggles to decide how to respond to her would-be seducer and to determine her place in society. Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), a prominent London printer, is considered by many the father of the English novel, and Pamela the first modern novel. Following its hugely successful publication in 1740, it went on to become one of the most influential books in literary history, setting the course for the novel for the next century and beyond. Pamela reflects changing social roles in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, as a rising middle class offered women more choices and as traditional master-servant relationships underwent change. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3664.P3 F14 / eBook
Publication Date:
1742




Tale of Genji
by Shikibu, Murasaki

9780804838238Murasaki Shikibu; Kencho SuematsuThe Tale of GenjiThe most famous work of Japanese literature and the world's first novel--written a thousand years ago and one of the enduring classics of world literature. Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and even Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel--and after more than a millennium, this seminal work continues to enchant readers throughout the world. Lady Murasaki Shikibu and her tale's hero, Prince Genji, have had an unmatched influence on Japanese culture. Prince Genji manifests what was to become an image of the ideal Heian era courtier; gentle and passionate. Genji is also a master poet, dancer, musician and painter. The Tale of Genji follows Prince Genji through his many loves, and varied passions. This book has influenced not only generations of courtiers and samurai of the distant past, but artists and painters even in modern times--episodes in the tale have been incorporated into the design of kimonos and handicrafts, and the four-line poems called waka which dance throughout this work have earned it a place as a classic text in the study of poetry. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text, making it perfect for readers with limited time. "Not speaking is the wiser part, And words are sometimes vain, But to completely close the heart In silence, gives me pain. --Prince Genji, in The Tale of Genji - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PL788.4.G4 E5 or PL898.M8 G42
Publication Date:
11th Century




Humphry Clinker
by T. Smollett

9780141441429Tobias George Smollett; Jeremy Lewis (Introduction by); Shaun Regan (Notes by); Angus Ross (Editor)Humphry ClinkerMatthew Bramble, a gout-ridden misanthrope, travels Britain with his nephew, niece, spinster sister and man-servant, the trusty Humphry Clinker. In poor health, Bramble sees the world as one of degeneracy and raucous overcrowding, and will not hesitate to let his companions know his feelings on the matter. Peopled with pimps, drunkards, decadents and con-men, Humphrey Clinker displays Smollett's ferociously pessimistic view of mankind, and his belief that the luxury of eighteenth-century England existence was the enemy of sense and sobriety. Presented in the form of letters from six very different characters, and full of joyful puns and double entendres, Humphrey Clinker is now recognised as a boisterous and observant masterpiece of English satire. Jeremy Lewis's introduction examines why Smollett has become an unjustly neglected figure of English literature, and how the time in which he lived became a crucible for his work. This new edition contains notes, a chronology and suggested reading. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR3694.E95 F29
Publication Date:
1771










Candide
by Voltaire

9780191517709Voltaire; Roger PearsonCandide and Other StoriesCandide is the most famous of Voltaire's 'philosophical tales', in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense. This edition includes four other prose tales - Micromegas, Zadig, The Ing--ecirc--;nu, and The White Bull - and a verse tale based on Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale: What Pleases the Ladies. -;'If this is the best of all possible worlds, then what must the others be like?'. Young Candide is tossed on a hilarious tide of misfortune, experiencing the full horror and injustice of this 'best of all possible worlds' - the Old and the New - before finally accepting that his old philosophy tutor Dr Pangloss has got it all wrong. There are no grounds for his daft theory of Optimism. Yet life goes on. We must cultivate our garden, for there is certainly room for improvement. Candide is the most famous of Voltaire's 'philosophical tales', in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense. First published in 1759, it was an instant bestseller and has come to be regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. What Candide does for chivalric romance, the other tales in this selection - Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu, and The White Bull - do for science fiction, the Oriental tale, the. sentimental novel, and the Old Testament. This new edition also includes a verse tale based on Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale, in which we discover that most elusive of secrets: What Pleases the Ladies. - - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ2082.C4 B3 / eBook
Publication Date:
1759




Vathek
by William Beckford

9780199576951William Beckford; Thomas KeymerVathek'Woe to the rash mortal who seeks to know that of which he should remain ignorant; and to undertake that which surpasseth his power!'The Caliph Vathek is dissolute and debauched, and hungry for knowledge. When the mysterious Giaour offers him boundless treasure and unrivalled power he is willing to sacrifice his god, the lives of innocent children, and his own soul to satisfy his obsession. Vathek's extraordinary journey to thesubterranean palace of Eblis, and the terrifying fate that there awaits him, is a captivating tale of magic and oriental fantasy, sudden violence and corrupted love, whose mix of moral fable, grotesque comedy, and evocative beauty defies classification. Originally written by Beckford in French atthe age of only 21, its dreamlike qualities have influenced writers from Byron to H. P. Lovecraft.This new edition reprints Beckford's authorized English text of 1816 with its elaborate and entertaining notes. In his new introduction Thomas Keymer examines the novel's relations to a range of literary genres and cultural contexts. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PQ1957 .B29 V313 / eBook
Publication Date:
1786




Adventures of Caleb Williams
by William Godwin

9780141441238William Godwin; Maurice Hindle (Introduction by)Caleb WilliamsWhen honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a terrible secret. But as he digs deeper into Falkland's past and finally unearths the guilty truth, the results of his curiosity prove calamitous when - even though Caleb has loyally sworn never to disclose what he has discovered - the Squire enacts a cruel revenge. A tale of gripping suspense and psychological power, William Godwin's novel creates a searing depiction of the intolerable persecution meted out to a good man in pursuit of justice and equality. Written to expose the political oppression and corrupt hierarchies its author saw in the world around him, Caleb Williams (1794) makes a radical call to end the tyrannical misuses of power. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PR4722 .T5 2005 / eBook
Publication Date:
1794












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