The Odyssey

The OdysseySing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy So begins Robert Fagles magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in The New York Times Review of Books hails as a distinguished

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The Great Gatsby

The Great GatsbyAlternate Cover Edition ISBN 0743273567 ISBN13 9780743273565 The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and PrejudiceAlternate cover edition of ISBN 9780679783268 Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language Jane Austen called this brilliant work her own darling child and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, as delightful a

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's TaleOffred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes

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Macbeth

MacbethOne night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland At first sceptical, hes urged on by the ruthless, single minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husbands doubt But seeing the prophecy

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Jane Eyre

Jane EyreOrphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Ad le Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit She falls

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The Tempest

The TempestAlternate Cover publisher Edition ISBN 0743482832 ISBN13 9780743482837 Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous

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King Lear

King LearShakespeares King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What, then, keeps bringing us back to

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Hamlet

HamletAmong Shakespeare s plays, Hamlet is considered by many his masterpiece Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co directs a brillant ensemble performance Three

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The Iliad

The IliadDating to the ninth century B.C., Homers timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War Renowned classicist

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Beloved

BelovedStaring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the

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The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury TalesThe procession that crosses Chaucer s pages is as full of life and as richly textured as a medieval tapestry The Knight, the Miller, the Friar, the Squire, the Prioress, the Wife of Bath, and others who make up the cast of characters including Chaucer himself are real people, with human

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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of VeniceIn this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender When Antonio s business falters, repayment

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Sweat

SweatNo stranger to dramas both heartfelt and heart rending, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down and out factory workers struggles to keep

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The Best American Short Stories 2015

The Best American Short Stories 2015In his introduction to this one hundredth volume of the beloved Best American Short Stories, guest editor T C Boyle writes, The Model T gave way to the Model A and to the Ferrari and the Prius modernism to postmodernism and post postmodernism We advance We progress We move on But we are

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