Set on a hot London day in June 1923, Mrs Dalloway explores both the raw hold of the past and the brighter potential of the future. Clarissa Dalloway is the wife of an MP and an assured socialite, yet as she prepares for her party the links between her and the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith become ever more apparent. Mrs Dalloway is a book that is both highly experimental and deeply involving, deftly impressionistic yet firmly embedded in the crowded world of London. This new edition based on original research offers fresh insights into the context and meanings of one of Woolf's most popular and enduring works.
Set against the background of a society driven by greed and ambition, this is the tragic story of a father financially and personally ruined by his obsessive love for his two daughters. Balzac presents a portrait of both affluence and squalor in post-Napoleonic Paris.
Zola's masterpiece of working life, "Germinal" (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. The central figure, Etienne Lantier, is an outsider who enters the community and eventually leads his fellow-miners in a strike protesting against pay-cuts.
A brilliant new edition of one of the flagship's of Victorian fiction includes a new introduction and revised notes from one of the foremost Bronte scholars. This text is based on the definitive Clarendon edition, based on the original editions of Bronte's great work.
"Pierre et Jean" is set in Le Havre in the 1880s and is notable for its evocation of the Normandy coastline captured by the impressionists. But Maupassant's achievement is to have woven from this simple plot in a maritime context an exploration of the complexities at the heart of family life.
Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest and most representative novel. The story of Emma Woodhouse's matchmaking, and her awakening to the true feelings of others as well as herself, is told with consummate wit and humour. This new edition contains lively notes and an introduction that explores how Austen transmutes the everyday into the revelatory.
Offers the complete text of Shakespeare's play with notes on the plot, scenes, and characters, and includes activities for further learning, a historical background of England, a biography of Shakespeare, and a list of his plays.
A portrayal of the power of romantic imagination, as well as the pathos and courage entailed in the pursuit of an unattainable dream, "The Great Gatsby" is a classic fiction of hope and disillusion, which encapsulates the spirit, excitement and violence of the "Jazz Age".
Dorian Gray gives his soul for eternal youth. While his portrait changes hideously, reflecting his crimes and corruption, he remains outwardly flawless. This new edition uses the 1891 expanded text and shows how Wilde transformed his many sources.
This new edition aims to do full justice to Austen's complex and subtle story of the life and experiences of Fanny Brice, placing it in its Regency context and elucidating the theatrical background that pervades the novel.
With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and menide down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity. This book considers the artistry with which this story is created.
Against a background of English moors in the eighteenth century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff.
« L'imaginaire », aujourd'hui dirigée par Yvon Girard, est une collection de réimpressions de documents et de textes littéraires, tantôt oeuvres oubliées, marginales ou expérimentales d'auteurs reconnus, tantôt oeuvres estimées par le passé mais que le goût du jour a quelque peu éclipsées.
Featuring a Shakespeare play, this work contains accessible on-page notes, illustrations, background information, and scholarly credentials. It acts as a set text for 11-14 year olds in England.
Offers a dictionary text, plus a Factfinder centre section giving information on people, places, and events, as well as thematic lists of facts. This dictionary covers the words you need for everyday use, and is useful for puzzle and crossword-solving. It is ideal for reference at home, at school, or in the office.
"Gulliver's travels purports to be a travel book. It is a blend of fantasy and realism and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms"--Provided bypublisher.
There were only seven out of the twenty-six on whom we knew we could rely; and out of those seven one was a boy ...' When a mysterious seafarer puts up at the Admiral Benbow, young Jim Hawkins is haunted by his frightening tales; the sailor's sudden death is the beginning of one of the most exciting adventure stories in literature. The discovery of a treasure map sets Jim and his companions in search of buried gold, and they are soon on board the Hispaniola with a crew of buccaneers recruited by the one-legged sea cook known as Long John Silver. As they near their destination, and the lure of Captain Flint's treasure grows ever stronger, Jim's courage and wits are tested to the full.
Stevenson reinvented the genre with Treasure Island, a boys' story that appeals as much to adults as to children, and whose moral ambiguities turned the Victorian universe on its head. This edition celebrates the ultimate book of pirates and high adventure, and also examines how its tale of greed, murder, treachery, and evil has acquired its classic status.
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