Category: British Literature

The Cambridge Companion to August Strindberg (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

August Strindberg is likely one of the such a lot enduring of nineteenth-century dramatists, and can also be an the world over known novelist, autobiographer, and painter. This significant other offers contributions through major foreign students on diverse elements of Strindberg's hugely vibrant lifestyles and paintings. The essays concentration totally on his so much celebrated performs; those comprise the Naturalist Dramas, the daddy and leave out Julie; the experimental dramas with which he created a real modernist theatre - To Damascus and A Dream Play; and the Chamber performs of 1908 which, like a lot of his paintings, exerted a strong impact on a lot later twentieth-century drama. His performs are contextualised for what they give a contribution either to the historical past of drama and advancements in theatre perform, and different essays make clear the large value to those dramas of his different paintings, such a lot particularly the autobiographical novel Inferno, and his lifelong curiosity in technological know-how, the occult, sexual politics, and the visible arts.

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As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Readers and audiences have lengthy greeted As you love It with satisfaction. Its characters are great conversationalists, together with the princesses Rosalind and Celia and their idiot, Touchstone. quickly after Rosalind and Orlando meet and fall in love, the princesses and Touchstone pass into exile within the wooded area of Arden, the place they locate new conversational companions. Duke Frederick, more youthful brother to Duke Senior, has overthrown his brother and compelled him to dwell homeless within the woodland along with his courtiers, together with the cynical Jaques. Orlando, whose older brother Oliver plotted his demise, has fled there, too.

Recent students have additionally grounded the play within the problems with its time. those comprise primogeniture, passing estate from a father to his oldest son. As you're keen on It depicts excessive clash among brothers, exposing the human discomfort that primogeniture involves. one other point of view issues cross-dressing. so much of Orlando’s courtship of Rosalind happens whereas Rosalind is disguised as a guy, “Ganymede.” At her urging, Orlando pretends that Ganymede is his loved Rosalind. yet because the epilogue finds, the sixteenth-century actor enjoying Rosalind was once male, following the perform of the time. In different phrases, a boy performed a woman enjoying a boy pretending to be a girl.

The authoritative version of As you're keen on It from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and well-known Shakespeare sequence for college kids and common readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content according to the easiest early revealed model of the play

-Full explanatory notes with ease put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s recognized strains and phrases

-An creation to analyzing Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by way of a number one Shakespeare pupil offering a latest viewpoint at the play

-Fresh photographs from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s sizeable holdings of infrequent books

-An annotated consultant to additional reading

Essay by means of Susan Snyder

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s greatest selection of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from all over the world. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals an entire calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at

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A Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Charles Dickens

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― seriously in debt and obligated to his writer ― begun paintings on a booklet to aid complement his family's meager source of revenue. That quantity, A Christmas Carol, has lengthy due to the fact develop into some of the most liked tales within the English language. As a lot part of the vacation season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite maintains to please new readers and re-ignite techniques of charity and goodwill.
With its characters showing many characteristics ― in addition to mess ups ― usually ascribed to Dickens himself, the innovative and unique story relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a chain of spectral viewers. traveling with them via Christmases earlier, current, and destiny, he's eventually reworked from an smug, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a beneficiant, warmhearted, and being concerned person. Written via considered one of England's maximum and preferred novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the real which means of Christmas.

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Lucia Rising: "Queen", "Miss Mapp Including the Male Impersonator", "Lucia in London": Queen, Miss Mapp Including the Male Impersonator, Lucia in London

This name comprises 3 of Benson's Lucia tales. "Queen Lucia" was once released in 1920, "Miss Mapp" in 1922 and "Lucia in London" in 1927. they're much-loved novels of provincial snobbery and have become a winning tv sequence.

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Stories and Essays of Mina Loy (British Literature Series)

By Mina Loy

"Stories and Essays of Mina Loy" is the 1st book-length quantity of Mina Loy's narrative writings and significant paintings ever released. This quantity brings jointly her brief fiction, in addition to hybrid works that come with modernized fairy stories, a Socratic discussion, and a ballet. Loy's narratives tackle matters resembling abortion and poverty, and what she known as "the intercourse battle" is an abiding topic all through. "Stories and Essays of Mina Loy" additionally includes dramatic works that parody the bravado and misogyny of Futurism and exhibit Loy's early, potent use of absurdist process. Essays and commentaries on aesthetics, old occasions, and faith entire this beguiling assortment, cementing Mina Loy's position as one of many nice writers of the 20 th century.

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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

By Penny Gay

Why did theatre audiences snigger in Shakespeare's day? Why do they nonetheless snort now? What did Shakespeare do with the conventions of comedy that he inherited, in order that his performs proceed to amuse and flow audiences? What do his comedies need to say approximately love, intercourse, gender, energy, relatives, group, and sophistication? What position have ache, cruelty, or even dying in a comedy? Why all these puns? In a survey that travels from Shakespeare's earliest experiments in farce and courtly love-stories to the good romantic comedies of his center years and the mould-breaking experiments of his final decade's paintings, this ebook addresses those important questions. Organised thematically, and masking all Shakespeare's comedies from the start to the tip of his profession, it presents readers with a map of the playwright's comedian kinds, displaying how he equipped on comedic conventions as he extra enriched the chances of the style.

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The Poems (Bantam Classic reissue)

By William Shakespeare

David Bevington: quantity creation + Revisions and annotations to Shakespeare textual content, footnotes, textual notes, and person poem introductions.

David Scott Kastan and James Shapiro: Annotated bibliography.

The Poems

Shakespeare’s maximum fulfillment in nondramatic verse used to be his selection of 154 terrific sonnets that painting a tumultuous international of affection, competition, and clash between a poet, an aristocratic younger guy, a rival poet, and a mysterious “dark lady.” extra profound than different Elizabethan sonnet sequences and not passed as archetypes of the shape, those poems discover nearly each conceivable emotional complexity regarding love and friendship. a few poems are darkish, sour, and self-hating, others show idealism with unmatchable eloquence–and all are of crucial attractiveness, a part of the world’s nice literary heritage.

In addition to his sonnets, Shakespeare released lengthy poems early in his occupation: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. instantly renowned in Shakespeare’s time, they reveal a richness which can additionally present us with insights into the strong imagery of his plays.

Rounding out this quantity are minor poems, “A Lover’s Complaint” and “The Phoenix and Turtle,” considered a part of Shakespeare’s early writings.

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The Green Knight

By Iris Murdoch

Filled with suspense, humor, and symbolism, this magnificently crafted and magical novel replays biblical and medieval issues in modern London. An try by means of the pointy, feral, and uncommonly clever Lucas Graffe to homicide his sensual and charismatic half-brother Clement is interrupted through a stranger—whom Lucas moves and leaves for lifeless. while the stranger mysteriously reappears, with particular calls for for reparation, the Graffes’ circle of idiosyncratic friends and family is disrupted—for the calls for are strange, intrusive, and eventually deadly.

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