THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is often considered to be one of his most controversial plays. This student’s Edition tries to explicate the core elements of the play with clear and well-defined annotations as well as exhaustive Critical Appreciations on interesting topics such as Shakespeare’s treatment of Fools and Comedy; the Role of Portia’s Ring; and the Art of Rhetoric in the plot development of the play. The Play The Merchant of Venice is a story of love, romance, revenge and religious fanaticism set in the backdrop of 16th Century Venice. Not only is the play an intricate meld of various plots involving a gallery of the most fascinating characters in literature, but it is also imbued with a rich and potent poetic expression. It encompasses a wide range of themes and makes a very powerful comment on the human condition. The dramatic force of the play continues to resonate with audiences across the world and makes it a favourite pick for performances even in the contemporary context. The book comes along with • A comprehensive introduction to the entire play • Simple yet descriptive explanatory notes • Original text • Illustrative summary to the entire play (Act-wise) • Critical essays giving a post-modern outlook to the play
Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, Candide has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.
This trio of short stories by the author of Madame Bovary consists of "A Simple Heart," "The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller," and "Herodias." Translated by Arthur McDowall.
Mademoiselle de Maupin
Chevalier d'Albert fantasizes about his ideal lover, yet every woman he meets falls short of his exacting standards of female perfection. Embarking on an affair with the lovely Rosette to ease his boredom, he is thrown into tumultuous confusion when she receives a dashing young visitor. Exquisitely handsome, Théodore inspires passions d'Albert never believed he could feel for a man - and Rosette also seems to be in thrall to the charms of her guest. Does this bafflingly alluring person have a secret to hide? Subversive and seductive, Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835) draws readers into the bedrooms and boudoirs of a French château in a compelling exploration of desire and sexual intrigue.
The Pale Lady Fantasy and Horror Classics
Alexandre Dumas was best-known for the D'Artagnan romances, including The Three Musketeers (1844) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1846). He is arguably France's most famous novelist. His fiction has been translated into almost a hundred languages, and has formed the basis for more than 200 motion pictures. 'The Pale Lady' is one of his most enduring short works.
Th r se Raquin
This new translation is based on the second edition of 1868, and includes the important `Preface', in which Zola defended himself against charges of immorality.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A tale of two couples--Tomas and Teresa, and Sabina and Gerhart--as they struggle with their identities, complex relationships with each other, and the feelings about the political situation in post-war Czechoslovakia.
Eye of the Wolf
Born worlds apart - a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including an eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen terrible things. They stand either side of the wolf's enclosure and make their stories known to each other.
A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind
Jean Jacques Rousseau was born at Geneva, June 28, 1712, the son of a watchmaker of French origin. His education was irregular, and though he tried many professions—including engraving, music, and teaching—he found it difficult to support himself in any of them. The discovery of his talent as a writer came with the winning of a prize offered by the Academy of Dijon for a discourse on the question, "Whether the progress of the sciences and of letters has tended to corrupt or to elevate morals." He argued so brilliantly that the tendency of civilization was degrading that he became at once famous. The discourse here printed on the causes of inequality among men was written in a similar competition.
I Am So Strong
A big bad wolf bullies everyone he encounters in the forest into admitting that he is the strongest inhabitant of the woods, but he meets his match in an unlikely creature.