Leo Tolstoy — War and Peace, 2008 год

11 марта, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
In Russia’s struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Greater than a historical chronicle, «War and Peace» is an affirmation of life itself, `a complete picture’, as a contemporary reviewer put it, `of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation’.
Tolstoy gave his personal approval to this translation, published here in a new single volume edition, which includes an introduction by Henry Gifford, and Tolstoy’s important essay `Some Words about War and Peace ‘.

ISBN: 9780199536054
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James Edward Austen-Leigh — A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections, 2008 год

8 марта, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections - James Edward Austen-Leigh

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
‘I doubt whether it would be possible to mention any author of note, whose personal obscurity was so complete.’
James Edward Austen-Leigh’s «Memoir» of his aunt Jane Austen was published in 1870, over fifty years after her death. Together with the shorter recollections of James Edward’s two sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the «Memoir» remains the prime authority for her life and continues to inform all subsequent accounts. These are family memories, the record of Jane Austen’s life shaped and limited by the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews recovering in old age the outlines of the young aunt they had each known. They still remembered the shape of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand accounts bring her vividly before us. Their declared partiality also raises fascinating issues concerning biographical truth, and the terms in which all biography functions.
This edition brings together for the first time these three memoirs, and also includes Jane’s brother Henry Austen’s ‘Biographical Notice’ of 1818 and his lesser known ‘Memoir’ of 1833, making a unique biographical record.

ISBN: 9780199540778
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Lord George Gordon Byron — Selected Poetry, 2008 год

3 марта, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
Selected Poetry - Lord George Gordon Byron

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
Byron was a legend in his own lifetime and the dominant influence on the Romantic movement.
The most European of the English writers in an age of revolution, Byron was deeply involved in contemporary events, and a passionate supporter of the struggle for Greek independence. Describing himself as `born for opposition’, his work was largely directed against what he called the `cant political, cant poetical, and cant moral’ of the English and European worlds. He was rocketed to fame by the publication of «Childe Harold» in 1812, and lionized by society until his departure from England amid a whirlpool of private gossip and newspaper scandal in 1816. His is, in every sense, a poetry of experience, and a Romantic emphasis on the personality of the poet is the hallmark of all his verse. Relishing humour and irony, daring and flamboyant, sardonic yet idealistic, his work encompasses a sweeping range of topics, subjects, and models, embracing the most traditional and the most experimental poetic forms.
This selection of the poetical works, chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition, includes such masterpieces as «The Corsair», «Manfred», «Bebbo», and «Don Juan». There are many other less familiar works and shorter lyrics, and Jerome J. McGann’s introduction and notes give fascinating insight into Byron’s world.

ISBN: 9780199538782
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Patricia Ingham — The Brontes (Authors in Context), 2008 год

23 февраля, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
The Brontes (Authors in Context) - Patricia Ingham

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
The extraordinary creativity of the Brontë sisters, who between them wrote some of the most enduring fiction in the English language, continues to fascinate and intrigue modern readers. The tragedy of their early deaths adds poignancy to their novels, and in the popular imagination they have become mythic figures. And yet, as Patricia Ingham shows, they were fully engaged with the world around them, and their writing, from the juvenilia to «Jane Eyre» and «Wuthering Heights», reflects the preoccupations of the age in which they lived. Their novels, which so shocked their contemporaries, address the burning issues of the day: class, gender, race, religion, and mental disorders. As well as examining these connections, Patricia Ingham also shows how film and other media have reinterpreted the novels for the twenty-first century.
The book includes a chronology of the Brontës, suggestions for further reading, websites, illustrations, and a comprehensive index.

ISBN: 978-0-19-953666-5
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Suetonius — Lives of the Caesars, 2008 год

23 февраля, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
Lives of the Caesars - Suetonius

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
The «Lives of the Caesars» include the biographies of Julius Caesar and the eleven subsequent emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitelius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian. Suetonius composed his material from a variety of sources, without much concern for their reliability. His biographies consist the ancestry and career of each emperor in turn; however, his interest is not so much analytical or historical, but anecdotal and salacious which gives rise to a lively and provocative succession of portraits. The account of Julius Caesar does not simply mention his crossing of the Rubicon and his assassination, but draws attention to his dark piercing eyes and attempts to conceal his baldness. The Live of Caligula presents a vivid picture of the emperor’s grotesque appearance, his waywardness, and his insane cruelties.
The format and style of Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars was to set the tone for biography throughout western literature — his work remains thoroughly readable and full of interest.

ISBN: 9780199537563
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George Eliot — Adam Bede, 2008 год

21 февраля, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
Adam Bede - George Eliot

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
‘Our deeds carry their terrible consequences…consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.’ Pretty Hetty Sorrel is loved by the village carpenter Adam Bede, but her head is turned by the attentions of the fickle young squire, Arthur Donnithorne. His dalliance with the dairymaid has unforeseen consequences that affect the lives of many in their small rural community. First published in 1859, Adam Bede carried its readers back sixty years to the lush countryside of Eliot’s native Warwickshire, and a time of impending change for England and the wider world. Eliot’s powerful portrayal of the interaction of ordinary people brought a new social realism to the novel, in which humour and tragedy co-exist, and fellow-feeling is the mainstay of human relationships. Faith, in the figure of Methodist preacher Dinah Morris, offers redemption to all who are willing to embrace it. This new edition is based on the definitive Clarendon edition and Eliot’s corrected text of 1861.

ISBN: 9780199203475
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Laurence Sterne — A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings, 2008 год

21 февраля, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings - Laurence Sterne

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
‘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 than Lyons 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 of sentimental 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 that was the catalyst for Sterne’s literary career.

ISBN: 9780199537181
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Federico Garcia Lorca — Four Major Plays, 2008 год

18 февраля, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
Four Major Plays - Federico Garcia Lorca

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
‘I have made a terrible discovery …I have not yet been born …I live off borrowed substance; what I have within me is not mine.’ In his four last plays Federico Garcia Lorca offered his disturbed and disturbing personal vision to Spanish audiences of the 1930s — unready, as he thought them, for the sexual frankness and surreal expression of his more experimental work. The ill-fated lovers of Blood Wedding, the desolate Yerma, the fading spinster Rosita, and Bernarda Alba’s abused household of women all inhabit a familiar Andalusia. Their predicaments are starkly plotted, with a stagecraft rooted in classical theatrical tradition. In such figures Lorca addresses the cultural and political ferment of his time with a fiercely libertarian assault on ‘old and wrong moralities’, fusing the personal and the political through his virtuoso mastery of images. Yet all that mastery can barely keep at bay the anguished contradictions of these doomed human lives. Hence the authentic sense of danger — the duende, to use his own word of Lorca’s theatre, finely conveyed here in John Edmunds’s fluent and rhythmic new translations that lend themselves admirably to performance.

ISBN: 9780199537518
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Jane Austen — Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon, 2008 год

17 февраля, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon - Jane Austen

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
‘…in suspecting General Tilney of either murdering or shutting up his wife, she had scarcely sinned against his character, or magnified his cruelty’
«Northanger Abbey» is about the misadventures of Catherine Morland, young, ingenuous, and mettlesome, and an indefatigable reader of gothic novels. Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forlorn heroines in isolated settings. What could be more remote from the uneventful securities of life in the midland counties of England? Yet as Austen brilliantly contrasts fiction with reality, ordinary life takes a more sinister turn, and edginess and circumspection are reaffirmed alongside comedy and literary burlesque.
Also including Austen’s other short fictions, «Lady Susan», «The Watsons», and «Sanditon», this valuable new edition examines the ambitious and innovative works with which she inaugurated as well as closed her career.

ISBN: 978-0-19-953554-5
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Oscar Wilde — Complete Poetry, 1999 год

17 февраля, 2012 / Автор статьи: admin
Complete Poetry - Oscar Wilde

Oxford University Press / Oxford World’s Classics
This volume collects the poems of Oscar Wilde, following as closely as possible the chronological order of composition, and highlighting autobiographical elements. The Appendix shows Wilde’s original ordering, constructed with great care around a «musical» arrangement of themes.

ISBN: 978-0-19-283526-0
мягкая обложка, 240 стр.
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