Fiction & Literature (280)

Nietzsche

ISBN: 9781843913832

Author: Stefan Zweig    Publisher: Hesperus Press

This brilliant, newly translated edition of Nietzsche displays Zweig’s particular forte for creatively mapping the psychology of his subject and their histori...


This brilliant, newly translated edition of Nietzsche displays Zweig’s particular forte for creatively mapping the psychology of his subject and their historical significance. It is the compelling third part of Stefan Zweig’s much overlooked ‘Master Builders of the Spirit’ series, entitled ‘The Struggle with the Demon’.

Zweig eschews traditional academic discussion and focuses on Nietzsche’s habits, passions and obsessions. This work, concentrating on the man rather than the work, on the tragedy of his existence and his apartness from the world in which he moved in enforced isolation, is a brief tour de force and essential reading for anyone interested in Zweig or Nietzsche. One is drawn inexorably into Nietzsche’s tragic trajectory.

Illustrated with stunning new photographs relating to Nietzsche and his European locations, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Nietzsche, Zweig, first-class biographies and philosophy.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 29-03-2013


$27.99
On Poverty

ISBN: 9781843916208

Author: Charles Dickens    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Dickens is famous for his moralising and the entreaties within his fiction to help the poor, and characters such as the Cratchit family, or little Joe in Bleak ...


Dickens is famous for his moralising and the entreaties within his fiction to help the poor, and characters such as the Cratchit family, or little Joe in Bleak House have become iconic figures in our recollections of the nineteenth century's working class struggles.

This collection includes articles such as ‘A Poor man and his beer’ and ‘Walk in the Workhouse’ based directly upon Dickens' own involvement and experience of walking round the more derelict areas of London and England to meet the poor firsthand and report their plights to the reading population, as well as considering Dickens' own charitable work, such as his involvement in setting up a refuge for prostitutes, as defended in his article ‘A Home for Homeless Women’. In contrast to his personal nostalgia for the innocence of childhood, Dickens tirelessly argued against those who hearkened back to the good old days, instead flying the flag for evolution and development.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 29-03-2013


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On Europe

ISBN: 9781843916215

Author: Mark Twain    Publisher: Hesperus Press

‘In a little while we were speeding through the streets of Paris and delightfully recognizing certain names and places with which books had long ago made us f...


‘In a little while we were speeding through the streets of Paris and delightfully recognizing certain names and places with which books had long ago made us familiar. It was like meeting an old friend when we read Rue de Rivoli on the street corner; we knew the genuine vast palace of the Louvre as well as we knew its picture; when we passed by the Column of July we needed no one to tell us what it was or to remind us that on its site once stood the grim Bastille, that grave of human hopes and happiness...’

This is a brand new selection of Mark Twain’s views on Europe and the Europeans, taken from several volumes of travelogues recounting his journeys across the continent with wit, vivacity and humour. Few fellow travellers, locals or ideologies are left unscathed. Uproariously funny at times and often cutting with his remarks, Twain always seems to pull it back from the brink and err on the side humour rather than offence. Throughout France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, the food, the language, the customs and the people, no subject escapes analysis of the most amusing kind.

In addition, On Europe provides a captivating snapshot into life late nineteenth-century Europe – Twain’s writing documents the political zeitgeist of a changing era. The author also takes the opportunity to lambast fellow travel writers, lampooning their overwrought style and grandiose emotional outpourings. Following the age-old tradition of new-world travellers returning to the old world, Twain’s account features the usual blend of awe and disillusionment which met Americans in equal measure when confronted with lands so steeped in history and legend and yet now in the grip of modernity.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 29-03-2013


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American Short Story Masterpieces

ISBN: 9780486499130

Publisher: Dover Publications

As variegated as the American experience itself, this original treasury reflects the vibrant role of the short story in our national literature. Fourteen outsta...


As variegated as the American experience itself, this original treasury reflects the vibrant role of the short story in our national literature. Fourteen outstanding tales by famous American authors unfold in settings ranging from the decaying family mansion of Edgar Allan Poe's dark psychological thriller, "The Fall of the House of Usher," to the bustling modern apartment building of John Cheever's domestic drama, "The Enormous Radio." Moods and attitudes shift from the simmering menace of a lynch mob in William Faulkner's "Dry September" to the gentle optimism of an elderly couple in Ring Lardner's "The Golden Honeymoon."
Other stories include "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter's "He," "A Wagner Matinee," by Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," and "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane. Additional contributors include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry James, Edith Wharton, and O. Henry. An affordable resource for classroom use, this anthology is also a fine companion for all who appreciate well-crafted tales.


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Pages: 256


Dimensions: 130 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-03-2013


$7.99
The Judas Tree

ISBN: 9781927145463

Author: Lorna Staveley Anker    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

LORNA STAVELEY ANKER was born in 1914. She used to joke that this was the cause of the First World War. In truth, the poems in this fine collection reveal her a...


LORNA STAVELEY ANKER was born in 1914. She used to joke that this was the cause of the First World War. In truth, the poems in this fine collection reveal her as New Zealand’s first woman war poet. There are poems here that arise from her childhood memories of Kaiser Bill. Three of her uncles died in France.
She was a ‘war widow’ in the Second World War, one of the civilian casualties who make up what is known as ‘the unsung generation’.
This collection contains the best of her published poems and a substantial number never seen before. Edited with loving care by Canterbury poet Bernadette Hall, this is a book that will open your eyes to our nation’s invisible history, the story of a seemingly ordinary life that proves to be extraordinary in the telling.


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Pages: 96


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2013


$20.00
Brief Lives: Evelyn Waugh

ISBN: 9781843919278

Author: Michael Barber    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Evelyn Waugh was the finest novelist of his generation in England, the ‘Commanding Officer’ mourned by Graham Greene. He also lived a life less ordinary tha...


Evelyn Waugh was the finest novelist of his generation in England, the ‘Commanding Officer’ mourned by Graham Greene. He also lived a life less ordinary than most, which, like his alter ego Pinfold’s, became increasingly stylised and anachronistic as the class he had gate-crashed lost its pre-eminence in the Age of the Common Man. By the time he died, halfway through the ‘swinging sixties’, he was regarded as, at best, a museum piece. Then, following the posthumous publication of his riveting Diaries and Letters, he and his work experienced a renaissance that continues to this day, and not just in the English-speaking world. Rather like Hemingway, another writer imprisoned within his own fantasy, Waugh has now achieved mythical status.

Michael Barber examines the man behind the myth, his writings and their significance then and now.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 22-02-2013


$29.99
Just What The Doctor Disordered : Early Writings & Cartoons of Dr Seuss

ISBN: 9780486498461

Author: Dr Seuss    Publisher: Dover Publications

Before his worldwide fame as a bestselling children's author, Theodor Seuss Geisel was a prolific writer and cartoonist for humor magazines of the early twentie...


Before his worldwide fame as a bestselling children's author, Theodor Seuss Geisel was a prolific writer and cartoonist for humor magazines of the early twentieth century. The creator of Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, and other classics wrote and drew comic features for publications such as Judge, Life, College Humor, and Liberty. This entertaining compilation of items from the Doctor's early and often overlooked career offers a captivating blend of visual hilarity, nonsense language, and absurdist humor.
Articles and essays abounding in literary surrealism include "memoirs" of spying on General Grant during the Civil War and visiting England on a daily budget of 90 cents. Seuss investigates the origins of contract bridge (played by Druids armed with croquet mallets), explains how to eject a cow from your apartment, and presents charts with helpful pointers, including "How to Punish Your Offspring Scientifically." With their humorous commentaries on people and googly-eyed animals, these cartoon essays and fantasies offer delightful views of reality as seen in the Seussian fun-house mirror.


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Pages: 144


Dimensions: 21 x 23.5 mm


Publication Date: 15-12-2012


$29.99
The Perils of Certain English Prisoners

ISBN: 9781843913894

Authors: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins    Publisher: Hesperus Press

A classic collaboration between two literary giants, The Perils of Certain English Prisoners is a gripping adventure story filled with murder, intrigue and stro...


A classic collaboration between two literary giants, The Perils of Certain English Prisoners is a gripping adventure story filled with murder, intrigue and strong female characters.
Fascinating in its use of female heroines, this is a rousing adventure story set on an island near the English colony of Belize. The island's silver mine is overrun by pirates with a number of colonists murdered and those not killed are taken prisoner. The initiative of the women prisoners enables the captives to escape.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 31-12-2012


$24.99
A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire

ISBN: 9781843911647

Author: Charles Dickens    Publisher: Hesperus Press

A newly edited volume of tales orignally published in a Christmas edition of Dicken's own magazine, re-issued just in time for the festive season.

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A newly edited volume of tales orignally published in a Christmas edition of Dicken's own magazine, re-issued just in time for the festive season.

A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire offers tales of romance, theft, justice and heart-warming family reunions. Some of the haunting tales are inspiring while others are chilling. The voices of this round include servants and employers - host and charwoman, mother and nursemaid - and some surprising ruminations on topics as diverse as disability and interracial love.


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Pages: 120


Publication Date: 01-11-2012


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Sherlock Holmes : The Complete Stories

ISBN: 9781853268960

Authors: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sidney Paget    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginni...


It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson. The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Holmes with his famous deerstalker hat. The literary cult of Sherlock Holmes shows no sign of fading with time as each new generation comes to love and revere the penetrating mind and ruthless logic which were the undoing of so many Victorian master criminals.


Pages: 1408


Dimensions: 150 x 232 x 53 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-1996


$24.99
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