The Winter's Tale (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

The Winter’s Tale, considered one of Shakespeare’s very overdue performs, is stuffed with improbabilities. ahead of the belief, one personality reviews that what we're approximately to work out, “Were it yet informed you, might be hooted at / Like an previous tale.”

It contains murderous passions, man-eating bears, princes and princesses in conceal, demise via drowning and through grief, oracles, betrayal, and unforeseen pleasure. but the play, which pulls a lot of its energy from Greek fantasy, is grounded within the everyday.

A “winter’s story” is one informed or learn on a protracted winter’s evening. ironically, this winter’s story is preferably visible instead of read—though the mind's eye can remodel phrases into bright motion. Its shift from tragedy to comedy, disguises, and startling exits and modifications look addressed to theater audiences.

The authoritative variation of The Winter’s Tale from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and generic Shakespeare sequence for college kids and basic readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in line with the easiest early revealed model of the play
-Full explanatory notes very easily 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 interpreting Shakespeare’s language
-An essay by way of a number one Shakespeare student supplying a latest standpoint at the play
-Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s titanic holdings of infrequent books
-An annotated consultant to additional reading

Essay by way of Stephen Orgel

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 world wide. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals a whole calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at

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The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe

Captured by means of pirates, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe makes his holiday in a small boat and undergoes determined adventures ahead of successful his as far back as civilization. yet Crusoe proves keen to likelihood his success a moment time whilst, after sweating his option to prosperity as a planter in Brazil, he undertakes one other voyage and is marooned on a small island off South the US. With the offers he's capable of salvage from the wrecked send, Crusoe finally builds a citadel and creates a nation for himself by way of taming animals, collecting fruit, growing to be vegetation, and searching, and spends greater than twenty years in isolation ahead of buying a sidekick—the guy Friday.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and different supplementary fabrics usually are not integrated.

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As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Readers and audiences have lengthy greeted As you're keen on It with satisfaction. Its characters are exceptional 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 move into exile within the woodland 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 together 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 severe clash among brothers, exposing the human discomfort that primogeniture involves. one other standpoint issues cross-dressing. such a lot 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 taking part in Rosalind used to be male, following the perform of the time. In different phrases, a boy performed a lady enjoying a boy pretending to be a girl.

The authoritative variation of As you love It from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and familiar Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:

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

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

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

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

-An creation to studying Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by means of a number one Shakespeare student supplying a contemporary viewpoint at the play

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

-An annotated consultant to extra reading

Essay via Susan Snyder

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

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The Wisdom of Father Brown

By G. K. Chesterton

British author GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically approximately his wide-ranging philosophies-he is very unlikely to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide selection of avenues: he was once a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, funny variety earned him the name of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and approximately 4,000 essays-remain one of the such a lot cherished within the English language Chesterton is better remembered, possibly, as a spinner of poser stories, and for his routine personality of dad Brown. This 1914 selection of tales contains a few of the crime-solving priest's maximum circumstances: . "The Absence of Mr. Glass" . "The Paradise of Thieves" . "The Duel of Dr. Hirsch" . "The guy within the Passage" . "The Mistake of the Machine" . "The Head of Caesar" . "The pink Wig" . "The Perishing of the Pendragons" . "The God of the Gongs" . "The Salad of Colonel Gray" . "The unusual Crime of John Boulnois" . "The Fairy story of dad Brown"

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Measure for Measure (Modern Library Classics)

By William Shakespeare

Eminent Shakespearean students Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen supply a clean new version of this robust play that explores sexual hypocrisy and questions morality in any respect degrees of society. This quantity additionally contains greater than 100 pages of particular good points, including:
• an unique advent to degree for Measure
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and research with very important proof in regards to the work
• remark on earlier and present productions in response to interviews with top administrators, actors, and designers
• pictures of key RSC productions
• an summary of Shakespeare’s theatrical profession and chronology of his plays
Ideal for college students, theater pros, and basic readers, those glossy and available variants from the Royal Shakespeare corporation set a brand new general in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (Penguin Books)

By Iris Murdoch

Swinging among his spouse and his mistress within the sacred and profane love laptop and among the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, occasionally needs he may possibly divide himself in . as an alternative, he we could free distress and confusion and—for the spectators at any rate—a morality play, wealthy in reflections upon the paradoxes of human lifestyles and the character of the conflict among sacred and profane love.

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King John: Second Series (Arden Shakespeare)

By William Shakespeare

The Arden Shakespeare is the confirmed variation of Shakespeare's paintings. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and worthwhile remark, Arden courses you a richer figuring out and appreciation of Shakespeare's performs. This version of King John presents, a transparent and authoritative textual content, distinct notes and statement at the comparable web page because the textual content, a whole advent discussing the severe and historic historical past to the play and appendices featuring assets and correct extracts.

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The Unicorn

By Iris Murdoch

A superb legendary drama approximately well-meaning humans trapped in a struggle of non secular forces

Marian Taylor, who has come as a “companion” to a stunning lady in a distant citadel, turns into conscious that her organization is a prisoner, not just of her obsessions, yet of an unforgiving husband.

Hannah, the Unicorn, likely a picture of persecuted advantage, fascinates those that encompass her, a few of whom plan to rescue her from her dream of redemptive ache. yet is she an blameless sufferer, a responsible lady, a mad girl, or a witch? Is her non secular lifestyles particularly a few evil attraction? If she is forcibly liberated will she die? the normal, good humans continue to exist, and are by no means yes whether or not they have understood.

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The Painted Veil

By W. Somerset Maugham

Set in England and Hong Kong within the Twenties, The Painted Veil is the tale of the gorgeous yet love-starved Kitty Fane. while her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the center of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her early life and the small yet potent society she fought so challenging to realize in Hong Kong, she is pressured by means of her awakening moral sense to re-examine her existence and how to love.

The Painted Veil is a superbly written confirmation of the human capability to develop, to alter, and to forgive.

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