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39 Featured Titles

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Chaucer
Ackroyd's Brief Lives
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 18, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50797-4 (0-385-50797-6)

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, historian and novelist Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet’s works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 25th Anniversary Edition
A Novel
Written by Douglas Adams


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5292-9 (1-4000-5292-0)

How shall we begin?

This is the story of a book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—not an Earth book, never published on Earth and, until the terrible catastrophe occurred, never seen or even heard of by any Earthman. Nevertheless, a wholly remarkable book.

or

This is the story of The Hitchhiker’s Guide... Read more >

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The Annotated Sense and Sensibility

Written by Jane Austen
Edited by David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39076-9 (0-307-39076-4)

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that makes this tale of two sisters in love an even more enjoyable read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2,000 annotations on facing pages, including:

-Explanations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Parrots

Written by Filippo Bologna
Translated by Howard Curtis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pushkin Press
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78227-039-3 (1-78227-039-6)

Three men are preparing to do battle. Their goal is a prestigious literary prize. And each man will do anything to win it. For the young Beginner, loved by critics more than readers, it means fame. For The Master, old, exhausted, preoccupied with his prostate, it means money. And for The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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This House is Haunted

Written by John Boyne


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-679-9 (1-59051-679-6)

Written in Dickensian prose, This House Is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic nineteenth century ghost story. Set in Norfolk in 1867, Eliza Caine responds to an ad for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall. When she arrives at the hall, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by John Miles Foley


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7845-2 (0-8129-7845-5)

Beyond its importance as a literary work of unvarnished genius, Geoffrey Chaucer’ s unfinished epic poem is also one of the most beloved works in the English language–and for good reason: It is lively, absorbing, perceptive, and outrageously funny. But despite the brilliance of Chaucer’s work, the continual evolution of our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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The Haunted House

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Wesley Stace


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7306-8 (0-8129-7306-2)

On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends reconvene on Twelfth Night at a great feast and share their stories of spectral encounter.

“Conducted” by Charles... Read more >
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Written by Charles Dickens
Introduction by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8045-5 (0-8129-8045-X)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a novel that is itself the subject of one of literature’ s most enduring mysteries. The story recounts the troubled romance of Rosa Bud and the book’s eponymous character, who later vanishes. Was Drood murdered, and if so by whom? All clues point to John... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

Written by Ian Doescher


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-715-1 (1-59474-715-6)

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas’s enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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In the Company of the Courtesan
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7404-1 (0-8129-7404-2)

My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company... Read more >

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The Slaves of Solitude

Written by Patrick Hamilton
Introduction by David Lodge


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 20, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-220-9 (1-59017-220-5)

England in the middle of World War II, a war that seems fated to go on forever, a war that has become a way of life. Heroic resistance is old hat. Everything is in short supply, and tempers are even shorter. Overwhelmed by the rigors of the Blitz, middle-aged Miss Roach... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beowulf and Other Old English Poems

Written by Constance Hieatt


Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1988
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21347-8 (0-553-21347-4)

Written by an unknown poet around the eighth century, this masterpiece of Anglo-Saxon literature transforms legends, history and ancient songs into the richly colored tale of the hero Beowulf. A stirring portrait of a heroic world—somber, vast and magnificent. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sidetracks
Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75771-9 (0-679-75771-6)

With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography.

When researching, Richard Holmes has often become captivated by figures peripheral to his main subject, literary forays that he couldn’t resist. These tales—he forbidden love of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wittgenstein Jr

Written by Lars Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-376-2 (1-61219-376-5)

The unruly undergraduates at Cambridge have a nickname for their new lecturer: Wittgenstein Jr. He’s a melancholic, tormented genius who seems determined to make them grasp the very essence of philosophical thought.

But Peters—a working-class student surprised to find himself among the elite—soon discovers that there’s no place for logic in a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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By Fire, By Water

Written by Mitchell James Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-352-1 (1-59051-352-5)

Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the court and longtime friend of the lusty King Ferdinand, has had enough of the Spanish Inquisition. As the power of Inquisitor General Tomás de Torquemada grows, so does the brutality of the Spanish church and the suspicion and paranoia it inspires. When a dear friend’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats

Written by John Keats
Introduction by Edward Hirsch


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75669-6 (0-375-75669-8)

“I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death,” John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion. Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a... Read more >
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English Passengers
A Novel
Written by Matthew Kneale


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49744-2 (0-385-49744-X)

In 1857 when Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put their ship up for charter. The only takers are two eccentric Englishmen who want to embark for the other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lost Girl
A Novel
Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Lee Siegel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6997-9 (0-8129-6997-9)

The Lost Girl, D. H. Lawrence’s forgotten novel, is a passionate tale of longing and sexual defiance, of devastation and destitution.

Alvina Houghton, the daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father’s business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

Written by Ken Ludwig


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95150-2 (0-307-95150-2)

William Shakespeare’s plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poetry, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Jane Austen to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Atonement
A Novel
Written by Ian McEwan


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50395-2 (0-385-50395-4)

Anchor Paperback is Available

2003 LA Times Book Award for Fiction

2003 ALA Notable Book Award for Adults, Fiction

2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

The People's Booker Prize 2001


In each of his novels Ian McEwan has brilliantly drawn his reader into the intimate lives and situations of his characters. But never... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Children Act

Written by Ian McEwan


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53970-8 (0-385-53970-3)

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Enemy Within

Written by Seumas Milne


Format: Trade Paperback, 488 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-342-2 (1-78168-342-5)

Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984-85 miners strike “the enemy within.” In this classic account, Seumas Milne reveals the astonishing lengths to which her government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destroy the power of Britain’s miners union.
 
In this 30th anniversary edition new material brings the story up to date with further revelations about the secret... Read more >
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The Essential Prose of John Milton

Written by John Milton
Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich and Stephen M. Fallon


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8372-2 (0-8129-8372-6)

Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich, and Stephen M. Fallon

The legendary author of Paradise Lost and other poems was also a superb and provocative prose writer. Culled from Modern Library’s definitive The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this indispensable collection, authoritatively annotated and updated for this new volume... Read more >
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Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and the Complete Shorter Poems

Written by John Milton
Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich and Stephen M. Fallon


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8371-5 (0-8129-8371-8)

Derived from the Modern Library’s esteemed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this new volume, extensively revised and updated by its editors, contains Milton’s two late masterpieces, the brief epic Paradise Regained and the tragic drama Samson Agonistes. Age after age, these works have inspired new controversy and... Read more >
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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
A Novel
Written by David Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7636-6 (0-8129-7636-3)

The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire’s single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, and costly courtesans comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout young clerk who has five years... Read more >
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