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Purgatory

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64268-8 (0-679-64268-4)

A brilliant new translation of the centerpiece of The Divine Comedy

Purgatory, the mountain that straightens souls made crooked by the world, is Dante’s single most conceptually brilliant creation. Anthony Esolen’s vivid and innovative new rendering unearths Dante’s own voice with unprecedented vigor, accuracy, and a masterly use of English meter. It... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Purgatory

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7125-5 (0-8129-7125-6)

"The enjoyment of The Divine Comedy is a continuous process," observed T.S. Eliot. "It is not necessary to understand the meaning first to enjoy the poetry...our enjoyment of the poetry makes us want to understand the meaning."

Arguably the greatest single poem ever written, The Divine Comedy presents Dante Alighieri's all-encompassing... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Leaving Yuba City
Poems
Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 1997
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48854-9 (0-385-48854-8)

An intriguing sequence of interlinked poems about India and the Indian experience in America. Divakaruni explores how different art forms can influence each other, as well as how women forge their own identities. Of interest to students of poetry and 'integrated arts,' as well as women's studies and intercultural relations. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Haiku Mind
108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart
Written by Patricia Donegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-758-8 (1-59030-758-5)

Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment–and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Du Fu
A Life in Poetry
Written by Fu Du
Translated by David Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71160-2 (0-375-71160-0)

Du Fu (712–770) is one of the undisputed geniuses of Chinese poetry—still universally admired and read thirteen centuries after his death. Now David Young, author of Black Lab, and well known as a translator of Chinese poets, gives us a sparkling new translation of Du Fu’s verse, arranged to give us... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Grief Lessons
Four Plays by Euripides
Written by Euripides
Translated by Anne Carson
Introduction by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-253-7 (1-59017-253-1)

Euripides reached the height of his renown during the disastrous Peloponnesian War, when democratic Athens was brought down by its own outsized ambitions. His plays were shocking: he unmasked heroes, revealing them as foolish and savage, and he wrote about the powerless—women and children, slaves and barbarians—for whom tragedy was not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Collected Works

Written by Kahlil Gibran


Format: Hardcover, 888 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 23, 2007
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26707-8 (0-307-26707-5)

For the first time, all the major works of this beloved writer are gathered together in one hardcover volume.

Poet, artist, and mystic, Kahlil Gibran was born in 1883 to a poor Christian family in Lebanon and immigrated to the United States as an adolescent. His masterpiece, The Prophet, a book of... Read more >

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The Prophet

Written by Kahlil Gibran


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 12, 1923
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-40428-8 (0-394-40428-9)

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.

The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Goethe's Faust

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by Walter Kaufmann
Introduction by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 1962
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-03114-1 (0-385-03114-9)

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two. Read more >

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Zen Poems

Edited by Peter Harris


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 23, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40552-5 (0-375-40552-6)

The appreciation of Zen philosophy and art has become universal, and Zen poetry, with its simple expression of direct, intuitive insight and sudden enlightenment, appeals to lovers of poetry, spirituality, and beauty everywhere. This collection of translations of the classical Zen poets of China, Japan, and Korea includes the work of... Read more >

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In Praise of the Unfinished
Selected Poems
Written by Julia Hartwig
Translated by John Carpenter and Bogdana Carpenter


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 4, 2008
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26720-7 (0-307-26720-2)

Hailed by Czeslaw Milosz as “the grande dame of Polish poetry” and named “one of the foremost Polish poets of the twentieth century” by Ryszard Kapuscinski, Julia Hartwig has long been considered the gold standard of poetry in her native Poland. With this career-spanning collection, we finally have a book of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Miguel Hernandez

Written by Miguel Hernandez
Translated by Don Share


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: NYRB Poets
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-629-0 (1-59017-629-4)

Miguel Hernández is, along with Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Federico García Lorca, one of the greatest Spanish poets of the twentieth century. This volume spans the whole of Hernández’s brief writing life, and includes his most celebrated poems, from the early lyrics written in traditional forms, such as the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Seasons of the Soul
The Poetic Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom of Herman Hesse
Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Ludwig Max Fischer, Ph.D.
Foreword by Andrew Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-313-7 (1-58394-313-7)

Vowing at an early age “to be a poet or nothing at all,” Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history. One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely... 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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Gilgamesh

Written by Derrek Hines


Format: Trade Paperback, 84 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2004
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7733-5 (1-4000-7733-8)

The epic of Gilgamesh is the first great book of man's heart. Inscribed onto clay tablets around 2400 BC, it enthralled the ancient world with a story of love, heroism, friendship, grief, and defiance of the Gods. That it continues to speak to us today, despite its fragmentary state, is testimony... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Odyssey

Written by Homer
Translated by Charles Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-728-1 (1-55643-728-5)

Most translations of The Odyssey are in the kind of standard verse form believed typical of high-serious composition in the ancient world. Yet some scholars believe the epic was originally composed in a less formal, phrase-by-phrase prosody. Charles Stein employs the latter approach in this dramatic, and in some ways truer... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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Songs of Spiritual Experience
Tibetan Buddhist Poems of Insight and Awakening
Translated by Thupten Jinpa and Jas Elsner
Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 10, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-911-2 (1-57062-911-0)

     The first major anthology of Tibetan spiritual poetry available in the West, Songs of Spiritual Experience offers original translations of fifty-two poems from all the traditions and schools of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. These poems communicate spiritual insight with grace and precision, addressing the themes of... Read more >

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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8514-6 (0-8129-8514-1)

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold
Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Franz Kafka begins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Sloan-Kettering
Poems
Written by Abba Kovner


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1145-0 (0-8052-1145-4)

Many readers already know of the poet Abba Kovner (1918-1987) as the charismatic Jewish leader who engineered the Vilna ghetto uprising, famously urging his comrades not to go "like sheep to the slaughter." After the war, he became a powerful voice in orchestrating the resettlement of Holocaust survivors to a new... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Skinned
Selected Poems
Written by Antjie Krog


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-463-3 (1-60980-463-5)

One of South Africa’s greatest living poets selects from her most recent poems and also from the poems and the themes that best represent her from across her long career.

Part One of Skinned contains poems about writing, family and love poems. The poems in second part were chosen from a volume featuring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poems of the Sea

Edited by J. D. McClatchy


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41329-2 (0-375-41329-4)

Throughout history, poets have felt the ancient pull of the sea, exploring the full range of mankind's nautical fears, dreams, and longings. The colorful legends of the sea–pirates and mermaids, phantom ships and the sunken city of Atlantis–have inspired as many imaginations as have the realities of lighthouses and shipwrecks, of... Read more >

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The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry

Written by J.D. McClatchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74115-2 (0-679-74115-1)

This groundbreaking volume may well be the poetry anthology for the global village. As selected by J.D. McClatchy, this collection includes masterpieces from four continents and more than two dozen languages in translations by such distinguished poets as Elizabeth Bishop, W.S. Merwin, Ted Hughes, and Seamus Heaney. Among the countries and... Read more >

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The Song of Roland

Translated by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75711-2 (0-375-75711-2)

A contemporary prose rendering of the great medieval French epic, The Song of Roland is as canonical and significant as the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. It extols the chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne through the exploits of Charlemagne's nephew, the warrior Roland, who fights bravely to his death in a legendary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion de desesperada y cien sonetos de amor

Written by Pablo Neruda


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47474-2 (0-307-47474-7)

Premio Nobel de Literatura

“El más grande poeta del siglo xx en cualquier idioma”. —Gabriel García Márquez

Un gran éxito desde el mismo momento de su publicación en 1924 cuando el autor contaba con tan solo diecinueve años, Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada causó un fuerte revuelo en la conservadora... Read more >

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Beyond the Edge of the Sea
Sailing with Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, the Vikings, and Other Explorers of the Ancient World
Written by Mauricio Obregon


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78344-2 (0-679-78344-X)

The story of Jason and the Argonauts and Homer’s tales of Ulysses are among the greatest ancient epics, but are they merely nautical legends or true stories?

Mauricio Obregón has combed through classical texts, focusing on the smallest details, and with his intimate knowledge of historical navigation, brilliantly reenacts the voyages the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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