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38 Featured Titles

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Written by Samuel Pepys
Edited by Richard Le Gallienne
Introduction by Robert Louis Stevenson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7071-5 (0-8129-7071-3)

“The diary which Samuel Pepys kept from January 1660 to May 1669 ...is one of our greatest historical records and... a major work of English literature,” writes the renowned historian Paul Johnson. A witness to the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Hold the Crown
The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
Written by Jean Plaidy


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-34619-3 (0-307-34619-6)

From exile and war to love and loss—every dynasty has a beginning.

Henry Tudor was not born to the throne of England. Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to... Read more >
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Antony and Cleopatra

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6918-4 (0-8129-6918-9)

Written at the pinnacle of Shakespeare’s career and featuring his most soaring poetic idiom, Antony and Cleopatra is both an immortal love story and a political drama played out on a global scale.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6911-5 (0-8129-6911-1)

King Lear is Shakespeare’s bleakest and profoundest tragedy, a searing dramatization of humankind at the edge of apocalypse that explores the family and the nature of being with passion, poetry, and dark humor.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Macbeth

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6916-0 (0-8129-6916-2)

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, filled with fierce, violent action, Macbeth is a human drama of ambition, desire, and guilt in a world of blood and darkness, with whispers of the supernatural.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, paperback and a trade paperback.

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The Sonnets and Other Poems

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6920-7 (0-8129-6920-0)

Shakespeare became famous as a dazzling poet before most people even knew that he wrote plays. His sonnets are the English language’s most extraordinary anatomy of love in all its dimensions–desire and despair, longing and loss, adoration and disgust. To read them is to confront morality and eternity in the same... Read more >
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William Shakespeare Complete Works

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Hardcover, 2560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64295-4 (0-679-64295-1)

From the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company, the first authoritative, modernized, and corrected edition of Shakespeare’s First Folio in three centuries.

Skillfully assembled by Shakespeare’s fellow actors in 1623, the First Folio was the original Complete Works. It is arguably the most important literary work in the English language. But starting with... Read more >
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The Winter's Tale

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6919-1 (0-8129-6919-7)

One of the last plays Shakespeare penned on his own, The Winter’s Tale is a transcendent work of death and rebirth, exploring irrational sexual jealousy, the redemptive world of nature, and the magical power of art.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean... Read more >
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You'll Enjoy It When You Get There
The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor
Written by Elizabeth Taylor
Selected by Margaret Drabble
Introduction by Margaret Drabble


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-727-3 (1-59017-727-4)

Nearly forty years after her death, Elizabeth Taylor is only beginning to gain the recognition due to her as one of the finest English writers of the postwar period, notwithstanding the praise she has received from writers as different as Sarah Waters and Hilary Mantel.
 
Inheriting Ivy Compton-Burnett’s uncanny sensitivity to... Read more >
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The Enchanted April

Written by Elizabeth von Arnim
Introduction by Cathleen Schine


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-225-4 (1-59017-225-6)

The four women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other–and the castle of their dreams–through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that... Read more >
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The Compleat Angler
or, The Contemplative Man's Recreation
Written by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton
Introduction by Howell Raines


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75148-6 (0-375-75148-3)

An immediate success when if was first published in 1653, Walton's classic celebrtion of the joys of fishing continues to captivate anglers and nature lovers with its timeless advice and instruction.  Originally cast in the form of a dialogue between an experienced angler named Piscator and his pupil Viator, the book details... Read more >
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The Canterbury Tales
A Prose Version in Modern English
Written by David Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74353-4 (0-307-74353-5)

David Wright’s classic translation brings Chaucer’s masterpiece of Middle English storytelling into clear modern prose. The Canterbury Tales has entertained readers for centuries, with its comic animal fables, moral allegories, miniature epics of courtly love, and rollicking erotic farces that bring fourteenth-century England to life on every page. The gloriously varied... Read more >

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The Complete Fiction

Written by Francis Wyndham
Introduction by Alan Hollinghurst


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-312-1 (1-59017-312-0)

In his more than eighty years, Francis Wyndham has published very little—one novella and two collections of stories—but his is one of the most individual and compelling bodies of work by a contemporary English writer. As Alan Hollinghurst has said, Wyndham’s fiction stands in the tradition of social comedy that goes... Read more >
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