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Albion
The Origins of the English Imagination
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49773-2 (0-385-49773-3)

With his characteristic enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an inspired look into the heart and the history of the English imagination. To tell the story of its evolution, Ackroyd ranges across literature and painting, philosophy and science, architecture and music, from Anglo-Saxon times to... Read more >
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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 >
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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 Alteration

Written by Kingsley Amis
Introduction by William Gibson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-617-7 (1-59017-617-0)

Winner - John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science-Fiction Novel, 1976

In Kingsley Amis’s virtuoso foray into alternate history, it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century. Stephen the... Read more >
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The Green Man

Written by Kingsley Amis
Introduction by Michael Dirda


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-616-0 (1-59017-616-2)

Maurice Allington has reached middle age and is haunted by death. As he says, “I honestly can’t see why everybody who isn’t a child, everybody who’s theoretically old enough to have understood what death means doesn’t spend all his time thinking about it. It’s a pretty arresting thought.” He also happens... Read more >
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Lucky Jim

Written by Kingsley Amis
Introduction by Keith Gessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-575-0 (1-59017-575-1)

Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954. This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better... Read more >
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The Old Devils

Written by Kingsley Amis
Introduction by John Banville


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-576-7 (1-59017-576-X)

Winner of the 1986 Booker Prize

Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis’s The Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married couples who have been spending their golden years–when “all of a sudden the evening starts starting after breakfast”–nattering, complaining... 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 >
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The Absolutist

Written by John Boyne


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-552-5 (1-59051-552-8)

2012 ALA STONEWALL HONOR BOOK
It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.

But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He... Read more >
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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 >
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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 >
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Beowulf
A Dual-Language Edition
Written by Howell D. Chickering


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9622-0 (1-4000-9622-7)

The first major poem in English literature, Beowulf tells the story of the life and death of the legendary hero Beowulf in his three great battles with supernatural monsters. The ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior-aristocrat, Beowulf is an example of the heroic spirit at its finest.

Leading Beowulf scholar Howell D. Chickering, Jr.’s, fresh... Read more >

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Written by Arthur Conan Doyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 213 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 26, 2005
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-9746078-7-0 (0-9746078-7-8)

“It’s an ugly business, Watson, an ugly dangerous business, and the more I see of it the less I like it.”

Sherlock Holmes had been dead for eight years–killed of in another story–when Arthur Conan Doyle decided to bring the famous detective back for a new story that he told friends was... 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 >
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The Polyglots

Written by William Gerhardie


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-188-1 (1-61219-188-6)

The Anglo-Russian author William Gerhardie was hailed by writers including Graham Greene, Edith Wharton, Evelyn Waugh and others as a “genius,” and this, his long-out-of-print second novel, is generally acclaimed as his comic masterpiece–not to mention “the most influential English novel of the twentieth century,” according to William Boyd.

It tells the... 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 >
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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)

Williams 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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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

Written by Ken Ludwig


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95149-6 (0-307-95149-9)

Williams 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 trade paperback.

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The Glass Room

Written by Simon Mawer


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-396-5 (1-59051-396-7)

A 2009 Best Book by The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, London Evening Standard, The Observer, and Slate.com

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Honeymooners Viktor and Liesel Landauer are filled with the optimism and cultural vibrancy of central Europe of the 1920s when they meet modernist architect Rainer von... Read more >
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My Life in Middlemarch

Written by Rebecca Mead


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98476-0 (0-307-98476-1)

Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read... 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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Number9Dream
A Novel
Written by David Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6692-3 (0-8129-6692-9)

Number9Dream is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams.

David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Written by Brian Moore
Afterword by Mary Gordon


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-349-7 (1-59017-349-X)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman destroyed by self and circumstance. First published in 1955, it marked Brian Moore as a major figure in English literature (he would go on to be short-listed three times for the Booker Prize) and established... Read more >
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