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Arabic Poems
Arabic Poems
Edited by Marle Hammond
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780375712432
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Arabic Poems

Edited by Marle Hammond


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $14.95

A bilingual anthology of poems from the sixth century to the present, Arabic Poems is a one-of-a-kind showcase of a fascinating literary tradition.

The Arabic poetic legacy is as vast as it is deep, spanning a period of fifteen centuries in regions from Morocco to Iraq. Themes of love, nature... Read more >
The Metamorphoses
The Metamorphoses
Written by Ovid, Translated by Allen Mandelbaum, Introduction by J. C. McKeown
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780375712319
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The Metamorphoses

Written by Ovid
Translated by Allen Mandelbaum
Introduction by J. C. McKeown


Format: Hardcover, 568 pages
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95

Ovid’s famous mock epic—a treasury of myth and magic that is one of the greatest literary works of classical antiquity—is rendered into fluidly poetic English by world-renowned translator Allen Mandelbaum.

Roman poet Ovid’s dazzling cycle of tales begins with the creation of the world and ends with the deification of Caesar... Read more >
The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy
Written by Dante Alighieri
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ISBN: 9780804169127
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The Divine Comedy
The Unabridged Classic
Written by Dante Alighieri


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
On Sale: May 14, 2013
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The complete Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) in one volume from Vintage Classics. The greatest poem of the Middle Ages, in the standard Carlyle-Okey-Wickstead translation, with full notes.

Dante’s Divine Comedy relates the allegorical tale of the poet’s journey through the three realms of the dead. Accompanied through the Inferno and Purgatory... Read more >
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The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy
Written by Dante Alighieri
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ISBN: 9780307823731
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The Divine Comedy
The Unabridged Classic
Written by Dante Alighieri


Format: eBook, 656 pages
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $9.99

Dante’s Divine Comedy relates the allegorical tale of the poet’s journey through the three realms of the dead. Accompanied through the Inferno and Purgatory by Virgil--author of the Roman epic the Aeniad--Dante encounters mythical, historical, and contemporaneous figures in their respective afterlives. Relying on classical (pagan) mythology and Christian imagery and... Read more >
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Red Doc>
Red Doc>
Written by Anne Carson
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307960580
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Red Doc>

Written by Anne Carson


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $24.95

Some years ago I wrote a book about a boy named Geryon who was red and had wings and fell in love with Herakles. Recently I began to wonder what happened to them in later life. Red Doc> continues their adventures in a very different style and with changed names.

To...

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The Art of Love
The Art of Love
Written by Ovid, Translated by James Michie, Introduction by David Malouf
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ISBN: 9780307801838
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The Art of Love

Written by Ovid
Translated by James Michie
Introduction by David Malouf


Format: eBook, 208 pages
On Sale: February 20, 2013
Price: $9.99

In the first century a.d., Ovid, author of the groundbreaking epic poem Metamorphoses, came under severe criticism for The Art of Love, which playfully instructed women in the art of seduction and men in the skills essential for mastering the art of romantic conquest. In this remarkable translation, James Michie breathes... Read more >
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Paradise
Paradise
Written by Dante, Illustrated by Gustave Dore, Translated by Anthony Esolen
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ISBN: 9780307422545
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Paradise

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: eBook, 544 pages
On Sale: February 6, 2013
Price: $9.99

“If there is any justice in the world of books, [Esolen’s] will be the standard Dante . . . for some time to come.”–Robert Royal, Crisis

In this, the concluding volume of The Divine Comedy, Dante ascends from the devastation of the Inferno and the trials of Purgatory. Led by his beloved... Read more >
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Sky Above, Great Wind
Sky Above, Great Wind
Written by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590309827
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Sky Above, Great Wind
The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan
Written by Kazuaki Tanahashi


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $17.95

Ryokan (1758–1831) is, along with Dogen and Hakuin, one of the three giants of Zen in Japan. But unlike his two renowned colleagues, Ryokan was a societal dropout, living mostly as a hermit and a beggar. He was never head of a monastery or temple. He liked playing with children. He... Read more >
Kabir
Ecstatic Poems
Written by Robert Bly


Format: eBook
On Sale: August 1, 2011
Price: $14.00

Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir's immense importance to the contemporary reader and... Read more >
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Songs of Kabir
Songs of Kabir
Written by Kabir, Preface by Wendy Doniger, Translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Introduction by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
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ISBN: 9781590173794
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Songs of Kabir

Written by Kabir
Preface by Wendy Doniger
Translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
Introduction by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $14.00

A New York Review Books Original

Transcending divisions of creed, challenging social distinctions of all sorts, and celebrating individual unity with the divine, the poetry of Kabir is one of passion and paradox, of mind-bending riddles and exultant riffs. These new translations by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, one of India’s finest contemporary poets...

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Songs of Kabir

Written by Kabir
Preface by Wendy Doniger
Translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
Introduction by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra


Format: eBook, 120 pages
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $14.00

A New York Review Books Original
Transcending divisions of creed, challenging social distinctions of all sorts, and celebrating individual unity with the divine, the poetry of Kabir is one of passion and paradox, of mind-bending riddles and exultant riffs. These new translations by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, one of India’s finest contemporary poets...

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Poets in a Landscape
Poets in a Landscape
Written by Gilbert Highet, Preface by Michael C. J. Putnam
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590173381
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Poets in a Landscape

Written by Gilbert Highet
Preface by Michael C. J. Putnam


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
On Sale: March 16, 2010
Price: $17.95

Gilbert Highet was a legendary teacher at Columbia University, admired both for his scholarship and his charisma as a lecturer. Poets in a Landscape is his delightful exploration of Latin literature and the Italian landscape. As Highet writes in his introduction, “I have endeavored to recall some of the greatest Roman... Read more >
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by Burton Raffel, Introduction by John Miles Foley
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ISBN: 9780812978452
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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
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $17.00

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 language... Read more >
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Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh
Written by Derrek Hines
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307527974
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Gilgamesh

Written by Derrek Hines


Format: eBook, 80 pages
On Sale: March 25, 2009
Price: $7.99

In his thrillingly contemporary retelling of the world’s oldest epic, award-winning poet Derrek Hines brings us as close as we may ever come to re-creating the power it had over its original listeners more than four thousand years ago in the ancient Near East.

Gilgamesh, the semi-divine ruler of Uruk, is a... Read more >
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The Complete Poems of Sappho
The Complete Poems of Sappho
Edited by Willis Barnstone
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781590306130
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The Complete Poems of Sappho

Edited by Willis Barnstone


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $18.95

Sappho’s thrilling lyric verse has been unremittingly popular for more than 2,600 years—certainly a record for poetry of any kind—and love for her art only increases as time goes on. Though her extant work consists only of a collection of fragments and a handful of complete poems, her mystique endures to... Read more >
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by Burton Raffel, Introduction by John Miles Foley
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780679643555
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The Canterbury Tales

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


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $36.00

It would be impossible to overstate the influence of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. A work with one metaphorical foot planted in the Florentine Renaissance literary tradition of Boccaccio’s Decameron and the other in works ranging from John Bunyan, Voltaire, and Mark Twain to the popular entertainments of our own time... Read more >
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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated by Burton Raffel
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781588367648
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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by Burton Raffel


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $13.99

Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers twenty-nine of literature’s most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval... Read more >
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
Written by Homer, Translated by Charles Stein
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ISBN: 9781556437281
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The Odyssey

Written by Homer
Translated by Charles Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $22.95

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 >
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Emblems of Desire
Emblems of Desire
Written by Maurice Sceve, Translated by Richard Sieburth
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780977857654
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Emblems of Desire

Written by Maurice Sceve
Translated by Richard Sieburth


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $15.00

A forgotten masterpiece of French poetry, Emblems of Desire is a selection of 449 love poems first published in Lyons in 1544. Full of passionate ironies and charged obscurity, Scève is considered a sixteenth-century Mallarmé. His oblique self-portraiture laid the groundwork for many contemporary poets. This edition is accompanied by fifty emblems created... Read more >
Kabir
Kabir
Translated by Robert Bly
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780807063804
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Kabir
Ecstatic Poems
Translated by Robert Bly


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
On Sale: April 15, 2007
Price: $12.00

Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir's immense importance to the contemporary reader and... Read more >
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Paradise
Paradise
Written by Dante, Illustrated by Gustave Dore, Translated by Anthony Esolen
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780812977264
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Paradise

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.00

“If there is any justice in the world of books, [Esolen’s] will be the standard Dante . . . for some time to come.”–Robert Royal, Crisis

In this, the concluding volume of The Divine Comedy, Dante ascends from the devastation of the Inferno and the trials of Purgatory. Led by his beloved... Read more >
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Beowulf
Beowulf
Written by Howell D. Chickering
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781400096220
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Beowulf
A Dual-Language Edition
Written by Howell D. Chickering


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.95

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 >
Paradise
Paradise
Written by Dante, Illustrated by Gustave Dore, Translated by Anthony Esolen
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780679642695
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Paradise

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $27.95

The Divine Comedy is a complete scale of the depths and heights of human emotion," wrote T.S. Eliot.  "The last canto of the Paradiso is to my thinking the highest point that poetry has ever reached or ever can reach."

The Divine Comedy stands as one of the towering creations of world literature... Read more >
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