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Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Language

English

Pages

449

Publication Date

May 22, 2014

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<DIV><P><B><I>New York Times</I> bestseller</B></P></DIV><B>“A thrill . . . <I>Beowulf</I> was Tolkien’s lodestar. Everything he did led up to or away from it.” —<I>New Yorker</I></B><BR />  <BR /> J.R.R. Tolkien completed his translation of <I>Beowulf </I>in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition includes an illuminating written commentary on the poem by the translator himself, drawn from a series of lectures he gave at Oxford in the 1930s.<BR />  <BR /> His creative attention to detail in these lectures gives rise to a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if Tolkien entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beach their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to Beowulf’s rising anger at Unferth’s taunting, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.<BR />  <BR /> “Essential for students of the Old English poem—and the ideal gift for devotees of the One Ring.” —<I>Kirkus</I>
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Language

English

Pages

389

Publication Date

February 15, 2012

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<DIV><DIV><DIV><DIV><DIV>Many years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien composed his own version of the great legend of Northern antiquity, recounted here in <I>The Legend of Sigurd and <I>Gudrún</I></I>.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>In the <I>Lay of the Völsungs</I> is told the ancestry of the great hero Sigurd, the slayer of Fáfnir, most celebrated of dragons; of his awakening of the Valkyrie Brynhild, who slept surrounded by a wall of fire, and of their betrothal; and of his coming to the court of the great princes who were named the Niflungs (or Nibelungs), with whom he entered into blood-brotherhood. </DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>In scenes of dramatic intensity, of confusion of identity, thwarted passion, jealousy, and bitter strife, the tragedy of Sigurd and Brynhild, of Gunnar the Niflung and Gudrún his sister, mounts to its end in the murder of Sigurd, the suicide of Brynhild, and the despair of Gudrún. </DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>The <I>Lay of Gudrún</I> recounts her fate after the death of Sigurd, her marriage against her will to the mighty Atli, ruler of the Huns (the Attila of history), his murder of her brothers, and her hideous revenge. </DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>
The Odyssey
by Homer

Language

English

Pages

575

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book of 2018<br /><br /><br /><br />"Wilson’s language is fresh, unpretentious and lean…It is rare to find a translation that is at once so effortlessly easy to read and so rigorously considered." —Madeline Miller, author of <em>Circe</em></strong></p><br /><p>Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, <em>The Odyssey</em> is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.</p><br /><p>This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, none more so than the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this version as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.</p><br /><p>Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson’s <em>Odyssey</em> sings with a voice that echoes Homer’s music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer’s swift, smooth pace.</p><br /><p>A fascinating, informative introduction explores the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the poem’s major themes, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this is an <em>Odyssey</em> that will be treasured by a new generation of readers.</p>
Milk and Honey
by Rupi Kaur

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

October 06, 2015

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<DIV>The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. <I>Milk and Honey</I> takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.</DIV>
The Fall of Arthur
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

May 23, 2013

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<DIV><DIV><DIV><I>New York Times</I> bestseller</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>“An incomplete but highly compelling retelling . . . An action-packed, doom-haunted saga, full of vivid natural description.”—<I>New York Times Book Review</I><BR><BR><I>The Fall of Arthur</I> recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur, who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred. Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere’s infidelity with the now-exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred’s rebels and foreign mercenaries. Powerful, passionate, and filled with vivid imagery, this unfinished poem reveals Tolkien’s gift for storytelling at its brilliant best. Christopher Tolkien, editor, contributes three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work his father applied to bring the poem to a finished form, and investigate the intriguing links between <I>The Fall of Arthur</I> and Tolkien’s Middle-earth.<BR><BR>“Compelling in pace, haunted by loss, it lives up to expectations.”—<I>Daily Beast</I><BR><BR>“Erudite and beautiful.” – NPR.org</DIV></DIV></DIV>
Shakespeare on Love
by Stephen Brennan

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

January 27, 2015

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<DIV><B>Quotations on the subject of love, collected from the Bard’s plays and poetry.</B><BR />  <BR /> Author of some of the most exquisite love poems of all time, as well as deeply insightful plays both comic and tragic, William Shakespeare addressed love in its many forms—friendly, familial, unrequited, and lustful.<BR />  <BR /><I>Shakespeare on Love</I> draws from the entire Shakespeare canon: sonnets, plays, and songs. <I>Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream</I>, and countless others are represented in one volume that lets you discover the lyrical, the funny, the passionate, the unsettling, the lewd, and the idolatrous passages on love as composed by the most influential writer of the English language.</DIV>
Twas The Night Before Christmas: Edited By Santa Claus for the Be...
by Santa Claus

Language

English

Pages

32

Publication Date

August 31, 2012

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Gold Medal Winner 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Best Holiday Book. 1st place winner for the Global International Best Christian Children's Book. This colorful and bright edition was created for young readers in mind. Attracting global media attention, The BBC, The View, The Colbert Report, New York Post, Huffington Post and many others for what the Kirkus Review calls a legitimate editing of the reference to the pipe and wreath of smoke for the first time in the history of this the most famous poem in the English language. This is the edition that is credited with having Santa stop smoking after 189 years and for taking a small bite out of history. The public health sector, parents, educators and grandparents have applauded and welcomed the addition of this child friendly edition. Winner of 4 IBPA 2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards, including first place best cover, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2012 Gold Medal best holiday book, first place at the Global International Ebook Awards best Christian children's title, gold place for the Mom's Choice Awards in 2013. The edition is the first in the poem's 190 history to present Santa Claus as smoke-less. This small yet significant edit captured international media attention including the New York Post, Associated Press, NBC Nightly News, The Colbert Report and The View. The debate over the edit went to the airwaves,including the BBC, and National Public Radio. The book became a *bestseller on Amazon.com in both 2012 and 2013 with hundreds of positive reviews to its credit. Over 1,000 children aged 3-7 were interviewed about smoking and the result was that 98% of them wished no one smoked. This was produced with these children in mind. Positive reviews: Kirkus, Midwest Book Review,Resources Children's Literature Journal.
The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander
by , Caroline Alexander

Language

English

Pages

608

Publication Date

November 24, 2015

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<p><strong>With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan War</strong></p><p>Composed around 730 B.C., Homer’s <em>Iliad</em> recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion. From the explosive confrontation between Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, through to its tragic conclusion, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war.</p><p>Soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished, hero and coward, men, women, young, old—<em>The Iliad </em>evokes in poignant, searing detail the fate of every life ravaged by the Trojan War. And, as told by Homer, this ancient tale of a particular Bronze Age conflict becomes a sublime and sweeping evocation of the destruction of war throughout the ages.</p><p>Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander’s new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source—a translation epic in scale and yet devastating in its precision and power.</p>
Conversations with Friends: A Novel
by Sally Rooney

Language

English

Pages

313

Publication Date

July 11, 2017

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<b>“Sharp, funny, thought-provoking . . . a really great portrait of two young women as they’re figuring out how to be adults.”<br /><b>– Celeste Ng, "Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast" </b><br /><br />Winner of the 2017 <i>Sunday Times</i> Young Writer of the Year</b><br /><br /> Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Frances’s friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi. <br /> <b> </b><br /> Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, <i>Conversations with Friends</i> is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.
The Four Chinese Classics: Tao Te Ching, Analects, Chuang Tzu, Me...
by David Hinton

Language

English

Pages

572

Publication Date

November 18, 2013

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<div>The books collected in this volume represent the first time since the mid-nineteenth century that the four seminal masterworks of ancient Chinese thought have been translated as a unified series by a single translator. Hinton's award-winning experience translating a wide range of ancient Chinese poets makes these books sing in English as never before. But these new versions are not only inviting and immensely readable, they also apply much-needed consistency to key philosophical terms in these texts, lending structural links and philosophical rigor heretofore unavailable in English. Breathing new life into these originary classics, Hinton's new translations will stand as the definitive texts for our era.<BR><BR>Perhaps the most broadly influential spiritual text in human history, Lao Tzu's <I>Tao Te Ching</I> is the source of Taoist philosophy, which eventually developed into Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. Equally influential in the social sphere, Confucious' <I>Analects</I> is the source of social wisdom in China. The <I>Chuang Tzu</I> is the wild and wacky prose complement to the <I>Tao Te Ching</I>. And with its philosophical story-telling, the <I>Menicius</I> adds depth and complexity to Confucius' vision.</div>

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