The Illustrated Sonnets of William Shakespeare

With 154 Full-Page Illustrations
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781456564384
Category: Poetry
Page: 316
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Shakespeare's sonnets rank among his best works, and are regarded as some of the finest love poetry in the English language. This volume contains the complete text of all 154 sonnets in a large, oversized edition (8"x10"), and has a corresponding image for each poem. Each image has been carefully selected to correspond to the sonnet, and features art by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Gustav Klimt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Johannes Vermeer, Michelangelo, Paul Cezanne, Leonardo da Vinci, Camille Pissarro, Henri Matisse, Albrecht Durer, Odilon Redon, Ansel Adams, James Whistler, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gustave Dore, Rembrandt, Titian, Paul Gaugin, N.C. Wyeth, Francisco Goya, Aubrey Beardsley, Alfons Mucha, William Hogarth, and many, many more. The perfect gift for art and poetry lovers alike.

Shakespeare's Shakespeare

How the Plays Were Made
Author: John Meagher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474247458
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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In this work of scholarship and creativity, Meagher argues that Shakespeare has been misunderstood because of a failure to recognize his own directions as a playwright. Through an examination of several of his plays Meagher uncovers Shakespeare as artist, director, and actor.

Three Classical Tragedies

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Bantam Classics
ISBN: 0307424413
Category: Drama
Page: 624
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Titus Andronicus * Timon of Athens * Coriolanus Each Edition Includes: Comprehensive explanatory notes placed on pages facing the text of the play Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography Titus Andronicus This, Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy, is also his bloodiest and most horror-filled. A Roman general, to appease the spirit of his dead son, sacrifices the son of a captive Goth queen—and sets in motion a remorseless cycle of revenge and counterrevenge. The play’s vivid spectacle of violence stuns audiences with rape, murder, mutilation, and unmitigated cruelty. Timon of Athens This stark drama—in some ways Shakespeare’s most bitter play—is a brilliant psychological portrait of a wealthy Athenian lord whose extraordinary trust and love for others turns to hate and spite when, bankrupted by his generosity, he is overwhelmed by the indifference and ingratitude of those he had thought friends. Coriolanus The arrogance of a Roman military hero puts him in conflict with the people of Rome when the aristocrat is unwilling to compromise with the commoners he so despises. Compellingly relevant today, Shakespeare’s last tragedy—from its opening scene of popular unrest to its chilling climax of betrayal and murder—takes an unwavering, ironic look at political extremism. From the Paperback edition.

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: N.A
Category: Aging parents
Page: 58
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Ideas of Order

A Close Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Author: Neil L. Rudenstine
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374280150
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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Counsels readers on the art of pleasurably enjoying Shakespeare's poetry, making a case for the existence of a dramatic, underlying narrative within the poems that relates them to each other and reflects thematic, transformative realities in the bard's personal life.

On the Origin of Species, 6th Edition

Author: Charles Darwin
Publisher: Booklassic
ISBN: 9635237022
Category: Science
Page: 400
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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, in which he writes of his theories of evolution by natural selection, is one of the most important works of scientific study ever published.

Sonnets for Christ the King

Author: Joseph Charles MacKenzie
Publisher: MCP Books
ISBN: 9781545623398
Category: Poetry
Page: 104
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The seventy-seven Sonnets for Christ the King form a lyrical sequence around the traditional themes of love, death, and the passage of time, but within the context of a divinely ordered cosmos. Referred to by top New York poetry editor and critic Dr. Joseph Salemi as ''a liturgically mediated conversation with God,'' the sequence is both extremely varied and perfectly contained. In addition to love poems, Salemi observes that there are also ''prayers, meditations, devout recollections of individual saints, scriptural and liturgical reminiscences, and even doctrinal argument...Indeed, the last fourteen sonnets in the sequence are meditative disquisitions on the Stations of the Cross.'' Rejecting the tired conventions of academic modernism characterizing today's ''establishment poetry,'' Joseph Charles MacKenzie prefers to compose ''in the grand manner'' using timeless principles of composition gleaned from the sonnet form's 800 years of history. For his mastery of the English sonnet, MacKenzie became the only American to win the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, as noted in a recent article in the Times Literary Supplement (London). But for all their beauty and refinement, the Sonnets for Christ the King are also deeply personal, a reflection of the poet's traditional Catholic faith handed down by his mother who was born and raised in Spanish New Mexico where MacKenzie has roots going back to the seventeenth century. The Sonnets for Christ the King are therefore an example, increasingly rare these days, of ''regional'' or ''national'' poetry, placing MacKenzie in the same arena as Ireland's Seamus Heaney and Chile's Pablo Neruda.

Kubla Khan

Author: Samuel Coleridge
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1443442216
Category: Poetry
Page: 5
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Though left uncompleted, “Kubla Khan” is one of the most famous examples of Romantic era poetry. In it, Samuel Coleridge provides a stunning and detailed example of the power of the poet’s imagination through his whimsical description of Xanadu, the capital city of Kublai Khan’s empire. Samuel Coleridge penned “Kubla Khan” after waking up from an opium-induced dream in which he experienced and imagined the realities of the great Mongol ruler’s capital city. Coleridge began writing what he remembered of his dream immediately upon waking from it, and intended to write two to three hundred lines. However, Coleridge was interrupted soon after and, his memory of the dream dimming, was ultimately unable to complete the poem. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: N.A
Category: Political obligation
Page: 566
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The Death of Caesar

The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination
Author: Barry Strauss
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451668813
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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In this story of the most famous assassination in history, “the last bloody day of the [Roman] Republic has never been painted so brilliantly” (The Wall Street Journal). Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate on March 15, 44 BC—the Ides of March according to the Roman calendar. He was, says author Barry Strauss, the last casualty of one civil war and the first casualty of the next civil war, which would end the Roman Republic and inaugurate the Roman Empire. “The Death of Caesar provides a fresh look at a well-trodden event, with superb storytelling sure to inspire awe” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Why was Caesar killed? For political reasons, mainly. The conspirators wanted to return Rome to the days when the Senate ruled, but Caesar hoped to pass along his new powers to his family, especially Octavian. The principal plotters were Brutus, Cassius (both former allies of Pompey), and Decimus. The last was a leading general and close friend of Caesar’s who felt betrayed by the great man: He was the mole in Caesar’s camp. But after the assassination everything went wrong. The killers left the body in the Senate and Caesar’s allies held a public funeral. Mark Antony made a brilliant speech—not “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” as Shakespeare had it, but something inflammatory that caused a riot. The conspirators fled Rome. Brutus and Cassius raised an army in Greece but Antony and Octavian defeated them. An original, new perspective on an event that seems well known, The Death of Caesar is “one of the most riveting hour-by-hour accounts of Caesar’s final day I have read....An absolutely marvelous read” (The Times, London).

How to Read a Book

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476790159
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 448
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Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to scientific and philosophical works.


A Cultural History of Alcohol
Author: Iain Gately
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440631269
Category: Cooking
Page: 560
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A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day. Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.

Book of Rhymes

The Poetics of Hip Hop
Author: Adam Bradley
Publisher: Civitas Books
ISBN: 0465094414
Category: Music
Page: 288
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If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop's revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC's wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.Examining rap history's most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America's least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.

The Second Sex (Vintage Feminism Short Edition)

Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473521912
Category: Philosophy
Page: 144
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Vintage Feminism: classic feminist texts in short form WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NATALIE HAYNES When this book was first published in 1949 it was to outrage and scandal. Never before had the case for female liberty been so forcefully and successfully argued. De Beauvoir’s belief that ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’ switched on light bulbs in the heads of a generation of women and began a fight for greater equality and economic independence. These pages contain the key passages of the book that changed perceptions of women forever. TRANSLATED BY CONSTANCE BORDE AND SHEILA MALOVANY-CHEVALLIER ANNOTATED AND INTRODUCED BY MARTINE REID


The Hidden Agenda of Modernity
Author: Stephen Edelston Toulmin,Stephen Toulmin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226808383
Category: History
Page: 228
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In the seventeenth century, a vision arose which was to captivate the Western imagination for the next three hundred years: the vision of Cosmopolis, a society as rationally ordered as the Newtonian view of nature. While fueling extraordinary advances in all fields of human endeavor, this vision perpetuated a hidden yet persistent agenda: the delusion that human nature and society could be fitted into precise and manageable rational categories. Stephen Toulmin confronts that agenda—its illusions and its consequences for our present and future world. "By showing how different the last three centuries would have been if Montaigne, rather than Descartes, had been taken as a starting point, Toulmin helps destroy the illusion that the Cartesian quest for certainty is intrinsic to the nature of science or philosophy."—Richard M. Rorty, University of Virginia "[Toulmin] has now tackled perhaps his most ambitious theme of all. . . . His aim is nothing less than to lay before us an account of both the origins and the prospects of our distinctively modern world. By charting the evolution of modernity, he hopes to show us what intellectual posture we ought to adopt as we confront the coming millennium."—Quentin Skinner, New York Review of Books

King Edward III

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139835203
Category: Literary Collections
Page: N.A
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Edward III is a major addition to the Shakespearean canon, and is published here for the first time in an authoritative edition of Shakespeare's works. Presenting this fully-annotated, modern-spelling text of Edward III, Giorgio Melchiori does not claim that Shakespeare is the sole author, but author of a significant part of the play, the extent of which is discussed in detail. The introduction explores the historical background and the genesis of the play in the context of contemporary theatrical practice and of Shakespeare's own early cycle of history plays. It stresses the original ideological stance and the theatrical qualities of the play as a whole. The commentary examines in depth the play's linguistic and poetical features, while an extensive appendix on the use of sources explains the stages of its composition.