Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 1997-04-14
Grand drama of nobles' rebellion against the 15th-century king, complicated by the ruler's problems with the wayward Prince Hal. Superb blend of courtly intrigue, battlefield action, and comic interludes featuring Sir John Falstaff.
This book studies the questions of authority and authorship in William Shakespeare’s problematic masterpiece Hamlet. It argues that the Bard seeks to eternalize himself through his play, that Hamlet dramatizes the authorial quest for sempiternity. As the epigraph to this book indicates, authors have since the age of the pyramids – and probably before it – sought to live forever. Shakespeare was no exception. However, his medium, that of theatre, is usually associated with the present. This book approaches the strategies of authorial survival from a perspective that is theoretically and historically eclectic. It is, therefore, informed by works that belong to different eras and that are not separated by time alone. They are brought together by the theme of sempiternity. The challenging task of dealing with such a theme is made even more arduous by the nature of the play itself. Hamlet denies its readers the satisfaction they crave. In this play, Keats’ negative capability is a luxury that no one can afford, be they critics or characters. In Hamlet, the answer is always with the author who comes in questionable shapes, assuring everyone that he has more to tell. His authority does not hinder the endless proliferation of meaning, however, but, rather, guarantees it.
If you need a helping hand with Shakespeare, this book provides it.Dr Cedric Watts, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Sussex University, offers a broad introductory survey of Shakespeares works and techniques. Every play is discussed critically even Loves Labours Won! Matters of prosody and rhetoric are explained. The Sonnets are interpreted provocatively.An ideal book for those coming to Shakespeare for the first time and for more experienced readers. Watts offers the most lively and cheering company, says Professor David Hopkins of Bristol University.The eminent novelist Ian McEwan adds: Cedric Watts is a superb critic in the liberal tradition highly readable, open and generous in spirit, broad and deep in his reading, and wise in judgement. Cedric Watts has written numerous books on Shakespeares works, and has edited 21 of the plays for the Wordsworth Classics Shakespeare Series.
The father of science fiction, Jules Verne, invites you to join the intrepid and eccentric Professor Liedenbrock and his companions on a thrilling and dramatic expedition as they travel down a secret tunnel in a volcano in Iceland on a journey which will lead them to the centre of the earth. Along the way they encounter various hazards and witness many incredible sights such as the underground forest, illuminated by electricity, the Great Geyser, the battle between prehistoric monsters, the strange whispering gallery, giant insects and the vast subterranean sea with its ferocious whirlpool. Although published in the nineteenth century, Journey to the Centre of the Earth has lost none of its power and potency to excite and engage the modern reader. The novel has been filmed many times, but nothing can compare with the thrills and excitement generated by the written narrative. It is supreme escapist entertainment for all ages.
Each of these short stories was written specifically for Christmas. They combine concern for social ills with the myths and memories of childhood and traditional Christmas spirit-lore. The stories include "A Christmas Carol," "The Chimes," "The Battle of Life" and "The Cricket on the Hearth."
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Limited
Release Date: 1993-01-01
From his book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, comes Harold Bloom's commentary on the equivocal nature of Shakespeare's most troubling play, from the perspective of the early twenty-first century. We never will know Shakespeare's intentions, and yet few among us are able to see Shylock as a comic villain.
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Release Date: 1992
Julius Caesar is among the best of Shakespeare's historical and political plays. Dealing with events surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., the drama vividly illustrates the ways in which power and corruption are linked. The cry 'Peace, freedom and liberty!' is used to exculpate brutal realities, while personal ambitions taint public actions. Rich in characterisation and replete with eloquent rhetoric, Julius Caesar remains engrossing and topical: a play for today.
Perhaps Joyce's most personal work, "A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus. Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth, from his impressionable years as the youngest student at the Clongowed Wood school to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, and finally to his college studies where he challenges the conventions of his upbringing and his understanding of faith and intellectual freedom. James Joyce's highly autobiographical novel was first published in the United States in 1916 to immediate acclaim. Ezra Pound accurately predicted that Joyce's book would "remain a permanent part of English literature, " while H.G. Wells dubbed it "by far the most important living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing." A remarkably rich study of a developing young mind, "A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man" made an indelible mark on literature and confirmed Joyce's reputation as one of the world's greatest and lasting writers.