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From the leading scholars behind The Greek Plays, a collection of the best translations of the foremost Greek historians, presenting…a sweeping history of ancient Greece as recorded by its first chroniclers&“Just the thing to remind us that human history, though lamentably a work in progress, is always something we can understand better.&”—Sarah Ruden, translator of The Gospels and author of The Face of WaterThe historians of ancient Greece were pioneers of a new literary craft; their work stands among the world&’s most enduring and important legacies and forms the foundation of a major modern discipline. This highly readable edition includes new and newly revised translations of selections from Herodotus—often called the &“father of history&”—Thucydides, Xenophon, and Plutarch, the four greatest Greek innovators of historical narrative. Here the reader will find their most important, and most widely taught, passages collected in a single volume. The excerpts chart the landmark events of ancient Greece and provide a comprehensive account of the entire classical Greek age. From the start the Greek historians demonstrated how broad and varied historical writing could be and brought their craft beyond a mere chronicle of past events. This volume explores each author&’s interest in religion, leadership, character, and the lessons of war. How, for instance, should readers interpret Herodotus&’ inclusion of speeches and dialogues, dreams, and oracles as part of the &“factual&” record? What did Thucydides understand about human nature that (as he said) stays constant throughout time? How did Plutarch frame historical biography as a means of depicting the moral qualities of great men? Complete with introductions to the works of each historian, footnotes providing context and explaining obscurities, maps, and an appendix on the Greek conduct of war, this volume is an invaluable resource for students and passionate readers of history alike.
For the 400th anniversary of Moliere's birth, Richard Wilbur's unsurpassed translations of Molière's plays--themselves towering achievements in English verse--are brought…together by Library of America in a two-volume editionOne of the most accomplished American poets of his generation, Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) was also a prolific translator of French and Russian literature. His verse translations of Molière's plays are especially admired by readers and are still performed today in theaters around the world. "Wilbur," the critic John Simon once wrote, "makes Molière into as great an English verse playwright as he was a French one." Now, for the first time, all ten of Wilbur's unsurpassed translations of Molière's plays are brought together in two-volume Library of America edition, fulfilling the poet's vision for the translations. This first volume comprises Molière's delightful early farces The Bungler, Lover's Quarrels, and The Imaginary Cuckhold, or Sganarelle; the comedies The School for Husbands and The School for Wives, about the efforts of middle-aged men to control their young wives or fiancés, which so delighted female theater goers in Moliere's seventeenth-century France; and Don Juan, Molière's retelling of the Don Juan story, performed only briefly in the playwright's lifetime before pious censure forced it to close and not part of the repertoire of the Comédie-Française until 1847. This volume includes the original introductions by Richard Wilbur and an introduction by Adam Gopnik on the exquisite art of Wilbur's translations.
By Alain Locke. 2022
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer edits a collection of Alain Locke's influential essays on the importance of the Black artist and the…Black imaginationA Penguin ClassicFor months, the philosopher Alain Locke wrestled with the idea of the Negro as America's most vexing problem. He asked how shall Negroes think of themselves as he considered the new crop of poets, novelists, and short story writers who, in 1924, wrote about their experiences as Black people in America. He did not want to frame Harlem and Black writing as yet another protest against racism, nor did he want to focus on the sociological perspective on the "Negro problem" and Harlem as a site of crime, poverty, and dysfunction. He wanted to find new language and a new way for Black people to think of themselves. The essays and articles collected in this volume, by Locke's Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer, are the result of that new attitude and the struggle to instill the New Negro aesthetics, as Stewart calls it here, into the mind of the twentieth century. To be a New Negro poet, novelist, actor, musician, dancer, or filmmaker was to commit oneself to an arc of self-discovery of what and who the Negro was—would be—without fear that one would disappoint the white or Black bystander. In committing to that path, Locke asserted, one would uncover a "being-in-the-world" that was rich and bountiful in its creative possibilities, if Black people could turn off the noise of racism and see themselves for who they really are: a world of creative people who have transformed, powerfully and perpetually, the culture of wherever history or social forces landed them.
For the 400th anniversary of Moliere's birth, Richard Wilbur's unsurpassed translations of Molière's plays--themselves towering achievements in English verse--are brought…together by Library of America in a two-volume editionOne of the most accomplished American poets of his generation, Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) was also a prolific translator of French and Russian literature. His verse translations of Molière's plays are especially admired by readers and are still performed today in theaters around the world. "Wilbur," the critic John Simon once wrote, "makes Molière into as great an English verse playwright as he was a French one." Now, for the first time, all ten of Wilbur's unsurpassed translations of Molière's plays are brought together in two-volume Library of America edition, fulfilling the poet's vision for the translations.The second volume includes the elusive masterpiece, The Misanthrope, often said to occupy the same space in comedy as Shakespeare's Hamlet does in tragedy; the fantastic farce Amphitryon, about how Jupiter and Mercury commandeer the identities of two mortals ; Tartuffe, Molière's biting satire of religious hypocrisy; and The Learned Ladies, like Tarfuffe, a drama of a household turned suddenly upside down. This volume includes the original introductions by Richard Wilbur and an introduction by Adam Gopnik on the exquisite art of Wilbur's translations.
The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: The Complete English Translation (Princeton Library of Asian Translations #157)
By Robert P. Goldman, Sally J. Goldman. 2021
The definitive English translation of the classic Sanskrit epic poem—now available in a one-volume paperbackThe Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki, the monumental…Sanskrit epic of the life of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Visnu, has profoundly affected the literature, art, religions, and cultures of South and Southeast Asia from antiquity to the present. Filled with thrilling battles, flying monkeys, and ten-headed demons, the work, composed almost 3,000 years ago, recounts Prince Rama’s exile and his odyssey to recover his abducted wife, Sita, and establish a utopian kingdom. Now, the definitive English translation of the critical edition of this classic is available in a single volume.Based on the authoritative seven-volume translation edited by Robert Goldman and Sally Sutherland Goldman, this volume presents the unabridged translated text in contemporary English, revised and reformatted into paragraph form. The book includes a new introduction providing important historical and literary contexts, as well as a glossary, pronunciation guide, and index. Ideal for students and general readers, this edition of the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki introduces an extraordinary work of world literature to a new generation of readers.
By Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Genevieve West. 2022
Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates Jr. Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive…collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author.“One of the greatest writers of our time.”—Toni MorrisonYou Don’t Know Us Negroes is the quintessential gathering of provocative essays from one of the world’s most celebrated writers, Zora Neale Hurston. Spanning more than three decades and penned during the backdrop of the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, Montgomery bus boycott, desegregation of the military, and school integration, Hurston’s writing articulates the beauty and authenticity of Black life as only she could. Collectively, these essays showcase the roles enslavement and Jim Crow have played in intensifying Black people’s inner lives and culture rather than destroying it. She argues that in the process of surviving, Black people re-interpreted every aspect of American culture—"modif[ying] the language, mode of food preparation, practice of medicine, and most certainly religion.” White supremacy prevents the world from seeing or completely recognizing Black people in their full humanity and Hurston made it her job to lift the veil and reveal the heart and soul of the race. These pages reflect Hurston as the controversial figure she was—someone who stated that feminism is a mirage and that the integration of schools did not necessarily improve the education of Black students. Also covered is the sensational trial of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy Black woman convicted in 1952 for killing her lover, a white doctor.Demonstrating the breadth of this revered and influential writer’s work, You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays is an invaluable chronicle of a writer’s development and a window into her world and mind.
By Kimberley Comeaux, Debby Mayne, Susan Downs, Susan K. Downs, DiAnn Mills, JoAnn A. Grote, Ellen Edwards Kennedy. 2013
Novellas from six authors explore romance on the homestead. In Grote's A Homesteader, a Bride, and a Baby, set in…1878 Minnesota, Lorette arrives for a visit with her sister's family only to find that they have all recently died from diphtheria--except for the baby. 2000
By Patricia Highsmith. 2021
'Offers the most complete picture ever published of how Highsmith saw herself' New York Times'One of the finest writers in…the English language' Richard Osman'I love Highsmith so much. What a revelation her writing was' Gillian Flynn 'My secrets - the secrets that everyone has - are here, in black and white.'Published for the very first time for the centenary of her birth, Patricia Highsmith's diaries and notebooks offer an unforgettable insight into the life and mind of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating writers.Though the famously secretive Highsmith refused to authorise a biography during her lifetime, she left behind 8,000 pages of notebooks and diaries, along with tantalising instructions on how they should be read. This one-volume assemblage reveals, at last, the inscrutable figure behind the pen. The diaries show Highsmith's unwavering literary ambitions - coming often at huge personal sacrifice. We see Highsmith drafting Strangers on a Train while attending the Yaddo artists' colony in 1948, alongside Flannery O'Connor and at Truman Capote's recommendation. We feel her euphoria writing The Price of Salt (later adapted into the film Carol), one of the first mainstream novels to depict two women in love. And we watch Highsmith in Positano, subsisting on little more than cigarettes and gleefully conjuring Mr Ripley, the sociopathic anti-hero that would cement her reputation.In these pages Highsmith reflects on good and evil, loneliness and intimacy, sexuality and sacrifice, love and murder. She describes her tumultuous romantic relationships, alongside her sometimes dizzying social life involving Jane Bowles, Peggy Guggenheim, Carson McCullers, Arthur Koestler and W. H. Auden. And in her skewering of McCarthy-era America, her prickly disparagement of contemporary art and ever-percolating prejudices, we see Highsmith revealing the roots of her psychological angst and acuity.At once lovable, detestable and mesmerising, Highsmith put her turbulent life to paper for five decades. Offering all the pleasures of Highsmith's novels, the result is one of the most compulsively readable literary diaries to publish in generations
By Rene D'Anjou. 2001
Available only in Middle French and German translation until now, this volume constitutes the first full-length , French-English bilingual edition…of Rene of Anjou's Livre du cuers d'amours espris, including all sixteen of the celebrated color plates, a critical introduction, notes on the translation, and a comprehensive bibliography. The book tells the tale of desire and adventure as Heart -- part of Rene torn from his body by Love -- travels a complex allegorical landscape in quest of the lady Mercy, who is being held prisoner by a band of miscreants led by Refusal and Shame. Rene begs the reader to help him determine which of three entities is responsible for his torment: Fortune led him to the lady whom he loves; once he arrived, Love, in the guise of his lady's gaze, struck his heart; and Destiny insists that he reflect upon her alone. In addition to being a compelling courtly page-turner, The Book of the Love-Smitten Heart represents the rare instance in which a medieval love story is told simultaneously in three frameworks: autobiographical letter, dream vision, and quest romance. This structure makes clear the multiple logics within which the author's psychology is reflected in the story, and illustrates how the symbol of the heart, as it travels through these shifting frameworks, dramatizes vital relations linking self, desire, and writing.
By Catherine Reid. 2014
Twenty essays by creative writing professor reflecting on home and the connections made there with people and nature. In "When…a Fox Skull No Longer Points Home" she contemplates leaving rural Massachusetts with her spouse Holly. "After a Sweet Singing Fall Down" pays tribute to her grandmother. 2014
By Irina Denezhkina, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Natalia Smirnova, Julia Goumen, Anna Starobinets, Andrei Khusnutdinov, Alexander Anuchkin, Vladimir Tuchkov, Igor Zotov, Gleb Shulpyakov, Maxim Maximov, Sergei Samsonov, Dmitry Kosyrev, Alexei Evdokimov, Sergei Kuznetsov, Vyacheslav Kuritsyn. 2014
Two collections, each containing fourteen crime stories, set in various sections of the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg,…revealing the country's dark side. Translated from Russian. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2012
During the holidays, anything is possible--a second chance, a promised future, an unexpected romance, a rekindled love, or a healed…heart. Authors Killian B. Brewer, Pene Henson, Erin Finnegan, Lilah Suzanne, and Lynn Charles share their stories about the magic of the season.
By Gardner Dozois, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Gillian Flynn. 2014
Twenty-one rogue-themed short stories that span several genres, highlighting work by Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Cherie Priest,…Carrie Vaughn, and others. Includes a new Game of Thrones tale by George R.R. Martin. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014
By Marina Keegan. 2014
Collection of essays and short stories by Keegan (1989-2012), who was killed in a car accident five days after her…college graduation. In the title essay--which appeared in the graduation issue of the Yale Daily News--she reflects on the bright future awaiting the graduates. Bestseller. 2014
By Angela Pelster. 2014
Seventeen essays exploring the history of the world through trees. "Mango" is a discourse on the tree, the fruit, and…the color. "The Boys of Lake Karachay" is a meditation on the influence of humans on the surrounding environment and vice versa. 2014
By Linda Bierds. 2014
Collection of thirty-three poems by the author of Ghost Trio (DB 41011). Uses the conundrum of Roget's Illusion--that a wheel…moving forward when filmed appears to be moving backward or not at all--as the beginning metaphor for many of the pieces. 2014
By Orson Scott Card, Kelley Armstrong, John Joseph Adams. 2014
Twenty-three weird wild-west tales, featuring an American frontier populated by gunslingers, rattlesnakes, outlaws, zombies, aliens, time-travelers, and a steampunk bordello.…Includes works by Orson Scott Card, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Beth Revis, Walter Jon Williams, and more. Some violence and some strong language. 2014
By Mary Kubica. 2014
The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge--inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett--is taken hostage by a man she meets in a…bar. But instead of delivering her to the men who planned the abduction, he hides with her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota. Strong language and some violence. 2014
By Christopher Hitchens, Robert Atwan. 2010
Collection of twenty-one essays selected by the late Hitchens, author of Mortality (DB 75452). Includes "Speaking in Tongues" by Zadie…Smith, author of NW (DB 75525), in which she discusses the ways people change how they speak to be more accepted by the predominant cultural community. 2010
By Edwidge Danticat, Robert Atwan. 2011
Collection of twenty-four essays selected by Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light (DB 77467). Includes " Magical…Dinners" by Chang-rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea (DB 78213), in which he reflects on meals with his immigrant parents when he was a child. 2011