Great Expectations includes some of Dickens's most memorable characters - Magwitch, Miss Havisham, Estella - encountered by young Pip as he grows into adulthood. This edition features a wide-ranging introduction, Dickens's working notes, the original ending and the definitive Clarendon text.
For this second edition of The Comedy of Errors, Ros King has revised T. S. Dorsch's renowned text and written a new introduction to the book. She argues that the play cannot be dismissed as a classically-based farcical romp but that it rightly belongs to the critically misunderstood genre of tragi-comedy.
In "Paradise Lost", Milton produces a poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting Satan and Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man.
This text is a revised edition of Charles Dickens' classic tale. As Pip eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman, his education and development through adversity are depicted and he discovers the true nature of his "great expectations".
Composed towards the end of the first millennium of our era, the Anglo-Saxon poem "Beowulf" is a Northern epic and a classic of European literature. In this new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work that is true, line by line, to the original poem.
A howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter' New York TimesAs young girls, Nel and Sula shared each other's secrets and dreams in the poor black mid-West of their childhood. Sula is a story of fear - the fear that traps us, justifying itself through perpetual myth and legend.
`It is a better guide to French colonial Africa, and to racism, than any non-fiction account, whether by an African or a Frenchman.' The Times Literary Supplement 'very funny and inexpressibly sad' Punch.