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Travels with My Aunt
Graham Greene
“The light and serious novels of Graham
Green make their impression because of
his phenomenal skill, his invention, and
the edge and decision of his mind. He
etches the conventional with the acid of the
The Lost Honour of
Katharina Blum
The Problems of Philosophy
Heinrich Böll
Nobel Prize for Literature 1972
Bertrand Russell writes in his preface to The
Problems of Philosophy that he has confined
himself to those problems of philosophy in
regard to which he “thought it possible to
say something positive and constructive,
since merely negative criticism seemed out
of place.” With this criteria in mind, Russell
sets forth to outline proposed solutions as
well as problems, paying particular attention
to Platonism and empiricism.
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, Or:
How Violence Develops and Where It Can
Lead was written by Heinrich Böll, one of
Germany’s most prolific postwar writers.
Although Böll insisted that his characters
were compositions and not psychological
creations, they do have psychological reality. In this novel he tells the story of pretty,
bright, young Katharina Blum, who becomes
the center of intrigue with a big city newspaper when, at a carnival party, she falls in
love with a young radical lawbreaker on the
run from the police.
—V. S. Pritchett, The New Statesman
Greene’s fine sense of humor is displayed
in this warm and far-reaching comic novel,
Travels with My Aunt, a bestseller when it
appeared originally. At his mother’s funeral,
Henry Pulling, a stuffy, retired manager with
an interest in dahlias, meets his aunt Augusta.
The indomitable Aunt Augusta pulls Henry
along on a whirlwind adventure traveling
with an old lover, Wordsworth; Curran, the
founder of a doggies’ church; O’Toole, the
C.I.A. man obsessed by statistics and his
counterculture daughter; and old Mr. Visconti, who has been wanted by Interpol for
twenty years. Henry describes their activities
with shock and bewilderment, and finally
with the tenderness, of a fellow traveler going their way.
The Groves of Academe
ISBN: 978-1-4128-0741-8 (paper) 2007
313 pp. $32.95/£29.95/$C39.95
Mary McCarthy
José Donoso
José Donoso has created a hauntingly beautiful novel of contemporary Chile and the
human condition. Curfew takes place during a twenty-four-hour period in January
1985. Matilde Neruda, widow of the Nobel
Prize-winning poet, has just passed away
and Chile’s various factions rally to turn
the event to their advantage. For Pinochet’s
junta it represents a chance to assert political authority; for the intellectuals who had
basked in Neruda’s light, it is an opportunity
to grab the spoils of the estate.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-541-4 (cloth) 1997
254 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1251-1 (paper) 2009
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-463-9 (cloth) 2000
146 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1276-4 (paper) 2009
146 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
“Extraordinary...It sparkles with wit and
insight. ...The Groves of Academe is a
brilliantly stinging story of trouble in
—New York Times
The story follows the trail of Dr. Henry
Mulcahy, a degree-gathering scholar, as
he plots the downfall of the man who has
dismissed him from his post as instructor
of literature. Mulcahy tries to keep his job
by enlisting the help of a beautiful young
woman as he lies about his wife’s health and
his political past.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-455-4 (cloth) 2000
288 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1262-7 (paper) 2009
288 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
Bertrand Russell
ISBN: 978-1-56000-539-1 (cloth) 1997
156 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1294-8 (paper) 2009
156 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
The Greek Passion
Nikos Kazantzakis
Including a new introduction
by Charles Moskos
The Greek elders of Lycovrissi gather to
select principals from the village for the Passion Play, given every seven years at Easter.
Among the various villagers, Manolios, the
meek shepherd, is chosen to play Christ, and
Katerina, a widow who had closed herself
off to men after the death of her husband,
is chosen to play Mary Magdalen. As this
passionate story of savage emotions and
primitive religious feeling evolves, the actors
begin to change according to their roles in
the biblical story. When the Turkish Agha
finds his favorite dead in bed, he arrests the
village elders and threatens to hang one a day
until the murderer is discovered. Manolios,
because of a strange dream, believes he must
offer himself as sacrifice and confesses to
the slaying.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-453-0 (cloth) 2000
590 pp. $44.95/£40.50/$C53.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1261-0 (paper) 2009
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Daydreams and Nightmares
Life on the Run
A Time for Tea
Reflections on a Harlem Childhood
Bill Bradley
Jason Goodwin
Irving Louis Horowitz
Winner of the 1991
National Jewish Book Award
“A remarkable, searching, smart book...
absorbing, thoughtful.”
This hard-edged story of the making of a
renowned sociologist tells of a boy hustling
to survive. His family saga is a single playlet
in the larger drama of American transformation. This candid memoir recounts the
intensely personal story of a tormented youth
spent in a ghetto within a ghetto: a small remnant community of Eastern European Jewish
immigrants residing in predominantly black
Harlem, eking out a marginal existence.
The painful details of a boy’s overcoming
alienation and isolation in a hostile place
and in an unloving family are finely drawn.
This fascinating but sad memoir is somehow
uplifting: the sense of strength, self-reliance, and a life formed from movie houses,
the Apollo Theater in its heyday, the Polo
Grounds, Central Park, hospitals, and indeed
the streets of Harlem.
“A thinking man’s guide to basketball
[with] fascinating insights into the author
—Wall Street Journal
“Jason Goodwin had the imaginative,
eccentric, totally admirable idea of making a
journey round the history of Tea. . . .
Sipping here, sniffing there, climbing to inspect
a rare variety in the Chinese mountains, trying
to keep pace in a Calcutta auction room,
picking over Asia’s tea leaves with merchants
in Fuzhou and Cochin and Mincing Lane,
Goodwin analyzes the perfect blend.”
ISBN: 978-1-56000-510-0 (cloth) 1998
159 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1255-9 (paper) 2009
159 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
“A remarkable book written by a remarkable
—Sporting News
More than twenty years after Bill Bradley
retired from the New York Knicks to become
a United States senator, his account of twenty
days in a pro basketball season remains a
classic in sports literature. Unparalleled in
its candor and intelligence, the book takes
readers from the court to the locker room, to
the loneliness of a motel in a strange city.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-454-7 (cloth) 2000
288 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1274-0 (paper) 2009
288 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
The Man with the Golden Gun
Preserve and Protect
Ian Fleming
Allen Drury
Drury describes the chaos that overtakes
America and the world with the suspicious
death of the president just after his renomination. His death leaves the incumbent party
without a candidate or a clear-cut way of
selecting one. Against a backdrop of national
and international chaos, Drury examines the
motives and ambitions of a now-famous
gallery of political characters. As the novel
moves to its dramatic climax, the question of
what candidate will be nominated by what
groups keeps the future of America and the
world hanging in the balance.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-490-5 (cloth) 2000
611 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1293-1 (paper) 2009
611 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
The Man with the Golden Gun is the thirteenth saga in the James Bond canon. In
this stunning story of fast-paced adventure,
James Bond—arch-enemy of SMERSH, subjugator of the master fiends Goldfinger and
Dr. No—has been brainwashed by Soviet
captors into becoming the tool of Russia’s
K.G.B. Secret Agent 007 is pitted against a
ruthless assassin and master of destruction,
Francisco Scaramange. The sophisticated
reader enters a world of passion, intrigue,
and daring as these two adversaries meet in
mortal combat in that pleasure paradise, the
island of Jamaica. Their terrified witness is
the one woman who has successfully resisted
Bond’s every attempt to woo her.
—Nicholas Wollaston, The Observer
ISBN: 978-1-56000-452-3 (cloth) 2000
410 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1307-5 (paper) 2009
410 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
The Thirty-Nine Steps
John Buchan
John Buchan’s, The Thirty-Nine Steps is
arguably one of the best mystery and spy
novels ever written. The story of Richard
Hannay and his adversaries, and how his
life was transformed by accident into a new
generation of spies, continues to enchant as
well as excite. It provides a special insight
into England at the start of World War I.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-497-4 (cloth) 1999
132 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1306-8 (paper) 2009
232 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
ISBN: 978-0-7658-0654-3 (paper) 2000
171 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
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Two Years Before the Mast
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
In August 1834, Richard Henry Dana, Jr.,
shipped aboard the brig Pilgrim out of Boston
for a voyage to California. The author wrote
this realistic account of the life of a common
sailor to make the public aware of the hardships and injustices to which American sailors
were subjected. He gives an accurate account
of life at sea and a colorful portrait of life in
California in the early nineteenth century.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-464-6 (cloth) 2000
514 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1310-5 (paper) 2009
514 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
Titles marked * are only available from Transaction in North America
In Defense of
Books by Joseph Conrad
H.L. Mencken
An Outcast of the Islands
In Defense of Women
might well be considered a libertarian compliment to George
Bernard Shaw’s Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism
and Capitalism. As with Shaw’s book, this
volume is an admixture of feminism tinged with
masculine concern for the survival of marriage
and love in a twentieth century already witness
to rapid change and the social breakdown of
conventions that accompany such changes.
Hardly a paeon of praise to women, it is more
an interpretation that the natural advantages of
being a female can translate into psychological
traits that are hardly admirable.
An Outcast of the Islands exudes an atmosphere of darkness and
mystery. The “outcast” is Willems, a successful South Seas trader
who betrays his friend and protector for the love of a young Malayan
woman, Aissa. Scorned and ostracized by his own people for making
his choice, he slips into a life of spiritual, moral, and physical decline
that ends in death and destruction.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-533-9 (cloth) 1997 382 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1290-0 (paper) 2009 382 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
ISBN: 978-1-56000-481-3 (cloth) 2000
129 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1268-9 (paper) 2009
129 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
Considered by many to be Conrad’s masterpiece, it is a story of revolution,
deception, and self-betrayal. Running throughout is the theme of man’s
struggle against his greatest enemy—himself. The agent of destruction is
stolen silver. When revolution breaks out, Nostromo is told to remove the
silver treasure, and he hides it on a desert island. Later, he lets it be known that
the ship carrying the silver had sunk to the bottom of the sea. From that day,
he grows discreetly richer. Conrad shows how the fates of Gould, the empire
builder, Nostromo, the incorruptible and vain man of the people, Decoud, the
voice of skeptical intelligence, and Dr. Monygham, the outcast, are mirrored
in the shining treasure that haunts them and challenges their honor.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-469-1 (cloth) 2000 575 pp. $49.95/£44.95/$C59.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1288-7 (paper) 2009 575 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
Marcus Allen
with Carleton Stowers
“When Allen talks about the ‘sheer beauty’
of football, he’ll have fans hanging on his
every word.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Marcus Allen is the Joe DiMaggio of running backs. He excels in all areas in a quiet,
classy way.
—Dallas Morning News
In his own words, football superstar Marcus
Allen—Heisman trophy winner, superbowl
MVP, and the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns—tells the inspiring story of
his triumphant rise to athletic stardom.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-457-8 (cloth) 2000
410 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1279-5 (paper) 2009
410 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
A Modern Instance
Tales of America
William Dean Howells
Burl Ives
This book is a collection of twenty-six stories
featuring a broad range of typical O’Hara
characters: the big shots, the lovelies, the
brassy wits, the clucks, the operators, the
sharp, the weary, and the disillusioned. These
characters are rendered with color, detail, and
passion. His stories are both splendid and
appalling. O’Hara has been called a photographic observer of American urban life.
The book’s deliberately restrained title
conceals a truly horrifying portrait of a socially appropriate, emotionally murderous
marriage. Bartley Hubbard’s wife, Marcia,
is single mindedly possessive of him. Howells follows their move from a small town
in Maine to Boston, the big city where they
must establish themselves. Socially, they
keep being shuttled between the middle class
and the lower fringes of the upper class.
There are plenty of well-done characters and,
of course, there is a love triangle-all torment
and self-denial. Howell’s inspiration for the
novel was Medea.
Burl Ives, born and bred in America, tramped
the country from one end to the other. By nature a collector of all kinds of things—songs,
stories and tidbits of information—he stored
up a treasure of stories of the humorous and
the adventurous people and the fabulous
happenings that went into the making of
America. The result is this book—warm,
colorful, human-filled with his favorite tales,
legends, and true narratives about America’s
past and America’s people.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-480-6 (cloth) 1999
185 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1263-4 (paper) 2009
185 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
ISBN: 978-1-56000-487-5 (cloth) 2000
524 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1282-5 (paper) 2009
524 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
John O’Hara
ISBN: 978-0-7658-0776-2 (cloth) 2002
286 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1305-1 (paper) 2009
286 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
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The Man Who Was Thursday
The Girl with the Golden Eyes
In Cold Blood
G.K. Chesterton
Honoré de Balzac
Truman Capote
The Man Who Was Thursday is a gripping
adventure story of murderous criminals and
brilliant policemen. It is to be expected that
the author of the Father Brown stories should
tell a detective story like no one else. On this
level, The Man Who Was Thursday succeeds
superbly. If nothing else, it is a magnificent
tour-de-force of suspense writing. Carried
along on the boisterous rush of the narrative
by Chesterton’s wonderful high-spirited
style, readers will soon see themselves being
carried into much deeper waters.
Henri De Marsay is taken with a mysterious
beauty and spends nights of sexual delirium
in her extraordinary boudoir. The lovemaking
perplexes Henri as Paquita’s gestures and remarks suggest both experience and naivete. In
a horrific finale, he discovers her dying in their
bloody love-nest, having been stabbed in a fit
of jealousy by the woman who bought and has
been keeping her-Henri’s own sister.
“The best documentary account of an
American crime ever written... The book chills
the blood and exercises the intelligence...
ISBN: 978-1-56000-462-2 (cloth) 2000
103 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1260-3 (paper) 2009
103 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
ISBN: 978-1-56000-492-9 (cloth) 1999
199 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1277-1 (paper) 2009
199 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
Curing Arthritis: More Ways
to a Drug-Free Life
Margaret Hills
In Curing Arthritis: More Ways to a DrugFree Life, the author offers an impressive
number of case histories to demonstrate the
benefits of her natural remedies. Included in
this volume is the Curing Arthritis Exercise
Book, which Margaret Hills co-authored with
Janet Horwood. Together they outline a program of gentle exercise geared toward regaining fitness, mobility, and independence.
General MacArthur and
President Truman
The Struggle for Control of
American Foreign Policy
Richard H. Rovere and
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
This book was first published in 1951 as The
General and the President after President
Harry S. Truman relieved General Douglas
MacArthur of command in the midst of
the Korean War. This literate and ironic
work continues to be an invaluable guide
to the conflict between civilian and military
authority, and it illuminates the controversies
over the role that the United States should
play in Asian affairs.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-542-1 (cloth) 1997
344 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1259-7 (paper) 2009
344 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
ISBN: 978-1-56000-459-2 (cloth) 2000
182 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1253-5 (paper) 2009
182 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
Leo Tolstoy
One of Tolstoy’s greatest books, Resurrection
traces the conflict love of pride and affection
between Katusha, a prostitute charged with murder, and her first lover, Nekhludov, who serves
on the jury at her trial. Through his attempts to
alter the course of her fate, Nekhludov discovers the hypocrisy of his own atonement—and
begins the journey to personal resurrection.
—New York Review of Books
“A remarkable, tensely exciting, moving,
superbly written, ‘true account.’”
—New York Times
On November 15, 1959, in the small town
of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the
Clutter family were viciously murdered by
blasts from a shotgun held only inches from
their faces. There were almost no clues and
no apparent motive for the crime. Five years
later, two men were hanged for the crime on
a gallows in the Kansas State Penitentiary.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-537-7 (paper) 2006
426 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
The House of Mirth
Edith Wharton
This black comedy traces the downward
spiral of a well-born but penniless heroine
who lives among the nouveau riche of
New York City. Lily Bart, who has beauty,
social connections, and expensive tastes
but little money, is courted by a number of
men. Wharton presents a subtle but searing
commentary on a society that desires women
to be little more than hothouse flowers yet
is willing to destroy such women should
they dare to defy the dictates of artificial
ISBN: 978-1-56000-505-6 (cloth) 1999
450 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1265-8 (paper) 2009
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-466-0 (cloth) 2000
622 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1296-2 (paper) 2009
622 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
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Salome of the Tenements
The Bull from the Sea
Susan Lenox
Anzia Yezierska
Mary Renault
Her Fall and Rise
Volume 1
Salome is a gritty portrait of life on the
Lower East Side of New York City in the
early 1900s. Wealthy philanthropists devoted
to the settlement house movement make
plans to eradicate poverty and to erase the
more unsettling signs of foreignness found
among the immigrant poor. Sonya Vrunsky
is poor, smart, and beautiful. She hates
being patronized and she craves the pleasure
that money does buy. When the Yiddish
newspaper she works for sends her off to
interview a philanthropist, she decides she
will marry him.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-478-3 (cloth) 1999
235 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1300-6 (paper) 2009
235 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
The Bull from the Sea is the story of Theseus,
King of Athens, but it is also Mary Renault’s brilliant historical reconstruction of ancient Greek
politics. Throughout his reign, Theseus is tom
between his genius for kingship and his truant
craving for adventure. The bull of Marathon, the
battle of the Lapiths and Kentaurs, and the moongoddess cult of Pontos are merely a portion of
the legendary material that Renault weaves into
the fabric of great historical fiction.
ISBN: 978-0-7658-0783-0 (cloth) 2002
312 pp. $44.95/£40.50/$C53.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1194-1 (paper) 2009
312 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
No More Parades
Ford Madox Ford
Appearing in 1759, Candide is a foreboding,
ironic, and fierce satire. The protagonist,
Candide, is an innocent and good-natured
man. Virtually all those whom he meets
during his travels, however, are scoundrels
or dupes. Candide’s naivete is slowly worn
away as a result of his contact with the
story’s rogue elements. The wisdom Candide
amasses in the course of his voyages has a
practical quality. It entails the fundamentals
for getting by in a world that is frequently
cruel and unfair. Though well aware of
the cruelty of nature, Volitaire is really
concerned with the evil of mankind. He
identifies many of the causes of that evil in
his work: the aristocracy, the church, slavery,
and greed.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-546-9 (cloth) 1997
124 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1248-1 (paper) 2009
124 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
No More Parades is the second novel in
Ford Madox Ford’s series of four novels depicting the meeting, courtship, and ultimate
fulfillment of two modern heroes, Christopher
Tietjens and Valentine Wannop, despite social
condemnation, personal travails, and World
War I. Ford poured his own experiences as
writer, lover, and soldier into these novels.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-468-4 (cloth) 2000
305 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1286-3 (paper) 2009
305 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosinski
Winner of the National Book Award
The Painted Bird is one of the most shocking indictments of Nazi madness and terrors
of the Holocaust during World War II. It is
a story about the proximity of terror and
savagery to innocence and love. It is a vivid
and graphic portrayal of the hellish Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe as seen through
the eyes of a boy struggling for survival, an
alien child lost in a world gone mad.
David Graham Phillips
The sensational Susan Lenox, whose life
takes two volumes to unfold (and who has
thus far been given a wholly inadequate 1931
film vehicle that starred Greta Garbo) will
finally have her story told properly. When
we first meet Susan she is a fresh young thing
living with small-thinking relations in a small
Indiana town. Her relatives marry her off to
a coarse local farmer; she takes refuge on a
showboat with a theater company and never
stops moving. She goes from Cincinnati
to New York City to Paris. Published in
1917, Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise is a
frank portrayal of early twentieth-century
ISBN: 978-1-56000-479-0 (cloth) 2000
466 pp. $44.95/£40.50/$C53.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1304-4 (paper) 2009
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To Jerusalem and Back
Saul Bellow
When he visited Israel in 1975, Saul Bellow
kept an account of his experiences and
impressions. It grew into an impassioned
and thoughtful book. As he wryly notes, “If
you want everyone to love you, don’t discuss
Israeli politics.” But discuss them is very
much what he does. Through quick sketches
and vignettes, Bellow evokes places, ideas,
and people, reaching a sharp picture of
contemporary Israel. The reader is offered
a wonderful panorama of an ancient and
modern world city. Like every other visitor
to Israel, Bellow tumbles into “a gale of
conversation.” He loves it and he makes the
reader feel at home.
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Adventure Stories
The Condor Passes
The View from Pompey’s Head
Jack London
Shirley Ann Grau
Hamilton Basso
The ruthless accumulation, the spending,
and the ultimate disposition of a great New
Orleans fortune furnish the motive force in
Grau’s brilliant novel of three American
generations. As his family hovers around
him, heirs apparent, the ninety-five-yearold multimillionaire, Thomas Henry Oliver
holds court. While the acquisition of money
has liberated Oliver, unleashing his torrential
energies, it has suffocated his daughter Anna,
who, has retreated into religious fanaticism,
and turned his younger daughter Margaret
into a shrewd businesswoman, whose amusement is a series of hell-raising lovers. Robert,
the poverty-stricken Cajun boy whom Oliver
raised to be the son he never had, is possessed
by the money. Of everyone exposed to Oliver
and his gold, only the secretive black chauffeur, Stanley—the legendary condor of the
title—appears himself intact.
The View from Pompey’s Head tells the story
of a young lawyer, Anson Page. After an
absence of fifteen years, Page finds it necessary to return to his home town of Pompey’s
Head. His mission is singularly curious.
Upon the death of noted New York editor,
Phillip Greene, it is discovered that Greene
withdrew a large sum of money from the royalties of Garvin Wales, a famous American
novelist. As the legal representative of the
firm of which Greene was editor-in-chief,
Page is called upon to unravel the mystery.
His search for a solution leads him into a
far more meaningful quest-one that involves
a love affair, a personal crisis, and a final
understanding of the forces in Pompey’s
Head that are responsible for his being the
person he is.
By the age of 29, Jack London was the
highest-paid and most widely read author in
America, thanks to the huge popularity of The
Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and White
Fang. Themes of these books also pervade
this collection of short stories: survival though
adaptation, compassion for the less fortunate,
a respect for physical power in both man and
nature, and the need for social justice.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-523-0 (cloth) 1998
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The Troll Garden
Willa Cather
In these masterful short stories, many of
which are set against the harsh but spectacular
American prairie, Pulitzer Prize winner Willa
Cather has captured the sweeping drama of
the West and the spirit of its people. The Troll
Garden, as it appeared originally in 1905, rich
with autobiographical elements from the Nebraska of her childhood. In luminous writing,
Cather renders the conflict between character
and environment and the pioneer virtues of
perseverance, courage, and dignity.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-470-7 (cloth) 2000
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ISBN: 978-0-7658-0777-9 (cloth) 2002
408 pp. $44.95/£40.50/$C53.95
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The Penal Colony
Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte
Whether rediscovering the familiar cadence
of “I have a little shadow that goes in and
out with me...” or pondering, “The world is
so full of a number of things, I’m sure we
should all be as happy as kings,” the reader
will find this volume to be a treasure.
Considered one of the greatest novels of
the nineteenth century, Wuthering Heights
is a passionate and turbulent story of love
and destruction. Mr. Earnshaw, father of
Catherine and Hindley, brings home to the
Yorkshire moors an orphan from the streets
of Liverpool to raise with his own children.
Heathcliff, a strange, passionate boy disrupts
Wuthering Heights as Cathy comes to love
him desperately and Hindley to hate him
with equal fervor. Love, passion, revenge
and their consequences bring to Wuthering
Heights the depth and simplicity of ancient
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-527-8 (cloth) 1998
440 pp. $49.95/£44.95/$C59.95
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A Child’s Garden of Verses
Robert Louis Stevenson
ISBN: 978-1-56000-498-1 (cloth) 2000
568 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
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Stories and Short Pieces
Franz Kafka
“Had one to name the artist who comes
nearest to bearing the same kind of relation
to our age that Dante, Shakespeare, and
Goethe Bore to theirs, Kafka is the first one
would think of . . . Kafka is important to us
because his predicament is the predicament
of modern man.”
—W.H. Auden
“I cannot say what I admire more, the
naturalistic presentation of an imaginary
world, rendered believable through a minute
precision of the images, or the daring turn
to the mysterious.”
—Andre Gide
ISBN: 978-1-56000-476-9 (cloth) 2000
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Books by W. Somerset Maugham
The British Agent
Ashenden: The British Agent is founded on Maugham’s experiences in the English Intelligence Department during
World War I, but rearranged for the purposes of fiction. This fascinating book contains the most expert stories of
espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published the book became official required reading
for persons entering the secret service.
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1172-9 (paper) 2009 312 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
The Moon and Sixpence
Inspired by the life of noted French painter Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is the story of a rebellious
stockbroker. Driven by passion, he decides to abandon civilization and convention in order to pursue his destiny
as a painter in the South Pacific. In Charles Strickland, the main character, Maugham gives the
reader a penetrating and fascinating study in personality with a savage truthfulness and an icy
contempt for heroics and sentimentality.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-483-7 (cloth) 1999 262 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
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Of Human Bondage
The hero is Philip Carey, a sensitive and talented orphan with a clubfoot who is raised by an
uncaring aunt and uncle. It is the story of Philip’s struggle for independence and his pursuit of his
art. Often autobiographical, Of Human Bondage is considered to be Maugham’s finest work.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-500-1 (cloth) 1998 375 pp. $49.95/£44.95/$C59.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1289-4 (paper) 2009 375 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Ice Palace and Other Stories
Thomas Hardy
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Like most of Hardy’s novels, The Mayor of
Casterbridge is a powerful and harsh study
of characters defeated in their struggle with
the physical and social environment, victims
of their own impulses as well as capricious
chance. While drunk, unemployed Michael
Henchard sells his wife and daughter at a
country fair to a sailor. His remorse leads him
to forsake drinking and embark on a fruitless
18-year search for his family. When a reunion at last
occurs, it is marked by deception and tragedy.
As a moralist for his generation, Fitzgerald
conveys the emotional abandon and dissipation
of 1920s America, the fact that something was
terribly wrong in his characters’ lives, a void
that they tried too desperately to fill. These
stories of the “Jazz Age” (a term coined by
Fitzgerald) capture this spirit of determined
gaiety and unconventionality, setting the stage
for the writing of The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald
is considered equally a master of the short story form and
the novel. Also included here are “May Day,” “Winter Dreams,”
and “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz.”
ISBN: 978-1-56000-518-6 (cloth) 1999 492 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
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Jews Without Money
ISBN: 978-1-56000-511-7 (cloth) 1998 196 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
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Strictly Business
Michael Gold
Michael Gold’s Jews Without Money tells the
story of Jewish poverty in one ghetto, that of
the Lower East Side, New York, during the
heyday of Jewish life there in the 1920s. Here
we find a world of struggle—Jews against
Gentiles, Jews against each other; a universe
of gangsters and rabbis, men and women,
children and adults all told in the first-person
vernacular of a boy growing to manhood dedicated
to making clear his love of a long-suffering mother.
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ISBN: 978-1-4128-1271-9 (paper) 2009 264 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
New York Stories
O. Henry
This collection of 33 stories from 1908 chronicles the place with which O. Henry is most
identified: New York City, which he called
“Baghdad-on-the-Subway.” A very popular
and prolific author, O. Henry is noted for his
sentimental tales dealing with the lives of everyday people; he is also revered as a master
of the surprise endings.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-525-4 (cloth) 1998 271 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
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Books by E.M. Forster
A Room with a View
The third novel of the famed British author E.M. Forster, A Room
with a View was written in 1908 when he was living in Italy. The
story takes color from the outdoors and shows charm in human
absurdity, but the comedy is also permeated with a sense of melodramatic evil, sinister in its gratuitousness. A Room with a View revolves around a familiar Forster theme, the difficulties and failures
in human relationships. Here the heroes and heroines are European
rather than Indian-but the dialogue reveals national character with
the same sharp edge we find in A Passage to India.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-489-9 (cloth) 2000 249 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1299-3 (paper) 2009 249 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
A Passage to India
This ironic and compassionate novel addresses the difficulties of
friendship between the races in British-ruled India. A Passage to
India is a complex, beautifully rendered story of how a young
Englishwoman’s hallucination that she has been assaulted by a
friendly young Indian doctor in an ancient cave gives rise to racial
hysteria. This subtle and affecting novel is noted for its strong
mystical overtones; it was Forster’s last and greatest work and
remains a guide to understanding Indian civilization.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-507-0 (cloth) 1999 377 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
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of Will Rogers
Donald Day,
In a selection of Rogers’
own words, lassoed
together by Day, Will Rogers
tells how he became the spokesman and
the watchdog for the inarticulate public in a
period of dramatic change in American life.
A great American, a great democrat, a great
internationalist, and not a bad rodeo man, Will’s
simple directness spoke to “the big, Honest
Majority”, in whom his faith was steady.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-526-1 (cloth) 1998
528 pp. $44.95/£40.50/$C53.95
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Rob Roy
Sir Walter Scott
The setting is the north of England and Scotland in the time before, during, and after the
first Jacobite uprising of 1715. Rob Roy is
Robert MacGregor, whose legend in Scotland
is similar to that of Robin Hood in England:
a fierce reputation as an outlaw matched only
by his kindness and compassion toward the
poor and ‘oppressed. This rousing story follows the fortunes of Francis Osbaldistone, the
son of a wealthy London merchant.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-519-3 (cloth) 1998
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The Little Karoo
The Fixer
Pauline Smith
Bernard Malamud
Pulitzer Prize and
National Book Award Winner
A Novel of the Future
Eugene Zamiatin
First published in 1925, Pauline Smith’s
beautiful collection of stories set in the South
Africa of her childhood is a lyrical and moving look at growing up in a remote landscape.
Smith captures life in the heart of the Little
Karoo, a mostly uninhabited terrain, where
rain may not fall for years at a time. Poor,
white earlyAfrikaner settlers beset by hard
times and an unforgiving landscape, the characters in her stories overcome tragedy time
and time again, refusing to be broken.
Set in czarist Russia, The Fixer is the story
of the strains and anxieties that beset a man
who finds himself a stranger in his community and a victim of irrational prejudice
as a wave of anti-Semitic hysteria engulfs a
town after the murder of a boy. Yakov Bok,
an ordinary handyman, is charged with the
“ritual murder” of the boy simply because
of his Jewish heritage. The story of Bok’s
struggle in an atmosphere of hate is universally applicable to that of any victim of a
miscarriage of justice and mob prejudice.
First published in the West in 1924, We is an
adventurous story of the future nameless “numbers,” the two-tenths of the world’s population
that survived the Great Two Hundred Years
War. Their food is derived from petroleum,
and they believe that their totally restricted existence under the watchful eye of the Benefactor is the ideal. They do not mourn the passing
of the creative human spirit; indeed, they are
hardly aware it ever existed. More than half a
century later, We remains a strange and telling
tragicomedy of love and death. The author, an
acknowledged satirist in his own right, set the
stage for Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-540-7 (cloth) 1997
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-484-4 (cloth) 1999
354 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1258-0 (paper) 2009
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-477-6 (cloth) 2000
239 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1314-3 (paper) 2009
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With a new introduction
by Milton Hindus
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Books by
Charles W. Chesnutt
The House Behind the Cedars
The House Behind the Cedars is the tale of
a brother and sister who decide to “pass,”
establishing themselves in the best class of
whites South Carolina has to offer. Rena
makes a brilliant match, exactly as her
calculating brother has intended. But the
engage¬ment is soon threatened by her
ambivalence and a series of miscalculations,
shifting loyalties, and full-stop treacheries.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-494-3 (cloth) 2000
240 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1264-1 (paper) 2009
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The Marrow of Tradition
The Marrow of Tradition is a compressed epic
and a political thriller. It spans two generations
of whites and blacks whose blood and fortunes
are entwined. The author surrounds these
families with characters who are constantly
negotiating their positions on the racial, social,
and moral scales. In addition to a romantic
subplot, there are moments of grisly comedy
that make you feel you are witnessing a minstrel show from hell. The novel leaves questions which today remain unanswered.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-493-6 (cloth) 1999
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen
At seventeen years old, Catherine Morland
is typical of her time and age—a passionate
reader of Gothic novels. On a visit to Bath,
she is befriended by General Henry Tilney
and his charming sister Eleanor, who invite
her to stay at Northanger Abbey, their family home. Catherine is entranced, convinced
the Tilney home will be filled with dreadful
secrets. However, it is the prejudices of the
real world that eventually cause disaster.
Fortunately, Catherine’s fundamental good
sense and Henry Tilney’s loyalty ultimately
overcome all hurdles and lead to a happy
ISBN: 978-1-56000-506-3 (cloth) 1998
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Thomas More
Thomas More’s classic book Utopia is
his vision of a perfect society. This work
by More gave form to Plato’s idea of an
ideal society. Set on the fictitious island of
Utopia in what was then the New World,
More’s Utopian Republic was meant to be
a blueprint for all humanity. Going beyond
general political descriptions, More created
an alphabet, language, and culture for his
Utopian Republic.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-545-2 (cloth) 1997
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The Rise of David Levinsky
Abrabam Cahan
In this disturbing tale, Stevenson weaves a
story of a dual personality: the generous physician, Dr. Jekyll, and the demonic Mr. Hyde.
This great psychological novel prefigures the
modem detective story and probes the darkest
side of human nature. Written before Freudian
theory gained popularity, it is perceptive in its
description of a personality’s inner war.
David Levinsky is a Russian Jew—part of
a vast group who immigrated to New York
in the 1880s. Orphaned and penniless, he
settles on the Lower East Side, where every
newcomer is sneered at by anyone who has
been in America even a few months longer.
But he makes his way up, step by step,
mishap by mishap, plan by plan: from street
peddler to small manufacturer to millionaire
power broker in the ever-expanding business
of mass-produced women’s clothing.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-517-9 (cloth) 1998
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-496-7 (cloth) 1999
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Robert Louis Stevenson
Books by
Aldous Huxley
Young Archimedes and
Other Stories
In these semi-autobiographical stories, Huxley
discourses on life and death, accident and
necessity, natives and foreigners. Young Archimedes takes place in Italy. The story starts as a
test in aesthetic sensibilities, between natives
and visitors. Guido’s musical predilections and
his precocity were more rooted in Archimedes
than in Mozart. But the nature of his unusual
talents were never quite understood.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-465-3 (cloth) 2000
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Brave New World
Brave New World presents a nightmarish and
utopian vision of a future society. Huxley
offers a scientifically balanced, efficiently
controlled World State. Individuality and
emotions are spurned. Everyone consumes
daily grams of soma to fight depression, babies
are born in laboratories, and the most popular
entertainment is a movie that stimulates the
senses of sight, hearing, and touch. It is a world
without moral sensibility. He offers a glimmer of hope that the scale of dehumanization
depicted will never come to pass.
ISBN: 978-1-4128-0549-0 (paper) 2005
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How to Tell Your Friends
from the Apes
Will Cuppy
This collection of “delirious birds, beasts
and all manner of funny critters from Man
to Amoeba,” with “pictures by Jack,” is an
irreverent and thoroughly unscientific study
of mankind and his animal cousins.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-531-5 (cloth) 1997
174 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1266-5 (paper) 2009
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A Leningrad Diary
The Red Badge of Courage
Siege and Survival
Survival During World War II
Stephen Crane
The Odyssey of a Leningrader
Elena Skrjabina
Translated by Norman Luxenburg
First published in 1895, it is a powerful
tale of the battle that rages inside the hero,
Henry Fleming, rather than of that between
Confederate and Union soldiers. It is a story
of fear and helplessness, perhaps the first
novel about war to focus on the destruction
of romantic illusions of bravery and courage.
Fleming has every confidence that he will be
a hero when he sees action, but in fact turns
and flees in fear amidst the chaos of battle.
After a futile try to prevent the troops from
advancing because he believes they are
doomed, he returns to his fellow soldiers
and finds himself inevitably drawn into the
next day’s battle. In victory, he finds himself
perceived to be a hero at last, however unintentional his “heroics” proved to be.
Elena Skrjabina
Forward by Harrison E. Salisbury
Translated by Norman Luxenburg
Elena Skrjabina’s struggle to survive World
War II began in 1941, with the blockade of
Leningrad, which she describes in a previously published portion of her diary, Siege
and Survival: The Odyssey of a Leningrader.
Skrjabina, her two sons, and her mother followed a trail of terror across the ice of Lake
Ladoga, endured hunger, bombs, and Arctic
cold before finding safety in Pyatigorsk.
The present diary begins August 9, 1942,
the night a German invasion transformed
Pyatigorsk into an inferno. When the Red
Army soldiers returned, the Skrjabinas and
thousands of other Russians retreated with
the routed Germans. This powerful and
shocking diary tells the chilling tale of the
little known, carefully suppressed Russian
side of World War II.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-467-7 (cloth) 2000
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The Country of the Pointed
First and the Dunnet Landing
ISBN: 978-1-56000-528-5 (cloth) 1997
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The Damnation of
Theron Ware
Harold Frederic
This is a gripping and true tale of a woman’s
survival against the greatest odds, played
against the backdrop of the Nazi siege of
Leningrad, a three-year period in which
the citizens of Leningrad found themselves
shut off from the rest of Russia and indeed
the world, Norman Luxenburg writes of his
translation of this incredible account of a
survivor of the 900-day siege of Leningrad:
“I have tried insofar as possible to retain
the original, short, clear, concise phrasing;
the intention is to keep the account what it
originally was, a day-by-day description of
the greatest and, because of its scope, the
most horrible siege in world history.”
ISBN: 978-1-56000-538-4 (cloth) 1997
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Adolphe and the Red
Benjamin Constant
Her admirers ranged from Rudyard Kipling
to Willa Cather, who remarked of Jewett’s
fiction in the 1930s, “The best of Jewett’s
work, read...fifty years from now will
give the characteristic flavor, the spirit,
the cadence, of an American writer in the
first order,” This volume presents Jewett’s
classic novella, The Country of the Pointed
Firs and its four short sequels, The Dunnet
Landing Stories.
Theron Ware is a pleasing and ambitious
young minister assigned to a church in upstate New York. He arrives with his sensible
wife and discovers he is expected to follow
the spiritual and economic dictates of a
group of Methodist church fathers who are
hard-nosed businessmen six days a week
and hard-nosed evangelicals on the seventh.
When he meets his first Irish Catholics, he
is unsettled but thrilled: they might as well
be sorcerers and goddesses leading him into
forbidden but exquisite rites and mysteries.
Theron becomes desperate to join their world
without having to surrender the rewards of
his own.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-541-4 (cloth) 1997
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ISBN: 978-1-4128-1251-1 (paper) 2009
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-488-2 (cloth) 1999
405 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1254-2 (paper) 2009
405 pp. $29.95/£26.95/$C35.95
ISBN: 978-1-56000-491-2 (cloth) 1999
157 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1188-0 (paper) 2009
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Sarah Orne Jewett
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In these two remarkable works, a brilliant,
vain, long-suffering Frenchman describes
the first twenty years of his life and their
culmination in a tortured love affair with a
possessive older woman. Constant attempted
to conceal the fact that these two books were
autobiographical. To his friends and acquaintances, however, it ‘ was clear that Adolphe
was really Benjamin himself. Constant was
an able parliamentarian, a champion of
liberalism and the author of The History of
Religion. Posterity, however, remembers
him as the man who bared the anatomy of a
destructive passion in the story of Adolphe.
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Animal Farm
George Orwell
This is a classic tale
of humanity awash
in totalitarianism.
A farm is taken over
by its overworked,
mistreated animals.
With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they
set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. First published during the
epoch of Stalinist Russia, today it is clear that
wherever and whenever freedom is attacked,
and under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of Orwell’s masterpiece is a message still ferociously fresh.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-520-9 (cloth) 1998
252 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1190-3 (paper) 2009
252 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
Narrative of the Life of an
American Slave
Frederick Douglass
Two Volumes of
Legendary Tales of Terror from Edgar Allan Poe
The Fall of the House of
Usher And Other Tales
Volume 1
Collected in these two volumes are roe’s
legendary tales of terror that attest to his
stylistic brilliance in evoking an atmosphere of gloom and obsession. Creatures,
eyes, coffins, walls-all are symbols in roe’s
efforts to create an aura of evil. What reader
would not share the anxiety of the traveler
in The Fall of the House of Usher, who
upon his first glimpse of the house, finds an
“insufferable gloom pervading my spirit...
an utter depression of the iciness,
a sinking, a sickening of the heart”? In
volume 2 his nightmarish visions take us
down untraveled paths revealing the dark
side of the human experience.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-536-0 (cloth) 1997
245 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1257-3 (paper) 2009
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The Murders in the
Rue Morgue and Other Tales
Volume 2
ISBN: 978-1-56000-535-3 (cloth) 1997
214 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1284-9 (paper) 2009
214 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
This volume, the most famous of all slave
narratives, written by the most towering
black figure of the nineteenth century, is
both literature and historical analysis. In a
well-crafted prose, Douglass provides a true
glimpse of the brutal experience of slavery
in antebellum America. Douglass has left an
indispensable legacy for modern day readers
in helping them understand what it’s like to
be “broken in body, soul, and spirit” yet rise
above unimaginable adversity to become an
outstanding orator.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-534-6 (cloth) 1997
143 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1285-6 (paper) 2009
143 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
Up From Slavery
Just So Stories
Buying The Night Flight
Rudyard Kipling
The Autobiography of a
Woman Foreign Correspondent
Up From Slavery chronicles the life and times
of Booker T. Washington. In this captivating
autobiography, Washington recounts his personal voyage from the shackles of slavery to
the pinnacle of promise. After graduating in
1875 from what is today Hampton University,
he taught there. In July 1881, he founded the
forerunner of Tuskegee University.
These wonderful and fanciful stories delight
adult and child alike with their amusing and
clever responses to such questions as how
the leopard got his spots or why an elephant
has a trunk. Kipling was born in India of
English parents, and the impressions that
exotic and fascinating country left on him
in his early years would influence his writing in later years. Even in the deceptively
simple Just So Stories, the reader recognizes
Kipling’s gifted ear for language and his
vivid imagery.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-544-5 (cloth) 1997
425 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1311-2 (paper) 2009
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ISBN: 978-1-56000-501-8 (cloth) 1998
125 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1272-6 (paper) 2009
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An Autobiography
Booker T. Washington
Georgie Anne Geyer
What is it like to cover revolutions and
interview the great revolutionary figures of
our time? This lively firsthand account of one
of our most eminent foreign correspondents,
the first American woman journalist to cover
the world on such a scale, provides a glimpse
into this glamorous, rewarding, exhausting,
and grueling life.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-529-2 (cloth) 1997
438 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1247-4 (paper) 2009
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Books by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw is about ghosts and reveals the dark side of
humanity. James’s story is based on an earlier one told to him by the
Archbishop of Canterbury in January 1895. The Archbishop’s story
tells of young children, left in the care of servants in an old country
house following the death of their parents. The servants, however, are
evil and uncaring and the children inherit their legacy of wickedness.
In their turn, the servants die and come back to haunt the country
house and torment the children.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-547-6 (cloth) 1997 169 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1309-9 (paper) 2009 169 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
The Aspern Papers
The plot of this short, powerful novel revolves around the intrigue
of an unscrupulous publisher as he attempts to expose the secrets
of a past some would like to forget. The conflict between past and
present and how they are to be portrayed is a large theme of The
Aspern Papers. The man who sets out to obtain the Aspern Papers
from the immortal Juliana is not only meddling with the present, but
with the past as well.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-486-8 (cloth) 1999 127 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1191-0 (paper) 2009 127 pp.$24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
Night and Day
Virginia Woolf
Night and Day was
Virginia Woolf’s
second novel and it
has been overlooked
by critics and readers
in favor of her more
experimental works.
It is important for its treatment
of women and modernity, in the city, in politics and in the workplace. It is a novel about
social transition. Set before the First World
War, but written after the war, Woolf hints
at the sense of chaos and relativism which
the war will bring about.
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1160-6 (paper) 2009
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Ward Six and Other Stories
Anton Chekhov
The six stories—Ward Six, The Duel, A Dull
Story, My Life, The Name Day Party, and In
the Ravine—here presented in memorable
translations—represent Chekhov’s narrative genius at the full range and power of
its maturity. As masterfully constructed as
his earlier stories, but with far greater richness and dimension, they deal with human
beings suffering the pain of existence, their
lives illumined by the author’s rigorous
ISBN 978-1-4128-1185-9 (paper) 2009
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The Souls of Black Folk
W.E.B. Du Bois
This extraordinary work, first published in
1903, is even more relevant today. Du Bois
declared that “the problem of the twentieth
century is the problem of the color line,” the
racial controversy that continues to haunt
American society. This prophetic masterpiece began Du Bois’s lifelong crusade in
his search for a solution, pleading for mutual
respect and understanding as well the use of
nonviolent methods to achieve racial equality. The Souls of Black Folk remains one of
the most influential writings of our time.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-524-7 (cloth) 1998
330 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1302-0 (paper) 2009
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The Island of
Doctor Moreau
H.G. Wells
The Island of Doctor Moreau is the story of
a naturalist, Prendick, who is shipwrecked on
the island retreat of the infamous vivisectionist, Dr. Moreau. In his laboratory known as
“The House of Pain,” Moreau creates “humanized” animals that he controls through
fear until the horrifying day when one of his
creatures destroys him and Pendrick is left
alone with the survivors.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-515-5 (cloth) 1998
168 pp. $34.95/£31.50/$C41.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1270-2 (paper) 2009
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Sinclair Lewis
This satirical novel portrays George Follansbee Babbitt, a middle-aged, middleclass realtor in Zenith, the Zip City. His
self-importance, utter lack of imagination,
and ultimately middle-class outlook on the
world around him is Lewis’s unsentimental
portrayal of post World War I small-town
America. Despite George’s vague dissatisfaction with his life, which he tries to change
by “embracing” liberalism and beginning an
affair with an attractive widow, he finds that
the seeds of rebellion are just not within him,
that he fears being an outcast more than he
regrets his mundane life.
ISBN: 978-1-56000-532-2 (cloth) 1997
477 pp. $39.95/£35.95/$C47.95
ISBN: 978-1-4128-1193-4 (paper) 1997
477 pp. $24.95/£22.50/$C29.95
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