Le jeune aristocrate Raphaël de Valentin, après avoir perdu toute sa fortune pour payer les dettes de son père, a l'intention de se suicider. Il rentre par hasard chez un antiquaire, où un vieil homme lui montre alors « une peau de chagrin » ayant le pouvoir d’exaucer tous les vœux de son propriétaire : « Si tu me possèdes, tu posséderas tout, mais ta vie m'appartiendra ».

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By Charles William Eliot

- His Autobiography, via Benjamin Franklin
- magazine , via John Woolman
- end result of Solitude, by means of William Penn

The Harvard Classics, initially referred to as Dr. Eliot's 5 Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of vintage works from global literature, compiled and edited through Harvard college president Charles W. Eliot and primary released in 1909.

Eliot had said in speeches that the weather of a liberal schooling should be got via spending quarter-hour an afternoon examining from a suite of books that may healthy on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had acknowledged a three-foot shelf.) The writer P. F. Collier and Son observed a chance and challenged Eliot to make reliable in this assertion through making a choice on a suitable number of works, and the Harvard Classics was once the result.

Eliot labored for three hundred and sixty five days with William A. Neilson, a professor of English; Eliot made up our minds the works to be integrated and Neilson chosen the explicit variants and wrote introductory notes. every one quantity had 400-450 pages, and the integrated texts are "so a long way as attainable, whole works or entire segments of the world's written legacies." the gathering used to be commonly marketed through Collier and Son, in Collier's journal and in other places, with nice good fortune.

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By Dick Davis

One of the nice works of global literature, might be one of many least customary to English readers is the Shahnameh: ThePersian e-book of Kings, the nationwide epic of Persia. This prodigious narrative, composed by means of the poet Ferdowsi among the years 980 and 1010, tells the tale of pre- Islamic Iran, starting within the mythic time of production and carrying on with ahead to the Arab invasion within the 7th century.

As a window at the international, Shahnameh belongs within the corporation of such literary masterpieces as Dante’s Divine Comedy, the performs of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer— classics whose succeed in and diversity carry entire cultures into view. In its pages are unforgettable moments of nationwide triumph and failure, human braveness and cruelty, comfortable love and sour grief.

In tracing the roots of Iran, Shahnameh firstly attracts at the depths of legend after which incorporates its tale into ancient occasions, while old Persia used to be swept into an increasing Islamic empire. Now Dick Davis, the best glossy translator of Persian poetry, has revisited that poem, turning the best tales of Ferdowsi’s unique into a sublime mixture of prose and verse. For the 1st time in English, within the such a lot whole shape attainable, readers can adventure Shahnameh within the similar manner that Iranian storytellers have lovingly conveyed it in Persian for the previous thousand years.

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A través de los angeles historia de Margaret Hale, una joven del sur de Inglaterra que por circunstancias familiares se ve obligada a trasladarse al norte, Elizabeth Gaskell plasma los conflictos sociales y políticos derivados de los angeles revolución commercial en l. a. Inglaterra de mediados del siglo XIX. Para l. a. heroína, el sur donde ha nacido simboliza el idilio rural; frente a él, el norte es sucio, rudo y violento.

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By Peter Ackroyd

"A romp for the a while" (Vanity Fair)now with a picture disguise and deluxe packaging

well known novelist, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what's arguably the best poem within the English language and offers it in a prose vernacular that makes it obtainable to readers whereas conserving the spirit of the unique. A reflect for medieval society, The Canterbury Tales matters a motley workforce of pilgrims who meet in a London resort on their solution to Canterbury and conform to participate in a storytelling festival. Ackroyd's modern prose emphasizes the humanity of those characters-as good as explicitly rendering their bawdy humor-yet nonetheless masterfully inspires the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts stronger by way of introductions and notes by way of exclusive students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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By Fiona Robertson

The plans of Edgar, grasp of Ravenswood to regain his historical kin property from the corrupt Lord Keeper of the good Seal of Scotland are pissed off via the complexities of the criminal and political events following the 1707 Act of Union, and through his ardour for his enemy's attractive daughter Lucy. First released in 1819, this difficult and looking romantic tragedy deals hard insights into emotional and sexual politics, and demonstrates the smart means within which Scott provided his paintings as historic record, leisure, and paintings of art.
concerning the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. every one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different helpful positive factors, together with specialist introductions by way of major specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional examine, and masses more.

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The image of Dorian grey is an 1891 philosophical novel via Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde. First released as a serial tale within the July 1890 factor of Lippincott's per 30 days journal, the editors feared the tale used to be indecent, and with no Wilde's wisdom, deleted phrases prior to booklet. regardless of that censorship, the image of Dorian grey angry the ethical sensibilities of British e-book reviewers, a few of whom stated that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the legislation guarding the general public morality. In reaction, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and paintings in correspondence with the British press. Wilde revised and increased the journal variation of the image of Dorian grey (1890) for ebook as a singular; the ebook version (1891) featured an aphoristic preface — an apologia in regards to the artwork of the unconventional and the reader. The content material, kind, and presentation of the preface made it well-known in its personal literary correct, as social and cultural feedback. In April 1891, the editorial apartment Ward, Lock and corporate released the revised model of the image of Dorian grey.

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Brilliant, strong and soaking up, it is a first-person account of 1 of the main startling army episodes in historical past: the overthrow of Montezuma's doomed Aztec Empire via the ruthless Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, himself a soldier less than Cortes, provides a fascinatingly targeted description of the Spanish touchdown in Mexico in 1520 and their amazement on the urban, the exploitation of the natives for gold and different treasures, the expulsion and flight of the Spaniards, their regrouping and eventual catch of the Aztec capital.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better via introductions and notes through unique students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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