British Literature

The Rain Before It Falls (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Jonathan Coe

As a tender lady, Rosamond is distributed to Shropshire to flee the Blitz. right here, within the nation-state, she varieties an in depth bond along with her older cousin, Beatrix, a tender lady haunted by means of anger and resentment.

Sixty years later, earlier than her demise, Rosamond files her stories on cassettes, addressing them to cousin—a close to stranger-named Imogen. As Gill, her cherished niece, listens to those tapes, a heart—stopping relatives saga is printed. during this masterful portrait of 3 generations of lady, Jonathan Coe exposes the profound reserves of desire and loss in the lives of normal lady.

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Richard III (Folger Shakespeare Library)

In Richard III, Shakespeare invitations us on an ethical vacation. The play attracts us to spot with Richard and his fable of overall keep watch over of self and domination of others. now not but king firstly of the play, Richard provides himself as an enterprising villain as he effectively plans to cast off his brother Clarence. Richard achieves comparable good fortune in conquering the lady he chooses to marry. He carves how to the throne via assassination and executions.

The authoritative variation of Richard III from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and prevalent Shakespeare sequence for college kids and basic readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content according to the simplest early revealed model of the play

-Newly revised explanatory notes comfortably put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s well-known strains and phrases

-An creation to analyzing Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by way of a number one Shakespeare student supplying a contemporary point of view at the play

-Fresh photos from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s mammoth holdings of infrequent books

-An up to date annotated advisor to extra reading

Essay via Phyllis Rackin

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s greatest selection of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from around the world. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals a whole calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at

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Up at the Villa

By W. Somerset Maugham

Now an important movie from united states motion pictures starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sean Penn, and director Philip Haas (director of Angels and Insects).

In Up on the Villa, W. Somerset Maugham portrays a filthy rich younger English lady who unearths herself faced relatively brutally by way of the repercussions of whimsy.

On the day her older and wealthy pal asks her to marry him, Mary Leonard demurs and comes to a decision to put off her answer a couple of days.  But using into the hills above Florence by myself that night, Mary bargains a journey to a good-looking stranger.  And by surprise, her existence is totally, irrevocably altered.

For this stranger is a refugee of warfare, and he harbors a couple of type of passion.  Before morning, Mary will witness bloodshed, she's going to be compelled to hunt suggestion and the help of an unsavory guy, and she or he should face the reality approximately her personal yearnings.  Erotic, haunting, and maddeningly suspenseful, Up on the Villa is a masterful story of temptation and the capricious nature of destiny.

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Twelfth Night or What You Will

By Alan Durband

Listed here are the books that aid train Shakespeare performs with no the instructor always wanting to provide an explanation for and outline Elizabethan phrases, slang, and alternative ways of expression which are various from our personal. each one play is gifted with Shakespeare's unique strains on each one left-hand web page, and a contemporary, easy-to-understand "translation" at the dealing with right-hand web page. All dramas are whole, with each unique Shakespearian line, and a full-length sleek rendition of the textual content. those useful teaching-study courses additionally contain:

1. worthy historical past info that places each one play in its historic standpoint.

2. dialogue questions that lecturers can use to spark scholar classification participation, and which scholars can use as springboards for his or her personal topics and time period papers.

3. truth quizzes, pattern examinations, and different positive factors that increase pupil comprehension of what every one play is set.

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The Lady in Red: An Eighteenth-Century Tale of Sex, Scandal, and Divorce

By Hallie Rubenhold

She was once a lively younger heiress. He was once a good-looking baronet with a promising occupation in govt. the wedding of woman Seymour Dorothy Fleming and Sir Richard Worsley had the makings of a fairy tale―but ended as probably the most scandalous and hugely publicized divorces in history.

In February 1782, England opened its newspapers to learn the main points of a legal dialog trial within which the good-looking baronet Sir Richard Worsley tried to sue his wife's lover for an astronomical sum in damages. through the complaints, the Worsleys' scandalous sexual preparations, voyeuristic developments, and bed-hopping antics have been laid naked. The trial and its verdict surprised society, yet no longer up to the unrepentant habit of girl Worsley.

Sir Joshua Reynolds captured the brazen personality of his topic while he created his celebrated portrait of girl Worsley in a trendy purple driving behavior, however it was once her surprising affairs that made her divorce so notorious that even George Washington it within the press. Impeccably researched and written with nice aptitude, this vigorous and relocating real heritage offers a hardly ever obvious photo of aristocratic existence within the Georgian era.

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A Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Charles Dickens

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― seriously in debt and obligated to his writer ― all started paintings on a booklet to assist complement his family's meager source of revenue. That quantity, A Christmas Carol, has lengthy on the grounds that develop into the most cherished tales within the English language. As a lot part of the vacation season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite keeps to please new readers and re-ignite options of charity and goodwill.
With its characters displaying many features ― in addition to disasters ― usually ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginitive and enjoyable story relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a sequence of spectral viewers. travelling with them via Christmases prior, current, and destiny, he's finally remodeled from an boastful, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a beneficiant, warmhearted, and being concerned individual. Written by way of one in all England's maximum and most well liked novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the real that means of Christmas.

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Mr Norris Changes Trains

By Christopher Isherwood

Two Englishmen assembly on a educate to Berlin in 1930 kick off one in every of Isherwood’s so much enduring novels

On a teach to Berlin in past due 1930, William Bradshaw locks eyes with Arthur Norris, an irresistibly comical fellow Englishman donning a slightly noticeable wig and fearful approximately generating his passport on the frontier. So starts off a friendship performed within the seedier quarters of town, the place Norris runs a doubtful import-export enterprise and lives in excited worry of his bullying secretary,his collectors, and his dominatrix female friend, Anni. because the all over the world monetary melancholy strangles the loads and the Communists make a determined stand opposed to Fascism and warfare, Norris sells himself as political orator, undercover agent, and double agent. He additionally sells his neighbors. Like its spouse novel, Goodbye to Berlin, Mr Norris alterations Trains bargains unforgettable characters suffering within the vortex because the Nazis upward thrust to energy.

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Endgame and Act Without Words

By Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett was once provided the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969; his literary output of performs, novels, tales and poetry has earned him an uncontested position as one of many maximum writers of our time. Endgame, initially written in French and translated into English by way of Beckett himself, is taken into account through many critics to be his maximum unmarried paintings. A top of Beckett’s attribute uncooked minimalism, it's a natural and devastating distillation of the human essence within the face of drawing close death.

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