Emma Bovary yearns for a life of luxury and passion of the kind she reads about in romantic novels. But life with her country doctor husband in the provinces is unutterably boring, and she embarks on love affairs to realize her fantasies. This new translation by Margaret Mauldon perfectly captures Flaubert's distinctive style.
Set on a hot London day in June 1923, Mrs Dalloway explores both the raw hold of the past and the brighter potential of the future. Clarissa Dalloway is the wife of an MP and an assured socialite, yet as she prepares for her party the links between her and the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith become ever more apparent. Mrs Dalloway is a book that is both highly experimental and deeply involving, deftly impressionistic yet firmly embedded in the crowded world of London. This new edition based on original research offers fresh insights into the context and meanings of one of Woolf's most popular and enduring works.
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Maupassant décrit une société de la fin du XIXe siècle entachée par les scandales. Au sein d'un journal parisien, Georges Duroy utilise toutes les ficelles mises à sa disposition pour grimper dans l'échelle sociale."
Set against the background of a society driven by greed and ambition, this is the tragic story of a father financially and personally ruined by his obsessive love for his two daughters. Balzac presents a portrait of both affluence and squalor in post-Napoleonic Paris.
Expérience de chimie insolite au fond d'un quartier sordide : prenez une jeune femme nerveuse, portée à la passion charnelle, et mariez-la à un homme peu engageant et maladif. Constatez qu'il ne se passe rien. Introduisez un troisième élément, sous la forme d'un gaillard sanguin et sans scrupules, et agitez. Il ne reste plus qu'à consigner la réaction en chaîne : adultère, meurtre et suicide. Telle est à peu près " l' étude physiologique " menée ici par Zola à l'aube du naturalisme français.
Sally Shuttleworth explores the power of "Jane Eyre" a narrative that questions the rights of women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion in a story whose emotional charge is a strong today as it was when it was published more than 150 years ago.
Hamlet is a popular text for study by secondary students the world over. This edition includes illustrations, preliminary notes, reading lists (including websites) and classroom notes.
Orlando is destined to live for four hundred years . . .
During the Elizabethan era, the young courtier Orlando becomes a lover to the aging Queen and embarks on an intense affair with the beautiful Russian Princess Sasha. Yet while Orlando can fulfil most of his desires, he never quite seems to fit in.
Then one night, Orlando falls into a deep sleep and awakes transformed, emerging as a woman in eighteenth-century London.
"Pierre et Jean" is set in Le Havre in the 1880s and is notable for its evocation of the Normandy coastline captured by the impressionists. But Maupassant's achievement is to have woven from this simple plot in a maritime context an exploration of the complexities at the heart of family life.
Robinson Crusoe runs away from home to join the navy. After a series of adventures at sea, he is shipwrecked in a devastating storm, and finds himself alone on a remote desert island. He remains there many years, building a life for himself in solitude, until the day he discovers another man's footprint in the sand...
Dans le Paris du XVe siècle, la belle Esméralda fait battre le coeur de tous. Mais la jeune bohémienne n'a d'yeux que pour le capitaine Phoebus. Enlevée par l'archidiacre Frollo qui la convoite, sauvée par Quasimodo, le sonneur de cloches difforme, elle sera finalement accusée de sorcellerie, puis pendue.
Jim, first mate on board the Patna, is a simple and sensitive young man who dreams of becoming a hero. But when the Patna threatens to sink, Jim takes the cowardly way out and jumps clear. His unbearable guilt and shame at having violated the unwritten moral code of the sea lead him to become an exile in a remote Malay state.
Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest and most representative novel. The story of Emma Woodhouse's matchmaking, and her awakening to the true feelings of others as well as herself, is told with consummate wit and humour. This new edition contains lively notes and an introduction that explores how Austen transmutes the everyday into the revelatory.