Banished from England for seeking to marry against his father's wishes, Ivanhoe joins Richard the Lion Heart on a crusade in the Holy Land. On his return, his desire is to be reunited with the lady Rowena, but he soon finds himself playing a dangerous game as he is drawn into a struggle between the noble King Richard and scheming brother John.
Recueillie son oncle, il lui faut faire bonne figure. Entre frustrations et vexations, que sera-t-elle prête à sacrifier pour être acceptée dans le monde enjôleur de ses cousins ? Roman d'apprentissage précurseur, Mansfield Park est le plus surprenant des romans de Jane Austen.
Two men - Kim, a boy growing into early manhood, and the lama, an old ascetic priest - are fired by a quest. Kim is white, although born in India. While he wants to play the Great Game of imperialism, he is also spiritually bound to the lama and he tries to reconcile these opposing strands.
Written for a family of small boys with whom the author was closely involved, this story has all the ingredients of the classic adventure: crocodiles, pirates, Red Indians, fairies, a dauntless hero and a beautiful heroine.
Heurs et malheurs de la célèbre moll flanders, qui naquit à newgate, et, pendant une vie continuellement variée qui dura soixante ans, en plus de son enfance, fut douze ans une catin, cinq fois une épouse (dont une fois celle de son propre frère), douze ans une voleuse, huit ans déportée pour ses crimes en virginie, et enfin devint riche, vécut honnête et mourut pénitente.
D'après ses propres mémorandums.
Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the small village of Weatherbury and captures the heart of three very different men; Gabriel Oak, a quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy. The battle for her affections will have dramatic, tragic and surprising consequences in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding.
Shakespeare's grand comedy casts the lovers Benedick and Beatrice in a witty war of words while the young Claudio is tricked into believing his love Hero has been unfaithful.
This edition features an overview of Shakespeare's works by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, as well as a comprehensive stage and screen history, dramatic criticism from the past and present, and sources from which Shakespeare derived this great work.
In tells the story of Quasimodo, the hunchback bellringer of Notre-Dame Cathedral and his devotion to the beautiful gypsy dancer, La Esmeralda. When the demented archdeacon Frollo sets out to abduct La Esmeralda, he uses Quasimodo to do the evil deed on his behalf. But the plan has unforeseen consequences and the innocent Esmeralda is charged with the murder of Phoebus, the man she was in love with.
Quasimodo, now utterly devoted to Esmeralda, determines to protect her, not only from Frollo, but from the band of gypsies who have come to reclaim her. His transformation from her captor to her savior jeads to some of the most dramatic, unforgettanle scenes in literature. Dominated by the Gothic architecture of Paris's magnificent cathedral, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is the epitome of French romantic literature.
Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers twentynine of literature’s most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This new edition includes a comprehensive introduction that summarizes some of the most important historical events and movements that defined the world of Chaucer and his pilgrims; two additional tales (Reeve’s and Shipman’s); introductions for each tale designed to prepare the reader for a better understanding and enjoyment of the tale; newly written and conveniently placed explanatory notes; and a new, more easily understood system for learning to pronounce Chaucerian Middle English.From the Paperback edition.
'Fanny Hill' scandalised thousands of Victorians with its vivid descriptions of sexual pleasure, and landed its author in court a year after publication on charges of 'corrupting the King's subjects'. This only heightened its allure -- and today it is still hugely appreciated as a work of true erotic and literary merit.
As Maggie Tulliver approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother Tom. Still more painfully, she finds her own nature divided between the claims of moral responsibility and her passionate hunger for self-fulfilment. George Eliot's searching exploration of Maggie's complex dilemma has made this one of the most enduringly popular of her works.
This edition offers the definitive Clarendon text with a new introduction that gives an account of the book's place in Eliot's life and the intellectual context of the time, as well as providing close textual analysis. - ;`But it's bad - it's bad,' Mr Tulliver added - `a woman's no business wi' being so clever; it'll turn to trouble, I doubt.' Rebellious and affectionate, Maggie Tulliver is always in trouble. Recalling her own experiences as a girl, George Eliot describes Maggie's turbulent childhood with a sympathetic engagement that makes the early chapters of The Mill on the Floss among the most immediately attractive she ever wrote. As Maggie Tulliver approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother Tom. Still more painfully, she finds her own nature divided between the claims of moral responsibility and her passionate hunger for self-fulfilment. George Eliot's searching exploration of Maggie's complex dilemma has made this one of the most enduringly popular of her works.
This edition offers the definitive Clarendon text with a new introduction that gives an account of the book's place in Eliot's life and the intellectual context of the time, as well as providing close textual analysis. -