The Picture of Dorian Gray

The image of Dorian grey is an 1891 philosophical novel by means of Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde. First released as a serial tale within the July 1890 factor of Lippincott's per thirty days journal, the editors feared the tale used to be indecent, and with no Wilde's wisdom, deleted phrases earlier than e-book. regardless of that censorship, the image of Dorian grey indignant the ethical sensibilities of British publication reviewers, a few of whom acknowledged 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 multiplied the journal variation of the image of Dorian grey (1890) for e-book as a unique; the publication version (1891) featured an aphoristic preface — an apologia concerning the paintings of the unconventional and the reader. The content material, variety, and presentation of the preface made it well-known in its personal literary correct, as social and cultural feedback. In April 1891, the editorial condo Ward, Lock and corporate released the revised model of the image of Dorian grey.

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Tortilla Flat (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

By John Steinbeck

"Steinbeck is an artists; and he tells the tales of those lovely thieves and adulterers with a steady and poetic purity of center and of prose." —New York usher in Tribune

Adopting the constitution and topics of the Arthurian legend, John Steinbeck created a “Camelot” on a shabby hillside above town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colourful band of knights. on the middle of the story is Danny, whose condominium, like Arthur’s fortress, turns into a meeting position for males trying to find experience, camaraderie, and a feeling of belonging—men who fiercely face up to the corrupting tide of sincere toil and civil rectitude.
 
As Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck chronicles their deeds—their a number of fanatics, their tremendous brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinking—he spins a story as compelling and finally as touched through sorrow because the recognized legends of the around desk, which impressed him. This version positive factors an advent by means of Thomas Fensch.

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 heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts improved through introductions and notes by means of distinctive students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics (Signet Classics)

Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
A sequence of Very simple Talks on Very useful Politics
William L. Riordan
 
“Nobody thinks of drawin’ the excellence among sincere graft and cheating graft.”
 
This vintage paintings bargains the unblushing, unvarnished wit and knowledge of 1 of the main interesting figures ever to play the yank political online game and win. George Washington Plunkitt rose from impoverished beginnings to turn into ward boss of the 15th meeting District in big apple, a key participant within the powerhouse political group of Tammany corridor, and, now not by the way, a millionaire. In a chain of completely frank talks given at his headquarters (Graziano’s bootblack stand open air the recent York County courtroom House), he printed to a sharp-eared and sympathetic reporter named William L. Riordan the secrets and techniques of political good fortune as practiced and perfected via him and fellow Tammany corridor titans. the result's not just a quantity that unearths extra approximately our political approach than does a shelfful of civics textbooks, but in addition an impossible to resist portrait of a guy who could consider fortunately at domestic taking part in ball with today’s lobbyists and king makers, buying and selling votes for political and monetary favors.
 
Doing for twentieth-century the US what Machiavelli did for Renaissance Italy, and as enjoyable because it is instructive, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall is vital interpreting if you happen to want twenty-twenty imaginative and prescient to rose-colored glasses in viewing how our govt works and why.
 
With an creation by means of Peter Quinn
and a brand new Afterword

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A Journal of the Plague Year

Defoe’s gripping fictionalized account of the plague that racked seventeenth-century London

The yr is 1665 and the plague has come to London. The air is heavy with dying, the physique count number is emerging, and the demise carts are filling quick. Our unflinching eyewitness narrator, HF, recounts the ugly realities of existence in a urban overrun by means of the Black dying. Terror and hysteria grab town as sickness runs rampant.

mixing fiction with journalism, Defoe re-creates the plague in all its frightening aspect. First released in 1722, A magazine of the Plague yr is the most chilling bills of the plague ever written.

This e-book has been professionally proofread to make sure accuracy and clarity on all devices.

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The Custom of the Country

By Edith Wharton

"Edith Wharton's most interesting achievement." -- Elizabeth Hardwick The customized of the rustic tells the tale of Undine Spragg, a Midwestern lady who makes an attempt to ascend in big apple urban society. it will probably be were the lynchpin that made Edith Wharton's occupation develop into the phenomenon that comes so simply to reminiscence throughout such a lot of many years. Oh, it is of a fabric with all her paintings -- there is not any mistaking web page of her writing got here from her and never another individual -- yet on a undeniable point, this novel is an average booklet, and the meanness is warranted. The heroine (a girl named Undine Spragg, of all things!) is a spoiled heiress who makes her method in existence via conquering one guy after one other after one other, relocating from the yank heartland eastward first to big apple, and finally to Paris.

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Snow Crash

By Neal Stephenson

Certainly one of Time magazine's a hundred all-time top English-language novels.

Only as soon as in a good whereas does a author come alongside who defies comparison—a author so unique he redefines the best way we glance on the international. Neal Stephenson is this type of author and Snow Crash is this kind of novel, weaving digital fact, Sumerian fable, and on the subject of every little thing in among with a funky, hip cybersensibility to deliver us the gigathriller of the knowledge age.

In truth, Hiro Protagonist gives you pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., yet within the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a brand new malicious program that’s extraordinary down hackers far and wide, he races alongside the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy undertaking for the shadowy digital villain threatening to lead to infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp via a destiny the United States so extraordinary, so outrageous…you’ll realize it instantly.

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Women in Love (Penguin Classics)

By D. H. Lawrence

Two of D. H. Lawrence's most famous novels - now with new applications and new introductions

broadly considered as D. H. Lawrence's maximum novel, Women in Love keeps the place The Rainbow left off, with the 3rd new release of the Brangwens. concentrating on Ursula Brangwen and her sister Gudrun's relationships-the former with a college inspector and the latter with an industrialist after which a sculptor-Women in Love is a strong, sexually specific depiction of the destructiveness of human relations.

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

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Great Expectations

By Charles Dickens

Nice expectancies is Charles Dickens's 13th novel. it's his moment novel, after David Copperfield, to be totally narrated within the first individual. nice expectancies is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it's a vintage paintings of Victorian literature. It depicts the expansion and private improvement of an orphan named Pip. the radical used to be first released in serial shape in Dickens's weekly periodical all of the 12 months around, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and corridor released the unconventional in 3 volumes. Dickens initially meant nice expectancies to be two times as lengthy, yet constraints imposed by way of the administration of all of the yr around restricted the novel's size. the unconventional is amassed and dense, with a conciseness strange for Dickens. in keeping with G. okay. Chesterton, Dickens penned nice expectancies in "the afternoon of [his] existence and fame." It used to be the penultimate novel Dickens accomplished, previous Our Mutual good friend. it truly is set one of the marshes of Kent and in London within the early to mid-1800s. the unconventional includes a few of Dickens so much memorable scenes, together with its starting, in a graveyard, while the younger orphan Pip is accosted by means of the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. nice expectancies is a picture ebook, choked with severe imagery, poverty, legal ships ("the hulks"), limitations and chains, and fights to the dying. Upon its unencumber, Thomas Carlyle mentioned "All that Pip's nonsense." Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the unconventional as "All of 1 piece and always truthfull." Dickens felt nice expectancies was once his most sensible paintings, calling it "a very superb idea," and used to be very delicate to compliments from his neighbors: "Bulwer, who has been, as i feel you recognize, terribly taken by way of the book." nice expectancies has a colorful forged that has entered pop culture: the capricious omit Havisham, the chilly and lovely Estella, Joe the sort and beneficiant blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook, Mr. Jaggers, Wemmick together with his twin character, and the eloquent and clever good friend, Herbert Pocket. during the narrative, usual Dickensian issues emerge: wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of excellent over evil. nice expectancies has turn into extremely popular and is now taught as a vintage in lots of English periods. it's been translated into many languages and tailored repeatedly in movie and different media.

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Emma (Penguin Classics)

The end result of Jane Austen's genius, a gleaming comedy of affection and marriage
 
Beautiful, smart, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is completely content material together with her existence and sees no use for both love or marriage. not anything, notwithstanding, delights her greater than interfering within the romantic lives of others. but if she ignores the warnings of her buddy Mr. Knightley and makes an attempt to rearrange an appropriate fit for her protegee Harriet Smith, her rigorously laid plans quickly resolve and feature results that she by no means anticipated. With its imperfect yet fascinating heroine and its witty and refined exploration of relationships, Emma is usually obvious as Jane Austen's so much perfect work.

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 an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more desirable by means of introductions and notes through uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations through award-winning translators.

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