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Modern English Readings
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Modern English Readings

By Roger Sherman Loomis and Donald Lemen Clark (Editors)

This book is in good condition. There is some wear to the front, back, spine, and edges of the cover boards. The corner of the cover boards are bumped. There is a stamp of the library on the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned but clear of any markings. "In this third edition of Modern English Readings, as in the original edition, three aims have guided the selection; (1) The teaching of correct in vital expression through study of models. (2) The quickening of the student's interest in literature by giving him some of the best fiction, drama, essays, biography, and poetry of the last hundred years to read attentively and enjoy. (3) An introduction to those modern problems which, if left unsolved or if wrongly solved, mean individual misery and social and national disaster...." - Preface from Modern English Readings

$5.75

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
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The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

By Dorothy L. Sayers

This book is in good condition. There is some wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards. There is minimal bumping and fraying on the cover boards. The previous owner has signed the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowing and tanning, but the pages are free from any markings. "What in the world, Wimsey, are you doing in this Morgue?" demanded Captain Fentiman, flinging aside the Evening Banner with the air of a man released from an irksome duty. "Oh, I wouldn't call it that," retorted Wimsey, amiably. "Funeral Parlor at the very least. Look at the marble. Look at the furnishings. Look at the palms and the chaste bronze nude in the corner...." - Chapter One from The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

$15.40

Nero
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Nero

By John Bishop

This book is in very good condition. There is little or no wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards. There is no bumping or fraying on the cover boards. The previous owner has signed the front inside cover board. The pages are yellowing and tanning, however the pages are clear of markings. "It was on October 13th in the year 54 that the young Nero was hailed as Emperor by the Praetorian Guard. The senate followed suit together with the soldiers of the armies in the provinces. Nero's reign had thus begun in an atmosphere of unanimity and enthusiasm that could hardly have been hoped for. The young man, not yet seventeen, seemed to be the signal for a new beginning and perhaps this marked the return to the longed-for stability of the Augustan age. This atmosphere of goodwill had another origin beside this, however. A young man of seventeen may perhaps have symbolized the innocence and guilelessness of one not yet corrupted by the rigors of political life. More certainly his very youth was likely to produce a deeper and more insidious corruption as the various elements in the state that were traditionally jealous of power maneuvered themselves into positions from which they and not the Emperor could wield it. A young and not unintelligent boy of seventeen seemed to suit exactly the requirements of the situation. The opening acts of his reign were conventional and proper, although Tacitus, to set the scene according to his own requirements, tells the story of a couple of political murders, probably engineered by Agrippina without Nero's knowledge or at least against his wishes, as a curtain-raiser to his thirteenth book of Annals, before going on to the story of Nero's opening acts as Emperor...." - Chapter One from Nero

$7.43

The Iroquois Trail
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The Iroquois Trail

By M. R. Harrington

This book is in good condition. There is some wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards. There is little bumping or fraying on the cover boards. The pages are white and clear of markings. "The ship from England! Lord knows they were few enough in those days. When such a vessel cast anchor in the James River, the whole town gathered on the shore. And in those days 'James Towne,' as they wrote it then, was only nine years old, and had seen some very hard times; but now, at last, it had begun to find a foothold. It was like a little walled city, only the walls were wood, not stone. Triangular in shape with one broad side toward the river, it had projecting towers or bastions on all three corners. There were mounted cannons, commanding a full view of the walls and a well-guarded gate on the river side. If I remember, there were only twenty or thirty buildings in the village, ranging from huts to quite decent houses, but mostly simple cabins; also a church, a town hall and a jail...." - Chapter One from The Iroquois Trail

$12.50

The Return Of The Native
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The Return Of The Native

By Thomas Hardy

This book is in good condition. There is some wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the book.There is some bumping and fraying on the cover boards. The pages are yellowing , but the pages are free of markings. "The date at which the following events are assumed to have occurred may be set down as between 1840 and 1850, when the old watering-place called 'Budmouth' still retained sufficient afterglow from its Georgian gaiety and prestige to lend it an absorbing attractiveness to the romantic and imaginative soul of a lonely dweller inland...." - Preface from The Return Of The Native "A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Egdon Heah embrowned itself moment by moment. Overhead the hollow stretch of whitish cloudS shutting out the sky was as a tent which had the whole heath for its floor...." - Chapter One from The Three Women, first book from The Return Of The Native

$6.40

Young Bess
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Young Bess

By Margaret Irwin

This book is in good condition. There is some wear on the front, back, edges, and the spine of the cover boards. There is severe bumping and fraying on the cover boards.The previous owner's stamp is affixed to the inside of the front cover board . The pages are yellowing and tanning , but the pages are clear of any markings. Some of the pages are dog-eared. " She had been allowed to come out to the royal flagship, and had been eating cherries and strawberries dipped in wine. All round her the sea was a flaming white glitter, the air was hot high summer, the wind in a mad mood; she was twelve years old, and Tom Seymour, who was Admiral of the Fleet and her favourite step-uncle, was talking to her as though she were rather more; he was joking and chaffing her, but then he did that with all women, even with the Queen...." - Chapter One from Young Bess

$25.40

The Plays Of Eugene O\'Neill (Three Volume Set)
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The Plays Of Eugene O'Neill (Three Volume Set)

By Eugene O'Neill

The books in this multi-volume set are in very good condition. There is almost no wear on all three books in this set. The front, back, spine and cover boards are in very good condition as well as the edges. There is minor bumping on the corners of all three books. The previous owners name is written on the inside of the front cover boards of all three books. The pages of all three books are tanned and yellowed but clear of any markings. This multi-volume set contains the complete plays of Eugene O'Neill.

$63.60

The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham
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The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham

By W. Somerset Maugham

This multi-volume set is in very good condition. The front, back, and spine of the cover boards have minimal wear. The edges have little bumping. The previous owners name and motto is affixed to the inside of the front cover boards of both volumes. The pages are yellowing in both volumes and there are no marking on any pages of both books. "This book contains all the stories I have written that are not included in East and West. The tales in that collection were of about the same length and written on the same scale and so it seemed convenient to publish them together in a single volume. Most of the stories which I have now gathered together are very much shorter. Some were written many years ago, Others more recently. They appeared in magazines and were afterwards issued in book form. To the first lot I gave the title of Cosmopolitan Magazine, and except for Ray Long, who was then its editor, would never have been written....: - Preface from The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham: Book I: East and West, Book II: The World Over

$118.88

The Republic
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The Republic

By Plato (Translated Into English By B. Jowett, M.A.)

This book is in good condition. There is significant wear on the front, back, spine, and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the book are bumped, and there is a large ink stain on the back cover board. The previous owners name is written on the inside of the front cover board and there are markings on the front end page and the title page. The pages are yellowed and tanned. "The Republic is undoubtedly one of Plato's masterworks and one of the most influential and widely read books in the history of philosophy. It is also devilishly difficult to truly understand. There are any number of reasons for this, but one of them is the sheer breadth of topics and issues that Plato introduces over the course of the dialogue. Readers must make sense not only of those issues in their own right but they must also understand them in relation to the larger themes and arguments of the work. This is, to be sure, a daunting task, particularly for readers who are approaching the dialogue for the first time. In his book, Gerasimos Santas aims to help the reader better understand The Republic by focusing on its central argument -- that we are better off just than unjust. He does this, though, through a particular methodological lens. In his preface, Santas states that The Republic is "a book that is always contemporary," and this sentiment carries through in the focus and method of his book. Santas divides his attention between offering a text-based exegesis of Plato's arguments regarding justice and critically engaging in the text in a way that is highly informed by the works of other, more contemporary, thinkers. The result is a book that gives its readers some grounding in the basic threads of argument in The Republic while also encouraging and empowering them to engage the text and see the arguments as making philosophical claims that are still relevant and worthy of our consideration today. Indeed it is this last thing -- Santas's critical engagement with the text and emphasis on getting the reader involved in its debates and arguments -- that is the real strength of this book...." - Understanding Plato's Republic Reviewed by Michelle Jenkins, Whitman College

$12.93

The Robe
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The Robe

By Lloyd C. Douglas

This book is in good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners have not been bumped. The previous owners name is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings "The book explores the aftermath of the crucifixion of Jesus. Through the experiences of the Roman tribune, Marcellus Gallio and his Greek slave Demetrius. Prince Gaius, in an effort to rid Rome of Marcellus, banishes Marcellus to the command of the Roman garrison at Minoa, a port city in southern Palestine. In Jerusalem during Passover, Marcellus ends up carrying out the crucifixion of Jesus but is troubled since he believes Jesus is innocent of any crime.Marcellus and some other soldiers throw dice to see who will take Jesus' seamless robe. Marcellus wins and asks Demetrius to take care of the robe. Following the crucifixion, Marcellus takes part in a banquet attended by Pontius Pilate. During the banquet, a drunken centurion insists that Marcellus wear Jesus' robe. Reluctantly wearing the garment, Marcellus apparently suffers a nervous breakdown and returns to Rome. Sent to Athens to recuperate, Marcellus finally gives in to Demetrius' urging and touches the robe, and his mind is subsequently restored. Marcellus, now believing the robe has some sort of innate power, returns to Judea, follows the path Jesus took, and meets many people whose lives Jesus had affected. Based upon their experiences first Demetrius and then Marcellus becomes a follower of Jesus. Marcellus then returns to Rome, where he must report his experiences to the emperor, Tiberius Marcellus frees Demetrius, who escapes. However, later on, because of his uncompromising stance regarding his Christian faith, both Marcellus and his new wife Diana are executed by the new emperor, Caligula...." - Anonymous

$23.08

A Stillness At Appomattox
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A Stillness At Appomattox

By Bruce Catton

This book is in good condition. There is little to wear on the front, back and spine of the cover boards. There is a crack along the seam of the front cover board and the spine. The edges on the cover board are clean and there is no bumping on the corners. The previous owners name is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. "When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction. This final volume of The Army of the Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the Civil War. "Mr. Catton has combined historical accuracy with poetic insight to present the story of the Army of the Potomac in the final year of the Civil War. Writing from the point of view of the citizens who found themselves soldiers he has reaffirmed the great American tradition of a peace-loving people who, faced with necessity, can also produce greatness in war...." - National Book Award For Nonfiction, 1954

$23.08

The History Of Henry Esmond
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The History Of Henry Esmond

By William Makepeace Thackery

This book is in good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the cover boards are not bumped. The previous owners name is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. The seam between front cover board and the spine has cracked all the way through. "The estate of Castlewood, in Virginia, which was given to our ancestors by King Charles the First, as some return for the sacrifices made in His Majesty's cause by the Esmond family, lies in Westmoreland county, between the rivers Potomac and Rappahannoe, and was once as great as an English Principality, though in the early times its revenues were but small. Indeed, for near eighty years after our forefathers possessed them, our plantations were in the hands of factors, who enriched themselves one after another, though a few scores of hogsheads of tobacco were all the produce that, for long after the Restoration, our family received from their Virginian estates...." - Preface from The History Of Henry Esmond

$11.25

Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair

By William Makepeace Thackery

This book is in very good condition. There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the cover boards are not bumped. The previous owners name and motto is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. "As the Manager of the Performance sits before the curtain on the boards, and looks into the Fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over him in his survey of the bustling place. There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing, and fiddling: there are bullies pushing about, bucks ogling the women, knaves picking pockets, policemen on the loo-out, quacks (other quacks, plague take them!) folk bawling in front of their booths, and yokels looking up at the tinselled dancers and poor rough tumblers, while the light-lingered folk are operating upon their pockets behind. Yes, this is Vanity Fair;..." - Before The Curtain from Vanity Fair

$22.75

Of Human Bondage
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Of Human Bondage

By W. Somerset Maugham

This book is in very good condition. There is practically no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover. The corners are not bumped. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but they are clear of all markings. "In Aspects of the Novel, EM Forster wrote: "The final test of a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, of anything else that we cannot define." He might have been writing about W Somerset Maugham's masterpiece, Of Human Bondage. For English readers, this is a Bildungsroman we mostly first encounter as adolescents. It earns its place in this list for the edgy economy of its dark, often cruel narrative more than its style (prosaic) or its humanity (tormented). Maugham's unforgettable portrait of Philip Carey is one that teenagers, typically, will ingest like junkies, not least because Maugham poured so much of himself into the plot of the novel and its strangely sympathetic protagonist. Perhaps not since David Copperfield, an obvious inspiration, had an English writer mined his own life so explicitly or so ruthlessly...." - The Guardian, U.S. Edition, July 21st, 2014

$14.44

My Cousin Rachel
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My Cousin Rachel

By Daphne du Maurier

This book is in good condition. There is minimal wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the corner boards are not bumped. The previous owners name is affixed to the inside of the front cover board. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but free from all markings. " At first sight, the scene could not be more romantic. Philip Ashley, on the verge of coming into his inheritance, intends, in just a few hours, to tip the lot – vast Cornish estate, family jewels and his entire fortune – into the lap of his dead cousin's widow Rachel, the older woman with whom he is besotted. He takes a euphoric late-night dip in the sea and strides back to the house where – though he does not know it yet – she is about to make him the happiest man alive. As he makes his way through the eerily moonlit woods and chooses the path which will lead him to his lover (and, it turns out, a lot more besides), an odour reaches his nostrils – a "rank vixen smell" which for a moment or two seems to stop him in his tracks...." - The Guardian, U.S. Edition

$20.31

The Moon and Sixpence
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The Moon and Sixpence

By W. Somerset Maugham

This book is in good condition.There is little to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. There is no bumping on the corners of the cover boards. The pages are yellowed and tanned, but there are no marking inside the book. "Glenway Wescott the critic has aptly told the reason for the popularity of W. Somerset Maugham among so many classes of readers today: "He is the dean of novelists writing in English at present. He is the one, the only one, who for more than a quarter century has had the admiration of an elite of highly cultivated, sophisticated readers and of a sufficient number of good fellow-writers, with increasing influence on the younger ones; and at the same time he has given great moral pleasure to, and affected the lives of, a million or more ordinary mortals...." - International Collectors Library Presents - The Moon and Sixpence

$26.18

The Last Days Of Pompeii
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The Last Days Of Pompeii

By Sir Edward G.E. Bulwer-Lytton

This book is in very good condition. There is minimal to no wear on the front, back, spine and edges of the cover boards. There is no bumping on the corners of the cover boards. The previous owners name and motto is stamped on the inside cover of the front cover board. The pages are slightly yellowed and tanned, but clear of any markings. "Quid sit futurum, fuge quaerere; et Quem fors dierum cunque dabit, lucro Appone; nec dulces amores Sperne, puer, neque tu choreas." - Hor. lib. I. Od. ix....." - Book 1, Chapter 1 from The Last Days Of Pompeii

$12.38