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.
Zola's masterpiece of working life, "Germinal" (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. The central figure, Etienne Lantier, is an outsider who enters the community and eventually leads his fellow-miners in a strike protesting against pay-cuts.
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.
A single June day in London in 1923. Clarissa Dalloway, wife of a Conservative MP, is preparing to give a party, while shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith hears the birds in Regent's Park chattering in Greek. There seems to be nothing, except perhaps London, to link Clarissa and Septimus.
"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.
Emma Woodhouse schemes to find a suitable husband for her friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart. As the story unfolds, the author evokes a portrait of a small town undergoing historical transition.
A portrayal of the power of romantic imagination, as well as the pathos and courage entailed in the pursuit of an unattainable dream, "The Great Gatsby" is a classic fiction of hope and disillusion, which encapsulates the spirit, excitement and violence of the "Jazz Age".
Featuring a Shakespeare play, this work contains accessible on-page notes, illustrations, background information, and scholarly credentials. It acts as a set text for 11-14 year olds in England.
Offers the complete text of Shakespeare's play with notes on the plot, scenes, and characters, and includes activities for further learning, a historical background of England, a biography of Shakespeare, and a list of his plays.
This new edition aims to do full justice to Austen's complex and subtle story of the life and experiences of Fanny Brice, placing it in its Regency context and elucidating the theatrical background that pervades the novel.
The wish spoken by Dorian Gray as he looks at his portrait forms the basis of the plot of this story of a gilded and spoilt hedonist who is willing to sell his soul for his beauty.
With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and menide down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity. This book considers the artistry with which this story is created.
Against a background of English moors in the eighteenth century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff.
« L'imaginaire », aujourd'hui dirigée par Yvon Girard, est une collection de réimpressions de documents et de textes littéraires, tantôt oeuvres oubliées, marginales ou expérimentales d'auteurs reconnus, tantôt oeuvres estimées par le passé mais que le goût du jour a quelque peu éclipsées.
Offers a dictionary text, plus a Factfinder centre section giving information on people, places, and events, as well as thematic lists of facts. This dictionary covers the words you need for everyday use, and is useful for puzzle and crossword-solving. It is ideal for reference at home, at school, or in the office.
"Gulliver's travels purports to be a travel book. It is a blend of fantasy and realism and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms"--Provided bypublisher.
There were only seven out of the twenty-six on whom we knew we could rely; and out of those seven one was a boy ...' When a mysterious seafarer puts up at the Admiral Benbow, young Jim Hawkins is haunted by his frightening tales; the sailor's sudden death is the beginning of one of the most exciting adventure stories in literature. The discovery of a treasure map sets Jim and his companions in search of buried gold, and they are soon on board the Hispaniola with a crew of buccaneers recruited by the one-legged sea cook known as Long John Silver. As they near their destination, and the lure of Captain Flint's treasure grows ever stronger, Jim's courage and wits are tested to the full.
Stevenson reinvented the genre with Treasure Island, a boys' story that appeals as much to adults as to children, and whose moral ambiguities turned the Victorian universe on its head. This edition celebrates the ultimate book of pirates and high adventure, and also examines how its tale of greed, murder, treachery, and evil has acquired its classic status.
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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is perhaps the best loved of Shakepeare's plays. It brings together aristocrats, workers, and fairies in a wood outside Athens, and from there the enchantment begins. The introduction to this edition pays particular attention to dreams and dreamers.