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Romeo and Juliet (AmazonClassics Edition)

When the feud between the Montagues and Capulets spills into the streets of Verona, a great love must be kept secret--that of Romeo, son of Montague, and Juliet, daughter of the sworn enemy. But only a tragic twist of fate can promise peace.

When Shakespeare staged Romeo and Juliet in 1594, it was already a centuries-old Italian tale that had been translated and adapted in verse and prose by a number of poets and storytellers. Out of the common threads of those now-forgotten works, Shakespeare created not only one of his most popular plays, but one that would become the archetypal love story of the English language.

Revised edition: Previously published as Romeo and Juliet, this edition of Romeo and Juliet (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Hamlet (AmazonClassics Edition)

When Prince Hamlet returns home to Elsinore Castle for his father's funeral, he discovers that his uncle Claudius has already crowned himself king. Hamlet begins to suspect something is indeed rotten in the state of Denmark, and a visit from his father's ghost confirms it. Hamlet vows to avenge his father's murder, but his consuming obsession yields only crushing grief, overwhelming rage, and a descent into madness.

Resonating with every generation over the centuries, Shakespeare's profoundly chilling family drama is among the most quoted works from the Shakespearean canon.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as Hamlet, this edition of Hamlet (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Celebrate the Classics: Why You Can and Should Read the Great Books (Xist Classics)

Celebrate the Classics is a short look at what makes a great book, why we should read classic literature, and how to go about reading and celebrating these book. Whether you're a teacher hoping to inspire students to love the classics or simply a curious mind looking to understand the great literature that has shaped the foundations of our society, this book will give you concrete tips for reading and enjoying classic literature. This free guide has been made available to help people discover a love of reading classic books.

Catherine De Medici

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The Cossacks

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

In this classic Swedish folk tale, Nils is shrunk to a tiny size by a dwarf, and carried across Sweden by a flock of wild geese.

English Fairy Tales (Everyman's Library CHILDREN'S CLASSICS)

Edition Everyman's Library Children's Classics, First Impression, 1993. Contains complete texts from the early publications in 1890 and 1894, with illustrations by John Batten. ISBN: 1-85715-917-9. HARDBACK. 430 pages, size: 16.3 x 21 x 2.8 cm. Just light tan to paper edges. Other than that, the unread book remains in excellent condition throughout. Text all clean, neat and tight. Prompt dispatch from UK.

His Masterpiece (Classic Emile Zola)

His Masterpiece By Emile Zola L'oeuvre is the fourteenth novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Emile Zola. It was first serialized in the periodical Gil Blas beginning in December 1885 before being published in novel form by Charpentier in 1886. The title, translated literally as "The Work" (as in work of art), is often rendered in English as The Masterpiece or His Masterpiece. It refers to the struggles of the protagonist Claude Lantier to paint a great work reflecting his talent and genius. L'oeuvre is a fictional account of Zola's friendship with Paul Cezanne and a fairly accurate portrayal of the Parisian art world in the mid 19th century. Zola and Cezanne grew up together in Aix-en-Provence, the model for Zola's Plassans, where Claude Lantier is born and receives his education. Like Cezanne, Claude Lantier is a revolutionary artist whose work is misunderstood by an art-going public hidebound by traditional subjects, techniques and representations. Many of the characteristics ascribed to Claude Lantier are a compound taken from the lives of several impressionist painters including Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, as well as Paul Cezanne. Zola's self-portrait can be seen in the character of the novelist Pierre Sandoz. The book is often blamed for ending the friendship between Cezanne and Zola. The story of a groundbreaking artist unable to live up to his potential must have seemed intensely personal to Cezanne; no correspondence exists between the two after a letter in which Cezanne thanks Zola for sending him the novel. The novel covers about 15 years, ending in 1870. Besides depicting the bohemian art world of 19th-century Paris, L'oeuvre explores the rise of Realism, Naturalism and Impressionism in painting. Zola also looks at contemporary sculpture, literature, architecture, music and journalism, as well as the commodification of art. In creating his portrayal of the Parisian art world Zola includes several characters who are composites of real-life art world re

A House to Let

Tom Brown's School Days

How to Write a Children's Picture Book Volume III: Figures of Speech: 3

Many of us think of children's picture books as being written mostly with simple declarative sentences. What an eye-opener to learn that they are actually filled with delightful figures of speech. I am not talking here about the common figures of speech we learn about in grade school: simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole and personification. I am talking about more subtle and sophisticate...

Utopia

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

How To Live On 24 Hours A Day

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Self-Help

Station Life in New Zealand

The Life of Captain James Cook

Father Goriot

Witch and other stories

Fragments of Ancient Poetry

Ancient China Simplified

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour

Scenes From a Courtesan's Life

The Story of Ireland

Routledge's Manual of Etiquette