Signet Classics

Signet Classics [ 0001 ] Constant, Benjamin. Adolphe and The Red Notebook. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By Carl Wildman & Norman Cameron. Introduction By Harold Nicolson. The Very First Signet Classic. 160 pages. August 1959. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD1
In these two remarkable works, a brilliant, vain, long - suffering Frenchman describes the first twenty years of his life and their culmination in a tortured love affair with an older, possessive woman of the world. Benjamin Constant attempted to conceal the fact that these two books were autobiographical. But to his familiars, it was clear that he himself was Adolphe. And in the intimate account of his strange liaison with Ellénore, he may well have been protesting against his inexorable bondage to his fiery, demanding mistress, Madame de Staël. Constant was an able parliamentarian, a champion of liberalism and the author of the History of Religion. But posterity remembers him as the man who bared the anatomy of a destructive passion in the story of Adolphe.











Signet Classics [ 0002 ] Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by George P. Elliott. 224 pages. August 1959. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD2
Here is a light-hearted excursion into boyhood, a nostalgic return to the simple, rural Missouri world of Tom Sawyer and his friends Huck Finn, Becky and Aunt Pofly. It is a dreamlike world of summertime and hooky, pranks and punishments, villains and desperate adventure, seen through the eyes of a boy who might have been the young Mark Twain himself. There is sheer delight in Tom Sawyer-even at the darkest moments affection and wit permeate its pages. For adults it recreates the vanished dreams of youth. For younger readers it unveils the boundaries of tantalizing horizons to still to come. And for everyone else it reveals the mind and heart of one of America’s greatly loved writers.











Signet Classics [ 0003 ] Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By C.M. Woodhouse. 128 pages. August 1959. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD3
This remarkable book has been described in many ways - as a masterpiece. . . a fairy story. . . a brilliant satire. . . a frightening view of the future. A devastating attack on the pig - headed, gluttonous and avaricious rulers in an imaginary totalitarian state, it illuminates the range of human experience from love to hate, from comedy to tragedy. 'A wise, compassionate and illuminating fable for our time. . . .The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell's wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift.' - NEW YORK TIMES.











Signet Classics [ 0004 ] Conrad, Joseph. Heart Of Darkness & The Secret Sharer. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Albert J. Guerard. 160 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD4
The dark places of the human soul - this is the region that Joseph Conrad so brilliantly explores. In the steaming jungles of the Congo or the vast reaches of the sea, it is man's capacity for good and for evil that is his enduring theme. Heart of Darkness tells of a powerful European, Kurtz, who reverts to awful savagery in an isolated native trading post. The Secret Sharer describes the terrible conflict of a young captain who is torn between his duty to his ship and his loyalty to a young officer with whom he identifies himself after the murder of a mutinous crew member. Compelling, vivid, exotic, suspenseful, these are among the half - dozen greatest short novels in the English language. 'To make you hear, to make you feel, above all to make you see' - this was first and last, the aim of Conrad.











Signet Classics [ 0005 ] Twain, Mark. The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By George P. Elliott. 288 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD5
He has no mother, his father is a brutal drunkard, and he sleeps in a hogshead. He's Huck Finn, a homeless waif, a liar and thief on occasion and a casual rebel against respectability. But on the day that he encounters another fugitive from trouble, a runaway slave named Jim, he also finds for the first time in his life love, acceptance and a sense of responsibility. And it is in the exciting and moving story of these two outcasts fleeing down the Mississippi on a raft, that a wonderful metamorphosis occurs. The boy nobody wants becomes a human being with a sense of his own destiny and the courage to choose between violating the code of the conventional and betraying the person who needs him most. Rich in color, humor and the adventurous frontier experience of the Mississippi, this great novel vividly recreates the world, the people and the language that Mark Twain knew and loved from his own years on the riverboats. 'All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.' - Ernest Hemingway.











Signet Classics [ 0006 ] Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Gerard Previn Meyer. 239 pages. August 1959. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD6
This glorious passport to romance and high adventure has delighted generations of readers. It is the story of young David Balfour, an orphan, whose miserly old uncle cheats him out of his inheritance and schemes to have him kidnapped, shanghaied, and sold into slavery. But justice triumphs - after a spirited odyssey which includes a shipwreck, a hazardous journey across Scotland with a dare - devil companion, intrigues, narrow escapes and desperate fighting. Rich in action and characterization, this exhilarating novel was considered by Stevenson to be his finest work of fiction. Henry James called Kidnapped, 'Stevenson's best book.'











Signet Classics [ 0007 ] Hardy, Thomas. The Return Of The Native. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Horace Gregory. 415 pages. August 1959. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD7
The rural tranquillity of the heather - covered English countryside is the setting for this moving novel of conflicting aspirations and tragic destiny. Clym Yeobright returns from Paris to the village of his birth, idealistically inspired to improve the life of the men and women of Egdon Heath. But his plans are upset when he falls in love 'with a passionately beautiful, darkly discontented girl, Eustacia Vye, who longs to escape from her provincial surroundings. Their stormy marriage explodes in a violent tragedy which eventually frees Yeobright to pursue his dream of service. A book of classic dimension and heroic design, THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE is the forerunner of the twentieth - century psychological novel - poetic, compassionate, vivid in its associations, universal in its meanings.











Signet Classics [ 0008 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Leo Marx. 259 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD8
An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover and her aging, vengeful husband - these are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh, Puritan world of seventeenth - century Boston. Tremendously moving, rich in psychological insight, this tragic novel of shame and redemption reveals Hawthorne's concern with the New England past and its influence on American attitudes. From his dramatic illumination of the struggles between mind and heart, dogma and self - reliance, he fashioned one of the masterpieces of fiction. 'The one American literary work which comes as near to perfection as is granted a man to bring his achievements.' - Arnold Bennett.











Signet Classics [ 0009 ] Faulkner, William. Unvanquished. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Carvel Collins. 192 pages. August 1959. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD9
Set against the backdrop of the chaos of the Civil War, this is the magnificent story of the proud Sartoris family, who lived with violence in order to survive. But it is particularly the account of how young Bayard Sartoris, well tutored in killing, found the wisdom to decide that there had been enough bloodshed, and the courage to face the enemy alone - and unarmed. This is one of the most powerful works of America's Nobel Prize - winning author, one which lends insight into his other books and illuminates Faulkner's credo: 'Man is tough. Nothing - war, grief, hopelessness, despair - can last as long as man himself can last; man himself will prevail over all his anguishes, provided he will make the effort to stand erect on his own feet by believing in hope and in his own toughness and endurance.'











Signet Classics [ 0010 ] Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Geoffrey Moore. 320 pages. August 1959. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD10
There are few more convincing, less sentimental accounts of passionate love than Wuthering Heights. This is the story of a savage, tormented foundling, Heathcliff, who falls wildly in love with Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor, and the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other. A book of immense power and strength, it is filled with the raw beauty of the moors and an uncanny understanding of the terrible truths about men and women - an understanding made even more extraordinary by the fact that it came from the heart of a frail, inexperienced girl who lived out her lonely life in the moorland wildness and died a year after this great novel was published.











Signet Classics [ 0011 ] Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Arthur Zeiger. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD11
A novel of intense power and intrigue, JANE EYRE has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?











Signet Classics [ 0012 ] James, Henry. The Ambassadors. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By R.W. Stallman. 384 pages. February 1960. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD12
Henry James considered this book to be his most perfect work of art. The ambassadors of the title are the emissaries sent by Mrs. Newsome, a wealthy New England widow, to restore to the home town and the family business her son Chad who has lingered too long in Paris, reputedly detained by a sordid liaison. Lambert Strether, the first of the envoys and the novel's strait - laced hero, embarks on the mission only to find himself caught up in a romantic intrigue, the outcome of which will radically change the direction and purpose of his life. Since its publication in 1903, The Ambassadors has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of American fiction because of its remarkable technical structure, its profound moral significance, and its perceptive contrast of New World conscience and Old World culture. This Signet Classic edition of The Ambassadors reproduces the 1903 Methuen text, which is the only one Henry James ever saw through the press.











Signet Classics [ 0013 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Aylmer Maude.Afterword By David Magarshack. 304 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD13
Includes the stories: FAMILY HAPPINESS, THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH, THE KREUTZER SONATA,& MASTER AND MAN. Combining detailed physical description with perceptive psychological insight, Leo Tolstoy realistically sweeps aside the sham of surface appearances to lay bare man's intimate gestures, acts, and thoughts. Murder and sacrifice . . . greed and devotion . . . lust and affection. . . vanity and love - one by one, in this volume of great stories, Tolstoy dissects the basic drives, emotions and motives of average people searching for self - knowledge and spiritual perfection. Chekhov said, 'Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy.' And Turgenev 'marveled at the strength of his huge talent. . . . It sends a cold shudder even down my back, though you know my back has become thick and coarse. He is a master, a master.'











Signet Classics [ 0014 ] Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Marcus Cunliffe. 320 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD14
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is Jonathan Swift's bitter and devastating satire, the fantastic tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, an honest, blunt English ship's surgeon. His first voyage is to the land of Lilliput, where the people are only six inches high. His second, by contrast, to the land of Brobdingnag where the people are sixty feet high. Further adventures bring Gulliver to an island that floats in the sky and to a land where horses are endowed with reason and beasts are shaped like men. A book that has the rare merit of appealing to both the very mature and the very young, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is a brilliant narrative - realistic, profound, terrible; a fascinating fairy tale of marvelous travels; a model of English style and masterly prose. Thirty illustrations by Charles Brock, and Five Maps of Gulliver's Journeys.











Signet Classics [ 0015 ] Dickens, Charles. A Tale Of Two Cities. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Edgar Johnson. 378 pages. February 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD15
The storming of the Bastille the death carts with their doomed human cargo . . . the swift drop of the guillotine blade - this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his famous work, A Tale of Two Cities. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to life a time of terror and treason, a starving people rising in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With insight and compassion, he casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with unforgettable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father; the heroic Sydney Carton, who gives his life for the love of a girl who would never be his. '[Dickens is] a genius born once in a hundred years.' - Leo Tolstoy. . . it renders the red phantasmagoria of revolution rushing past in hideous pageant, the terror and horror of helpless suffering and sacrifice, the grandeur of renunciation. . . . Dickens's revolutionary vision is creative not destructive. It transcends anger and rebellion in hope. and love !' - Edgar Johnson.











Signet Classics [ 0016 ] Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge Of Courage. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By R.W. Stallman. 224 pages. March 1960. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD16
A pioneer in the realistic school of American fiction, and a forerunner of Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane probed the thoughts and actions of trapped or baited men fighting the destructive forces in nature, in other human beings, and in themselves. . . Here published complete from the original manuscripts is Crane's masterpiece, one of the great war novels of all time - The Red Badge of Courage. . . together with four of his best - known short stories. Outstanding for their psychological portrayal of violent emotions keyed in quiet tension, they reveal the insight and narrative skill of 'one of the clearest cases of genius in American fiction.' - Carl Van Doren. Includes - THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, and The Open Boat, The Blue Hotel, The Upturned Face, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.











Signet Classics [ 0017 ] Jimenez, Juan Ramon. Platero and I. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Spanish By William H. & Mary M. Roberts.Introduction By William H. Roberts. 128 pages. April 1960. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD17
He's the children's playmate, the gray goat's companion, and the poet's cherished friend. Small and downy soft, the donkey named Platero romps through the pages of a book that has captured the hearts of readers everywhere. Written by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the 1956 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Platero and I has been translated into the main languages of Western Europe as well as Hebrew and Basque. Like the great Spanish classic Don Quixote, it has found favor with the young, who delight in the adventures of the merry little donkey and the sad poet, and with their elders, who look beyond the narrative to see what the writer has to say about man and his world. Drawings by Baltasar Lobo.











Signet Classics [ 0018 ] Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Elizabeth Bowen.Includes The Original Illustrations. 224 pages. February 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD18
Spanning three and a half centuries of boisterous, exuberant adventure in England, in Constantinople, with aristocrats and gypsies - first as a man and then as a woman - Orlando's story is a wild farce, a humorous history, a gay romance filled with the delightful experiences of one of the most fascinating and fantastic characters ever to rule the realm of fiction. David Daiches said: 'Virginia Woolf can afford to rest her claims on her novels, which show her to be one of the half - dozen novelists of the present century whom the world will not easily let die.' Rebecca West called Orlando 'a poetic masterpiece of the first rank' and Elizabeth Bowen found it 'one of the most high spirited books I know . . . a book for those who are young in a big way.'











Signet Classics [ 0019 ] Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Eric Bentley. 447 pages. August 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD19
Includes: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, & Man and Superman. George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness - sugar - coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes accepted attitudes toward: woman's place in society, military heroism, marriage, the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the ages - as, intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable. 'My way of joking is to tell the truth: it is the funniest joke in the world.' - G. B. Shaw.











Signet Classics [ 0020 ] London, Jack. The Call Of The Wild and Selected Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Franklin Walker. 176 pages. April 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD20
Includes: THE CALL OF THE WILD, and Diable - A Dog; An Odyssey of the North; To the Man on Trail; To Build a Fire; Love of Life. Out of the white wilderness, out of the Far North, Jack London, one of America's most popular authors, drew the inspiration for his robust tales of perilous adventure and animal cunning. Swiftly paced, vividly written, the six stories included here deal with the main theme of London's work - the law of the club and the fang, man's instinctive reversal to primitive behavior when pitted against the brute force of nature.











Signet Classics [ 0021 ] Eliot, George. Silas Marner. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Walter Allen. 190 pages. March 1960. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD21
Wrongly accused of a heinous theft that had been committed by his best friend, the gentle linen weaver, Silas Marner, goes into exile to become a miserly recluse. In the rustic village of Raveloe he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth through his unselfish love for an abandoned child who appears mysteriously one day in his isolated cottage. A classic beloved by every generation, George Eliot's heartwarming novel of a miser and a little child combines the charm of a fairy tale with the humor and pathos of realistic fiction. Silas Marner is a tale rich in the understanding of human nature. . . and a vivid revelation of the undercurrents of sheltered rural life - suspicion of the outsider, hatred of the unfamiliar.











Signet Classics [ 0022 ] Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Horace Gregory.Illustrated By John Tenniel. 238 pages. May 1960. Cover: John Tenniel. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD22
A very real little girl named Alice follows a remarkable rabbit down a rabbit hole and steps through a looking - glass to come face to face with some of the strangest adventures and some of the oddest characters in all literature. The crusty Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire - Cat, Tweedledum and Tweedledee - each one is more eccentric, and more entertaining, than the last. And all of them could only have come from the pen of Lewis Carroll, one of the few adults ever to enter successfully the children's world of make - believe - a wonderland where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal, real . . . where the heights of adventure are limited only by the depths of imagination.











Signet Classics [ 0023 ] Whitman, Walt. Leaves Of Grass. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Gay Wilson Allen. 431 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT23
These are the incomparable poems of one of America's greatest poets - an exuberant, passionate man who loved his country and wrote of it as no other has ever done. Singer, thinker, visionary and citizen extraordinary, this was Walt Whitman. Thoreau called Whitman 'probably the greatest democrat that ever lived' and Emerson judged Leaves of Grass as 'the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.' The text of this Signet Classic edition of Leaves of Grass is that of the 'Death - Bed' or ninth edition, which was published in 1892. The content and grouping of poems is that authorized by the poet for the final and complete edition of his masterpiece.











Signet Classics [ 0024 ] Defoe, Daniel. A Journal Of The Plague Year. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By J.H. Plumb. 240 pages. August 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD24
Bring out your dead! The ceaseless chant of doom echoed through a city of emptied streets and filled grave pits. For this was London in the year 1665, the Year of the Great Plague. . . . In 1721, when the Black Death again threatened the European Continent, Daniel Defoe wrote A Journal of the Plague rear to alert an indifferent populace to the horror that was almost upon them. Through the eyes of a saddler who had chosen to remain while multitudes fled, the master realist vividly depicted a plague - stricken city. He re - enacted the terror of a helpless people caught in a tragedy they could not comprehend: the weak preying on the dying, the strong administering to the sick, the sinful orgies of the cynical, the quiet faith of the pious With dramatic insight he captured for all time the death throes of a great city.











Signet Classics [ 0025 ] Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Walter Prescott Webb. 224 pages. August 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD25
This is a searing study of mob justice. The story takes place in the Old West, but it could happen anywhere, anytime that men of action let their anger goad them into taking the law into their own hands. Published in 1940, this powerful narrative was immediately hailed as a work of art. 'The Ox - Bow Incident is a triumph of restraint and workmanship. . . . The tenseness that builds and eddies and comes back stronger is beautifully geared to the temper of each central character and the shifting emotions of the mob, as doubt, anger, stubbornness, physical cold, pity and revulsion hold them in turn,' said Max Gissen in the New Republic. Ben Ray Redman described it in The Saturday Review as 'A sinewy, masculine tale that progressively tightens its grip on the reader.' And Clifton Fadiman summed up the verdict of all the critics when he called this modern classic 'a masterpiece.'











Signet Classics [ 0026 ] Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Erich Fromm. 222 pages. August 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD26
The hero is anyone who has ever longed for escape to a better life. The time is tomorrow. The place is a Utopian America. This is the backdrop for Edward Bellamy's prophetic novel about a young Boston gentleman who is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty - first century - from a world of war and want to a world of peace and plenty. Translated into more than twenty languages, and the most widely read novel of its time, Looking Backward is more than a brilliant visionary's view of the future. It is a blueprint of the 'perfect society,' a guidebook that stimulated some of the greatest thinkers of our age. John Dewey, Charles Beard, and Edward Weeks, in separate surveys conducted in 1935, listed Edward Bellamy's novel as the most influential work written by an American in the preceding fifty years.











Signet Classics [ 0027 ] Butler, Samuel. The Way Of All Flesh. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By J. Sherwood Weber. 384 pages. August 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD27
This devastating indictment of Victorian values presents an ironic and incisive portrait. of a determined, young man in revolt against father, religion, society, self. In describing Ernest Pontifex's flight to freedom, Samuel Butler illustrated the emotional and intellectual experiences of every artist who educates himself through trial and error. He created a novel that was to inspire, in spirit and form, the works of such writers as Somerset Maugham, James Joyce, Thomas Wolfe. George Bernard Shaw was deeply influenced by Butler's ideas on religion and money. In his preface to Major Barbara, Shaw recorded this debt and called Butler 'a man of genius' who was 'in his own department, the greatest English writer of the latter half of the nineteenth century.'











Signet Classics [ 0028 ] Conrad, Joseph. Nostromo. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword by F.R. Leavis. 448 pages. September 1960. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT28
Set in a small South American state, a twilight country of shadowy sierra and misty campo, this is Joseph Conrad's magnificent story of revolution, deception, and self - betrayal. The theme is the struggle of man fighting his greatest enemy - himself. The agent of destruction is stolen silver. With inexorable insight the master storyteller shows how the fates of Gould, the empire builder; Nostromo, the incorruptible and vain man of the people; Decoud, the voice of skeptical intelligence; Dr. Monygham, the outcast, are mirrored in the shining treasure that haunts their hearts and challenges their honor. This dramatic tale of high adventure is considered by many to be Conrad's masterpiece. F. R. Leavis writes in his Foreword, 'Conrad, I think, was right in regarding it as his greatest creation, and it seems to me one of the world's great novels.'











Signet Classics [ 0029 ] Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of the House Of Usher and Other Tales. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By R.P. Blackmur. 383 pages. October 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD29
This Signet Classic collection of Edgar Allan Poe's macabre stories of men caught in the clutch of mysterious or supernatural forces, moving irrevocably toward imminent destruction, includes: Fourteen tales of terror, imagination, and suspense - - THE BALLOON - HOAX, MS FOUND IN A BOTTLE, A DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM, THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, THE PURLOINED LETTER, THE BLACK CAT, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO, THE ASSIGNATION, THE TELL - TALE HEART, DIDDLING, THE MAN THAT WAS USED UP, and Poe's only full - length novel, NARRATIVE OF A. GORDON PYM, herewith making its first appearance in a paperback selection of the celebrated author's work.











Signet Classics [ 0030 ] Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Monroe Engel. 350 pages. August 1960. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD30
With the sharp sensitivity of 'a man without skin' Tobias Smollett humorously attacked the frivolity and foibles of eighteenth - century England. Humphry Clinker is his mirthful tale of a tour by coach and four through cities and countryside. Five people embark on the journey: the crusty eccentric, Squire Bramble; his husband - hunting sister, Tabitha; her maid, Winifred; and Bramble's youthful niece and nephew,. Lydia and Jery. En route they are joined by Humphry Clinker, an honest Wiltshire lad of tattered cloth and empty purse. As misadventure follows misadventure, each character reveals his true self by giving his own conflicting view of the incidents, places, and people encountered along the way. The result is an entertaining and realistic picture of that wonderful age when gentlemen duelled, ladies swooned, and servants rose from rags to riches.











Signet Classics [ 0031 ] Cather, Willa. The Troll Garden. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Katherine Anne Porter. 152 pages. August 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD31
Includes - FLAVIA AND HER ARTISTS, THE SCULPTOR'S FUNERAL, THE GARDEN LODGE, 'A DEATH IN THE DESERT', THE MARRIAGE OF PHAEDRA, A WAGNER MATINEE, and PAUL'S CASE. In the stories that comprise THE TROLL GARDEN, her first book, Willa Cather evokes the devastated, romantic dreams that haunt her characters. Artists, inveterate sentimentalists, hungering beauties, and demon - ridden ascetics find themselves torn between the need to confess and keep secret their private aspirations. Involved with the hope that destroys the spirit, their lives reflect both the impoverished materialism and the deadly idealism of the Plains country, of the fashionable East, and of London at the turn of the century. 'She is exactly at the center of her own mystery, where she belongs . . . . For certainly here is a genius who simply will not cater to our tastes for drama, who refuses to play the role in any way we have been accustomed to seeing it played.' - Katherine Anne Porter.











Signet Classics [ 0032 ] Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Perry Miller. 255 pages. September 1960. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD32
A sturdy individualist and a lover of nature, Henry David Thoreau was typical of his time and place - an epitome of the Yankee spirit. In March, 1845, he set out to live life in a new way. Borrowing an ax, he built himself a wooden hut on the edge of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, where he lived until September, 1847. Walden is a record of that experiment in simple living. In this fascinating work Thoreau describes his Robinson Crusoe existence, bare creature comforts but rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man. On the Duty of Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's classic protest against government's interference with individual liberty. One of the most famous essays ever written, it came to the attention of Gandhi and formed the basis for his passive resistance movement. 'No truer American existed than Thoreau.' - Emerson Also included in this Signet Classics edition is a representative selection of Thoreau's poetry.











Signet Classics [ 0033 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Constance Garnett.Edited & With A Foreword By Manuel Komroff. 701 pages. August 1960. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT33
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV - Dostoyevsky's passionate concern for people and his intense desire to grasp the meaning of life led him to explore the secret depths of man's struggles and sins. Noiction or thought was ever too corrupt or too inhuman for his understanding. The Brothers Karamazov was his last and greatest work. This extraordinary novel tells the dramatic story of four brothers - Dmitri, pleasure - seeking, impatient, unruly. . . Ivan, brilliant and morose.. .Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest.., and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. Driven by intense passion, they become involved in the brutal murder of their own father, one of the most loathsome characters in all literature. 'Dostoyevsky paints like Rembrandt, and his portraits are artistically so powerful and often so perfect that even if they lacked the depths of thought that lie behind them, and around them, I believe that Dostoyevsky would stilt be the greatest of all novelists.' - André Gide











Signet Classics [ 0034 ] Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian & With A Foreword By David Magarshack. 808 pages. April 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ34
Tolstoy's genius - for viewing social classes in the largest possible context and for sketching the subtlest human gestures becomes most evident in Anna Karenina. To this novel he brought his troubling conviction that at his moments of most intense experience Man is closest to Death. This is the double drama of Anna and of Levin. Sensual, rebellious, Anna renounces respectable marriage and fine position for a passionate involvement which offers a taste of freedom and a trap for destruction. Levin, an eccentric and melancholy young nobleman, surrenders his individuality to live as a peasant. Applauded as the greatest novel of modern social realism, Anna Karenina contains the nucleus of Tolstoy's program for nonviolence and abstention from worldly riches - a program based on a personal interpretation of the Gospels that made him one of the, world's most venerated teachers.











Signet Classics [ 0035 ] Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald M. Frame. 352 pages. May 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD35
The savage contempt with which Voltaire derided the bureaucracies of his day and his gift for creating exotic panoramas find their perfect merger in these satirical stories. With ruthless wit the master of social commentary dissects science and spiritual faith, ethics and legal systems, love and human vanity. Includes: CANDIDE, ZADIG, MICROMEGAS, THE WORLD AS IT IS, MÉMNON, BABABEC AND THE FAKIRS, HISTORY OF SCARMENTADO'S TRAVELS, PLATO'S DREAM, ACCOUNT OF THE SICKNESS, CONFESSION, DEATH, AND APPARITION OF THE JESUIT BERTHIER, STORY OF A GOOD BRAHMAN, JEANNOT AND COHN, AN INDIAN ADVENTURE, INGENUOUS, THE ONE - EYED PORTER, MEMORY'S ADVENTURE, COUNT CHESTERFIELD'S EARS AND CHAPLAIN GOUDMAN.











Signet Classics [ 0036 ] Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Robert P. Downs. 351 pages. November 1960. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD36
In some of the most harrowing scenes ever written in modern literature, Upton Sinclair vividly depicts factory life in Chicago in the first years of the twentieth century. The horrors of the slaughter houses, their barbarous working conditions . . . the crushing poverty, the disease, the depravity, the despair - he reveals all through the eyes of Jurgis Rudkus, a young immigrant who has come to the New World to build a home for himself, his fiancée, and her family. Published in 1906, THE JUNGLE aroused the indignation of the public and forced a government investigation which led to the passage of the pure food laws. It also established its young author as a fearless crusader for the rights Of the working man - one of the world's leading spokesmen for freedom, equality and humanity.











Signet Classics [ 0037 ] Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Foreword By Ernest J. Simmons. 287 pages. November 1960. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD37
One of the world's great masters of the short story, Anton Chekhov wrote about everyday life as he saw it - with humor, insight, and honesty. In this lies his genius: He portrayed the Russian people as they really were, not as he wanted them to be. This Signet Classic presents twenty Chekhov stories, including twelve of his early tales which make their first appearance in English in Thus paperback collection. The Confession * He Understood * At Sea * Surgery * Ninochka * A Cure for Drinking * The Jailer Jailed * The Dance Pianist * The Milksop * The Nincompoop * Marriage in Ten or Fifteen Years * In Spring * Agafya * The Kiss * The Father * In Exile * Three Years * The House with the Mansard * Peasants * The Darling











Signet Classics [ 0038 ] Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Vernon Watkins. 192 pages. January 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD38
One of the twentieth century's most gifted writers, Dylan Thomas created a vital, lusty, antic world of truly memorable characters. This Signet Classic offers a distinguished selection of his work - twenty stories plus all of his famous unfinished novel, ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE. The title piece relates the adventures of Samuel Bennet, a young innocent embarked on a wild pilgrimage through modern London. The stories range in theme from life and love to nature and madness, but all are written with the extravagant humor, the brilliant imagery, the magic awareness of the true poet. The New York Times wrote of ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE: 'The human warmth keeps bubbling up through the satire. . . . Thomas' last work of fiction, in addition to its intrinsic interest, has a meaningfulness comparable to that of Keats' letters and Yeats' memoirs.' The New York Herald Tribune found it a 'vein of pure gold.' And The Saturday Review called Dylan Thomas 'a genius.'











Signet Classics [ 0039 ] Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. New York. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By A.B. Guthrie Jr. 288 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD39
More than a century ago, a young Easterner named Francis Parkman set out to explore life in the uncivilized West. With his friend and companion Quincy Adams Shaw, he traveled up the Oregon Trail to the camps of the Pawnee and the Sioux. This book is the fascinating journal of that hazardous experience. It is an authentic record of life on the trail, an eyewitness account of the Mormons and outlaws, trappers and Indians, pioneers and adventurers who tried to conquer the frontier back in the days when America was young. Historian Henry Steele Commager wrote: ‘THE OREGON TRAIL appeared in 1849, and with its publication Parkman was launched upon his career as a storyteller without peer in American letters. . . . It is the picturesqueness, the racy vigor, the poetic eloquence, the youthful excitement, that give THE OREGON TRAIL its enduring appeal, recreating for us, as perhaps does no other book in our literature, the wonder and beauty of life in a new world that is now old and but a memory.’











Signet Classics [ 0040 ] Gogol, Nicolai. The Diary Of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew. Afterword By Leon Stilman. 238 pages. January 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD40
NIKOLAI GOGOL is universally regarded as the father of Russian realism. His stories are rooted in commonplace events; his characters are the underdog and the insignificant. A romantic at heart, he used a startling blend of broad comedy and weird fantasy to expose the stupidity, coarseness, and meanness of life. This Signet Classic includes five of Gogol's most famous stories: THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, THE NOSE, THE CARRIAGE, THE OVERCOAT, and a full - length historical romance: TARAS BULBA.











Signet Classics [ 0041 ] Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Kingsley Amis. 240 pages. January 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD41
Disease is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Machines are considered dangerous; they have been destroyed and banished from the land. . . . This is the way of the world in Erewhon, the imaginary country of simple, straightforward people that was created by Samuel Butler to serve as a foil for his attack on 'modern' life and thought. With wit and imagination the master satirist lashed out at evolution, medicine, education, justice. And paradoxically he presented several sides of each issue in a many - sided tale of adventure, ideas, escape. As Kingsley Amis points out in his Afterword to this Signet Classic, EREWHON is the first modern Utopian romance, a novel which directly anticipates Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD and Orwell's 1984.











Signet Classics [ 0042 ] Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls Of The King. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By George Barker. 320 pages. February 1961. Cover: Pucci. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD42
'With regal melancholy and a superb sense of craft, Tennyson's poems evoke Past and Present - the Isle of the Lotos-Eaters, heraldic Camelot, his own twilit English gardens - seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Using his own eloquence or masks of mythic figures, Tennyson was the stylist most imitated by poets of his day - praised over all the rest for his vigorous portrayals of the 'general conscience' of statesmen and common men alike.'











Signet Classics [ 0043 ] Wells, H. G. Tono-Bungay. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Harry T. Moore. 352 pages. January 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD43
Mischievous, stimulating, aromatic, attractive, Tono - Bungay is a patent medicine. It brings a quick fortune to a conscience - ridden scientist and his uncle, a lovable Satan of early mass production. Anti it launches them on a series of semicomic, sometimes grotesque adventures in gray, anonymous, turn - of - the - century London - adventures which culminate in the downfall of their product empire and a flight from creditors by night in a strange and experimental airship. Alternating between vaudevillian gusto and the economic incisiveness of high satire, Tono - Bungay merges the traditional character chronicle with the modern novel of social invective. Henry James described its author's style as one of 'robust pitch' and lauded Wells for possessing an eye and ear comparable to Dickens'.











Signet Classics [ 0044 ] Hardy, Thomas. Far From The Madding Crowd. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By James Wright. 382 pages. January 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD44
There is in England no more real or typical district than Thomas Hardy's imaginary Wessex, the scattered fields and farms of which were first discovered in far From the madding crowd. It is here that Gabriel Oak observes Bathsheba, the young mistress of Weatherbury Farm, fall victim to her amorous caprices. He serves her through one marriage to a handsome, corruptly sentimental sergeant. Selflessly altruistic, he sees her through another betrothal to her compulsive, puritanical neighbor - as unaware as she of the stroke of Fate that will effect their ultimate union. Published anonymously and first attributed to George Eliot, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD won Hardy immediate success; it combines an architecturally perfect plot with the philosophical overtones that were to set the theme for all his later works. The text of this Signet Classic is set from Hardy's revised final version of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, published in 1912 in the authoritative Wessex edition.











Signet Classics [ 0045 ] Kuprin, Alexander. The Duel and Selected Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Andrew R. MacAndrew. 256 pages. February 1961. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD45
The frenzied, often fatal, attempts of sensitive men to escape their pointless rounds in the cities, garrisons, and far - flung reaches of Tsarist Russia are the central theme of The Duel and these selected stories. Praised by Communist and Western critics alike for exposing the universal abyss, Kuprin also indicts those trapped inside it - too worn to respond to one another's cries for love, capable at best of minor self - improvements at the expense of fellow sufferers. 'How he can write! . . . he should never pay attention to anybody's advice but just keep writing in his own way.' - Leo Tolstoy.











Signet Classics [ 0046 ] Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. Night Flight. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By Stuart Gilbert.Foreword By Andre Gide. 128 pages. March 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD46
In a novel of rare beauty and power, Saint - Exupéry charts the perilous world of pioneer aviation. Night Flight is the story of hazardous flights made by night through the dangers of darkness and the destructive splendor of sudden Andean storms. It is a story of men who risk their lives to deliver mail in flimsy crates . . . Fabien, the youthful pilot, who sees in flying a chance for heroic action. . . Rivière, his superior, who believes that man's salvation lies not in freedom but in the acceptance of duty. 'Aviation, like the exploration of uncharted lands has its early heroic age and Night Flight, which describes the tragic adventure of one of these pioneers of the air, sounds, naturally enough, the authentic epic note.' - André Gide











Signet Classics [ 0047 ] Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Denham Sutcliffe. 544 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT47
Moby Dick is the epic saga of a one legged fanatic, Captain Ahab, who swears vengeance on the mammoth white whale who has crippled him. The first American novel to win a place in the literature of the world, it has been called a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and weird characters, a symbolic allegory, a drama of heroic determination and conflict. John Masefield wrote, 'Moby Dick brought all of the magic, the sadness, the wild joy of many waters into my life.' . . . The Atlantic Monthly called this book 'the greatest of American novels.'











Signet Classics [ 0048 ] Adams, Henry. Democracy. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Henry D. Aiken. 192 pages. April 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD48
Vote - buying and fixed elections, slanderous competition, preposterous graft. . . this is the Washington of the l87O's which Henry Adams reveals in his famous novel. Democracy is the story of two people who aspire to power. Mrs. Lightfoot Lee, a wealthy society widow, wants to align herself with the great lawmakers whom she idealizes. Instead, she becomes involved with Silas Ratcliffe, the most powerful man in the Senate, a leader whose political maneuvers are surpassed only by his courtship tactics. Here is an incisive exposé of corruption - in individuals and in government, an entertaining caricature of government life which may be seen to have its application even today.











Signet Classics [ 0049 ] Bromfield, Louis. The Farm. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Russell Lord. 351 pages. May 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT49
Set in the heart of the great, romantic wilderness called the Western Reserve, The Farm brings into permanent focus the joys, frustrations, and rewards of men and women who live close to the: soil. It spans the lives of four generations of Americans: from the idealistic and impulsive Colonel MacDougal, who builds the farm and makes it prosper, to his guilt - ridden descendant, Johnny, who leaves the farm to journey forth and fight in World War I. It is a story of courage, passion, and folly - a story of those who force the land to yield and flourish, and those who turn away from its harvest only to be deceived and corrupted by industry and city. Largely autobiographical, this novel was published in 1933. The New York Times found it 'an honest book, a deeply felt book and a valuable record for this generation and for those which are to come.' Herschel Brickell wrote that it was 'one of the solidest and most genuinely important books the author has written.'











Signet Classics [ 0050 ] Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By George Reavey.Foreword By Alan Hodge. 208 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD50
The publication of Fathers and Sons enraged old and young, reactionaries, romantics, and radicals. Unlike its predecessors, it attacked all social classes through its portrait of the blatant nihilist, Bazarov, who makes a practice of exposing self - deception in those around him. On a visit to the Kirsanov estate, Bazarov's scathing comments, his dark example, threaten the integrity of each of his hosts: the old landowner, Nicholas, who prides himself on his mistress, a former peasant, the old man's decadent brother, Paul, who prides himself on his fashionable lack of purpose; and Arcady, Nicholas' intellectual on, who prides himself on his understanding of Bazaróv's motivation. Widely criticized by Russia's radical press, Turgenev won the acclaim of Flaubert, Maupassant and Henry James for being the first author to use psychological character studies instead of elaborate plot, and the first to create the modern revolutionary type, the 'outsider.'











Signet Classics [ 0051 ] Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Murray Krieger. 319 pages. September 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD51
With this book Joseph Conrad set the style for a whole class of literature - the novel of the outcast from civilization finding refuge in the tropics. The natives of Patusan in the Far East worship the bold young Englishman by the name of 'Lord Jim', but he despises himself. Tortured by an act of cowardice and desertion that wrecked his career in the Merchant Service years before and tormented by his ideal of what an officer should be, he has fled from scandal farther and farther East. It is only here in remote Patusan, filling a post given him by the trader Stein, that he at last finds the will to cease sacrificing himself on the altar of conscience. He becomes a part of life again by accepting the 'destructive element within himself.' And he follows his star to the end - marrying the beautiful half - caste, Jewel, defending Patusan against the evil 'Gentleman Brown.' This is a story of dramatic action and psychological penetration, a work which the critic Morton Dauwen Zabel calls an example of Conrad's 'central theme.., the grip of circumstances that enforce self - discovery and its cognate, the discovery of reality or truth.’











Signet Classics [ 0052 ] Roberts, Elizabeth Madox. The Great Meadow. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Willard Thorp. 208 pages. July 1961. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD52
The trek of the American pioneer toward the wilderness in the 1770's is the theme of The Great Meadow. This dramatic story centers on a young married couple from Virginia who settle in the untamed Boone country of Kentucky. With meticulous detail Elizabeth Madox Roberts presents a factual record of frontier life - its common day chores, its simple folk, its constant perils. With aesthetic feeling she captures the color and rhythm of native idioms and dialect, putting a poet's touch to every lyrical word and phrase. 'Working in material that is native to the core, master of a style perfect for the uses to which it is put, Elizabeth Madox Roberts is giving to her work a universal value.' - N. Y. Times











Signet Classics [ 0053 ] Holmes, Oliver Wendell. The Autocrat Of The Breakfast-Table. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Eleanor M. Tilton. 285 pages. August 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD53
What is love? beauty? human communication? What is important in life and where should it be sought? These are the issues - the underlying themes - set forth by the Autocrat each morning on Beacon Hill. With wit and deviltry, he teases and lectures his fellow breakfasters on such varied subjects as quacks, the simple pleasures, mutual admiration societies, the poverty of logic, the evils of specialized learning, the superiority of aristocrats over self - made men. Dr. Holmes was the most brilliant conversationalist in Boston, the 'Hub of the Universe,' and his essays explored the limitless range of his freethinking mind. He provided an elaborate portrait of the New England liberal intelligence in reaction against itself, the first such self - examination in American letters. This collection, The Autocrat of the Breakfast - Table, made its initial appearance in the first issues of the Atlantic Monthly and was largely responsible for that magazine's early success.











Signet Classics [ 0054 ] Romains, Jules. The Death Of A Nobody. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By Desmond MacCarthy & Sidney Waterlow.Afterword By Maurice Natanson. 125 pages. June 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD54
The subject of this modern classic is not a man. 'It is an event,' says Jules Romains, who is considered 'the French Dos Passos.' The event starts with the death of Jacques Godard, a man of no importance. It unfolds through his brief survival in the minds of others - the porter of his tenement in Paris, his fellow lodgers, a few acquaintances, his old father, who comes up from the country for the funeral, a young stranger who feels that the dead pass into 'a great soul that cannot die.' The event expresses Romains's belief in 'collective beings,' the famous theory of 'Unanimism.' In dramatizing his theory, Romains developed an advanced motion - picture technique when films were in their infancy, a technique of group portraits and sudden shifts from scene to scene that keeps this work far ahead of conventional novels. Here, Romains explores the ideas and the devices used in his twenty - seven - volume masterpiece, Men of Good Will, which André Maurois calls 'the boldest attempt to describe completely his own time that any French novelist has made since Balzac.'











Signet Classics [ 0055 ] Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Harvey Swados. 317 pages. December 1962. Cover: Kossin. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD55
A storm at sea. . . a doomed ship. . . a sole survivor. . . here is Daniel Defoe's immortal tale of a young merchant seaman cast ashore on an uninhabited tropical island, destined to spend twenty - four years in isolated loneliness. But more than a story of man against nature, Robinson Crusoe is a penetrating study of a universal problem - man against himself. In this great work Defoe introduces us to an immature Crusoe, floundering as aimlessly through life as he later is to flounder helplessly in the grip of a savage sea. We share his struggle for survival; feel his despondence at hearing no human sound but the echo of his own despairing prayers; suffer his hostility toward a God he feels has unjustly forsaken him. And at the end of his long ordeal we witness a rebirth: We see a mature Robinson Crusoe who has doggedly conquered his environment and rekindled his faith in his Saviour. . . a Robinson Crusoe who has finally mastered himself.











Signet Classics [ 0056 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Cossacks and The Raid. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By F.R. Reeve. 224 pages. July 1961. Cover: Dillon. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD56
To read Tolstoy's early sketch, The Raid, and his first novel, The Cossacks, is to enter the workshop of a great writer and thinker. In The Raid Tolstoy explores the nature of courage itself, a theme central to War and Peace. In The Cossacks he sets forth all the motifs of his whole future life and his work. The hero is a young man - about - town who has squandered half his fortune - and his life - and retires to the desultory existence of a regiment stationed in mountainous Cossack country, where he takes part in the daily life of a Cossack village. But his love for the beautiful Maryanka precipitates a conflict between the belief that 'Happiness lies in living for others' and a passion that sweeps self - abnegation aside. As Romain Rolland says,' The full force of Tolstoy's descriptive powers is already expressed in this splendid [novel] and Tolstoy's realism shows itself with equal force in depicting human character.'











Signet Classics [ 0057 ] Caldwell, Erskine. Georgia Boy. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Robert Cantwell. 152 pages. July 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD57
Erskine Caldwell has provided modern literature with a unique and memorable gallery of characters - some earthy, some funny, some tragic. His book Georgia Boy is a classic of American boyhood that will stand alongside Hemingway's My Old Man and Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Hilariously entertaining and unerringly accurate, it shows family life through the eyes of twelve - year - old William Stroup as he views the antics of Morris, his shrewd and shiftless father, Martha, his hard - working, sharp - tongued mother, Handsome Brown, his easygoing friend and the Stroup's trouble - prone yardboy. One of Erskine Caldwell's funniest canvasses of the rural South, Georgia Boy displays the keen insight into human nature that has made the author America's most popular storyteller. 'He is a rare phenomenon these days, an original American humorist, with a gift Jo; selecting his material from indigenous sources, and like all writers of the first rank he has an instinct for converting a casual episode into a symbol that carries profound meaning.'











Signet Classics [ 0058 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House Of Seven Gables. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Edward C. Sampson. 287 pages. June 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD58
'God will give him blood to drink!' An evil house, cursed through the centuries by a man who was hanged for witchcraft, haunted by the ghosts of its sinful dead, wracked by the fear of its frightened living . . . . Four Pyncheons play a part inside the blighted house: Hepzibah, an elderly recluse; Clifford, her feeble-minded brother; Phoebe, their young country cousin . . . and Jaffrey, a devil incarnate whose greedy quest for secret wealth is marked by murder and terrible vengeance from a restless grave. Nathaniel Hawthorne's works are imbued with a mixture of the actual and the imaginary, and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES is an enduring example. The puritanical Colonel Pyncheon is the embodiment of Hawthorne's own great grandfather, a judge at the Salem witch trials; the gloomy, gabled house typifies his own depressing home. It is this masterful blending of the spiritual and symbolic that allows Hawthorne's haunted house to stand firm where many a weaker one has fallen.











Signet Classics [ 0059 ] Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Caroline G. Mercer. 314 pages. June 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD59
Two sisters of opposing temperaments who share the pangs of tragic love provide the theme for Jane Austen's dramatically human narrative, Sense and Sensibility. Elinor, practical and conventional, is the perfection of sense. Marianne, emotional and sentimental, is the embodiment of sensibility. To both comes the sorrow of unhappy love. Elinor desires a man who is promised to another. Marianne loses her heart to a scoundrel who jilts her. Their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters - and true love finally triumphs when sense gives way to sensibility, and sensibility gives way to sense. Jane Austen's authentic representation of early nineteenth - century middle - class provincialism, written with forceful insight and gentle irony, makes her novels the enduring works on the mores and manners of her time.











Signet Classics [ 0060 ] Bierce, Ambrose. In The Midst Of Life and Other Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Marcus Cunliffe. 256 pages. September 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP60
DEATH! From a hangman's noose.., a sniper's bullet . . . a serpent's venom a dead man's touch. The critics called him 'Bitter Bierce,'described him as'a scoffer and scorner who wrote his tales of horror with a sort of fiendish delight.' In the Midst of Life is a collection of twenty.six of his unique tales of horror. Ambrose Bierce - praised and damned for over half a century as a cynic, a wit, a misanthrope and a demon - wrote of soldiers at war and civilians without peace. With biting humor he placed his characters in a setting of the real and natural, and then with a sardonic twist he confronted them with the terror of the unreal and supernatural.











Signet Classics [ 0061 ] Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Irvin Ehrenpreis. 319 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD61
An innocent's odyssey among the status - seekers, Joseph Andrews is the hilarious tale of a poverty - stricken, flagrantly handsome footman adrift in a world of blustering, powdered wigs and robbers, amorous dowagers and rough - and - tumble innkeepers. Joseph is squired by Parson Adams - a Sancho Panza with a passion for brawls - through a maze of bedroom farces and mistaken identities to find himself suddenly and irrevocably acceptable. The cornerstone of our realistic fiction, historically precise about eighteenth - century country manners, Henry Fielding's novel is an extravaganza of mortal affectations and vanities.











Signet Classics [ 0062 ] Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By J.H. Plumb. 192 pages. July 1961. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD62
The sweetness of a pastoral poem and the spice of a vivacious comedy mark the enduring charm of The Vicar of Wakefield. With artful skill and delicious humor Oliver Goldsmith describes the trials and triumphs that befall a simple village vicar and shows, in a series of climactic surprises, how unswerving faith is rewarded - and villainy vanquished. 'There was no kind of writing that he did not practice, nor did he touch any but to adorn it.' - Samuel Johnson. 'With that sweet story Goldsmith found entry into every castle and hamlet in Europe.' - Thackeray. '. . . the influence [Goldsmithl exercised upon me, just at the chief point of my development, cannot be estimated.' - Goethe. 'The most exquisite of all romance in miniature.' - Lord Byron.











Signet Classics [ 0063 ] Tolstoy, Leo. Resurrection. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Vera Traill.Foreword by Alan Hodge. 431 pages. June 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT63
RESURRECTION - Tolstoy's final novel - is a joint embodiment of his vast, objective awareness of human suffering and his lifelong burden of unrealized ideals. It traces the conflict of pride and affection between Kätusha, a prostitute charged with murder, and her first lover, Nekhludov, who now must judge her. Through his attempts to alter the course of her fate, Nekhludov discovers a similarity between the self - centered, legal values of Katusha's accusers and the nature of his own altruism. He discovers the hypocrisy of his own atonement - and begins the journey to resurrection. ~'The Homeric, the timeless epic vein was strong in Tolstoy, as perhaps in no other artist in the world.' - Thomas Mann











Signet Classics [ 0064 ] Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The German By Daphne Hardy.Foreword By Peter Viereck. 223 pages. July 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD64
Focused on the era of the Moscow trials, Darkness at Noon describes an aging Bolshevik's total loss of perspective when faced by the new regime's inquisitors. At given intervals, Rubashov leaves the rumor - ridden limbo of his prison cell for interrogation - or else is appeased with gifts - first by the reproachful ironist, Ivanov, then by his remote and sadistic colleague, Gletkin. The machine of guilt is brought fully to bear; and, in a nightmarish moment of failing logic, Rubashov makes his preposterous and fatal confession. 'The book reaches the stature of tragedy, whereas an English or American writer could at most have made it into a polemical tract . . . from his European angle [Koestler] can see such things as purges and mass deportations for what they are. . . ' George Orwell.











Signet Classics [ 0065 ] Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Books. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Marcus Cunliffe. 334 pages. August 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD65
Like ALICE IN WONDERLAND, AESOP'S FABLES, and GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES, THE JUNGLE BOOKS is a work that strikes our imagination first when we are young and grows in richness and meaning with our own experience. In particular, the tales of Mowgli illustrate this fact and bear out T. S. Eliot's remark that 'Kipling knew something of the things which are underneath, and of the things which are beyond the frontier.' Mowgli, lost in the deep jungle as a child, is adopted into a family of wolves. Hunted by Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, Mowgli is allowed to run with the wolf pack under the protection of Bagheera, the black panther, and of Baloo, the brown bear who teaches wolf cubs The Law of the Jungle. Through many legendary adventures, Mowgli evolves from a vengeful member of the pack to a just and compassionate human being who at last returns to join - perhaps to lead - his own kind. Tales of Mowgli are interspersed with other jungle stories of equal imagination and significance. Somerset Maugham calls Kipling ' . . . our greatest short story writer,' and it is in THE JUNGLE BOOKS, he says, that Kipling's 'great and varied gifts find their most brilliant expression.'











Signet Classics [ 0066 ] Gogol, Nicolai. Dead Souls. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew. Foreword by Frank O'Connor. 279 pages. August 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP66
DEAD SOULS describes the gambits of a quixotic opportunist in provincial Russia who sets out to buy deceased serfs at a low cost from their owners. Chichikov requires evidence of 'property,' since he wishes to marry an heiress, and is able to amass the 'souls' because their owners must pay taxes on them until they are officially declared dead in the rolls of the next census. An affable and personable business man, he is wined and dined in luxurious mansions and humble crofts, proclaimed a man of standing, and thought to be odd and delightful. Gogol's panorama of fraudulence is lasting allegory and aligns him with Swift, Voltaire, Balzac, and Dickens as one of the world's arch - satirists. 'Dead Souls provides an attentive reader with . . . that Gogolian gusto and wealth of weird detail which lift the whole thing to the level of a tremendous epic poem. . . ' - Vladimir Nabokov.











Signet Classics [ 0067 ] Hughes, Richard. A High Wind In Jamaica or The Innocent Voyage. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Vernon Watkins. 192 pages. September 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP67
The eternally fascinating theme of children captured by pirates gains a new psychological dimension in the nightmarish, sometimes weirdly amusing, novel A High Wind in Jamaica. What do the young prisoners think and feel, how do they react when one of their group is coerced by the pirate captain? When one falls to his death by accident? When another murders a hostage from a plundered vessel? Who are the victors and who the victims? The values dividing the world of children and adults are cast in an ever more eerie light as Richard Hughes charts the amorality inherent among the innocent on this macabre and desperate voyage. Rebecca West called A High Wind in Jamaica 'a hot draught of mad, primal fantasy and poetry.' Ford Madox Ford considered it 'the best thing that has come out of Wales or the British Empire since the [first] war.'











Signet Classics [ 0068 ] Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Edmund Reiss. 256 pages. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD68
Includes the stories: THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY, THE FACTS CONCERNING THE RECENT CARNIVAL OF CRIME IN CONNECTICUT, THE STOLEN WHITE ELEPHANT, LUCK, THE £1,000,000 BANKNOTE, THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG, THE FIVE BOONS OF LIFE,& WAS IT HEAVEN? OR HELL? . . . THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER is that rarity in the work of Mark Twain - a novelette in which the author turns his sardonic, free - wheeling wit to the problem of Eternal Evil in a distant time and place. In the other eight stories presented here Twain debunks his Gilded Age; he ransacks the back yards of daily life and fable to find his notorious, sometimes preposterous, metaphors. He is as apt to deal with the great minds of the law hunting a wayward elephant as with a man who has a bank - note no one can cash. 'Mark Twain transcends all other American humorists . . . There is always. . . the companionship of a spirit which is at once delightfully open and deliciously shrewd.' - William Dean Howells.











Signet Classics [ 0069 ] Dickens, Charles. The Mystery Of Edwin Drood. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By James Wright. 285 pages. August 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD69
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is Charles Dickens' brilliant contribution to the field of crime and detection. Against a background of opium dens, nocturnal graveyard visits, and moldering monastic crypts, he weaves a tightly knit plot centered on the ominous disappearance of young Edwin Drood. Suspected of foul murder are John Jasper, a drug-addicted choirmaster who hungers after Drood's fiancée, and Neville Landless, a Ceylonese who had previously quarreled violently with the missing man. For psychological interest, for mastery of scene, tone, and characterization, this last work of Dickens remains unsurpassed. The Mystery of Edwin Drood was unfinished at the author's death; its solution has challenged the imagination of generations of readers. 'Certainly one of the most beautiful of his works, if not the most beautiful of all.' - Longfellow.'











Signet Classics [ 0070 ] Pushkin, Alexander. The Queen Of Spades and Other Tales. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Ivy & Tatiana Litvinov.Foreword By George Steiner. 319 pages. September 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP70
Virtually all of the great Russian writers - Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov, Gogol, Pasternak - have acknowledged these stories among their permanent models. Describing the clash of wills, baroque courtships, and lightning chases over the steppes, Pushkin single - handedly stormed an age of barbaric and imitative literature. His brooding soldiers, fragile ladies, perversely benevolent Cossacks, and paranoid gamblers act out their pageants of persecution and lust against the Gothic silence of frontier Russia. In Pushkin we have a writer who, brimming over with impressions of life, strove to portray them in prose and poetry with the utmost truth and realism, achieving his goal with all the brilliancy of genius.' Maxim Gorky. Contains - THE QUEEN OF SPADES, THE TALES OF IVAN BELKIN: The Shot, Blizzard, The Undertaker, The Postmaster, Lady Into Lassie, DUBROVSKY, THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER.











Signet Classics [ 0071 ] Meredith, George. The Ordeal Of Richard Feverel. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Norman Kelvin. 476 pages. August 1961. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT71
This novel tackles with vigor and wit one of the greatest Victorian - and Modern - themes: the struggle of intelligence to work out a harmony between man and nature, and between man and woman. The ground for the struggle is the disastrous attempt of a father to play the role of Providence. Sir Austin Feverel, who has been disappointed in love, tries to protect his son from the same fate, training him to be a nearly perfect human being and even planning to arrange his ideal marriage. But Richard's love for Lucy, a beautiful, devoted girl whom his father rejects, helps him find the freedom to elope with her and to see the proud and cynical world of Sir Austin for what it is. More than a century ago Thee' London Times called this novel '. . . a powerful book . . penetrative in its depth of insight and rich in its variety of experience This Signet edition of The Ordeal of Richard Feverel follows Meredith's own revision of 1878.











Signet Classics [ 0072 ] Harte, Bret. The Outcasts Of Poker Flat and Other Tales. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Wallace Stegner. 301 pages. August 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD72
The glorious fringe - inhabitants of Gold Rush California - the slick gamblers, the impetuous but soft - hearted dance - hall girls, the mining camp eccentrics - are immortal - ized in these classic chronicles of the Far West of the nineteenth century. Includes - The Right Eye of the Commander, M'liss: an Idyl of Red Mountain, The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, Tennessee's Partner, The Idyl of Red Gulch, Brown of Calaveras, Miggles, How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar, Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands, Wan Lee the Pagan, A Passage In the Life of Mr. John Oakhurst, An Ingenue of the Sierras, & A Protégée of Jack Hamlin's.











Signet Classics [ 0073 ] Roosevelt, Theodore. The Rough Riders. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Lawrence Clark Powell. August 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD73
We Are Coming! There was a war to be fought with Spain in 1898,. and so they volunteered. Choctaws, Creeks, Cherokees from the newly tamed Indian Territory. Cowpunchers, stage drivers, government scouts from the Great Plains states. Riflemen, trappers, miners from the Rocky Mountain West. As Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders they rode and fought to fame and glory at Las Guasimas, Santiago. and San Juan Hill. More than a chronicle of a war and men in battle, The Rough Riders endures as a living record of a time, a personality, and a legend. Reading it, we become witnesses to a young America emerging as a great power. . . a dynamic Roosevelt rushing to fulfill his destined place in her future.., and the cowboy hero's last glorious fling in tribute to her colorful past.











Signet Classics [ 0074 ] Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography and Other Writings. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By L. Jesse Lemisch. 350 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD74
Availing himself of the best texts and the latest scholarship in the field, L. Jesse Lemisch presents in this Signet Classic a lively and authentic portrait of Benjamin Franklin, the whole man. Seen through his own eyes and through the eyes of others, here is Franklin the public figure: scientist, inventor, educator, diplomat, politician, humorist . . . and Franklin the private person: father, husband, friend. Richard B. Morris, Chairman of the History Department of Columbia University, wrote about this book, 'I think that Mr. Lemisch has brought together an extraordinarily interesting collection of material about an extraordinary person. He has done it so skillfully that the reader will easily obtain a fully rounded portrait of the many - sided Franklin, notably the moralist, humanitarian, scientist, and unconventional human being. . . . The notes are lively, balanced, and informative, and heighten the interest in the text.' The Signet Classic edition of THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY uses the definitive Farrand text.











Signet Classics [ 0075 ] Melville, Herman. Billy Budd and Other Tales. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Willard Thorpe. 336 pages. October 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT75
Contains - BILLY BUDD, The Piazza, Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Lightning - Rod Man, The Encantadas, The Bell - Tower, The Town - Ho's Story. Herman Melville's short stories, somewhat neglected during his lifetime, today are considered to be among the small masterpieces of American fiction. His imagination is inventive, ironic, and extraordinarily attuned to our times. His settings and themes are various: the limits of artistic creation; the opposition of innocence and evil; fear of isolation; the inviolate sanctity of the human heart; the fearfulness of and fascination with the 'enchanted isles'; the ferocity of the white whale; Calvinist hell - fire and damnation. Melville's stories, like his great novel Moby - Dick, are unique in narrative method, profound in theme, and full of delights at all levels. This collection includes not only Billy Budd (in a reading text based on the famous Harvard edition), but also all of The Piazza Tales, as well as 'The Town - Ho's Story' from Moby - Dick.











Signet Classics [ 0076 ] Eliot, George. Adam Bede. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By F.R. Leavis. 510 pages. November 1961. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT76
The English Midlands at the turn of the eighteenth century is the setting for George Eliot's moving novel of three unworldly people trapped by unwise love. Adam Bede, a simple carpenter, loves too blindly; Hetty Sorrel, a coquettish beauty, loves too recklessly; and Arthur Donnithorne, a dashing squire, loves too carelessly. Betrayed by their innocence, vanity, and imprudence, their foolish hearts lead them to a tragic triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution. With emotional sincerity and intellectual integrity, George Eliot probes deeply into the psychology of commonplace people caught in the act of uncommon heroics. Alexandre Dumas called this novel 'the masterpiece of the century.'











Signet Classics [ 0078 ] Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Elsie Venner. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Miriam R. Small. 367 pages. September 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT78
Elsie Venner is seized by maniacal angers, sudden trances, fits of loneliness, and the compulsion to wander on The Mountain. She is pitied, mistrusted, or sullenly accepted by those who attribute her nature to the snake bite her mother received before her birth. It is this lack of understanding, plus the confused reactions shown by Bernard Langdon, the young and withdrawn schoolmaster who becomes her single passion, that cause her to struggle fiercely, pathetically, against her illness. Dr. Holmes's novel has become the acknowledged prototype of the Brahmin's rational indictment of Predestination. It is an eerie Gothic tale of old New England, a treasury of half - true, twilit conjectures about the psyche before the time of Freud.











Signet Classics [ 0079 ] Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Charles Shapiro. 301 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD79
Murdering the Innocent! Facts, Facts, Facts. Teach these children facts, not fancies. Sense, not sentimentality Conformity not curiosity Proof and demonstration, not poetry and drama . . . On this bleak tenet is run the Gradgrind model day school in HARD TIMES. No other work of Dickens presents so relentless an indictment against the callous greed of the Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy as this fiercest of his novels. With savage bitterness Dickens unmasks the hellish industries that imprisoned the bodies of the helpless labor class and the equally satanic institutions that shackled the development of their minds. ‘Carlyle never voiced a more burning denunciation of the dismal science of classical economic theory.’ - Edgar Johnson. ‘This is Karl Marx, Carlyle, Ruskin, Morris, Carpenter, rising up against civilization itself as a disease . . . ‘ - G. Bernard Shaw. With an Afterword by Charles Shapiro.











Signet Classics [ 0080 ] O'Flaherty, Liam. The Informer. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Donagh MacDonagh. 189 pages. November 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP80
This is Liam O'Flaherty's great novel of a troubled Ireland divided by the chaos of Civil War in the 1920's. It is the story of an informer, damned with the curse of his country's unforgivable sin, hunted by the shadowy executioners of an outlawed revolutionary organization. Two characters dominate this tragedy of betrayal and retribution: Gypo Nolan, the hulking oaf of a giant who, under stress of poverty, discloses the whereabouts of the wanted Frankie McPhillip for the paltry twenty - pound reward; and Dan Gallagher, the egotistical commandant of the militant organization that has sworn to hunt down and kill the unknown informer. Through the fogbound Dublin slum streets they re - enact the eternal drama of man pitted against man. A classic of modern literature, The Informer treats a recurrent theme in Irish folklore, ballad, and story . . . the abhorrent outcast who betrays a cause or a people to the enemy. The violence of O'Flaherty's own youth is reflected in his harshly realistic image of an Irish Republic at war with itself, suffering the birth pangs of newly gained independence, beset by the self - destructive forces of misguided idealism and anarchy.











Signet Classics [ 0081 ] Wright, Richard. Native Son. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Richard Sullivan. 400 pages. October 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT81
This is Richard Wright's extraordinary novel - stark, vehement, deeply moving - about a young Negro who is hardened by life in the slums and whose every effort to free himself proves hopeless. Unwittingly involved in a wealthy woman's death, he is hunted relentlessly, baited by prejudiced officials, charged with murder . . . and driven to acknowledge a strange pride in his crime. He realizes his full individuality only through the confrontation of death. NATIVE SON is among the first American works of fiction to portray an existential hero in the process of self. transcendence, and is one of the lasting novels of the politically conscious, post-Depression years. 'It is not merely a book but a deep experience.' - The New Yorker. 'Certainly NATIVE SON declares Richard Wright's importance, not merely as the best Negro writer, but as an American author as distinctive as any of those now writing.' - New York Times.











Signet Classics [ 0082 ] Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Joann Morse. 334 pages. September 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD82
The romantic clash of two opinionated young people provides the sustaining theme of pride And prejudice. Vivacious Elizabeth Bennet is fascinated and repelled by the arrogant Mr. Darcy, whose condescending airs and acrid tongue have alienated her entire family. Their spirited courtship is conducted against a background of assembly - ball flirtations and drawing - room intrigues. Jane Austen's famous novel captures the affectations of class - conscious Victorian families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. Her people are universal; they live a truth beyond time, change, or caricature. George Eliot called Jane Austen 'the greatest artist that has ever written,' and Sir Walter Scott wrote of her work, 'There is a truth of painting in her writings which always delights me.'











Signet Classics [ 0083 ] Tomlinson, H.M. The Sea and the Jungle. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Albert J. Guerard. 254 pages. September 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP83
Losing a wager, Tomlinson gains his freedom from a Fleet Street sinecure to ship as a purser on an ocean - going tramp bound for Brazil and some two thousand miles up the Rio Madeira. Monstrous storms and calm on the high seas, silent and sun - baked ports of call, brooding, equatorial rain forests - these provide the actual and moral landscapes against which the author's embittered shipmates relive their grotesque, half - legendary adventures. The Sea and the Jungle has become a classic of travel literature since its publication in 1912: it fuses exact and abundant natural description of some of the world's outlying reaches with striking meditations on subjects ranging from modern commerce to solitude.











Signet Classics [ 0084 ] Cable, George Washington. Old Creole Days. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Shirley Ann Grau. 216 pages. October 1961. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP84
Flamboyant New Orleans at the turn of the eighteenth century is the setting of Old Creole Days. With sensitive insight George W. Cable captured the romance and flavor of the French Quarter; with unvarnished realism he portrayed its populace - honey - colored quadroon mistresses, Mississippi rivermen, gentleman gamblers, rawboned Yankees, autocratic Creole landowners. Louisiana - born he was the first of the Southern writers to treat objectively such taboo subjects as color barriers and miscegenation. A milestone in American literature, his book was as vehemently denounced in the South as it was highly acclaimed in the North and abroad. Robert Underwood Johnson, the editor of Scribner's Magazine, where - George Washington Cable's stories first were published, wrote, 'With the possible exception of Hawthorne and Poe, Cable is the greatest figure in American fiction.' And the poet John Green leaf Whittier cited Cable as 'the writer whom we have so long waited to see come up in the South.'











Signet Classics [ 0085 ] Addams, Jane. Twenty Years At Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Henry Steele Commager.Drawings By Norah Hamilton. 320 pages. September 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT85
Twenty Years at Hull - House is Jane Addams's graphic account of her famed settlement house in Chicago's West Side slums. Covering the years 1889 to 1909, a time when America was fired with fear of subversives and suspicion of foreigners, this book stands as the immortal testament of a woman who lived and worked among the immigrant settlers, the sweat - shop toilers, the unwed mothers, the hungry, the aged, the sick, to show them in practice what others merely preached: the true concept of American democracy. 'She discerned and revealed the beauty of the cultural life and spiritual value of the immigrant at the time when nothing was so despised and unconsidered in American life as the foreigner.' - Frances Perkins, U. S. Secretary of Labor, 1933 - 1945. 'For the helpless, young and old, for the poor, the unlearned, the stranger, the despised, you have urged understanding and then justice.' - Dr. Marian Parks, former President of Bryn Mawr College.











Signet Classics [ 0086 ] Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. 0451514529. Afterword By Willard Thorp. 477 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT86
SISTER CARRIE is an epic of city life, of transient idealists besieged by industrialism and its anonymity. It specifically treats of two people, at once attracted and repelled by their vastly different backgrounds, who, in the course of involvement, are led into wholly unexpected areas of experience. Provincial and naïve, Carrie becomes involved with Hurstwood, a respectable Chicago tavern manager twice her age, who alienates himself from his family. Out of despair he resorts to theft, is compelled to flee, and cannot obtain employment. Carrie, in turn, becomes a chorus girl and later, under the dubious glow of her fame as an actress, their tragedy crystallizes. Theodore Dreiser makes major symbolic use of nineteenth - century urban conventions - in which New York and Chicago are themselves likened to twin malignant deities, H. L. Mencken wrote of this foremost naturalistic novel, 'Its outstanding merit is its simplicity, its unaffected seriousness and fervour. . . .' Ford Madox Ford observed: '. . . .. in my mind, the idea of Sister Carrie [exists] as a goldenish spot in the weariness of the world.'











Signet Classics [ 0087 ] James, Henry. The Marriages and Other Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Eleanor M. Tilton. 364 pages. July 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD87
Includes - The Marriages, The Real Thing, Miss Gunton of Poughkeepsie, The Two Faces, The Papers, Julia Bride, The Pension Beaurepas, The Point of View, Fordham Castle. From The Marriages and others of these rarely anthologized stories, it is clear that Henry James 'delights in the vulgarities he is falsely rumored to deplore.' These are two - edged parables of a sophisticated ironist who was as apt to disparage what readers expected him to praise as he was to create a context in which certain unlikely people gained sudden dignity. As Eleanor M. Tilton suggests, Henry James is both amused and amusing. He 'disconcerts the moralists because he brings an inquiring eye to bear closely upon contemporary folly, error, and wickedness as if these were canvasses to be authenticated for a collector eager to acquire - at the proper price - the true, the rare, and the most representative.' Ford Madox Ford wrote: 'Mr. James' work is the exact mirror of the world as he knows it - of the world as we know it.'











Signet Classics [ 0088 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pathfinder. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Robert E. Spiller. 443 pages. October 1961. Cover: Pucci. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP88
Vigorous, self - reliant, amazingly resourceful and moral, James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumppo towers over and above the author's majestic descriptions of early frontier life, Indian raiders, and defenseless outposts. He the prototype of the Western hero; his vision of man in a natural context and his hatred of' middle - class hypocrisy give him his stature as a faultless arbiter of wilderness justice. He is no less adept at judging his own feelings of love - divided as they are between the woman whom he protects on a hazardous journey and the deep woods that sustain him in his beliefs. A rapid, climactic narrative, The Pathfinder is among the finest examples of epic action literature. '. . . the examples [Cooper] has given in his glorious fictions, of heroism, honor, and truth, of large sympathies between man and man. . . shall live through centuries to come. . . ' - William Cullen Bryant.











Signet Classics [ 0089 ] LaFayette, Madame de. The Princess Of Cleves. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French & With A Foreword By Walter J. Cobb. 191 pages. December 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD89
Rumors bestir and reputations tremble in the sumptuous sixteenth - century court of Henri II. Against this lavish decadence, two of baroque literature's most exquisite lovers - the Princess of Clèves and the Duc de Nemours - enact their masque of devotion, singular confessions, and eccentric renunciation. Tortuously delicate, Madame de La Fayette's detailed romance reverberates with understated intrigue and brazenly forthright portraits. Widely circulated in French court circles, The Princess of C/eves heralded two main streams in literature - the psychological novel and the roman a clef. Jean Cocteau wrote, 'Read The Princess of Clèves; read and study it. In it you will find an illustration of Nietzsche's aphorism: 'Soundlessly, on doves' feet, they make their way amongst us - the ideas that change the face of the earth.'











Signet Classics [ 0090 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Notes From Underground/White Nights/The Dream Of A Ridiculous Man & Selections From The House Of The Dead. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Andrew R. MacAndrew. 240 pages. October 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP90
Includes: NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, WHITE NIGHTS, THE DREAM OF A RIDICULOUS MAN, and SELECTIONS FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. In this Signet Classic volume can be seen Dostoyevsky's evolving outlook on man's fate. The works presented here were written at distinct periods in the author's life, at decisive moments in his groping for political philosophy and a religious answer. The characters are representative of the human hearts he probed with such surprising insight. They include a whole range of tormented people - from the primitive peasant who kills without understanding that he is destroying a human life to the irritating, anxious antihero of NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, a man who both craves and despises affection. Thomas Mann described Dostoyevsky as 'an author whose Christian sympathy is ordinarily devoted to human misery, sin, vice, the depths of lust and crime, rather than to nobility of body and soul' and NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND as 'an awe - and terror - inspiring example of this sympathy.'











Signet Classics [ 0091 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Eleanor M. Tilton. 328 pages. October 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT91
With his portrait of George F. Babbitt, the conniving, prosperous real - estate man from Zenith, Sinclair Lewis created one of the ugliest, but most convincing, figures in American fiction - the total conformist. Babbitt's demons are power in his community and the self - esteem he can only receive from others. In his attempts to reconcile these aspirations, he is loyal to whoever serves his need of the moment: time and again he proves an opportunist in business practice and in domestic affairs. Outwardly he conforms with 'zip and zowie,' is a 'big booster' before the public eye; inwardly he converges day by day upon the utter emptiness of his soul - too filled with rationalizations and sentimentality to sense his own corruption. Babbitt gives consummate expression to the glibness and irresponsibility of the hardened, professional social climber. H. G. Wells said of this novel: 'I wish I could have written Babbitt.'











Signet Classics [ 0092 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Mark Schorer. 440 pages. October 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT92
Martin Arrowsmith's singular, if somewhat ascetic, devotion to science affords Sinclair Lewis his most dramatic opportunity to portray an American whose work becomes his life. Forced to give up successive sinecures - instructor in medicine, small - town doctor, research pathologist - by obstacles ranging from public ignorance to the publicity - mindedness of a great foundation, Arrowsmith becomes virtually isolated as a seeker after truth. Even so, Lewis' poignant thesis would seem to be that American idealism cannot beget true tragedy, because its adherents lack a sympathetic audience and their stumbling - blocks are, for the most part, petty. Observing the Nobel Prize - winning author's double gifts for satire and realism, E. M. Forster said, 'He has lodged a piece of a Continent in the world's imagination' and André Maurois proclaimed him 'a great novelist.'











Signet Classics [ 0093 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Mark Schorer. 440 pages. October 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT93
The lonely predicament of Carol Kennicott, caught between her desires for social reform and individual happiness, reflects the position in which America's turn - of - the - century, 'emancipated woman' found herself. Carol's dilemma is intensified by the fact that lives in the small, self - satisfied, Midwestern town of Gopher Prairie. An allegory of exile and return, Main Street attacks the drab complacency and ingrown mores of those who resist change, who are under the illusion that they have chosen their tradition. Carol's ostracism, however, results more from her own guilt at 'crusading' than from her rejection by those whom she would have changed. Maxwell Geismar lauded this work as 'a remarkable diary of the middle- class mind in America.' Its author was hailed by John Galsworthy for having written 'a most searching and excellent piece of work; a feather in the cap of literature.'











Signet Classics [ 0094 ] Bligh, Captain William. The Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Milton Rugoff. 240 pages. January 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP94
The most celebrated mutiny in the annals of the sea and the subsequent 3,600-mile South Sea voyage in an open boat were recorded by William Bligh, the Bounty's beleaguered master, amidst all the perils he underwent. A resentful crew, ravaging storms, savages, uncharted archipelagoes - elements of high adventure in themselves - are merely stages leading up to the anxiety-charged ordeal to come. In this deeply personal, yet objective narrative based upon his ship's log, Bligh documents the voyage of the Bounty and his relationship to his men - thereby posing the endlessly debated question of what manner of man he really was: sadistic disciplinarian of sensitive youth? Or a stern but just captain, a superb seaman, the victim of a rash young man made frantic by the loss of an island paradise?











Signet Classics [ 0095 ] Hardy, Thomas. Jude The Obscure. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By A. Alvarez. 416 pages. November 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT95
Thomas Hardy's deterministic art achieves fanatic intensity and raw perfection in the char. acterization of Jude Fawley, an impoverished stonemason who aspires to the ministry. Throughout his agonized existence, the cloistered halls and facades of Christminster, where Jude would study, sadistically invite him to rid himself of ignorance. His failure to fulfill the opposite expectations of the two women he loves and the violent deaths of his children thwart him in his ideal and point his destruction. Concerned with the annihilation of innocence, Jude the Obscure is a raging indictment of Victorian society. The censure attending its appearance was almost without precedent in the history of English literature. D. H. Lawrence detected 'a constant revelation.., a great background, vital and vivid. This is the wonder of Hardy's. novels, and gives them their beauty.'











Signet Classics [ 0096 ] Prevost, Abbe. Manon Lescaut. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald M. Frame. 191 pages. November 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP96
Written by a monastic priest who re - entered the world, Manon Lescaut is the story of a naive courtesan's tried and tested love for a young theologian who becomes gambler, thief and murderer in order to protect her. The Abbé Prévost's sparse, meticulous style traces the lovers' flights through shadowy inns, side streets, Parisian prisons - only to resolve their passion with tragic impact in a lonely Louisiana field outside a penal colony. Manon Lescaut was banned by the Church but resulting publicity made it the talk of Europe. Later adaptations as opera by Massenet and Puccini insured the romance's popularity and influence on world romantic literature for over two hundred years. 'Manon Lescaut is a unique achievement. Against the turgid background of contemporaneous French prose romance it stands out with the 1~rightness of a gem. It belongs to its author's time - and work - yet towers over them.' - Donald M. Frame.











Signet Classics [ 0097 ] Marco Polo. The Travels Of Marco Polo. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. A Modern Version Of The Famous Marsden-Wright Translation From The Italian.Edited & With An Introduction By Milton Rugoff. 302 pages. December 1961. Cover: Kessler. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD97
Perhaps the longest and most remarkable journey ever undertaken was that of young Marco Polo, who set out from Venice in 1271 and wandered into the unknown East as far as Cathay. When he returned twenty - five years later he told such a tale - of the vast empire and dazzling court of Kublai Khan, of terrible deserts and great mountain ranges, of yogis and pearl divers and cannibals, of men who offered their wives to visitors, of the Old Man of the Mountain with his hashish - drugged 'Assassins,' of stones that burned and streams of jade - . that few believed him. Today we know that Marco's account is not only an amazing narrative of strange experiences, but the richest and most reliable picture of the Near East, India, and the Orient of the Middle Ages. This Signet Classic edition is the most thoroughly annotated popular edition ever published of The Travels of Marco Polo. The text is a complete1y modern version of the famous Marsden - Wright translation.











Signet Classics [ 0098 ] Thoreau, Henry David. A Week On The Concord and Merrimack Rivers. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Dennis Sutcliffe. 341 pages. November 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT98
Composed largely at Walden Pond from early journals and notes of a trip made with his brother some years earlier, Henry Thoreau's apprentice work wholly reveals his life - obsession with the theme of self - sufficiency. Pages of soaring description of wildlife and woodland living are. merely points of departure for fiery, often exuberant polemics on the need for moral fortitude in a society based on utilitarianism. Platonic ideals and mutability, the Bhagavad - Gita and Christian dogma, highly personal notes on economics and satire, are only a few of the meditative counterpoints engendered by intense contemplation of nature. Throughout this rebellious tract filled with hyperboles of youth emerging into manhood, Thoreau implicitly voices his refusal to live out a life of 'quiet desperation.' Americas ~ foremost example of the free spirit, he stands in every sense, as Emerson described him, 'a bachelor of nature.'











Signet Classics [ 0099 ] Tarkington, Booth. Alice Adams. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Gerard Previn Meyer. 239 pages. August 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP99
Alice Adams has been called Booth Tarkington's greatest book. A Pulitzer Prize winner, it is a novel of a vain young girl's desperate efforts to surmount the barriers of small - town provincial snobbery. Unfortunately for Alice's social ambitions, her family is poor and undistinguished. When aristocratic Arthur Russell meets and falls in love with her, Alice contrives endless lies to conceal from him the Adams's true economic status. Pressured by his affection for his daughter and the incessant nagging of his wife, Virgil Adams exchanges his security as an employee for the uncertain risks of an independent manufacturer. More than the simple story of shallow social climbing, Alice Adams is the poignant study of an American family searching for its identity in a fluctuating society. Few writers of American fiction, have surpassed Tarkington's acute understanding of human nature. With consummate art he defines the character of urban. Midwest America after the First Great War - its native humor, warmth, conventions, and prejudices. Sinclair Lewis wrote of Tarkington, • . one of the American talents which are not merely agreeable but worth the most exact study.











Signet Classics [ 0100 ] Orwell, George. 1984. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Erich Fromm. 269 pages. August 1961. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP100
Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD and George Orwell's 1984 are the great modern classics of 'Negative Utopia' - not dramas of what life might be . . . but nightmares of what it is becoming. The world of 1984 is one in which eternal warfare is the price of bleak prosperity, in which the Party keeps itself in power by complete control over man's actions and his thoughts. As the lovers Winston Smith and Julia learn when they try to evade the Thought Police, and then join the underground opposition, the Party can smash the last impulse of love, the last flicker of individuality. But let the reader beware: 1984 is more than a satire of totalitarian barbarism. 'It means us, too,' says Erich Fromm in his Afterword. It is not merely a political novel but also a diagnosis of the deepest alienation in the mind of Organization Man. George Orwell writes with a swift clean style that has come down from Defoe. Like Defoe, he creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing - from the first sentence to the last four words . . . words which might stand as the epitaph of the twentieth century.











Signet Classics [ 0101 ] Irving, Washington. The Sketch Book. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Perry Miller. 381 pages. August 1961. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP101
Published in 1820, Washington Irving's celebrated SKETCH BOOK has proved as enduring as the enchanted Kaatskill Mountains he immortalized. From these masterpieces in miniature have emerged such universal figures of American fiction and fantasy as Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Sage, storyteller, wit, Washington Irving touched on many subjects and treated each with a master's hand. Included in his volume are tales of romance, vignettes on bygone English customs, travel pictures, reflections on historic landmarks, essays on the American Indian, biographical discourses, and literary musings. Fresh in theme, bewitching in style, and superb in craftsmanship, his stories earned Washington Irving his place as father of American literature. Thackeray called Washington Irving the 'first ambassador whom the New World of Letters sent to the Old.'











Signet Classics [ 0102 ] Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. 496 pages. December 1961. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP102
One of the great novelist's most popular works, Oliver Twist is also the purest distillation of Dickens' genius. This tale of the orphan who is reared in a workhouse, runs away to London where he is captured by thieves and finally escapes, is a novel of social protest, a morality tale, and a detective story. Oliver Twist presents sonic of the most sinister characters in Dickens: the master thief, Fagin; the leering Artful Dodger; the murderer, Bill Sikes . . . along with some of his most sentimental and comical characters. Only Dickens could mix terror with farce with pathos with piety in one unified work. Only Dickens could give us nightmare and daydream together. '. . . Oliver Twist, amidst all the accouterments of a novel, has the primitive appeal of a fairy tale; it forms one of those basic stories that are not forgotten because they were partly familiar before they were read, being the stuff of young dreams and fears.' Edward Le Comte.











Signet Classics [ 0103 ] Chateaubriand, Francois-Rene de. Atala & Rene. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French & With A Foreword By Walter J. Cobb. 127 pages. January 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD103
These strange and charming romances, Atala and René, are the most influential works of the solitary genius who has been called 'the true founder of romanticism in France.' Originally planned as two episodes in a longer work, they form a perfect fictional whole. In Atala, the tale of a young Indian adventurer and a Christianized Indian princess, Chateaubriand explores 'the harmonies the Christian religion with the scenes of nature and the passions of the human heart.' The story of René, a Frenchman whose melancholy drives him to the depths of the American forest, illustrates. 'the terrible consequences of impassioned love and solitude. . . ' For all the sweep of action, the extravagant emotional style, the fantastic scenery, the importance of these stories lies in their ideas. With Atala and René, Chateaubriand began to lead the emerging romantic movement toward an especially poetic kind of Catholicism, a sympathy with nature, and a preoccupation with melodramatic and romantic egos. As Walter J. Cobb says, 'With Chateaubriand, a new dawn was breaking.'











Signet Classics [ 0104 ] Whitman, Walt. Specimen Days. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Richard Chase. 271 pages. December 1961. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP104
This Signet Classic is the first generally available paperback edition at any price of the entire Specimen Days - Walt Whitman's most neglected masterpiece. In the spontaneous prose of this great work Walt Whitman reveals himself as prophetic explorer of the Open Road, printer, editor, wound - dresser in Civil War hospitals, brilliant abstractionist of Nature and teeming cities, critic of morals and literature. The emerging portrait is that of a man with huge and relentless spirit who advocates endurance in the face of despair, robust tenderness in opposition to pettiness. In these pages - vast, American, informed - the reader cannot but catch the extent to which even the smallest occasion is a point of departure for Whitman's mystique of camaraderie, his total immersion in life, his thundering, almost blasphemous defiance of death. . . to begin to understand Whitman is to under - stand him in his contradictions. His inner opposition, his ambiguities, his wit, like his democratic faith, his optimism, and his belief in the self, are native to the man as they are to America. For the8e reasons one cherishes Watt Whitman - and takes him to be in a real sense 'the spokesman for the tendencies of his country.' - RICHARD CHASE.











Signet Classics [ 0105 ] James, Henry. The Madonna of the Future and Other Early Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Willard Thorp. 284 pages. March 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD105
Includes the stories - THE MADONNA OF THE FUTURE, The Story of a Year, My Friend Bingham, The Story of a Masterpiece, A Light Man, At Isella, The Last of the Valerii, Four Meetings. The 'work sheet' of James's maturation into one of the most polished stylists of world literature, these stories reveal the author's early concern with artists, travelers, idealists - here and abroad - who act out of guilt and renunciation, perversity, or a deeply private amorality. The eight stories that comprise this Signet Classic collection are printed here as they appeared in their first magazine publication, as the early readers of James's fiction first saw them. The Nation wrote of Henry James when he had published his first six stories, '[He is] the best writer of short stories in America.. . He is never common place, never writes without knowing what he wants to do, and never has an incident or character that is not in some way necessary to the production of such effects as he aims at.' Ezra Pound commented that 'there was emotional greatness . . . titanic volume, weight, in the masses he sets in opposition within his work. He uses forces no whit less specifically powerful than the proverbial 'doom of the house' - Destiny, Deus ex machina - of great traditional art.'











Signet Classics [ 0106 ] Wharton, Edith. The Age Of Innocence. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Louis Auchincloss. 288 pages. April 1962. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT106
In this Pulitzer Prize - winning novel, Edith Wharton has written the story of an affable conformist whose marriage of convenience cannot extinguish his passion for another woman . . . and whose moral limitations make both women seem unreal to him. Handsome, affluent, with great promise as a lawyer, Newland Archer's interest in his cold, beautiful, and conventional wife gradually flags. His attraction to Countess Ellen Olenska - bizarre and challenging, separated from her husband - becomes the single threat to his secure position in high society, and, at the same time, leads him to question the values of that society. The Age of Innocence is a highly sophisticated inquiry into the totems and taboos of nineteenth - century New York elite circles and their crippling effect on natural inclinations. Of the author, whose lifelong preoccupation lay with this facet of society, Edmund Wilson wrote: 'Her tragic heroines and heroes are. . . passionate or imaginative spirits, hungry for emotional and intellectual experience, who find themselves locked into a small closed system, and either destroy themselves by beating their heads against their prison or suffer a living death in resigning themselves to it. Out of these themes she got a sharp pathos all her own.' Louis Auchincloss calls The Age of Innocence 'The finest of her novels.., painted with a richness of color and detail that delights the imagination.











Signet Classics [ 0107 ] Saltykov-Shchedrin,M. The Golovlovs. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By William E. Harkins. 317 pages. December 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT107
Rated 'among the very greatest novels in the world' by Arnold Bennett, The Golovlovs is one of the last - translated, but highest - ranking, realistic novels of nineteenth - century Russia. The vicious circle of greed, self - pity and hypocritical repentance perpetuated by Anna Petrovna, her children, and her children's children in pursuit of money brings disaster to bear on Golovlovo, the gray, half - ruined estate where family and servants conspire against their mistress. Anna's venomous relationship with her sons casts early implications of the ruin to follow, in which every offender grows strangely sympathetic. One by one, and with curious reversals of character, the Golovlovs fall prey to fantasy, drink, insanity, and moral disintegration, dispensing hatred, wit, and hideous flatteries. The Golovlovs is a 'novel of the generations,' which describes the fall of a house with all the scope and insight of artworks ranging from those that dealt with the House of Atreus to the novels of Thomas Mann and William Faulkner.











Signet Classics [ 0108 ] Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By J.H. Plumb. 222 pages. January 1962. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP108
The outrages that Jonathan Wild commits against the simple, virtuous Heartfree epitomize one of the most villainous but memorably comic figures in literature. Wild is methodically evil: his thefts and vices, violence and grand deceptions, are merely steppingstones in his progress toward 'greatness.' In writing about this sublime blackguard, Henry Fielding drew on his knowledge of London's Gin Lane, where he served as magistrate, on legends surrounding an actual archcriminal, and on the figure of the King's minister, Sir Robert Walpole, that nemesis whom Pope, Swift, and Gay lampooned in their greatest works. Jonathan Wild is perhaps the Enlightenment's most ironic pageant of corruption - the book in which Fielding's dormant theme that 'greatness' and 'goodness' have no part in each other gleams with polished bitterness and gallows humor.











Signet Classics [ 0109 ] McGuffey, William Holmes. McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader-1879 Edition. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Henry Steele Commager. 364 pages. July 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT109
The influence that McGuffey's Eclectic Readers exerted on the minds of American schoolchildren for the better part of a century has, in recent years, been debated in such diverse quarters a; scholarly treatises and the popular press. Extolling the Hamiltonian view of democracy, the Calvinistic approach to theology, and Blackstone's legal ideas on property, no truer index to the beliefs and goals of a generation of aspiring young Americans can be found. Of this famous selection of moral pronouncements and extracts, Hamlin Garland once said: 'I wish to acknowledge my deep obligation to Professor McGuffey for the dignity and literary grace of his selections. From the pages of his readers . . . I got my first taste of Shakespeare.' This Signet Classic is reprinted from the 1879 edition of McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader.











Signet Classics [ 0110 ] Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor Of Casterbridge. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Walter Allen. 336 pages. June 1962. Cover: Max?. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD110
The blind energies and defiant acts that bring an ambitious man to power can also destroy him. This is the theme that Thomas Hardy explores through his portrait of his greatest and most tragic hero - Michael Henchard, the self - driven grain merchant of Casterbridge. From his drunken sale of his wife and baby at a country fair to his subjugation of a farming village, Henchard's life is an epic attempt to bring the world to heel as he hides, even from himself, all vestiges of emotional vulnerability. 'Michael Henchard dominates the novel, is the novel, to an extent unparalleled by any character in Hardy's other fiction,' writes Walter Allen. 'He is a figure of commanding stature. . . . He seems to contain all nature within himself, as a great bull might be said to do. This almost animal impercipience separates him from Shakespeare's tragic heroes, though in one respect he has affinities with Macbeth. External nature seems to join in the fight against him, but it is nature interpreted by superstition. The superstition is made credible by its poetic quality; and the poetry enhances our apprehension of Henchard's tragic fate.' And T. S. Eliot wrote, 'The work of Thomas Hardy represents. . . a powerful personality uncurbed by any institutional attachment or by submission to any objective beliefs . . . at times his style touches sublimity.’











Signet Classics [ 0111 ] Twain, Mark. Life On The Mississippi. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Leonard Kriegel. 382 pages. December 1961. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD111
Life on the Mississippi is at once a romantic history of a mighty river; an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days; a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches. It is the raw material from which Mark Twain wrote his finest novel - Huckleberry Finn. It is an epochal record of America's growth, a stirring remembrance of her vanished past. And it earned for its author his first recognition as a serious writer. '[This is] a book to be ranked with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as one of the indisputably great works in the Twain canon . . . a book that measures the American future by the boundaries of the American past, a bridge between the world of Thomas Jefferson and the world of John D. Rockefeller.' - Leonard Kriegel.











Signet Classics [ 0112 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Murray Kreiger. 346 pages. December 1961. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD112
Henry James wrote of The Marble Faun: 'Hawthorne has done few things more beautiful than the picture of the unequal complicity of guilt between his immature and dimly - puzzled hero, with his clinging, unquestioning, unexacting devotion, and the dark, powerful, more widely - seeing feminine nature of Miriam. . . . If the book contained nothing else noteworthy but. . . the murder committed by Donatello under Miriam's eyes and the ecstatic wandering, afterward, of the guilty couple through the 'bloodstained streets of Rome,' it would still deserve to rank high among the imaginative productions of our day.' The cosmopolitanism of this novel foreshadows one of the most important themes in our literature - the 'international theme' which was 40 later dominate the work of Henry James. Of all Hawthorne's fiction, The Marble Faun clearly dispels the myth of Hawthorne's unwavering Puritan morality. It projects the author's fascination with the eternal struggle between, in Murray Krieger's words, 'the unfeeling virtue of moral severity and the yielding grace of faulty humanity . . . the profound conflict between the limited claims of American moralism and of European aestheticism.'











Signet Classics [ 0113 ] Disraeli, Benjamin. Coningsby. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Asa Briggs. 480 pages. February 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT113
Composed by a master diplomat who, in an. hour of defeat, possessed the drive and ability to fashion a work of art, Coningsby stands first in the thorny genre of the English political novel. It juxtaposes the romantic and cynical mind focused on the intrigues of government; it gains its power from two contrasted figures who grow in dimension specifically through the novel's historical elements rather than through conventional romantic portraiture. Pragmatic and fair - minded Harry Coningsby is a man who seeks reform; the enigmatic Sidonia, who possesses surpassing wealth and lacks the right to vote (although he advises kings), serves as a corrective to Coningsby's ends by questioning his means. Spanning the years from the first reform bill to the General Election of 1841, Disraeli's novel explores the default of Whigs and Tories to the new Conservative Party, the young lawmakers who have harnessed the best of ancient, chivalric tradition and current strategy to the goal of modern diplomacy.











Signet Classics [ 0114 ] Alegria, Ciro. The Golden Serpent. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Spanish & With An Afterword By Harriet de Onis. 190 pages. March 1963. Cover: Kossin. b-latin america. CP114
Unpredictably swift and menacing, unfathomable in its nature, the 'Golden Serpent' inspires reverence and terror in the tiny, scattered communities that border its banks - villages of peons pitched between pagan recklessness and Christian despair. Hardy agrarians, these people are prone to supernatural fears that arise from total dependence upon a river that bestows great gifts and, at times, destroys all that it has given. Here are the Andean peaks, surging rapids, river men, flower girls, fiestas, and mournful pipes. Here are the victims of avalanche and flood, witch hunts and plagues that corrode the mind and body. Ciro Alegria's lyric eloquence has produced a hypnotic vision of the remorseless Marañón country of Peru. In the words of Harriet de Onis, 'He has created a world peopled by beings teeming with life, with their sorrows and joys, their aspirations and defeats, and all suffused with that poetry which comes from emotion recalled in tranquillity. And when progress has spanned the turbulent Maranón with bridges, has dammed and channeled its treacherous waters, and the boatmen of Calemar have disappeared, their work done, The Golden Serpent will remain as a monument to the days when it ran free and bold, tamed only by brave men.' Original title: La serpiente de oro











Signet Classics [ 0115 ] Wilde, Oscar. The Picture Of Dorian Gray. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Gerald Weales. 304 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP115
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY is Oscar Wilde’s novel of a youth whose features, year after year, retain the same youthful appearance of innocent beauty, while the shame of his hideous vices become mirrored, year after year, on the features of his portrait. Tempted by the cynical Lord Henry Wotton, the angelic - faced Dorian Gray enters into a life of gradual dissipation. Soon student surpasses master. Dorian’s power for evil leads him into acts of debauchery, degradation, and finally murder, before the diabolic secret he shares with his portrait is dramatically revealed. Published in 1891, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY was attacked by many as a piece of hedonism, praised by others as a penetrating commentary on life. It reflects the rebellious philosophy of the Esthetic Movement and epitomizes Wilde’s literary revolt against the propriety and pious sentimentality of the Victorian Era. Included in this Signet Classic are three of Oscar Wilde’s short stories — the witty and sophisticated LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME, and two charming fairy tales, THE HAPPY PRINCE and THE BIRTHDAY OF THE INFANTA.











Signet Classics [ 0116 ] Stephens, James. Deirdre. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Walter Starkie. 155 pages. April 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP116
The tragic theme of Deirdre has meant for every Irish man and woman what the legend of Helen of Troy meant for the ancient Greeks, and Deirdre's beauty has inspired the Gaelic poets for centuries,' writes Walter Starkie in his Afterword. He goes on to point out that of all the modern versions of the legend - including those by W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge - 'only that of James Stephens tells the complete tragic tale according to the Gaelic original.' James Stephens' Deirdre is a magical novel couched in antiquity's bold and barbaric trappings. It is a story of innocence and experience, of the clash of desires between youth and middle age. '[He) has all my admiration. . . .' - W. B. Yeats . 'To James Stephens Demeter gave the rhapsodic gift of minstrelsy as well as storytelling, which impelled him to forsake the higher slopes of Parnassus for the lonely glens and raths haunted by the 'shee,' the ghostly descendants of the ancient heroes of the Gaels.' - Walter Starkie











Signet Classics [ 0117 ] James, Henry. The Ambassadors. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By R.W. Stallman. 384 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP117
Henry James considered this book to be his most perfect work of art. The ambassadors of the title are the emissaries sent by Mrs. Newsome, a wealthy New England widow, to restore to the home town and the family business her son Chad who has lingered too long in Paris, reputedly detained by a sordid liaison. Lambert Strether, the first of the envoys and the novel’s strait-laced hero, embarks on the mission only to find himself caught up in a romantic intrigue, the outcome of which will radically change the direction and purpose of his life. Since its publication in 1903, The Ambassadors has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of American fiction because of its remarkable technical structure, its profound moral significance, and its perceptive contrast of New World conscience and Old World culture.











Signet Classics [ 0118 ] Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP118
Includes: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, & Man and Superman. George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness - sugar - coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes accepted attitudes toward: woman's place in society, military heroism, marriage, the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the ages - as, intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable. 'My way of joking is to tell the truth: it is the funniest joke in the world.' - G. B. Shaw.











Signet Classics [ 0119 ] Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Spanish By E. Munguia Jr. Foreword By Harriet de Onis. 151 pages. January 1963. Cover: Kossin. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP119
Ten years after its publication in a small El Paso paper, The Underdogs achieved world - wide renown as the greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution. It is the story of Demetrio Maclas, a naïve, peace - loving Indian, who is forced to side with the rebels to save his family. In the course of battle, he becomes a compulsive militarist whose courage, almost despite himself, leads to a generalship in Villa's army. But as the Cause suffers defeat after defeat, Maclas loses prestige and moral purpose at the hands of turncoats, camp followers, and the peasants who had once loved him. Carleton Beals wrote of this novel, 'The scenes have the brutality of Gorky. Azuela is the Mexican Chekhov only in so much as he is a doctor; in all else he is close to Gorky, with a touch of Gorky's terrific pessimism, but none of Gorky's revolutionary optimism.'











Signet Classics [ 0120 ] Yeats, William Butler. The Celtic Twilight and a Selection Of Early Poems. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Walter Starkie. 222 pages. March 1962. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP120
The tales that comprise The Celtic Twilight Portray Yeats's mystical evolution through world - symbols and show the extent to which this century's greatest English - language poet remained essentially nationalistic in order to approach the universal concerns. Ancient Irish mythology was second nature to Yeats, and from it he drew or reconstructed heroes, lovers, beggars, and fools for these tales and lyrics - characters able to convey authoritatively his metaphysic as he himself, a common man, could not. Forced beyond the limits of fact and legend by subjects as personal as they were universal, Yeats alone was eclectic enough to turn ritual magic, alchemy, the Upanishads, even Theosophy, to his own symbolic uses without the risk of affectation. No modern poet has fully escaped the trancelike self - assurance and scourging rhythms that invigorate his verses. Of the poet himself, T. S. Eliot has said he is 'certainly the greatest in this language, and so far as I am able to judge, in any language.'











Signet Classics [ 0121 ] Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By C.M. Woodhouse. 128 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP121
This remarkable book has been described in many ways - as a masterpiece. . . a fairy story. . . a brilliant satire. . . a frightening view of the future. A devastating attack on the pig - headed, gluttonous and avaricious rulers in an imaginary totalitarian state, it illuminates the range of human experience from love to hate, from comedy to tragedy. 'A wise, compassionate and illuminating fable for our time. . . .The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell's wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift.' - NEW YORK TIMES.











Signet Classics [ 0122 ] Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP122
Edward Bellamy's classic look at the future has been translated into over twenty languages and is the most widely read novel of its time. A young Boston gentleman is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty - first century - - from a world of war and want to one of peace and plenty. This brilliant vision became the blueprint of utopia that stimulated some of the greatest thinkers of our age.











Signet Classics [ 0123 ] Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls Of The King. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP123
'With regal melancholy and a superb sense of craft, Tennyson's poems evoke Past and Present - the Isle of the Lotos-Eaters, heraldic Camelot, his own twilit English gardens - seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Using his own eloquence or masks of mythic figures, Tennyson was the stylist most imitated by poets of his day - praised over all the rest for his vigorous portrayals of the 'general conscience' of statesmen and common men alike.'











Signet Classics [ 0124 ] Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP124
This is a searing study of mob justice. The story takes place in the Old West, but it could happen anywhere, anytime that men of action let their anger goad them into taking the law into their own hands. Published in 1940, this powerful narrative was immediately hailed as a work of art. 'The Ox - Bow Incident is a triumph of restraint and workmanship. . . . The tenseness that builds and eddies and comes back stronger is beautifully geared to the temper of each central character and the shifting emotions of the mob, as doubt, anger, stubbornness, physical cold, pity and revulsion hold them in turn,' said Max Gissen in the New Republic. Ben Ray Redman described it in The Saturday Review as 'A sinewy, masculine tale that progressively tightens its grip on the reader.' And Clifton Fadiman summed up the verdict of all the critics when he called this modern classic 'a masterpiece.'











Signet Classics [ 0125 ] Lagerlof, Selma. The Saga of Gosta Berling. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Swedish and With An Afterword By Robert Bly. 319 pages. May 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT125
An unfrocked minister's picaresque search for redemption is the central drama of The Story of Gösta Berling, set in the farmlands of nineteenth - century Sweden. After the loss of his pulpit Gösta becomes a ne'er - do - well - chivalric, attractive, given to drink and dancing - whose every adventure is circumscribed by women. Openly pitied, secretly loved, he encounters a proud and courageous heiress, a famous beauty, a love - sick devotee, and a countess who has borne an illegitimate child - each of whom proffers him chances to prove his moral nature. Selma Lagerlof has exerted great formative power in Scandinavian letter, with particular influence on Hamsun and Lagerkvist. Her novel reveals an Andersenlike stylistic lightness, warmth, and predilection for supernatural events, which have caused critics to hail it as the foremost example of Swedish regional writing. Miss Lagerlof was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.











Signet Classics [ 0126 ] Kleist, Heinrich von. The Marquise Of O-- & Other Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The German By Martin Greenberg.Foreword By Thomas Mann. 288 pages. July 1962. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT126
The nightmare shock - tactics and controlled hysteria that Kleist perfected led the classicist Goethe to describe his stories as 'tainted with an incurable disease.' Yet 150 years later, his characters - men who commit crimes in the name of justice, who rage at dead enemies for denying them their revenge, who are driven insane by beatific experience - maintain the reality Kleist's fiction gave them. The Marquise of 0 - and Other Stories is concerned with the effects of extreme social pressure on the individual during a time of crisis. Against varying backdrops of social revolution, religious war, cloistered marriage, unearthly ecclesiastical music, and even earthquake, the heroes of these demonic parables surpass themselves to achieve unique martyrdom - or sink to the level of human beasts. In his Foreword to the present collection, Thomas Mann writes of the author: 'He was one of the greatest, boldest, and most ambitious poets Germany has produced . . . a man unique in every respect, whose achievement and career seemed to violate all known codes and patterns. Kleist dedicated himself to his extravagant themes with a passion little short of frenzy.' Includes: THE MARQUISE OF O - , MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, THE BEGGARWOMAN OF LOCARNO, THE ENGAGEMENT IN SANTO DOMINGO, THE FOUNDLING, THE EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE, ST. CECILIA OR THE POWER OF MUSIC, & THE DUEL.











Signet Classics [ 0127 ] Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By Richard AldingtonForeword By Harry Levin. 384 pages. May 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT127
The systematic corruption of the innocent by two partners - in - jealousy is the theme of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the great French novel that crystallizes the tragedy of the highly civilized society where the intellect reigns supreme in every facet of life, especially love. Revealed through their intimate, wickedly detached correspondence.; the conquests effected by the Marquise de Merteuil and the libertine Valmont, her former lover, are, on the surface, motivated by revenge. In a deeper sense, they are seen to be the results of a power struggle between the pair for sexual supremacy. Laclos has likened their exposure and eventual ruin to the doom of the hyperrational eighteenth - century regime whose immoralities he had observed so closely. André Gide wrote of the author and his masterpiece: 'There is no doubt as to his being hand in glove with Satan. Yet this book, diabolical as its inspiration is, turns out, like every work of profound observation and exact expression, to contain, without the author's desire, much more instruction on morals than many a well - intentioned treatise.'











Signet Classics [ 0128 ] Zola, Emile. L'Assommoir. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Atwood H. TownsendAfterword By Angus Wilson. 500 pages. July 1962. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT128
Producing a vision of horror through his relentless accumulation of facts, Emile Zola expresses in L'Assommoir his fascination with the fatalistic nightly inhabitants of Parisian taverns. The novel deals with the struggle for honorable survival made by Gervaise, a lame but proud laundress, whom fate leaves to support herself and her two illegitimate children. Her perennial hope to open her own shop is crushed on the brink of achievement by the added financial burden of a drunken husband and a parasitic lover out of her past. Her complete moral deterioration through drink, the flagrant nihilism of her final street encounters, have placed this book at the pinnacle of naturalistic literary accomplishment. Writing of Zola's Rougon - Macquart series and L'Assommoir, which is one section thereof, Henry James described the author's achievement: 'One strange animal after another stepped forth into the light . . . though it was doubtless not till the issue of L'Assommoir that the true type of the monstrous seemed to be reached. . . . L'Assommoir is the nature of man - but not his finer, nobler, cleaner or more cultivated nature, it is the image of his free instincts, the better and the worse, the better struggling as they can, gasping for light and air, the worse making themselves at home in darkness, ignorance and poverty.'











Signet Classics [ 0129 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Possessed. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By Marc Slonim. 703 pages. July 1962. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ129
THE POSSESSED is regarded the world over as the most shattering vision of nihilism in action to come out of Russia. Despite their different interpretations of radical politics, the young men, Stavrogin and Verhovensky combine fanaticism, treachery, and self - contradiction to incite an entire town to pillage, arson, and slaughter. In this story of misfits who believe in nothing and wish only to destroy, Dostoyevsky is everywhere concerned with the passion man demonstrates for the lie in order to create a chaos that mirrors his tortured soul. 'Dostoyevsky wrote of the unconscious as if it were conscious; that is in reality the reason why his characters seem 'pathological,' while they are only visualized more clearly than any other figures in imaginative literature. . . . He was in the rank in which we set Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe.' - Edwin Muir











Signet Classics [ 0130 ] Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP130
In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about ‘packingtown,’ the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle of human suffering. Upton Sinclair, master of the ‘muckraking’ novel, here explores the workingman's lot at the turn of the century: the backbreaking labor, the injustices of ‘wage-slavery,’ the bewildering chaos of urban life. THE JUNGLE, a story so shocking that it launched a government investigation, recreates this startling chapter if our history in unflinching detail. Always a vigorous champion on political reform, Sinclair is also a gripping storyteller, and his 1906 novel stands as one of the most important -- and moving -- works in the literature of social change. ‘Practically alone among the American writers of his generation,’ wrote Edmund Wilson, ‘[Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them.’ When it was first published in 1906, THE JUNGLE exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago’s stockyards and the laborer’s struggle against industry and ‘wage slavery.’ It was an immediate bestseller and led to new regulations that forever changed workers’ rights and the meatpacking industry. A direct descendant of Dickens’s HARD TIMES, it remains the most influential workingman’s novel in American literature.











Signet Classics [ 0131 ] Garland, Hamlin. Main-Travelled Roads. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Mark Schorer. 271 pages. August 1962. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP131
This book challenges the concept of the American dream. It reveals the stubborn courage and pessimistic wit of midwest farmers who are scarcely conscious that they are somewhat to blame for their own misfortunes. Inspired by a visit to the Dakota farm country of his youth, Hamlin Garland's MAIN - TRAVELLED ROADS depicts the half - resigned, half - rebellious men and women who work the arid soil for the profit of shrewd landowners. These characters share a sense of deprivation, losing their farms, loved ones, and faith in people - with such recurrence that they feel guilt at even their own occasional, belated successes. 'If anyone is still at a loss to account for that uprising of the farmers in the West which is the translation of the Peasants' War into modern and republican terms, let him read MAIN - TRAVELLED ROADS. . . ' - W. D. Howells.











Signet Classics [ 0132 ] Tolstoy, Leo. Fables and Fairy Tales. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Illustrated By Shelia Greenwald.Foreword By Raymond Rosenthal. 141 pages. June 1962. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP132
Fables and Fairy Tales is the first generally available translation of many of Leo Tolstoy's shorter and lesser - known works. With beautiful simplicity, the author brings his great themes of purgation and social justice to the succinct medium of the timeless fantasy - themes which are more diffuse and implicit in his novels. Simplicity of character and hard physical labor lead to spiritual reward for the kings, hermits, imps and talking animals, peasants and fools of these parables - whereas wit and cleverness are conditions for their imminent downfall. 'His art is so full and broad and true that he seems able to do for his own time and country what Shakespeare. . . did for his.' Havelock Ellis. 'Tolstoy perceived the dawning of a time when. . . the leading, illuminating and decisive spirit which is to unify and serve society must supersede the objective genius, and the ethical and intelligent rise above the irresponsibly lovely.. .' - Thomas Mann.











Signet Classics [ 0133 ] James, Henry. The Turn Of The Screw and Other Short Novels. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Willard Thorp. 254 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT133
Includes: The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, An International Episode, The Aspern Papers, The Altar of the Dead, & The Beast in the Jungle. Henry James considered 'the beautiful and blest nouvelle' to be 'the ideal form' for fiction, and to this genre he brought the full perfection of his imaginative artistry. The themes he chose and the values he set forth in the six nouvelles that comprise this Signet Classic typify the depth and power of his craftsmanship - the unique perception of a writer who unerringly deciphers the mind of a gay and flirtatious American girl adrift among the sophisticates of Europe . . . the motivations of a man who spends a lifetime waiting to experience his 'rare and strange' destiny. 'Few writers of fiction have been so inventive as Henry James,' writes Willard Thorp. Edmund Wilson commented that 'he can be judged only in the company of the very greatest.'











Signet Classics [ 0134 ] Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By V.S. Pritchett. 832 pages. July 1962. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ134
VANITY FAIR is the story of Becky Sharp, one of the most beautiful, willful, and resourcefully charming pleasure - seekers in literature. With finishing - school credentials and proper connections, Becky begins as a governess, wins the hearts of the moneyed young and old, and, in the light of presentation at court and calculated scandals, emerges a full - fledged courtesan on the Continent, living surprisingly well beyond her means. Thackeray's greatest novel is a moral tapestry of early nineteenth - century English manners, and his persistent theme is the folly of the good - at - heart, the evil of those endowed with grace and wit. Anthony Trollope called Thackeray ' . . . one of the recognized stars of the literary heaven.' V.S. Pritchett finds Thackeray '. . . the first of our novelists to catch life visually and actually as it passes in fragments before us . . . he is above all a superb impressionist - perhaps our greatest.'











Signet Classics [ 0135 ] Turgenev, Ivan. The Hunting Sketches. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Benard Guilbert Guerney. 415 pages. August 1962. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT135
An uncanny observer of Russians of every class, Turgenev's huntsman learns the touching, but frequently comic, secrets in the complex relationships between peasants and their masters. In his journeys through the steppes and forests he finds courageous, practical men who submit to slavery, dreamers freer than the dissolute lords who own them, and servants made cruel by bondage. He is witness to village festivals and trysts, to public and private farces perpetrated by strangely incestuous, ingrown aristocrats. A faithful account of the mores in rural Russia, this book abounds in folklore and insights into Nature - renditions no less astute than its careful destruction of every human stereotype. 'For me, when I read in that book 'The Singers,' or 'Chertopkhanov and Nedopiuskin,' or that most beautiful of all pieces of writing, 'Bezhin Meadow,' I am conscious. . . always of Turgenev's face looking up out of the pages.. . he was the supreme creative writer.' - Ford Madox Ford. 'He lived, he sought, and he expressed in his works what he found - everything he found.' - Leo Tolstoy. 'I was enthralled by the portraits you put into print. What masterly limning! How one can see, and hear, and know all these peasants of the North . . . and all those countrified landowners, burghers or noblemen - it needed but a few words of yours to sketch momentary encounters with them into images aquiver with life and vivid! No one could have done this better than you.' - George Sand.











Signet Classics [ 0136 ] Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John de. Letters From An American Farmer and Sketches Of Eighteenth-Century America. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Albert E. Stone, Jr. 477 pages. July 1963. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ136
What, then, is the American, this new man?' An immigrant in a land of immigrants, caught between the contradictions of high ideals and harsh realities, Crèvecoeur was the first to give voice to the question, which runs like a leitmotiv through American thought and literature. His description of eighteenth - century America, from the seafaring towns of New England to the forests of the frontier, from the farms of freemen to plantations nurtured by the sweat of slaves, is more than brilliant reportage; it is a search forced by the writer's own pressing need to capture the elusive personality of his new land. In this volume, which for the first time unites under single cover Crèvecoeur's chief works, Letters from an American Farmer and Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America, the reader encounters a consciousness whose intense self - examination and often ambiguous stance is both modern and uniquely American. These writings provide not only an unsurpassed picture of the American past but also an invaluable insight into the continuing mystery of the present. 'An accomplished work of art.' - ALBERT E. STONE, JR. 'Franklin is the real practical prototype of the American. Crêvecoeur is the emotional.' - D. H. LAWRENCE











Signet Classics [ 0137 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Mark Schorer. 175 pages. October 1962. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP137
Katherine Anne Porter is regarded as one of the most distinguished writers in the world today. Her style is a rare combination of subtlety and insight; her concern is 'human nature, the fatalities of life and the perils of human relationships.' In the three beautiful short novels that comprise PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER she explores the chaotic individualism experienced by those who cope with—and today outlive—their greatest crises. Miranda, the heroine of the first and last stories, survives the ghosts of a poignant but unreal childhood, the Great War, and a flu epidemic that claims her lover—to spend her days with a heightened sense of jeopardy. In 'Noon Wine', Farmer Thompson, though legally acquitted of the murder he commits, can find no justification for his crime and seeks release in a final and tragic act. 'Miss Porter is one of the finest writers of prose in America.'—Granville Hicks . . . 'There is a kind of magic about everything Miss Porter writes.'—New York Times . . 'Katherine Anne Porter moves in the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry; James.'—Saturday Review. With an Afterword by Mark Schorer.











Signet Classics [ 0138 ] Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Compton MacKenzie. 508 pages. August 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP138
Sir Walter Scott gathered a popular audience as no other writer had done before him; a great innovator, he virtually created one of the outstanding literary forms of the past hundred and fifty years - the historical novel. He infused this genre of fiction with color and spectacle, with romance, action, and suspense. In IVANHOE Sir Walter Scott gives reality to the life of twelfth - century England through his gallery of flesh - and - blood characters. The disinherited knight Ivanhoe and his fair lady Rowena, Richard the LionHearted and Robin Hood - these are people shaped by the forces of tradition, molded by their nation's history. Through them the past of England comes alive - a past of crusades, chivalry, and courtly love.











Signet Classics [ 0139 ] Balzac, Honore de. Pere Goriot. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Translated from the French & With An Afterword by Henry Reed. 286 pages. August 1962. Cover: James Hill. b-france. CP139
‘PÊRE GORIOT can rightly be regarded as one of the greatest of Balzac’s novels,’ writes Henry Reed of this masterful study of a father whose sacrifices for his daughters have become a maniacal compulsion. This novel marks Balzac’s ‘real entrée’ into LA COMÉDIE HUMAINE, his series of almost one hundred novels and short stories, which was to depict ‘human feelings, social crises, the whole pell-mell of civilization.’ In PERE GORIOT the great novelist probes the ‘bourgeois tragedy’ of money, power, and despair from two different directions. Through parental love Goriot is willingly reduced to poverty so that he may satisfy the demands of his well-married but debt-ridden daughters. On the other hand, Rastignac, the impoverished young man of integrity who is attracted to one of Goriot’s daughters, becomes infected with ambition and succumbs to the fever for money and social success. Victor Hugo called Balzac ‘a man of genius,’ and Stefan Zweig wrote that Pêre Goriot shows the ‘supreme architectonic skill with which Balzac . . . worked out in his mind to the last detail his vast structural design of the multifarious forms of human society.’











Signet Classics [ 0140 ] Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows Of Young Werther and Selected Writings. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The German By Catherine Hutter.Foreword By Hermann J. Weigand. 256 pages. August 1962. Cover: Percy?. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP140
This book is a unique collection comprising those works of Goethe which stress his positive attitude toward love and death. In these tales and memoirs of fated courtships and redemption through death, the great classicist avoids the melodramatic and macabre, infusing his writing with clairvoyant wisdom and 'the laughter of the gods.' His heroes and heroines, confronted by irreparable loss, stand strong in their will to live and reflect the wellsprings of universal order. A revolutionary in an epoch of sentiment, Goethe was the prime force of the Romantic Movement throughout Europe. Emerson acclaimed him as the world's 'greatest writer.' Thomas Mann, whose own LOTTE IN WEIMAR recasts a central situation from THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER, Writes of this novel: 'As for Werther, all the richness of (Goethe's) gift was apparent. . . . The extreme, nerve - shattering sensitivity of the little book. . . . evoked a storm of applause which went beyond all bounds and fairly intoxicated the world.’











Signet Classics [ 0141 ] Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Edgar Johnson. 880 pages. August 1962. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT141
The year before he died Charles Dickens wrote of David Copperfield, 'Of all my books, I like this the best.' The story of the abandoned waif who develops a 'disciplined heart' through challenging encounters with distress and misfortune is a supreme example of Dickens' skill as a novelist. In this great work plots and counterplots are interwoven into one intricate, grand design . . . and a huge gallery of individual characters comes alive. The malignantly treacherous Uriah Heep, the jovial nurse Peggotty, the foolishly innocent Dora, the improvident Mr. Micawber, the egotistic and charming Steerforth - these stand among literature's most remembered people. 'Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings.' - T. S. Eliot. 'No novelist has ever captured more poignantly the brightness and magic and terror of the world as seen through the eyes of a child . . . the brutality and cruelty of boyhood.., the widening gaze of adolescence, the stress of starting out on a career, the silliness and delirious ecstasy and anguish of youthful love. That Dickens was able to weave all these strands into a design so richly integrated in theme and form makes it one of the transcendent achievements of the art of the novel.' - Edgar Johnson.











Signet Classics [ 0142 ] Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Gerald Weales. 546 pages. October 1962. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT142
Laurence Sterne's TRISTRAM SHANDY is an epic of eighteenth - century Yorkshire life, and perhaps the most capriciously written classic of all time. On the surface this delightfully delirious book has no apparent order. A sentence forms a chapter; chapters begin, are broken off, or even vanish completely, only to reappear in unnumerical sequence later on. But beneath this deceptive façade of aimless frivolity is a carefully prepared design, subtle in style and brilliant in execution. In the persons of Mr. Shandy, retired merchant and student of philosophy, and of Uncle Toby, veteran of King William's War and a simple - minded sentimentalist, Sterne has created two memorable characters, as clearly defined as any in literature. The one is abstractly intellectual, the other impressionably emotional. Between these two extremes is embodied the sum of human nature. Their diligent discussions on such unprofound topics as short and long noses, the art of cursing, and the influence that names exert upon the personality are masterpieces of droll humor in the vein of Rabelais and Cervantes. Written in unprecedented style, TRISTRAM SHANDY marked a new development in the form of the English novel.











Signet Classics [ 0143 ] Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Leonard Kreigel. 448 pages. November 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT143
In his youth Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West — working as a civil servant, gold prospector, reporter, and traveling lecturer. Roughing It is the inimitable record — fact and impression — of those early years. Twain tried his luck at anything and everything. He writes hilariously of his encounters with vigilantes; with Slade the Terrible, whose wife toted guns that blazed from under her petticoats; Brigham Young, the ambitious Morman leader; Hank Erickson, who wrote for advice on turnips to Horace Greeley and vowed revenge because he could not decipher the latter’s answer. 'So we see Mark Twain, the playboy, the pioneer in letters, the strayed reveller, the leader of the herd, giving and taking with a hearty liberality, all inside the folk - feeling of his time, holding the American nation in the hollow of his hand . . . ' — Van Wyck Brooks. With a Foreword by Leonard Kriegel.











Signet Classics [ 0144 ] Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle). The Charterhouse Of Parma. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By C.K. Scott Moncrieff.Afterword by Jacques Barzun. 503 pages. September 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT144
Stendhal's 'Machiavellian' insight into power politics and love is crystallized in this romantic novel of the Napoleonic Wars. The Charterhouse of Parma describes an unusually brilliant and beautiful woman who becomes the mistress of a master politician to further her beloved nephew's worldly aims. Imbued with the author's unprecedented flair for pathos pointed with wit, the book is a unique treatment of the them of female persuasion: both heroine and hero demonstrate moral integrity in their every action, despite the conflicting passions that motivate them. Honoré de Balzac has written that the ultimate subtleties of this novel can best be fathomed by 'diplomats, ministers, observers, the leaders of society, the most distinguished artists.'











Signet Classics [ 0145 ] Wharton, Edith. Hudson River Bracketed. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Louis Auchincloss. 415 pages. September 1962. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT145
'It is astonishing that a woman who had turned her face as resolutely and for as many years away from the land of her birth as Mrs. Wharton, should, in her late sixties, have so accurately conceived a career and personality so innately American,' writes Louis Auchincloss of the hero of Hudson River Bracketed. 'Midwestern, Unsubtly gauche, brutally honest and, above all, passionately dedicated to his art,' Vance Weston is a man with confused values and divided loyalties. Reared in the Philistine environment of Euphoria, Illinois, he comes to the Willows - a Hudson River estate owned by cousins - for an extended visit. Under the influence of Halo Tarrant, his lovely and cultivated neighbor, Vance learns to despise his rootless origins and hungers to comprehend more deeply the artistic past of Europe. He writes a novel that becomes a commercial success, true to neither his background nor cultural enthusiasms. In praise of Edith Wharton's work as a moralist, Henry James wrote, '. . . we move in an air purged at a stroke of4~e old sentimental and romantic values.'











Signet Classics [ 0146 ] Defoe, Daniel. A Journal Of The Plague Year. New York. Signet/New American Library. 240 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP146
Bring out your dead! The ceaseless chant of doom echoed through a city of emptied streets and filled grave pits. For this was London in the year 1665, the Year of the Great Plague. . . . In 1721, when the Black Death again threatened the European Continent, Daniel Defoe wrote A Journal of the Plague rear to alert an indifferent populace to the horror that was almost upon them. Through the eyes of a saddler who had chosen to remain while multitudes fled, the master realist vividly depicted a plague - stricken city. He re - enacted the terror of a helpless people caught in a tragedy they could not comprehend: the weak preying on the dying, the strong administering to the sick, the sinful orgies of the cynical, the quiet faith of the pious With dramatic insight he captured for all time the death throes of a great city.











Signet Classics [ 0147 ] Scott, Sir Walter. The Lady Of The Lake and Other Poems. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Bartlett W. Boyden. 352 pages. November 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT147
Walter Scott gave Scottish history life, and immediacy by investing it with a romantic dimension. In The Lady of the Lakes and Marmion he evokes the color and mystery of the Highland past. He re - creates fierce clan uprisings, breathless nocturnal chases, passionate trysts.., he endows his kings, warlocks, rebels and battle - shy youths, crazed hags and resplendent ladies with timeless character and heroic 'purpose. 'Scott was a very great storyteller. . . His characters are unlike those of any other Scottish or English writer.' - Edwin Muir.











Signet Classics [ 0148 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last Of The Mohicans. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By James F. Beard. 431 pages. December 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD148
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS contains the classic portrait of the man of moral courage who severs all connections with a society whose values he can no longer accept. Despite his chosen exile, Hawk - eye (Natty Bumppo), the frontier scout, risks his life to escort two sisters through hostile Indian country. On the dangerous journey he enlists the aid of the Mohican Chingachgook. And in the challenging ordeal that follows, in their encounters with deception, brutality, and the deaths of loved ones, the friendship between the two men deepens - the scout and the Indian, each with a singular philosophy of independence that has been nurtured and shaped by the silent, virgin forest. ' . . . in his immortal friendship of Chingachgook and Natty Bumppo [Cooper] dreamed the nucleus of a new society A stark, stripped human relationship of two men, deeper than the deeps of sex. Deeper than property deeper than fatherhood, deeper than marriage, deeper than Love.' - D. H. Lawrence. 'THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS raises again the question of the efficacy of human effort to control irrational forces at work in individual men, races, and nations. The question has never been more pertinent than now.' - James Franklin Beard.











Signet Classics [ 0149 ] Baroja, Pio. The Restlessness Of Shanti Andia & Selected Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Spanish By Anthony & Elaine Kerrigan.Foreword by Anthony Kerrigan. 330 pages. December 1962. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT149
Pio Baroja was one of Spain's chief contributions to the European and world novel in the first half of the twentieth century - a novelist who, according to Jose Ortega y Gasset, 'furnishes us an example of the genius of independence in the midst of a society like our own, where everything is compromise and surrender.' Baroja's heroes are men who do not conform. Vagabonds, adventurers, dreamers, they pit themselves against the power of nature and a society that would corrupt them. Shanti Andia is a wanderer torn by shifting allegiance to his beloved Basque country and to the sea. He idolizes his uncle Juan de Aguirre, a dead sea captain whose mysterious, seemingly aimless, voyages have made him, a village myth. In Shanti's efforts to decipher his uncle's past there unfolds a hazardous drama of Basque seamen trapped on a slave ship, of a mutiny, capture, imprisonment, and a desperate rendezvous with stolen gold. It is this search for his uncle's destiny that eventually leads Shanti to find himself. In a conversation between Ernest Hemingway and Pio Baroja, reported in TIME, the American writer is quoted as saying: 'Allow me to pay this small tribute to you who taught so much to those of us who wanted to be writers, yet received a Nobel Prize, especially when it was given to so many who deserved it less, like me, who am only an adventurer.' Baroja's reply: 'Caramba!'











Signet Classics [ 0150 ] Conrad, Joseph. Typhoon and Other Tales. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Albert J. Guerard. 448 pages. January 1963. Cover: Kossin. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT150
Includes - TYPHOON, The Nigger of the 'Narcissus,' Karain, An Outpost of Progress, The Lagoon, Youth, Amy Foster, & The Shadow - Line. The short novels and stories that comprise this Signet Classic are an extraordinary blend of exciting adventure and high seriousness - they are, as Albert Guerard says, 'an achievement unique in English fiction.' In his depiction of the narrow world of ship and jungle outpost the master storyteller explores the destiny of 'men of action.' He probes their reaction to tests of moral and physical courage, their conceptions of honor and of loyalty to society and to the individual. He deals with the conscientious man's need for self - punishment, with his lifelong efforts to expiate an involuntary crime of betrayal. . . . In these tales he treats the themes that were to preoccupy him in his major works. Whether writing satirically of Europeans invading the wilderness of the Congo, or compassionately of a man obsessed by the mystery and danger of the Eastern seas, Conrad takes the reader on a profound personal search of man's voyage - within himself.











Signet Classics [ 0151 ] Wilson, Angus. Anglo-Saxon Attitudes. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Frank Kermode. 352 pages. February 1963. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT151
One of Angus Wilson s most brilliant books this novel is also the best introduction to his work. As Frank Kermode points out in the Foreword, it is 'the book in which Wilson's people. . . began to move freely in history and society . . . interpreted with that blend of cruel penetration and humanist compassion which distinguishes the moral vision of this author.' The moral vision here is focused on the dilemma of Gerald Middleton. As a young man lie had been near the scene of a discovery unique in English archaeology - an excavation which unearthed a heathen idol in the coffin of a Bishop of the early church. Middleton doubted the authenticity of the find, but said nothing. Now, forty years later when the story begins, he has attained stature as a scholar, but both his family (and his personal) life are hollow with pretense. He is unable to face up to this pretense - just as earlier he was unable to deal with the problem of the Melpham Tomb. How Middleton confronts his weaknesses and resolves his indecision is the denouement of this beautifully plotted novel which recalls in its wealth of characters and its richness of substance the work of the great Victorian realists. Paul Pickrel wrote in Harper's, 'altogether a brilliant and remarkable performance.' and Brendan Gill in The New Yorker,. . . ' [In this immensely entertaining volume are to be found in abundance the virtues that so much recent English fiction has lacked . . . energy, observation, inventiveness, conviction.'











Signet Classics [ 0152 ] Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. New York. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By A.B. Guthrie Jr. 288 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP152
More than a century ago, a young Easterner named Francis Parkman set out to explore life in the uncivilized West. With his friend and companion Quincy Adams Shaw, he traveled up the Oregon Trail to the camps of the Pawnee and the Sioux. This book is the fascinating journal of that hazardous experience. It is an authentic record of life on the trail, an eyewitness account of the Mormons and outlaws, trappers and Indians, pioneers and adventurers who tried to conquer the frontier back in the days when America was young. Historian Henry Steele Commager wrote: ‘THE OREGON TRAIL appeared in 1849, and with its publication Parkman was launched upon his career as a storyteller without peer in American letters. . . . It is the picturesqueness, the racy vigor, the poetic eloquence, the youthful excitement, that give THE OREGON TRAIL its enduring appeal, recreating for us, as perhaps does no other book in our literature, the wonder and beauty of life in a new world that is now old and but a memory.’











Signet Classics [ 0153 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Celestial Railroad and Other Stories. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By R.P. Blackmur. 301 pages. February 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP153
The daydreams which edge toward nightmare; toward our desire to be pursued, cast out. demolished, damned' is how R. P. Blackmur describes the 'mode' of the eighteen stories in this Signet Classic collection By means of weird, yet inescapably convincing fables Hawthorne explores the corroding desires of superior men and women. Thwarted in their pursuit of perfection, endeavoring to escape the reality of their existence, they fall prey to a sudden lust for the Ideal and are unwittingly compelled to commit evils in the name of pride. Of the author's insights into the Puritan's simultaneous need for fulfillment and self - destruction D. H. Lawrence wrote, 'That blue - eyed darling Nathaniel knew disagreeable things in his inner soul. He was careful to send them out in disguise.' Hawthorne's contemporary, Edgar Allan Poe, said of his writing that 'Every word tells, and there is not a word which does not tell.'











Signet Classics [ 0154 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP154
Leo Tolstoy combined detailed physical description with perceptive psychological insight to sweep aside the sham of surface appearances and lay bare man's intimate gestures, acts, and thoughts. Murder and sacrifice...greed and devotion...lust and affection...vanity and love -- one by one, in this volume of great stories, Tolstoy dissects the basic drives, emotions, and motives of ordinary people searching for self-knowledge and spiritual perfection. Chekhov said, 'Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy.' And Turgenev 'marveled at the strength of his huge talent...It sends a cold shudder even down my back...He is a master, a master.'











Signet Classics [ 0155 ] Howells, William Dean. The Rise Of Silas Lapham. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Henry T. Moore. 351 pages. March 1963. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT155
‘Let fiction cease to lie about life; let it portray men and women as they are, actuated by the motives and the passions in the measure we all know.' — William Dean Howells. The Rise of Silas Lapham, first published in book form in 1885, was the first important novel to center on the American businessman and the first to treat its theme with a realism that was to foreshadow the work of modern writers. In his story of Yankee Silas Lapham—one of the millionaires who flourished with the expanding industrialization of post - Civil War years—William Dean Howells probed the moral and social conflicts that confronted a self - made man who attempted to crash Boston’s old - guard, aristocratic society. Howells was essentially sympathetic to his hero: his Silas Lapham was a man of conscience who fully realized his folly. But he was also an ambitious man who knowingly let his aspirations lead him to hazard both his fortune and his family’s happiness for status in a society that could never accept him. 'His perceptions were sure, his integrity was absolute,' wrote Henry Seidel Canby of William Dean Howells, whom he credited as being 'responsible for giving the American novel form.'











Signet Classics [ 0156 ] Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Elizabeth Bowen.Includes The Original Illustrations. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP156
Spanning three and a half centuries of boisterous, exuberant adventure in England, in Constantinople, with aristocrats and gypsies-first as a man and then as a woman-Orlando’s story is a wild farce, a humorous history, a gay romance filled with the delightful experiences of one of the most fascinating and fantastic characters ever to rule the realm of fiction. David Daiches said: ‘Virginia Woolf can afford to rest her claims on her novels, which show her to be one of the half- dozen novelists of the present century whom the world will not easily let die.’ Rebecca West called Orlando ‘a poetic masterpiece of the first rank’ and Elizabeth Bowen found it ‘one of the most high spirited books I know . . . a book for those who are young in a big way.’











Signet Classics [ 0157 ] Cervantes, Miguel de. The Deceitful Marriage and Other Exemplary Novels. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Spanish & With An Foreword By Walter Starkie. 320 pages. April 1963. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT157
Includes - The Deceitful Marriage, The Little Gypsy, Rinconete and Cortadillo, The Man of Glass, The Illustrious Kitchen Maid, and The Dogs' Colloquy. 'Cervantes was the only author who fused the rougish and the swashbuckling elements of the picaresque novel, because his aims as an artist were more universal than were those of his contemporaries, and his humor, like that of Shakespeare, with its infinite tolerance, melancholy, and love of all classes of humanity, glowed with the genius of thoughtful laughter.' ' - Walter Starkie . It was the Exemplary Novels, published three years before his death, more than his masterpiece, Don Quixote, that established Cervantes' literary reputation among the intellectuals of his time. These picaresque stories ring with racy idiom and peasant humor, and with explicit characterizations that show how well he knew the speech and folkways and psychology of the common people. Among the Exemplary Novels pre - sented here are three of his most famous ones: The Deceitful Marriage, a cynical tale of Spanish domestic life, merciless in its realism, pungent in its humor. . . The Little Gypsy, a love story of a high - spirited girl whose haunting counterpart has reappeared in the works of Goethe and Victor Hugo. . . and The Dogs' Colloquy, judged by many critics to be the greatest short story ever written.











Signet Classics [ 0158 ] Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Edmund Reiss. 334 pages. April 1963. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD158
Hank Morgan, cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth - century Connecticut, wakes to find himself in the England of King Arthur. The tough - minded Yankee, an embodiment of scientific enlightenment, faces a world whose idyllic surface only masks the dark forces of fear, injustice, and ignorance. This is the springboard which launches one of literature's most extraordinary excursions into fantasy. With the agility of Mark Twain's unique virtuosity, this acrobatic tour de force moves from broad comedy to biting social satire, and from the pure joy of wild high jinks to deeply probing insights into the nature of man, whose capacity for progress is matched only by his capacity for destruction. The reader is shaken by laughter - and something more than laughter - as he falls under the book's enchantment and finds that the grim truths of Mark Twain's Camelot strike a resoundingly contemporary note. 'This story is something other and greater than a funny book. It is a work written with a high purpose, to convey what seemed to its author the most profound and elemental truths about human society.' - Stephen Leacock











Signet Classics [ 0159 ] Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Angus Wilson. 534 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP159
Great Expectations is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mystery and a profound examination of moral values. Written at a time when Dickens' relationship with Victorian society had reached a crisis, this novel is peopled by characters unmistakably bearing Dickens' familiar stamp - but here they appear in a new and questioning light. The orphan, Pip, and the convict, Magwitch. . . the beautiful Estella, and her guardian, the embittered and vengeful Miss Havisham.. . the strangely ambiguous figure of the master lawyer, Mr. Jaggers. . . all play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shapes Dickens' searching reappraisal of the Victorian middle class. From the agony of his disenchantment comes a work that gives an added dimension to his matchless genius. '. . . the most completely unified work of art that Dickens ever produced. The only one perhaps that by its formal concentration and its unified shape at every depth of reading fulfils the sort of demands that Flaubert or Henry James makes of the novelist.' Angus Wilson.











Signet Classics [ 0160 ] Shakespeare, William. King Lear. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Russell Fraser. 287 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD160
A royal family is thrown into utter ruin by its own poisonous web of distrust, deceit and struggle for power. Shakespeare's tragedy is one unsurpassed power and depth. It follows the descent of the ageing King Lear into madness, perpetuated by his malevolent daughters Goneril and Regan who struggle to gain power over the kingdom. Having banished his favorite daughter Cordelia, a loving, compassionate and honest woman, when she refuses to partake in a competition of flattery, he sets in motion a catastrophic sequence of events that will ultimately destroy his sanity, family and kingdom. The lines between good and evil are faultlessly drawn in this exploration of filial ingratitude, injustice, avarice and love. In a time when swollen words, false pretexts and the struggle for power are again the order of the day the message of King Lear carries renewed significance.











Signet Classics [ 0161 ] Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Sylvan Barnet. 247 pages. May 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD161
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare MACBETH - Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet. Source from which Shakespeare derived MACBETH - selections from Raphael Holinshed's THE CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, A. C. Bradley, Elmer Edgar Stoll, Cleanth Brooks, Oscar James Campbell, Mary McCarthy. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography . . . Probably composed in late 1606 or early 1607, Macbeth is the last of Shakespeare's four great tragedies, the others being Hamlet, King Lear and Othello. It is a relatively short play without a major sub - plot, and it is considered by many scholars to be Shakespeare's darkest work. Lear is an utter tragedy in which the natural world is amorally indifferent toward mankind, but in Macbeth, Shakespeare adds a supernatural dimension that purposively conspires against Macbeth and his kingdom. In the tragedy of Lear, the distraught king summons the goddess of Chaos, Hecht; in Macbeth, Hecate appears as an actual character. On the level of human evil, Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy is about Macbeth's bloody rise to power, including the murder of the Scottish king, Duncan, and the guilt - ridden pathology of evil deeds generating still more evil deeds. As an integral part of this thematic web is the play's most memorable character, Lady Macbeth. Like her husband, Lady Macbeth's ambition for power leads her into an unnatural, phantasmagoric realm of witchcraft, insomnia and madness. But while Macbeth responds to the prophecies of the play's famous trio of witches, Lady Macbeth goes even further by figuratively transforming herself into an unnatural, desexualized evil spirit. The current trend of critical opinion is toward an upward reevaluation of Lady Macbeth who is said to be rehumanized by her insanity and her suicide. Much of this reappraisal of Lady Macbeth has taken place in discussions of her ironically strong marriage to Macbeth, a union that rests on loving bonds but undergoes disintegration as the tragedy unfolds. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0162 ] Shakespeare, William. Othello. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Alvin Kernan. 270 pages. May 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD162
Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Alvin Kernan, Yale University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University ~ Source from which .Shakespeare derived Othello - a story from Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Thomas Rymer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Maynard Mack, Robert B. Heilman ~ Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type ~ Name of each speaker given in full ~Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the - text ~ Textual note T Extensive bibliography. . . Along with Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, Othello is one of Shakespeare's four great tragedies and thus a pillar of what most critics take to be the apex of Shakespeare's dramatic art. More than anything else, what distinguishes Othello from its great tragedies peers is the role of its villain, Iago. While the usurper King Claudius of Hamlet, the faithless daughters of Lear, and the unnatural villains of Macbeth (Macbeth, his Lady and the Weird Sister witches) are all impressively evil in their own way, none of them enjoys the same diabolical role as Iago. Iago is a character who essentially writes the play's main plot, takes a key part in it, and gives first - hand direction to the others, most notably to the noble Moor, Othello. The play presents us with two remarkable characters, Iago and his victim, with Iago as the dominant force which causes Othello to see the infidelity of his young and beautiful wife, Desdemona, with his favorite lieutenant, Michael Cassio. Indeed, not only is 'seeing' and the gap between appearance and reality a central theme of the play, it overlaps with other major thematic strands (trust, honor, and reputation) and sheds light on still others, including the theme of patriarchy and the political state. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0163 ] Shakespeare, William. Richard II. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Kenneth Muir. 255 pages. May 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD163
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare Richard II. Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Kenneth Muir, University of Liverpool. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Source from which Shakespeare derived Richard II - selections from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Walter Pater, Richard D. Altick, and Derek Traversi. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0164 ] Shakespeare, William. The Winter's Tale. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Frank Kermode. May 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD164
Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor Sources from which Shakespeare derived The Winter's Tale Dramatic criticism from the past and present A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of The Winter's Tale, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0165 ] Parkman, Francis. La Salle and The Discovery Of The Great West. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By John A. Hawgood. 352 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT165
The heroic figure of Cavelier de La Salle and the epic scope of his achievements dominate this classic history of conquest and conflict in the New World. His is the leading role in a drama of Homeric proportions, set against the backdrop of a vast and savage wilderness: a network of lakes, rivers, and valleys stretching from New France to the Gulf of Mexico, shaping a dream of French empire and glory. Parkman's description of this untamed land is justly famous; but equally memorable is his vivid delineation of the indomitable explorer whose iron will and fierce pride led him both to triumph and to tragic death - struck clown by the forces of intrigue and avarice he so fiercely scorned. The reader is plunged into the living stream of the past in a saga not only of man against nature but also of man against man; he then emerges with the sense of intensely felt experience, which is the mark of history raised to the level of art. Samuel Eliot Morison called Francis Parkman 'one of the greatest - if not the greatest - historians that the New World has produced.' Frederick Jackson Turner also cited Parkman as 'a great historian' and noted that 'his work will live on because he was even greater as an artist.'











Signet Classics [ 0166 ] Goncharov, Ivan. Oblomov. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Foreword by Harry T. Moore. 559 pages. June 1963. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ166
Oblomov lies in bed, pondering one vital, earth. shattering question: Should he get up? Thus we meet one of the greatest creations in all Russian literature - Oblomov, good natured and indolent, with the mind of a reasonable man and the ambition of a giant sloth, wearily reclining while a procession of visitors plead with him to change his ways. We are drawn to this strange figure in the same way as is the energetic Stolz or the beautiful and vivacious Olga. Fascinated, we watch the meanderings of his life, his attempts at reform, his inevitable descent to his peculiar fate with the interest we usually reserve for the plight of a friend, a brother, or our very selves. For Oblomov's idiosyncrasies are universal. . . and 'Oblomovism' knows no class, no era, no country; it finds a home in every human heart. 'That the result is a great comic story, the world knows. . . . [Oblomov is] a juicy character, a monstrosity of indolence wrapped in the most famous dressing gown in the literature of laziness, a man who, as he yawns his way through one evasion after another, is always a magnet for our sympathies as well as for our friendly laughter.' - Harry T. Moore.











Signet Classics [ 0167 ] Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Frank Kermode. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ167
‘People are almost always better than their neighbours think they are.’ George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose pioneering medical methods, combined with an imprudent marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamond, threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. As their stories entwine, George Eliot creates a richly nuanced and moving drama, hailed by Virginia Woolf as ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.’











Signet Classics [ 0168 ] Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Albert Gilman. September 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD168
Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, Albert Gilman, Boston University Source from which Shakespeare derived As You Like It--selections from Thomas Lodge's Rosalynd Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Arthur Colby Sprague, Helen Gardener, Peter B. Erickson, Jean E. Howard A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of As You Like It, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0169 ] Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Edward Hubler. 271 pages. September 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD169
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare HAMLET: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Edward Hubler, Princeton University, General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University, Special note on the sources on which Shakespeare drew for Hamlet, Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt, A. C. Bradley, Harley Granville - Barker, Wolfgang Clemen, Maynard Mack, Robert Ornstein, Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type, Name of each speaker given in full, Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text, Textual note, Extensive bibliography. THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES - The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. . . First performed in 1603, Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark is probably the best known of William Shakespeare's works, and may well be the most famous English - language play ever written. Categorized as one of Shakespeare's 'later tragedies,' Hamlet and its namesake hero display fully the mature Bard's extraordinary talents. But while Hamlet has been the subject of admiring critical commentary since Elizabethan times, it has also developed a reputation as a difficult work to analyze, one that features a very complicated central character, addresses many complex themes, and presents the reader with a multi - layered text which defies easy interpretation. The character of Hamlet is one of the most compelling characters to ever rise from the pages of English literature. He has been subjected to numerous interpretations and studies over the centuries, his actions and thoughts analyzed and analyzed again. And this, probably more than anything else, is the reason for Hamlet's enduring appeal. Indeed, in her notable work, Hamlet and Revenge (excerpted in the criticism section), Eleanor Prosser concludes that the dilemma faced by Hamlet is in some ways the same dilemma faced by civilized man at large. As a reader, you can come to any number of reasonable conclusions about Hamlet, but coming to a firm conviction about this complex character is a difficult task. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0170 ] Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By William & Barbara Rosen. 240 pages. September 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD170
Special Introduction to the play by the editors, Barbara Rosen and William Rosen, University of Connecticut '~ General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University ~ Sources from which Shakespeare derived Julius Caesar - selections from Plutarch's The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans '~ Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Leonard F. Dean, R. A. Foakes, Ernest Schanzer, Roy Walker ~ Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type '~ Name of each speaker given in full ~J Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text ' Textual note . ~ Extensive bibliography . . . Probably written in 1599, Julius Caesar was the earliest of Shakespeare's three Roman history plays. Like Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus, Julius Caesar is a dramatization of actual events, Shakespeare drawing upon the ancient Roman historian Plutarch's Lives of Caesar, Brutus, and Mark Antony as the primary source of the play's plot and characters. The play is tightly structured. It establishes the dramatic problem of alarm at Julius Caesar's ambition to become 'king' (or dictator) in the very first scene and introduces signs that Caesar must 'beware the Ides of March' from the outset. Before its mid - point, Caesar is assassinated, and shortly after Mark Antony's famous funeral oration ('Friends, Romans, and countrymen…') the setting shifts permanently from Rome to the battlefields on which Brutus and Cassius meet their inevitable defeat. Julius Caesar is also a tragedy, but despite its title, the tragic character of the play is Brutus, the noble Roman whose decision to take part in the conspiracy for the sake of freedom plunges him into a personal conflict and his country into civil war. Literary scholars have debated for centuries about the question of who exactly is the protagonist of this play. The seemingly simple answer to this question would be Julius Caesar himself—after all, the play is named after him, and the events of the play all relate to him. However, Caesar only appears in three scenes (four if the ghost is included), thus apparently making him an unlikely choice for the protagonist, who is supposed to be the main character. Meanwhile, Brutus, who is in the play much more often than Caesar (and actually lasts until the final scene), is not the title character of the play, and is listed in the dramatis personae not only after Caesar, but after the entire triumvirate and some senators who barely appear in the play. Determining the protagonist is one of the many engaging issues presented in the play. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0171 ] Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Wolfgang Clemen. September 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD171
Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, Wolfgang Clemen, University of Munich A note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived A Midsummer Night's Dream Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by William Hazlitt, John Russell Brown, Frank Kermode, Linda Bamber, Camille Wells Slights A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0172 ] Shakespeare, William. Troilus and Cressida. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Daniel Seltzer. 288 pages. September 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD172
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES. The work of the world's greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features of The Signet Classic Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Daniel Seltzer, Harvard University; General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University; Substantial note on the voluminous sources from which Shakespeare derived Troilus and Cressida with specific references to the best editions of these long works; Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by W. W. Lawrence, S. L. Bethell, Derek Traversi, R. A. Foakes, I. A. Richards, Reuben A. Brower; Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type; Name of each speaker given in full; Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text; Textual note Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0173 ] Shakespeare, William. Much Ado About Nothing. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By David Stevenson. 160 pages. April 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD173
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES - The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, David L. Stevenson, Hunter College. General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Special note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Charles Gildon, Lewis Carroll, George Bernard Shaw, Donald A. Stauffer, W. H. Auden. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable Type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . . Although there has been some speculation that Much Ado About Nothing may be a heavily revised version of a play that Shakespeare wrote earlier in his career (a 'lost' work that is often referred to as Love's Labour Won), Much Ado was probably written by Shakespeare in 1598 or shortly thereafter. This would make Much Ado one of Shakespeare's later comedies. Unlike his earliest comedic works, the humor of Much Ado about Nothing does not depend upon funny situations. While it shares some standard devices with those earlier plays (misperceptions, disguises, false reports), the comedy of Much Ado derives from the characters themselves and the manners of the highly - mannered society in which they live. And while the main plot of Much Ado revolves around obstacles to the union of two young lovers (Claudio and Hero), the plays sub - plot, the 'merry war' of the sexes between Beatrice and Benedick, is much more interesting and entertaining by comparison. Indeed, the play was staged for a long period of time under the title of Beatrice and Benedick. Especially when set alongside the conventional, even two - dimensional lovers of the main plot, Beatrice and Benedick display a carefully matched intelligence, humor, and humanity that in unmatched among the couples who people Shakespeare's comedies. Beatrice and Benedick aside, Much Ado has been the object of sharp criticism from several modern Shakespeare scholars, the gist of their complaint being that it lacks a unifying dramatic conception. More pointedly, while Much Ado is comic, it also has some disturbing elements. That being so, it is often classified as a 'problem play,' akin to The Merchant of Venice in raising the possibility of a tragic ending and in presenting us with 'good' characters, like Claudio, who nonetheless act 'badly.'











Signet Classics [ 0174 ] Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Robert Langbaum. 223 pages. March 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD174
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Robert Langbaum, University of Virginia. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Substantial note on the sources of THE TEMPEST with extracts from them. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, E. M.W. Tillyard, Reuben A. Brower, Bernard Knox, David William . Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable Type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . Although some scholars have speculated that Shakespeare wrote portions of The Tempest at an earlier stage in his career, most literary historians assign the entire play a composition date of 1610 or 1611. And while Shakespeare may have had a hand in The Two Noble Kinsman (written a decade or so after The Tempest and assigned to dual authorship), The Tempest is customarily identified as the Bard's last stage piece. These marginal issues aside, The Tempest is the fourth, final, and the finest of Shakespeare's great and/or late romances. Along with Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter's Tale, The Tempest belongs to the genre of Elizabethan romance plays. It combines elements of tragedy (Prospero's revenge) with those of romantic comedy (the young lovers Miranda and Ferdinand), and, like one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Measure for Measure, it poses deeper questions that are not completely resolved at the end. The romance genre is distinguished by the inclusion (and synthesis) of these tragic, comic, and problematical ingredients and further marked by a happy ending (usually concluding with a masque or dance) in which all , or most, of the characters are brought into harmony. No reading of The Tempest can do it justice: Shakespeare's tale of Prospero's Island is inherently theatrical, unfolding in a series of spectacles that involve exotic, supra - human,and sometimes invisible characters that the audience can see but other characters cannot. The play was composed by Shakespeare as a multi - sensory theater experience, with sound, and especially music, used to complement the sights of the play, and all of it interwoven by the author with lyrical textual passages that over - flow with exotic images, trifling sounds, and a palpable lushness. The richness of The Tempest as theater is matched by the extraordinary thematic complexity of its text. Recognizing that all of the themes and accompanying figurative strands of the play cannot be discussed here, the play's topical highlights can still be approached by first noting the salience of two themes that arise from the very theatricality of the play: the opposition between reality and illusion and the tandem subject of the theater itself. The play challenges our senses and is self - consciously a performance orchestrated by Shakespeare's effigy in the master illusionist Prospero. There are, in addition, numerous interpenetrating polarities in the play, most notably between nature and civilization or Art. These thematic strands come together at multiple points of intersection. Nevertheless, from one angle on the text, The Tempest asks a single question, one that Shakespeare had posed in many and divers of his other plays: What is a human being? (or, in Elizabethan terms: What is man?) - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0175 ] Shakespeare, William. Richard III. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Mark Eccles. 256 pages. June 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD175
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES - The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in. authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Mark Eccles, University of Wisconsin; General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare Series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University; Sources from which Shakespeare derived Richard III - Sir Thomas More: from True History of King Richard III and Raphael Holinshed: from Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland; Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Charles Lamb, Lily B. Campbell, A. P. Rossiter; Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type; Name of each speaker given in full; Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text; Textual note; Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0176 ] Hasek, Jaroslav. The Good Soldier Schweik. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Czech By Paul Selver.Illustrations By Josef Lada. Foreword By Leslie A. Fiedler. 429 pages. June 1963. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT176
Poor Schweik. How simpleminded he is. Possibly even a lunatic. For how else could he fail to recognize the matchless wisdom of his sergeant, his lieutenant, his colonel, and even his king, who all agree it is his noble duty to serve as a solid target for an enemy bullet. Can the author be so bold as to suggest that this miserable nobody, this disgraceful malingerer, this grain of sand in the great military machine, is the true hero of our times? In all of the literature of war there is no more deadly weapon than Schweik's blank gaze as he listens to a vital order, then marches resolutely away in the wrong direction. For in Schweik's vision of the world - a world in which it is good to live and bad to die - lies a force that can topple empires and reduce the inspiring spectacle of war to bloody absurdity. The brilliant satire of this masterpiece does more than delight the reader; it casts the healing light of sanity upon the festering wounds of this war - torn century. 'The reader is reminded of Swift, Gogol, Dickens. . . . Hasek makes our present - day beatniks, bohemians, and would - be satirists seem very small beer by comparison.' - LONDON TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.











Signet Classics [ 0177 ] O'Hara, John. Appointment In Samarra. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Arthur Mizener. 216 pages. August 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP177
Handsome, well - born Julian English sits in his Cadillac with only a fifth of Scotch and a pack of cigarettes to keep him company as he waits for death. What path has led him to this tragic rendezvous? Is it a fatal flaw of character that in three short days has brought his life to ruin? Is he the victim of social forces operating as inexorably as the gears in a deadly machine? With a style as finely honed as a scalpel, John O'Hara lays bare the anguish of a desperately driven man and dissects the Pennsylvania town in which he meets his fate. Exposed is a world of banker and bootlegger, country club and pool hall. Exposed are the subtleties that bind humans together, the pressures that separate them, the delicate and shifting emotional balances that can change love into hate and life into death. 'It is not Q'Hara's merely factual knowledge but his imaginative grasp of American life that makes Appointment in Samarra a remarkable book.' - ARTHUR MIZENER.. .'More than anyone now writing, O'Hara understands the complex, contradictory, asymmetrical society in which we live.' - LIONEL TRILLING.











Signet Classics [ 0178 ] Trollope, Anthony. Barchester Towers. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Robert Daniel. 536 pages. July 1963. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP178
Who is to rule the diocese of Barchester? This is the burning question that shapes Anthony Trollope's comic masterpiece - fanning the flames of ambition, and invading the once peaceful air of a cathedral town with the spirits of cunning, malice, greed. When the redoubtable Mrs. Proudie and the indomitable Mr. Slope meet the unflinching opposition of the forces of Archdeacon Grantly, the spiritual terrain is transformed into a theater of war. Social calls become skirmishes. Parties are arranged like pitched battles. And not even the most innocent can escape the intricate net of stratagem that Trollope weaves in this satiric revelation of mid - Victorian manners and morality. Justly famous for its incisive characterizations and acute social delineation, BARCHESTER TOWERS offers an engrossing re - creation of a captivating age. Robert W. Daniel calls this work 'a masterpiece in the grand tradition of English comedy.' George Saintsbury judged it 'emphatically its author's best novel,' and Sir Hugh Walpole commented,' 'There is in BARCHESTER TOWERS, I swear, not a dull moment.'











Signet Classics [ 0179 ] Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Frank Kermode. 864 pages. August 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT179
Young Tom Jones, pure - hearted and warm - blooded, parentage unknown and future uncertain, stands at the center of this masterpiece of the English language. Yet he is but one of the book's expertly drawn characters his adventures on the highway of life entangle him with a variety of men and women who vividly cover the full spectrum of human virtue and vice. His high - minded love for sweet Sophia cannot restrain the demands o is flesh for the pretty and bawdy Molly or the seductive Mrs. Waters; nor can the benevolence of Squire Allworthy protect him from the wretched Bilfil. Before he recognizes his destiny, he must suffer all the outrages of comic misfortune. The richly textured pattern of Tom Jones is one of the marvels of literature and in its parody and pathos, its wit and constant surprise, the reader views the pure joy of life itself. Coleridge wrote of this work, 'Upon my word, I think the Oedipus Tyrannus, the Alchemist, and Tom Jones, the three most perfect plots ever planned.' Frank Kermode comments there are 'few works of art so perfectly made, so perfectly of their period, yet possessing the energy and high spirits and good humor to transcend it.'











Signet Classics [ 0180 ] Merimee, Prosper. Carmen, Colomba and Selected Stories. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Walter J. Cobb.Foreword By George Steiner. 286 pages. August 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP180
In these tales of passion and vengeance, conflict and death, the reader encounters an unflinching honesty rare in literature. There is no veil of morality or mist of sentiment to shield him from the naked face of violence - only the impeccable style and ironic detachment of the author's matchless art. Armed with this ambiguous weapon, commanding the reader's attention even as he destroys all illusion, Mérimée is inexorably drawn to the primitive forces beneath the thin veneer of civilization. His stories may be set in the harsh landscapes of Spain and Corsica or the hospitable climes of France and Italy, on a bloody battlefield or in a tense cardroom, but his aim is unswerving: His constant target lies in the primal depths of the human heart. V. S. Pritchett calls Mérimée the 'supreme 'pure storyteller'.., unsurpassed in the technical beauty of his stories, in the ice - clear prose of his narrative.' George Steiner writes, 'Once that somewhat clipped, elegant voice has begun a tale, it becomes nearly impossible to turn away.'











Signet Classics [ 0181 ] Scott, Sir Walter. Quentin Durward. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by D. W. Brogan. 535 pages. July 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT181
The rhythm of horses’ hooves and the flash of swords vividly punctuate this tale of high adventure amid the desperate political intrigues of fifteenth-century France. Quentin Durward, in search of fortune in a foreign land, bears the bravely colored standard of the plot. But over- shadowing this gallant young Scotsman is the enigmatic, strangely ambiguous figure of Louis XI as he makes his coldly calculated moves on the chessboard of power against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, his opponent and opposite. The discerning reader is offered not only a superbly paced story of narrative suspense but also a dramatic portrait of the last epoch of medieval chivalry, its magnificent facade crumbling before the harsh winds of a new age. D. W. Brogan writes, ‘Scott is one of those rare figures in literature who have created a new type of book. It was Quentin Durward that made him., the rival of Byron and Goethe.’











Signet Classics [ 0182 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Allan Nevins. 544 pages. August 1963. Cover: Pucci. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP182
The last of the Leatherstocking Tales to be written, and Cooper's own favorite, The Deerslayer turns back to the entrance into manhood of Natty Bumppo, the hero of these classic frontier sagas. An idealistic youth who was raised among the Indians, his daring and resourcefulness are evident - but the Deerslayer has yet to meet the test of human conflict. In a tale of violent action and superbly sustained suspense, the harsh realities of tribal warfare force him to kill his first foe, and face torture at the stake. Still yet another kind of initiation awaits him, when he discovers not only the ruthlessness of 'civilized' men, but also the special danger of a woman's will. His youthful spirit transformed into mature courage and moral certainty, the future Leatherstocking emerges to face life with a nobility as pure and proud as the wilderness whose fierce beauty and freedom have claimed his heart. Historian Allan Nevins writes 'It is a rich and intensely exciting. . . story of an America now so far lost in time and change that it is hard to believe it ever existed. But it did exist, and some memory of it, in our all too artificial day, ought to be cherished by the nation.' And Van Wyck Brooks commented 'Natty Bumppo was destined to remain the symbol of a moment of civilization, the dawn of the new American soul.’











Signet Classics [ 0183 ] Bennett, Arnold. The Old Wives' Tale. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By John Wain. 584 pages. August 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT183
The Old Wives' Tale is a masterful study of life seen steadily, and seen whole. This story of two sisters, one married to a dull but worthy husband in a provincial English town, the other abandoned in glittering nineteenth - century Paris by the man with whom she has eloped, offers a profound vision of human destiny in which character and circumstance are inextricably interwoven. It is Arnold Bennett's genius to create from the common place clay of daily life characters of unique reality. Whether the setting be Paris under siege or the apparent peace of middle - class domesticity, he imbues the journey from the dawn of youth to the door of death with tragic grandeur - a grandeur achieved not by use of exalted subject matter, but by a compassionate understanding of the ordinary. Constructed with superb craftsmanship, his novel commands the reader's unflagging attention as two lives, seemingly worlds apart, converge upon a common fate. From their final reconciliation emerges a sense of universal truth that belongs to the highest sphere of artistic achievement. John Wain views The Old Wives' Tale as Arnold Bennett's 'most perfect work.' W Somerset Maugham called it 'a great book. . . eminently readable.'











Signet Classics [ 0184 ] Twain, Mark. Pudd'nhead Wilson. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Wright Morris. 175 pages. January 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD184
Set in a town on the Mississippi during the pre - Civil War era, Pudd'nhead Wilson centers its plot around a deception of switched identities involving a child born free and a child born slave. It is a novel of biting social commentary and enduring relevance. It is also a melodrama and a murder mystery, and it introduces one of the author's most delightful characters: Pudd'nhead Wilson, an intellectual with a penchant for amateur detection. F. R. Leavis has termed this novel 'the masterly work of a great writer.' Wright Morris comments, 'In a wide shelf of books only a handful of pages speak out for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, experienced man of the world. . . . It is the distinction of Pudd'nhead Wilson that it contains more than a few of these pages. . . .'











Signet Classics [ 0185 ] James, Henry. The American. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Leon Edel. 336 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP185
Leon Edel writes of this novel: 'The American is a novel rich in the way in which it draws archetypal myths and mimetic modes. Behind its melodrama and its simple romance is the history of man's dream of better worlds, travel to strange lands, and marriage to high and noble ladies. At the same time the book reveals a deep affection for American innocence and a deep awareness that such innocence carries with it a fund of ignorance. Its novelty lay in its 'international' character. It has been spoken of as tile first truly 'international' novel. . . . For the first time, with high humor, James here addresses himself to his major theme it was his great discovery for the American novel. . . . '. . . [It is] a masterpiece of American romanticism in which James shows us his profound grasp of what he was ultimately to call 'time Americano - European legend.'











Signet Classics [ 0186 ] Silone, Ignazio. Bread and Wine. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Italian By Harvey Fergusson II. A Note On The Revision By Ignazio Silone.Afterword By Marc Slonim. 287 pages. October 1963. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT186
Italy, 1938: a land deadened by dictatorship and deafened by propaganda for approaching war. This is the homeland to which Pietro Spina returns after fifteen years of exile. He is a revolutionary disguised as a priest, and he is on a mission for his people and for truth. His journey takes him from the pavements of Rome to the lovingly tended earth of the impoverished countryside, where he rediscovers a way of life attuned to the eternal rhythms of planting and harvesting, the enduring pulsebeat of birth and death. Slogans and political dogma fade beside the blossoming of a vision in which flesh and spirit are as inseparably joined as the bread and wine that give this masterpiece its title and its theme. Bread and Wine, now revised by the author to bring to sharp focus its lasting truths, is at once a panoramic portrait of Italian society and a moving moral lesson for our times. '. . . the best [novel] Silone has ever written and the most representative of European fiction between the two world wars.' - - - Marc Slonim. 'This novel reveals Silone's true stature as one of the most truly contemporary and significant writers of our time.' - Philip Rahv.











Signet Classics [ 0187 ] Balzac, Honore de. The Fatal Skin. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Atwood H. Townsend.Afterword By Henri Peyre. 286 pages. August 1963. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP187
The self - consuming force of man's desire is the theme that animates this extraordinary novel. The 'fatal skin' of the title, a strange talisman that has the power to grant its owner's every wish, is no instrument of fantasy. It is a stunning symbol of vital reality in a tale in which 1ust, avarice, gluttony, and even love play their parts with grim irony. For the skin's blessing also contains its curse: Raphael must watch the talisman shrink with the fulfillment of his every joy. . . and as it shrinks, so shrinks his life - span. Whether he turns to a courtesan's embrace or to the arms of his young bride, whether he seeks bliss in sensual delight or refuge in the solaces of art, science or philosophy, he cannot escape the self - destruction his strong will to live entails. Set in a Paris whose frenzied pursuit of pleasure and success remarkably presages the desperate tempo of the modern world, this masterpiece of existential paradox grows in relevance with every step mankind takes toward power and annihilation. Henri Peyre calls The Fatal Skin 'the best introduction to the immense and bewildering Balzacian universe. Its tempo is fast. . . its structure is firm, logical, and symbolic.'











Signet Classics [ 0188 ] Mann, Thomas. Confessions Of Felix Krull, Confidence Man. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The German By Denver Lindley.Afterword By George Steiner. 334 pages. August 1963. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT188
Felix Krull, swindler par excellence, stands as Thomas Mann's last great literary creation. With the modest pride of a professional, Krull retraces the course of his extraordinary career from a sweet but hardly innocent child to manhood when his genius for theft, impersonation, and sensual adventure came to full flower. In these 'confessions' the irony that underlies even Mann's most serious work is transformed into high comedy, ribald farce, brilliant parody. Begun in 1911, laid aside, then resumed after a span of some forty years, this first volume of a projected trilogy is a marvel of sustained inspiration. It is a memorable tour de force in which the author's lifelong fascination with the ambiguous relationship between art and morality achieves final expression with Mann assuming the voice of an enchanting charlatan to bid the world a smiling farewell. George Steiner calls Confessions 'a garland of laughter' laid upon the 'monumental facade' of Mann's work.











Signet Classics [ 0189 ] Sholokhov, Mikhail. And Quiet Flows The Don. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Stephen Garry.Afterword By Maurice Hindus. 518 pages. March 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ189
As vast and turbulent as it is true to history, this novel vividly depicts the loyalties that divided Russia after the fall of the czarist regime and during the Civil War. Sholokhov's unsparing portrayal of the cossack Gregor's conflicting commitments to wife and mistress finds a symbolic extension in the war between the Bolsheviks and the cossacks, who by their rage to remain free are forced to oppose the revolution. AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON has been acclaimed by critics as the greatest Russian novel of the twentieth century; it is a work, according to Maxim Gorky, that 'can only be compared with Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE.' Its publication placed Mikhail Sholokhov in the front rank of Soviet writers; his books have been reprinted 421 times in 55 languages, totaling over 21 million copies.











Signet Classics [ 0190 ] Hardy, Thomas. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles. New York. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Donald Hall. 432 pages. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD190
She dances on the green with the maidens. She is raped in the wood at sixteen. She buries her child in secret. She milks a cow named Dumpling. She hacks turnips on a barren farm. . . She stabs a man. She hides in an old house with her lover. She wakes to a circle of police, to a noose in the morning.' Thus Donald Hall writes of the figure who dominates this classic novel of tragic destiny. In Tess, victimized by lust, poverty, and hypocrisy, Thomas Hardy created no standard Victorian heroine, but a woman whose intense vitality flares unforgettably against the bleak background of a dying rural society. Shaped by an acute sense of social injustice and by a vision of human fate cosmic in scope, her story is a singular blending of harsh realism and indelibly poignant beauty. The novel shocked its Victorian audience with its honesty; it remains a triumph of literary art and a timeless commentary on the human condition. In the words of Virginia Woolf 'If we are to place Hardy among his fellows, we must call him the greatest tragic writer in the English language.'











Signet Classics [ 0191 ] Meredith, George. The Egoist. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Angus Wilson. 511 pages. November 1963. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT191
'Meredith produced a novel nearer to classic comedy than anything else in our language,' writes Angus Wilson of this tale - the story of a fatuously self - centered nobleman and the woman whose fierce independence proves his undoing. Unique in design, universal in theme, The Egoist is indelibly stamped by George Meredith's singular wit and psychological insight. It is a work that exemplifies its author's singular blend of elliptical dialogue, incisive epigram, and remarkable metaphor. . . as well as his devastating talent for evoking both the entrenched male ego and the revolutionary spirit of the new woman. The words of William Ernest Henley, written upon the novel's first appearance, remain undimmed by time: 'Meredith is a companion for Balzac and Richardson, an intimate for Fielding and Cervantes. . . . The Egoist is a piece of imaginative work as solid and rich as any that the century has seen. . . not only one of its author's masterpieces, but one of the strongest and most individual performances of modern literature.'











Signet Classics [ 0192 ] Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Kenneth Rexroth. 317 pages. March 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD192
As Moll Flanders struggles for survival amid the harsh social realities of seventeenth - century England, there is but one snare she is determined to avoid - the deadly snare of poverty, On the twisting path that leads from her birth in Newgate prison to her final prosperous respectability, love is regarded as worth no more than its weight in gold; and such matters as bigamy, incest, theft, and prostitution occasion but a brief blush before they are reckoned in terms of profit and loss. Yet so pure is her candor, so healthy her animal appetites, so indomitable her resiliency through every vicissitude of fortune, that this extraordinary wench emerges as far more than a prototype of the mercantile mind. In Moll Flanders Defoe added a fresh dimension to the art of writing. 'We seem to see Defoe's characters through the crystal - clear medium of his style with perfect verisimilitude, as real as if we saw them in a mirror that was so flawless that it was invisible,' writes Kenneth Rexroth. Virginia Woolf ranked Moll Flanders as 'among the few English novels which we can call indisputably great.'











Signet Classics [ 0193 ] Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP193
One of the world's great masters of the short story, Anton Chekhov wrote about everyday life as he saw it - with humor, insight, and honesty. In this lies his genius: He portrayed the Russian people as they really were, not as he wanted them to be. This Signet Classic presents twenty Chekhov stories, including twelve of his early tales which make their first appearance in English in Thus paperback collection. The Confession * He Understood * At Sea * Surgery * Ninochka * A Cure for Drinking * The Jailer Jailed * The Dance Pianist * The Milksop * The Nincompoop * Marriage in Ten or Fifteen Years * In Spring * Agafya * The Kiss * The Father * In Exile * Three Years * The House with the Mansard * Peasants * The Darling











Signet Classics [ 0194 ] Orwell, George. Burmese Days. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Richard Rees. 255 pages. December 1963. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP194
The product of intimate personal knowledge, Burmese Days, George Orwell's first novel, offers a scathing indictment of British Imperial rule. Against a brilliantly rendered exotic background, the author presents a bitter and satiric picture of the corruption spawned by absolute power, a corruption all - pervading and inescapable, infecting white man and native alike. His theme is given sharp focus in the struggle of. John Flory, the novel's English hero, to maintain some measure of integrity in a debilitating moral climate. As Flory is inexorably driven to final tragic defeat, the reader encounters a vividly delineated cross section of Anglo - Indian society and was an unsurpassed portrayal of an era of history whose effects still profoundly trouble the modern world. Burmese Days is a superb example of Orwell's literary skill and of the fierce and uncompromising vision that made him, in the words of V. S. Pritchett, 'the conscience of his generation.'











Signet Classics [ 0195 ] James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Oscar Cargill. 559 pages. January 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT195
'No other American and few Europeans can match [the] superb feminine creations of the chief American master of the art of fiction.' Thus writes Oscar Cargill in his appreciation of The Portrait of a Lady, which many critics consider Henry James's supreme achievement. The heroine of this novel is a young American, Isabel Archer. Blessed by nature and fortune, high - spirited and independent, she arrives in Europe to seek the full realization of her potential, In the cultured brilliance of international society, she enters a seemingly charmed existence, An English aristocrat and an aggressive American woo her; her sensitive, ironic cousin, the invalid Ralph, becomes her adoring adviser. But it is only after the ingenuous Isabel falls prey to and suffers from the machinations of a sophisticated and infinitely calculating older woman that she achieves final dimension as a woman and profound triumph as a human being.











Signet Classics [ 0196 ] Colette. Gigi and Selected Writings. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Elaine Marks. 256 pages. December 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT196
The full scope of Colette's remarkable genius is vividly displayed in these selections from a half century of literary creation. Included in its entirety is the enchanting Gigi, worldly, witty, and wise, and an excerpt from one of her masterpieces, The Last of Cheri, a classic novel of an aging courtesan and her young ex - lover. Recollections of childhood and of life among music - hall artistes, portraits of people and deeply personal evocations of nature, are rendered with a scrupulous stylistic mastery that captures the finest shades of perception, the most delicate nuances of sensibility. The keynote of this collection is diversity, but the final effect is one of supreme unity; these stories, memories, meditations, and descriptions combine to form a single world, a world in which spirit and flesh are one, and the senses reign supreme. 'Colette chats with us, writes to us, in her own inimitable style, personal and objective, chock - full of past and present details. Almost until the very end, Colette celebrates.., the fire of the hearth and heart'the fire that she nourished with care and that, although the 'lanai bleu' has been turned off, glows still in the complete works of Sidonie Gabrielle Colette.' - Elaine Marks.











Signet Classics [ 0197 ] Shakespeare, William. Titus Andronicus. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Sylvan Barnet. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD197
Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593, probably in collaboration with George Peele. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, and is often seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were extremely popular with audiences throughout the 16th century. The play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. It is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work, and traditionally was one of his least respected plays; although it was extremely popular in its day, by the later 17th century it had fallen out of favour. In the Victorian era, it was disapproved of primarily because of what was considered to be a distasteful use of graphic violence, but from around the middle of the 20th century its reputation began to improve.











Signet Classics [ 0198 ] Flaubert, Gustave. Three Tales. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Walter J. Cobb. Foreword By Henri Peyre. 127 pages. January 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP198
'Biographers and critics have generally hailed these three tales, Flaubert's last complete work, not only as his testament, but as the culmination and the summation of his literary career.' Thus writes Henri Peyre, who terms these classic stories 'the fittest initiation to the rest of Flaubert's works.' In them, the reader witnesses the astonishing scope of the author's creative imagination and the full range of his stylistic virtuosity. They deal with the life of a servant woman in nineteenth - century France, the terrible sins and atonement of a legendary medieval saint, and the violent conflict of races and religions during the first century of the Christian era. Whether Flaubert seeks to capture commonplace reality through his selection of essential detail, suspend disbelief with vivid and precise dream imagery, or re - create the oriental splendor and barbarous passions of the ancient world through richly sensuous description, he displays supreme mastery of his art. Flaubert has been praised by such writers as Kafka, Joyce, and Hemingway, and Allen Tate credits him with having 'created the modern novel. . . created the modern short story. . . created modern fiction.' Includes - A Simple Heart, The Legend of St. Julian The Hospitaler, & Herodias.











Signet Classics [ 0199 ] Balzac, Honore de. Eugenie Grandet. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Henry ReedAfterword By Roger Shattuck. 222 pages. February 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP199
In Eugénie Grandet appear two of Balzac's most memorable characters. One is Grandet, a man consumed by avarice; the other, Eugénie, his daughter, who lives in his shadow. quiet, docile, and desperately hungering for love. Around them, a provincial village comes to life with its fine gradations in rank, its bitter rivalries, and its all - pervading obsession with money. In this society Grandet reigns supreme. But for Eugénie it represents a life without hope. A chance of escape is offered her when her handsome and penniless cousin arrives from Paris; she defies her father. only to find that her lover, too, is corrupted by the power of gold. A magnificently told story of dehumanizing greed and tragic waste, Eugénie Grandet occupies an integral place in Balzac's vast Human Comedy. As Roger Shattuck writes, 'Its provincial setting and compact narrative line balance the frenetic pace of the Paris novels. Yet the calm of Saumur cannot conceal for long the tidal forces that drive. . . men, wherever they are.'











Signet Classics [ 0200 ] Dickens, Charles. The Pickwick Papers. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Steven Marcus. 888 pages. December 1964. Cover: Kossin. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ200
The adventures of the immortal Pickwick Club, headed by the good Mr. Pickwick himself, abetted by his faithful manservant, Sam Weller, form the basis of this, Dickens' first great literary achievement. In no other work does Dickens' richness of comic invention display itself so lavishly. Following the intrepidly bumbling Pickwickians along the highways and byways of old England, he creates a vivid world of highwaymen, duels, lawsuits, jails, hilarious romantic imbroglios - but a world, too, of deeply affecting human warmth and generosity. Superbly vigorous, filled with a host of indelible character creations, Pickwick Papers has never ceased to enjoy the popularity it won with its initial publication - when it rocketed its author to sudden fame and launched a career without equal in the history of the English novel. Steven Marcus writes: 'Pickwick Papers is the one novel in which Dickens achieved the thing we tend to think is the exclusive property of only the greatest, most mature, most fully consummated artists . . . a representation of life that fulfills the vision that men have never relinquished of the ideal possibilities of human relations . . . '











Signet Classics [ 0201 ] Norris, Frank. McTeague. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Kenneth Rexroth. 351 pages. March 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP201
'I never truckled. I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. I told them the truth. They liked it or they didn't like it. What had that to do with me? I told them the truth,' declared Frank I Norris, shortly before his death at the age of thirty - two. Of his novels, none shocked his reading public more than McTeague, and few works since have captured the seamy side of American urban life with such graphic immediacy as does this portrayal of human degradation in turn - of - the - century San Francisco. Its protagonists - men and women alike - are shown as both products and victims of a debasing social order. Heredity and environment play the role of fate in a tale that moves toward its harrowing conclusion with the grim power and inevitability of Classic tragedy. Unsparing in its objectivity, McTeague has been termed by Alfred Kazin 'the first great tragic portrait in America of an acquisitive society.' Kenneth Rexroth comments, '. . . the writing is easy arid natural, the moral earnestness refreshing, and the construction masterful.'











Signet Classics [ 0202 ] McGuffey, William Holmes. McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader-1879 Edition. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Henry Steele Commager. 492 pages. November 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT202
The text of this Signet Classic is that of the revised Sixth Reader, published in 1879. With a Foreword by Henry Steele Commager McGuffey's Henry Steele Commager assesses the contribution of the McGuffey Readers to the education, morals, and culture of nineteenth - century America: 'Justice Holmes said of John Marshall that part of his greatness was in being there; so, too, we can say that part of the greatness. of the McGuffey Readers was that they were thereat the right time - they were there to be read by millions of children from all parts of the country, from all classes, of all faiths. They gave to the American child of the nineteenth century what he so conspicuously lacks today - a common body of allusions, a sense of common experience and of common possession. 'The McGuffey Readers, then, are far more than a historical curiosity. They played an important role in American education and in American culture, and helped shape that elusive thing we call the American character.'











Signet Classics [ 0203 ] Babel, Isaac. Lyubka The Cossack and Other Stories. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian and With An Afterword By Andrew R. MacAndrew. 285 pages. November 1963. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT203
Babel has been compared to Hemingway in the violence he depicts, in his abiding theme of test and initiation, in his intense artistic dedication. Yet his style and vision are uniquely his own. Babel's tales are shaped by deeply personal and intense ironies: maternal love vies with the harsh realities of ghetto life; a starving writer is coupled with a sensual wealthy woman; a Jewish intellectual enters into a strange alliance with brutal Cossacks in the Goyaesque horrors of war in Poland. Babel's stories are written with passionate devotion to the mot juste, the swift phrase, the unexpected image, and they form a series of lightninglike attacks upon the reader's sensibilities. From the author's juxtaposition of gruesome detail and lyric grace there emerges an unforgettable revelation of the mingled bestiality and beauty that lie in primitive emotion and naked action. Lionel Trilling called the stories in RED CAVALRY 'the most remarkable work of fiction that had yet come out of revolutionary Russia . . . having upon it the mark of exceptional talent, even of genius.'











Signet Classics [ 0204 ] Wharton, Edith. The House Of Mirth. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Louis Auchincloss. 352 pages. January 1964. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT204
THE HOUSE OF MIRTH stands as the work that first established Edith Wharton’s eminent literary reputation. In it she discovered her major subject: the fashionable New York society in which she had been raised, whose power to debase both people and ideals forms the dramatic core of this finely wrought novel. Its heroine, Lily Bart, the poor relation of a wealthy woman, is beautiful, intelligent, and hopelessly addicted to the pleasures of a moneyed world of luxury and grace. But, ironically, her delicacy of taste and moral sensibility - qualities representing the ideal goals of that world - render her unfit for survival in it. As she struggles to maintain her tenuous position, she is helpless against the vulgarity and greed that form the true foundations of the glittering social edifice; the society that has created her commences ruthlessly to destroy her. A brilliant portrayal of both human frailty and nobility, and a bitter attack on false social values, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH has been termed by Louis Auchincloss as 'uniquely authentic among American novels of manners. With an Afterword by Louis Auchincloss.











Signet Classics [ 0205 ] David, Alfred and Mary Elizabeth (editors). The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Alfred & Mary Elizabeth David. 319 pages. January 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT205
'Fairy tales are not . . . a form of children's literature; they are, like fables, legends, and ballads, among the many forms of adult literature that children have adopted. The apparent artlessness of these simple stories is not easily achieved. It is, in fact, the product of an art perhaps older than the art of writing.' Thus write Alfred and Mary Elizabeth David in their revealing introduction to a collection that ranges from the Grimm brothers' inimitable recreations of archetypal folktales to the modern prose wizardry of James Thurber's Many Moons. Represented is the refined intelligence of Perrault,. the wondrous imagination of Andersen, the descriptive power of Ruskin, the bittersweet melancholy of Wilde. These are but a few of the artists in this remarkably inclusive selection of works from Germany, Russia, France, Scandinavia, England, and America, many in brilliant new translations and all testifying eloquently to the unceasing vitality of this literary genre. The sophisticated reader will rediscover an enchantment that remains forever fresh and will discern below the shimmering surfaces of these delightful tales profound and enduring human truths.











Signet Classics [ 0206 ] Howells, William Dean. The Landlord At Lion's Head. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Eleanor M. Tilton. 319 pages. January 1964. Cover: SA or Shields??. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT206
. . . Howells steadfastly refused to flatter the human race. He would not render weakness as villainy or decency as heroism, common sense as wisdom or folly as vice. Nor would he dignify human error by subsuming it under pseudoscientific laws. . . ' Thus Eleanor Tilton describes this master of American realism, here represented by one of his most notable works. In this tale of the transformation of an impoverished New England farm into a summer hotel, and of the ruthless pursuit of success by its new proprietor, the author memorably displays both his novelistic skill and his integrity of vision. He portrays the book's central figure, Jeff Durgin, virile and iron-willed, with the same objectivity as he does his spiritual opposite, the overrefined artist, Westover,with the same compassion as he does the flirtatious Boston society girl, Bessie Lynde. It is not Howells' purpose to take sides in the conflict of values between the genteel past and the rising tide of the future, but to convey the very nature of that conflict-and with it, the unique nature of the American experience. As Lionel Trilling has written, 'When we praise Howells' social observation, we must see that it is of a precision and subtlety which carry it beyond sociology to literature.'











Signet Classics [ 0207 ] Grahame, Kenneth. The Golden Age & Dream Days. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Foreword by Vernon Watkins. 240 pages. February 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT207
'One cannot for a moment accept The Golden Age and Dream Days as children's books. Wherever they are found in the juvenile section of a library, they are mistakenly placed there,' writes Vernon Watkins, in his Foreword to the works that first earned Kenneth Grahame his unique place in the world of literature. In this series of tales of five orphaned children who live with relatives in an English country house, the author's superbly modulated prose captures the sensuousness, the mercurial temper, and the fantasy life of childhood. Neither sentimental nor condescending, with perfect sympathy and gentle humor, Grahame creates a world in which each child is a distinctive individual, adults are regarded as doubtful guests, and every passing moment brings the promise of rare adventure. The host of readers who treasure his classic Wind in the Willows will find further evidence of Kenneth Grahame's singular genius in these delightful stories. They are, in the words of the poet Swinburne, 'well - nigh too praiseworthy for praise. The art of writing adequately and receptively about children is among the rarest and most precious of all arts.'











Signet Classics [ 0208 ] Gorky, Maxim. A Sky-Blue Life and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian & With A Foreword By George Reavey. 256 pages. January 1964. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT208
The world Gorky described in his stories was one of uneasy fermentation, pressing change, and desperate urgency. . . . It was a world of almost American dynamism, but its keynote was rebellion,' writes George Reavey, who has both selected and given superb new translations to this collection of Gorky's finest tales. The heir to the great Russian literary tradition of the nineteenth century, it was Gorky's genius to strike out on a bold new path of vigorous, often harsh, realism, exploring a vast uncharted area of human experience - the 'lower depths' of Russian society. Against a background of steppe and shore, river and mountain, peasant village and teeming city, Gorky brings to life an unforgettable gallery of characters, portrayed in all their ignorance and wisdom; their brutality; their delicate, almost inarticulate, yearnings. These tales tell of theft and murder, love and birth, tragic pain and fleeting beauty; in them, Gorky reveals both his intimate knowledge of the most sordid aspects of existence and his indomitable faith in the infinite potential of the human spirit. He was, in the words of Stefan Zweig, 'a pure true man, a great creative artist.'











Signet Classics [ 0209 ] Cervantes, Miguel de. Interludes. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Spanish & With A Foreword By Edwin Honig. 160 pages. January 1964. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT209
Published the year before the author's death, and long unavailable to American readers, these short plays represent a pure, untrammeled expression of Cervantes' literary genius. Freed from the complicated mechanics of plot, he concentrates his powers on the area of his greatest mastery - the creation 'of living, breathing, and, above all, magnificently vocal characters. Deceived husbands and straying wives, ambitious politicians and ingenious frauds, garrulous prostitutes and respectable pimps. . . It crowds his stage with unforgettable characters who, combined, present a superbly barbed depiction of manners and morals in early - sixteenth - century Spain and a timeless portrayal of the never - ending human comedy. 'These eight short plays are among the most beguiling things Cervantes ever wrote,' comments Edwin Honig, who goes on to say that 'what he achieves in the interludes is something very close to the concentrative spirit of poetry and something characteristically dramatic as well. . . . dramatic in the way that Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are dramatic.’











Signet Classics [ 0210 ] Pirandello, Luigi. The Merry-Go-Round Of Love and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Italian By Frances Keene & Lily Duplaix.Foreword By Irving Howe. 320 pages. February 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT210
Pirandello is widely known as one of the great playwrights of the twentieth century. Yet before turning to the theater, he wrote a vast number of tales of extraordinary quality; this Signet Classic edition provides a memorable introduction to this facet of his genius. In settings that range from harsh Sicilian landscapes to the midnight streets of Rome, these stories deal with the frustrations of youth and the despair of age, with couples caught in the tentacles of marriage, and men and women living in hopeless isolation; they vary in mood from the high comedy of The Merry - Go - Round of Love, a novella here rendered into English for the first time, to the Chekhovian tragedy of such superbly wrought tales as 'Such Is Life.' In them the reader encounters a masterful economy in narrative technique, an austere objectivity, and, above all, a consciousness singularly attuned to the spiritual travails of the modern world. As Irving Howe writes: 'To stay with a writer like Pirandello takes strong nerves, a gritted determination to see things as they are. The reward, however, is a penetration into truth. . . . His stories live.'











Signet Classics [ 0211 ] Melville, Herman. Mardi. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by Henry Popkin. 557 pages. February 1964. Cover: Seymour Chwast. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT211
MARDI marks the great turning point in Melville's literary career. The novel begins in the vein of the colorful narrative that had won the author his early fame. But gradually this tale of a young mariner's adventures on a mythical Polynesian archipelago takes on a new dimension as his search for his lost love is transformed into an entirely different quest - a richly symbolic exploration of man's estate on earth. The reader encounters bitingly, satiric commentary on political institutions, profound meditations on human morality, and soaring metaphysical speculations in a work that baffled its original audience and has won ever greater appreciation in modern times. Describing this book, Lewis Mumford has written: '[Melville's] thoughts exploded in a succession of great rockets and Roman candles and flagbombs; and the spectacle was a dazzling and beautiful one. Such wit, such humor, such starry intelligence. . . were not known in American literature before.' Henry Popkin terms MARDI 'Melville's metaphor for the world . . . the bridge by which he crossed over from his first books . . . to his masterpiece, MOBY DICK.'











Signet Classics [ 0212 ] Norris, Frank. The Octopus. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Oscar Cargiller. 472 pages. February 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT212
The first novel in a projected 'trilogy of wheat,' The Octopus combines vigorous realism with a vision epic in scope. Dominating the story are the vast wheat fields of the San Joaquin Valley in California; these rippling miles of grain are the prize in a titanic struggle between the powerful farmers who grow the wheat and the railroad monopoly that controls its transportation. It is a conflict in which no quarter is given, whether the battle be with guns in an open field, or bribes behind closed doors. The lives of a multitude of characters are encompassed as the struggle flourishes, yielding a grim harvest of death and disillusion, financial and moral ruin. From the interplay of individual destinies and inexorable economic forces, Frank Norris created a social drama of unprecedented proportions in American literature, and an unsurpassed portrayal of a dynamic and ruthless era. The Octopus is ranked by Robert E. Spiller as Norris's most impressive work.' Warren French terms it 'a magnificent imaginative achievement, one of the few American novels to bring a significant episode from our history to life.'











Signet Classics [ 0213 ] Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Geoffrey Tillotson. 896 pages. March 1964. Cover: Thomas R. Allen. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT213
BLEAK HOUSE opens in a London shrouded by an all - pervading fog - a fog that swirls about the Court of Chancery, where the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce lies lost in endless litigation. This drawn - out lawsuit over an inheritance stands at the center of a scathing portrayal of a moribund legal system and of a society permeated with greed, deception, delusion, and guilt. In no other work are the many facets of Dickens' genius - his powers of characterization, dramatic construction, social satire, and poetic evocation - so memorably combined. Peopled by an immense gallery of vivid characters, major and minor, comic and tragic, in settings which range from the mansion of a fear - haunted noblewoman to the squalor of the London slums, this superb example of narrative art has been ranked by Edmund Wilson as 'The masterpiece of [Dickens'] middle period.' Geoffrey Tillotson writes: 'BLEAK HOUSE.. .is, all told, the finest literary work the nineteenth century produced in England. . . . Dickens was the supreme literary genius of his time.











Signet Classics [ 0214 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pioneers. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Robert E. Spiller. 447 pages. March 1964. Cover: Pucci. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP214
The Pioneers is set in a time of transition. The forests still abound with deer, passenger pigeons darken the sky, fish teem in the lakes and streams - but over the wilderness falls the ever - lengthening shadow of civilization. Natty Bumppo, the Leatherstocking, now on the threshold of old age, finds his way of life challenged as the land he has roamed for so long becomes private property; and the laws of man supplant the laws of nature. His struggle to retain his fiercely cherished freedom helps shape a drama of conflicting human values, and an unsparing, often caustic, delineation of frontier society. The most realistically written of the Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers combines unrivaled descriptive power with an abiding concern for complex social and moral questions; it offers an enthralling re - creation of a colorful, exciting, and enduringly significant era of our history. As Robert E. Spiller writes:'. . . the reader moves back in time to an era in our history that only an imagination like Cooper's could recreate. Characters come to life in their responses to nature in both her savage and her grander moments. . . we can be grateful . . . for Cooper's total sense of the stuff of which the American people are made, as well as for his power of expression. . . that has preserved so much of our 'usable past' for our present enrichment.'











Signet Classics [ 0215 ] Ibsen, Henrik. Peer Gynt. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Norwegian & With A Foreword by Rolf Fjelde. 253 pages. March 1964. Cover: Seymour Chwast. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP215
The central theme of this epic drama is the search for self amid moral chaos. Opportunistic and unscrupulous, Peer Gynt wanders the earth, from the supernatural kingdom of the trolls to the desert wastes of Africa. In the roles of son, lover, businessman, prophet, and philosopher, he deceives, betrays, and exploits - only to be duped and victimized in turn. Yet, as he passes from youth to maturity to old age, the mercurial fluctuations of his fortunes yield only an inner emptiness and desperate fear of a final reckoning. Rooted in folklore, transformed by poetic imagination, illumined throughout by the clear northern light of Ibsen's searching moral vision, Peer Gynt represents a truly profound exploration of modern man's existential dilemma, justifying Pirandello's remark: 'After Shakespeare, without hesitation, I put Ibsen first.' As RoIf Flelde writes: 'In this anti - romantic work that employs the full resources of the romantic theater, the nonheroic hero is the pilot model of the hollow man of our own time, rendered perplexed and anxious by problems of identity and direction.'











Signet Classics [ 0216 ] Austen, Jane. Emma. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Graham Hough. 399 pages. April 1964. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD216
Emma represents the mature flowering of Jane Austen's singular genius. Set in a world the author made uniquely her own - the world of country gentry in Regency England - the novel centers upon a supremely self - assured young lady, determined to arrange her life and the lives of all around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy. By turn intelligent and foolish, wreaking havoc with best intentions, Miss Emma Woodhouse is a captivating embodiment of feminine contradiction, portrayed with the stylistic grace, the wit, and the wisdom that have ensured Jane Austen's continuing popularity. The book's resourceful narrative technique - with its masterly use of point of view and its skillful employment of the elements of mystery - makes it, in the words of Frank O'Connor, 'a delight and a flattery for the knowing type of reader.' Graham Hough writes: 'Emma has a good claim to be the most perfect of Jane Austen's novels, the one in which comedy and gravity, irony and sympathy, are most completely blended.'











Signet Classics [ 0217 ] London, Jack. The Sea-Wolf and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Franklin Walker. 351 pages. April 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP217
Includes: The Sea - Wolf, The Law of Life, The One Thousand Dozen All GoId Canyon, & Moon - Face. 'That tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen . .. the hewing out and setting up of such a figure is enough for a man to do in one lifetime.' Thus Ambrose Bierce wrote of one of Jack London's greatest characterizations, the unforgettable protagonist of The Sea - Wolf. Strong, ruthless, fearless, Larsen is both the prototype of rugged individualism, a man possessed of a demonic will to power, and the negation of every civilized virtue. The perilous voyage of his ship, the seal - hunting Ghost, forms the background of a confrontation between two opposing views of life, a brutal drama played out to a harrowing conclusion. Franklin Walker calls The Sea - Wolf 'one of the world's great sea novels.' Together with the stories selected for this volume, it gives superb expression to the genius of a writer who was, in the words of Maxwell Geismar, 'the poet of the savage Darwinian struggle.'











Signet Classics [ 0218 ] Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Barbara Everett. 276 pages. April 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD218
A magnificent drama of love and war, this riveting tragedy presents one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters--the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Roman leader Mark Antony, a virtual prisoner of his passion for her, is a man torn between pleasure and virtue, between sensual indolence and duty . . . between an empire and love. Bold, rich, and splendid in its setting and emotions, Antony And Cleopatra ranks among Shakespeare's supreme achievements. A prose retelling of William Shakespeare's play about the love affair between the Roman soldier, Antony, and the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.











Signet Classics [ 0219 ] Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen Of Verona. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Bertrand Evans. May 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD219
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1589 and 1593. It is considered by some to be Shakespeare's first play,[a] and is often seen as showing his first tentative steps in laying out some of the themes and motifs with which he would later deal in more detail; for example, it is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a boy. The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behaviour of people in love. The highlight of the play is considered by some to be Launce, the clownish servant of Proteus, and his dog Crab, to whom "the most scene-stealing non-speaking role in the canon" has been attributed.











Signet Classics [ 0220 ] Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Vernon Watkins. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP220
One of the twentieth century's most gifted writers, Dylan Thomas created a vital, lusty, antic world of truly memorable characters. This Signet Classic offers a distinguished selection of his work - twenty stories plus all of his famous unfinished novel, ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE. The title piece relates the adventures of Samuel Bennet, a young innocent embarked on a wild pilgrimage through modern London. The stories range in theme from life and love to nature and madness, but all are written with the extravagant humor, the brilliant imagery, the magic awareness of the true poet. The New York Times wrote of ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE: 'The human warmth keeps bubbling up through the satire. . . . Thomas' last work of fiction, in addition to its intrinsic interest, has a meaningfulness comparable to that of Keats' letters and Yeats' memoirs.' The New York Herald Tribune found it a 'vein of pure gold.' And The Saturday Review called Dylan Thomas 'a genius.'











Signet Classics [ 0221 ] Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim's Progress. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By F.R. Leavis. 301 pages. December 1964. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD221
THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS represents the rarest of achievements, a nearly flawless work of art created for non - artistic ends. Bunyan cast his book in the form of a religious allegory; but it is allegory transformed into intense drama, its style an unsurpassed evocation of the power of plain English prose. The multitude of characters who appear on its pages escape the bounds of narrow didactic design; they are superbly individualized, indelibly alive, as memorable as are those landmarks on Christian's perilous journey toward salvation: the Slough of Despond and the Delectable Mountains, Doubting Castle and the Palace Beautiful, Vanity Fair and the Celestial City. The author's religious faith, pure and ever present, serves to imbue the immediacy of his narrative with added dimension; the result belongs to the highest realm of literature, a continuously compelling tale framed in an unwavering vision of eternity. As F R. Leavis writes: 'The Pilgrim's Progress stands alone . . . the work of a great creative writer.., there was only one Bunyan.'











Signet Classics [ 0222 ] James, Henry. Washington Square. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Donald Hall. 192 pages. April 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP222
'Everyone likes Washington Square. Even the denigrators of Henry James,' writes Donald Hall in his appreciative Afterword. One of the few' Jamesian novels set in his native land, its style is direct and economical; its plot - centering upon an heiress favored by neither beauty nor brilliance, her proud and pitiless father, her fortune - hunting suitor - has the simplicity of a classic drama. Henry James portrays the shifting relationships of his characters through a series of confrontations and self - revelations. And from this depiction there emerges a view of love and cruelty, innocence and treachery, singularly shaped by his intense moral vision. Clifton Fadiman has written of the novel's 'almost Mozartian combination of sweetness and depth.' While F. W. Dupee has deemed it 'a first - rate novel of James's early period, or of any of his periods . . . its surfaces are so fine, the writing so perfect, and the fusion of humor and pathos so inevitable.'











Signet Classics [ 0223 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By John William Ward. 415 pages. May 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP223
The Prairie marks the closing chapter in James Fenimore Cooper's great American saga, of the frontiersman Natty Bumppo. In flight from the ever - encroaching forces of civilization, the aging hero of the Leatherstocking Tales has journeyed westward seeking to end his days in the still - virgin wilderness of the Great Plains. But once more he is drawn into an involvement with society in the form of an emigrant party led by the embittered outcast, Ishmael Bush. Once again this man of nature finds himself in dramatic confrontation with civilization - called upon to exhibit his courage, his resourcefulness, his singular brand of moral rectitude. Written with the narrative vigor and descriptive power that shape the entire Leatherstocking series, The Prairie is, in the words of John William Ward, 'a threnody over the passing of something fine and heroic in American life. . . the passing of an ideal natural order before the inevitable advance of society. . . .We still read Cooper today because he was the first of our authors to seize upon the dramatic possibilities of that unfallen western world that stands at the beginning of our national life.'











Signet Classics [ 0224 ] Dana Jr., Richard Henry. Two Years Before The Mast. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Wright Morris. 384 pages. Cover: Thomas R. Allen. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP224
In the year 1834, a young man, recently of Harvard, signed on as a common seaman aboard the brig Pilgrim for the perilous voyage around Cape Horn to California. During the next two years was to realize the singular joys and almost incredible hardships of a sailor's lot. He recorded his experiences in a daily journal; later he gave them permanent form in one of the most vivid re - creations of life at sea ever published. Conceived as a protest against brutal injustice, written to improve the working conditions of the common sailor, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST is a tale of high adventure, a powerful portrayal of the testing of man's courage and endurance. It is a book that combines descriptive force with striking delineations of character; and it greatly influenced the work of Herman Melville. In the words of Wright Morris, 'A manual for the seafarer, it was also a book of sea - poetry. . . one of the first books of its kind: a book that opened the sea to the landlocked seafaring mind.'











Signet Classics [ 0225 ] Verga, Giovanni. The House By The Medlar Tree. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Italian & With A Foreword By Raymond Rosenthal. 272 pages. April 1964. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT225
This Signet Classic edition presents the first complete English translation of The House by the Medlar Tree. Anticipating such writers as Joyce, Faulkner, and Henry Green, Verga tells his story through the varied voices of his characters, the inhabitants of a poor Sicilian fishing village. With vivid immediacy these voices - magnificently individualized and dramatically juxtaposed - re - create the comedy, the irony, and the abiding tragedy of existence, in a work that gives artistic form to a profound vision of human destiny. As Raymond Rosenthal writes: 'Its theme is the harsh, age - old theme of the meaning of work and the dignity of human striving and suffering. [Verga] has rediscovered in poverty and hardship. . . an ancient rhythm, a sorrowing lyricism, an epic intonation. When D. H. Lawrence first discovered Verga, he could find only one word adequate to his primitive depth and power: Homeric.'











Signet Classics [ 0226 ] Faulkner, William. Sartoris. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Lawrance Thompson. 317 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT226
The specter of an heroic past is ever present in Sartoris, casting its ironic light upon the novel’s protagonists. Heirs to the aristocratic traditions of the Old South, they have been left with only romantic rhetoric, pride, and self-pity to face a world that no longer mirrors their self-image. Bayard Sartoris seeks refuge in compulsive acts of physical courage; Horace Benbow, in a bloodless aestheticism; and Narcissa Benbow, in a desperate clinging to appearances. But for them there is to be no escape-only ultimate futility, whether in the form of violent self-destruction, or a living death in a fragile world of dreams. A brilliant dissection of a decaying social class, and a vivid evocation of both the physical landscape and psychological climate of the South, Sartoris introduces many of the key themes, places, and characters of the Faulkner canon. By itself, it stands as his first memorable projection of a vision that, as Lawrance Thompson writes, ‘recognizes the inseparability of human weaknesses and strengths, of positives and negatives, of good and evil . . . what [Faulkner] later called ‘the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.’











Signet Classics [ 0227 ] Lermontov, Mikhail Yurevich. A Hero Of Our Time. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Philip Longworth.Afterword By William E. Harkins. 206 pages. June 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT227
'Lermontov created, almost alone, a Russian novel in which the psychology of the hero played a major role; it was with this example in mind that the great masters of Russian fiction, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, went on to explore. . . profound psychological depths' writes William F. Harkins in his Afterword. A Hero of Our Time centers upon the dashing exploits of a truly enigmatic figure - a young Army officer named Pechorin. Handsome, brilliant, cynical, world - weary, he plunges into reckless adventure. He stakes his life on trifles, he ruins the woman who adores him, he kills without conscience - but he cannot escape the crushing weight of his own profound indifference. In a series of five episodes, which first weave a spell of mystery around Pechorin, then subject him to searching analysis, he emerges as far more than the standard Byronic hero. He stands in all his inner contradiction and complexity as a prototype of the self - tortured, spiritually adrift, existential man. A vivid reflection of his own age's malaise, he has become a hero of our time as well.











Signet Classics [ 0228 ] Swinburne, Algernon. Love's Cross Currents. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Marya Zaturenska. 158 pages. June 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP228
With the growing reputation of this, Swinburne's one completed novel, a fresh and intriguing facet of his genius has come to light. Centering upon a great English family, its members bound together both by ties of blood and by near - incestuous attraction, Love's Cross - Currents offers the reader access to a world explored by no other Victorian writer: the closed inner circle of the British aristocracy, a hermetic society with its own inbred code of manners and morals, its own peculiar emotional climate. In the unfolding of this intricate tale of passion and calculation, the reader encounters a brilliant series of character portraits, and a superb depiction of shifting human relationships. Termed by Edmund Wilson as 'unique in English Victorian fiction,' and praised by Marya Zaturenska for 'its true sophistication, its crisp, cool style,' this long - neglected masterpiece bears the stamp of one of the most remarkable writers of his time.











Signet Classics [ 0229 ] Maugham, W. Somerset. The Summing Up. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Foreword by Glenway Wescott. 194 pages. July 1964. Cover by Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP229
The Summing Up is precisely what its title indicates: the summing up of a life, and a distillation of hard-won wisdom. Unsentimental, unapologetic, and superbly crafted, it represents the personal testament of a writer who achieved an extraordinarily successful literary career and created a pattern of existence of singular inner integrity. Within it are blended the most varied elements-autobiographical detail and philosophical speculation, incisive commentary on the art of writing and broad reflections upon religion, morality, and above all, humanity. Combining profound skepticism with an abiding reverence for life, and unyielding pride of intellect with acute awareness of personal limitations, The Summing Up is remarkable for its honesty and illumination; it stands as both a portrait and a product of one of the truly fascinating minds of our time. It is, as Glenway Wescott writes, ‘a first-rate book’ by ‘a very strong and strange and meaningful human being, in some respects the most interesting human being I have known.’ . .











Signet Classics [ 0230 ] Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Kenneth S. Lynn. 224 pages. May 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD230
They are the same age. They look alike. In fact, there is but one difference between them: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne of England. Just how insubstantial this difference is becomes all too clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing – and of roles . . . with the pauper caught up in the pomp and folly of the royal court, and the prince wandering horror-stricken through the lower depths of sixteenth-century English society. Out of the theme of switched identities Mark Twain fashioned both a scathing attack upon social hypocrisy and injustice, and an irresistible comedy imbued with the sense of high-spirited play that belongs to his happiest creative period. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is, in the worlds of Kenneth S. Lynn, ‘ . . . expressive of its author’s genius. Indeed, nothing he ever wrote, not even HUCKLEBERRY FINN, introduces us to more of the themes that preoccupied – and finally obsessed – Mark Twain’s imagination.’











Signet Classics [ 0231 ] Chekhov, Anton. Chekhov: The Major Plays. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Foreword By Robert Brustein.Includes - Ivanov, The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sister, & The Cherry Orchard. 382 pages. May 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP231
'Let the things that happen on stage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life. For instance, people are having a meal, just having a meal, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being smashed up.' Thus Chekhov summed up the credo that finds expression in the subtle construction and electrically charged atmosphere of his plays. In these portrayals of human beings trapped in a stultifying environment, victimized as much by their own weakness as by the greed of others, the most casual words and everyday actions assume the import of acts of destiny. Tragedy is mingled with farce, protest wars with resignation, in a world that yields from its darkest despair a singular moral affirmation - an affirmation that stands as the final mark and measure of Chekhov's art. As Robert Brustein declares: '. . . in the modern theater . . . there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role.'











Signet Classics [ 0232 ] James, Henry. The Europeans. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Richard Poirier. 192 pages. June 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP232
A departure from the familiar Jamesian theme of Americans astray in Europe, this novel centers upon a pair of Europeans - a captivating woman and her engaging brother - who have come to seek their fortunes in America. They are polished in manner, refined in sensibility, wise in the ways of the world. But nothing in their Old World experience has prepared them for the Wentworths, a clan personifying the supreme provincialism of nineteenth - century New England. From this confrontation, depicted with lucidity, grace, and objectivity, emerges a sharply etched, double - edged comedy of manners and morals. Steadily gaining in reputation, The Europeans has come to be recognized as one of James's finest performances, a delightful fable of cultures in collision, with a heroine who, in the words of Richard Poirier, 'is meant to escape our customary moral evaluations and to claim our admiration for her mode of being, her style. . . ' As F. R. Leavis noted: 'This small book, written so early in James's career, is a masterpiece of major quality.'











Signet Classics [ 0233 ] Shakespeare, William. Measure For Measure. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By S. Nagarajan. 240 pages. June 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD233
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare, MEASURE FOR MEASURE: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, S. Nagarajan, University of Poona, India. General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Special note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by William Hazlitt, Walter Pater, G. Wilson Knight, R. W. Chambers, Mary Lascelles. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0234 ] Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Mildred Marmur.Foreword By Mary McCarthy. 405 pages. July 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD234
'She is a very ordinary middle - class woman, with banal expectations of life and an urge to dominate her surroundings. Her character is remarkable only for an unusual deficiency of natural feeling.' Thus Mary McCarthy, in her memorable Foreword to this Signet Classic edition, describes Emma Bovary, whose ill - starred pursuit of tawdry romantic dreams shapes Flaubert's great novel. Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth - century bourgeois France, MADAME BOVARY is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman's gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the 'man of science,' escapes the author's searing castigation; and it is the book's final profound irony that only Charles, Emma's oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace through his stubborn and selfless love. With its rare formal perfection, MADAME BOVARY represents, as Frank O'Connor has declared, 'possibly the most beautifully written book ever composed; undoubtedly the most beautifully written novel . . . a book that invites superlatives . . . the most important novel of the century.'











Signet Classics [ 0235 ] Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Irving Howe. 831 pages. September 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ235
On one level, An American Tragedy is the story of the corruption and destruction of one man, Clyde Griffiths, who forfeits his life in desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, however, the novel represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's tawdry ambitions and seal his fate: it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American Dream. Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as the supreme achievement of a writer who ranks, in the words of Irving Howe, 'among the American giants, one of the very few American giants we have had' As Mr. Howe goes on to declare: 'Reading An American Tragedy again.. .1 have found myself greatly moved and shaken by its repeated onslaughts of narrative, its profound immersion in human suffering, its dredging up of those shapeless desires which lie, as if in fever, just below the plane of consciousness. . . .It is a masterpiece, nothing less'











Signet Classics [ 0236 ] Ford, Ford Madox. Some Do Not. .& No More Parades. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Arthur Mizener. 520 pages. November 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ236
The two young men - they were of the English public - official class - sat in the perfectly appointed railway carriage.' Thus, amid the illusory surface decorum of an England on the verge of moral bankruptcy, begins Some Do Not. . . ,the first of the four novels that constitute Parade's End. Now available in a Signet Classic two - volume edition, this monumental work is an unsurpassed portrayal of the end of an epoch and the ushering in of the chaos of the modern world. Dominating the tetralogy is Christopher Tietjens, 'the last English Tory,' both witness and victim of the general collapse. Inescapably he is caught up in the vicious intrigue and folly let loose by war, and enmeshed in bitter sexual conflict with his faithless, vengeful wife; inescapably he is forced to choose between allegiance to an outmoded code of honor and personal survival in a corrupt age. Distinguished by brilliant technical innovation and masterful harmony of total design, these novels offer what Robie Macauley has termed 'a major act of understanding ourselves and our era.' In the words of Graham Greene: 'There is no novelist of the century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford'











Signet Classics [ 0237 ] Ford, Ford Madox. A Man Could Stand Up-& Last Post. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Arthur Mizener. 352 pages. November 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT237
A Man Could Stand Up - , the third novel of Ford Madox Ford's monumental tetralogy, Parade's End, opens in 1918 as the Great War ends and the personal drama of Christopher Tietjens moves toward its resolution. Joined by his mistress, Valentine Wannop, Tietjens is free at last from the moral code that has imprisoned him in a doomed society and a destructive marriage; together the lovers resolve to survive. Set against a rapidly shifting background of battlefield and drawing room, hospital and manor, these novels masterfully depict both the course of individual destinies and the fate of an entire way of life. They complete the grand design of a work whose breadth of vision, psychological insight, and consummate artistry place it among the truly great achievements of the modern novel. Granville Hicks has declared: 'With a brilliance that was at times almost too dazzling, Ford portrayed a revolution in manners. . . in human values. . . .We have not yet caught up with his insights.' In the words of Graham Greene: 'There is no novelist of the century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford.'











Signet Classics [ 0238 ] Melville, Herman. Typee. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Harrison Hayford. 320 pages. August 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP238
Herman Melville's first book, Typee, the work. that won him his greatest lifetime fame, is a narrative of a four - month sojourn among primitive South Sea Islanders. In it Melville combines his own extraordinary personal experiences with later intensive research to produce a vivid and imaginative work. Shocking his original audience with its frankness, this portrayal of Polynesian tribal life endures as one of exotic fascination, given sharp focus by a narrator drawn to this primitive pattern of existence, yet forced to remain ever alien to it. In this ambivalent vision appears the first evidence of the author's later moral complexities; but here it is an element that remains below the surface of the vigor and color of this, Melville's freshest, most high - spirited achievement. Harrison Hayford declares, 'Typee is no Moby - Dick . . - but it is a classic - and not just a children's classic - in its own right.' As Lewis Mumford has written: 'One reads Typee, and life suddenly shows a new vista. Adventure is possible: Eden is real.'











Signet Classics [ 0239 ] Conrad, Joseph. An Outcast Of The Islands. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Thomas Moser. 287 pages. July 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD239
'An Outcast of the Islands occupies a crucial place in Conrad's career. . . it marks the beginning of his real commitment to the craft of fiction. . . .' Thus writes Thomas Moser of this dramatic tale of East and West. Set against a magnificently rendered background of tropical river and jungle, the novel depicts the gradual degeneration of Willems, its white protagonist: his progression through a career of treachery to final self. betrayal, his descent through sensuality to final humiliation amid the growing horror of his alienation from compatriots and natives alike. Combining vivid, sensuous detail with acute psychological insight, An Outcast of the Islands represents one of Conrad's most memorable explorations of the primitive impulses that plague civilized man, and of the fundamental spiritual isolation of the human condition. It stands as a superb projection of a complex tragic vision, a vision entranced by the rich romance of life, yet drawn eternally toward the abyss.











Signet Classics [ 0240 ] Maupassant, Guy de. Boule De Suif and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Foreword By Edward D. Sullivan. 285 pages. July 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD240
Maupassant is universally regarded as one of the true masters of the short story, unsurpassed in his swift economy of style and sense of narrative form. In this collection, - which ranges from 'Boule de Suif,' his first and most famous tale, to the stories that belong to his last great creative outpouring - the reader is offered a sampling of. his finest work. These stories are set in farm, town, or city; their characters include grand ladies and prostitutes, peasants and aristocrats, workingmen and members of the bourgeoisie - but all are shaped by the same intensity of vision. It is a vision that tears away the blinders of official morality; a vision that accepts only the evidence of the senses; a vision that invests each of these tautly written tales with the force of truth. As Edward D. Sullivan writes: '[Maupassant's] dread of being deluded drove him to depict the world as it is and not as it purports to be. . .. People protect themselves with masks; society screens itself by hypocrisy. The task of a writer, as he saw it, was to lift those masks and remove that screen.'











Signet Classics [ 0241 ] Roosevelt, Theodore. Theodore Roosevelt's Letters To His Children. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Prologue & Epilogue By Elting E. Morison.Illustrations By Theodore Roosevelt. 159 pages. September 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP241
'I would rather have this book published than anything that has ever been written about me,' declared Theodore Roosevelt when, shortly before his death, he helped select the letters for this volume. Spanning more than twenty years, filled with a wealth of day - to - day incident, these letters are remarkable for their vividness of detail, and for the natural, storytelling gift they display. They combine to offer a superb picture of vigorous, richly varied, near - idyllic family life; they offer, too, unique insight into one of the most complex personalities in American history, a man behind whose hearty public manner lay a searching intellect, and whose moral sense was no less finely balanced for all its firmness. From these letters, with their mixture of entertainment and serious counsel, outward delight and inward reflection, emerges, in the words of Elting Morison, 'a piece of genuine Americana. - - [but] not all hearty exercise and small boy's pranks. There are moments of doubt, of pain, of uncertainty, and of loneliness, shots of irony and mordant wit.'











Signet Classics [ 0242 ] Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Horace Gregory. 288 pages. September 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP242
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American poet successfully to employ the classic form and style of the Old World to express the subjects and sentiments of the New. His narrative poems - Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, The Courtship of Miles Standish - have long been part of our national heritage; but Longfellow has more than the familiar to offer the discerning modern reader. Only recently have critics rediscovered his gift for creating superb melodies and harmonies in his verse. The shorter lyrics, the sonnets, are among the finest American poems in the Romantic tradition. The distinguished modern poet Horace Gregory has selected thirty - seven of Longfellow's most enduring poems for this edition, which offers to the student and to the general reader a perceptive insight into the many facets of the poet's genius. 'Longfellow's dignified, yet lighthearted phrasing is unique . . . his mastery in telling a story and reciting a fable is unequaled in American verse.' - Horace Gregory.











Signet Classics [ 0243 ] Lear, Edward. The Nonsense Books Of Edward Lear. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Howard Moss. 320 pages. September 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT243
'His poems shed light in several directions: toward the cartoon strip and the animated cartoon, and, more seriously, toward Joyce, Beerbohm, Beckett, and Ionesco.' Thus writes Howard Moss in his Foreword to this Signet Classic edition of The Nonsense Books of Edward Lear. In this collection the reader is transported far beyond the normal boundaries of the imagination. He will visit the land of the Dong and Pobble, the Quangle Wangle and Willeby-wat; he will wander upon the Gramboolian Plain and over the hills of Chankly Bore; he will set sail with the Owl and the Pussy-cat upon one of poetry's most unforgettable voyages into absurdity. Yet, strange though this world and its inhabitants may be, often they seem even more strangely familiar. For it was Edward Lear's genius to be able .to combine a singular innocence of vision with a unique form of artistry, touching upon a core of truth common to child and adult alike, and providing a secret shock of recognition in the midst of the rarest of fantasies.











Signet Classics [ 0244 ] Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By J. Hillis Miller. 916 pages. July 1964. Cover: Seymour Chwast. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ244
'Our Mutual Friend is about 'money, money, money, and what money can make of life.' This theme plays an important part in Dickens' earlier fiction, too, but never does Dickens so concentrate his attention on the power of money as in this last of his completed novels.' Thus writes J. Hillis Miller in his Afterword to a work that ranks among Dickens' greatest artistic triumphs. Utilizing in its dramatically constructed plot a mysterious inheritance, a bitter love triangle, and a cast of characters who range from the highest to the lowest social levels, the novel presents a witty indictment of a society fallen prey to the dehumanizing spirit of a burgeoning commercial age. Dickens' matchless powers of characterization plumb new depths of human complexity, his evocation of the physical world is charged with extraordinary poetic force, in a work that represents, as Edmund Wilson has declared, 'His final judgement on the whole Victorian exploit.’ It is, in the words of J. B. Priestley, 'a dark mixture of anger and despair.. .an astonishingly sustained effort of Dickens' creative imagination.'











Signet Classics [ 0245 ] Trollope, Anthony. The Warden. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Geoffrey Tillotson. 215 pages. August 1964. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD245
A battle of wits and wills between two very different men of the cloth forms the basis of this, the first of the Barsetshire novels. The warden of the title, the aged and timorous Reverend Septimus Harding, is director of a charity home that provides the needy with sustenance and himself with a lucrative income. Attempting to extricate himself from his comfortable but compromising position, Harding runs afoul of the awesome Reverend Theophilus Grantly, implacable defender of thc status quo. From this seemingly unequal struggle emerges a tale of devious stratagem that ranks as one of Trollope's finest novels - a delightfully barbed fable of the eternal conflict between progress and reaction, the weak and the strong, the pure of heart and the tough of mind. It is, as Geoffrey Tillotson writes, 'a variant of the David and Goliath story . . . Trollope must have had no difficulty in accepting Darwin's conception of the survival of the fittest, and it is part of the comedy of THE WARDEN that he sees the fittest as sometimes the people who lack the most obvious sorts of strength.'











Signet Classics [ 0246 ] Kipling, Rudyard. The Mark Of The Beast and Other Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Roger Burlingame. 352 pages. August 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD246
Throughout his lifetime Kipling roamed the world widely, recording its infinite variety with unique insight and unsurpassed artistry. No writer was more sensitive to the complex conflict of races and cultures in the colonial East or more finely keyed to the new tempos of the Age of the Machine; and none combined so knowledgeable an eye for colorful surface detail with so keen a sense of the loneliness, terror, and deprivation underlying human existence. These, his finest tales - set in India and England, America and Europe - are both vividly realistic and darkly shadowed, of their time yet timeless. They combine to offer a memorable introduction to a writer praised by T. S. Eliot for ‘an immense gift for using words, an amazing curiosity and power of observation with his mind and all his senses.’ INCLUDES the stories - The Mark of the Beast; Without Benefit of Clergy; Georgie Porgie; The Brushwood Boy; ‘They’; Baa Baa, Black Sheep; An Habitation Enforced; Brother Square-Toes; .007; The Gardener; The Man Who Was; The Incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney; The Man Who Would Be King; Garm-A Hostage; The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes.











Signet Classics [ 0247 ] Thackeray, William Makepeace. The History Of Henry Esmond. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Walter Allen. 480 pages. November 1964. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP247
He is a Hamlet, but a Hamlet who acts, even though he constantly doubts the wisdom of his actions. It is through this painfully complex mind that we see the tangled politics, the clash of faiths and loyalties, the mixture of self - seeking ambition and disinterestedness, that characterize the last decades of the seventeenth century and the first of the, eighteenth.' Thus Walter Allen writes of Henry Esmond, whose struggle to overcome the stigma of illegitimate birth and the anguish of a hopeless love forms the central strand in this masterfully woven historical novel. Both an unsurpassed evocation of an age and a deeply moving portrayal of individual destiny, the book is superb in its delicate cadences and rich visual detail. It stands as Thackeray's greatest achievement in psychological portraiture, often prophetic in its insight, and is rivaled only by Vanity Fair as the highest expression of the author's extraordinary narrative art. As Thackeray's eminent contemporary George Saintsbury wrote: 'A greater novel than Henry Esmond I do not know; and I do not know many greater books.'











Signet Classics [ 0248 ] Bojer, Johan. The Last Of The Vikings. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Norwegian By Jessie Muir.Afterword By Richard Vowles. 256 pages. February 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP248
Set against the harsh beauty of the Lofoten Islands, The Last of the Vikings is a stirring depiction both of man's perseverance and of the end of an era. Its action centers upon a single fishing season, when the Norwegian peasantry, descendants of the Vikings, make their annual voyage to the Islands. Battling wind and sea as their ancestors have done for a thousand years, now they also must face a new challenge: the competition of the machine, inevitably dooming their age - old way of life. It is this way of life that dominates these pages. Masterfully portrayed are men and women whose intimate relationship to Nature invests them with an extra - human dimension; and recreated is a vanished rhythm of existence, a 'tenacious struggle with soil, sea, and self,' that holds special meaning amid the disjointed patterns of the modern age. Ranking The Last of the Vikings 'the finest of Bojer's novels,' Richard Vowles writes, 'The essential conflict of the novel is not man versus sea but sea versus land in the Norwegian sensibility - hence man's sensibility.'











Signet Classics [ 0249 ] Howells, William Dean. A Modern Instance. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Wallace Brockway. 432 pages. July 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT249
A Modern Instance, William Dean Howells' first major novel, ranks among the finest of his achievements. Set in rural New England, Boston, and the Middle West, his portrayal of the America of his day is a triumph of accurate reportage coupled with novelistic art. But, far more than a surface study of manners and mores, this is the story of the deterioration of a marriage - the marriage of a worldly, unscrupulous newspaperman and a woman whose initial love is gradual1y transformed into a fiercely possessive passion. Tracing the shifting balance of power between husband and wife, A Modern Instance is at once a richly ironic moral fable and an exploration of a man - woman relationship which displays a psychological acuity rare in American fiction. On first reading the novel, Mark Twain wrote to Howells, 'I am in a state of wild enthusiasm. . . . It's perfectly dazzling - it's masterly - incomparable. . . .You can never match this one.' Wallace Brockway adds, 'Nowhere else, not even in Silas Lapham and A Hazard of New Fortunes, did [Howells] ever probe characters as deeply, as relentlessly.'











Signet Classics [ 0250 ] Dreiser, Theodore. The Titan. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By John Berryman. 511 pages. October 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ250
The theme of The Titan is one man's drive for absolute power. Power ruthlessly pursued, power blindly worshiped. Power over a business, a city, a life. The setting is Chicago and New York in the age of the Robber Barons; the protagonist is Frank Cowperwood, already wealthy, but out to build a financial empire vast enough to satisfy his appetite for what he thinks is success. The novel traces the career of this driven man as he seeks his elusive goal - only to find his marriage destroyed, his mistresses loveless, his mansions no better than mausoleums, his every triumph a hollow defeat. A powerful study of spiritual emptiness amid material opulence, The Titan represents Dreiser's social vision at its most piercing, his narrative vigor at its highest. It is a major contribution of a novelist who forced Americans to look without blinders both at their society and at their very selves.











Signet Classics [ 0251 ] Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Marvin Mudrick. 384 pages. August 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD251
Of Jane Austen's novels, Mansfield Park is unique in its moral design, with a heroine far different from the author's previous creations. This young lady, Miss Fanny Price, poor relation of a wealthy family, possesses only natural goodness to aid her against a dazzlingly witty and lovely rival as they compete for the man they both love. Her ultimate triumph is one of character over personality, purity of heart over brilliance of manner, in a tale that constitutes a sharply pointed attack on social sham Written with the stylistic grace and delicate perception that distinguish the entire Austen canon, Mansfield Park stands as one of the most complex and fascinating achievements of a writer ranked by Virginia Woolf as 'the most perfect artist among women.' It is, as Marvin Mudrick declares, 'the first novel that Jane Austen wrote in the maturity of her powers. . . a long novel, her longest, and its length is an index of magnitude.'











Signet Classics [ 0252 ] Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By C.A. Bodelsen. 172 pages. September 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD252
One of Rudyard Kipling's most enduringly popular works, Captains Courageous is both a stirring tale of the sea and a fable of a boy's initiation into the world of men. The boy in question is Harvey Cheyne, pampered son of an American millionaire; his initiation commences when he is saved from drowning by a New England fishing schooner and forced to prove his worth in the only way the captain and crew will accept: through the slow and arduous mastery of skills upon which common survival depends. Depicted with what C. A. Bodelsen terms 'Kipling's brilliant impressionism . . . his almost infallible sense of the right word,' the voyage of the We're Here is one of both physical and moral adventure; it serves to give memorable, dramatic definition to the author's rigorous concept of the laws governing human existence. As C. A. Bodelsen goes on to write: 'Kipling is making the same point here as he did in The Jungle Books: that the basic conditions of human life are those of Nature, and that the civilization we have created is only a thin screen between us and immutable forces only disregarded at our peril.'











Signet Classics [ 0253 ] Melville, Herman. The Confidence Man. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By R.W.B. Lewis. 278 pages. December 1964. Cover: Kossin. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP253
Like Moby - Dick, The Confidence Man takes place aboard a ship - but one far different from the whaler Pequod. Its setting is a Mississippi steamboat, the Fidèle; and its protagonist, the mysterious Confidence Man, is on a voyage after human prey. He is a man of many guises, but a single role: in a complex series of impostures, this ever - ambiguous figure relentlessly strips away, one by one, the hypocritical pretenses of his fellow passengers. Charged with savage irony and black humor, the novel is merciless as a depiction of greed and selfishness, of a dark and wolfish world. It represents one of Melville's great later achievements, a roman noir that gives final expression to an intense and tortured vision of the human condition. 'It is,' as R. W. B: Lewis declares, 'the recognizable and awe - inspiring ancestor of . . . Nathaniel WEST'S THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, Faulkner's THE HAMLET, Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN and William Gaddis' RECOGNITIONS. Melville bequeathed . . . the vision of an apocalypse that is no less terrible for being enormously comic, the self - extinction of a world characterized by deceit and thronging with imposters. . . '











Signet Classics [ 0254 ] Sterne, Laurence. A Sentimental Journey & Journal To Eliza. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Monroe Engel. 206 pages. October 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP254
Ostensibly A Sentimental Journey is the story of a holiday abroad, a leisurely eighteenth - century continental tour. In reality, it represents a different sort of tour, a different kind of holiday - an exploration of the resources of narrative art, a free flight of sensibility. Sterne's encounters with Anglophile French noblemen and the petty French bureaucracy, with high - born lady and seductive chambermaid, his adventures in city and town, in inn and palace, shape a work of wit, delicate eroticism, and boundless love of life. Together with the Journal to Eliza, a series of epistles written from the Continent to a married woman with whom Sterne was in love, A Sentimental Journey stands as a reflection of a most remarkable personality, and as a brilliant product of per - haps one of the most delightful prose styles in the English language. Monroe Engel terms it 'a comic novel that is still read with immediate pleasure and that novelists still look to with a kind of envious admiration.. . a complete and highly ordered work' of extraordinary art.'











Signet Classics [ 0255 ] Smollett, Tobias. Roderick Random. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By John Barth. 480 pages. July 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT255
It is for sheer narrative pleasure and exuberant inventiveness that we read Smollett, master of the picaresque. Of his novels, none better typifies his art than this chronicle of the career of Roderick Random, pursuing love and fortune through every conceivable twist and turn of fate. Before this indomitable protagonist achieves his final vindication, the reader is offered an unforgettable journey through a lusty, brawling Hogarthian world, in a work that stands as the very embodiment of that age's unflagging energy and boundless appetite for life. In the words of John Barth: 'Sailors, soldiers, fine gentlemen and ladies, whores, homosexuals, cardsharpers, fortune hunters, tradesmen of all description, clerics, fops, scholars, lunatics, highwaymen.., crowd a stage that extends from Glasgow to Guinea, from Paris to Paraguay, and among themselves perpetrate battles, debaucheries, swindles, shanghais, duels, seductions, rescues, pranks, poems, shipwrecks, heroisms, murders, and marriages. They wail and guffaw, curse and sing, make love and foul their breeches: in short, they live.’











Signet Classics [ 0256 ] Austen, Jane. Persuasion. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Marvin Mudrick. 255 pages. October 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD256
In this, Jane Austen’s last novel, appears her most memorable heroine - Anne Elliot, a young woman of perfect breeding, profound depth of emotion, and unswerving integrity. These virtues, however, exist in a world—the world of country gentry in Regency England—in which shallowness and hypocrisy thrive and ever threaten to win dominion. It is Anne’s poised confrontation with these forces, as she vies for the affections of the man she loves, which gives shape to a work which displays Jane Austen’s rich maturity of vision and her new-found sense of human potential. Blending sharp wit and warm sympathy, stylistic brilliance and tender insight, Persuasion represents the crowning achievement of Jane Austen’s career, the final unfolding of her matchless art. As Marvin Mudrick writes: ‘The proper parochial society that for a quarter of a century Jane Austen had been laughing at and amusing, despising and defending, at all events copiously memorializing, comes to its late flower in the unassuming grace, the finely balanced feelings, the secret strength and charm of character, of Anne Elliot.’ an Afterword by Marvin Mudrick.











Signet Classics [ 0257 ] Shakespeare, William. The Sonnets. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited By William Burto.Introduction By W.H. Auden. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD257
While Shakespeare inserted sonnets into several of his plays, the designation 'Shakespeare's Sonnets' customarily denotes a group of 154 poems that were first published in collective form under the title of Shakespeare's Sonnets in 1609. Scholars have concluded that Shakespeare actually composed these 154 verse pieces over a comparatively long time span (most probably between 1592 and 1597 or so), and at a relatively early juncture in his literary career, i.e., around the time that he wrote his most famous early tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, a love story that includes examples of the Shakespearean sonnet within its text. The pieces included in the 1609 edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets all conform to the standard format of 14 lines concluding with a rhymed couplet, and all (with one suspect exception) are written in the natural meter of iambic pentameter, lending them a stress pattern that approximates English language speech. The 154 poems are commonly divided into two groups: the larger set (Sonnets 1 through 126) is addressed by the poet to a beloved young man; the remaining pieces (Sonnets 127 through 154) comprise a smaller grouping addressed to another persona, a Dark Lady. While the vituperative sonnets written to the Dark Lady do not display a well-defined narrative progression, the 126 poems addressed to the young man comprise a deliberate sequence, a sonnet cycle akin to that used a decade earlier by the contemporary English poet Philip Sidney (1554-1586) in Astrophel and Stella. The theme of love and infidelity is dominant in both sets of poems; in the larger grouping, this theme is interwoven with motifs of beauty, immortality, and the ravages of time and with lyrical speculations about poetry's power to maintain bonds of love and to immortalize the beloved. -- R. Moore .











Signet Classics [ 0258 ] Conrad, Joseph. Almayer's Folly and Other Stories. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Jocelyn Baines. 320 pages. January 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP258
'A new great writer and a new and splendid region of romance have entered into our literature.' Thus the critic T. P O'Connor hailed the initial publication of this, Joseph Conrad's first work of fiction. The scene of Almayer's Folly is a trading post on the Malayan archipelago; its theme is that of physical and moral decay, as the tantalizing dreams of wealth which have sustained the novel's white protagonist elude him, leaving him in helpless isolation. Vividly contrasting the frailty of human hopes and designs with the fathomless power of Nature, the book embodies the qualities of style and vision which were to place its author among the masters of the English novel. It stands as both a striking psychological study and a portrayal of the confrontation of alien cultures, a work in which Conrad, as Jocelyn Baines declares, 'employs the full emotive force of his vocabulary to evoke the exotic, corrupting power of the East.' This Signet Classic volume includes two of Joseph Conrad's later stories of the East and the sea - Freya of the Seven Isles and The Planter of Malata.











Signet Classics [ 0259 ] Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP259
The 'terrible mistake' was the contemporary utilitarian philosophy, expounded in Hard Times (1854) as the Philosophy of Fact by the hard-headed disciplinarian Thomas Gradgrind. But the novel, Dickens's shortest, is more than a polemical tract for the times; the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father is one of Dickens's triumphs. When Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage, falls prey to an idle seducer, the crisis forces her father to reconsider his cherished system. Yet even as the development of the story reflects Dickens's growing pessimism about human nature and society, Hard Times marks his return to the theme which had made his early works so popular: the amusements of the people. Sleary's circus represents Dickens's most considered defence of the necessity of entertainment, and infuses the novel with the good humour which has ensured its appeal to generations of readers. Hard Times--Dickens's shortest novel and one of his major triumphs--tells the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father.











Signet Classics [ 0260 ] Grimm, Jacob & Wilhelm. The Frog King and Other Tales Of the Brothers Grimm. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From German, Edited and With An Introduction By Alfred & Mary Elizabeth David.Illustrated By Shelia Greenwald. 318 pages. August 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT260
These stories are pervaded by the same purity that makes children seem so marvelous and blessed to us.' Thus Wilhelm Grimm described the folk tales he and his brother so lovingly gathered and recorded. In the grace, simplicity, and seeming artlessness of these tales, the reader encounters the literary distillation of a verbal art whose origins extend far into the dim past. To read them is to enter an enchanted land, where nature and the supernatural are joined, where wicked stepmothers and fair princesses, poor lost children and gallant young men, all play their parts in the eternal conflict between light and darkness, good and evil. Retaining an almost magical power both to delight and to illumine, enacting with haunting symbolic truth the basic dramas of human existence, these archetypal tales, as Alfred and Mary Elizabeth David declare, 'still speak to us and tell us about ourselves: about our hopes and dreams.., our fears and anxieties.'











Signet Classics [ 0261 ] Dickens, Charles. Dombey & Son. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Alan Pryce-Jones. 918 pages. November 1964. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ261
Dombey and Son marks the great turning point of Dickens' artistic career. In it, he departs forever from the picaresque world of his earlier novels, in which only individual villainy had marred the landscape of life; for the first time he envisions evil as inherent in the very structure of his society, and gives unified form to this vision in all its scope, depth, and complexity. Set in an England caught in the throes of industrial revolution and commercial expansion, this tale of a proud, ambitious, and morally blind businessman, and of his pernicious effect upon the multitude of lives around him, stands as a memorable indictment of a corrosive economic system, and as a profound plea for human values. Written with immense vitality, abounding in characters of extraordinary vividness, and superb in total design, Dombey and Son is, as Edgar Johnson has written, 'one of Dickens' greatest books' - 'the first great masterpiece of Dickens' maturity.' Alan Pryce - Jones declares: 'In a word, the book is carried through by its gusto. We do not have to suspend disbelief. Dickens has the air, the panache, to make us believe . . . '











Signet Classics [ 0262 ] Storm, Theodor. The Rider On The White Horse and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The German & With A Foreword By James Wright. 262 pages. August 1964. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT262
This unique collection offers for the first time in English a broad survey of the Novellen of Theodor Storm - a master of that literary genre. 'The Novelle of today,' Storm wrote in 1881, 'like the drama.. . deals with the profoundest problems of human life.' Throughout his life, he used this form in several different ways. His youthful Novellen. are suffused with an elegiac resignation on the vanished happiness of childhood. His later ones become more dramatic, more realistic, though still retaining the subtle poetic quality that is perhaps his prime characteristic. Like many northern European writers, Storm was influenced by folk tales, particularly those dealing with the supernatural. This is particularly apparent in The Rider on the White Horse, a Novelle which Thomas Mann called 'the masterpiece with which Storm crowned his life - work.' Includes - The Rider on the White Horse, In the Great Hall, Immensee, A Green Leaf, In the Sunlight, Veronika, In St. Jurgen, Aquis Submersus.











Signet Classics [ 0263 ] Scott, Sir Walter. Waverley. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Edgar Johnson. 576 pages. August 1964. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT263
The Rebellion of 1745, when the Highland clans of Scotland rallied to support Charles Stuart, Pretender to the throne of England, forms the dramatic background to Waverley. Its hero, Edward Waverley, is a young man of divided loyalties, gallant but naïve, and thirsting for high romance. Won over to the Stuart cause, he encounters the adventure he seeks, but amid a steadily mounting tempo of action and intrigue, he also comes to learn the stern realities of love, warfare, and politics. Remarkable for its descriptions of the Scottish Highlands and for its host of superbly varied character portraits, Waverley stands as Sir Walter Scott's first great historical novel; it represents both the prototype of a major literary genre and an enduring triumph of storytelling art. As Edgar Johnson writes: 'It is a mistake to think of Scott primarily as a historical romancer. He is not interested in tin armor and cardboard battlements. . . . A gifted historian he assuredly is. . . . But he is above all a novelist, outstanding in his talent for dramatic narrative and penetrating in the vivid and accurate portrayal of human nature.'











Signet Classics [ 0265 ] Lincoln, Abraham. Abraham Lincoln: A Documentary Portrait Through His Speeches & Writings. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Don E. Fehrenbacher. 288 pages. September 1964. Cover: Kossin. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT265
Around the figure of Abraham Lincoln an immense legend has grown - a legend that pays tribute to his greatness, but that tends to obscure the qualities upon which that greatness rests. It is to present a true portrait of this complex human being that this volume is designed, employing the materials best suited to this challenging task: Lincoln's own words. Dating from his entrance into political life to his final presidential message, these selections range from informal private letters to magnificently phrased public documents. They serve to record the drama of Lincoln's extraordinary career, and vividly reflect the development of his positions in a variety of significant areas: economics, presidential power, national purpose, and the crucial issue of slavery - positions often seriously distorted by latter - day partisan commentary. Addressed both to students of history and to those seeking to understand a heritage still actively shaping contemporary events, these selections combine to shed invaluable light upon the man who, as Don F. Fehrenbacher writes, 'saved and rededicated a nation.'











Signet Classics [ 0266 ] Musil, Robert. Young Torless. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The German By Eithne Wilkins & Ernst Kaiser.Afterword By John Simon. 192 pages. September 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT266
'. . . there are two worlds within him [Törless] corresponding to two worlds without him: a quotidian existence of rational, routine activity.., and also a dark, exciting realm of violent, often destructive.. . impulses and adventures. Which is more real? Which is to be espoused?' Thus John Simon states the theme which animates this remarkable novel of sexual and intellectual awakening. Set within the confines of a military boarding school, the book has as its center the shifting, tension - ridden relationship of Törless and three fellow students. With near - hallucinatory vividness, the intense conflicts and fevered emotions of adolescence are evoked; yet always present is a note of cool, analytic detachment, tracing the pattern of future destiny as it emerges from this atmosphere of mingled youthful idealism and brutal sadism, rigorous discipline and perverse sensuality. A work of superb art and prophetic psychological insight, Young Törless offers a memorable introduction to a writer who has come to be recognized as one of the singular talents of the century. It is a novel, as John Simon writes, 'as unique in our day as it was sixty years ago.'











Signet Classics [ 0267 ] James, Henry. The Wings Of The Dove. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By F.W. Dupee. 512 pages. October 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT267
One of the masterpieces of James's final period, The Wings of the Dove represents the author's artistic genius at its summit of formal perfection, his vision at its highest pitch of creative intensity. The setting is one James made singularly his own: the fashionable world of London mansion and Venetian palace, of drawing room and dinner party, of burnished elegance and grace. The theme is the human price this world exacts as it transforms two lovers - a man of good conscience and a woman of superb vitality - into conspirators set on victimizing an American millionairess, a naïve young woman in love with life, and inexorably doomed. Ranking among James's most memorable characterizations, these three act out a meticulously designed drama of treachery and self - betrayal in a work whose consummate artistry reflects a moral judgment all - pervading and profound. As F. W. Dupee writes, 'Les splendeurs et misères du monde remains James's principal subject; and nowhere in his work is the world, its beauty and its terror, better presented than in The Wings of the Dove.'











Signet Classics [ 0268 ] Howells, William Dean. A Hazard Of New Fortunes. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Benjamin DeMott. 445 pages. March 1965. Cover: Luvin?. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT268
Set against a vividly depicted background of fin de siècle New York, this novel centers upon the conflict between a self - made millionaire and a fervent social revolutionary - a conflict in which a man of goodwill futilely attempts to act as mediator, only to be forced himself into a crisis of conscience. Evident throughout this multifaceted work is William Dean Howells' grasp of the realities of the American experience in an age of emerging social struggle; evident as well is his absolute determination to render justice to every point of view. Both a memorable portrait of an era and a profoundly moving study of human interrelatednness, A Hazard of New Fortunes fully justifies Alfred Kazin's ranking of Howells as 'the first great domestic novelist of American life.' Benjamin DeMott praises 'Howells' dream of bursting free from self, of entering with large imaginative understanding into the lives of others,' and goes on to declare: 'Howells' dream was. . . moral to the core.'











Signet Classics [ 0269 ] Mill, John Stuart. Autobiography Of John Stuart Mill. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Asa Briggs. 224 pages. October 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT269
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN STUART MILL deals with but one part of a life, the life of the mind - but a mind which ranks as one of the most remarkable and significant of the nineteenth century. The book memorably depicts the emergence of a brilliant child prodigy, the product of an extraordinary education which both hastened his development and brought him to the brink of suicide by the age of twenty - one; illumined with equal clarity is the story of John Stuart Mill's renewed commitment to life, and of the further conflicts which marked his long evolution toward maturity as a major philosopher and social thinker. Superb in its dispassionate objectivity, the Autobiography stands as a work of enduring stature and relevance, the final testament of a rare and luminous intelligence. As Asa Briggs Writes: 'Concerned as it is throughout with a remarkable 'age of transition' in English history and with many of the circles of thinkers who set out to interpret or to mould the age, the Autobiography is as important a document for the understanding of the nineteenth century as it is for the understanding of Mill himself. . . . It will remain of profound importance. . . .'











Signet Classics [ 0270 ] Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Edited By J.A. Bryant Jr. 220 pages. November 1964. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD270
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Joseph Bryant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. A note on the source of Romeo and Juliet '~ Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, H. B. Charlton, John Russell Brown. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . A perennial staple of high school English classes, Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare at a relatively early juncture in his literary career, most probably in 1594 or 1595. During much of the twentieth century, critics tended to disparage this play in comparison to the four great tragedies that Shakespeare wrote in the first decade of the seventeenth century (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello). Appraised next to the Bard's mature works, Romeo and Juliet appears to lack the psychological depth and the structural complexity of Shakespeare's later tragedies. But over the past three decades or so, many scholars have altered this assessment, effectively upgrading its status within Shakespeare's canon. They have done this by discarding comparative evaluation and judging Romeo and Juliet as a work of art in its own right. Viewed from this fresh perspective, Shakespeare's tragic drama of the 'star - crossed' young lovers is seen to be an extraordinary work. Indeed, Romeo and Juliet was an experimental stage piece at the time of its composition, featuring several radical departures from long - standing conventions. These innovative aspects of the play, moreover, reinforce and embellish its principal themes. The latter include the antithesis between love and hate, the correlative use of a light/dark polarity, the handling of time (as both theme and as structural element), and the prominent status accorded to Fortune and its expression in the dreams, omens and forebodings that presage its tragic conclusion. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0271 ] Melville, Herman. Pierre, or the Ambiguities. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Lawrance Thompson. 408 pages. November 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT271
'Parody, parody, parody-and an odd assortment of parody procedures-will be found throughout the context which Melville builds around the central narrative of Pierre's pilgrim-like progress to defeat and damnation.' Thus writes Lawrance Thompson, describing this story of the downfall of a highborn young man, whose unselfish love entraps him in an incestuous passion, and whose noble actions hasten his ignoble end. In theme and style the novel mocks both Christian allegory and the cheerful pastoral romances of the day; but neither irony nor virtuosity can mask its underlying seriousness of purpose, or the dark vision which shapes it. Written immediately after Moby Dick, Pierre represents Melville's further exploration of the meaning and nature of evil. A dramatic expression of its author's most profound anxieties and obsessions, it stands as the strangely compelling creation of an intensely troubled, eternally questioning mind. As William Ellery Sedgewick has written: 'Pierre was the only book of Melville's maturity as ambitious as Moby Dick.'











Signet Classics [ 0272 ] Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By G.S. Fraser. 224 pages. March 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD272
For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, TREASURE ISLAND has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers. Written by a superb prose stylist, a master of both action and atmosphere, the story centers upon the conflict between good and evil - but in this case a particularly engaging form of evil. It is the villainy of that most ambiguous rogue Long John Silver that sets the tempo of this tale of treachery, greed, and daring. Designed to forever kindle a dream of high romance and distant horizons, TREASURE ISLANd is, in the words of G. K. Chesterton, 'the realization of an ideal, that which is promised in its provocative and beckoning map; a vision not only of white skeletons but also green palm trees and sapphire seas' G. S. Fraser terms it 'an utterly original book' and goes on to write: 'There will always be a place for stories like TREASURE ISLAND that can keep boys and old men happy.'











Signet Classics [ 0273 ] Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Spanish & With An Introduction By Walter Starkie. 1052 pages. November 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY273
Here presented complete and unabridged, in the memorable Walter Starkie translation, is the epic tale of the most illustrious Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful, long - suffering squire, Sancho Panza. Their adventures in the picaresque world of sixteenth - century Spain form the basis of one of the great treasures of Western literature, both an immortal satire on an outdated chivalric code and a biting portrayal of an age in which nobility can be only a form of madness. Imbued with irrepressible comedy and superbly balanced irony, Don Quixote stands as the reflection of a vision ever rich in meaning and as the product of an artistry inexhaustible in delight. It is, as Walter Starkie writes, 'the first modern novel in the world, created Out of a life of disillusion, privation, and poverty by a maimed ex - soldier . . . whose noble nature and gentle sense of humorous tolerance taught him that life is an unending dialogue between a knight of the spirit who is ever striving to soar aloft, and a squire who clings to his master and strives with might and main to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground.' Translated and with an Introduction by Walter Starkie.











Signet Classics [ 0274 ] Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen Four Plays. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Norwegian & With A Foreword By Rolf Fjelde. 384 pages. January 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CP274
'Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in mind through and through. I must penetrate to the last wrinkle of his soul. Then I do not let him go until his fate is fulfilled.' Thus Henrik Ibsen described the process of visual creation by which he shaped the major works of his maturity. Brilliant in design, multi- leveled in meaning, these four plays project Ibsen's revealing criticism of society and his almost uncanny perception of the intricacies of human motivations and relationships. Exposed are the demonic forces of greed, fear, sexual hostility, and willful destructiveness, rising to shatter the prosaic surface of middle-class life. Here, presented in memorable new translations, are dramas of universal significance, the crowning achievements of the artist who stands as the father of the modern theater. As Rolf Fjelde writes, it was Ibsen's purpose 'not to lull-nor merely shock-the bourgeoisie, not to lecture the proletariat, but to instigate human beings into existence, to dare each individual to think, to feel, to question, to live. . . ' Includes - A Doll House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder.











Signet Classics [ 0275 ] Howe, E. W. The Story Of A Country Town. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By John William Ward. 317 pages. December 1964. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT275
The Story of a Country Town is both a pioneering triumph of realistic fiction and a landmark in the development of the American literary consciousness. Written by a Kansas newspaperman who was forced to publish the original edition himself, this novel represents a sharp departure from the nineteenth - century image of the 'idyllic' rural life. Howe's portrait of an American small town is a damning indictment of an arid way of life - of an environment that corrodes the spirit and cripples the mind. His view of village and farm is colored by harsh pessimism and filled with a pervasive sense of human waste. As John William Ward writes: 'The Story of a Country Town marks the moment when the myth of the garden in America gave way to the wasteland of broken dreams. After Edgar W. Howe came other American writers: Joseph Kirkland, Hamlin Garland, Edgar Lee Masters, Zona Gale, Sherwood Anderson, and Sinclair Lewis. They deepened, amplified; and finally made a tradition in American letters of what Howe, writing alone out of his own bitter experience, had first put down.'











Signet Classics [ 0276 ] Farrell, James T. Studs Lonigan. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Philip Allan Friedman. 840 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ276
In the three decades since its original publication, Studs Lonigan has established itself as a classic of the American social novel, Its setting is the South Side of Chicago during the moral chaos of the Prohibition era. Its protagonist, Studs Lonigan, is a young man seeking a destiny he cannot find, leaving behind him only lost ideals and unanswered questions to mark his swift passage from youth to early death. In his frustrated ambitions, his gradual brutalization, and his final failure, Studs emerges as a prototype of the lost and self - alienated American, both product and victim of urban society.The trilogy is, in the words of Philip Allan Friedman, 'a monumental work in the tradition of American literary naturalism. . . . Alfred kazin has called Studs Lonigan 'one of the most honest and important works of our time.'











Signet Classics [ 0277 ] Shakespeare, William. The Merchant Of Venice. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Kenneth O. Myrick. 176 pages. February 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD277
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES - The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Kenneth Myrick, Tufts University. General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. A note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Nicholas Rowe, William Hazlitt, Elmer Edgar Stoll, and an anonymous review of Henry Irving’s important production. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . . Written sometime between 1596 and 1598, The Merchant of Venice is classified as both an early Shakespearean comedy (more specifically, as a 'Christian comedy') and as one of the Bard's problem plays; it is a work in which good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are examined and some issues remain unresolved. In Merchant, Shakespeare wove together two ancient folk tales, one involving a vengeful, greedy creditor trying to exact a pound of flesh, the other involving a marriage suitor's choice among three chests and thereby winning his (or her) mate. Shakespeare's treatment of the first standard plot scheme centers around the villain of Merchant, the Jewish money - lender Shylock who seeks a literal pound of flesh from his Christian opposite, the generous, faithful Antonio. Shakespeare's version of the chest - choosing device revolves around the play's Christian heroine, Portia, who steers her lover Bassanio toward the correct humble casket and then successfully defends his bosom friend Antonio from Shylock's horrid legal suit. In the modern, post - Holocaust, readings of Merchant, the problem of anti - Semitism in the play has loomed large. A close reading of the text must acknowledge that Shylock is a stereotypical caricature of a cruel, money - obsessed, medieval Jew, but it also suggests that Shakespeare's intentions in Merchant were not primarily anti - Semitic. Indeed, the dominant thematic complex in The Merchant of Venice is much more universal than specific religious or racial hatred; it spins around the polarity between the surface attractiveness of gold and the Christian qualities of mercy and compassion that lie beneath the flesh. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0278 ] Eliot, George. The Mill On The Floss. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Morton Berman. 560 pages. February 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT278
One of George Eliot's finest achievements, The Mill on the Floss is famed both for its unsurpassed depiction of English rural 'life and for its striking, superbly drawn heroine, Maggie Tulliver. The novel's evocation of childhood in the English countryside - at once unsentimental, yet rich with delight - stands as an enduring triumph; but equally memorable are its portrayal of a narrow, tradition - bound society and its dramatic unfolding of tragic human destiny. The conflict between Maggie and1 her brother, Tom - a conflict between romance and reason, daring and caution, rebellion and acceptance - helps shape a work that explores the full moral complexities of human choice and action. The book is a work that gives vivid display of the author's mastery of narrative art, her broad range of understanding, and her profound sense of artistic purpose. As Morton Berman writes: 'George Eliot's concept of art is really very simple. . . art has a moral mission; it widens men's sympathies by affording, in addition to sensuous delight, 'a faithful depiction of humanity. . . . The Mill on the Floss is earnest, moral, and long; it is hard, however, to see why anyone would want it otherwise.'











Signet Classics [ 0279 ] Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP279
Focused on the era of the Moscow trials, Darkness at Noon describes an aging Bolshevik's total loss of perspective when faced by the new regime's inquisitors. At given intervals, Rubashov leaves the rumor - ridden limbo of his prison cell for interrogation - or else is appeased with gifts - first by the reproachful ironist, Ivanov, then by his remote and sadistic colleague, Gletkin. The machine of guilt is brought fully to bear; and, in a nightmarish moment of failing logic, Rubashov makes his preposterous and fatal confession. 'The book reaches the stature of tragedy, whereas an English or American writer could at most have made it into a polemical tract . . . from his European angle [Koestler] can see such things as purges and mass deportations for what they are. . . ' George Orwell











Signet Classics [ 0281 ] Ghosh, Oroon (translator). The Dance Of Shiva and Other Tales From India. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated By Oroon Ghosh.Foreword By A.L. Basham. Illustrations By Baniprosonno. 341 pages. March 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT281
Nowhere is the tradition of storytelling more deeply rooted than in India, where tales told three thousand years ago are still part of popular culture. In this volume, a rich sampling of the many strands that make up this tradition has been memorably rendered into English. These stories range over a wide human spectrum. They deal with love and adventure, religion and philosophy; among them are to be found animal stories that predate Aesop, and stories of Buddha that form part of India's great spiritual heritage. Some of these tales have the naïve purity of folk art; others are shaped with rare sophistication. All, however, help the reader understand - and delight in - one of the most fascinating of civilizations. Highly colored and exotic, of the spirit and of the flesh, they illumine universal human truth. In the words of A. L. Basham: 'The cultural heritage of the Western world is strengthened and deepened by the efforts of Dr. Ghosh and others like him, for thus new elements are injected into the intellectual stream . . . I hope that these stories will be enjoyed by a very wide circle of readers, wherever the English language is spoken.' Illustrations by Baniprosonno.











Signet Classics [ 0282 ] Irving, Washington. The Sketch Book. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by Perry Miller. 381 pages. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT282
Published in 1820, Washington Irving's celebrated SKETCH BOOK has proved as enduring as the enchanted Kaatskill Mountains he immortalized. From these masterpieces in miniature have emerged such universal figures of American fiction and fantasy as Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Sage, storyteller, wit, Washington Irving touched on many subjects and treated each with a master's hand. Included in his volume are tales of romance, vignettes on bygone English customs, travel pictures, reflections on historic landmarks, essays on the American Indian, biographical discourses, and literary musings. Fresh in theme, bewitching in style, and superb in craftsmanship, his stories earned Washington Irving his place as father of American literature. Thackeray called Washington Irving the 'first ambassador whom the New World of Letters sent to the Old.'











Signet Classics [ 0283 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 1. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Maynard Mack. March 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD283
Henry IV: Part I is the second in a series of four English history plays that make up Shakespeare's major tetralogy. It continues the saga of the Bolingbrook family and the Plantagenet monarchy that begins with Henry IV's seizure of power in Richard II; it leads naturally to Henry IV: Part II; the tetralogy culminates in Henry V, as Prince Hal of Henry IV's reign becomes Henry V, the great and beloved warrior king of the English people. Quite obviously, Shakespeare drew upon chronicles of actual English history as the framework for Henry IV: Part I and the other three plays in the series. Just as clearly, the playwright compressed the timing of events for dramatic purposes and composed all of the play's dialogue. But even more important, the 'tavern' dimension of Henry IV: Part I is purely Shakespeare's creation. Its addition allows Shakespeare to use the dramatic techniques of juxtaposition, inversion, and antithesis as the plot shifts back and forth between the troubled realm of Henry IV's court and the madcap, vulgar world of the tavern in which Sir John Falstaff presides. Indeed, the counterpoint contrast between the high and the low that Shakespeare uses here was a radical stage innovation in its day, allowing for the inclusion of comic episodes within a deadly serious political history. At bottom, Henry IV: Part I is essentially a coming of age story in which the king's son, Prince Henry or Hal, emerges from his youthful role as a wastrel companion of the tavern crew, into the role of a genuine English monarch by virtue of both blood and character. -- R. Moore.











Signet Classics [ 0284 ] Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP284
With the sharp sensitivity of 'a man without skin' Tobias Smollett humorously attacked the frivolity and foibles of eighteenth - century England. Humphry Clinker is his mirthful tale of a tour by coach and four through cities and countryside. Five people embark on the journey: the crusty eccentric, Squire Bramble; his husband - hunting sister, Tabitha; her maid, Winifred; and Bramble's youthful niece and nephew,. Lydia and Jery. En route they are joined by Humphry Clinker, an honest Wiltshire lad of tattered cloth and empty purse. As misadventure follows misadventure, each character reveals his true self by giving his own conflicting view of the incidents, places, and people encountered along the way. The result is an entertaining and realistic picture of that wonderful age when gentlemen duelled, ladies swooned, and servants rose from rags to riches.











Signet Classics [ 0285 ] Gogol, Nicolai. The Diary Of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP285
NIKOLAI GOGOL is universally regarded as the father of Russian realism. His stories are rooted in commonplace events; his characters are the underdog and the insignificant. A romantic at heart, he used a startling blend of broad comedy and weird fantasy to expose the stupidity, coarseness, and meanness of life. This Signet Classic includes five of Gogol's most famous stories: THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, THE NOSE, THE CARRIAGE, THE OVERCOAT, and a full - length historical romance: TARAS BULBA.











Signet Classics [ 0286 ] Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls Of The King. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT286
'With regal melancholy and a superb sense of craft, Tennyson's poems evoke Past and Present - the Isle of the Lotos-Eaters, heraldic Camelot, his own twilit English gardens - seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Using his own eloquence or masks of mythic figures, Tennyson was the stylist most imitated by poets of his day - praised over all the rest for his vigorous portrayals of the 'general conscience' of statesmen and common men alike.'











Signet Classics [ 0287 ] Dickens, Charles. Martin Chuzzlewit. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Marvin Murdrick. 896 pages. April 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ287
A parable of selfishness, a grisly melodrama, and an exuberant triumph of comic invention, Martin Chuzzlewit gives full display to Dickens' genius. Peopled by many of the author's most famous character creations - among them the memorable Mr. Pecksniff and the inimitable Mrs. Sarah Gamp - it tells a story of innocence, treachery, and retribution, with a young hero who makes the near - fatal error of seeking his fortune in America. The complex plot marks the transition from Dickens' earlier picaresque narratives to the structural unity of his later works; the novel's depiction of American life represents a high point in Dickensian social satire, rendering a judgment since echoed by many foreign visitors to our shores, but never in a form so bitter, so biting, or so wonderfully entertaining. Writing of Dickens, Marvin Mudrick declares: 'The point is not that he is a master of the comic and the ridiculous, though of course he is. The operative word is 'extravagances': it is the unexpended and startling momentum, the reckless improvisation, the demoniacal gusto. . . that identify the special Dickensian ridiculous.'











Signet Classics [ 0288 ] Villon, Francois. The Poems Of Francois Villon. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Galway Kinnell.Bilingual Edition. 224 pages. April 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT288
Francois Villon lived five centuries ago. Of his life, little more than a shadowy legend remains - the legend of a student turned vagabond and thief, living amid desperate poverty and violence. Yet the poems Villon created strike the modern reader with singular clarity. He was the first of all great poets of the city; the first to encompass within his art the harsh physical realities and unsentimental vision of life lived in the urban lower depths. His is a poetry that is direct, forceful, yet infinitely supple, capable of biting satire, uninhibited ribaldry, gallows humor - and capable, too, of unsurpassed lyric flight and haunting, poignant beauty. In this Signet Classic bilingual edition - with French and English texts printed on facing pages - the poet Galway Kinnell has achieved memorable translations of poems which remain forever fresh, as vivid as the extraordinary sensibility which gave them birth. In the words of Mr. Kinnell: '[Villon's] poetry starts from the grossest base, it is made of pain and laughter, and it is indestructible.' The French text in this edition is based upon the authoritative Longnon - Foulet text of 1932.











Signet Classics [ 0289 ] Shakespeare, William. Timon Of Athens. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Maurice Charney. 239 pages. May 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD289
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - TIMON OF ATHENS. Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Maurice Charney, Rutgers University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare serigs, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts, University. Sources from which Shakespeare derived TIMON OF ATHENS - Lucian: Timon, translated by Lionel Casson; Plutarch: from The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, translated by Sir Thomas North; William Painter: Selections from The Palace of Pleasure ~ Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by William Richardson, Roy Walker, David Cook ~ Text and commentaries printed in the clearest,: most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0290 ] Chekhov, Anton. Ward Six and Other Stories. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated from the Russian by Ann Dunnigan. Afterword by Rufus W. Mathewson. 399 pages. September 1965. Cover by Cliff Condak??. b-russia. CT290
These six stories-here presented in memorable new translations-represent Chekhov’s narrative genius at the full range and power of its maturity. As masterfully constructed as his earlier stories, but with far greater richness and dimension, they deal with human beings suffering the pain of existence, their lives illumined by the author’s rigorous objectivity. The novella Ward Six, with its hauntingly symbolic depiction of the world of an insane asylum; The Duel, with its theme of moral degradation, its hint of regeneration; and A Dull Story, with its relentless depiction of a culture that corrupts and alienates., these and others present a vivid portrait of what Rufus W, Mathewson calls a ‘blighted’ society, seen through the eyes of a writer whose understanding of ‘human foolishness’ is without equal. In his incisive Afterword Mr. Mathewson discards the accepted stereotypes, reappraising Chekhov’s personality and work. He points out that Chekhov demands much of his readers, but gives much in return: ‘The reader is challenged to collaborate in the experience of the story, to interpret it in the way an actor interprets the text of a play, or a musician a score. A good performance’ by the reader will yield a very great reward.’











Signet Classics [ 0291 ] Hölderlin, Friedrich. Hyperion. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The German By Willard R. Trask.Foreword By Alexander Gode-von Aesch. 173 pages. September 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT291
Here, presented in its first English translation, is Friedrich Hölderlin's great novel, Hyperion. Cast in the form of letters from its eighteenth - century protagonist to a German friend, this book charts the course of a desperate search for fulfillment in action, in love, and in final contemplation; its story is one of human disillusion and human rebirth. In it the reader will encounter one of the most vivid of all literary landscapes - a landscape the author never saw but to which he dedicated all the resources of his art - the landscape of Greece, bathed in blazing sunlight, infused with remembered glory. Written in a prose whose remarkable rhythmic power deeply influenced Nietzsche, Hyperion represents a triumph of the poetic imagination and a projection of a vision of the human condition that has caused the figure of Hölderlin to loom ever larger in the contemporary literary consciousness. In the words of Alexander Gode - von Aesch: 'if ever it seems a little 'absurd' that existentialism. . . has on its roster no name of a poet not hedged by excuses and qualifications, turn to Hölderlin.'











Signet Classics [ 0292 ] Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With A Foreword By William H. Gilman. 479 pages. November 1965. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ292
Ralph Waldo Emerson stands as one of the great figures of nineteenth-century America. More than any other man he personifies the brilliant late flowering of the New England tradition. This Signet Classic edition of selections from Emerson's Journals, Letters, Essays, and Poetry offers a broad view of the author's finest work. Featured here is a considerable amount of new material from the Journals, including an entry discovered in 1964 in the Library of Congress which reveals Emerson's enlightened attitude about the Negro question. The writings range from homely descriptions of daily life to superbly polished meditations on human purpose and destiny, from sharply etched biographical studies to soaring, lyric, philosophical flights. Shaped by a passionate belief in individual freedom and a deep humility before the immensity of Nature, they reflect a life and a spirit whose independence and integrity speak out with resounding significance to the modern world. As the noted Emerson scholar and editor William H. Gilman writes: 'Emerson took constant risks in following the bent of his thought wherever it might go - all the risks a man can take when he grimly determines to abandon repose and seek the truth. The example to the twentieth century is obvious. A man or woman today might not want to imitate Emerson, but if he did, at least he would know what it meant to be fully alive.'











Signet Classics [ 0293 ] Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Herschel Baker. 208 pages. June 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD293
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - TWELFTH NIGHT. Special Introduction to the play by Herschel Baker, Harvard University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Source from which Shakespeare derived TWELFTH NIGHT - Barnabe Rich: OF APOLONIUS AND SILLA. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, Harley Granville - Barker, John Dover Wilson. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of time text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . Twelfth Night, or What You Will was composed by William Shakespeare in either 1600 or 1601 as the last of his three 'mature comedies' (the other two being Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It). Like his early comedies, The Comedy of Errors or The Taming of the Shrew for instance, Twelfth Night is essentially a celebration of romantic love and can be viewed as a traditional romantic comedy. The play has many of the elements common to Elizabethan romantic comedy, including the devices of mistaken identity, separated twins, and gender - crossing disguise, and its plot revolves around overcoming obstacles to 'true' love. And, like other representatives of the genre, Twelfth Night also features a sub - plot in which a self - inflated 'sour' or 'blocking' character, the steward Malvolio, is brought to his knees through a trick orchestrated by a ribald if also self - inflated character in the person of Sir Toby Belch. But unlike his early comedies, Shakespeare also strikes some discordant notes in Twelfth Night, including a conception of love and other themes that are not part of the conventional romantic comedy formula. Thus, for example, the subject of insanity surfaces as a salient theme and as a force within the plot. Indeed, while Twelfth Night concludes with tandem weddings, Shakespeare also speaks about the madness of love. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0294 ] Shakespeare, William. Pericles. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Ernest Schanzer. 208 pages. July 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD294
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - PERICLES. Special Introduction to the play by the editor Ernest Schanzer, University of Munich. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Sources from which Shakespeare derived PERICLES - John Cower: from Confessio Amantis ; Laurence Twine: from The Pattern of Painful Adventures. Major dramatic criticism: commentaries by G. Wilson Knight, John F. Danby, Kenneth Muir, M. St. Clare Byrne. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0295 ] Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Walter J. Cobb.Afterword By Andre Maurois. 512 pages. June 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT295
The setting of this extraordinary historical novel is medieval Paris: a city of vividly intermingled beauty and grotesquerie, surging with violent life under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre - Dame. Against this background Victor Hugo unfolds the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the monstrous hunch back; Esmera Ida, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work which gives full play to the author's brilliant historical imagination, his remarkable powers of description. Whether depicting the frenzy of a brutish mob or the agony of a solitary soul, whether capturing the drunken blaze of sunlight or dungeon darkness, Victor Hugo's art never fails in its quest for the immediacy of felt experience. Immensely popular from its original publication to the present day, The Hunchback of Notre - Dame stands as an unsurpassed and enduring literary triumph. As André Maurois writes: 'Hugo's characters were to live in the minds of men of all countries and all races. . . They are unforgettable because they possess the elemental grandeur of myths and epics.'











Signet Classics [ 0296 ] Shakespeare, William. All's Well That Ends Well. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Sylvan Barnet. 200 pages. June 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD296
Helena, the low-born ward of a French countess, is in love with the countess's son Bertram, who is indifferent to her. Bertram goes to Paris to replace his late father as attendant to the ailing King of France. Helena, the daughter of a recently deceased doctor, follows Bertram, ostensibly to offer the King her services as a healer. The King is sceptical, and she guarantees the cure with her life: if he dies, she will be put to death, but if he lives, she may choose a husband from the court. The King is cured and Helena chooses Bertram, who rejects her, owing to her poverty and low status. The King forces him to marry her, but after the ceremony Bertram immediately goes to war in Italy without so much as a goodbye kiss. He says that he will only marry her after she has borne his child and wears his family ring. In Italy, Bertram is a successful warrior and also a successful seducer of local virgins. Helena follows him to Italy, befriends Diana, a virgin with whom Bertram is infatuated, and they arrange for Helena to take Diana’s place in bed. Diana obtains Bertram’s ring in exchange for one of Helena’s. In this way Helena, without Bertram’s knowledge, consummates their marriage and wears his ring. Helena returns to the Spanish countess, who is horrified at what her son has done, and claims Helena as her child in Bertram’s place. Helena fakes her death, and Bertram, thinking he is free of her, comes home. He tries to marry a local lord’s daughter, but Diana shows up and breaks up the engagement. Helena appears and explains the ring swap, announcing that she has fulfilled Bertram’s challenge; Bertram, impressed by all she has done to win him, swears his love to her. Thus all ends well. There is a subplot about Parolles, a disloyal associate of Bertram’s. A recurring theme throughout the play is the similarity between love and war – conquering/seducing/betraying/outmaneuvering.











Signet Classics [ 0297 ] Edwards, Jonathan. Jonathan Edwards: Basic Writings. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Selected,Edited,& With A Foreword by Ola Elizabeth Winslow. 255 pages. May 1966. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT297
The writings selected for this Signet Classic edition form the principal legacy of one of the most remarkable thinkers our country has produced. As a Puritan divine Jonathan Edwards represented a major influence in American religious life; as a metaphysician he was the first American to gain an international reputation; as a human being he imbued every page he wrote with profound personal commitment and moral concern. These selections extend from his first essays as a youthful prodigy to the great sermons and treatises of his maturity; they offer both a fascinating record of spiritual evolution and a body of intellectual achievement of truly enduring import. Writing of Edwards, Ola Winslow declares him 'not only a master logician but also a great creative mind, calmly searching out meanings that have engaged great thinkers since the beginning of time - the meaning of God, the universe, and man in this world and in any future there may be.. . . In the small but distinguished company to which he belongs, he is one of the few men of the far past who still have something to say to men of the present hour.











Signet Classics [ 0298 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. 175 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP298
Katherine Anne Porter is regarded as one of the most distinguished writers in the world today. Her style is a rare combination of subtlety and insight; her concern is 'human nature, the fatalities of life and the perils of human relationships.' In the three beautiful short novels that comprise PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER she explores the chaotic individualism experienced by those who cope with—and today outlive—their greatest crises. Miranda, the heroine of the first and last stories, survives the ghosts of a poignant but unreal childhood, the Great War, and a flu epidemic that claims her lover—to spend her days with a heightened sense of jeopardy. In 'Noon Wine', Farmer Thompson, though legally acquitted of the murder he commits, can find no justification for his crime and seeks release in a final and tragic act. 'Miss Porter is one of the finest writers of prose in America.'—Granville Hicks . . . 'There is a kind of magic about everything Miss Porter writes.'—New York Times . . 'Katherine Anne Porter moves in the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry; James.'—Saturday Review. With an Afterword by Mark Schorer











Signet Classics [ 0299 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 2. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Norman N. Holland. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD299












Signet Classics [ 0300 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Notes From Underground/White Nights/The Dream Of A Ridiculous Man & Selections From The House Of The Dead. New York. Signet/New American Library. 240 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT300
Includes: NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, WHITE NIGHTS, THE DREAM OF A RIDICULOUS MAN, and SELECTIONS FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. In this Signet Classic volume can be seen Dostoyevsky's evolving outlook on man's fate. The works presented here were written at distinct periods in the author's life, at decisive moments in his groping for political philosophy and a religious answer. The characters are representative of the human hearts he probed with such surprising insight. They include a whole range of tormented people - from the primitive peasant who kills without understanding that he is destroying a human life to the irritating, anxious antihero of NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, a man who both craves and despises affection. Thomas Mann described Dostoyevsky as 'an author whose Christian sympathy is ordinarily devoted to human misery, sin, vice, the depths of lust and crime, rather than to nobility of body and soul' and NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND as 'an awe - and terror - inspiring example of this sympathy.'











Signet Classics [ 0301 ] Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT301
Includes: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, & Man and Superman. George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness - sugar - coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes accepted attitudes toward: woman's place in society, military heroism, marriage, the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the ages - as, intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable. 'My way of joking is to tell the truth: it is the funniest joke in the world.' - G. B. Shaw.











Signet Classics [ 0302 ] Jimenez, Juan Ramon. Platero and I. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP302
He's the children's playmate, the gray goat's companion, and the poet's cherished friend. Small and downy soft, the donkey named Platero romps through the pages of a book that has captured the hearts of readers everywhere. Written by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the 1956 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Platero and I has been translated into the main languages of Western Europe as well as Hebrew and Basque. Like the great Spanish classic Don Quixote, it has found favor with the young, who delight in the adventures of the merry little donkey and the sad poet, and with their elders, who look beyond the narrative to see what the writer has to say about man and his world. Drawings by Baltasar Lobo.











Signet Classics [ 0303 ] Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by Kingsley Amis. 240 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP303
Disease is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Machines are considered dangerous; they have been destroyed and banished from the land. . . . This is the way of the world in Erewhon, the imaginary country of simple, straightforward people that was created by Samuel Butler to serve as a foil for his attack on ‘modern’ life and thought. With wit and imagination the master satirist lashed out at evolution, medicine, education, justice. And paradoxically he presented several sides of each issue in a many- sided tale of adventure, ideas, escape. As Kingsley Amis points out in his Afterword to this Signet Classic, EREWHON is the first modern Utopian romance, a novel which directly anticipates Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Orwell’s 1984. . .











Signet Classics [ 0304 ] Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. Signet/New American Library. 128 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT304
This remarkable book has been described in many ways - as a masterpiece. . . a fairy story. . . a brilliant satire. . . a frightening view of the future. A devastating attack on the pig - headed, gluttonous and avaricious rulers in an imaginary totalitarian state, it illuminates the range of human experience from love to hate, from comedy to tragedy. 'A wise, compassionate and illuminating fable for our time. . . .The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell's wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift.' - NEW YORK TIMES











Signet Classics [ 0305 ] Tagore, Rabindranath. The Housewarming and Other Selected Writings. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Translated from the Bengali by Mary Lago, Tarun Gupta, & Amiya Chakravarty. Edited & With An Introduction by Amiya Chakravarty. 318 pages. December 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT305
‘Thirty years ago, Rabindranath Tagore’s was a name known to all readers, in several languages. Tagore was the sage of the East, the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, the master of the story and novella who accommodated Eastern lore and color to Western literary techniques, the teacher who presented India to the rest of the world.’ Today, continues the distinguished Indian scholar, lecturer, and author, Professor Amiya Chakravarty, the work of this ‘greatest writer of modern India and one of the greatest writers in world literature remains largely unread in America. He points out that Tagore’s earlier celebrity was at least partly a triumph of his towering personality, since many of his stories had not yet been translated from the original Bengali. . . . This Signet Classic presents a broader selection of the author’s work than has appeared before, the greater part newly translated especially for this edition, although some familiar favorites are included. The many facets of Tagore’s creative genius are generously represented: prose sketches, short stories, narrative poems, and ballads based on historical events. Manifest throughout this collection is Tagore’s startling ability to communicate to Western readers the nuances of Eastern lore and culture so that the color is not dimmed; to crystallize human experience so that it speaks with universal meaning. Here, too, is fresh evidence of the sweep and depth of Rabindranath Tagore’s mind, of his lofty spirit, of his mastery of the very special art of the storyteller. . .











Signet Classics [ 0306 ] Shakespeare, William. Love's Labors Lost. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited By John Arthos. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD306
Love's Labour's Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before Queen Elizabeth I. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to swear off the company of women for three years of study and fasting. Their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of France and her ladies makes them forsworn. In an untraditional ending for a comedy, the play closes with the death of the Princess's father, and all weddings are delayed for a year. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy.











Signet Classics [ 0307 ] Moffett, James and McElheny, Kenneth P. (editors). Points Of View: An Anthology Of Short Stories. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. 576 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ307
The scope of this Signet Classic anthology is immense: its forty - one authors range from such figures as Dostoevski, Joyce, Conrad, Gogol, Chekhov, James, De Maupassant, Katherine Mansfield, and Stephen Crane to such modern writers as John Updike, Saul Bellow, Katherine Anne Porter, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Dylan Thomas, Eudora Welty, and Alan Sillitoe. The stories presented here are not the familiar anthology pieces; they offer the reader fresh contact with masters of the short story form. Equally important is the anthology's unique arrangement: editors Moffett and McElheny have grouped the stories according to narrative method, thereby providing a total spectrum of the diverse fictional techniques inherent in the use of point of view. As they detail in their incisive commentary, the tale cannot be separated from the teller; subject and meaning alter as the form alters. 'Just imagine Vanity Fair told by one of its characters instead of by its godlike author, or The Great Gatsby narrated by Gatsby instead of Nick. . . . Intuitively or not, an author chooses his techniques according to his meaning. . . .. Good art, as we all know, weds form to content, either through the dissonance of irony or the consonance of harmony. What makes such fusions possible is that our ways of apprehending and sharing experience are themselves a crucial part of what we call experience.'











Signet Classics [ 0308 ] Roosevelt, Theodore. The Rough Riders. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by Lawrence Clark Powell. 216 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CD308
We Are Coming! There was a war to be fought with Spain in 1898,. and so they volunteered. Choctaws, Creeks, Cherokees from the newly tamed Indian Territory. Cowpunchers, stage drivers, government scouts from the Great Plains states. Riflemen, trappers, miners from the Rocky Mountain West. As Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders they rode and fought to fame and glory at Las Guasimas, Santiago. and San Juan Hill. More than a chronicle of a war and men in battle, The Rough Riders endures as a living record of a time, a personality, and a legend. Reading it, we become witnesses to a young America emerging as a great power. . . a dynamic Roosevelt rushing to fulfill his destined place in her future.., and the cowboy hero's last glorious fling in tribute to her colorful past.











Signet Classics [ 0309 ] Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. Night Flight. New York. 1942. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By Stuart Gilbert.Foreword By Andre Gide. 128 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP309
In a novel of rare beauty and power, Saint - Exupéry charts the perilous world of pioneer aviation. Night Flight is the story of hazardous flights made by night through the dangers of darkness and the destructive splendor of sudden Andean storms. It is a story of men who risk their lives to deliver mail in flimsy crates . . . Fabien, the youthful pilot, who sees in flying a chance for heroic action. . . Rivière, his superior, who believes that man's salvation lies not in freedom but in the acceptance of duty. 'Aviation, like the exploration of uncharted lands has its early heroic age and Night Flight, which describes the tragic adventure of one of these pioneers of the air, sounds, naturally enough, the authentic epic note.' - André Gide











Signet Classics [ 0310 ] Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Leslie Fielder. 496 pages. February 1966. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT310
One of the most famous travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land by an American, The Innocents Abroad is Mark Twain's irreverent and incisive commentary on the 'New Barbarians' encounter with the 'Old World.' Twain's hilarious satire is a double - edged weapon, impaling with sharp wit the chauvinist and the cosmopolitan alike. His naïve Westerner is a blustering pretender to sophistication, a too - quick convert to culture. Turning the coin, the ruins of antiquity appear but a shadow of their heralded glory; the scenery of 'Europe and the Holy Land 'dwarfs in contrast to the splendor of a, Western landscape. With stunning agility Twain unconsciously uses his travelogue - as Leslie A. Fiedler points out - to search out the 'archetypal differences' between Americans and Europeans - the 'American identity.' As Mr. Fiedler points out in his pungent Afterword, this was a quest that was to obsess Mark Twain's literary career: ' . . . over and over, he was to return to the themes of The Innocents Abroad. . . a classic work which, without ceasing to be amusing, marks a critical point in the development of our literature, and especially in our attempt through literature to find out who we Americans are.' The Signet Classic edition of The Innocents A broad is based on the text of the first edition, which was published in 1869.











Signet Classics [ 0311 ] Orwell, George. 1984. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT311
Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD and George Orwell's 1984 are the great modern classics of 'Negative Utopia' - not dramas of what life might be . . . but nightmares of what it is becoming. The world of 1984 is one in which eternal warfare is the price of bleak prosperity, in which the Party keeps itself in power by complete control over man's actions and his thoughts. As the lovers Winston Smith and Julia learn when they try to evade the Thought Police, and then join the underground opposition, the Party can smash the last impulse of love, the last flicker of individuality. But let the reader beware: 1984 is more than a satire of totalitarian barbarism. 'It means us, too,' says Erich Fromm in his Afterword. It is not merely a political novel but also a diagnosis of the deepest alienation in the mind of Organization Man. George Orwell writes with a swift clean style that has come down from Defoe. Like Defoe, he creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing - from the first sentence to the last four words . . . words which might stand as the epitaph of the twentieth century.











Signet Classics [ 0312 ] Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Elizabeth Hardwick. 224 pages. October 1965. Cover: Kessler. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD312
Written during the same period as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, this novel represents Jane Austen's genius at its freshest and most enchanting. Its heroine is Catherine Morland, the mistakenly invited guest at an isolated, and quite mysterious, country manor. There the charming young husband - seeker falls in love with the young man of the house - and becomes willing prey to dark fancies bred in her by the fashionable Gothic horror novels of the day. Before Catherine's difficulties are resolved, the reader is permitted to witness the romantic chase in all its prescribed ritual, and its prime motivations: ambition, pleasure. greed, power, self - interest.., love. With Northanger Abbey Jane Austen created a superb blending of social comedy and barbed literary satire, shaped by a vision merciless toward human folly, yet acutely sensitive to every form of cruelty. Her book stands as the product of an art at once delicate and strong, seemingly fragile hut imperishable - an art which has made Jane Austen. as Elizabeth Hardwick declares, one of the glories of English literatureY In the words of F. R. Leavis, 'Jane Austcn is one of the trLtly great writers, and herself a major fact in the background of other great writers.'











Signet Classics [ 0313 ] Browning, Robert. The Selected Poetry Of Browning. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited By George M. Ridenour. 464 pages. July 1966. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ313
THE SIGNET CLASSIC POETRY SERIES PRESENTS SELECTED. WORKS OF THE MAJOR BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS IN AUTHORITATIVE TEXTS EDITED BY OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS. UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY OF BROWNING: Concentrates on the longer poems of this major Victorian poet. The old favorites are well represented but the editor has placed emphasis on the poems that show us the Browning that modern scholarship reveals. Included among the forty poems are 'Fra Lippo Lippi,' 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,' 'Two in the Campagna,' 'The Heretic's Tragedy,' 'A Toccata of Galuppi's' and selections from The Ring and the Book. General Introduction to the special character and development of Browning's poetry by the editor, George M. Ridenour, Professor of English at The University of New Mexico and author of critical studies on Browning, Byron and Coleridge. Chronology of Browning's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0314 ] Hardy, Thomas. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 314
She dances on the green with the maidens. She is raped in the wood at sixteen. She buries her child in secret. She milks a cow named Dumpling. She hacks turnips on a barren farm. . . She stabs a man. She hides in an old house with her lover. She wakes to a circle of police, to a noose in the morning.' Thus Donald Hall writes of the figure who dominates this classic novel of tragic destiny. In Tess, victimized by lust, poverty, and hypocrisy, Thomas Hardy created no standard Victorian heroine, but a woman whose intense vitality flares unforgettably against the bleak background of a dying rural society. Shaped by an acute sense of social injustice and by a vision of human fate cosmic in scope, her story is a singular blending of harsh realism and indelibly poignant beauty. The novel shocked its Victorian audience with its honesty; it remains a triumph of literary art and a timeless commentary on the human condition. In the words of Virginia Woolf 'If we are to place Hardy among his fellows, we must call him the greatest tragic writer in the English language.'











Signet Classics [ 0315 ] Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP315
Hank Morgan, cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth - century Connecticut, wakes to find himself in the England of King Arthur. The tough - minded Yankee, an embodiment of scientific enlightenment, faces a world whose idyllic surface only masks the dark forces of fear, injustice, and ignorance. This is the springboard which launches one of literature's most extraordinary excursions into fantasy. With the agility of Mark Twain's unique virtuosity, this acrobatic tour de force moves from broad comedy to biting social satire, and from the pure joy of wild high jinks to deeply probing insights into the nature of man, whose capacity for progress is matched only by his capacity for destruction. The reader is shaken by laughter - and something more than laughter - as he falls under the book's enchantment and finds that the grim truths of Mark Twain's Camelot strike a resoundingly contemporary note. 'This story is something other and greater than a funny book. It is a work written with a high purpose, to convey what seemed to its author the most profound and elemental truths about human society.' - Stephen Leacock











Signet Classics [ 0316 ] De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions Of An English Opium Eater and Other Writings. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Aileen Ward. 335 pages. January 1966. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT316
'Opium gives and takes away. It ruins the natural power of life; but it develops preternatural paroxysms of intermitting power.' This is the theme which shapes Confessions of an English Opium Eater, one of the most brilliant achievements in the literature of addiction. Written in the sensuous prose style of which De Quincey was a master, this remarkable book does more than chart the course of the author's dependence upon opium; with kaleidoscopic vividness it evokes the opposing poles of pleasure and pain which comprise an addict's life, the world of dreams and the world of terrible realities. A singular blending of objective analysis and subjective revelation, the Confessions emerges as a superb depiction of a drug - and as a deeply moving self - portrait of a tragically flawed man. 'De Ouincey introduced a new dimension into biography,' writes Aileen Ward, who goes on to declare: 'It is an extraordinary life that De Quincey records - a sober testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and to the creative stimulus to be found in suffering.' This Signet Classic edition includes Suspiria de Profundis, a sequel to the Confessions; a long and partly autobiographical essay 'The English Mail - Coach'; and three critical essays 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts'.. .'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth' and 'The Literature of Knowledge and the Literature of Power.'











Signet Classics [ 0317 ] Guiraldes, Ricardo. Don Segundo Sombra. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Spanish & With An Afterword By Harriet de Onis.Illustrations By Alberto Guiraldes. 222 pages. January 1966. Cover: Kessler. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT317
'[The work of Ricardo Guiraldes] is probably the most original and enduring that Spanish America has produced in this century' writes the noted editor and translator Harriet de Onis in her Afterword to this Signet Classic volume. His most famous novel, Don Segundo Sombra, centers on the adventures of Fabio, a wayward waif. On the surface it is the story oflthe young boy's apprenticeship to Don Segundo, the gaucho who schools him in the skills of broncobusting and cattle - wrangling and in the art of life - life lived according to the 'gaucho canons: patience in the face of adversity, endurance, the vocation and pursuit of freedom, self - discipline, prudence, loyalty.' But more than this, Don Segundo Sombra is the story of a land and its people; in it Guiraldes has 'distilled the essence' of the 'two cornerstones of Argentine mythology' - of the pampa, the vast, treeless plain of Argentina, and of the gaucho, the fabled cowboy of South America. 'Within [the novel's] simple framework,' Harriet de Onis continues, 'is packed all the beauty of the land, of work, of the companionship of men, of freedom, of adventure, told in a language that is a blend of the precise, sober, yet colorful speech of the gaucho, and Guiraldes's sensitive scintillating prose, in which classic and modern influence have been tempered by his genius into an instrument having the beauty and power of a Toledo blade.'











Signet Classics [ 0318 ] Shakespeare, William. The Merry Wives Of Windsor. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited By William Green. 188 pages. November 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD318
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare, first published in 1602, though believed to have been written in or before 1597. The Windsor of the play's title is a reference to the town of Windsor, also the location of Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England, and though nominally set in the reign of Henry IV, the play makes no pretence to exist outside contemporary Elizabethan era English middle class life. It features the character Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight who had previously been featured in Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. It has been adapted for the opera on several occasions. The play is one of Shakespeare's lesser-regarded works among literary critics.











Signet Classics [ 0319 ] Lewis, Wyndham. A Soldier Of Humor and Selected Writings. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Raymond Rosenthal. 461 pages. October 1966. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ319
This Signet Classic volume is the first anthology to cover the full spectrum of Wyndham Lewis' writings. Spanning more than fifty years, these selections offer a creative self - portrait of one of the great, multifaceted talents of our century - a writer who received high critical acclaim but whose work, until now, has not, been readily accessible to the general reader. Included here are such superlative tales as 'A Soldier of Humor,' 'The Death of the Ankou' and others; the play, The Enemy of the Stars; the author's classic studies of Hemingway, Sartre and Malraux; and his boldly original essays on modern art, politics and society. Here, too, are vivid recollections 0ff World War I battlefields, and of the brilliant artistic circle who, with Lewis, set a decisive new course for modern literature. Ever on display are the enormous wit and honesty of an intellect constantly engaged with the problem of human individuality in the world of the machine and mass man. Saul Bellow called Wyndham Lewis 'a brilliant critic and observer,' and T. S. Eliot described him as 'the only writer among my contemporaries to create a new, an original prose style . . . the most fascinating personality of our time.' As Raymond Rosenthal writes, Wyndham Lewis 'discovered and described the absurd, the anguish of being caught between being and the void, long before these ideas reached us as an intellectual fashion . . . There is a prophetic quality to all of Lewis' writing.’











Signet Classics [ 0320 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last Of The Mohicans. New York. Signet/New American Library. 432 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP320
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS contains the classic portrait of the man of moral courage who severs all connections with a society whose values he can no longer accept. Despite his chosen exile, Hawk - eye (Natty Bumppo), the frontier scout, risks his life to escort two sisters through hostile Indian country. On the dangerous journey he enlists the aid of the Mohican Chingachgook. And in the challenging ordeal that follows, in their encounters with deception, brutality, and the deaths of loved ones, the friendship between the two men deepens - the scout and the Indian, each with a singular philosophy of independence that has been nurtured and shaped by the silent, virgin forest. ' . . . in his immortal friendship of Chingachgook and Natty Bumppo [Cooper] dreamed the nucleus of a new society A stark, stripped human relationship of two men, deeper than the deeps of sex. Deeper than property deeper than fatherhood, deeper than marriage, deeper than Love.' - D. H. Lawrence. 'THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS raises again the question of the efficacy of human effort to control irrational forces at work in individual men, races, and nations. The question has never been more pertinent than now.' - James Franklin Beard.











Signet Classics [ 0321 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP321
Henry James wrote of The Marble Faun: 'Hawthorne has done few things more beautiful than the picture of the unequal complicity of guilt between his immature and dimly - puzzled hero, with his clinging, unquestioning, unexacting devotion, and the dark, powerful, more widely - seeing feminine nature of Miriam. . . . If the book contained nothing else noteworthy but. . . the murder committed by Donatello under Miriam's eyes and the ecstatic wandering, afterward, of the guilty couple through the 'bloodstained streets of Rome,' it would still deserve to rank high among the imaginative productions of our day.' The cosmopolitanism of this novel foreshadows one of the most important themes in our literature - the 'international theme' which was 40 later dominate the work of Henry James. Of all Hawthorne's fiction, The Marble Faun clearly dispels the myth of Hawthorne's unwavering Puritan morality. It projects the author's fascination with the eternal struggle between, in Murray Krieger's words, 'the unfeeling virtue of moral severity and the yielding grace of faulty humanity . . . the profound conflict between the limited claims of American moralism and of European aestheticism.'











Signet Classics [ 0322 ] Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by John William Ward. 496 pages. February 1966. Cover by Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT322
‘So this is the little lady who made this big war ‘Abraham Lincoln’s legendary comment upon meeting Mrs. Stowe has been seriously questioned, but few will deny that this work fed the passions and prejudices of countless numbers. If it did not ‘make’ the Civil War, it flamed the embers. That UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is far more than an outdated work of propaganda confounds literary criticism. The novel’s overwhelming power and persuasion have outlived even the most severe of critics. As Professor John William Ward of Amherst College points out in his incisive Afterword, the dilemma posed by Mrs. Stowe is no less relevant today thin it was in 1852: What is it to be ‘a moral human being’ ? Can such a person live in society -any society? Commenting on the timeless significance of the book, Professor Ward writes: ‘UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is about slavery but it is about slavery because the fatal weakness of the slave’s condition is the extreme manifestation of the sickness of the general society, a society breaking up into discrete, atomistic individuals where human beings, white or black, can find no secure relation one with another. Mrs. Stowe was more radical than even those in the South who hated her could see. Uncle Tom’s Cabin suggests no less than the simple and terrible possibility that society has no place in it for love . . . . ‘ With an Afterword by John William Ward.











Signet Classics [ 0323 ] Milton, John. Samson Agonistes and the Shorter Poems of Milton. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Isabel Gamble MacCaffrey. 216 pages. July 1966. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT323
UNIQUE FEATURES OF SAMSON AGONISTES AND THE SHORTER POEMS OF MILTON: Covers the full spectrum of Milton's, art ranging from the early hymn 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity' to the tragic drama Samson Agonistes. More than forty selections are presented, including Lycidas, Comus, 'Il Penseroso,' 'L'Allegro' and selected Sonnets General Introduction to the special character and development of Milton's poetry by the editor, Isabel Gamble MacCaffrey, Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College and author of Paradise Lost as 'Myth ' . Chronology of Milton's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text Extensive bibliography











Signet Classics [ 0324 ] Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures Of The Speckled Band and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By William S. Baring-Gould. 287 pages. October 1965. Cover: James McMullan. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD324
Except for Hamlet, no fictional character has been the subject of more scholarly argument and speculation than Sherlock Holmes. His adventures have been translated into 41 languages. He has appeared in 21 plays, 121 movies, and is currently starring on Broadway in the musical, 'Baker Street.' To quote from Baring - Gould's brilliant - nay, Holmesian - lntroduction: '. . . it is the character of Holmes that grips us - a character so real that to this day letters are written to 'Mr. Sherlock Holmes, 221B Baker Street, London, England.' Perhaps William Bolitho expressed it best when he said that 'Holmes is the spirit of a town and a time.' The town, of course, is London - a gaslit London where the fog swirls thick against the windowpanes, and four - wheelers and hansoms rumble down the cobblestoned streets - and the time is the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. If you would see for yourself why Sherlock Holmes has for so long held his place in English literature, turn to the twelve stories in this volume. They have been selected with great discrimination, and each is explained in a lengthy, delightful note by William S. Baring - Gould, the editor of this Signet Classic and author of the definitive 'biography' of Sherlock Holmes.











Signet Classics [ 0325 ] Keats, John. The Selected Poetry of Keats. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Paul de Man. 352 pages. July 1966. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ325
The Signet Classic poetry series presents selected works of the major British and American poets in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique features of the selected poetry of Keats: Presents the major works of the great Romantic poet in full - EUDYMION, HYPERION, THE FALL OF HYPERION . . . the odes, including ‘On a Grecian Urn’ and ‘ To a Nightingale’ . . . as well as a representative selection of Keats’s sonnets and his letters. General introduction to the special character and development of Keats’s work by the editor, Paul de Man, Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University and author of THE POST - ROMANTIC PREDICAMENT and ENGLISH ROMANTIC POETS. Chronology of Keats’s life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0326 ] Shakespeare, William. The Comedy Of Errors. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Harry Levin. December 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD326
The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's early plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. The Comedy of Errors (along with The Tempest) is one of only two of Shakespeare's plays to observe the Unity of Time (classical unities). It has been adapted for opera, stage, screen and musical theatre numerous times worldwide. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth (Shakespeare was father to one pair of twins). Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.











Signet Classics [ 0327 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry V. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Edited By John Russell Brown. 240 pages. December 1965. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD327
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare, HENRY V: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, John Russell Brown, University of Birmingham. General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Source from which Shakespeare derived HENRY V — Raphael Holinshed: from Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by William Hazlitt, W. B. Yeats, E. M. W. Tillyard. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable Type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered tines of the Text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0328 ] Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Reuben Brower. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD328
Coriolanus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1605 and 1608. The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. The tragedy is numbered as one of the last two tragedies written by Shakespeare, along with Antony and Cleopatra. Coriolanus is the name given to a Roman general after his more than adequate military success against various uprisings challenging the government of Rome. Following this success, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership. His temperament is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will. The alliances he forges along the way result in his ultimate downfall.











Signet Classics [ 0329 ] Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Harold Bloom. 224 pages. December 1965. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD329
The story of Victor Frankenstein and of the monstrous creature he created has held the reading public spellbound since its publication almost a century and a half ago. On the surface, it is a novel of tense and steadily mounting horror; but on a more profound level, it offers searching illumination of the human condition in its portrayal of a scientist who oversteps the bounds of conscience and of a monster brought to life in an alien world, ever more desperately attempting to escape the torture of his solitude. A brilliant exercise in the macabre, written with near - hallucinatory intensity, Frankenstein represents one of the most striking flowerings of the Romantic imagination. Of its contemporary significance, Harold Bloom writes: 'The greatest paradox and most astonishing achievement of Mary Shelley's novel is that the monster is more human than his creator. This nameless being, as much a modern Adam as his creator is a modern Prometheus, is more lovable than his creator and more hateful, more to be pitied and more to be feared, and above all able to give the attentive reader that shock of added consciousness in which aesthetic recognition compels a heightened realization of the self.'











Signet Classics [ 0330 ] Shakespeare, William. King John. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited By William H. Matchett. 224 pages. April 1966. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD330
Special Introduction to the play by William H. Matchett, University of Washington ~ General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University ~ The sources from which Shakespeare derived King John - Raphael Holinshed: from Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland; and Edward Hall: from The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York '~ Dramatic criticism: commentaries by Donald A. Stauffer, Harold C. Goddard, Muriel St. Glare Byrne '~ Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type ~ Name of each speaker given in full '~ Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play. keyed to the numbered lines of the text ~ Textual note ~ Extensive bibliography











Signet Classics [ 0331 ] Shakespeare, William. The Taming Of The Shrew. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Heilman. May 1966. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD331
A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor. Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, Robert B. Heilman, University of Washington Sources from which Shakespeare derived The Taming of the Shrew Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Richard Hosley, Maynard Mack, Germaine Greer, Alexander Leggatt, Linda Bamber, Karen Newman, Camille Wells Sights A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of The Taming of the Shrew, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0332 ] Shakespeare, William. Two Noble Kinsmen. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Clifford Leech. 268 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD332
The Two Noble Kinsmen is a Jacobean tragicomedy, first published in 1634 and attributed to John Fletcher and William Shakespeare. Its plot derives from "The Knight's Tale" in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which had already been dramatised at least twice before. Formerly a point of controversy, the dual attribution is now generally accepted by the scholarly consensus.











Signet Classics [ 0333 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry VI, Part 1. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Lawrence V. Ryan. March 1967. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD333












Signet Classics [ 0334 ] Andersen, Hans Christian. The Snow Queen and Other Tales. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Danish & With An Introduction By Pat Shaw Iversen.Illustrated By Shelia Greenwald. 318 pages. August 1966. Cover: Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT334
The settings of the stories range from the fragile porcelain palace of The Emperor of China to a pigsty; from the Gates of Heaven to the Devil's Anteroom; from the Cave of the Winds to the castle of the King of the Sea. We are transported in flying trunks or on the back of, the East Wind, in humble wheelbarrows or in airships yet to be invented.. .' Thus writes Pat Shaw Iversen, who has provided splendid new translations of these forty - seven tales. In creating these wondrous narratives, Hans Christian Andersen reworked ancient folk tradition to harmonize with his own singular sensibility, blending unsurpassed fantasy with delightfully evocative realistic detail. His vision is rich in humor, and sharp with irony; his tales reflect the poignant sadness as well as the bright joy of existence. In them readers young and old alike encounter an enduring revelation of human truth - as clear as the nakedness of the Emperor in his new clothes, or the final beauty of the Ugly Duckling - illumined by the magic art of a storyteller who ranks, in the words of Pat Shaw Iversen, as 'one of the greatest literary geniuses the world has ever known.'











Signet Classics [ 0335 ] La Fontaine, Jean de. Selected Fables and Tales of La Fontaine. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Marie Ponsot. Afterword By Wallace Fowlie. 190 pages. September 1966. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT335
As Racine gave new dimension to tragedy, and Moliere to comedy, La Fontaine transformed the genre of the fable. His fables are masterpieces of swift narrative, heightened by superlative poetic art, and sharpened by the insight of a shrewd, witty, worldly observer of mankind. Brought to near - magic are foxes, lions, wolves, donkeys, rats and all the other members of a wondrous bestiary, enacting dramas whose enchantment has remained undimmed over the centuries. Presented in new verse translations, these selected fables - along with a rich sampling of La Fontaine's sophisticated tales and highly engaging occasional poems - introduce a genius both representative of his age and far transcending it. As Wallace Fowlie writes, 'Mrs. Ponsot has made a judicious selection. . . . The duplication of the La Fontaine line is quite remarkable, and this, all the more so, because the English here is strong, idiomatic, whimsical, and comical (when intended to be). . . .This translation is obviously the work of a poet who draws upon rich resources of language and technique. She has caught that playfulness of La Fontaine which is combined with seriousness.'











Signet Classics [ 0336 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry VI, Part 2. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited BY Arthur Freeman. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD336












Signet Classics [ 0337 ] Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Hound Of The Baskervilles. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By William S. Baring-Gould. 176 pages. July 1967. Cover: James McMullan. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CD337
A centuries - old family curse; an eerie mansion on the windswept Devon moors; a mysterious and violent death; and an urgent summons to London for the aid of 'the world's only consulting detective' - all combine to set the stage for Sherlock Holmes's most baffling and blood - chilling assignment. Accompanied by his faithful companion, the good Dr. Watson, the immortal master sleuth embarks upon a case whose only clues seem to defy all rational explanation. In this wonderfully wrought novel, the reader will encounter a spellbinding magic that many writers have imitated but none come close to equaling. Here are the singular qualities of narrative, atmosphere and characterization that have led so eminent a critic as Edmund Wilson to declare, 'Sherlock Holmes is literature. . .The Sherlock Holmes stories [have] a life of their own.' Here is vivid demonstration of Christopher Morley's assertion that 'perhaps no fiction character ever created has become so real to his readers.' In the words of William S. Baring - Gould, Holmesian expert and author of the definitive 'biography' of the great detective, 'Read, and enjoy. Here you will find Holmes and Watson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at their best.'











Signet Classics [ 0338 ] Beerbohm, Max. Zuleika Dobson. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By F.W. Dupee. 256 pages. October 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT338
The most consistent achievement of fantasy in our time' was E. M. Forster's assessment of Zuleika Dobson in 1927, sixteen years after its initial appearance. Since then, time has only increased the stature of this rare literary delight. Its setting is Oxford University; its heroine a dazzling enchantress in search of a man she cannot captivate; its artistry the product of one of the most elegant talents in the English language. As Zuleika Dobson decimates the undergraduate population, and destroys the proud young Duke of Dorset, 'the incomparable Max' fashions his tale with the blend of elfin charm and mordant human wit that was his alone. As the distinguished critic F. W. Dupee writes: 'All known devices of rhetoric and syntax are set to performing with unobtrusive gaiety. . . For [Max Beerbohm,] loving and dying were mysteries too inscrutable to be accounted for by the word 'tragedy.' Assuagement lay in laughter and the craftsmanship required to provoke it, to the right degree and in the right kind.'











Signet Classics [ 0339 ] Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT339
Edward Bellamy's classic look at the future has been translated into over twenty languages and is the most widely read novel of its time. A young Boston gentleman is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty - first century - - from a world of war and want to one of peace and plenty. This brilliant vision became the blueprint of utopia that stimulated some of the greatest thinkers of our age.











Signet Classics [ 0340 ] Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Angus Wilson. 534 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT340
Great Expectations is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mystery and a profound examination of moral values. Written at a time when Dickens’ relationship with Victorian society had reached a crisis, this novel is peopled by characters unmistakably bearing Dickens’ familiar stamp-but here they appear in a new and questioning light. The orphan, Pip, and the convict, Magwitch. . . the beautiful Estella, and her guardian, the embittered and vengeful Miss Havisham. . the strangely ambiguous figure of the master lawyer, Mr. Jaggers. . . all play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shapes Dickens’ searching reappraisal of the Victorian middle class. From the agony of his disenchantment comes a work that gives an added dimension to his matchless genius. ‘. . . the most completely unified work of art that Dickens ever produced. The only one perhaps that by its formal concentration and its unified shape at every depth of reading fulfils the sort of demands that Flaubert or Henry James makes of the novelist.’ Angus Wilson.











Signet Classics [ 0341 ] Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT341
One of the twentieth century's most gifted writers, Dylan Thomas created a vital, lusty, antic world of truly memorable characters. This Signet Classic offers a distinguished selection of his work - twenty stories plus all of his famous unfinished novel, ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE. The title piece relates the adventures of Samuel Bennet, a young innocent embarked on a wild pilgrimage through modern London. The stories range in theme from life and love to nature and madness, but all are written with the extravagant humor, the brilliant imagery, the magic awareness of the true poet. The New York Times wrote of ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE: 'The human warmth keeps bubbling up through the satire. . . . Thomas' last work of fiction, in addition to its intrinsic interest, has a meaningfulness comparable to that of Keats' letters and Yeats' memoirs.' The New York Herald Tribune found it a 'vein of pure gold.' And The Saturday Review called Dylan Thomas 'a genius.'











Signet Classics [ 0342 ] Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The Selected Poetry of Shelley. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Harold Bloom. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ342
Shelley's short, prolific life produced some of the most memorable and well-known lyrics of the Romantic period. THE SIGNET CLASSIC POETRY SERIES PRESENTS SELECTED WORKS OF THE MAJOR BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS IN AUTHORITATIVE TEXTS EDITED BY OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS. UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY AND PROSE OF SHELLEY: Presents the major works of one of the greatest lyrical poets in Western tradition. Sixty selections include Prometheus Unbound, "Hymn of Apollo," The Triumph of Life, The Witch of Atlas, "Ode to the West Wind," Hellas, "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty," "To a Skylark," "Mont Blanc," Adonais, and the two prose works On a Future State and A Defense of Poetry. General Introduction to the special character and development of Shelley's poetry by Harold Bloom, Professor of English at Yale University. Winner of the John Addison Porter Prize (1956), a Morse Fellow at Yale (1958-59) and a Guggenheim Fellow (1962-63), Mr. Bloom is the author of Shelley's Mythmaking and Blake's Apocalypse. Chronology of Shelley's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0343 ] Donne, John. The Selected Poetry Of Donne. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Marius Bewley. 288 pages. August 1966. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ343
UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY OF DONNE: Covers the full spectrum of the works of the great metaphysical poet, leader of the avant - garde in late Elizabethan and Jacobean London. Includes the complete Songs and Sonnets, Elegies, Epithalamions and Satyres. . . Letters to Several Personages: 'The Storm, ''To the Countess of Bedford,' 'To the Countess of Huntingdon'.. .The Second Anniversary, The Progress of the Soul, selections from Divine Poems. . . Also includes Carew's Elegy Upon the Death of Donne. General Introduction to the special character and development of Donne's poetry by the editor, Dr. Marius Bewley, Professor at Fordham University, and author of The Complex Fate and The Eccentric Design: Form in the Classic American Novel. Chronology of Donne's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography. THE SIGNET CLASSIC POETRY SERIES PRESENTS SELECTED WORKS OF THE MAJOR BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS IN AUTHORITATIVE TEXTS EDITED BY OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS











Signet Classics [ 0344 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ344
First published in 1922, this modern classic is a biting satire of middle-American values that retains much of its poignancy today. The novel follows George F. Babbitt, an outwardly successful but inwardly unhappy real estate salesman, as he pursues the American Dream, but then loses faith in it and rebels against conformity.











Signet Classics [ 0345 ] Hochfield, George (editor). Selected Writings Of The American Transcendentalists. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By George Hochfield. 432 pages. November 1966. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ345
'. . . the fullest, most radical, rashest expression of that vision we have had: the 'American dream' at its moment of greatest intensity and innocence.' Thus George Hochfield characèterizes the movement which dominated the nation's intellectual life during the second third of the nineteenth century, and which has found renewed relevance at a time when the problems of private conscience and social protest once again command our concern. Bursting with explosive force upon the American scene, Transcendentalism sought to revivify religion by stripping it of all dogma; to realize the full promise of the democratic ideal by creating a new social order, a new breed of man; and, above all, to affirm the primacy of personal vision, individual consciousness. Here, collected in one volume, are selections from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, Orestes A. Brownson, Margaret Fuller, Theodore Parker, George Ripley, Henry David Thoreau, and others-men and women who, as George Hochfield declares, 'wrote an irreplaceable chapter of American history. They were among the first of a breed which has played a decisive role in our culture: the unattached, committed intellectual who confronts the problems of society. Both their example and their dreams continue to haunt us.'











Signet Classics [ 0346 ] Byron, George Gordon Lord. The Selected Poetry and Prose Of Byron. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By W.H. Auden. 320 pages. December 1966. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ346
UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY AND PROSE OF BYRON: The noted poet and critic W H. Auden has chosen especially for this Signet Classic volume a comprehensive selection of the poetry and prose of Lord Byron, the great nineteenth - century poet whom tradition classifies as Romantic but 'whose genius,' in the words of Mr. Auden, 'was essentially a comic one.' Includes 'Beppo,' 'Epistle to Augusta,' 'The Vision of Judgment'. . . selections from Don Juan, Childe Harold, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, Hints from Horace. . . numerous letters . . . and extracts from Byron's Journal of 1816 and his Diary of 1821. General Introduction to the special character and development of Byron's poetry by the editor, W H. Auden. Chronology of Byron's life Text printed in the clearest, most readable type Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0347 ] Andric, Ivo. The Bridge On The Drina. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Serbo-Croatian By Lovett F. Edwards.Afterword By John Simon. 352 pages. January 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ347
A novel in the grand tradition, written by Ivo Andrié, the greatest of modern Yugoslâv writers and 1961 winner of the Nobel Prize, The Bridge on the Drina spans three and a half centuries. The center of the narrative is the bridge of the title, built by the Turkish masters of Yugoslavia in 1571, and destroyed by the retreating Austrian rulers in 1914. The action comprises a multitude of individual dramas - comic and tragic, ignoble and heroic - played out while the bridge endures. Through the superb artistry of lvo Andric, two opposing forces - the unchanging, strong and flawless structure of the bridge, and the ceaseless flux and flow of human affairs - combine to reflect a rich, complex vision of life. As John Simon writes, 'In Andric's novel, the bridge is . . . a symbol as pervasive as it is unobtrusive, as poetic as it is mundane. It operates on various levels, yet remains straightforward and unforced. Standing at the beginning of the novel and at its end, it acts as a bridge even between the outermost layer of the action and the most arcane inner meanings. The bridge is the novel, and the novel is a bridge.'











Signet Classics [ 0348 ] Addams, Jane. Twenty Years At Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes. New York. Signet/New American Library. 320 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ348
Twenty Years at Hull - House is Jane Addams's graphic account of her famed settlement house in Chicago's West Side slums. Covering the years 1889 to 1909, a time when America was fired with fear of subversives and suspicion of foreigners, this book stands as the immortal testament of a woman who lived and worked among the immigrant settlers, the sweat - shop toilers, the unwed mothers, the hungry, the aged, the sick, to show them in practice what others merely preached: the true concept of American democracy. 'She discerned and revealed the beauty of the cultural life and spiritual value of the immigrant at the time when nothing was so despised and unconsidered in American life as the foreigner.' - Frances Perkins, U. S. Secretary of Labor, 1933 - 1945. 'For the helpless, young and old, for the poor, the unlearned, the stranger, the despised, you have urged understanding and then justice.' - Dr. Marian Parks, former President of Bryn Mawr College.











Signet Classics [ 0349 ] Thoreau, Henry David. Selected Journals Of Henry David Thoreau. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With A Foreword By Carl Bode. 335 pages. February 1967. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT349
On October 22, 1837, Henry David Thoreau, newly returned from Harvard to his native Concord, began a journal. He was to continue it throughout his life, quarrying from it his major works, and leaving behind notebooks that would fill fourteen volumes when posthumously published in 1906. These selections from the journal, chosen in large part so as not to duplicate the material Thoreau published separately, form a living record of his greatness, bearing testimony to his relationship with nature, with his fellow man, and with a society whose standards he often condemned. Written with the blending of keen sensory perception and strong intellect that was the hallmark of Thoreau's genius, the journal, as Carl Bode declares, 'houses his deepest feelings, his most private thoughts. It offers us a clearer insight into him, in more ways than one, than do the now famous works which he himself set before the public. And it offers us fresh insight into life in general. With Thoreau we can look at it with the eye of innocence because we do it a new way. . .Thoreau turned the American scale of values upside down; that is perhaps his greatest service to us.’











Signet Classics [ 0350 ] Spencer, Edmund. The Selected Poetry Of Spenser. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. Edited By A.C. Hamilton. 548 pages. August 1966. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY350
THE SIGNET CLASSIC POETRY SERIES UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY OF SPENSER: Extensive selections from the six books of Spenser’s ‘The Faerie Queene’ — the major work of this great poet of the English Renaissance who was hailed by his sixteenth - century contemporaries as the successor to Chaucer. Also includes ‘Epithalamion’; ‘The Letter to Raleigh’; and ‘The Shepheardes Calender: January October December’. ‘Epilogue.’ General Introduction to the special character and development of Spenser’s poetry by the editor, A. C. Hamilton, Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of The Structure of Allegory in ‘The Faerie Queene’ and The Early Shakespeare. Chronology of Spenser’s life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography. PRESENTS SELECTED WORKS OF THE MAJOR BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS IN AUTHORITATIVE TEXTS EDITED BY OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS.











Signet Classics [ 0351 ] O'Flaherty, Liam. The Informer. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT351
This is Liam O'Flaherty's great novel of a troubled Ireland divided by the chaos of Civil War in the 1920's. It is the story of an informer, damned with the curse of his country's unforgivable sin, hunted by the shadowy executioners of an outlawed revolutionary organization. Two characters dominate this tragedy of betrayal and retribution: Gypo Nolan, the hulking oaf of a giant who, under stress of poverty, discloses the whereabouts of the wanted Frankie McPhillip for the paltry twenty - pound reward; and Dan Gallagher, the egotistical commandant of the militant organization that has sworn to hunt down and kill the unknown informer. Through the fogbound Dublin slum streets they re - enact the eternal drama of man pitted against man. A classic of modern literature, The Informer treats a recurrent theme in Irish folklore, ballad, and story . . . the abhorrent outcast who betrays a cause or a people to the enemy. The violence of O'Flaherty's own youth is reflected in his harshly realistic image of an Irish Republic at war with itself, suffering the birth pangs of newly gained independence, beset by the self - destructive forces of misguided idealism and anarchy.











Signet Classics [ 0352 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ352
Sinclair Lewis's barbed portrait of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, shattered the myth of the American Middle West as God's Country and became a symbol of the cultural narrow-mindedness and smug complacency of small towns everywhere. At the center of the novel is Carol Kennicott, the wife of a town doctor, who dreams of initiating social reforms and introducing art and literature to the community. The range of reactions to Main Street when it was published in 1920 was extraordinary, reflecting the ambivalence in the novel itself and Lewis's own mixed feelings about his hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the prototype for Gopher Prairie.











Signet Classics [ 0353 ] Wells, H. G. Tono-Bungay. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT353
Mischievous, stimulating, aromatic, attractive, Tono - Bungay is a patent medicine. It brings a quick fortune to a conscience - ridden scientist and his uncle, a lovable Satan of early mass production. Anti it launches them on a series of semicomic, sometimes grotesque adventures in gray, anonymous, turn - of - the - century London - adventures which culminate in the downfall of their product empire and a flight from creditors by night in a strange and experimental airship. Alternating between vaudevillian gusto and the economic incisiveness of high satire, Tono - Bungay merges the traditional character chronicle with the modern novel of social invective. Henry James described its author's style as one of 'robust pitch' and lauded Wells for possessing an eye and ear comparable to Dickens'.











Signet Classics [ 0354 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT354
Leo Tolstoy combined detailed physical description with perceptive psychological insight to sweep aside the sham of surface appearances and lay bare man's intimate gestures, acts, and thoughts. Murder and sacrifice...greed and devotion...lust and affection...vanity and love -- one by one, in this volume of great stories, Tolstoy dissects the basic drives, emotions, and motives of ordinary people searching for self-knowledge and spiritual perfection. Chekhov said, 'Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy.' And Turgenev 'marveled at the strength of his huge talent...It sends a cold shudder even down my back...He is a master, a master.'











Signet Classics [ 0355 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT355
The last of the Leatherstocking Tales to be written, and Cooper's own favorite, The Deerslayer turns back to the entrance into manhood of Natty Bumppo, the hero of these classic frontier sagas. An idealistic youth who was raised among the Indians, his daring and resourcefulness are evident - but the Deerslayer has yet to meet the test of human conflict. In a tale of violent action and superbly sustained suspense, the harsh realities of tribal warfare force him to kill his first foe, and face torture at the stake. Still yet another kind of initiation awaits him, when he discovers not only the ruthlessness of 'civilized' men, but also the special danger of a woman's will. His youthful spirit transformed into mature courage and moral certainty, the future Leatherstocking emerges to face life with a nobility as pure and proud as the wilderness whose fierce beauty and freedom have claimed his heart. Historian Allan Nevins writes 'It is a rich and intensely exciting. . . story of an America now so far lost in time and change that it is hard to believe it ever existed. But it did exist, and some memory of it, in our all too artificial day, ought to be cherished by the nation.' And Van Wyck Brooks commented 'Natty Bumppo was destined to remain the symbol of a moment of civilization, the dawn of the new American soul.’











Signet Classics [ 0356 ] Hardy, Thomas. Far From The Madding Crowd. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP356
There is in England no more real or typical district than Thomas Hardy’s imaginary Wessex, the scattered fields and farms of which were first discovered in Far from the Madding Crowd. It is here that Gabriel Oak observes Bathsheba, the young mistress of Weatherbury Farm, fall victim to her amorous caprices. He stands by her through one marriage to a handsome, corruptly sentimental sergeant. Selflessly altruistic, he sees her through another betrothal to her compulsive, puritanical neighbor—as unaware as she of the stroke of Fate that will effect their ultimate union. Published anonymously and first attributed to George Eliot, Far from the Madding Crowd won Hardy immediate success; it combines an architecturally perfect plot with the philosophical overtones that were to set the theme for all his later works. The text of this Signet Classic is set from Hardy’s revised final version of Far from the Madding Crowd, published in 1912 in the authoritative Wessex edition.











Signet Classics [ 0357 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pathfinder. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 357
Vigorous, self - reliant, amazingly resourceful and moral, James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumppo towers over and above the author's majestic descriptions of early frontier life, Indian raiders, and defenseless outposts. He the prototype of the Western hero; his vision of man in a natural context and his hatred of' middle - class hypocrisy give him his stature as a faultless arbiter of wilderness justice. He is no less adept at judging his own feelings of love - divided as they are between the woman whom he protects on a hazardous journey and the deep woods that sustain him in his beliefs. A rapid, climactic narrative, The Pathfinder is among the finest examples of epic action literature. '. . . the examples [Cooper] has given in his glorious fictions, of heroism, honor, and truth, of large sympathies between man and man. . . shall live through centuries to come. . . ' - William Cullen Bryant.











Signet Classics [ 0358 ] Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews. New York. 1979. Signet/New American Library. 0451513584. Afterword by Irvin Ehrenpreis. 319 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CJ358
An innocent’s odyssey among the status- seekers, Joseph Andrews is the hilarious tale of a poverty-stricken, flagrantly handsome footman adrift in a world of blustering, powdered wigs and robbers, amorous dowagers and rough-and-tumble innkeepers. Joseph is squired by Parson Adams - a Sancho Panza with a passion for brawls - through a maze of bedroom farces and mistaken identities to find himself suddenly and irrevocably acceptable. The cornerstone of our realistic fiction, historically precise about eighteenth-century country manners, Henry Fielding’s novel is an extravaganza of mortal affectations and vanities.











Signet Classics [ 0359 ] Gogol, Nicolai. The Diary Of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT359
NIKOLAI GOGOL is universally regarded as the father of Russian realism. His stories are rooted in commonplace events; his characters are the underdog and the insignificant. A romantic at heart, he used a startling blend of broad comedy and weird fantasy to expose the stupidity, coarseness, and meanness of life. This Signet Classic includes five of Gogol's most famous stories: THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, THE NOSE, THE CARRIAGE, THE OVERCOAT, and a full - length historical romance: TARAS BULBA.











Signet Classics [ 0360 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Possessed. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By Marc Slonim. 703 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY360
THE POSSESSED is regarded the world over as the most shattering vision of nihilism in action to come out of Russia. Despite their different interpretations of radical politics, the young men, Stavrogin and Verhovensky combine fanaticism, treachery, and self - contradiction to incite an entire town to pillage, arson, and slaughter. In this story of misfits who believe in nothing and wish only to destroy, Dostoyevsky is everywhere concerned with the passion man demonstrates for the lie in order to create a chaos that mirrors his tortured soul. 'Dostoyevsky wrote of the unconscious as if it were conscious; that is in reality the reason why his characters seem 'pathological,' while they are only visualized more clearly than any other figures in imaginative literature. . . . He was in the rank in which we set Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe.' - Edwin Muir











Signet Classics [ 0361 ] Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT361
This is a searing study of mob justice. The story takes place in the Old West, but it could happen anywhere, anytime that men of action let their anger goad them into taking the law into their own hands. Published in 1940, this powerful narrative was immediately hailed as a work of art. 'The Ox - Bow Incident is a triumph of restraint and workmanship. . . . The tenseness that builds and eddies and comes back stronger is beautifully geared to the temper of each central character and the shifting emotions of the mob, as doubt, anger, stubbornness, physical cold, pity and revulsion hold them in turn,' said Max Gissen in the New Republic. Ben Ray Redman described it in The Saturday Review as 'A sinewy, masculine tale that progressively tightens its grip on the reader.' And Clifton Fadiman summed up the verdict of all the critics when he called this modern classic 'a masterpiece.'











Signet Classics [ 0362 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Sidney Monas. 543 pages. February 1968. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT362
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT is the story of a murder and its consequences, a tale of suspense without equal. On a more profound level, it is an unsurpassed study of pride and rebellion, guilt and redemption, far reaching in its implications. Its setting is a Russia in the midst of troubled transition to the modern age; its driven young hero, Raskolnikov, stands as a timeless prototype of alienated youth; its unforgettable gallery of characters - ranging from police inspector to prostitute, from incorrigible sinner to unbearable prig - comes to vivid being in an atmosphere of life - charged with living, in a world where thought and action are fused by intense emotion. Here, in a brilliant new translation by the noted scholar and literary critic Sidney Monas, is one of the greatest novels ever written. - CRIME AND PUNISHMENT is the supreme expression of an author who 'explored pathological states and the psychology of high tension, the realm of 'obsession' and 'possession,' because it was there one could most clearly and dramatically see the human consequences of an idea carried ruthlessly through to its logical conclusion. . . . For Dostoyevsky, an idea always has skin around it, and a human personality.' Translated and with an Afterword by Sidney Monas. UNABRIDGED.











Signet Classics [ 0363 ] Marvell, Andrew. The Selected Poetry Of Marvell. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Frank Kermode. 189 pages. June 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ363
UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY OF MARVELL: Features almost the entire canon - political, pastoral, satirical, lyric and philosophical - of the great seventeenth - century poet's work. Includes An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland, The First Anniversary of the Government under 0. C., The Garden, Upon Appleton House, The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn, To his Coy Mistress, Dialogue between the Resolved Soul and Created Pleasure, The Definition of Love . . . and the 'Mower' poems. General Introduction to the special quality and character of Marvell's poetry by Frank Kermode, Professor of English at the University of Bristol, England, and author of Romantic Image, John Donne, and The Living Milton. Chronology of Marvell's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0364 ] Moliere. Tartuffe and Other Plays. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald Frame. 384 pages. October 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY364
Includes - TARTUFFE, THE RIDICULOUS PRÉCIEUSES, THE SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS, THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES, DON JUAN, THE VERSAILLES IMPROMPTU, AND THE CRITIQUE OF THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES. 'Moliere is probably the greatest and best - loved French author, and comic author, who ever lived. To the reader as well as the spectator, today as well as three centuries ago, the appeal of his plays is immediate and durable; they are both instantly accessible and inexhaustible.' Thus writes the noted French scholar Professor Donald M. Frame, who has selected and given memorable new translations to the seven plays in this volume. Representing the many facets of Moliere's genius, this Signet Classic collection spans the dramatist's artistic development as it offers a superb introduction to the 'comic inventiveness, richness of fabric, and insight' which comprise Moliere's living legacy to the theater and to literature. Henri Peyre of Yale University comments on Donald M. Frame's translation: 'His Moliere will be the English Moliere for a long time. . . . His language is tact fully colloquial, his style is flowing and varied. He has fully succeeded in giving us a true, accurate and poetical Moliere.'











Signet Classics [ 0365 ] Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY365
Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (1925) is a novel about the harsh realities of American life. Based on an actual murder case, the story concerns a young man, Clyde Griffiths, who is born into a religious family. His life changes when he takes work as a bellboy in a hotel in Kansas City and is exposed to the world of alcohol and prostitution. Griffiths's affair with a girl, Roberta, results in pregnancy, and she expects to marry him. But by now Clyde loves another woman.











Signet Classics [ 0366 ] Herbert, George. The Selected Poetry Of George Herbert. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Joseph H. Summers. 288 pages. July 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY366
UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY OF GEORGE HERBERT: Features almost the entire canon of the poetry of George Herbert - the great seventeenth - century parson - poet who has recently been rediscovered by modern - day scholars and critics. Includes Affliction, The Altar, The Church - porch, The Church - floor, Church - music, The Collar, Easter - wings, The Elixir, The Flower, Good Friday, Jordan, The Pulley, The Quiddity General Introduction to the special quality and character of Herbert's poetry by Professor Joseph H. Summers, Chairman of the English Department of Washington University and author of George Herbert: His Religion and His Art. Chronology of Herbert's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0367 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ367
Martin Arrowsmith's singular, if somewhat ascetic, devotion to science affords Sinclair Lewis his most dramatic opportunity to portray an American whose work becomes his life. Forced to give up successive sinecures - instructor in medicine, small - town doctor, research pathologist - by obstacles ranging from public ignorance to the publicity - mindedness of a great foundation, Arrowsmith becomes virtually isolated as a seeker after truth. Even so, Lewis' poignant thesis would seem to be that American idealism cannot beget true tragedy, because its adherents lack a sympathetic audience and their stumbling - blocks are, for the most part, petty. Observing the Nobel Prize - winning author's double gifts for satire and realism, E. M. Forster said, 'He has lodged a piece of a Continent in the world's imagination' and André Maurois proclaimed him 'a great novelist.'











Signet Classics [ 0368 ] Leopardi, Giacomo. Selected Prose and Poetry of Giacomo Leopardi. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Italian, Edited & With An Introduction By Iris Origo & John Heath-Stubbs. 299 pages. August 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY368
The name of Giacomo Leopardi is but little known to American readers. Yet this solitary, in many ways tragic figure ranks as the supreme Italian lyric poet since Dante and Petrarch, and as one of the extraordinary intellects of the 19th century. From his encyclopedic notebook - the Zibaldone - and from his Operette Morali, Pensieri, essays, letters and autobiographical fragments, Iris Origo has made a selection designed to illumine the singular blending of romanticism and classicism, idealism and pessimism, yearning love and painful alienation that so distinctively marked the poet. John Heath - Stubbs has translated seventeen of the Canti - here printed with Italian and English on facing pages - and has provided a valuable critical introduction. 'To some,' he writes, 'Leopardi's aristocratic humanism will seem sterile and reactionary; but to others he will appear the most essentially modern and clearsighted, as well as one of the greatest poets, of his time.' Poet and critic John Hollander declares: 'Now we really have Leopardi in English. . . . Certainly both translators have succeeded wonderfully in. . . presenting to the modern reader this astounding contemplative genius.











Signet Classics [ 0369 ] Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 369
‘So this is the little lady who made this big war ‘Abraham Lincoln’s legendary comment upon meeting Mrs. Stowe has been seriously questioned, but few will deny that this work fed the passions and prejudices of countless numbers. If it did not ‘make’ the Civil War, it flamed the embers. That UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is far more than an outdated work of propaganda confounds literary criticism. The novel’s overwhelming power and persuasion have outlived even the most severe of critics. As Professor John William Ward of Amherst College points out in his incisive Afterword, the dilemma posed by Mrs. Stowe is no less relevant today thin it was in 1852: What is it to be ‘a moral human being’ ? Can such a person live in society -any society? Commenting on the timeless significance of the book, Professor Ward writes: ‘UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is about slavery but it is about slavery because the fatal weakness of the slave’s condition is the extreme manifestation of the sickness of the general society, a society breaking up into discrete, atomistic individuals where human beings, white or black, can find no secure relation one with another. Mrs. Stowe was more radical than even those in the South who hated her could see. Uncle Tom’s Cabin suggests no less than the simple and terrible possibility that society has no place in it for love . . . . ‘ With an Afterword by John William Ward.











Signet Classics [ 0370 ] Jimenez, Juan Ramon. Platero and I. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT370
He's the children's playmate, the gray goat's companion, and the poet's cherished friend. Small and downy soft, the donkey named Platero romps through the pages of a book that has captured the hearts of readers everywhere. Written by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the 1956 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Platero and I has been translated into the main languages of Western Europe as well as Hebrew and Basque. Like the great Spanish classic Don Quixote, it has found favor with the young, who delight in the adventures of the merry little donkey and the sad poet, and with their elders, who look beyond the narrative to see what the writer has to say about man and his world. Drawings by Baltasar Lobo.











Signet Classics [ 0371 ] Norris, Frank. The Octopus. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ371
Like his more famous contemporary Upton Sinclair, American author BENJAMIN FRANKLIN NORRIS, JR. (1870-1902) also highlighted the corruption and greed of corporate monopolies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries... themes that continue to make his work riveting reading more than a century later. The Octopus, first published in 1901, is the tale of a war between wheat growers in California and the Railroad Trust. Rancher Magnus Derrick and railroad representative S. Behrman square off-to disastrous results-as poet Presley, a stand-in for Norris, observes and chronicles the tragedy. The first part of Norris's projected 'Trilogy of the Epic of the Wheat,' The Octopus is followed by 1903's The Pit (Norris died before he could write the third volume, The Wolf).











Signet Classics [ 0372 ] Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows Of Young Werther and Selected Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ372
‘Werther still fascinates us . . . To us it reads, not as a tragic love story, but as a masterly and devastating portrait of a complete egoist, a spoiled brat, incapable of love because he cares for nobody and nothing but himself and having his way at whatever cost to others . . . NOVELLA, published in 1828, four years before Goethe’s death, is an excellent example of a literary genre, the idyll, at which German writers, more than those of any other language group, have always excelled.’ - from the Foreword by W. H. Auden. . Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His father was a man of means and position, who personally supervised the early education of his son. The young Goethe studied at the universities of Leipzig and Strasbourg, and in 1772 entered upon the practice of law at Wetzlar. At the invitation of Karl August, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, he went in 1775 to live in Weimar, where he held a succession of political offices, becoming the Duke’s chief adviser. From 1786 to 1788 he travelled in Italy, and directed the ducal theatre at Weimar. He took part in the Napoleonic wars against France, and in the following began a friendship with Friedrich Schiller, which lasted until the latter’s death in 1805. In 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius. As of 1820 he was on friendly terms with Kaspar Maria von Sternberg. From about 1794, he devoted himself chiefly to literature, and after a life of extraordinary productivity, died in Weimar. . LOUISE BOGAN, the distinguished American lyric poet, was awarded almost every major poetry award, including the Bollingen Prize, She translated The Journal of Jules Renard, and was co-translator with Elizabeth Mayer of Goethe’s ELECTIVE AFFINITIES. ELIZABETH MAYER has collaborated with W. H. Auden and Marianne Moore, Her translations include Goethe’s ITALIAN JOURNEY, Adalbert Stiftler’s ROCK CRYSTAL, and works by Sybil Bedford and others into German.











Signet Classics [ 0373 ] Galsworthy, John. The Man Of Property. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Louis Auchincloss. 301 pages. October 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ373
'It has a subject as large and solid as the Albert Memorial or the Royal Courts of Justice: a prosperous, fecund, upper - middle - class family in the London of the late eighties, united by a joint concern for the acquisition and preservation of wealth, with their dark, densely furnished, immaculate houses, their gleaming carriages . . . with their serene social self - assurance.. . they seem of the very essence of the British empire at its most arrogant and most far - flung. To see the fortress which they created against hunger and question marks after that fortress has largely crumbled, as we see it in reading Galsworthy today, provides an added layer of irony.' Thus the noted critic and novelist Louis Auchincloss writes in his Afterword to this, the first and greatest of the novels of the Forsyte Saga. The story centers upon Soames Forsyte, 'the man of property,' and the woman whose troubling beauty he seeks to make part of that property, first through marriage, then through destruction of the man she loves. A chronicle of voracious acquisitiveness, its intimate, unsparing depiction of late - Victorian life and values has never been equaled. It is a work which established its author as the foremost voice of his age, and as one of the major novelists of the century.











Signet Classics [ 0374 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry VIII. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Samuel Schoenbaum. 239 pages. December 1967. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT374
Many believe Henry VIII to be Shakespeare's last play, but others firmly believe that the Bard had little, if anything, to do with its creation. Queen Katherine of Aragon is upright and virtuous and married to King Henry VIII. Henry was a proud and wilful monarch who defies Rome's ban on divorce to marry Ann Bullen (Boleyn). Cardinal Wolsey the Powerful Lord Chancellor of England and accomplished politician attempts to bend Rome to the king's wishes in the Bullen matter. Later, near death, he repents his unpriestly activity. Katherine is divorced and sent to Kimbolton Castle and Anne marries King Henry VIII to become his queen. THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES. The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare - Special Introduction to the play by the editor, S. Schoenbaum, Northwestern University; General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University; Sources from which Shakespeare derived HENRY VIII – selections from Raphael Holinshed: CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND and John Foxe: ACTS AND MONUMENTS OF MARTYRS; Dramatic criticism: from the past and present: commentaries by William Hazlitt, F. E. Spurgeon, G. Wilson Knight, Mark Van Doren; Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type; Name of each speaker given in full; Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text; Textual note; Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0375 ] Dreiser, Theodore. The Genius. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Larzer Ziff. 733 pages. November 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW375
The 'Genius' stands as the most directly personal of Theodore Dreiser's novels - and, to the original audience which recoiled from its unprecedented sexual candor, the most shocking. Its story traces the career of Eugene Witla, a talented young artist from a small town in the Midwest. Seeking fulfillment in art and life, he comes first to Chicago and then to New York. As the fiercely driven Eugene gains recognition. . . enters the world of advertising and mass - circulation magazines. . . moves from woman to woman. . . the reader comes to view artistic expression, sexual desire and material ambition as but different manifestations of a single central human force. The 'Genius' is intensely written and deeply felt - a novel with a hero whose vitality colors every page. In the words of Professor Larzer Ziff, of the University of California at Berkeley, The 'Genius' 'dramatizes its author's radical perception that the artist's crisis in rich America will not come from the conflict between artistic success and financial success, but from the gap between success itself and the hungering self that refuses to be sated.'











Signet Classics [ 0376 ] Dreiser, Theodore. The Financier. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Larzer Ziff. 463 pages. November 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY376
American success story stripped down to brutal realities - a struggle for spoils without conscience, pity, or even final purpose. A work of immense social documentation, shaped by intense human compassion, The Financier is a major achievement of a writer whom Alfred Kazin has termed 'stronger than all the others of his time, and at the same time more poignant; greater than the world he has described, but as significant as the people in it.' Here, Dreiser, as Professor Larzer Ziff of the University of California at Berkeley declares, 'succeeded beyond any of his predecessors or successors in producing a great American business novel .'











Signet Classics [ 0378 ] Boswell, James. Boswell's Life Of Johnson. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Edited, Abridged,& With An Introduction By Frank Brady. 664 pages. January 1968. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY378
'I will venture to promise that my Life of my revered friend will be the richest piece of biography that has ever appeared.' Thus, in 1786, James Boswell wrote of a work that had its genesis in his first meeting, twenty - three years before, with the eminent Samuel Johnson. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. did not appear until 1791, but it was to justify fully its author's prophecy. Drawing upon Johnson's sparkling conversations, his writings, the opinions of contemporaries as well as his own recollections, Boswell employed his superb gift for dramatic scene and concrete detail to create a remarkable portrait. Brought to full and vivid life is a genius of common sense, a magnificent critic, a passionate moralist, a man of reason and idiosyncrasy who climbed from poverty and obscurity to become the literary ruler of his age. To the modern reader, however, it is not only Johnson's personality, ideas, and milieu that make this book so fascinating; there is also the implicit presence of the biographer, conveyed by his subtle powers of observation and his vigorous prose. Boswell has come to be recognized in this century as a writer of the first rank, and the LIFE OF JOHNSON to be the greatest of all biographies.











Signet Classics [ 0379 ] Taylor, Robert Lewis. W.C. Fields: His Follies & Fortunes. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. 287 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ379
He was born William Claude Dukinfield, son of a London cockney who migrated to Philadelphia in the late 1870's: he became W C. Fields, star of The Bank Dick and My Little Chickadee, in the opinion of many the greatest comic artist the world has known. Pulitzer Prize - winner Robert Lewis Taylor chronicles the incredible life story of W C. Fields from his childhood as a knockabout street urchin to his heyday as the celebrity who hobnobbed with Edward VII. To write a book, commensurately funny, about a comic genius and to raise it to the level of literature is a feat that requires a gift of unique rarity. Mr. Taylor's contribution, in W. C. FIELDS: His Follies and Fortunes, is a separate venture in creation, rich in both humor and pathos, as marvelous in its way as Mr. Fields himself. Harry Golden comments on this remarkable portrait of the century's funniest man: 'Fields makes all the modern beats look like little Lord Fauntleroys. . . . He was a supreme artist and a supreme individual and Taylor does him full justice.' Richard Maney says in The New York Times, 'Robert Lewis Taylor has written a hilarious history of the fabulous comedian, written it with understanding, sympathy and a gay respect for the scandalous facts involved.'











Signet Classics [ 0380 ] Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ380
One of the great comic novels in the English language, Tom Jones was an instant success when it was published in 1749: Ten thousand copies were sold in its first year. A foundling, Tom is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household until it is time for him to set out in search of both his fortune and his true identity. Amorous, high-spirited, and filled with what Fielding called 'the glorious lust of doing good' but with a tendency toward dissolution, Tom Jones is one of the first characters in fiction to display legitimate sides of human virtue and vice.











Signet Classics [ 0381 ] Norris, Frank. McTeague. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT381
Frank Norris' graphic portrayal of the seamy side of survival in turn-of-the-century urban America remains shocking and powerful today -and its conclusion just as harrowing.











Signet Classics [ 0382 ] Milton, John. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Christopher Ricks. February 1968. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ382
These controversial epic poems demonstrate Milton's genius for fusing sense and sound, classicism and innovation, narrative and drama in profound explorations of the moral problems of God's justice-and what it truly means to be human.











Signet Classics [ 0383 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry VI, Part 3. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Edited by Milton Crane. 224 pages. March 1968. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT383
Richard, Duke of York, takes the throne of England but when confronted by King Henry VI he agrees that he will not take the crown and will leave Henry in peace if his own family are named as the rightful heirs to the throne. Queen Margaret is furious as her weak husband King Henry VI has thus disinherited their own son, Edward, Prince of Wales. The sons of York berate their father for not taking the throne for himself. York goes back on his agreement with King Henry and once again attempts to seize the crown and become King. Margaret raises an army and fights a battle with York at Wakefield. York is taken prisoner his son, Edmund, is killed. Margaret taunts York who is eventually stabbed and killed by Margaret and Lord Clifford - the head of the Duke of York is placed on the gates of York. The fighting continues and the Earl of Warwick is defeated by the Queen. Warwick informs York's sons, Edward and Richard, of the defeat and the Queen's plans to march on London and reclaim the throne for Henry. Warwick believes that they, the Yorkists, can still win and Edward, who has now become Duke of York following his father's death, can then claim the crown. The armies meet and the timid and weak King just watches the battle. The Yorkists win the battle and the Queen flees to France with her son and Clifford is beheaded. The weak King Henry is captured in the north of England and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Edward, Duke of York, is proclaimed Edward IV. Warwick insists that the new monarch should forge ties and allies with France and marry Lady Bona, the sister of the King of France. Warwick goes to France to make the arrangements. Edward is king, his brother Richard becomes Duke of Gloucester and George, another brother, becomes Duke of Clarence. Edward falls in love and marries Elizabeth Woodville, Widow of Sir Richard Grey and therefore referred to as Lady Grey, and she becomes Queen. Warwick is so incensed by this action that he changes sides and tells Margaret that he wishes to help place Henry back on the throne. At the same time the hunchback, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is plotting to overthrow his brother Edward and claim the crown. The French King Louis decides to support Warwick and Margaret providing they pledge their loyalty to him. Warwick then offers his oldest daughter to Margaret's son, Prince Edward and when the prince accepts the proposal, Louis appoints his high admiral, Lord Bourbon, to ferry troops to England. Back in England many of King Edward's followers are also unhappy with his marriage. Edward's own brother, the Duke of Clarence joins Warwick and agrees to marry the youngest daughter of Warwick. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, stands by his brother , but only because he hopes to take the crown for himself. Warwick' s forces enter England and they capture the monarch and free Henry from the Tower of London and reinstall him as king. However, the meek man has had enough of Kingship and he asks Warwick and Clarence to rule jointly in his stead so that he may pursue a quiet life of prayer. Edward, helped by Gloucester, escapes to Burgundy and raises an army. He returns to England to reclaim the throne. He and Gloucester capture Henry, return him to the Tower of London and engage Warwick in battle at Coventry. Clarence then decides to switch sides again to fight with his brothers. Margaret then arrives from France with fresh troops. But she is defeated near Tewkesbury, and she and her son are taken prisoner. Margaret's son insults the brothers and they stab him to death. Gloucester then returns to London and he stabs Henry. Edward is restored to the throne, Margaret is exiled to France and Gloucester lies in waiting.











Signet Classics [ 0384 ] Poe, Edgar Allan. The Complete Poetry and Selected Criticism Of Edgar Allan Poe. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Allan Tate. 287 pages. July 1968. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY384
Edgar Allan Poe's career was marked by a profoundly divided inner life. The clarity of his mind and the torments of his imagination produced poetry of measured hallucinatory power. A unique figure in American letters, Poe was neglected in his own country at the time he was honored and imitated in France as one of the pioneers of the Symbolist movement. Employing his genius to explore rather than to moralize the human psyche, he became, in the words of Allan Tate, 'a type of alienated poet, the outcast, the poéte maudit - the poet accursed.' One of the first professional men of letters in America, Poe also wrote literary criticism and journalism of a very high order; his essays on poetry are among the landmarks of American literature as well as excellent guides to the theory and practice of his own verse.











Signet Classics [ 0385 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. Signet/New American Library. 176 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT385
Katherine Anne Porter is regarded as one of the most distinguished writers in the world today. Her style is a rare combination of subtlety and insight; her concern is 'human nature, the fatalities of life and the perils of human relationships.' In the three beautiful short novels that comprise PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER she explores the chaotic individualism experienced by those who cope with—and today outlive—their greatest crises. Miranda, the heroine of the first and last stories, survives the ghosts of a poignant but unreal childhood, the Great War, and a flu epidemic that claims her lover—to spend her days with a heightened sense of jeopardy. In 'Noon Wine', Farmer Thompson, though legally acquitted of the murder he commits, can find no justification for his crime and seeks release in a final and tragic act. 'Miss Porter is one of the finest writers of prose in America.'—Granville Hicks . . . 'There is a kind of magic about everything Miss Porter writes.'—New York Times . . 'Katherine Anne Porter moves in the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry; James.'—Saturday Review. With an Afterword by Mark Schorer.











Signet Classics [ 0386 ] Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ386
With the sharp sensitivity of 'a man without skin' Tobias Smollett humorously attacked the frivolity and foibles of eighteenth - century England. Humphry Clinker is his mirthful tale of a tour by coach and four through cities and countryside. Five people embark on the journey: the crusty eccentric, Squire Bramble; his husband - hunting sister, Tabitha; her maid, Winifred; and Bramble's youthful niece and nephew,. Lydia and Jery. En route they are joined by Humphry Clinker, an honest Wiltshire lad of tattered cloth and empty purse. As misadventure follows misadventure, each character reveals his true self by giving his own conflicting view of the incidents, places, and people encountered along the way. The result is an entertaining and realistic picture of that wonderful age when gentlemen duelled, ladies swooned, and servants rose from rags to riches.











Signet Classics [ 0387 ] Mann, Thomas. Confessions Of Felix Krull, Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ387
Felix Krull, swindler par excellence, stands as Thomas Mann's last great literary creation. With the modest pride of a professional, Krull retraces the course of his extraordinary career from a sweet but hardly innocent child to manhood when his genius for theft, impersonation, and sensual adventure came to full flower. In these 'confessions' the irony that underlies even Mann's most serious work is transformed into high comedy, ribald farce, brilliant parody. Begun in 1911, laid aside, then resumed after a span of some forty years, this first volume of a projected trilogy is a marvel of sustained inspiration. It is a memorable tour de force in which the author's lifelong fascination with the ambiguous relationship between art and morality achieves final expression with Mann assuming the voice of an enchanting charlatan to bid the world a smiling farewell. George Steiner calls Confessions 'a garland of laughter' laid upon the 'monumental facade' of Mann's work.











Signet Classics [ 0388 ] Austen, Jane. Emma. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT388
Emma represents the mature flowering of Jane Austen's singular genius. Set in a world the author made uniquely her own - the world of country gentry in Regency England - the novel centers upon a supremely self - assured young lady, determined to arrange her life and the lives of all around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy. By turn intelligent and foolish, wreaking havoc with best intentions, Miss Emma Woodhouse is a captivating embodiment of feminine contradiction, portrayed with the stylistic grace, the wit, and the wisdom that have ensured Jane Austen's continuing popularity. The book's resourceful narrative technique - with its masterly use of point of view and its skillful employment of the elements of mystery - makes it, in the words of Frank O'Connor, 'a delight and a flattery for the knowing type of reader.' Graham Hough writes: 'Emma has a good claim to be the most perfect of Jane Austen's novels, the one in which comedy and gravity, irony and sympathy, are most completely blended.'











Signet Classics [ 0389 ] Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP389
Includes the stories: THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY, THE FACTS CONCERNING THE RECENT CARNIVAL OF CRIME IN CONNECTICUT, THE STOLEN WHITE ELEPHANT, LUCK, THE £1,000,000 BANKNOTE, THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG, THE FIVE BOONS OF LIFE,& WAS IT HEAVEN? OR HELL? . . . THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER is that rarity in the work of Mark Twain - a novelette in which the author turns his sardonic, free - wheeling wit to the problem of Eternal Evil in a distant time and place. In the other eight stories presented here Twain debunks his Gilded Age; he ransacks the back yards of daily life and fable to find his notorious, sometimes preposterous, metaphors. He is as apt to deal with the great minds of the law hunting a wayward elephant as with a man who has a bank - note no one can cash. 'Mark Twain transcends all other American humorists . . . There is always. . . the companionship of a spirit which is at once delightfully open and deliciously shrewd.' - William Dean Howells.











Signet Classics [ 0390 ] Melville, Herman. Typee. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT390
Almost from the time of its publication in 1846, Melville's first book, based on his own travels in the South Seas, has been recognized as a classic in the literature of travel and adventure. Although initially rejected as too fantastic to be true, Typee was immensely popular and regarded in Melville's lifetime as his best work. It established his reputation as the literary discoverer of the South Seas and inspired the likes of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Two common sailors jump ship and are held in benign captivity by Polynesian natives. Through the narrator's eyes we see a literate (if romanticized) portrait of the people and their culture presented in vivid, even scientific, detail. Melville's racy style and irreverence toward Christian missionaries caused a scandal, and critics denounced the narrator's suggestion that the native life might be superior to that of modern civilization. An adventure story above all, albeit one with a philosophical bent, Typee is a combination of elements that even early in Melville's career hinted at the towering ambition he would fulfill with Moby-Dick.











Signet Classics [ 0391 ] Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems. New York. Signet/New American Library. 288 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT391
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American poet successfully to employ the classic form and style of the Old World to express the subjects and sentiments of the New. His narrative poems - Evangeline, The Song of Hiawatha, The Courtship of Miles Standish - have long been part of our national heritage; but Longfellow has more than the familiar to offer the discerning modern reader. Only recently have critics rediscovered his gift for creating superb melodies and harmonies in his verse. The shorter lyrics, the sonnets, are among the finest American poems in the Romantic tradition. The distinguished modern poet Horace Gregory has selected thirty-seven of Longfellow's most enduring poems for this edition, which offers to the student and to the general reader a perceptive insight into the many facets of the poet's genius. 'Longfellow's dignified, yet lighthearted phrasing is unique . . . his mastery in telling a story and reciting a fable is unequaled in American verse.'-Horace Gregory.











Signet Classics [ 0392 ] Shakespeare, William. Anthony and Cleopatra. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT392
A magnificent drama of love and war, this riveting tragedy presents one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters--the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Roman leader Mark Antony, a virtual prisoner of his passion for her, is a man torn between pleasure and virtue, between sensual indolence and duty . . . between an empire and love. Bold, rich, and splendid in its setting and emotions, Antony And Cleopatra ranks among Shakespeare's supreme achievements. A prose retelling of William Shakespeare's play about the love affair between the Roman soldier, Antony, and the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.











Signet Classics [ 0393 ] Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT393
‘So this is the little lady who made this big war ‘Abraham Lincoln’s legendary comment upon meeting Mrs. Stowe has been seriously questioned, but few will deny that this work fed the passions and prejudices of countless numbers. If it did not ‘make’ the Civil War, it flamed the embers. That UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is far more than an outdated work of propaganda confounds literary criticism. The novel’s overwhelming power and persuasion have outlived even the most severe of critics. As Professor John William Ward of Amherst College points out in his incisive Afterword, the dilemma posed by Mrs. Stowe is no less relevant today thin it was in 1852: What is it to be ‘a moral human being’ ? Can such a person live in society -any society? Commenting on the timeless significance of the book, Professor Ward writes: ‘UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is about slavery but it is about slavery because the fatal weakness of the slave’s condition is the extreme manifestation of the sickness of the general society, a society breaking up into discrete, atomistic individuals where human beings, white or black, can find no secure relation one with another. Mrs. Stowe was more radical than even those in the South who hated her could see. Uncle Tom’s Cabin suggests no less than the simple and terrible possibility that society has no place in it for love . . . . ‘ With an Afterword by John William Ward.











Signet Classics [ 0394 ] Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Richard Hosley. 239 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT394
Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Richard Hosley, University of Arizona ~ General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare Series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Sources from which Shakespeare derived Cymbeline - Giovanni Boccaccio: from The Decameron; Raphael Holinshed: from The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland '~ Dramatic criticism: commentaries by Northrop Frye, and Bertrand Evans, from Shakespeare's comedies; Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type; Name of each speaker given in full; Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text; Textual note; Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0395 ] Faulkner, William. Sartoris. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ395
The specter of an heroic past is ever present in Sartoris, casting its ironic light upon the novel’s protagonists. Heirs to the aristocratic traditions of the Old South, they have been left with only romantic rhetoric, pride, and self-pity to face a world that no longer mirrors their self-image. Bayard Sartoris seeks refuge in compulsive acts of physical courage; Horace Benbow, in a bloodless aestheticism; and Narcissa Benbow, in a desperate clinging to appearances. But for them there is to be no escape-only ultimate futility, whether in the form of violent self-destruction, or a living death in a fragile world of dreams. A brilliant dissection of a decaying social class, and a vivid evocation of both the physical landscape and psychological climate of the South, Sartoris introduces many of the key themes, places, and characters of the Faulkner canon. By itself, it stands as his first memorable projection of a vision that, as Lawrance Thompson writes, ‘recognizes the inseparability of human weaknesses and strengths, of positives and negatives, of good and evil . . . what [Faulkner] later called ‘the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.’











Signet Classics [ 0396 ] Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of the House Of Usher and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP396
Collected in these two volumes are roe's legendary tales of terror that attest to his stylistic brilliance in evoking an atmosphere of gloom and obsession. Creatures, eyes, coffins, walls-all are symbols in roe's efforts to create an aura of evil. What reader would not share the anxiety of the traveler in The Fall of the House of Usher, who upon his first glimpse of the house, finds an 'insufferable gloom pervading my spirit... an utter depression of the soul... an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart'? In volume 2 his nightmarish visions take us down untraveled paths revealing the dark side of the human experience.











Signet Classics [ 0397 ] Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ397
The year before he died Charles Dickens wrote of David Copperfield, 'Of all my books, I like this the best.' The story of the abandoned waif who develops a 'disciplined heart' through challenging encounters with distress and misfortune is a supreme example of Dickens' skill as a novelist. In this great work plots and counterplots are interwoven into one intricate, grand design . . . and a huge gallery of individual characters comes alive. The malignantly treacherous Uriah Heep, the jovial nurse Peggotty, the foolishly innocent Dora, the improvident Mr. Micawber, the egotistic and charming Steerforth - these stand among literature's most remembered people. 'Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings.' - T. S. Eliot. 'No novelist has ever captured more poignantly the brightness and magic and terror of the world as seen through the eyes of a child . . . the brutality and cruelty of boyhood.., the widening gaze of adolescence, the stress of starting out on a career, the silliness and delirious ecstasy and anguish of youthful love. That Dickens was able to weave all these strands into a design so richly integrated in theme and form makes it one of the transcendent achievements of the art of the novel.' - Edgar Johnson.











Signet Classics [ 0398 ] Shakespeare, William. Narrative Poems. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By William Empson.Edited By William Burto. 223 pages. June 1968. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ398
Narrative Poems complements the Signet Classic edition of The Sonnets (Introduction by W. H. Auden). It contains the rest of Shakespeare's poems, including the two long erotic narratives in verse, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece; A Lover's Complaint; the short poems published under the title The Passionate Pilgrim; and The Phoenix and the Turtle, one of the masterpieces of the Shakespearean canon. These poems are presented with commentaries by noted critics C. S. Lewis, Hallett Smith, Francis Berry, Kenneth Muir, and Sean O'Loughlin, and with an imaginative Introduction by the poet and critic William Empson. Mr. Empson believes that the narrative poems record 'an experience so formative that the plays echo it for the rest of [Shakespeare's] life.'











Signet Classics [ 0399 ] Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP399
The publication of Fathers and Sons enraged old and young, reactionaries, romantics, and radicals. Unlike its predecessors, it attacked all social classes through its portrait of the blatant nihilist, Bazarov, who makes a practice of exposing self - deception in those around him. On a visit to the Kirsanov estate, Bazarov's scathing comments, his dark example, threaten the integrity of each of his hosts: the old landowner, Nicholas, who prides himself on his mistress, a former peasant, the old man's decadent brother, Paul, who prides himself on his fashionable lack of purpose; and Arcady, Nicholas' intellectual on, who prides himself on his understanding of Bazaróv's motivation. Widely criticized by Russia's radical press, Turgenev won the acclaim of Flaubert, Maupassant and Henry James for being the first author to use psychological character studies instead of elaborate plot, and the first to create the modern revolutionary type, the 'outsider.'











Signet Classics [ 0400 ] Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT400
Ten years after its publication in a small El Paso paper, The Underdogs achieved world - wide renown as the greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution. It is the story of Demetrio Maclas, a naïve, peace - loving Indian, who is forced to side with the rebels to save his family. In the course of battle, he becomes a compulsive militarist whose courage, almost despite himself, leads to a generalship in Villa's army. But as the Cause suffers defeat after defeat, Maclas loses prestige and moral purpose at the hands of turncoats, camp followers, and the peasants who had once loved him. Carleton Beals wrote of this novel, 'The scenes have the brutality of Gorky. Azuela is the Mexican Chekhov only in so much as he is a doctor; in all else he is close to Gorky, with a touch of Gorky's terrific pessimism, but none of Gorky's revolutionary optimism.'











Signet Classics [ 0401 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Celestial Railroad and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT401
The daydreams which edge toward nightmare; toward our desire to be pursued, cast out. demolished, damned' is how R. P. Blackmur describes the 'mode' of the eighteen stories in this Signet Classic collection By means of weird, yet inescapably convincing fables Hawthorne explores the corroding desires of superior men and women. Thwarted in their pursuit of perfection, endeavoring to escape the reality of their existence, they fall prey to a sudden lust for the Ideal and are unwittingly compelled to commit evils in the name of pride. Of the author's insights into the Puritan's simultaneous need for fulfillment and self - destruction D. H. Lawrence wrote, 'That blue - eyed darling Nathaniel knew disagreeable things in his inner soul. He was careful to send them out in disguise.' Hawthorne's contemporary, Edgar Allan Poe, said of his writing that 'Every word tells, and there is not a word which does not tell.'











Signet Classics [ 0402 ] Butler, Samuel. The Way Of All Flesh. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP402
This devastating indictment of Victorian. values presents an ironic and incisive portrait. of a determined, young man in revolt against father, religion, society, self. In describing Ernest Pontifex's flight to freedom, Samuel Butler illustrated the emotional and intellectual experiences of every artist who educates himself through trial and error. He created a novel that was to inspire, in spirit and form, the works of such writers as Somerset Maugham, James Joyce, Thomas Wolfe. George Bernard Shaw was deeply influenced by Butler's ideas on religion and money. In his preface to Major Barbara, Shaw recorded this debt and called Butler 'a man of genius' who was 'in his own department, the greatest English writer of the latter half of the nineteenth century.'











Signet Classics [ 0403 ] Tolstoy, Leo. Resurrection. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ403
RESURRECTION - Tolstoy's final novel - is a joint embodiment of his vast, objective awareness of human suffering and his lifelong burden of unrealized ideals. It traces the conflict of pride and affection between Kätusha, a prostitute charged with murder, and her first lover, Nekhludov, who now must judge her. Through his attempts to alter the course of her fate, Nekhludov discovers a similarity between the self-centered, legal values of Katusha's accusers and the nature of his own altruism. He discovers the hypocrisy of his own atonement - and begins the journey to resurrection. 'The Homeric, the timeless epic vein was strong in Tolstoy, as perhaps in no other artist in the world.' - Thomas Mann.











Signet Classics [ 0404 ] Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Introduction By John Bayley. 1456 pages. August 1968. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ404
WAR AND PEACE is quite probably the greatest novel ever written. It stands alone in its vast scope and minute detail, its immense diversity and final unity. Set in the years leading up to and culminating in Napoleon's disastrous Russian invasion, the novel focuses upon an entire society torn by conflict and change. Pierre Bezukhov, an alienated intellectual trying to find his place in his native land; Prince Andrei, a gallant aristocrat tortured by self - doubt; and Natasha Rostov, a bewitching, romantic girl growing into womanhood, play leading roles in a gallery of characters ranging from Napoleon himself to the most humble Russian peasant. Here is humanity in all its innocence and corruption, wisdom and folly, painful defeats and enduring triumphs. Here is the seemingly effortless artistry of a master capable of portraying with equal power the clash of armies and the solitary anguish of the heart. Here, finally, is a view of history and personal destiny that is - as John Bayley writes in his Introduction to Ann Dunnigan's brilliant new translation - 'perpetually modern. WAR AND PEACE combines the serenity of the past with the second - by - second process of living at the latest moment in our own lives.'











Signet Classics [ 0405 ] Hardy, Thomas. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Donald Hall. 432 pages. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT405
She dances on the green with the maidens. She is raped in the wood at sixteen. She buries her child in secret. She milks a cow named Dumpling. She hacks turnips on a barren farm. . . She stabs a man. She hides in an old house with her lover. She wakes to a circle of police, to a noose in the morning.’ Thus Donald Hall writes of the figure who dominates this classic novel of tragic destiny. In Tess, victimized by lust, poverty, and hypocrisy, Thomas Hardy created no standard Victorian heroine, but a woman whose intense vitality flares unforgettably against the bleak background of a dying rural society. Shaped by an acute sense of social injustice and by a vision of human fate cosmic in scope, her story is a singular blending of harsh realism and indelibly poignant beauty. The novel shocked its Victorian audience with its honesty; it remains a triumph of literary art and a timeless commentary on the human condition. In the words of Virginia Woolf ‘If we are to place Hardy among his fellows, we must call him the greatest tragic writer in the English language.’











Signet Classics [ 0406 ] Harte, Bret. The Outcasts Of Poker Flat and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT406
The glorious fringe - inhabitants of Gold Rush California - the slick gamblers, the impetuous but soft - hearted dance - hall girls, the mining camp eccentrics - are immortal - ized in these classic chronicles of the Far West of the nineteenth century. Includes - The Right Eye of the Commander, M'liss: an Idyl of Red Mountain, The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, Tennessee's Partner, The Idyl of Red Gulch, Brown of Calaveras, Miggles, How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar, Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands, Wan Lee the Pagan, A Passage In the Life of Mr. John Oakhurst, An Ingenue of the Sierras, & A Protégée of Jack Hamlin's.











Signet Classics [ 0407 ] O'Flaherty, Liam. The Informer. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. With an afterword by Donagh MacDonagh. 189 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ407
This is Liam O'Flaherty's great novel of a troubled Ireland divided by the chaos of Civil War in the 1920's. It is the story of an informer, damned with the curse of his country's unforgivable sin, hunted by the shadowy executioners of an outlawed revolutionary organization. Two characters dominate this tragedy of betrayal and retribution: Gypo Nolan, the hulking oaf of a giant who, under stress of poverty, discloses the whereabouts of the wanted Frankie McPhillip for the paltry twenty - pound reward; and Dan Gallagher, the egotistical commandant of the militant organization that has sworn to hunt down and kill the unknown informer. Through the fogbound Dublin slum streets they re - enact the eternal drama of man pitted against man. A classic of modern literature, The Informer treats a recurrent theme in Irish folklore, ballad, and story . . . the abhorrent outcast who betrays a cause or a people to the enemy. The violence of O'Flaherty's own youth is reflected in his harshly realistic image of an Irish Republic at war with itself, suffering the birth pangs of newly gained independence, beset by the self - destructive forces of misguided idealism and anarchy.











Signet Classics [ 0408 ] Gogol, Nicolai. The Diary Of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ408
NIKOLAI GOGOL is universally regarded as the father of Russian realism. His stories are rooted in commonplace events; his characters are the underdog and the insignificant. A romantic at heart, he used a startling blend of broad comedy and weird fantasy to expose the stupidity, coarseness, and meanness of life. This Signet Classic includes five of Gogol's most famous stories: THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, THE NOSE, THE CARRIAGE, THE OVERCOAT, and a full - length historical romance: TARAS BULBA.











Signet Classics [ 0409 ] Roosevelt, Theodore. The Rough Riders. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT409
We Are Coming! There was a war to be fought with Spain in 1898,. and so they volunteered. Choctaws, Creeks, Cherokees from the newly tamed Indian Territory. Cowpunchers, stage drivers, government scouts from the Great Plains states. Riflemen, trappers, miners from the Rocky Mountain West. As Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders they rode and fought to fame and glory at Las Guasimas, Santiago. and San Juan Hill. More than a chronicle of a war and men in battle, The Rough Riders endures as a living record of a time, a personality, and a legend. Reading it, we become witnesses to a young America emerging as a great power. . . a dynamic Roosevelt rushing to fulfill his destined place in her future.., and the cowboy hero's last glorious fling in tribute to her colorful past.











Signet Classics [ 0410 ] Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Geoffrey Tillotson. 896 pages. Cover: Thomas R. Allen. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY410
BLEAK HOUSE opens in a London shrouded by an all - pervading fog - a fog that swirls about the Court of Chancery, where the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce lies lost in endless litigation. This drawn - out lawsuit over an inheritance stands at the center of a scathing portrayal of a moribund legal system and of a society permeated with greed, deception, delusion, and guilt. In no other work are the many facets of Dickens' genius - his powers of characterization, dramatic construction, social satire, and poetic evocation - so memorably combined. Peopled by an immense gallery of vivid characters, major and minor, comic and tragic, in settings which range from the mansion of a fear - haunted noblewoman to the squalor of the London slums, this superb example of narrative art has been ranked by Edmund Wilson as 'The masterpiece of [Dickens'] middle period.' Geoffrey Tillotson writes: 'BLEAK HOUSE.. .is, all told, the finest literary work the nineteenth century produced in England. . . . Dickens was the supreme literary genius of his time.











Signet Classics [ 0411 ] Faulkner, William. Soldier's Pay. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Robie Macauley. 238 pages. September 1968. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ411
Soldiers' Pay was William Faulkner's first novel. With such notable works of the period as Dos Passos' Three Soldiers and Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, this tale of a wounded airman returning to his home in the South is a product of bitter post - World War I disillusionment. An atmosphere of fevered sexuality against the background of approaching death permeates the book as its doomed protagonist, Donald Mahon, seeks his place in a world that has remained unchanged while his life was being shattered. His attempt to win back his faithless former love, his final acceptance of the love of a woman who lost her husband in the war, convey a sense of human anguish and tragic destiny that lies at the heart of the Faulknerian vision. In turn deeply moving and sharply satiric, superbly accomplished and awkwardly groping, Soldiers' Pay is not only a novel distinctly memorable in its own right, but it also offers unique fascination - as Robie Macauley declares - 'for readers who enjoy the excitement of first trials, early promises, omens and portents.'











Signet Classics [ 0412 ] Faulkner, William. A Fable. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Michael Novak. 384 pages. September 1968. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY412
A FABLE is set far from Faulkner's famous Yoknapatawpha County: the novel opens in France during the most bitter days of World War I. A young corporal, aided by twelve followers, has persuaded his unit not to join in an ordered attack, Thus is set in motion a tragically inexorable chain of events as organized society acts to crush this threat to its status quo.' A host of varied characters are drawn into a passionate drama of conscience, conflict and final confrontation between a fervent young idealist and a supremely pragmatic general who must face each other over an agonizing gulf of age, rank and philosophy of life. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, A FABLE stands among William Faulkner's most ambitious achievements, a work of beautifully controlled power and prophetic relevance. As Michael Novak writes, 'Faulkner's fable of resistance to war reads more eloquently now, during the period of the War in Vietnam. . . . Now, perhaps, A FABLE will, be read with passion by a newer generation of Americans, alert to the issues Faulkner wrestles with and driven by poignant experience into battles he long fought on their behalf.'











Signet Classics [ 0413 ] Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Allen Tate. 224 pages. September 1968. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ413
The most horrific tale I could imagine' - thus William Faulkner described the genesis of his most violent and brutal novel. Certainly Sanctuary contains much that verges on the lurid: murder, rape, abduction, sexual depravity, lynching, in settings ranging from a decayed plantation to a Memphis brothel to a tense courtroom. But there is something else in this novel as well: the extraordinary genius of its author. Temple Drake, young, beautiful and corrupt; Popeye, the psychopathic criminal' who is both her violator and her victim; Horace Benbow, the honest lawyer and man of good will who cannot cope with either the viciousness of society or with his own darker urges; these and the other brilliantly imagined characters arc illumined by a verbal artistry and a moral vision without equal. Begun as a 'shocker,' Sanctuary was transformed into a masterpiece of fiction. As Allen Tate writes in his penetrating Introduction, 'William Faulkner was a master, the greatest of our time, of authentic observation and of. . . inner conflict.' As he goes on to declare, Sanctuary stands as 'a triumph of virtuosity.'











Signet Classics [ 0414 ] Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By R.V. Cassill. 240 pages. September 1968. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ414
The Wild Palms is composed of two vividly contrasting short novels. The first, giving its title to the volume, is one of Faulkner's most unforgettable creations, the story of two lovers who defy society's conventions in an intensely passionate, ultimately disastrous affair. The second, The Old Man, tells of a convict accidentally freed during a Mississippi flood, struggling to save both himself and a pregnant woman whose fate has been thrust into his hands. Each of these works is brilliant in itself; and each gives added dimension to the other. Dramati~l1y juxtaposed are the themes of proud rebellion and calm acceptance, fierce pursuit of individual destiny and deep - rooted harmony with the tidal forces of nature. In praising The Wild Palms, critic and novelist R. V Cassill speaks of its 'smoky, keening rhetoric and furiously paced action . . . the utterly reckless pitch and pace,' while he pays tribute to the 'marvelous floods of Faulknerian prose. . . the ripeness of Faulkner's art' in The Old Man. As he goes on to say, 'the novels belong together. . . The greater work kindles the lesser, and the lesser supports . . . the jagged intensities of the greater.'











Signet Classics [ 0415 ] Faulkner, William. Pylon. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Reynolds Price. 224 pages. September 1968. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ415
On the surface, Pylon is about the world of barnstorming airplane pilots of the 1930's. On a deeper level, however, its theme is far more universal. Its nameless central character, the reporter, has been assigned to cover a series of air races and exhibitions marking the opening of an airport in the South. At the beginning, he is the model of a detached journalist. But before the end of this strange and gripping novel, he has become inextricably and fatally involved with a group of three people - a pilot, a parachutist, and the woman they share - and with their way of life. Written with the breathtaking physical vividness that. Faulkner at his best projects, the novel is an intensely dramatic portrayal of the relationship between society and 'outsiders,' and of the fascination the life of action and of the senses holds for the intellectual. Brilliantly mirroring the author's own complicated feelings, Pylon is a novel which, as Reynolds Price declares, 'does yield curious and - for Faulkner - unique answers. .. a more interesting book than it promises to be, and finally a surprising one. . . '











Signet Classics [ 0416 ] Dickens, Charles. A Tale Of Two Cities. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP416
When the starving French masses rise in hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause--La Guillotine--the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads. Charles Dickens' compelling portrait of the results of terror and treason, love and supreme sacrifice continues to captivate readers around the world. With Frank Muller's brilliant performance, unforgettable characters--the ever-knitting Madame Defarge, the lovely Lucie Manette, her broken father, the honorable Charles Darnay, and the sometimes scurrilous Sydney Carton--burst from the pages, full of life and passion. This novel provides a highly-charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice. Private experience and public history, during the French Revolution.











Signet Classics [ 0417 ] Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind In The Willows. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Mary Ellmann.Illustrated By Alex Tsao. 221 pages. June 1969. Cover: Alex Tsao. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT417
Since its triumphant initial publication, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has established itself as one of the most enduringly popular works of this century, a classic of magical fancy and enchanting wit. Depicted in a prose of almost musical purity, the adventures and misadventures of the book's intrepid quartet of heroes - Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and, of course, the incorrigible Toad - raise fantasy to the level of myth, a myth that reflects the freshness of childhood faith in the promise and wonder of life. Created is a world that embodies both the author's extraordinary sensitivity to the beauties of nature, and his wry, whimsical and unfailingly inventive imagination. It is a world which succeeding generations of adult as well as youthful readers have found irresistable. But why say more? To use the words of the estimable Mr. Toad himself: 'Travel, change, interest, excitement! . . . Come inside . . .'











Signet Classics [ 0418 ] Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen Four Plays Volume 1. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT418
'Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in mind through and through. I must penetrate to the last wrinkle of his soul. Then I do not let him go until his fate is fulfilled.' Thus Henrik Ibsen described the process of visual creation by which he shaped the major works of his maturity. Brilliant in design, multi- leveled in meaning, these four plays project Ibsen's revealing criticism of society and his almost uncanny perception of the intricacies of human motivations and relationships. Exposed are the demonic forces of greed, fear, sexual hostility, and willful destructiveness, rising to shatter the prosaic surface of middle-class life. Here, presented in memorable new translations, are dramas of universal significance, the crowning achievements of the artist who stands as the father of the modern theater. As Rolf Fjelde writes, it was Ibsen's purpose 'not to lull-nor merely shock-the bourgeoisie, not to lecture the proletariat, but to instigate human beings into existence, to dare each individual to think, to feel, to question, to live. . . ' Includes - A Doll House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder.











Signet Classics [ 0419 ] Conrad, Joseph. Nostromo. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ419
Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard is a novel of great political and psychological importance in modern literature. Set in the fictional South American nation of Costaguana-a land wracked by war and revolution-Conrad paints a mesmerizing portrait of man's vulnerability to greed and corruption. Through a unique narrative style and vivid characterization, Conrad delves into an account of human frailty with an ironic twist; it is a story without heroes. Conrad's dazzling array of viewpoints and chronology ensure that the reader is embroiled in the stress and passion of each moment of his characters' lives.











Signet Classics [ 0420 ] Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP420
The savage contempt with which Voltaire derided the bureaucracies of his day and his gift for creating exotic panoramas find their perfect merger in these satirical stories. With ruthless wit the master of social commentary dissects science and spiritual faith, ethics and legal systems, love and human vanity. Includes: CANDIDE, ZADIG, MICROMEGAS, THE WORLD AS IT IS, MÉMNON, BABABEC AND THE FAKIRS, HISTORY OF SCARMENTADO'S TRAVELS, PLATO'S DREAM, ACCOUNT OF THE SICKNESS, CONFESSION, DEATH, AND APPARITION OF THE JESUIT BERTHIER, STORY OF A GOOD BRAHMAN, JEANNOT AND COHN, AN INDIAN ADVENTURE, INGENUOUS, THE ONE - EYED PORTER, MEMORY'S ADVENTURE, COUNT CHESTERFIELD'S EARS AND CHAPLAIN GOUDMAN.











Signet Classics [ 0421 ] Wharton, Edith. The Age Of Innocence. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Louis Auchincloss. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ421
In this Pulitzer Prize - winning novel, Edith Wharton has written the story of an affable conformist whose marriage of convenience cannot extinguish his passion for another woman . . . and whose moral limitations make both women seem unreal to him. Handsome, affluent, with great promise as a lawyer, Newland Archer's interest in his cold, beautiful, and conventional wife gradually flags. His attraction to Countess Ellen Olenska - bizarre and challenging, separated from her husband - becomes the single threat to his secure position in high society, and, at the same time, leads him to question the values of that society. The Age of Innocence is a highly sophisticated inquiry into the totems and taboos of nineteenth - century New York elite circles and their crippling effect on natural inclinations. Of the author, whose lifelong preoccupation lay with this facet of society, Edmund Wilson wrote: 'Her tragic heroines and heroes are. . . passionate or imaginative spirits, hungry for emotional and intellectual experience, who find themselves locked into a small closed system, and either destroy themselves by beating their heads against their prison or suffer a living death in resigning themselves to it. Out of these themes she got a sharp pathos all her own.' Louis Auchincloss calls The Age of Innocence 'The finest of her novels.., painted with a richness of color and detail that delights the imagination.











Signet Classics [ 0422 ] Hughes, Richard. A High Wind In Jamaica or The Innocent Voyage. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT422
The eternally fascinating theme of children captured by pirates gains a new psychological dimension in the nightmarish, sometimes weirdly amusing, novel A High Wind in Jamaica. What do the young prisoners think and feel, how do they react when one of their group is coerced by the pirate captain? When one falls to his death by accident? When another murders a hostage from a plundered vessel? Who are the victors and who the victims? The values dividing the world of children and adults are cast in an ever more eerie light as Richard Hughes charts the amorality inherent among the innocent on this macabre and desperate voyage. Rebecca West called A High Wind in Jamaica 'a hot draught of mad, primal fantasy and poetry.' Ford Madox Ford considered it 'the best thing that has come out of Wales or the British Empire since the [first] war.'











Signet Classics [ 0423 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT423
Henry James wrote of The Marble Faun: 'Hawthorne has done few things more beautiful than the picture of the unequal complicity of guilt between his immature and dimly - puzzled hero, with his clinging, unquestioning, unexacting devotion, and the dark, powerful, more widely - seeing feminine nature of Miriam. . . . If the book contained nothing else noteworthy but. . . the murder committed by Donatello under Miriam's eyes and the ecstatic wandering, afterward, of the guilty couple through the 'bloodstained streets of Rome,' it would still deserve to rank high among the imaginative productions of our day.' The cosmopolitanism of this novel foreshadows one of the most important themes in our literature - the 'international theme' which was 40 later dominate the work of Henry James. Of all Hawthorne's fiction, The Marble Faun clearly dispels the myth of Hawthorne's unwavering Puritan morality. It projects the author's fascination with the eternal struggle between, in Murray Krieger's words, 'the unfeeling virtue of moral severity and the yielding grace of faulty humanity . . . the profound conflict between the limited claims of American moralism and of European aestheticism.'











Signet Classics [ 0424 ] Woolf, Virginia. A Writer's Diary. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Louise Bogan & Josephine Schaefer. 351 pages. November 1968. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY424
In 1915 Virginia Woolf began regularly to write a diary, and continued to do so until a few days before her tragic death. From this massive manuscript, her husband, Leonard Woolf, has selected those passages of most enduring interest and value: passages with deal with day - to - day life in England and on the Continent; with an illustrious circle of friends that included Thomas Hardy, Katherine Mansfield, E. M. Forster and T. S. Eliot; and above all, with the pleasure and pain Involved in writing a succession of brilliant novels. These selections display Virginia Woolf's receptivity to the world around her, and offer the reader entry into the workshop of a major literary artist. Combining vivid impressionism, sharply etched portraiture, and unsparing analysis, A Writer's Diary is as fascinating and unique as the woman it so clearly reflects.











Signet Classics [ 0425 ] France, Anatole. Penguin Island. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By Belle Notkin Burke.Introduction By David Caute. 256 pages. November 1968. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY425
A near - sighted holy man, cast upon an island somewhere off the Breton coast, proceeds to baptize the population. Unfortunately, this population consists entirely of penguins. However, when through Divine Grace all are granted the dubious privilege of becoming human; their history begins - and one of the most devastating satiric allegories ever conceived is set in motion. Written with the singular combination of elegant style and uncompromising irony of which Anatole France was a master, Penguin Island is a scalpel - like dissection of human stupidity, hypocrisy, sham and fraud. Sex, war, religion, business and, politics, all are delineated by a pen dipped in acid. Though events in this extraordinary work correspond to the course of French history, the reader will have no difficulty in relating the author's concerns - whether they be reforming politicians who turn conservative at the first taste of power, or generals who climb to glory upon the corpses of soldiers - with contemporary realities. For, as David Caute writes in his keenly observed Introduction, 'the target of Anatole France's sharp and destructive wit is in reality the whole of Western civilization.'











Signet Classics [ 0426 ] Taylor, Robert Lewis. The Travels Of Jaimie McPheeters. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Lawrence Edward Watkin. 456 pages. January 1969. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ426
Brilliantly comic, harrowing, moving, richly authentic and superbly imaginative, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters has attained classic status since its publication in 1958. Told in the voice of fourteen - year - old Jaimie as he accompanies his eternally optimistic, perpetually unsuccessful father in the gold rush of '49, it is a saga of a time when the West was truly wild. The nonstop action ranges from Kentucky to the Great Plains to the Great Salt Lake to the Rockies to the mining camps and Barbary Coast of California. Among the characters are brave men, gallant women, rogues, fools, cold - blooded killers, and Indians both good and bad. In this Pulitzer Prize - winning novel, the author has succeeded in magnificently recreating the gusto and adventure of an era that has set its stamp forever on the dream that is America. 'As authentic as any story any man could have told after making the trip. . . a tremendously exciting novel, and it has the added zest of being in sharp focus historically,' said The New York Times. To which critic John K. Hutchens added: 'A most remarkably vivid, panoramic, living novel - the best, I suspect, that anyone has ever written of the crossing of the plains in 1849.'











Signet Classics [ 0427 ] James, Henry. The American. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT427
Leon Edel writes of this novel: 'The American is a novel rich in the way in which it draws archetypal myths and mimetic modes. Behind its melodrama and its simple romance is the history of man's dream of better worlds, travel to strange lands, and marriage to high and noble ladies. At the same time the book reveals a deep affection for American innocence and a deep awareness that such innocence carries with it a fund of ignorance. Its novelty lay in its 'international' character. It has been spoken of as tile first truly 'international' novel. . . . For the first time, with high humor, James here addresses himself to his major theme it was his great discovery for the American novel. . . . '. . . [It is] a masterpiece of American romanticism in which James shows us his profound grasp of what he was ultimately to call 'time Americano - European legend.'











Signet Classics [ 0428 ] Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP428
Rich with wisdom and gentle irony, Oliver Goldsmith's only novel is a charming comedy that tells of an unworldly and generous vicar who lives contentedly with his large family until disaster strikes. When his idyllic life is brutally interrupted by bankruptcy and his daughter's abduction, he lands in prison. Yet these misfortunes fail to dampen the vicar's spirit or cause him to lose sight of Christian morality. A delightful lampoon of such literary conventions of the day as pastoral scenes, artificial romance, and the hero's stoic bravery, The Vicar of Wakefield has remained a classic since it was first published in 1766.











Signet Classics [ 0429 ] Silone, Ignazio. Bread and Wine. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ429
When it first appeared in 1936, BREAD AND WINE stunned the world with its exposure of Italy's fascist state, depicting that regime's use of brute force for the body and lies of the mind. Through the story of Pietro Spina, who returns from fifteen years of exile to organize the peasants of his native Abruzzi into a revolutionary movement, this courageous work bears witness to the truth about any totalitarian regime, a warnings a relevant today as it was in Mussolini's Italy. Surprisingly tender and rich in humor, this twentieth century masterpiece brings to life priests and peasants, student and revolutionaries, simple girls and desperate women in a vivid drama of one man's struggle for goodness inn a world on the brink of war. Ranked with Orwell and Camus among writers who insist upon linking the hope for social change with the values of political liberty, Silone is one of the major voices of our time, and BREAD AND WINE is his greatest novel. As Irving Howe notes in his new Introduction, 'BREAD AND WINE will speak to anyone, of whatever age, who tries sincerely to reflect upon man's fate in our century.'











Signet Classics [ 0430 ] Dickens, Charles. The Mystery Of Edwin Drood. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP430
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is even more of a mystery than Dickens himself intended, for he died before completing it. The main issue in the novel is the disappearance of Edwin Drood and the suspicion that he has been murdered. But as intriguing as this central plot are the startling innovations in Dickens’s work and the troubled elements lurking within the novel: a dark opium underworld, the uneasy and violent fantasies of its inhabitants, the disquieting presence of old ‘Princess Puffer’, his portrait of the quiet cathedral town of Cloisterham from which people have to escape in order to save themselves - and, at the centre, the menacing figure of jasper. In his introduction Angus Wilson discusses what is known about Dickens’s intentions and suggests that, as well as a crime novel, Edwin Drood is a work in which Dickens develops his lifelong preoccupation with the forces of good and evil. .











Signet Classics [ 0432 ] Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim's Progress. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 432
Bunyan wrote the first part of his allegory while in prison for his faith, and this experience adds extra urgency and depth to his story of Christian pursuing his pilgrimage through Vanity Fair, the Slough of Despond and Delectable Mountains towards the Celestial City. The influence of The Pilgrim's Progress, both indirectly on the English consciousness and directly on the literature that followed, has been immeasurable. Rich, inventive, profoundly challenging, it is a work of imaginative intensity that has rarely been matched. The pilgrim Christian undertakes the dangerous journey to the Celestial City, experiencing physical and spiritual obstacles along the way.











Signet Classics [ 0433 ] Defoe, Daniel. A Journal Of The Plague Year. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT433
Bring out your dead! The ceaseless chant of doom echoed through a city of emptied streets and filled grave pits. For this was London in the year 1665, the Year of the Great Plague. . . . In 1721, when the Black Death again threatened the European Continent, Daniel Defoe wrote A Journal of the Plague rear to alert an indifferent populace to the horror that was almost upon them. Through the eyes of a saddler who had chosen to remain while multitudes fled, the master realist vividly depicted a plague - stricken city. He re - enacted the terror of a helpless people caught in a tragedy they could not comprehend: the weak preying on the dying, the strong administering to the sick, the sinful orgies of the cynical, the quiet faith of the pious With dramatic insight he captured for all time the death throes of a great city.











Signet Classics [ 0434 ] Moliere. The Misanthrope and Other Plays. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald M. Frame. 512 pages. November 1968. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW434
'His greatest and most complex play' - this is the assessment of Moliere's The Misanthrope made by noted French scholar Professor Donald M. Frame, who has selected and given memorable new translations to the seven plays in this volume. Written during the triumphant final years of Moliere's career, these works represent the mature flowering of his artistry, and the most profound development of his vision of humanity. They are essential to appreciating the full genius of the playwright who remains 'the greatest and best - loved French author, and comic author, who ever lived. To the reader as well as the spectator, today as well as three centuries ago, the appeal of his plays is immediate and durable; they are both instantly accessible and inexhaustible.' Henri Peyre of Yale University comments on Donald M. Frame's translation: 'His Moliere will be the English Moliere for a long time. . . His language is tactfully colloquial, his style is flowing and varied. He has fully succeeded in giving us a true, accurate and poetical Moliere.' Includes: THE MISANTHROPE, THE DOCTOR IN SPITE OF HIMSELF, THE MISER, THE WOULD - BE GENTLEMAN, THE MISCHIEVOUS MACHINATIONS OF SCAPIN, THE LEARNED WOMEN, & THE IMAGINARY INVALID.











Signet Classics [ 0435 ] Wolfe, Thomas. The Hills Beyond. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Edward C. Aswell. 304 pages. November 1968. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ435
The Hills Beyond represents the last great literary testament of Thomas Wolfe. Extracted by Wolfe's editor, Edward C. Aswell, from the mass of unpublished writing left behind by the author at his death at the age of thirty - seven, this rich narrative spans over three centuries in tracing the complex destinies of a vital Southern family. Here the reader will find a somewhat different Thomas Wolfe from the author of the early novels: his prose is leaner, sharper; his tone more objective; his vision of humanity fully matured. Every page of this remarkable short novel, however, and of the memorable stories that complete the volume, is unmistakably stamped with Wolfe's eloquent genius. Thomas Wolfe, Mr. Edward C. Aswell observes in his definitive Afterword, 'believed with all his soul that the most that could be expected of a writer, or any artist for that matter, was that he observe life closely and see it as it really is - not just the surface, but the inner realities as well - and then that he depict it in all its lights and shadows just as he sees it, and do it so faithfully, in such exact colors, that even those of us who go from cradle to grave half - blind (which means most of us) cannot fail to see it also.'











Signet Classics [ 0436 ] Twain, Mark. Life On The Mississippi. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP436
Life on the Mississippi is at once a romantic history of a mighty river; an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days; a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches. It is the raw material from which Mark Twain wrote his finest novel - Huckleberry Finn. It is an epochal record of America's growth, a stirring remembrance of her vanished past. And it earned for its author his first recognition as a serious writer. '[This is] a book to be ranked with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as one of the indisputably great works in the Twain canon . . . a book that measures the American future by the boundaries of the American past, a bridge between the world of Thomas Jefferson and the world of John D. Rockefeller.' - Leonard Kriegel.











Signet Classics [ 0437 ] Moffett, James & McElheny, Kenneth P. (editors). Points Of View: An Anthology Of Short Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY437
The scope of this Signet Classic anthology is immense: its forty - one authors range from such figures as Dostoevski, Joyce, Conrad, Gogol, Chekhov, James, De Maupassant, Katherine Mansfield, and Stephen Crane to such modern writers as John Updike, Saul Bellow, Katherine Anne Porter, Truman Capote, Bernard Malamud, Dylan Thomas, Eudora Welty, and Alan Sillitoe. The stories presented here are not the familiar anthology pieces; they offer the reader fresh contact with masters of the short story form. Equally important is the anthology's unique arrangement: editors Moffett and McElheny have grouped the stories according to narrative method, thereby providing a total spectrum of the diverse fictional techniques inherent in the use of point of view. As they detail in their incisive commentary, the tale cannot be separated from the teller; subject and meaning alter as the form alters. 'Just imagine Vanity Fair told by one of its characters instead of by its godlike author, or The Great Gatsby narrated by Gatsby instead of Nick. . . . Intuitively or not, an author chooses his techniques according to his meaning. . . .. Good art, as we all know, weds form to content, either through the dissonance of irony or the consonance of harmony. What makes such fusions possible is that our ways of apprehending and sharing experience are themselves a crucial part of what we call experience.'











Signet Classics [ 0438 ] Eliot, George. The Mill On The Floss. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ438
George Eliot's Masterpiece . . . the controversial author's most autobiographical novel. This novel's unsentimental evocation of childhood in the English countryside stands as an enduring triumph; but equally memorable are its portrayal of a narrow, tradition - bound society, its striking, superbly drawn heroine, Maggie Tulliver, and its dramatic unfolding of tragic human destiny.











Signet Classics [ 0439 ] Hardy, Thomas. The Return Of The Native. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP439
The rural tranquillity of the heather - covered English countryside is the setting for this moving novel of conflicting aspirations and tragic destiny. Clym Yeobright returns from Paris to the village of his birth, idealistically inspired to improve the life of the men and women of Egdon Heath. But his plans are upset when he falls in love 'with a passionately beautiful, darkly discontented girl, Eustacia Vye, who longs to escape from her provincial surroundings. Their stormy marriage explodes in a violent tragedy which eventually frees Yeobright to pursue his dream of service. A book of classic dimension and heroic design, THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE is the forerunner of the twentieth - century psychological novel - poetic, compassionate, vivid in its associations, universal in its meanings.











Signet Classics [ 0440 ] Shakespeare, William. Measure For Measure. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP440
Although performed before King James I in 1604, the text of Measure, For Measure was not published until 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death. This First Folio text, printed from a transcript by King's Mens scrivener Ralph Crane of Shakespeare's own foul papers, preserves Shakespeare's authorial process, including his changes in plot, character, theme and structure. As such it offers a unique view of the author's writing and rewriting of his own play. Once dismissed as an 'assembled' text or as a 'darkened' text, adapted or botched by later revisers, the Folio text instead presents a superbly written play about intensely complex issues, including the uses of morality and sexuality. The original and genuine text of Measure, For Measure offers Shakespeare at his most brilliant and intricate.











Signet Classics [ 0441 ] Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ441
In his youth Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West — working as a civil servant, gold prospector, reporter, and traveling lecturer. Roughing It is the inimitable record — fact and impression — of those early years. Twain tried his luck at anything and everything. He writes hilariously of his encounters with vigilantes; with Slade the Terrible, whose wife toted guns that blazed from under her petticoats; Brigham Young, the ambitious Morman leader; Hank Erickson, who wrote for advice on turnips to Horace Greeley and vowed revenge because he could not decipher the latter’s answer. 'So we see Mark Twain, the playboy, the pioneer in letters, the strayed reveller, the leader of the herd, giving and taking with a hearty liberality, all inside the folk - feeling of his time, holding the American nation in the hollow of his hand . . . ' — Van Wyck Brooks. With a Foreword by Leonard Kriegel.











Signet Classics [ 0442 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Idiot. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Henry & Olga Carlisle. Introduction By Harold Rosenberg. 639 pages. February 1969. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ442
'The chief thing is that they alI need him' - thus Dostoyevsky described Prince Myshkin, the hero of perhaps his most remarkable novel. As the still, radiant center of a plot whose turbulent action is extraordinary even for Dostoyevsky, Myshkin succeeds in dominating through sheer force of personality a cast of characters who vividly and violently embody the passions and conflicts of 19th - century Russia. The author's concern with sin and redemption is here in full measure; but there is another, more powerful motive as well: a desire to offer man a new alternative in facing the painful dilemmas of the human condition. As Harold Rosenberg writes in his Introduction to this notable new translation: 'Myshkin has passed from literature into social history. He is a rival of those potent fictions - the Dandy, the Superman, The Proletariat. . . He, too, is 'a specter haunting Europe. He is the original of those who seek to persuade through self - renunciation, from the lover who 'understands' his mistress' infidelities to 'Flower Children of the 1960s convinced of the perfidiousness of the adult mind.'











Signet Classics [ 0443 ] Dickens, Charles. The Pickwick Papers. New York. Signet/New American Library. 888 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY443
The adventures of the immortal Pickwick Club, headed by the good Mr. Pickwick himself, abetted by his faithful manservant, Sam Weller, form the basis of this, Dickens' first great literary achievement. In no other work does Dickens' richness of comic invention display itself so lavishly. Following the intrepidly bumbling Pickwickians along the highways and byways of old England, he creates a vivid world of highwaymen, duels, lawsuits, jails, hilarious romantic imbroglios - but a world, too, of deeply affecting human warmth and generosity. Superbly vigorous, filled with a host of indelible character creations, Pickwick Papers has never ceased to enjoy the popularity it won with its initial publication - when it rocketed its author to sudden fame and launched a career without equal in the history of the English novel. Steven Marcus writes: 'Pickwick Papers is the one novel in which Dickens achieved the thing we tend to think is the exclusive property of only the greatest, most mature, most fully consummated artists . . . a representation of life that fulfills the vision that men have never relinquished of the ideal possibilities of human relations . . . '











Signet Classics [ 0444 ] Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Alfred Kazin.Original Illustrations By Reginald Marsh. 415 pages. March 1969. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ444
The first novel of the monumental U.S.A. trilogy, THE 42ND PARALLEL, opens amid the bright hopes and ominous foreshadowings of the dawn of the twentieth century in America. The novel's subject is America, as represented by her great men, by her popular culture, by the autobiographical evocations of an unseen author, and by the lives of vividly created fictional characters. These protagonists - a young man on the make, a frigid career woman, a defiant radical, a 'nice girl' gone wrong, a footloose drifter - live to the pulsebeat of their times, their personal destinies transformed into the substance of history. Through dazzling narrative juxtapositions and a prose that attains an electric poetry, we see relentlessly unroll the savage, sorrowful panorama of a nation's loss of innocence. As Alfred Kazin writes, 'What Dos Passos created with The 42nd Parallel was in fact another American invention.. .the greatest possible homage to art as a new kind of 'practicality' in getting down the facts of human existence in our century.' NINETEEN NINETEEN and THE BIG MONEY, the second and third novels of U.S.A., are also available in Signet Classic editions. Each can be read as a separate novel. Together they form a landmark achievement in modern American fiction. With the original illustrations by Reginald Marsh.











Signet Classics [ 0445 ] Dos Passos, John. Nineteen Nineteen. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Alfred Kazin.Original Illustrations By Reginald Marsh. 469 pages. March 1969. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ445
The obscenity of the war, 'Mr. Wilson's War,' is Dos Passos' theme, and since this war is the most important political event of the century, he rises to his theme with a brilliance that does not conceal the fury behind it.' Thus Alfred Kazin describes NINETEEN NINETEEN, the central novel of the U.S.A. trilogy. With the devices of the Camera Eye, the biographies, and the newsreels, and with the stories of the novel's characters, Dos Passos creates an unequalled portrayal of a war - crazed America and a war - ravaged Europe. The spreading contagion of violence means profit for some, sexual adventure for others, and for still others it is a time of testing, with a choice between the sell - out of youthful idealism and a trip to the penitentiary. Brilliantly depicting a swarm of varied lives, synthesizing on every level a nation's brutal and brutalizing orgy of repression, cant and corruption, NINETEEN NINETEEN speaks with timeless art - and timely relevance. As Jean - Paul Sartre has written, 'I regard Dos Passos as the greatest writer of our time.' THE 42ND PARALLEL and THE BIG MONEY, the first and third novels of U.S.A., are also available in Signet Classic editions. Each can be read as a separate novel. Together they form a landmark achievement in modern American fiction. With the original illustrations by Reginald Marsh.











Signet Classics [ 0446 ] Dos Passos, John. The Big Money. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Alfred Kazin.Original Illustrations By Reginald Marsh. 557 pages. March 1969. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ446
America in the boom years of the twenties is the setting of THE BIG MONEY. Hog - wild material prosperity rules the land and cripples the national life. Amid a vivid, fevered atmosphere of big business and bootleg booze, tinsel glamour and grinding injustice, Dos Passos guides his characters - a young mid - Westerner destroyed by his own success, an amoral trollop - turned - Hollywood star, an advertising boy - wonder on a careening treadmill of corruption, an idealistic girl discovering the facts of life - toward destinies that make a mockery of the American dream. The author's wonderful multiplicity of narrative techniques, his swift cross - cutting of points of view, never were used with greater effect than in this novel that Malcolm Cowley termed 'a furious and sombre poem, written in a mood of revulsion even more powerful than that which T. S. Eliot expressed in 'The Waste Land.' It stands as the climactic novel of a trilogy Alfred Kazin calls 'an epic of democracy' charged with 'the energy of disenchantment.' THE 42ND PARALLEL and NINETEEN NINETEEN, the first and second novels of U.S.A., are also available in Signet Classic editions. Each can be read as a separate novel. Together they form a landmark achievement in American fiction.











Signet Classics [ 0447 ] Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP447
They are the same age. They look alike. In fact, there is but one difference between them: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne of England. Just how insubstantial this difference is becomes all too clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing – and of roles . . . with the pauper caught up in the pomp and folly of the royal court, and the prince wandering horror-stricken through the lower depths of sixteenth-century English society. Out of the theme of switched identities Mark Twain fashioned both a scathing attack upon social hypocrisy and injustice, and an irresistible comedy imbued with the sense of high-spirited play that belongs to his happiest creative period. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is, in the worlds of Kenneth S. Lynn, ‘ . . . expressive of its author’s genius. Indeed, nothing he ever wrote, not even HUCKLEBERRY FINN, introduces us to more of the themes that preoccupied – and finally obsessed – Mark Twain’s imagination.’











Signet Classics [ 0448 ] Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP448
An innocent’s odyssey among the status- seekers, Joseph Andrews is the hilarious tale of a poverty-stricken, flagrantly handsome footman adrift in a world of blustering, powdered wigs and robbers, amorous dowagers and rough-and-tumble innkeepers. Joseph is squired by Parson Adams - a Sancho Panza with a passion for brawls - through a maze of bedroom farces and mistaken identities to find himself suddenly and irrevocably acceptable. The cornerstone of our realistic fiction, historically precise about eighteenth-century country manners, Henry Fielding’s novel is an extravaganza of mortal affectations and vanities. . .











Signet Classics [ 0449 ] Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP449
A novel of intense power and intrigue, JANE EYRE has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?











Signet Classics [ 0450 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Cossacks and The Raid. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ450
To read Tolstoy's early sketch, The Raid, and his first novel, The Cossacks, is to enter the workshop of a great writer and thinker. In The Raid Tolstoy explores the nature of courage itself, a theme central to War and Peace. In The Cossacks he sets forth all the motifs of his whole future life and his work. The hero is a young man - about - town who has squandered half his fortune - and his life - and retires to the desultory existence of a regiment stationed in mountainous Cossack country, where he takes part in the daily life of a Cossack village. But his love for the beautiful Maryanka precipitates a conflict between the belief that 'Happiness lies in living for others' and a passion that sweeps self - abnegation aside. As Romain Rolland says,' The full force of Tolstoy's descriptive powers is already expressed in this splendid [novel] and Tolstoy's realism shows itself with equal force in depicting human character.'











Signet Classics [ 0451 ] Thorp, Williard (introduction). Four Classic American Novels: Scarlet Letter / Huckleberry Finn / Red Badge of Courage / Billy Budd. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ451
Sweeping readers from the New England colonies to the banks of the Mississippi, to the battle fields of the Civil War to the storm tossed waters of the Atlantic, this extraordinary collection is ideal-and most economical-for classrooms, libraries, and homes.











Signet Classics [ 0452 ] Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Sylvan Barnet. 207 pages. May 1969. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ452
Unique Features of the Signet Classic DOCTOR FAUSTUS - Introduction to the play by the editor, Sylvan Barnet, Professor of English, Tufts University. The full text, with detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page keyed to the numbered lines. Textual Note. The Source of DOCTOR FAUSTUS from THE HISTORY OF THE DAMNABLE LIFE AND DESERVED DEATH OF DOCTOR JOHN FAUSTUS. Commentaries by: Richard B. Sewall, The Tragic Form; C. K. Hunter, Five Act Structure in 'Doctor Faustus'; John Russell Brown, 'Doctor Faustus' at Stratford - on - Avon, 1968. Short biography of Christopher Marlowe. Extensive Bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0453 ] Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 453
‘People are almost always better than their neighbours think they are.’ George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose pioneering medical methods, combined with an imprudent marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamond, threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. As their stories entwine, George Eliot creates a richly nuanced and moving drama, hailed by Virginia Woolf as ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.’











Signet Classics [ 0454 ] Farrell, James T. Studs Lonigan. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 454
In the three decades since its original publication, Studs Lonigan has established itself as a classic of the American social novel, Its setting is the South Side of Chicago during the moral chaos of the Prohibition era. Its protagonist, Studs Lonigan, is a young man seeking a destiny he cannot find, leaving behind him only lost ideals and unanswered questions to mark his swift passage from youth to early death. In his frustrated ambitions, his gradual brutalization, and his final failure, Studs emerges as a prototype of the lost and self - alienated American, both product and victim of urban society.The trilogy is, in the words of Philip Allan Friedman, 'a monumental work in the tradition of American literary naturalism. . . . Alfred kazin has called Studs Lonigan 'one of the most honest and important works of our time.'











Signet Classics [ 0455 ] Austen, Jane. Persuasion. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP455
In this, Jane Austen’s last novel, appears her most memorable heroine - Anne Elliot, a young woman of perfect breeding, profound depth of emotion, and unswerving integrity. These virtues, however, exist in a world—the world of country gentry in Regency England—in which shallowness and hypocrisy thrive and ever threaten to win dominion. It is Anne’s poised confrontation with these forces, as she vies for the affections of the man she loves, which gives shape to a work which displays Jane Austen’s rich maturity of vision and her new-found sense of human potential. Blending sharp wit and warm sympathy, stylistic brilliance and tender insight, Persuasion represents the crowning achievement of Jane Austen’s career, the final unfolding of her matchless art. As Marvin Mudrick writes: ‘The proper parochial society that for a quarter of a century Jane Austen had been laughing at and amusing, despising and defending, at all events copiously memorializing, comes to its late flower in the unassuming grace, the finely balanced feelings, the secret strength and charm of character, of Anne Elliot.’ an Afterword by Marvin Mudrick.











Signet Classics [ 0456 ] Whitman, Walt. Leaves Of Grass. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ456












Signet Classics [ 0457 ] Gogol, Nicolai. Dead Souls. New York. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R, MacAndrew.Foreword By Frank O'Connor. 279 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT457
DEAD SOULS describes the gambits of a quixotic opportunist in provincial Russia who sets out to buy deceased serfs at a low cost from their owners. Chichikov requires evidence of 'property,' since he wishes to marry an heiress, and is able to amass the 'souls' because their owners must pay taxes on them until they are officially declared dead in the rolls of the next census. An affable and personable business man, he is wined and dined in luxurious mansions and humble crofts, proclaimed a man of standing, and thought to be odd and delightful. Gogol's panorama of fraudulence is lasting allegory and aligns him with Swift, Voltaire, Balzac, and Dickens as one of the world's arch - satirists. 'Dead Souls provides an attentive reader with . . . that Gogolian gusto and wealth of weird detail which lift the whole thing to the level of a tremendous epic poem. . . ' - Vladimir Nabokov











Signet Classics [ 0458 ] Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls Of Black Folk. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Introductions By Dr. Nathan Hare & Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. 280 pages. June 1969. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ458
'Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience and interest may show the strange meaning of being black. . . . The meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.' Thus the keynote is struck for an extraordinary work which is even more pertinent today than it was when it was first published in 1903. W. E. B. Du Bois was a black - power advocate in an age of absolute white supremacy, and in THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK he previewed the racial strife and conflicts which are exploding today. Over sixty years ago Du Bois urged the establishment of an 'all - black party' and preached the need for black 'conscious self - realization' and for the separate autonomy of the black community. At the same time he stressed the White man's responsibility for correcting racial inequality and pleaded for mutual under - standing, for a nonviolent solution to a centuries - old dilemma. As Alvin F. Poussaint declares in one of the two notable introductions to this volume, THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK is 'a monument to the black man's struggle in this country.'











Signet Classics [ 0459 ] Twain, Mark and Charles Dudley Warner. The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Introduction By Marvin Felheim. 455 pages. June 1969. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW459
'Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern society. Who shall say that this is not the golden age of mutual trust, of unlimited reliance upon human promises. That is the peculiar condition of society which enables a whole nation to instantly recognize point and meaning in. . . [the remark of]. . . a distinguished speculator in lands and mines: 'I wasn't worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.' ' With this key passage, the tone is set for what is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post - Civil War America - an age of expansion and of corruption, of national optimism and of crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers and dishonest politicians voraciously taking advantage of that new optimism. With wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust and naïveté of their own time in a work which remains today not only a valuable social document but also, in the words of Marvin Felheim, '. . . certainly one of America's most important satirical novels.'











Signet Classics [ 0460 ] Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. New York. Signet/New American Library. Complete and unabridged. Translated from the French by Walter J. Cobb. Afterword by Andre Maurois. 512 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ460
The setting of this extraordinary historical novel is medieval Paris: a city of vividly intermingled beauty and grotesquerie, surging with violent life under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre - Dame. Against this background Victor Hugo unfolds the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the monstrous hunch back; Esmera Ida, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work which gives full play to the author's brilliant historical imagination, his remarkable powers of description. Whether depicting the frenzy of a brutish mob or the agony of a solitary soul, whether capturing the drunken blaze of sunlight or dungeon darkness, Victor Hugo's art never fails in its quest for the immediacy of felt experience. Immensely popular from its original publication to the present day, The Hunchback of Notre - Dame stands as an unsurpassed and enduring literary triumph. As André Maurois writes: 'Hugo's characters were to live in the minds of men of all countries and all races. . . They are unforgettable because they possess the elemental grandeur of myths and epics.'











Signet Classics [ 0461 ] Melville, Herman. The Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 461
Like Moby - Dick, The Confidence Man takes place aboard a ship - but one far different from the whaler Pequod. Its setting is a Mississippi steamboat, the Fidèle; and its protagonist, the mysterious Confidence Man, is on a voyage after human prey. He is a man of many guises, but a single role: in a complex series of impostures, this ever - ambiguous figure relentlessly strips away, one by one, the hypocritical pretenses of his fellow passengers. Charged with savage irony and black humor, the novel is merciless as a depiction of greed and selfishness, of a dark and wolfish world. It represents one of Melville's great later achievements, a roman noir that gives final expression to an intense and tortured vision of the human condition. 'It is,' as R. W. B: Lewis declares, 'the recognizable and awe - inspiring ancestor of . . . Nathaniel WEST'S THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, Faulkner's THE HAMLET, Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN and William Gaddis' RECOGNITIONS. Melville bequeathed . . . the vision of an apocalypse that is no less terrible for being enormously comic, the self - extinction of a world characterized by deceit and thronging with imposters. . . '











Signet Classics [ 0462 ] Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT462
One of the world's great masters of the short story, Anton Chekhov wrote about everyday life as he saw it - with humor, insight, and honesty. In this lies his genius: He portrayed the Russian people as they really were, not as he wanted them to be. This Signet Classic presents twenty Chekhov stories, including twelve of his early tales which make their first appearance in English in Thus paperback collection. The Confession * He Understood * At Sea * Surgery * Ninochka * A Cure for Drinking * The Jailer Jailed * The Dance Pianist * The Milksop * The Nincompoop * Marriage in Ten or Fifteen Years * In Spring * Agafya * The Kiss * The Father * In Exile * Three Years * The House with the Mansard * Peasants * The Darling











Signet Classics [ 0463 ] Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT463
The outrages that Jonathan Wild commits against the simple, virtuous Heartfree epitomize one of the most villainous but memorably comic figures in literature. Wild is methodically evil: his thefts and vices, violence and grand deceptions, are merely steppingstones in his progress toward 'greatness.' In writing about this sublime blackguard, Henry Fielding drew on his knowledge of London's Gin Lane, where he served as magistrate, on legends surrounding an actual archcriminal, and on the figure of the King's minister, Sir Robert Walpole, that nemesis whom Pope, Swift, and Gay lampooned in their greatest works. Jonathan Wild is perhaps the Enlightenment's most ironic pageant of corruption - the book in which Fielding's dormant theme that 'greatness' and 'goodness' have no part in each other gleams with polished bitterness and gallows humor.











Signet Classics [ 0464 ] Hasek, Jaroslav. The Good Soldier Schweik. New York. Signet/New American Library. 4th Printing. 429 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ464
Poor Schweik. How simpleminded he is. Possibly even a lunatic. For how else could he fail to recognize the matchless wisdom of his sergeant, his lieutenant, his colonel, and even his king, who all agree it is his noble duty to serve as a solid target for an enemy bullet. Can the author be so bold as to suggest that this miserable nobody, this disgraceful malingerer, this grain of sand in the great military machine, is the true hero of our times? In all of the literature of war there is no more deadly weapon than Schweik's blank gaze as he listens to a vital order, then marches resolutely away in the wrong direction. For in Schweik's vision of the world - a world in which it is good to live and bad to die - lies a force that can topple empires and reduce the inspiring spectacle of war to bloody absurdity. The brilliant satire of this masterpiece does more than delight the reader; it casts the healing light of sanity upon the festering wounds of this war - torn century. 'The reader is reminded of Swift, Gogol, Dickens. . . . Hasek makes our present - day beatniks, bohemians, and would - be satirists seem very small beer by comparison.' - LONDON TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.











Signet Classics [ 0465 ] Chekhov, Anton. Chekhov: The Major Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT465
'Let the things that happen on stage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life. For instance, people are having a meal, just having a meal, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being smashed up.' Thus Chekhov summed up the credo that finds expression in the subtle construction and electrically charged atmosphere of his plays. In these portrayals of human beings trapped in a stultifying environment, victimized as much by their own weakness as by the greed of others, the most casual words and everyday actions assume the import of acts of destiny. Tragedy is mingled with farce, protest wars with resignation, in a world that yields from its darkest despair a singular moral affirmation - an affirmation that stands as the final mark and measure of Chekhov's art. As Robert Brustein declares: '. . . in the modern theater . . . there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role.'











Signet Classics [ 0466 ] Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ466
Spanning three and a half centuries of boisterous, exuberant adventure in England, in Constantinople, with aristocrats and gypsies-first as a man and then as a woman-Orlando’s story is a wild farce, a humorous history, a gay romance filled with the delightful experiences of one of the most fascinating and fantastic characters ever to rule the realm of fiction. David Daiches said: ‘Virginia Woolf can afford to rest her claims on her novels, which show her to be one of the half- dozen novelists of the present century whom the world will not easily let die.’ Rebecca West called Orlando ‘a poetic masterpiece of the first rank’ and Elizabeth Bowen found it ‘one of the most high spirited books I know . . . a book for those who are young in a big way.’











Signet Classics [ 0467 ] Shakespeare, William. The Taming Of The Shrew. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT467
A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor. Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, Robert B. Heilman, University of Washington Sources from which Shakespeare derived The Taming of the Shrew Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Richard Hosley, Maynard Mack, Germaine Greer, Alexander Leggatt, Linda Bamber, Karen Newman, Camille Wells Sights A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of The Taming of the Shrew, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0468 ] Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales: A Selection. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction by Donald Howard. 400 pages. October 1969. Cover art: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY468
While Geoffrey Chaucer. composed several magnificent works of poetry, his reputation as ‘the father of English literature’ rests mainly on The Canterbury Tales, a group of stories told by an oddly assorted band of pilgrims en route to the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. From the mirthful and bawdy to the profoundly moral, the tales, taken in their entirety, reflect not only the manners and mores of medieval England, but, indeed, the full comic and tragic dimensions of the human condition. Considered by most to be the greatest collection of narrative poems in English literature, The Canterbury Tales were composed in the Middle English of Chaucer’s day, possibly to be read aloud at the court of Richard II. However, their grandeur, humor, and relevance are timeless, as readers of this authoritative edition will discover. UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SIGNET CLASSIC CANTERBURY TALES - Full critical Introduction by editor Donald Howard, Professor of Medieval Literature, Johns Hopkins University New normalized spelling system for easier reading and pronunciation. Extensive footnotes. Special section ‘On Pronouncing Chaucer’. Complete listing of The Canterbury Tales recordings. Glossary of basic Middle English words.











Signet Classics [ 0469 ] Conrad, Joseph. Typhoon and Other Tales. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Foreword by Albert J. Guerard. 448 pages. Cover: Kossin. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ469
Includes - TYPHOON, The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus,’ Karain, An Outpost of Progress, The Lagoon, Youth, Amy Foster, & The Shadow-Line. The short novels and stories that comprise this Signet Classic are an extraordinary blend of exciting adventure and high seriousness-they are, as Albert Guerard says, ‘an achievement unique in English fiction.’ In his depiction of the narrow world of ship and jungle outpost the master storyteller explores the destiny of ‘men of action.’ He probes their reaction to tests of moral and physical courage, their conceptions of honor and of loyalty to society and to the individual. He deals with the conscientious man’s need for self-punishment, with his lifelong efforts to expiate an involuntary crime of betrayal. . . . In these tales he treats the themes that were to preoccupy him in his major works. Whether writing satirically of Europeans invading the wilderness of the Congo, or compassionately of a man obsessed by the mystery and danger of the Eastern seas, Conrad takes the reader on a profound personal search of man’s voyage-within himself.











Signet Classics [ 0470 ] Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Ralph ParkerIntroduction By Marvin L. Kalb.Foreword By Alexander Tvardovsky. 158 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ470
First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. One of the most chilling novels ever written about the oppression of totalitarian regimes--and the first to open Western eyes to the terrors of Stalin's prison camps, this book allowed Solzhenitsyn, who later became Russia's conscience in exile, to challenge the brutal might of the Soviet Union.











Signet Classics [ 0471 ] Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Great Writings Of Goethe. New York. 1958. Signet/New American Library. Various Translators From The German.Edited & With An Introduction By Stephen Spender. 278 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY471
Selected by the renowned critic and poet Stephen Spender, this collection brings together in modern translation the many facets of one of the most extraordinary creative geniuses of all time, Included are the acclaimed Louis MacNeice rendering of the complete Faust, Part I, the Vernon Watkins and Michael; Hamburger translations of the great lyric poems, and Christopher Middleton's English version of Goethe's perhaps most perfectly achieved work of fiction, Nouvelle. Here, too, are Goethe's letters to famous contemporaries and important excerpts from his travel writings, his autobiography, his conversations, his reflections and aphorisms, and his remarkable scientific novel, Elective Attinitis. Vividly emerging on these pages is the figure of a man who recognized no fixed boundaries between the realms of science and art, and no division between the life of the mind and of the senses, as he sought to realize his potential as a total human being. As Stephen Spender declares, 'Goethe seems a modern writer, dealing with the particular problem of being a poet in modern times. . . more successful in his attempt to make a synthesis of contemporary knowledge and thought than anyone has been since. . . the first, and also the last, completely modern individual. . . '











Signet Classics [ 0472 ] Howells, William Dean. A Hazard Of New Fortunes. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ472
Set against a vividly depicted background of fin de siècle New York, this novel centers upon the conflict between a self - made millionaire and a fervent social revolutionary - a conflict in which a man of goodwill futilely attempts to act as mediator, only to be forced himself into a crisis of conscience. Evident throughout this multifaceted work is William Dean Howells' grasp of the realities of the American experience in an age of emerging social struggle; evident as well is his absolute determination to render justice to every point of view. Both a memorable portrait of an era and a profoundly moving study of human interrelatednness, A Hazard of New Fortunes fully justifies Alfred Kazin's ranking of Howells as 'the first great domestic novelist of American life.' Benjamin DeMott praises 'Howells' dream of bursting free from self, of entering with large imaginative understanding into the lives of others,' and goes on to declare: 'Howells' dream was. . . moral to the core.'











Signet Classics [ 0473 ] Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT473
No other work of Charles Dickens presents such a scathing indictment against the relentless greed of the Victorian industrial society and its misapplied philosophy. With savage bitterness, Dickens unmasks the terrible industries that imprisoned the bodies of the helpless labor class and the equally diabolical institutions that shackled the development of their minds.











Signet Classics [ 0474 ] Wells, H. G. Tono-Bungay. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ474
Mischievous, stimulating, aromatic, attractive, Tono - Bungay is a patent medicine. It brings a quick fortune to a conscience - ridden scientist and his uncle, a lovable Satan of early mass production. Anti it launches them on a series of semicomic, sometimes grotesque adventures in gray, anonymous, turn - of - the - century London - adventures which culminate in the downfall of their product empire and a flight from creditors by night in a strange and experimental airship. Alternating between vaudevillian gusto and the economic incisiveness of high satire, Tono - Bungay merges the traditional character chronicle with the modern novel of social invective. Henry James described its author's style as one of 'robust pitch' and lauded Wells for possessing an eye and ear comparable to Dickens'.











Signet Classics [ 0475 ] Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ475
Includes: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, & Man and Superman. George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness - sugar - coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes accepted attitudes toward: woman's place in society, military heroism, marriage, the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the ages - as, intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable. 'My way of joking is to tell the truth: it is the funniest joke in the world.' - G. B. Shaw.











Signet Classics [ 0476 ] Pater, Walter. Marius The Epicurean. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Harold Bloom. 287 pages. February 1970. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY476
Rome in the reign of Marcus Aurelius - a society at the height of power and on the brink of decay - forms the background for this chronicle of a man's search for meaning. In a world in which a bewildering host of philosophies and religions vie for supremacy, Marius seeks fulfillment in primitive paganism, Cynicism, Stoicism, Epicureanism and early Christianity, yet even in martyrdom cannot reject the rich sum of his experiences for a single closed system. The novel is outstanding for its brilliant historical detailing and exquisitely wrought style, but it is even more important as an expression of individual alienation and longing for expanded consciousness as relevant today as it was in the unsettled climate of the late Victorian era. Enjoying a prominent place in the company of such works of eccentric genius as Frederick Rolfe's Hadrian the Seventh, Marius the Epicurean is, as Harold Bloom declares, 'one of the more remarkable fictional experiments of the later nineteenth century,' while its author represents 'a kind of hinge upon which turns the single gate, one side of which is Romantic, and the other modern. . . '











Signet Classics [ 0477 ] Shakespeare, William. Troilus and Cressida. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP477
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES. The work of the world's greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features of The Signet Classic Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Daniel Seltzer, Harvard University; General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University; Substantial note on the voluminous sources from which Shakespeare derived Troilus and Cressida with specific references to the best editions of these long works; Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by W. W. Lawrence, S. L. Bethell, Derek Traversi, R. A. Foakes, I. A. Richards, Reuben A. Brower; Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type; Name of each speaker given in full; Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text; Textual note Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0478 ] Orwell, George. Burmese Days. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT478
The product of intimate personal knowledge, Burmese Days, George Orwell's first novel, offers a scathing indictment of British Imperial rule. Against a brilliantly rendered exotic background, the author presents a bitter and satiric picture of the corruption spawned by absolute power, a corruption all - pervading and inescapable, infecting white man and native alike. His theme is given sharp focus in the struggle of. John Flory, the novel's English hero, to maintain some measure of integrity in a debilitating moral climate. As Flory is inexorably driven to final tragic defeat, the reader encounters a vividly delineated cross section of Anglo - Indian society and was an unsurpassed portrayal of an era of history whose effects still profoundly trouble the modern world. Burmese Days is a superb example of Orwell's literary skill and of the fierce and uncompromising vision that made him, in the words of V. S. Pritchett, 'the conscience of his generation.'











Signet Classics [ 0479 ] Norris, Frank. McTeague. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ479
Frank Norris' graphic portrayal of the seamy side of survival in turn-of-the-century urban America remains shocking and powerful today -and its conclusion just as harrowing.











Signet Classics [ 0480 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pioneers. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT480
The Pioneers is set in a time of transition. The forests still abound with deer, passenger pigeons darken the sky, fish teem in the lakes and streams - but over the wilderness falls the ever - lengthening shadow of civilization. Natty Bumppo, the Leatherstocking, now on the threshold of old age, finds his way of life challenged as the land he has roamed for so long becomes private property; and the laws of man supplant the laws of nature. His struggle to retain his fiercely cherished freedom helps shape a drama of conflicting human values, and an unsparing, often caustic, delineation of frontier society. The most realistically written of the Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers combines unrivaled descriptive power with an abiding concern for complex social and moral questions; it offers an enthralling re - creation of a colorful, exciting, and enduringly significant era of our history. As Robert E. Spiller writes:'. . . the reader moves back in time to an era in our history that only an imagination like Cooper's could recreate. Characters come to life in their responses to nature in both her savage and her grander moments. . . we can be grateful . . . for Cooper's total sense of the stuff of which the American people are made, as well as for his power of expression. . . that has preserved so much of our 'usable past' for our present enrichment.'











Signet Classics [ 0481 ] Bierce, Ambrose. In The Midst Of Life and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ481
DEATH! From a hangman's noose.., a sniper's bullet . . . a serpent's venom a dead man's touch. The critics called him 'Bitter Bierce,'described him as'a scoffer and scorner who wrote his tales of horror with a sort of fiendish delight.' In the Midst of Life is a collection of twenty.six of his unique tales of horror. Ambrose Bierce - praised and damned for over half a century as a cynic, a wit, a misanthrope and a demon - wrote of soldiers at war and civilians without peace. With biting humor he placed his characters in a setting of the real and natural, and then with a sardonic twist he confronted them with the terror of the unreal and supernatural.











Signet Classics [ 0482 ] Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT482
Coriolanus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1605 and 1608. The play is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. The tragedy is numbered as one of the last two tragedies written by Shakespeare, along with Antony and Cleopatra. Coriolanus is the name given to a Roman general after his more than adequate military success against various uprisings challenging the government of Rome. Following this success, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership. His temperament is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will. The alliances he forges along the way result in his ultimate downfall.











Signet Classics [ 0483 ] Eliot, George. Adam Bede. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ483
The English Midlands at the turn of the eighteenth century is the setting for George Eliot's moving novel of three unworldly people trapped by unwise love. Adam Bede, a simple carpenter, loves too blindly; Hetty Sorrel, a coquettish beauty, loves too recklessly; and Arthur Donnithorne, a dashing squire, loves too carelessly. Betrayed by their innocence, vanity, and imprudence, their foolish hearts lead them to a tragic triangle of seduction, murder, and retribution. With emotional sincerity and intellectual integrity, George Eliot probes deeply into the psychology of commonplace people caught in the act of uncommon heroics. Alexandre Dumas called this novel 'the masterpiece of the century.' A beautiful country girl is seduced by a local escort and the consequences are dire.











Signet Classics [ 0484 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. The Leaning Tower and Other Stories. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. 191 pages. January 1970. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ484
THE DEPTHS OF THE HUMAN HEART - The complicated, double - edged relationship between blacks and whites in the South. . . A child's first shattering experience with adult treachery. . . The hardy, enduing nature of long married love . . . The cruel ironies of a confrontation between American innocence and European experience . . . These are stories written with both passion and precision, engagement and objectivity. They combine in their variety and their consistent excellence to give vivid proof to the praise of V. S. Pritchett: Miss Porter's singularity as a writer is in her truthful explorations of a complete consciousness of life . . . her power to make a landscape, a room, a group of people come alive . . . She is an important writer because she solves the essential problem: how to satisfy exhaustively in writing briefly.'











Signet Classics [ 0485 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. Flowering Judas and Other Stories. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. 191 pages. January 1970. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ485
A UNIVERSE OF CHARACTER, ACTION, AND EMOTION - An American girl caught up in the violent cross - currents of foreign politics, passion, and revolution . . . A dissolute expatriate journalist working out his plan of vengeance upon his puritanical wife. . . A young woman in Manhattan fighting for survival as a human being . . . The explosive tensions between a Russian film crew and an American entrepreneur on a feudal ranch in Mexico . . . A Mexican peasant woman who lives, loves, and kills with the terrible inexorability of a primeval force of nature. . . Here are twelve stories by a great writer - a collection that represents same of the most enduring fiction of the century. These stories, very simply told, leave behind them an impression of complexity and depth - and of beauty as well, although they are largely concerned with hard, cruel facts. ' - Saturday Review of Literature.











Signet Classics [ 0486 ] Lawrence, D. H. Lady Chatterley's Lover. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Harry T. Moore. 299 pages. Cover: Tupahur. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ486
LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER is one of the most beautiful and tender love stories of modern fiction. The summation of D. H. Lawrence’s artistic achievement, it is an incisive statement of the themes which occupied this great author’s work: his belief that materialism robbed life of its vitality and purpose . . . that tenderness and passion were the only weapons which would save man from self - destruction. This Signet Modern Classic edition of LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER is D. H. Lawrence’s masterpiece just as he wrote if. It is the complete unexpurgated text of the original Orioli edition first published in Italy in 1928, the last approved by Lawrence himself. ‘This Signet Modern Classic edition is the only complete unexpurgated version of LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER authorized by the estate of Frieda Lawrence for U.S. publication. No other edition is entitled to make this claim.’ — Laurence Pollinger, Literary Executor to the Estate of the late Mrs. Frieda Lawrence.











Signet Classics [ 0487 ] Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT487
Sir Walter Scott gathered a popular audience as no other writer had done before him; a great innovator, he virtually created one of the outstanding literary forms of the past hundred and fifty years - the historical novel. He infused this genre of fiction with color and spectacle, with romance, action, and suspense. In IVANHOE Sir Walter Scott gives reality to the life of twelfth - century England through his gallery of flesh - and - blood characters. The disinherited knight Ivanhoe and his fair lady Rowena, Richard the LionHearted and Robin Hood - these are people shaped by the forces of tradition, molded by their nation's history. Through them the past of England comes alive - a past of crusades, chivalry, and courtly love.











Signet Classics [ 0488 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ488
Katherine Anne Porter is regarded as one of the most distinguished writers in the world today. Her style is a rare combination of subtlety and insight; her concern is 'human nature, the fatalities of life and the perils of human relationships.' In the three beautiful short novels that comprise PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER she explores the chaotic individualism experienced by those who cope with—and today outlive—their greatest crises. Miranda, the heroine of the first and last stories, survives the ghosts of a poignant but unreal childhood, the Great War, and a flu epidemic that claims her lover—to spend her days with a heightened sense of jeopardy. In 'Noon Wine', Farmer Thompson, though legally acquitted of the murder he commits, can find no justification for his crime and seeks release in a final and tragic act. 'Miss Porter is one of the finest writers of prose in America.'—Granville Hicks . . . 'There is a kind of magic about everything Miss Porter writes.'—New York Times . . 'Katherine Anne Porter moves in the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry; James.'—Saturday Review. With an Afterword by Mark Schorer.











Signet Classics [ 0489 ] Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. New York. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French & With A Foreword By Mendor T. Brunetti. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT489
In an age that has seen the wildest speculations of science become reality, Jules Verne is regarded as both a technological prophet and as one of the most exciting masters of imagination the world has ever known. Of all his novels, none is more compelling and thrilling than 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This extraordinary voyage into the depths of the unknown aboard the legendary submarine Nautilus—commanded by the brilliant, tragic Captain Nemo—explores both the limitless possibilities of science and the twisted labyrinth of the human mind. The novel stands as science fiction raised to the level of literature, and remains a vivid expression of a new era of technological advancement, and humanity’s place within that world.











Signet Classics [ 0490 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ490
Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, The Karamazov Brothers (1880), is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. The dissolute landowner Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov is murdered; his sons-the atheist intellectual Ivan, the hot-blooded Dmitry, and the saintly novice Alyosha-are all at some level involved. Bound up with this intense family drama is Dostoevsky's exploration of many deeply felt ideas about the existence of God, the question of human freedom, the collective nature of guilt, the disastrous consequences of rationalism. The novel is also richly comic: the Russian Orthodox Church, the legal system, and even the author's most cherished causes and beliefs are presented with a note of irreverence, so that orthodoxy and radicalism, sanity and madness, love and hatred, right and wrong are no longer mutually exclusive. Rebecca West considered it 'the allegory for the world's maturity', but with children to the fore. This new translation does full justice to Dostoevsky's genius, particularly in the use of the spoken word, which ranges over every mode of human expression. The story of the Karamazov brothers and their varying justifications, or lack thereof, for the world.











Signet Classics [ 0491 ] Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP491
Born to a petty thief in London's notorious Newgate prison and determined to make her way in a rapacious and materialistic society, Moll Flanders recounts the 'fortunes and misfortunes' of her turbulent life in this 1722 novel. Though Moll Flanders was shaped by the conventions of criminal biography, Defoe also drew on other literary traditions and his own rich background to create a remarkably original-and still controversial-work.' In addition to a critical introduction and substantial footnotes, this Broadview edition provides a wide range of writings by Defoe as well as contemporary responses to Moll Flanders. Other appendices include a selection of eighteenth-century writings on crime, prisons, and the Virginia colony. Moll Flanders is born in Newgate prison and abandoned six months later. Her drive to find a secure place in society propels her through incest, adultery, bigamy, prostitution, and a resourceful career as a thief, before she is returned to Newgate.











Signet Classics [ 0492 ] Stendahl. The Red and The Black. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Lloyd C. Parks.Afterword By Donald M. Frame. 534 pages. July 1970. Cover: David McCall Johnston. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ492
In December of 1827, Marie Henri Beyle read a newspaper account of the trial of a young man charged with the attempted murder of a married woman. With this as inspiration, Beyle - under the pen name Stendhal - set about writing what was to become one of the great psychological novels of all time, THE RED AND THE BLACK. Set in a small provincial French town, the book tells the story of Julien Sorel, a handsome and brilliant young tutor who is both hero and villain. Considered one of literature's most complex characters, Sorel is cold, opportunistic, and uncompromising with others - including his influential mistress - as he seeks to fulfill his lust for power and wealth; yet he is hopelessly victimized by his own romantic soul and by the military and religious forces - the 'Red' and the 'Black' - that prevail in all of France. THE RED AND THE BLACK is at once a brilliant portrait of French after the Revolution and a profound psychological study of a young man's determined struggle to cope with the opposing and often uncontrollable drives within himself.











Signet Classics [ 0493 ] Dryden, John. The Selected Poetry of Dryden. New York. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By John Arthos. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW493












Signet Classics [ 0494 ] Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ494
Edward Bellamy's classic look at the future has been translated into over twenty languages and is the most widely read novel of its time. A young Boston gentleman is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty - first century - - from a world of war and want to one of peace and plenty. This brilliant vision became the blueprint of utopia that stimulated some of the greatest thinkers of our age.











Signet Classics [ 0495 ] Pope, Alexander. The Selected Poetry of Pope. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Edited by Martin Price. Signet Classic Poetry series, general editor: John Hollander. 301 pages. May 1970. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY495
As an uncompromising critic of social foibles, Alexander Pope had few peers: as an effective literary satirist, he had none. Yet it is not the content of his poetry that makes Pope viable today, but rather his graceful mastery of the English language and the moral alertness that conditions each of his works. Of Pope’s consummate literary grace, Martin Price, the editor of this Signet edition, says. ‘He realized all the possibilities of the language he inherited. He made of the couplet a form more precisely controlled and therefore more subtly expressive than it had ever been before, and he used the couplet as the module with which to build a world.’ Presented here in their entirety are several of Pope’s principal works, including Windsor Forest, Essay on Man, The Rape of the Lock, Eloise to Abelard, Essay on Criticism and his masterpiece, The Dunciad. Each reveals a different aspect, whether contemptuous or compassionate, of the great poet’s view of man and his relationship to nature and society. Edited with an Introduction by Martin Price of Yale University. Includes a chronology of Pope’s life; Text printed in the clearest, most readable type; Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text; Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0497 ] Thorp, Williard (introduction). Four Classic American Novels: Scarlet Letter / Huckleberry Finn / Red Badge of Courage / Billy Budd. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY497
Sweeping readers from the New England colonies to the banks of the Mississippi, to the battle fields of the Civil War to the storm tossed waters of the Atlantic, this extraordinary collection is ideal-and most economical-for classrooms, libraries, and homes.











Signet Classics [ 0498 ] Sidney, Sir Philip. The Selected Poetry and Prose Of Sidney. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By David Kalstone. 270 pages. June 1970. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY498
Nobleman, diplomat, soldier, member of Parliament, scholar, critic and poet, Sir Philip Sidney was one of the most extraordinary men of the sixteenth century. His poetry combined a vivid sensuousness with a technical virtuosity that introduced a new dimension to English prosody. His critical writings stand among the great literary statements in the language. Included in this volume are Sidney's selected sonnets; the pastoral romance, Arcadia; the love sonnet sequence, Astrophel and Stella; and the prose works, The Lady of May and An Apology for Poetry. Edited and with an Introduction by David Kalstone of Rutgers University, this edition presents the key achievements of a 'poet's poet,' a seminal figure in English letters. Chronology of Sidney's life Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0499 ] Zola, Emile. Germinal. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French By Stanely & Eleanor Hochman.Afterword By Irving Howe. 448 pages. June 1970. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW499
Of the several great nineteenth - century French novelists, Emile Zola was by far the most uncompromising in his portrayal of the human condition. In his novels - particularly in the epic twenty - volume Rougon - Macquart' series - Zola relentlessly exposed the violent, perverse, animalistic side of man and society. His unwaveringly truthful, almost cruelly detailed accounts of the interaction of human passions and social problems eventually earned him praise as an important social reformer as well as a founder of literary naturalism. In his own day, however, his pessimistic sagas were often misguidedly condemned as being themselves vice - ridden - at times, even pornographic. GERMINAL, written in 1885 as one of the 'Rougon - Macquart' novels, is perhaps Zola's most representative work. Based on an actual French mining disaster, it tells the story of a young miner, Etienne Lantier, and his rise from humble, inconsequential laborer to impassioned, articulate revolutionary at war with the exploitive capitalistic system. While by no means a Marxist tract, GERMINAL is an epic of class struggle, an account of an individual's awakened social awareness within a world conditioned by lust, greed and betrayal.











Signet Classics [ 0500 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY500
Sinclair Lewis's barbed portrait of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, shattered the myth of the American Middle West as God's Country and became a symbol of the cultural narrow-mindedness and smug complacency of small towns everywhere. At the center of the novel is Carol Kennicott, the wife of a town doctor, who dreams of initiating social reforms and introducing art and literature to the community. The range of reactions to Main Street when it was published in 1920 was extraordinary, reflecting the ambivalence in the novel itself and Lewis's own mixed feelings about his hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the prototype for Gopher Prairie.











Signet Classics [ 0501 ] Gogol, Nicolai. The Diary Of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY501
NIKOLAI GOGOL is universally regarded as the father of Russian realism. His stories are rooted in commonplace events; his characters are the underdog and the insignificant. A romantic at heart, he used a startling blend of broad comedy and weird fantasy to expose the stupidity, coarseness, and meanness of life. This Signet Classic includes five of Gogol's most famous stories: THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, THE NOSE, THE CARRIAGE, THE OVERCOAT, and a full - length historical romance: TARAS BULBA.











Signet Classics [ 0502 ] Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen Four Plays Volume II. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The Norwegian & With A Foreword By Rolf Fjelde. 408 pages. July 1970. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CQ502
‘People want only special revolutions, in externals, in politics, and so on. But that’s just tinkering. What really is called for is a revolution of the human mind.' Thus Henrik Ibsen described the motive force of his greatest plays. Each of the dramas in this volume centers upon personal awakening and inner transformation through confrontations with family guilt, social hypocrisy, conventional sexual morality, and the materialistic bourgeois ethic. All are charged with Ibsen’s dramatic sense of dynamic human relationships; all reflect his fascination with the frontiers of human development. Today these plays speak with extraordinary relevance to an age searching for new modes of thought and new states of consciousness with which to discover and to change the world. As Rolf Fjelde writes, 'Full, multidimensional life—of the mind, of the emotions, of the eros of the flesh and the evolution of the spirit—pulses still in the lines of his dramas, waiting always for new artists to seize it, liberate it, and make it their own.' Includes the plays - GHOSTS, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, THE LADY FROM THE SEA, and JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN. In New Translations with a Foreword by Rolf Fjelde.











Signet Classics [ 0503 ] Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY503
One of the great comic novels in the English language, Tom Jones was an instant success when it was published in 1749: Ten thousand copies were sold in its first year. A foundling, Tom is discovered one evening by the benevolent Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and brought up as a son in their household until it is time for him to set out in search of both his fortune and his true identity. Amorous, high-spirited, and filled with what Fielding called 'the glorious lust of doing good' but with a tendency toward dissolution, Tom Jones is one of the first characters in fiction to display legitimate sides of human virtue and vice.











Signet Classics [ 0504 ] Meredith, George. The Ordeal Of Richard Feverel. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Norman Kelvin. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ504
This novel tackles with vigor and wit one of the greatest Victorian - and Modern - themes: the struggle of intelligence to work out a harmony between man and nature, and between man and woman. The ground for the struggle is the disastrous attempt of a father to play the role of Providence. Sir Austin Feverel, who has been disappointed in love, tries to protect his son from the same fate, training him to be a nearly perfect human being and even planning to arrange his ideal marriage. But Richard's love for Lucy, a beautiful, devoted girl whom his father rejects, helps him find the freedom to elope with her and to see the proud and cynical world of Sir Austin for what it is. More than a century ago Thee' London Times called this novel '. . . a powerful book . . penetrative in its depth of insight and rich in its variety of experience This Signet edition of The Ordeal of Richard Feverel follows Meredith's own revision of 1878.











Signet Classics [ 0505 ] Daniels, Guy (editor and translator). Russian Comic Fiction. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian, Edited & With An Introduction By Guy Daniels.Includes Work By - Ivan Krylov,Nikolai Gogol,Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Mikhail Saltykov,Anton Chekhov,& Leo Tolstoy. 204 pages. August 1970. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY505
Of Nikolai Gogol's achievement in his short comic masterpiece, How the Two Ivans Quarreled, a nineteenth - century critic said, 'To make us laugh to the point of tears at the stupidities, worthlessness and imbecility of these living lampoons of mankind is amazing, but then to make us pity those idiots with all our hearts - that is the divine art that is called creativity.' This exquisite collection Of wildly funny tales, including Gogol's, should once and for all dispel the too commonly held view that great Russian literature is relentlessly gloomy. On the contrary, among the works by Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Krylov, and Saltykov may be found examples of comic fiction that rank with the very greatest of that genre: Krylov's hilarious acount, for instance, of an absurdly vulgar landowner who values horses above humans; Dostoyevsky's political satire in which 'a gentleman of a certain age and a certain appearance' is swallowed alive by a crocodile; Tolstoy's anarchic voyage into a world of crazy make - believe. A dozen great pieces of comic fiction are presented here in brilliant, spirited translations by Guy Daniels, who has also provided an illuminating introduction dealing with this fascinating side of Russian literature.











Signet Classics [ 0506 ] Wordsworth, William. The Selected Poetry and Prose of Wordsworth. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Geoffrey H. Hartman. 448 pages. October 1970. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW506
William Wordsworth made his major contribution to English poetry early in his career, when - radical in his politics, revolutionary in his poetic innovations, intense in his worship of Nature - this great English Romantic rejected outworn formal diction in favor of living language and created verse of studied simplicity, rare music, and enduring beauty. Edited and with an Introduction by Geoffrey H. Hartman, Yale University, this volume includes Wordsworth's immortal lyrics, ballads, sonnets, and autobiographical poems, as well as a generous selection of his prose - including his Preface to Lyrical Ballads, one of the landmark critical statements in our literature. Chronology of Wordsworth's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography











Signet Classics [ 0507 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ507
Leo Tolstoy combined detailed physical description with perceptive psychological insight to sweep aside the sham of surface appearances and lay bare man's intimate gestures, acts, and thoughts. Murder and sacrifice...greed and devotion...lust and affection...vanity and love -- one by one, in this volume of great stories, Tolstoy dissects the basic drives, emotions, and motives of ordinary people searching for self-knowledge and spiritual perfection. Chekhov said, 'Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy.' And Turgenev 'marveled at the strength of his huge talent...It sends a cold shudder even down my back...He is a master, a master.'











Signet Classics [ 0508 ] Adams, Henry. Democracy. New York. Signet/New American Library. 192 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT508
Vote - buying and fixed elections, slanderous competition, preposterous graft. . . this is the Washington of the l87O's which Henry Adams reveals in his famous novel. Democracy is the story of two people who aspire to power. Mrs. Lightfoot Lee, a wealthy society widow, wants to align herself with the great lawmakers whom she idealizes. Instead, she becomes involved with Silas Ratcliffe, the most powerful man in the Senate, a leader whose political maneuvers are surpassed only by his courtship tactics. Here is an incisive exposé of corruption - in individuals and in government, an entertaining caricature of government life which may be seen to have its application even today.











Signet Classics [ 0509 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. Afterword by Mark Schorer. 431 pages. February 1967. Cover art by Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY509
Today universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized the generation in which it was written, causing Sinclair Lewis to be ‘invited’ to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia. His portrait of a golden-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church-a saver of souls who lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence - is also the record of a period, a reign of grotesque vulgarity, which but for Lewis would have left no record of itself. Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since Voltaire.











Signet Classics [ 0510 ] Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CE510
Don Quixote, originally published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, stands as Cervantes' belated but colossal literary success. A work which has achieved mythic status, it is considered to have pioneered the modern novel. Don Quixote, a poor gentleman from La Mancha, Spain, entranced by the code of chivalry, seeks romantic honor through absurd and fantastic adventures. His fevered imagination turns everyday objects into heroic opponents and stepping stones to greater glory; each exploit serves as a comic, yet disturbing commentary on the psychological struggle between reality and illusion, fact and fiction. This celebrated translation by Charles Jarvis offers a new introduction and notes which provide essential background information. Retells the adventures of an eccentric Spanish country gentleman and his companion who set out as a knight and squire of old to right wrongs and punish evil.











Signet Classics [ 0511 ] Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP511
'She is a very ordinary middle - class woman, with banal expectations of life and an urge to dominate her surroundings. Her character is remarkable only for an unusual deficiency of natural feeling.' Thus Mary McCarthy, in her memorable Foreword to this Signet Classic edition, describes Emma Bovary, whose ill - starred pursuit of tawdry romantic dreams shapes Flaubert's great novel. Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth - century bourgeois France, MADAME BOVARY is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman's gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the 'man of science,' escapes the author's searing castigation; and it is the book's final profound irony that only Charles, Emma's oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace through his stubborn and selfless love. With its rare formal perfection, MADAME BOVARY represents, as Frank O'Connor has declared, 'possibly the most beautifully written book ever composed; undoubtedly the most beautifully written novel . . . a book that invites superlatives . . . the most important novel of the century.'











Signet Classics [ 0512 ] Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT512
One of the great novelist's most popular works, Oliver Twist is also the purest distillation of Dickens' genius. This tale of the orphan who is reared in a workhouse, runs away to London where he is captured by thieves and finally escapes, is a novel of social protest, a morality tale, and a detective story. Oliver Twist presents sonic of the most sinister characters in Dickens: the master thief, Fagin; the leering Artful Dodger; the murderer, Bill Sikes . . . along with some of his most sentimental and comical characters. Only Dickens could mix terror with farce with pathos with piety in one unified work. Only Dickens could give us nightmare and daydream together. '. . . Oliver Twist, amidst all the accouterments of a novel, has the primitive appeal of a fairy tale; it forms one of those basic stories that are not forgotten because they were partly familiar before they were read, being the stuff of young dreams and fears.' Edward Le Comte.











Signet Classics [ 0513 ] Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT513
Disease is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Machines are considered dangerous; they have been destroyed and banished from the land. . . . This is the way of the world in Erewhon, the imaginary country of simple, straightforward people that was created by Samuel Butler to serve as a foil for his attack on ‘modern’ life and thought. With wit and imagination the master satirist lashed out at evolution, medicine, education, justice. And paradoxically he presented several sides of each issue in a many- sided tale of adventure, ideas, escape. As Kingsley Amis points out in his Afterword to this Signet Classic, EREWHON is the first modern Utopian romance, a novel which directly anticipates Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Orwell’s 1984. . .











Signet Classics [ 0514 ] Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ514
No other work of Charles Dickens presents such a scathing indictment against the relentless greed of the Victorian industrial society and its misapplied philosophy. With savage bitterness, Dickens unmasks the terrible industries that imprisoned the bodies of the helpless labor class and the equally diabolical institutions that shackled the development of their minds.











Signet Classics [ 0515 ] Garland, Hamlin. Main-Travelled Roads. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 515
This book challenges the concept of the American dream. It reveals the stubborn courage and pessimistic wit of midwest farmers who are scarcely conscious that they are somewhat to blame for their own misfortunes. Inspired by a visit to the Dakota farm country of his youth, Hamlin Garland's MAIN - TRAVELLED ROADS depicts the half - resigned, half - rebellious men and women who work the arid soil for the profit of shrewd landowners. These characters share a sense of deprivation, losing their farms, loved ones, and faith in people - with such recurrence that they feel guilt at even their own occasional, belated successes. 'If anyone is still at a loss to account for that uprising of the farmers in the West which is the translation of the Peasants' War into modern and republican terms, let him read MAIN - TRAVELLED ROADS. . . ' - W. D. Howells.











Signet Classics [ 0516 ] Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ516
One of the twentieth century's most gifted writers, Dylan Thomas created a vital, lusty, antic world of truly memorable characters. This Signet Classic offers a distinguished selection of his work - twenty stories plus all of his famous unfinished novel, ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE. The title piece relates the adventures of Samuel Bennet, a young innocent embarked on a wild pilgrimage through modern London. The stories range in theme from life and love to nature and madness, but all are written with the extravagant humor, the brilliant imagery, the magic awareness of the true poet. The New York Times wrote of ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE: 'The human warmth keeps bubbling up through the satire. . . . Thomas' last work of fiction, in addition to its intrinsic interest, has a meaningfulness comparable to that of Keats' letters and Yeats' memoirs.' The New York Herald Tribune found it a 'vein of pure gold.' And The Saturday Review called Dylan Thomas 'a genius.'











Signet Classics [ 0517 ] Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Track Of The Cat. New York. 1950. Signet/New American Library. 344 pages. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY517
A NOVEL THAT PROBES THE DEPTHS OF THE UNDISCOVERED SELF It was a remote Nevada ranch, housing one isolated family. As snow lashed across the storm - wracked valley, a fierce cry echoed through the howling winds - a sound to freeze the blood. Each year, with the coming of the snow, a fleet and deadly mountain lion appeared, ravaging the countryside, leaving behind a trail of senseless devastation. This is the story of four men who feared the cat yet swore to conquer it. On a wild and desperate hunt, each discovers that the power to destroy the stalking killer comes not from bullets but from deep within himself. 'The real beauty of Walter Clark's masterful prose. is its wonderful capacity to evoke from the homeliest circumstances the quality of grief and loneliness that exists deep in or under every human effort.' - Mark Schorer, New York Times. 'The reason why The Track of the Cat will last, the reason why it is, finally, a novel of the first rank, is that its author says something of universal significance.' - San Francisco Chronicle.











Signet Classics [ 0518 ] Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Wolfgang Clemen. 186 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT518
Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, Wolfgang Clemen, University of Munich A note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived A Midsummer Night's Dream Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by William Hazlitt, John Russell Brown, Frank Kermode, Linda Bamber, Camille Wells Slights A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0519 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 519
The Prairie marks the closing chapter in James Fenimore Cooper's great American saga, of the frontiersman Natty Bumppo. In flight from the ever - encroaching forces of civilization, the aging hero of the Leatherstocking Tales has journeyed westward seeking to end his days in the still - virgin wilderness of the Great Plains. But once more he is drawn into an involvement with society in the form of an emigrant party led by the embittered outcast, Ishmael Bush. Once again this man of nature finds himself in dramatic confrontation with civilization - called upon to exhibit his courage, his resourcefulness, his singular brand of moral rectitude. Written with the narrative vigor and descriptive power that shape the entire Leatherstocking series, The Prairie is, in the words of John William Ward, 'a threnody over the passing of something fine and heroic in American life. . . the passing of an ideal natural order before the inevitable advance of society. . . .We still read Cooper today because he was the first of our authors to seize upon the dramatic possibilities of that unfallen western world that stands at the beginning of our national life.'











Signet Classics [ 0520 ] Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT520
Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, Albert Gilman, Boston University Source from which Shakespeare derived As You Like It--selections from Thomas Lodge's Rosalynd Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Arthur Colby Sprague, Helen Gardener, Peter B. Erickson, Jean E. Howard A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of As You Like It, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0521 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last Of The Mohicans. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT521
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS contains the classic portrait of the man of moral courage who severs all connections with a society whose values he can no longer accept. Despite his chosen exile, Hawk - eye (Natty Bumppo), the frontier scout, risks his life to escort two sisters through hostile Indian country. On the dangerous journey he enlists the aid of the Mohican Chingachgook. And in the challenging ordeal that follows, in their encounters with deception, brutality, and the deaths of loved ones, the friendship between the two men deepens - the scout and the Indian, each with a singular philosophy of independence that has been nurtured and shaped by the silent, virgin forest. ' . . . in his immortal friendship of Chingachgook and Natty Bumppo [Cooper] dreamed the nucleus of a new society A stark, stripped human relationship of two men, deeper than the deeps of sex. Deeper than property deeper than fatherhood, deeper than marriage, deeper than Love.' - D. H. Lawrence. 'THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS raises again the question of the efficacy of human effort to control irrational forces at work in individual men, races, and nations. The question has never been more pertinent than now.' - James Franklin Beard.











Signet Classics [ 0522 ] Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT522
In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about ‘packingtown,’ the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle of human suffering. Upton Sinclair, master of the ‘muckraking’ novel, here explores the workingman's lot at the turn of the century: the backbreaking labor, the injustices of ‘wage-slavery,’ the bewildering chaos of urban life. THE JUNGLE, a story so shocking that it launched a government investigation, recreates this startling chapter if our history in unflinching detail. Always a vigorous champion on political reform, Sinclair is also a gripping storyteller, and his 1906 novel stands as one of the most important -- and moving -- works in the literature of social change. ‘Practically alone among the American writers of his generation,’ wrote Edmund Wilson, ‘[Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them.’ When it was first published in 1906, THE JUNGLE exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago’s stockyards and the laborer’s struggle against industry and ‘wage slavery.’ It was an immediate bestseller and led to new regulations that forever changed workers’ rights and the meatpacking industry. A direct descendant of Dickens’s HARD TIMES, it remains the most influential workingman’s novel in American literature.











Signet Classics [ 0523 ] Conrad, Joseph. Heart Of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP523
The dark places of the human soul - this is the region that Joseph Conrad so brilliantly explores. In the steaming jungles of the Congo or the vast reaches of the sea, it is man's capacity for good and for evil that is his enduring theme. Heart of Darkness tells of a powerful European, Kurtz, who reverts to awful savagery in an isolated native trading post. The Secret Sharer describes the terrible conflict of a young captain who is torn between his duty to his ship and his loyalty to a young officer with whom he identifies himself after the murder of a mutinous crew member. Compelling, vivid, exotic, suspenseful, these are among the half - dozen greatest short novels in the English language. 'To make you hear, to make you feel, above all to make you see' - this was first and last, the aim of Conrad.











Signet Classics [ 0524 ] Trollope, Anthony. Barchester Towers. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 524
Who is to rule the diocese of Barchester? This is the burning question that shapes Anthony Trollope's comic masterpiece - fanning the flames of ambition, and invading the once peaceful air of a cathedral town with the spirits of cunning, malice, greed. When the redoubtable Mrs. Proudie and the indomitable Mr. Slope meet the unflinching opposition of the forces of Archdeacon Grantly, the spiritual terrain is transformed into a theater of war. Social calls become skirmishes. Parties are arranged like pitched battles. And not even the most innocent can escape the intricate net of stratagem that Trollope weaves in this satiric revelation of mid - Victorian manners and morality. Justly famous for its incisive characterizations and acute social delineation, BARCHESTER TOWERS offers an engrossing re - creation of a captivating age. Robert W. Daniel calls this work 'a masterpiece in the grand tradition of English comedy.' George Saintsbury judged it 'emphatically its author's best novel,' and Sir Hugh Walpole commented,' 'There is in BARCHESTER TOWERS, I swear, not a dull moment.'











Signet Classics [ 0525 ] Ibsen, Henrik. Peer Gynt. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ525
The central theme of this epic drama is the search for self amid moral chaos. Opportunistic and unscrupulous, Peer Gynt wanders the earth, from the supernatural kingdom of the trolls to the desert wastes of Africa. In the roles of son, lover, businessman, prophet, and philosopher, he deceives, betrays, and exploits - only to be duped and victimized in turn. Yet, as he passes from youth to maturity to old age, the mercurial fluctuations of his fortunes yield only an inner emptiness and desperate fear of a final reckoning. Rooted in folklore, transformed by poetic imagination, illumined throughout by the clear northern light of Ibsen's searching moral vision, Peer Gynt represents a truly profound exploration of modern man's existential dilemma, justifying Pirandello's remark: 'After Shakespeare, without hesitation, I put Ibsen first.' As RoIf Flelde writes: 'In this anti - romantic work that employs the full resources of the romantic theater, the nonheroic hero is the pilot model of the hollow man of our own time, rendered perplexed and anxious by problems of identity and direction.'











Signet Classics [ 0526 ] James, Henry. The Wings Of The Dove. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY526
One of the masterpieces of James's final period, The Wings of the Dove represents the author's artistic genius at its summit of formal perfection, his vision at its highest pitch of creative intensity. The setting is one James made singularly his own: the fashionable world of London mansion and Venetian palace, of drawing room and dinner party, of burnished elegance and grace. The theme is the human price this world exacts as it transforms two lovers - a man of good conscience and a woman of superb vitality - into conspirators set on victimizing an American millionairess, a naïve young woman in love with life, and inexorably doomed. Ranking among James's most memorable characterizations, these three act out a meticulously designed drama of treachery and self - betrayal in a work whose consummate artistry reflects a moral judgment all - pervading and profound. As F. W. Dupee writes, 'Les splendeurs et misères du monde remains James's principal subject; and nowhere in his work is the world, its beauty and its terror, better presented than in The Wings of the Dove.'











Signet Classics [ 0527 ] Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT527
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Robert Langbaum, University of Virginia. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Substantial note on the sources of THE TEMPEST with extracts from them. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, E. M.W. Tillyard, Reuben A. Brower, Bernard Knox, David William . Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable Type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . Although some scholars have speculated that Shakespeare wrote portions of The Tempest at an earlier stage in his career, most literary historians assign the entire play a composition date of 1610 or 1611. And while Shakespeare may have had a hand in The Two Noble Kinsman (written a decade or so after The Tempest and assigned to dual authorship), The Tempest is customarily identified as the Bard's last stage piece. These marginal issues aside, The Tempest is the fourth, final, and the finest of Shakespeare's great and/or late romances. Along with Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter's Tale, The Tempest belongs to the genre of Elizabethan romance plays. It combines elements of tragedy (Prospero's revenge) with those of romantic comedy (the young lovers Miranda and Ferdinand), and, like one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Measure for Measure, it poses deeper questions that are not completely resolved at the end. The romance genre is distinguished by the inclusion (and synthesis) of these tragic, comic, and problematical ingredients and further marked by a happy ending (usually concluding with a masque or dance) in which all , or most, of the characters are brought into harmony. No reading of The Tempest can do it justice: Shakespeare's tale of Prospero's Island is inherently theatrical, unfolding in a series of spectacles that involve exotic, supra - human,and sometimes invisible characters that the audience can see but other characters cannot. The play was composed by Shakespeare as a multi - sensory theater experience, with sound, and especially music, used to complement the sights of the play, and all of it interwoven by the author with lyrical textual passages that over - flow with exotic images, trifling sounds, and a palpable lushness. The richness of The Tempest as theater is matched by the extraordinary thematic complexity of its text. Recognizing that all of the themes and accompanying figurative strands of the play cannot be discussed here, the play's topical highlights can still be approached by first noting the salience of two themes that arise from the very theatricality of the play: the opposition between reality and illusion and the tandem subject of the theater itself. The play challenges our senses and is self - consciously a performance orchestrated by Shakespeare's effigy in the master illusionist Prospero. There are, in addition, numerous interpenetrating polarities in the play, most notably between nature and civilization or Art. These thematic strands come together at multiple points of intersection. Nevertheless, from one angle on the text, The Tempest asks a single question, one that Shakespeare had posed in many and divers of his other plays: What is a human being? (or, in Elizabethan terms: What is man?) - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0528 ] Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT528
Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother, Queen Gertrude's remarriage to Claudius. The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him. Hamlet swears revenge. He arranges an old play whose story has a parallel to that of Claudius. Hamlet's behaviour is considered mad. He kills the eavesdropping Polonius, the court chamberlain, by thrusting his sword through a curtain. Polonius's son Laertes returns to Denmark to avenge his father's death. Polonius's daughter Ophelia loves the Prince but his brutal behaviour drives her to madness. Ophelia dies by drowning. A duel takes place and ends with the death of Gertrude, Laertes, Claudius, and Hamlet. The themes discussed in the plot include indecision, seeking revenge and retribution, deception, ambition, loyalty and fate.











Signet Classics [ 0529 ] Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT529
Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most majestic works. Set in the tumultuous days of ancient Rome, this play is renowned for its memorable characters and political intrigue, and it has been captivating audiences and readers since it was first presented more than 400 years ago. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on Julius Caesar, including commentaries by such important critics as Ben Jonson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kenneth Burke, and many others. Students will also benefit from the additional features in this volume, including an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of several key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, essays discussing the main currents of criticism in each century since Shakespeare's time, and more. A retelling of the classic play, with background language on the author, language, characters, plot, and theater of the day.











Signet Classics [ 0530 ] Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP530
A very real little girl named Alice follows a remarkable rabbit down a rabbit hole and steps through a looking - glass to come face to face with some of the strangest adventures and some of the oddest characters in all literature. The crusty Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire - Cat, Tweedledum and Tweedledee - each one is more eccentric, and more entertaining, than the last. And all of them could only have come from the pen of Lewis Carroll, one of the few adults ever to enter successfully the children's world of make - believe - a wonderland where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal, real . . . where the heights of adventure are limited only by the depths of imagination.











Signet Classics [ 0531 ] Farrell, James T. Studs Lonigan. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Philip Allan Friedman. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW531
In the three decades since its original publication, Studs Lonigan has established itself as a classic of the American social novel, Its setting is the South Side of Chicago during the moral chaos of the Prohibition era. Its protagonist, Studs Lonigan, is a young man seeking a destiny he cannot find, leaving behind him only lost ideals and unanswered questions to mark his swift passage from youth to early death. In his frustrated ambitions, his gradual brutalization, and his final failure, Studs emerges as a prototype of the lost and self - alienated American, both product and victim of urban society.The trilogy is, in the words of Philip Allan Friedman, 'a monumental work in the tradition of American literary naturalism. . . . Alfred kazin has called Studs Lonigan 'one of the most honest and important works of our time.'











Signet Classics [ 0532 ] Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT532
Includes the stories: THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY, THE FACTS CONCERNING THE RECENT CARNIVAL OF CRIME IN CONNECTICUT, THE STOLEN WHITE ELEPHANT, LUCK, THE £1,000,000 BANKNOTE, THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG, THE FIVE BOONS OF LIFE,& WAS IT HEAVEN? OR HELL? . . . THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER is that rarity in the work of Mark Twain - a novelette in which the author turns his sardonic, free - wheeling wit to the problem of Eternal Evil in a distant time and place. In the other eight stories presented here Twain debunks his Gilded Age; he ransacks the back yards of daily life and fable to find his notorious, sometimes preposterous, metaphors. He is as apt to deal with the great minds of the law hunting a wayward elephant as with a man who has a bank - note no one can cash. 'Mark Twain transcends all other American humorists . . . There is always. . . the companionship of a spirit which is at once delightfully open and deliciously shrewd.' - William Dean Howells.











Signet Classics [ 0533 ] Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP533
Two sisters of opposing temperaments who share the pangs of tragic love provide the theme for Jane Austen's dramatically human narrative, Sense and Sensibility. Elinor, practical and conventional, is the perfection of sense. Marianne, emotional and sentimental, is the embodiment of sensibility. To both comes the sorrow of unhappy love. Elinor desires a man who is promised to another. Marianne loses her heart to a scoundrel who jilts her. Their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters - and true love finally triumphs when sense gives way to sensibility, and sensibility gives way to sense. Jane Austen's authentic representation of early nineteenth - century middle - class provincialism, written with forceful insight and gentle irony, makes her novels the enduring works on the mores and manners of her time.











Signet Classics [ 0534 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 1. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 534
Henry IV: Part I is the second in a series of four English history plays that make up Shakespeare's major tetralogy. It continues the saga of the Bolingbrook family and the Plantagenet monarchy that begins with Henry IV's seizure of power in Richard II; it leads naturally to Henry IV: Part II; the tetralogy culminates in Henry V, as Prince Hal of Henry IV's reign becomes Henry V, the great and beloved warrior king of the English people. Quite obviously, Shakespeare drew upon chronicles of actual English history as the framework for Henry IV: Part I and the other three plays in the series. Just as clearly, the playwright compressed the timing of events for dramatic purposes and composed all of the play's dialogue. But even more important, the 'tavern' dimension of Henry IV: Part I is purely Shakespeare's creation. Its addition allows Shakespeare to use the dramatic techniques of juxtaposition, inversion, and antithesis as the plot shifts back and forth between the troubled realm of Henry IV's court and the madcap, vulgar world of the tavern in which Sir John Falstaff presides. Indeed, the counterpoint contrast between the high and the low that Shakespeare uses here was a radical stage innovation in its day, allowing for the inclusion of comic episodes within a deadly serious political history. At bottom, Henry IV: Part I is essentially a coming of age story in which the king's son, Prince Henry or Hal, emerges from his youthful role as a wastrel companion of the tavern crew, into the role of a genuine English monarch by virtue of both blood and character. -- R. Moore.











Signet Classics [ 0535 ] Tolstoy, Leo. Resurrection. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY535
RESURRECTION - Tolstoy's final novel - is a joint embodiment of his vast, objective awareness of human suffering and his lifelong burden of unrealized ideals. It traces the conflict of pride and affection between Kätusha, a prostitute charged with murder, and her first lover, Nekhludov, who now must judge her. Through his attempts to alter the course of her fate, Nekhludov discovers a similarity between the self-centered, legal values of Katusha's accusers and the nature of his own altruism. He discovers the hypocrisy of his own atonement - and begins the journey to resurrection. 'The Homeric, the timeless epic vein was strong in Tolstoy, as perhaps in no other artist in the world.' - Thomas Mann.











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Signet Classics [ 0537 ] Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP537
A sturdy individualist and a lover of nature, Henry David Thoreau was typical of his time and place - an epitome of the Yankee spirit. In March, 1845, he set out to live life in a new way. Borrowing an ax, he built himself a wooden hut on the edge of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, where he lived until September, 1847. Walden is a record of that experiment in simple living. In this fascinating work Thoreau describes his Robinson Crusoe existence, bare creature comforts but rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man. On the Duty of Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's classic protest against government's interference with individual liberty. One of the most famous essays ever written, it came to the attention of Gandhi and formed the basis for his passive resistance movement. 'No truer American existed than Thoreau.' - Emerson Also included in this Signet Classics edition is a representative selection of Thoreau's poetry.











Signet Classics [ 0538 ] Alain-Fournier (Henri Alban-Fournier). The Wanderer. New York. 1971. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Lowell Blair.Afterword by John Fowles. 223 pages. October 1971. Cover: David McCall Johnston. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY538
'THE WANDERER belongs to, and is the finest example of, a category of fiction that has no name, but exists. Unfortunately, the most accurate description would be the novel of adolescence - I say 'unfortunately' because in our time the adolescent has come to be regarded as either a deteriorated child or an insufficient adult, and to speak of a serious novel of adolescence seems almost a contradiction in terms. That, of course, is precisely what Alain-Fournier wrote - and not only a serious novel, but a very great one. It has haunted the European mind since it first appeared in 1913. It is the book one never quite forgets, a book like a secret garden, the kind of novel you recommend as a disguised test: 'If you don't like this, there must be something wrong with you.' Thus writes John Fowles in his memorable Afterword to one of the most extraordinary experiences in all literature - a tale of youthful questing that moves along a magical path between moonlit night and bright day, romantic dream and razor-edged reality.











Signet Classics [ 0539 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 2. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT539












Signet Classics [ 0540 ] Melville, Herman. Pierre, or the Ambiguities. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 540
'Parody, parody, parody-and an odd assortment of parody procedures-will be found throughout the context which Melville builds around the central narrative of Pierre's pilgrim-like progress to defeat and damnation.' Thus writes Lawrance Thompson, describing this story of the downfall of a highborn young man, whose unselfish love entraps him in an incestuous passion, and whose noble actions hasten his ignoble end. In theme and style the novel mocks both Christian allegory and the cheerful pastoral romances of the day; but neither irony nor virtuosity can mask its underlying seriousness of purpose, or the dark vision which shapes it. Written immediately after Moby Dick, Pierre represents Melville's further exploration of the meaning and nature of evil. A dramatic expression of its author's most profound anxieties and obsessions, it stands as the strangely compelling creation of an intensely troubled, eternally questioning mind. As William Ellery Sedgewick has written: 'Pierre was the only book of Melville's maturity as ambitious as Moby Dick.'











Signet Classics [ 0541 ] Shakespeare, William. Measure For Measure. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT541
Although performed before King James I in 1604, the text of Measure, For Measure was not published until 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death. This First Folio text, printed from a transcript by King's Mens scrivener Ralph Crane of Shakespeare's own foul papers, preserves Shakespeare's authorial process, including his changes in plot, character, theme and structure. As such it offers a unique view of the author's writing and rewriting of his own play. Once dismissed as an 'assembled' text or as a 'darkened' text, adapted or botched by later revisers, the Folio text instead presents a superbly written play about intensely complex issues, including the uses of morality and sexuality. The original and genuine text of Measure, For Measure offers Shakespeare at his most brilliant and intricate.











Signet Classics [ 0542 ] Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP542
For more than 270 years, readers everywhere have been fascinated by the young fool who ran away from wealth, security, and family for a rough life at sea -- and came to his senses too late, alone on a tropical island. Alone except for cannibals, that is, and God. Robinson Crusoe's adventure takes place on a remote island. Adjusting to the primitive conditions, he learns to make tools, shelters, bread, and clothes. More importantly, he becomes a Christian. As the sole survivor of a shipwreck, an Englishman lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island.A storm at sea. . . a doomed ship. . . a sole survivor. . . here is Daniel Defoe's immortal tale of a young merchant seaman cast ashore on an uninhabited tropical island, destined to spend twenty - four years in isolated loneliness. But more than a story of man against nature, Robinson Crusoe is a penetrating study of a universal problem - man against himself. In this great work Defoe introduces us to an immature Crusoe, floundering as aimlessly through life as he later is to flounder helplessly in the grip of a savage sea. We share his struggle for survival; feel his despondence at hearing no human sound but the echo of his own despairing prayers; suffer his hostility toward a God he feels has unjustly forsaken him. And at the end of his long ordeal we witness a rebirth: We see a mature Robinson Crusoe who has doggedly conquered his environment and rekindled his faith in his Saviour. . . a Robinson Crusoe who has finally mastered himself.











Signet Classics [ 0543 ] Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 543
Of Jane Austen's novels, Mansfield Park is unique in its moral design, with a heroine far different from the author's previous creations. This young lady, Miss Fanny Price, poor relation of a wealthy family, possesses only natural goodness to aid her against a dazzlingly witty and lovely rival as they compete for the man they both love. Her ultimate triumph is one of character over personality, purity of heart over brilliance of manner, in a tale that constitutes a sharply pointed attack on social sham Written with the stylistic grace and delicate perception that distinguish the entire Austen canon, Mansfield Park stands as one of the most complex and fascinating achievements of a writer ranked by Virginia Woolf as 'the most perfect artist among women.' It is, as Marvin Mudrick declares, 'the first novel that Jane Austen wrote in the maturity of her powers. . . a long novel, her longest, and its length is an index of magnitude.'











Signet Classics [ 0544 ] Dickens, Charles. The Mystery Of Edwin Drood. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 544
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is even more of a mystery than Dickens himself intended, for he died before completing it. The main issue in the novel is the disappearance of Edwin Drood and the suspicion that he has been murdered. But as intriguing as this central plot are the startling innovations in Dickens’s work and the troubled elements lurking within the novel: a dark opium underworld, the uneasy and violent fantasies of its inhabitants, the disquieting presence of old ‘Princess Puffer’, his portrait of the quiet cathedral town of Cloisterham from which people have to escape in order to save themselves - and, at the centre, the menacing figure of jasper. In his introduction Angus Wilson discusses what is known about Dickens’s intentions and suggests that, as well as a crime novel, Edwin Drood is a work in which Dickens develops his lifelong preoccupation with the forces of good and evil. .











Signet Classics [ 0545 ] Hughes, Richard. A High Wind In Jamaica or The Innocent Voyage. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ545
The eternally fascinating theme of children captured by pirates gains a new psychological dimension in the nightmarish, sometimes weirdly amusing, novel A High Wind in Jamaica. What do the young prisoners think and feel, how do they react when one of their group is coerced by the pirate captain? When one falls to his death by accident? When another murders a hostage from a plundered vessel? Who are the victors and who the victims? The values dividing the world of children and adults are cast in an ever more eerie light as Richard Hughes charts the amorality inherent among the innocent on this macabre and desperate voyage. Rebecca West called A High Wind in Jamaica 'a hot draught of mad, primal fantasy and poetry.' Ford Madox Ford considered it 'the best thing that has come out of Wales or the British Empire since the [first] war.'











Signet Classics [ 0546 ] Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim's Progress. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 546
Bunyan wrote the first part of his allegory while in prison for his faith, and this experience adds extra urgency and depth to his story of Christian pursuing his pilgrimage through Vanity Fair, the Slough of Despond and Delectable Mountains towards the Celestial City. The influence of The Pilgrim's Progress, both indirectly on the English consciousness and directly on the literature that followed, has been immeasurable. Rich, inventive, profoundly challenging, it is a work of imaginative intensity that has rarely been matched. The pilgrim Christian undertakes the dangerous journey to the Celestial City, experiencing physical and spiritual obstacles along the way.











Signet Classics [ 0547 ] Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW547
‘People are almost always better than their neighbours think they are.’ George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose pioneering medical methods, combined with an imprudent marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamond, threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. As their stories entwine, George Eliot creates a richly nuanced and moving drama, hailed by Virginia Woolf as ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.’











Signet Classics [ 0548 ] Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT548
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - TWELFTH NIGHT. Special Introduction to the play by Herschel Baker, Harvard University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Source from which Shakespeare derived TWELFTH NIGHT - Barnabe Rich: OF APOLONIUS AND SILLA. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, Harley Granville - Barker, John Dover Wilson. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of time text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . Twelfth Night, or What You Will was composed by William Shakespeare in either 1600 or 1601 as the last of his three 'mature comedies' (the other two being Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It). Like his early comedies, The Comedy of Errors or The Taming of the Shrew for instance, Twelfth Night is essentially a celebration of romantic love and can be viewed as a traditional romantic comedy. The play has many of the elements common to Elizabethan romantic comedy, including the devices of mistaken identity, separated twins, and gender - crossing disguise, and its plot revolves around overcoming obstacles to 'true' love. And, like other representatives of the genre, Twelfth Night also features a sub - plot in which a self - inflated 'sour' or 'blocking' character, the steward Malvolio, is brought to his knees through a trick orchestrated by a ribald if also self - inflated character in the person of Sir Toby Belch. But unlike his early comedies, Shakespeare also strikes some discordant notes in Twelfth Night, including a conception of love and other themes that are not part of the conventional romantic comedy formula. Thus, for example, the subject of insanity surfaces as a salient theme and as a force within the plot. Indeed, while Twelfth Night concludes with tandem weddings, Shakespeare also speaks about the madness of love. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0549 ] Shakespeare, William. The Winter's Tale. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT549
Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor Sources from which Shakespeare derived The Winter's Tale Dramatic criticism from the past and present A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of The Winter's Tale, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0550 ] Dreiser, Theodore. The Financier. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW550
American success story stripped down to brutal realities - a struggle for spoils without conscience, pity, or even final purpose. A work of immense social documentation, shaped by intense human compassion, The Financier is a major achievement of a writer whom Alfred Kazin has termed 'stronger than all the others of his time, and at the same time more poignant; greater than the world he has described, but as significant as the people in it.' Here, Dreiser, as Professor Larzer Ziff of the University of California at Berkeley declares, 'succeeded beyond any of his predecessors or successors in producing a great American business novel .'











Signet Classics [ 0551 ] Moliere. Tartuffe and Other Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald Frame. 384 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW551
Includes - TARTUFFE, THE RIDICULOUS PRÉCIEUSES, THE SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS, THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES, DON JUAN, THE VERSAILLES IMPROMPTU, AND THE CRITIQUE OF THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES. 'Moliere is probably the greatest and best - loved French author, and comic author, who ever lived. To the reader as well as the spectator, today as well as three centuries ago, the appeal of his plays is immediate and durable; they are both instantly accessible and inexhaustible.' Thus writes the noted French scholar Professor Donald M. Frame, who has selected and given memorable new translations to the seven plays in this volume. Representing the many facets of Moliere's genius, this Signet Classic collection spans the dramatist's artistic development as it offers a superb introduction to the 'comic inventiveness, richness of fabric, and insight' which comprise Moliere's living legacy to the theater and to literature. Henri Peyre of Yale University comments on Donald M. Frame's translation: 'His Moliere will be the English Moliere for a long time. . . . His language is tact fully colloquial, his style is flowing and varied. He has fully succeeded in giving us a true, accurate and poetical Moliere.'











Signet Classics [ 0552 ] Orwell, George. 1984. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ552
Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD and George Orwell's 1984 are the great modern classics of 'Negative Utopia' - not dramas of what life might be . . . but nightmares of what it is becoming. The world of 1984 is one in which eternal warfare is the price of bleak prosperity, in which the Party keeps itself in power by complete control over man's actions and his thoughts. As the lovers Winston Smith and Julia learn when they try to evade the Thought Police, and then join the underground opposition, the Party can smash the last impulse of love, the last flicker of individuality. But let the reader beware: 1984 is more than a satire of totalitarian barbarism. 'It means us, too,' says Erich Fromm in his Afterword. It is not merely a political novel but also a diagnosis of the deepest alienation in the mind of Organization Man. George Orwell writes with a swift clean style that has come down from Defoe. Like Defoe, he creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing - from the first sentence to the last four words . . . words which might stand as the epitaph of the twentieth century.











Signet Classics [ 0553 ] Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP553
Classic adventure novel, set in the year 1751, centers around David Balfour, a young Scotsman orphaned by the death of his father. Betrayed by his uncle, the young hero is shanghaied and headed for bondage in the New World, until a swashbuckling highlander comes to his rescue. Stirring, suspenseful; considered by Stevenson his best fiction. A sixteen-year-old orphan is kidnapped by his villainous uncle, but later escapes and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.











Signet Classics [ 0554 ] Shakespeare, William. The Sonnets. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT554
While Shakespeare inserted sonnets into several of his plays, the designation 'Shakespeare's Sonnets' customarily denotes a group of 154 poems that were first published in collective form under the title of Shakespeare's Sonnets in 1609. Scholars have concluded that Shakespeare actually composed these 154 verse pieces over a comparatively long time span (most probably between 1592 and 1597 or so), and at a relatively early juncture in his literary career, i.e., around the time that he wrote his most famous early tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, a love story that includes examples of the Shakespearean sonnet within its text. The pieces included in the 1609 edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets all conform to the standard format of 14 lines concluding with a rhymed couplet, and all (with one suspect exception) are written in the natural meter of iambic pentameter, lending them a stress pattern that approximates English language speech. The 154 poems are commonly divided into two groups: the larger set (Sonnets 1 through 126) is addressed by the poet to a beloved young man; the remaining pieces (Sonnets 127 through 154) comprise a smaller grouping addressed to another persona, a Dark Lady. While the vituperative sonnets written to the Dark Lady do not display a well-defined narrative progression, the 126 poems addressed to the young man comprise a deliberate sequence, a sonnet cycle akin to that used a decade earlier by the contemporary English poet Philip Sidney (1554-1586) in Astrophel and Stella. The theme of love and infidelity is dominant in both sets of poems; in the larger grouping, this theme is interwoven with motifs of beauty, immortality, and the ravages of time and with lyrical speculations about poetry's power to maintain bonds of love and to immortalize the beloved. -- R. Moore .











Signet Classics [ 0555 ] Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ555
One of the world's great masters of the short story, Anton Chekhov wrote about everyday life as he saw it - with humor, insight, and honesty. In this lies his genius: He portrayed the Russian people as they really were, not as he wanted them to be. This Signet Classic presents twenty Chekhov stories, including twelve of his early tales which make their first appearance in English in Thus paperback collection. The Confession * He Understood * At Sea * Surgery * Ninochka * A Cure for Drinking * The Jailer Jailed * The Dance Pianist * The Milksop * The Nincompoop * Marriage in Ten or Fifteen Years * In Spring * Agafya * The Kiss * The Father * In Exile * Three Years * The House with the Mansard * Peasants * The Darling











Signet Classics [ 0556 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House Of Seven Gables. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP556
'God will give him blood to drink!' An evil house, cursed through the centuries by a man who was hanged for witchcraft, haunted by the ghosts of its sinful dead, wracked by the fear of its frightened living . . . . Four Pyncheons play a part inside the blighted house: Hepzibah, an elderly recluse; Clifford, her feeble-minded brother; Phoebe, their young country cousin . . . and Jaffrey, a devil incarnate whose greedy quest for secret wealth is marked by murder and terrible vengeance from a restless grave. Nathaniel Hawthorne's works are imbued with a mixture of the actual and the imaginary, and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES is an enduring example. The puritanical Colonel Pyncheon is the embodiment of Hawthorne's own great grandfather, a judge at the Salem witch trials; the gloomy, gabled house typifies his own depressing home. It is this masterful blending of the spiritual and symbolic that allows Hawthorne's haunted house to stand firm where many a weaker one has fallen.











Signet Classics [ 0557 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Idiot. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY557
The Idiot, Prince Myshkin, is perhaps the most appealing of all Dostoyevsky’s heroes. Gentle, saintly, foolish, and kind, Myshkin is on one view the pure idealized Christian: on another he is the catalyst of a bitter criticism of the Russian ruling class. This dual vision marks out for the modern reader THE IDIOT as one of Dostoyvsky’s major novels.











Signet Classics [ 0558 ] Gogol, Nicolai. Dead Souls. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ558
Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the back country wheeling and dealing for 'dead souls'-deceased serfs who still represent money to anyone sharp enough to trade in them-we are introduced to a Dickensian cast of peasants, landowners, and conniving petty officials, few of whom can resist the seductive illogic of Chichikov's proposition. This lively, idiomatic English version by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky makes accessible the full extent of the novel's lyricism, sulphurous humor, and delight in human oddity and error. From the award-winning translators of The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment comes a magnificent new translation of Gogol's final masterpiece. For the first time, Chichikov, Gogol's trafficker in 'souls' (peasants who can be bought, sold, and mortgaged by landowers) is brought to life in an English edition that captures the writer's virtually comic and lyrical style.











Signet Classics [ 0559 ] Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 559
Ten years after its publication in a small El Paso paper, THE UNDERDOGS achieved worldwide renown as the greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution. It tells the story of Demetrio Macias, a modest, peace-loving Indian, who is forced to side with the rebels to save his family. In the course of battle, he becomes a compulsive militarist almost despite himself, and his courage leads to a generalship in Pancho Villa’s army. But as the rebels suffer defeat after defeat, Macias loses prestige and moral purpose at the hands of turncoats, camp followers, and the peasants who had once loved him. The social conscience and bitter irony of Azuela’s classic novel have earned him comparisons to Chekhov and Gorky. As Mexico continues to both celebrate and struggle with the consequences of its great revolution, The Underdogs remains a powerful and insightful portrait of social upheaval.











Signet Classics [ 0560 ] Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 560
Includes: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, & Man and Superman. George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness - sugar - coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes accepted attitudes toward: woman's place in society, military heroism, marriage, the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the ages - as, intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable. 'My way of joking is to tell the truth: it is the funniest joke in the world.' - G. B. Shaw.











Signet Classics [ 0561 ] Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY561
The first novel of the monumental U.S.A. trilogy, THE 42ND PARALLEL, opens amid the bright hopes and ominous foreshadowings of the dawn of the twentieth century in America. The novel's subject is America, as represented by her great men, by her popular culture, by the autobiographical evocations of an unseen author, and by the lives of vividly created fictional characters. These protagonists - a young man on the make, a frigid career woman, a defiant radical, a 'nice girl' gone wrong, a footloose drifter - live to the pulsebeat of their times, their personal destinies transformed into the substance of history. Through dazzling narrative juxtapositions and a prose that attains an electric poetry, we see relentlessly unroll the savage, sorrowful panorama of a nation's loss of innocence. As Alfred Kazin writes, 'What Dos Passos created with The 42nd Parallel was in fact another American invention.. .the greatest possible homage to art as a new kind of 'practicality' in getting down the facts of human existence in our century.' NINETEEN NINETEEN and THE BIG MONEY, the second and third novels of U.S.A., are also available in Signet Classic editions. Each can be read as a separate novel. Together they form a landmark achievement in modern American fiction. With the original illustrations by Reginald Marsh.











Signet Classics [ 0562 ] Dos Passos, John. The Big Money. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY562
America in the boom years of the twenties is the setting of THE BIG MONEY. Hog - wild material prosperity rules the land and cripples the national life. Amid a vivid, fevered atmosphere of big business and bootleg booze, tinsel glamour and grinding injustice, Dos Passos guides his characters - a young mid - Westerner destroyed by his own success, an amoral trollop - turned - Hollywood star, an advertising boy - wonder on a careening treadmill of corruption, an idealistic girl discovering the facts of life - toward destinies that make a mockery of the American dream. The author's wonderful multiplicity of narrative techniques, his swift cross - cutting of points of view, never were used with greater effect than in this novel that Malcolm Cowley termed 'a furious and sombre poem, written in a mood of revulsion even more powerful than that which T. S. Eliot expressed in 'The Waste Land.' It stands as the climactic novel of a trilogy Alfred Kazin calls 'an epic of democracy' charged with 'the energy of disenchantment.' THE 42ND PARALLEL and NINETEEN NINETEEN, the first and second novels of U.S.A., are also available in Signet Classic editions. Each can be read as a separate novel. Together they form a landmark achievement in American fiction.











Signet Classics [ 0563 ] Harte, Bret. The Outcasts Of Poker Flat and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ563
The glorious fringe - inhabitants of Gold Rush California - the slick gamblers, the impetuous but soft - hearted dance - hall girls, the mining camp eccentrics - are immortal - ized in these classic chronicles of the Far West of the nineteenth century. Includes - The Right Eye of the Commander, M'liss: an Idyl of Red Mountain, The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, Tennessee's Partner, The Idyl of Red Gulch, Brown of Calaveras, Miggles, How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar, Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands, Wan Lee the Pagan, A Passage In the Life of Mr. John Oakhurst, An Ingenue of the Sierras, & A Protégée of Jack Hamlin's.











Signet Classics [ 0564 ] Shakespeare, William. The Merchant Of Venice. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 564
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES - The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Kenneth Myrick, Tufts University. General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. A note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Nicholas Rowe, William Hazlitt, Elmer Edgar Stoll, and an anonymous review of Henry Irving’s important production. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . . Written sometime between 1596 and 1598, The Merchant of Venice is classified as both an early Shakespearean comedy (more specifically, as a 'Christian comedy') and as one of the Bard's problem plays; it is a work in which good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are examined and some issues remain unresolved. In Merchant, Shakespeare wove together two ancient folk tales, one involving a vengeful, greedy creditor trying to exact a pound of flesh, the other involving a marriage suitor's choice among three chests and thereby winning his (or her) mate. Shakespeare's treatment of the first standard plot scheme centers around the villain of Merchant, the Jewish money - lender Shylock who seeks a literal pound of flesh from his Christian opposite, the generous, faithful Antonio. Shakespeare's version of the chest - choosing device revolves around the play's Christian heroine, Portia, who steers her lover Bassanio toward the correct humble casket and then successfully defends his bosom friend Antonio from Shylock's horrid legal suit. In the modern, post - Holocaust, readings of Merchant, the problem of anti - Semitism in the play has loomed large. A close reading of the text must acknowledge that Shylock is a stereotypical caricature of a cruel, money - obsessed, medieval Jew, but it also suggests that Shakespeare's intentions in Merchant were not primarily anti - Semitic. Indeed, the dominant thematic complex in The Merchant of Venice is much more universal than specific religious or racial hatred; it spins around the polarity between the surface attractiveness of gold and the Christian qualities of mercy and compassion that lie beneath the flesh. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0565 ] Shakespeare, William. Othello. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT565
Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Alvin Kernan, Yale University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University ~ Source from which .Shakespeare derived Othello - a story from Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Thomas Rymer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Maynard Mack, Robert B. Heilman ~ Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type ~ Name of each speaker given in full ~Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the - text ~ Textual note T Extensive bibliography. . . Along with Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, Othello is one of Shakespeare's four great tragedies and thus a pillar of what most critics take to be the apex of Shakespeare's dramatic art. More than anything else, what distinguishes Othello from its great tragedies peers is the role of its villain, Iago. While the usurper King Claudius of Hamlet, the faithless daughters of Lear, and the unnatural villains of Macbeth (Macbeth, his Lady and the Weird Sister witches) are all impressively evil in their own way, none of them enjoys the same diabolical role as Iago. Iago is a character who essentially writes the play's main plot, takes a key part in it, and gives first - hand direction to the others, most notably to the noble Moor, Othello. The play presents us with two remarkable characters, Iago and his victim, with Iago as the dominant force which causes Othello to see the infidelity of his young and beautiful wife, Desdemona, with his favorite lieutenant, Michael Cassio. Indeed, not only is 'seeing' and the gap between appearance and reality a central theme of the play, it overlaps with other major thematic strands (trust, honor, and reputation) and sheds light on still others, including the theme of patriarchy and the political state. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0566 ] Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT566
For lovers of timeless classics, this series of beautifully packaged and affordably priced editions of world literature encompasses a variety of literary genres, including theater, novels, poems, and essays.











Signet Classics [ 0567 ] Shakespeare, William. King Lear. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT567
A royal family is thrown into utter ruin by its own poisonous web of distrust, deceit and struggle for power. Shakespeare's tragedy is one unsurpassed power and depth. It follows the descent of the ageing King Lear into madness, perpetuated by his malevolent daughters Goneril and Regan who struggle to gain power over the kingdom. Having banished his favorite daughter Cordelia, a loving, compassionate and honest woman, when she refuses to partake in a competition of flattery, he sets in motion a catastrophic sequence of events that will ultimately destroy his sanity, family and kingdom. The lines between good and evil are faultlessly drawn in this exploration of filial ingratitude, injustice, avarice and love. In a time when swollen words, false pretexts and the struggle for power are again the order of the day the message of King Lear carries renewed significance.











Signet Classics [ 0568 ] Hazlitt, William. Selected Writings of William Hazlitt. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Christopher Salvesen. 468 pages. February 1972. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ568
William Hazlitt regarded most highly the man 'who would learn to think justly on any subject,' the individual who courage to say as an author, what he felt as a man.' Yet, he was by no means a severely intellectual stylist, a writer who would set down an artless, sterile phrase for the sake of clarity alone. On the contrary, the particular beauty of Hazlitt's prose - whether the subject be the British Senate, the philosophy of Bentham, or the plays of Shakespeare - is its poetic rhythm, its rhapsodic language, its interweaving of the writer's sense and sensibility. Almost magically, the result conforms to Hazlitt's ideal of 'a pure conversational prose - style.' 'In Hazlitt,' writes Christopher Salvesen, 'you hear the man talking, a clear energetic voice beautifully informed with common sense, with feeling, with conviction.' This selection - with modernized spelling and punctuation - contains dozens of Hazlitt's most brilliant essays, some brief, others lengthy, ranging in subject from literature and politics to his travel notes and recollections of youth. Also included is an excerpt from The Life of Napoleon Buonoparte, considered by many critics the masterpiece of this literary giant who was 'always committed to saying what is true, clearly.'











Signet Classics [ 0569 ] Faulkner, William. Sartoris. New York. Signet/New American Library. 319 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY569
The specter of an heroic past is ever present in Sartoris, casting its ironic light upon the novel’s protagonists. Heirs to the aristocratic traditions of the Old South, they have been left with only romantic rhetoric, pride, and self-pity to face a world that no longer mirrors their self-image. Bayard Sartoris seeks refuge in compulsive acts of physical courage; Horace Benbow, in a bloodless aestheticism; and Narcissa Benbow, in a desperate clinging to appearances. But for them there is to be no escape-only ultimate futility, whether in the form of violent self-destruction, or a living death in a fragile world of dreams. A brilliant dissection of a decaying social class, and a vivid evocation of both the physical landscape and psychological climate of the South, Sartoris introduces many of the key themes, places, and characters of the Faulkner canon. By itself, it stands as his first memorable projection of a vision that, as Lawrance Thompson writes, ‘recognizes the inseparability of human weaknesses and strengths, of positives and negatives, of good and evil . . . what [Faulkner] later called ‘the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.’











Signet Classics [ 0570 ] Hardy, Thomas. Jude The Obscure. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ570
Thomas Hardy's deterministic art achieves fanatic intensity and raw perfection in the char. acterization of Jude Fawley, an impoverished stonemason who aspires to the ministry. Throughout his agonized existence, the cloistered halls and facades of Christminster, where Jude would study, sadistically invite him to rid himself of ignorance. His failure to fulfill the opposite expectations of the two women he loves and the violent deaths of his children thwart him in his ideal and point his destruction. Concerned with the annihilation of innocence, Jude the Obscure is a raging indictment of Victorian society. The censure attending its appearance was almost without precedent in the history of English literature. D. H. Lawrence detected 'a constant revelation.., a great background, vital and vivid. This is the wonder of Hardy's. novels, and gives them their beauty.'











Signet Classics [ 0571 ] James, Henry. The Ambassadors. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT571
Henry James considered this book to be his most perfect work of art. The ambassadors of the title are the emissaries sent by Mrs. Newsome, a wealthy New England widow, to restore to the home town and the family business her son Chad who has lingered too long in Paris, reputedly detained by a sordid liaison. Lambert Strether, the first of the envoys and the novel’s strait-laced hero, embarks on the mission only to find himself caught up in a romantic intrigue, the outcome of which will radically change the direction and purpose of his life. Since its publication in 1903, The Ambassadors has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of American fiction because of its remarkable technical structure, its profound moral significance, and its perceptive contrast of New World conscience and Old World culture.











Signet Classics [ 0572 ] Hardy, Thomas. Far From The Madding Crowd. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ572
There is in England no more real or typical district than Thomas Hardy’s imaginary Wessex, the scattered fields and farms of which were first discovered in Far from the Madding Crowd. It is here that Gabriel Oak observes Bathsheba, the young mistress of Weatherbury Farm, fall victim to her amorous caprices. He stands by her through one marriage to a handsome, corruptly sentimental sergeant. Selflessly altruistic, he sees her through another betrothal to her compulsive, puritanical neighbor—as unaware as she of the stroke of Fate that will effect their ultimate union. Published anonymously and first attributed to George Eliot, Far from the Madding Crowd won Hardy immediate success; it combines an architecturally perfect plot with the philosophical overtones that were to set the theme for all his later works. The text of this Signet Classic is set from Hardy’s revised final version of Far from the Madding Crowd, published in 1912 in the authoritative Wessex edition.











Signet Classics [ 0573 ] Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ573
One of the most famous travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land by an American, The Innocents Abroad is Mark Twain's irreverent and incisive commentary on the 'New Barbarians' encounter with the 'Old World.' Twain's hilarious satire is a double - edged weapon, impaling with sharp wit the chauvinist and the cosmopolitan alike. His naïve Westerner is a blustering pretender to sophistication, a too - quick convert to culture. Turning the coin, the ruins of antiquity appear but a shadow of their heralded glory; the scenery of 'Europe and the Holy Land 'dwarfs in contrast to the splendor of a, Western landscape. With stunning agility Twain unconsciously uses his travelogue - as Leslie A. Fiedler points out - to search out the 'archetypal differences' between Americans and Europeans - the 'American identity.' As Mr. Fiedler points out in his pungent Afterword, this was a quest that was to obsess Mark Twain's literary career: ' . . . over and over, he was to return to the themes of The Innocents Abroad. . . a classic work which, without ceasing to be amusing, marks a critical point in the development of our literature, and especially in our attempt through literature to find out who we Americans are.' The Signet Classic edition of The Innocents A broad is based on the text of the first edition, which was published in 1869.











Signet Classics [ 0574 ] Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. Night Flight. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT574
In a novel of rare beauty and power, Saint - Exupéry charts the perilous world of pioneer aviation. Night Flight is the story of hazardous flights made by night through the dangers of darkness and the destructive splendor of sudden Andean storms. It is a story of men who risk their lives to deliver mail in flimsy crates . . . Fabien, the youthful pilot, who sees in flying a chance for heroic action. . . Rivière, his superior, who believes that man's salvation lies not in freedom but in the acceptance of duty. 'Aviation, like the exploration of uncharted lands has its early heroic age and Night Flight, which describes the tragic adventure of one of these pioneers of the air, sounds, naturally enough, the authentic epic note.' - André Gide











Signet Classics [ 0575 ] Shakespeare, William. Much Ado About Nothing. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT575
Much Ado About Nothing boasts one of Shakespeare's most delightful heroines, most dancing wordplay, and the endearing spectacle of intellectual and social self-importance bested by the desire to love and be loved in return. It offers both the dancing wit of the 'merry war' between the sexes, and a sobering vision of the costs of that combat for both men and women. Shakespeare dramatizes a social world in all of its vibrant particulars, in which characters are shaped by the relations between social convention and individual choice. This edition of the play offers in its introduction and commentary an extensive discussion of the materials that informed Shakespeare's compositional choices, both those conventional sources and other contexts, from cuckold jokes to conduct books, which inform the ideas and identities of this play. Particular attention is devoted to Renaissance understandings of gender identity and social rank, as well as to the social valences of Shakespeare's stylistic choices. A treatment of staging possibilities offers illustrations drawn from the earliest and recent theatrical practices, and a critical history examines the fate of the play in the changing trends of academic scholarship.











Signet Classics [ 0576 ] Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of the House Of Usher and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP576
Collected in these two volumes are roe's legendary tales of terror that attest to his stylistic brilliance in evoking an atmosphere of gloom and obsession. Creatures, eyes, coffins, walls-all are symbols in roe's efforts to create an aura of evil. What reader would not share the anxiety of the traveler in The Fall of the House of Usher, who upon his first glimpse of the house, finds an 'insufferable gloom pervading my spirit... an utter depression of the soul... an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart'? In volume 2 his nightmarish visions take us down untraveled paths revealing the dark side of the human experience.











Signet Classics [ 0577 ] Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT577
The savage contempt with which Voltaire derided the bureaucracies of his day and his gift for creating exotic panoramas find their perfect merger in these satirical stories. With ruthless wit the master of social commentary dissects science and spiritual faith, ethics and legal systems, love and human vanity. Includes: CANDIDE, ZADIG, MICROMEGAS, THE WORLD AS IT IS, MÉMNON, BABABEC AND THE FAKIRS, HISTORY OF SCARMENTADO'S TRAVELS, PLATO'S DREAM, ACCOUNT OF THE SICKNESS, CONFESSION, DEATH, AND APPARITION OF THE JESUIT BERTHIER, STORY OF A GOOD BRAHMAN, JEANNOT AND COHN, AN INDIAN ADVENTURE, INGENUOUS, THE ONE - EYED PORTER, MEMORY'S ADVENTURE, COUNT CHESTERFIELD'S EARS AND CHAPLAIN GOUDMAN.











Signet Classics [ 0578 ] Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures Of The Speckled Band and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CD578
Except for Hamlet, no fictional character has been the subject of more scholarly argument and speculation than Sherlock Holmes. His adventures have been translated into 41 languages. He has appeared in 21 plays, 121 movies, and is currently starring on Broadway in the musical, 'Baker Street.' To quote from Baring - Gould's brilliant - nay, Holmesian - lntroduction: '. . . it is the character of Holmes that grips us - a character so real that to this day letters are written to 'Mr. Sherlock Holmes, 221B Baker Street, London, England.' Perhaps William Bolitho expressed it best when he said that 'Holmes is the spirit of a town and a time.' The town, of course, is London - a gaslit London where the fog swirls thick against the windowpanes, and four - wheelers and hansoms rumble down the cobblestoned streets - and the time is the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. If you would see for yourself why Sherlock Holmes has for so long held his place in English literature, turn to the twelve stories in this volume. They have been selected with great discrimination, and each is explained in a lengthy, delightful note by William S. Baring - Gould, the editor of this Signet Classic and author of the definitive 'biography' of Sherlock Holmes.











Signet Classics [ 0579 ] Flaubert, Gustave. Sentimental Education. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. Newly Translated From The French By Perdita Burlingame.Afterword By F.W. Dupee. 445 pages. March 1972. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW579
To many writers, critics and knowledgeable readers THE SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION stands as Gustave Flaubert's most significant achievement. Exquisitely written and bitterly ironic, the novel is set in mid - l9th century Paris - a city of seething sexuality, social ferment, and political intrigue. Its young hero, Frédéric Moreau, is swept up by the glowing idealism of the Revolution of 1848, only to fall prey to the banality and cynicism of the counter - revolution that swiftly followed. Echoing this theme is Moreau's regression from a high - minded devotion to an enchanting married woman to a selfish sensual exploitation of a beautiful demi - mondaine. Brilliantly intermingling historical events and fictional creations, THE SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION represents the first great novelistic expression of the alienated urban experience; the agonies and disillusionments it chronicles have become an integral part of the sensibility of our age. As F W Dupee writes, 'He [Flaubert] and Baudelaire were the first 'modernists not only because of the innovations they brought to the wt of writing, but because each developed powerful conceptions of the nature of modernity itself'











Signet Classics [ 0580 ] Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 580
Written during the same period as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, this novel represents Jane Austen's genius at its freshest and most enchanting. Its heroine is Catherine Morland, the mistakenly invited guest at an isolated, and quite mysterious, country manor. There the charming young husband - seeker falls in love with the young man of the house - and becomes willing prey to dark fancies bred in her by the fashionable Gothic horror novels of the day. Before Catherine's difficulties are resolved, the reader is permitted to witness the romantic chase in all its prescribed ritual, and its prime motivations: ambition, pleasure. greed, power, self - interest.., love. With Northanger Abbey Jane Austen created a superb blending of social comedy and barbed literary satire, shaped by a vision merciless toward human folly, yet acutely sensitive to every form of cruelty. Her book stands as the product of an art at once delicate and strong, seemingly fragile hut imperishable - an art which has made Jane Austen. as Elizabeth Hardwick declares, one of the glories of English literatureY In the words of F. R. Leavis, 'Jane Austcn is one of the trLtly great writers, and herself a major fact in the background of other great writers.'











Signet Classics [ 0581 ] Thoreau, Henry David. Selected Journals Of Henry David Thoreau. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT581
On October 22, 1837, Henry David Thoreau, newly returned from Harvard to his native Concord, began a journal. He was to continue it throughout his life, quarrying from it his major works, and leaving behind notebooks that would fill fourteen volumes when posthumously published in 1906. These selections from the journal, chosen in large part so as not to duplicate the material Thoreau published separately, form a living record of his greatness, bearing testimony to his relationship with nature, with his fellow man, and with a society whose standards he often condemned. Written with the blending of keen sensory perception and strong intellect that was the hallmark of Thoreau's genius, the journal, as Carl Bode declares, 'houses his deepest feelings, his most private thoughts. It offers us a clearer insight into him, in more ways than one, than do the now famous works which he himself set before the public. And it offers us fresh insight into life in general. With Thoreau we can look at it with the eye of innocence because we do it a new way. . .Thoreau turned the American scale of values upside down; that is perhaps his greatest service to us.’











Signet Classics [ 0582 ] Melville, Herman. The Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 582
Like Moby - Dick, The Confidence Man takes place aboard a ship - but one far different from the whaler Pequod. Its setting is a Mississippi steamboat, the Fidèle; and its protagonist, the mysterious Confidence Man, is on a voyage after human prey. He is a man of many guises, but a single role: in a complex series of impostures, this ever - ambiguous figure relentlessly strips away, one by one, the hypocritical pretenses of his fellow passengers. Charged with savage irony and black humor, the novel is merciless as a depiction of greed and selfishness, of a dark and wolfish world. It represents one of Melville's great later achievements, a roman noir that gives final expression to an intense and tortured vision of the human condition. 'It is,' as R. W. B: Lewis declares, 'the recognizable and awe - inspiring ancestor of . . . Nathaniel WEST'S THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, Faulkner's THE HAMLET, Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN and William Gaddis' RECOGNITIONS. Melville bequeathed . . . the vision of an apocalypse that is no less terrible for being enormously comic, the self - extinction of a world characterized by deceit and thronging with imposters. . . '











Signet Classics [ 0583 ] Addams, Jane. Twenty Years At Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ583
This is Jane Addams's graphic account of her famed settlement house in Chicago's West Side slums. Covering the years 1889 to 1909, a time when America was fired with fear of subversives and suspicion of foreigners, this book stands as the immortal testament of a woman who lived and worked among the immigrant settlers, the sweatshop toilers, the unwed mothers, the hungry, the aged, the sick, to show them the true concept of American Democracy.











Signet Classics [ 0584 ] Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 584
A sturdy individualist and a lover of nature, Henry David Thoreau was typical of his time and place - an epitome of the Yankee spirit. In March, 1845, he set out to live life in a new way. Borrowing an ax, he built himself a wooden hut on the edge of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, where he lived until September, 1847. Walden is a record of that experiment in simple living. In this fascinating work Thoreau describes his Robinson Crusoe existence, bare creature comforts but rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man. On the Duty of Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's classic protest against government's interference with individual liberty. One of the most famous essays ever written, it came to the attention of Gandhi and formed the basis for his passive resistance movement. 'No truer American existed than Thoreau.' - Emerson Also included in this Signet Classics edition is a representative selection of Thoreau's poetry.











Signet Classics [ 0585 ] Arnold, Matthew. Selected Criticism of Matthew Arnold. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Christopher Ricks. 492 pages. April 1972. Cover: Fred Atver?. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ585
'A disinterested attempt to learn and propriate the best that is known and thought in the world' - this was Matthew Arnold's definition of criticism, and his constant goal. The foremost English literary critic of the Victorian era, and one of its most notable poets, Arnold waged a lifelong war against the second - rate, the narrow, the provincial in literature. It was he who set forth the famous dictum that poetry should be 'a criticism of life,' and who made the term 'Philistinism' represent all that was banal in popular taste. In this volume he is represented by both his most important statements of general aesthetic theory and his most telling examinations of such individual figures as Keats, Byron, Heine, Dickens, Emerson, and Tolstoy, as well as by a generous selection of his letters. Together these writings form the great and lasting testament of a man whose own work - as Christopher Ricks declares - 'has taken its place among the best that is known and thought.'











Signet Classics [ 0586 ] Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 586
One of Shakespeare's most popular and accessible plays, Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two star-crossed lovers and the unhappy fate them as a long bitter feud between families. The play contains some of Shakespeare's most beautiful and lyrical love poetry and is perhaps the finest celebration of the joys of young love ever written. Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, J. A. Bryant, Jr., University of Kentucky Source from which Shakespeare derived Romeo and Juliet--Arthur Brooke's The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Michael Goldman, Susan Snyder, Marianne Novy A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Romeo and Juliet, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0587 ] Shakespeare, William. Richard III. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 587
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES - The work of the world’s greatest dramatist in. authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Mark Eccles, University of Wisconsin; General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare Series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University; Sources from which Shakespeare derived Richard III - Sir Thomas More: from True History of King Richard III and Raphael Holinshed: from Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland; Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Charles Lamb, Lily B. Campbell, A. P. Rossiter; Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type; Name of each speaker given in full; Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text; Textual note; Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0588] Rostand, Edmond. Cyrano De Bergerac. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. Translated from the French by Lowell Bair. Afterword by Henry Hewes. 220 pages. May 1972. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CT588
CYRANO DE BERGERAC occupies a unique place in the modern theater. Deliberately disavowing realism and contemporary relevance, Edmond Rostand’s masterpiece represents a turning back in both time and spirit to an earlier age of high adventure and soaring idealism. Its magnificent hero, Cyrano, noble of soul and grotesque in appearance, gallant Gaston soldier, brilliant wit and timid lover, alternately comic, heroic, and tragic, represents one of the most challenging of all acting roles in its complexity and mercurial changes of mood. From its original production to the present day, CYRANO DE BERGERAC has enjoyed a charmed existence on the stage, its unflagging pace of action and eloquence of language enchanting critics and public alike. Here, in a superlative new translation, is the ultimate triumph of the great French romantic tradition-a work which, in the words of the French critic Lemaitre, ‘prolongs, unites and blends., three centuries of comic fantasy and moral grace.’ A new translation by Lowell Bair. With an afterword by Henry Hewes.











Signet Classics [ 0589 ] Shakespeare, William. Troilus and Cressida. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT589
THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES. The work of the world's greatest dramatist in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique Features of The Signet Classic Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida: Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Daniel Seltzer, Harvard University; General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University; Substantial note on the voluminous sources from which Shakespeare derived Troilus and Cressida with specific references to the best editions of these long works; Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by W. W. Lawrence, S. L. Bethell, Derek Traversi, R. A. Foakes, I. A. Richards, Reuben A. Brower; Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type; Name of each speaker given in full; Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text; Textual note Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0590 ] Ruskin, John. Selected Prose of Ruskin. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Matthew Hodgart. 351 pages. June 1972. Cover: Lambert. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ590
Famed in the Victorian era as a preeminent art critic and as a leading proponent of social reform, John Ruskin is currently emerging after a period of relative neglect as a voice and a vision with deep contemporary relevance. His verbal mastery in recreating the nuances and beauty of visual experience place him among the most vivid prose stylists in the English language, while his outspoken opposition to the damaging effects of industrial civilization on art, nature, and the quality of life can be readily appreciated today. In this volume are gathered together key selections from his magnificent studies of art and architecture, Modern Painters and The Stones of Venice, as well as a generous sampling of his works on social and economic matters, a portion of his delightful autobiography, and other writings designed to illumine the variety of his interests and the unifying quality of his thought. Revealed is a man of great sensibility and feeling, of intense idealism and passionate human concern - a man who must be termed, as Matthew Hodgart declares in his Introduction, 'a prophet.'











Signet Classics [ 0591 ] Shakespeare, William. Richard II. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT591
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare Richard II. Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Kenneth Muir, University of Liverpool. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Source from which Shakespeare derived Richard II - selections from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Walter Pater, Richard D. Altick, and Derek Traversi. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0592 ] Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 592
'She is a very ordinary middle - class woman, with banal expectations of life and an urge to dominate her surroundings. Her character is remarkable only for an unusual deficiency of natural feeling.' Thus Mary McCarthy, in her memorable Foreword to this Signet Classic edition, describes Emma Bovary, whose ill - starred pursuit of tawdry romantic dreams shapes Flaubert's great novel. Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth - century bourgeois France, MADAME BOVARY is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman's gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the 'man of science,' escapes the author's searing castigation; and it is the book's final profound irony that only Charles, Emma's oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace through his stubborn and selfless love. With its rare formal perfection, MADAME BOVARY represents, as Frank O'Connor has declared, 'possibly the most beautifully written book ever composed; undoubtedly the most beautifully written novel . . . a book that invites superlatives . . . the most important novel of the century.'











Signet Classics [ 0593 ] Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW593
Ralph Waldo Emerson stands as one of the great figures of nineteenth-century America. More than any other man he personifies the brilliant late flowering of the New England tradition. This Signet Classic edition of selections from Emerson's Journals, Letters, Essays, and Poetry offers a broad view of the author's finest work. Featured here is a considerable amount of new material from the Journals, including an entry discovered in 1964 in the Library of Congress which reveals Emerson's enlightened attitude about the Negro question. The writings range from homely descriptions of daily life to superbly polished meditations on human purpose and destiny, from sharply etched biographical studies to soaring, lyric, philosophical flights. Shaped by a passionate belief in individual freedom and a deep humility before the immensity of Nature, they reflect a life and a spirit whose independence and integrity speak out with resounding significance to the modern world. As the noted Emerson scholar and editor William H. Gilman writes: 'Emerson took constant risks in following the bent of his thought wherever it might go - all the risks a man can take when he grimly determines to abandon repose and seek the truth. The example to the twentieth century is obvious. A man or woman today might not want to imitate Emerson, but if he did, at least he would know what it meant to be fully alive.'











Signet Classics [ 0594 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Dodsworth. New York. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Mark Schorer. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY594
Dodsworth is a satirical novel by American writer Sinclair Lewis, first published by Harcourt Brace & Company in March 1929. Its subject, the differences between US and European intellect, manners, and morals, is one that frequently appears in the works of Henry James.











Signet Classics [ 0595 ] Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 595
In his youth Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West — working as a civil servant, gold prospector, reporter, and traveling lecturer. Roughing It is the inimitable record — fact and impression — of those early years. Twain tried his luck at anything and everything. He writes hilariously of his encounters with vigilantes; with Slade the Terrible, whose wife toted guns that blazed from under her petticoats; Brigham Young, the ambitious Morman leader; Hank Erickson, who wrote for advice on turnips to Horace Greeley and vowed revenge because he could not decipher the latter’s answer. 'So we see Mark Twain, the playboy, the pioneer in letters, the strayed reveller, the leader of the herd, giving and taking with a hearty liberality, all inside the folk - feeling of his time, holding the American nation in the hollow of his hand . . . ' — Van Wyck Brooks. With a Foreword by Leonard Kriegel.











Signet Classics [ 0596 ] Smollett, Tobias. Roderick Random. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY596
It is for sheer narrative pleasure and exuberant inventiveness that we read Smollett, master of the picaresque. Of his novels, none better typifies his art than this chronicle of the career of Roderick Random, pursuing love and fortune through every conceivable twist and turn of fate. Before this indomitable protagonist achieves his final vindication, the reader is offered an unforgettable journey through a lusty, brawling Hogarthian world, in a work that stands as the very embodiment of that age's unflagging energy and boundless appetite for life. In the words of John Barth: 'Sailors, soldiers, fine gentlemen and ladies, whores, homosexuals, cardsharpers, fortune hunters, tradesmen of all description, clerics, fops, scholars, lunatics, highwaymen.., crowd a stage that extends from Glasgow to Guinea, from Paris to Paraguay, and among themselves perpetrate battles, debaucheries, swindles, shanghais, duels, seductions, rescues, pranks, poems, shipwrecks, heroisms, murders, and marriages. They wail and guffaw, curse and sing, make love and foul their breeches: in short, they live. . . .'











Signet Classics [ 0597 ] Twain, Mark. The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP597
He has no mother, his father is a brutal drunkard, and he sleeps in a hogshead. He's Huck Finn, a homeless waif, a liar and thief on occasion and a casual rebel against respectability. But on the day that he encounters another fugitive from trouble, a runaway slave named Jim, he also finds for the first time in his life love, acceptance and a sense of responsibility. And it is in the exciting and moving story of these two outcasts fleeing down the Mississippi on a raft, that a wonderful metamorphosis occurs. The boy nobody wants becomes a human being with a sense of his own destiny and the courage to choose between violating the code of the conventional and betraying the person who needs him most. Rich in color, humor and the adventurous frontier experience of the Mississippi, this great novel vividly recreates the world, the people and the language that Mark Twain knew and loved from his own years on the riverboats. 'All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.' - Ernest Hemingway.











Signet Classics [ 0598 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY598
Martin Arrowsmith's singular, if somewhat ascetic, devotion to science affords Sinclair Lewis his most dramatic opportunity to portray an American whose work becomes his life. Forced to give up successive sinecures - instructor in medicine, small - town doctor, research pathologist - by obstacles ranging from public ignorance to the publicity - mindedness of a great foundation, Arrowsmith becomes virtually isolated as a seeker after truth. Even so, Lewis' poignant thesis would seem to be that American idealism cannot beget true tragedy, because its adherents lack a sympathetic audience and their stumbling - blocks are, for the most part, petty. Observing the Nobel Prize - winning author's double gifts for satire and realism, E. M. Forster said, 'He has lodged a piece of a Continent in the world's imagination' and André Maurois proclaimed him 'a great novelist.'











Signet Classics [ 0599 ] Irving, Washington. The Sketch Book. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ599
Published in 1820, Washington Irving's celebrated SKETCH BOOK has proved as enduring as the enchanted Kaatskill Mountains he immortalized. From these masterpieces in miniature have emerged such universal figures of American fiction and fantasy as Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Sage, storyteller, wit, Washington Irving touched on many subjects and treated each with a master's hand. Included in his volume are tales of romance, vignettes on bygone English customs, travel pictures, reflections on historic landmarks, essays on the American Indian, biographical discourses, and literary musings. Fresh in theme, bewitching in style, and superb in craftsmanship, his stories earned Washington Irving his place as father of American literature. Thackeray called Washington Irving the 'first ambassador whom the New World of Letters sent to the Old.'











Signet Classics [ 0600 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Cossacks and The Raid. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY600
To read Tolstoy's early sketch, The Raid, and his first novel, The Cossacks, is to enter the workshop of a great writer and thinker. In The Raid Tolstoy explores the nature of courage itself, a theme central to War and Peace. In The Cossacks he sets forth all the motifs of his whole future life and his work. The hero is a young man - about - town who has squandered half his fortune - and his life - and retires to the desultory existence of a regiment stationed in mountainous Cossack country, where he takes part in the daily life of a Cossack village. But his love for the beautiful Maryanka precipitates a conflict between the belief that 'Happiness lies in living for others' and a passion that sweeps self - abnegation aside. As Romain Rolland says,' The full force of Tolstoy's descriptive powers is already expressed in this splendid [novel] and Tolstoy's realism shows itself with equal force in depicting human character.'











Signet Classics [ 0601 ] Coleridge, Samuel. The Selected Poetry Of Coleridge. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. Edited By Harold Bloom. 160 pages. October 1972. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY601
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was perhaps the most complex and fascinating of the Romantics. His potential as a poet and as a philosopher was enormous, his achievements brilliant. Yet his life and his work were marred by a self - destructive quality and a seeming drive toward failure. Some of his poems are marked by near - hallucinatory intensity, others by superb intellectual detachment; all are a vital part of the English poetic tradition. Edited and with an Introduction by Harold Bloom of Yale University, this volume includes the editor's examination of the special character and development of Coleridge's poetry, as well as a broad range of the poet's work. Included in their entirety are the narrative masterpieces 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and 'Christabel;' the odes 'France' and 'Dejection', the extraordinary poems 'Kubla Khan' and 'Youth and Age', and other works from both his early and later periods. Chronology of Coleridge's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0602 ] Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 602
They are the same age. They look alike. In fact, there is but one difference between them: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne of England. Just how insubstantial this difference is becomes all too clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing – and of roles . . . with the pauper caught up in the pomp and folly of the royal court, and the prince wandering horror-stricken through the lower depths of sixteenth-century English society. Out of the theme of switched identities Mark Twain fashioned both a scathing attack upon social hypocrisy and injustice, and an irresistible comedy imbued with the sense of high-spirited play that belongs to his happiest creative period. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is, in the worlds of Kenneth S. Lynn, ‘ . . . expressive of its author’s genius. Indeed, nothing he ever wrote, not even HUCKLEBERRY FINN, introduces us to more of the themes that preoccupied – and finally obsessed – Mark Twain’s imagination.’











Signet Classics [ 0603 ] De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions Of An English Opium Eater and Other Writings. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. 335 pages. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ603
'Opium gives and takes away. It ruins the natural power of life; but it develops preternatural paroxysms of intermitting power.' This is the theme which shapes Confessions of an English Opium Eater, one of the most brilliant achievements in the literature of addiction. Written in the sensuous prose style of which De Quincey was a master, this remarkable book does more than chart the course of the author's dependence upon opium; with kaleidoscopic vividness it evokes the opposing poles of pleasure and pain which comprise an addict's life, the world of dreams and the world of terrible realities. A singular blending of objective analysis and subjective revelation, the Confessions emerges as a superb depiction of a drug - and as a deeply moving self - portrait of a tragically flawed man. 'De Ouincey introduced a new dimension into biography,' writes Aileen Ward, who goes on to declare: 'It is an extraordinary life that De Quincey records - a sober testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and to the creative stimulus to be found in suffering.' This Signet Classic edition includes Suspiria de Profundis, a sequel to the Confessions; a long and partly autobiographical essay 'The English Mail - Coach'; and three critical essays 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts'.. .'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth' and 'The Literature of Knowledge and the Literature of Power.'











Signet Classics [ 0604 ] Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The Selected Poetry of Shelley. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY604












Signet Classics [ 0605 ] Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ605
Since its publication fifty years ago, Animal Farm has become one of the most controversial books ever written. It has been translated into seventy languages and sold millions of copies throughout the world. This edition is being published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its original U.S. publication. It features 100 full-color and halftone illustrations by world-renowned artist Ralph Steadman. As vital and relevant as it was fifty years ago, Animal Farm is a devastating satire of the Soviet Union by the man V. S. Pritchett called 'the conscience of his generation.' A fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters, it illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes. This anniversary edition includes Orwell's proposed but unpublished preface to the original edition and his preface to the 1947 Ukranian edition. These appendices evoke the historical context in which Orwell conceived and wrote his classic novel.











Signet Classics [ 0606 ] Flectcher, Ian (editor). Selections From British Fiction 1880-1900. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Ian Flectcher. 432 pages. November 1972. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ606
SELECTIONS FROM BRITISH FICTION 1880 - 1900. The closing two decades of the nineteenth Century in England were years of turmoil end change. The serene certainties of Victorian society, the solidity of Victorian culture, began to show unmistakable signs of decoy, end the extraordinary fiction of this period reflects the growing doubts and schisms that penetrated all of English life. The twenty - nine selections in this notable anthology vary enormously - from the high romanticism of Robert Louis Stevenson to the grim social realism of George Gissing; from the gothic horror of Sabine Baring - Could to the exquisite estheticism of Walter Pater; from the deeply rooted tragic sense of Thomas Hardy to the fin - de - siecle decadence of Aubrey Beardsley; from the feminism of Olive Schreiner to the tormented genius of F. W. Rolfe, alias 'Baron Corvo.' But whether the pieces are lurid or light, agonized or ironic, bizarrely eccentric or in the great tradition of English literature, all seed fascinating light on a turbulent tine and a singular artistic flowering that ushered in the modern age.











Signet Classics [ 0607 ] Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 607
Laurence Sterne's TRISTRAM SHANDY is an epic of eighteenth - century Yorkshire life, and perhaps the most capriciously written classic of all time. On the surface this delightfully delirious book has no apparent order. A sentence forms a chapter; chapters begin, are broken off, or even vanish completely, only to reappear in unnumerical sequence later on. But beneath this deceptive façade of aimless frivolity is a carefully prepared design, subtle in style and brilliant in execution. In the persons of Mr. Shandy, retired merchant and student of philosophy, and of Uncle Toby, veteran of King William's War and a simple - minded sentimentalist, Sterne has created two memorable characters, as clearly defined as any in literature. The one is abstractly intellectual, the other impressionably emotional. Between these two extremes is embodied the sum of human nature. Their diligent discussions on such unprofound topics as short and long noses, the art of cursing, and the influence that names exert upon the personality are masterpieces of droll humor in the vein of Rabelais and Cervantes. Written in unprecedented style, TRISTRAM SHANDY marked a new development in the form of the English novel.











Signet Classics [ 0608 ] Donne, John. The Selected Poetry Of Donne. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY608
UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SELECTED POETRY OF DONNE: Covers the full spectrum of the works of the great metaphysical poet, leader of the avant - garde in late Elizabethan and Jacobean London. Includes the complete Songs and Sonnets, Elegies, Epithalamions and Satyres. . . Letters to Several Personages: 'The Storm, ''To the Countess of Bedford,' 'To the Countess of Huntingdon'.. .The Second Anniversary, The Progress of the Soul, selections from Divine Poems. . . Also includes Carew's Elegy Upon the Death of Donne. General Introduction to the special character and development of Donne's poetry by the editor, Dr. Marius Bewley, Professor at Fordham University, and author of The Complex Fate and The Eccentric Design: Form in the Classic American Novel. Chronology of Donne's life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography. THE SIGNET CLASSIC POETRY SERIES PRESENTS SELECTED WORKS OF THE MAJOR BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS IN AUTHORITATIVE TEXTS EDITED BY OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS











Signet Classics [ 0609 ] Orwell, George. Burmese Days. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Richard Rees. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ609
The product of intimate personal knowledge, Burmese Days, George Orwell's first novel, offers a scathing indictment of British Imperial rule. Against a brilliantly rendered exotic background, the author presents a bitter and satiric picture of the corruption spawned by absolute power, a corruption all - pervading and inescapable, infecting white man and native alike. His theme is given sharp focus in the struggle of. John Flory, the novel's English hero, to maintain some measure of integrity in a debilitating moral climate. As Flory is inexorably driven to final tragic defeat, the reader encounters a vividly delineated cross section of Anglo - Indian society and was an unsurpassed portrayal of an era of history whose effects still profoundly trouble the modern world. Burmese Days is a superb example of Orwell's literary skill and of the fierce and uncompromising vision that made him, in the words of V. S. Pritchett, 'the conscience of his generation.'











Signet Classics [ 0610 ] Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 610
There are few more convincing, less sentimental accounts of passionate love than Wuthering Heights. This is the story of a savage, tormented foundling, Heathcliff, who falls wildly in love with Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor, and the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other. A book of immense power and strength, it is filled with the raw beauty of the moors and an uncanny understanding of the terrible truths about men and women - an understanding made even more extraordinary by the fact that it came from the heart of a frail, inexperienced girl who lived out her lonely life in the moorland wildness and died a year after this great novel was published.











Signet Classics [ 0611 ] Defoe, Daniel. A Journal Of The Plague Year. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ611
Bring out your dead! The ceaseless chant of doom echoed through a city of emptied streets and filled grave pits. For this was London in the year 1665, the Year of the Great Plague. . . . In 1721, when the Black Death again threatened the European Continent, Daniel Defoe wrote A Journal of the Plague rear to alert an indifferent populace to the horror that was almost upon them. Through the eyes of a saddler who had chosen to remain while multitudes fled, the master realist vividly depicted a plague - stricken city. He re - enacted the terror of a helpless people caught in a tragedy they could not comprehend: the weak preying on the dying, the strong administering to the sick, the sinful orgies of the cynical, the quiet faith of the pious With dramatic insight he captured for all time the death throes of a great city.











Signet Classics [ 0612 ] Dickens, Charles. Martin Chuzzlewit. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. Afterword By Marvin Mudrick. 698 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY612
A parable of selfishness, a grisly melodrama, and an exuberant triumph of comic invention, Martin Chuzzlewit gives full display to Dickens' genius. Peopled by many of the author's most famous character creations - among them the memorable Mr. Pecksniff and the inimitable Mrs. Sarah Gamp - it tells a story of innocence, treachery, and retribution, with a young hero who makes the near - fatal error of seeking his fortune in America. The complex plot marks the transition from Dickens' earlier picaresque narratives to the structural unity of his later works; the novel's depiction of American life represents a high point in Dickensian social satire, rendering a judgment since echoed by many foreign visitors to our shores, but never in a form so bitter, so biting, or so wonderfully entertaining. Writing of Dickens, Marvin Mudrick declares: 'The point is not that he is a master of the comic and the ridiculous, though of course he is. The operative word is 'extravagances': it is the unexpended and startling momentum, the reckless improvisation, the demoniacal gusto. . . that identify the special Dickensian ridiculous.'











Signet Classics [ 0613 ] Chekhov, Anton. Ward Six and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ613
These six stories - here presented in memorable new translations - represent Chekhov's narrative genius at the full range and power of its maturity. As masterfully constructed as his earlier stories, but with far greater richness and dimension, they deal with human beings suffering the pain of existence, their lives illumined by the author's rigorous objectivity. The novella Ward Six, with its hauntingly symbolic depiction of the world of an insane asylum; The Duel, with its theme of moral degradation, its hint of regeneration; and A Dull Story, with its relentless depiction of a culture that corrupts and alienates.., these and others present a vivid portrait of what Rufus W, Mathewson calls a 'blighted' society, seen through the eyes of a writer whose understanding of 'human foolishness' is without equal. In his incisive Afterword Mr. Mathewson discards the accepted stereotypes, reappraising Chekhov's personality and work. He points out that Chekhov demands much of his readers, but gives much in return: 'The reader is challenged to collaborate in the experience of the story, to interpret it in the way an actor interprets the text of a play, or a musician a score. A good performance' by the reader will yield a very great reward.'











Signet Classics [ 0614 ] Twain, Mark. Life On The Mississippi. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT614
Life on the Mississippi is at once a romantic history of a mighty river; an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days; a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches. It is the raw material from which Mark Twain wrote his finest novel - Huckleberry Finn. It is an epochal record of America's growth, a stirring remembrance of her vanished past. And it earned for its author his first recognition as a serious writer. '[This is] a book to be ranked with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as one of the indisputably great works in the Twain canon . . . a book that measures the American future by the boundaries of the American past, a bridge between the world of Thomas Jefferson and the world of John D. Rockefeller.' - Leonard Kriegel.











Signet Classics [ 0615 ] Wharton, Edith. The House Of Mirth. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 615
THE HOUSE OF MIRTH stands as the work that first established Edith Wharton’s eminent literary reputation. In it she discovered her major subject: the fashionable New York society in which she had been raised, whose power to debase both people and ideals forms the dramatic core of this finely wrought novel. Its heroine, Lily Bart, the poor relation of a wealthy woman, is beautiful, intelligent, and hopelessly addicted to the pleasures of a moneyed world of luxury and grace. But, ironically, her delicacy of taste and moral sensibility - qualities representing the ideal goals of that world - render her unfit for survival in it. As she struggles to maintain her tenuous position, she is helpless against the vulgarity and greed that form the true foundations of the glittering social edifice; the society that has created her commences ruthlessly to destroy her. A brilliant portrayal of both human frailty and nobility, and a bitter attack on false social values, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH has been termed by Louis Auchincloss as 'uniquely authentic among American novels of manners. With an Afterword by Louis Auchincloss.











Signet Classics [ 0616 ] Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ616
Includes the stories: THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY, THE FACTS CONCERNING THE RECENT CARNIVAL OF CRIME IN CONNECTICUT, THE STOLEN WHITE ELEPHANT, LUCK, THE £1,000,000 BANKNOTE, THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG, THE FIVE BOONS OF LIFE,& WAS IT HEAVEN? OR HELL? . . . THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER is that rarity in the work of Mark Twain - a novelette in which the author turns his sardonic, free - wheeling wit to the problem of Eternal Evil in a distant time and place. In the other eight stories presented here Twain debunks his Gilded Age; he ransacks the back yards of daily life and fable to find his notorious, sometimes preposterous, metaphors. He is as apt to deal with the great minds of the law hunting a wayward elephant as with a man who has a bank - note no one can cash. 'Mark Twain transcends all other American humorists . . . There is always. . . the companionship of a spirit which is at once delightfully open and deliciously shrewd.' - William Dean Howells.











Signet Classics [ 0617 ] James, Henry. The Turn Of The Screw and Other Short Novels. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ617
Includes: The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, An International Episode, The Aspern Papers, The Altar of the Dead, & The Beast in the Jungle. Henry James considered 'the beautiful and blest nouvelle' to be 'the ideal form' for fiction, and to this genre he brought the full perfection of his imaginative artistry. The themes he chose and the values he set forth in the six nouvelles that comprise this Signet Classic typify the depth and power of his craftsmanship - the unique perception of a writer who unerringly deciphers the mind of a gay and flirtatious American girl adrift among the sophisticates of Europe . . . the motivations of a man who spends a lifetime waiting to experience his 'rare and strange' destiny. 'Few writers of fiction have been so inventive as Henry James,' writes Willard Thorp. Edmund Wilson commented that 'he can be judged only in the company of the very greatest.'











Signet Classics [ 0618 ] Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 618
Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN blends Gothic horror and romance in a story that is both world-famous and increasingly relevant. Frankenstein is a young, idealistic student of natural philosophy who, finding the secret of giving life to matter, creates a living being. The monstrous creation, though tender-hearted and gentle in nature, inspires fear in those who meet him and must hide away from society. Increasingly lonely and isolated, the monster becomes embittered and cruel, taking a hideous revenge on his creator. In a dramatic denouement in which Frankenstein pursues his creation to the Arctic in order to destroy him, Mary Shelley reveals the terrifying consequences of playing God.











Signet Classics [ 0619 ] Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW619
Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (1925) is a novel about the harsh realities of American life. Based on an actual murder case, the story concerns a young man, Clyde Griffiths, who is born into a religious family. His life changes when he takes work as a bellboy in a hotel in Kansas City and is exposed to the world of alcohol and prostitution. Griffiths's affair with a girl, Roberta, results in pregnancy, and she expects to marry him. But by now Clyde loves another woman.











Signet Classics [ 0620 ] Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 620
An innocent’s odyssey among the status- seekers, Joseph Andrews is the hilarious tale of a poverty-stricken, flagrantly handsome footman adrift in a world of blustering, powdered wigs and robbers, amorous dowagers and rough-and-tumble innkeepers. Joseph is squired by Parson Adams - a Sancho Panza with a passion for brawls - through a maze of bedroom farces and mistaken identities to find himself suddenly and irrevocably acceptable. The cornerstone of our realistic fiction, historically precise about eighteenth-century country manners, Henry Fielding’s novel is an extravaganza of mortal affectations and vanities.











Signet Classics [ 0621 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House Of Seven Gables. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT621
'God will give him blood to drink!' An evil house, cursed through the centuries by a man who was hanged for witchcraft, haunted by the ghosts of its sinful dead, wracked by the fear of its frightened living . . . . Four Pyncheons play a part inside the blighted house: Hepzibah, an elderly recluse; Clifford, her feeble-minded brother; Phoebe, their young country cousin . . . and Jaffrey, a devil incarnate whose greedy quest for secret wealth is marked by murder and terrible vengeance from a restless grave. Nathaniel Hawthorne's works are imbued with a mixture of the actual and the imaginary, and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES is an enduring example. The puritanical Colonel Pyncheon is the embodiment of Hawthorne's own great grandfather, a judge at the Salem witch trials; the gloomy, gabled house typifies his own depressing home. It is this masterful blending of the spiritual and symbolic that allows Hawthorne's haunted house to stand firm where many a weaker one has fallen.











Signet Classics [ 0622 ] Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 622
Don Quixote, originally published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, stands as Cervantes' belated but colossal literary success. A work which has achieved mythic status, it is considered to have pioneered the modern novel. Don Quixote, a poor gentleman from La Mancha, Spain, entranced by the code of chivalry, seeks romantic honor through absurd and fantastic adventures. His fevered imagination turns everyday objects into heroic opponents and stepping stones to greater glory; each exploit serves as a comic, yet disturbing commentary on the psychological struggle between reality and illusion, fact and fiction. This celebrated translation by Charles Jarvis offers a new introduction and notes which provide essential background information. Retells the adventures of an eccentric Spanish country gentleman and his companion who set out as a knight and squire of old to right wrongs and punish evil.











Signet Classics [ 0623 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ623
The Prairie marks the closing chapter in James Fenimore Cooper's great American saga, of the frontiersman Natty Bumppo. In flight from the ever - encroaching forces of civilization, the aging hero of the Leatherstocking Tales has journeyed westward seeking to end his days in the still - virgin wilderness of the Great Plains. But once more he is drawn into an involvement with society in the form of an emigrant party led by the embittered outcast, Ishmael Bush. Once again this man of nature finds himself in dramatic confrontation with civilization - called upon to exhibit his courage, his resourcefulness, his singular brand of moral rectitude. Written with the narrative vigor and descriptive power that shape the entire Leatherstocking series, The Prairie is, in the words of John William Ward, 'a threnody over the passing of something fine and heroic in American life. . . the passing of an ideal natural order before the inevitable advance of society. . . .We still read Cooper today because he was the first of our authors to seize upon the dramatic possibilities of that unfallen western world that stands at the beginning of our national life.'











Signet Classics [ 0624 ] James, Henry. Washington Square. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 624
'Everyone likes Washington Square. Even the denigrators of Henry James,' writes Donald Hall in his appreciative Afterword. One of the few' Jamesian novels set in his native land, its style is direct and economical; its plot - centering upon an heiress favored by neither beauty nor brilliance, her proud and pitiless father, her fortune - hunting suitor - has the simplicity of a classic drama. Henry James portrays the shifting relationships of his characters through a series of confrontations and self - revelations. And from this depiction there emerges a view of love and cruelty, innocence and treachery, singularly shaped by his intense moral vision. Clifton Fadiman has written of the novel's 'almost Mozartian combination of sweetness and depth.' While F. W. Dupee has deemed it 'a first - rate novel of James's early period, or of any of his periods . . . its surfaces are so fine, the writing so perfect, and the fusion of humor and pathos so inevitable.'











Signet Classics [ 0625 ] Hardy, Thomas. The Return Of The Native. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT625
'O deliver my heart from this fearful gloom and loneliness,' prays the passionate Eustacia Vye, who detests her life amid the dreary environs of Egdon Heath. With the return of Clym Yeobright from Paris, her escape from the heath and its brooding isolation appears to be at hand. Clym finds in Eustacia the same dark mystery of his native heath, and his irresistible attraction to them both leads to a clash of idealism and realism. Thomas Hardy's timeless tale of a romantic misalliance embodies his view of character as fate and underscores the tragic nature of ordinary human lives. Despite his grim outlook, Hardy charms readers with the warmth and vitality of his characters, his loving portraits of the English countryside, and his realistic recreations of local dialect. Shakespearian in its intricate plotting and deft irony, The Return of the Native ranks among the author's greatest works.











Signet Classics [ 0626 ] Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 626
A sturdy individualist and a lover of nature, Henry David Thoreau was typical of his time and place - an epitome of the Yankee spirit. In March, 1845, he set out to live life in a new way. Borrowing an ax, he built himself a wooden hut on the edge of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, where he lived until September, 1847. Walden is a record of that experiment in simple living. In this fascinating work Thoreau describes his Robinson Crusoe existence, bare creature comforts but rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man. On the Duty of Civil Disobedience is Thoreau's classic protest against government's interference with individual liberty. One of the most famous essays ever written, it came to the attention of Gandhi and formed the basis for his passive resistance movement. 'No truer American existed than Thoreau.' - Emerson Also included in this Signet Classics edition is a representative selection of Thoreau's poetry.











Signet Classics [ 0627 ] Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. New York. Signet/New American Library. 317 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT627
A storm at sea. . . a doomed ship. . . a sole survivor. . . here is Daniel Defoe's immortal tale of a young merchant seaman cast ashore on an uninhabited tropical island, destined to spend twenty - four years in isolated loneliness. But more than a story of man against nature, Robinson Crusoe is a penetrating study of a universal problem - man against himself. In this great work Defoe introduces us to an immature Crusoe, floundering as aimlessly through life as he later is to flounder helplessly in the grip of a savage sea. We share his struggle for survival; feel his despondence at hearing no human sound but the echo of his own despairing prayers; suffer his hostility toward a God he feels has unjustly forsaken him. And at the end of his long ordeal we witness a rebirth: We see a mature Robinson Crusoe who has doggedly conquered his environment and rekindled his faith in his Saviour. . . a Robinson Crusoe who has finally mastered himself.











Signet Classics [ 0628 ] Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ628
Disease is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Machines are considered dangerous; they have been destroyed and banished from the land. . . . This is the way of the world in Erewhon, the imaginary country of simple, straightforward people that was created by Samuel Butler to serve as a foil for his attack on ‘modern’ life and thought. With wit and imagination the master satirist lashed out at evolution, medicine, education, justice. And paradoxically he presented several sides of each issue in a many- sided tale of adventure, ideas, escape. As Kingsley Amis points out in his Afterword to this Signet Classic, EREWHON is the first modern Utopian romance, a novel which directly anticipates Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Orwell’s 1984. . .











Signet Classics [ 0629 ] Shakespeare, William. Henry V. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 629
Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare An extensive of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet A special introduction to the play by the editor, John Russell Brown, University of Michigan Source from which Shakespeare derived Henry V--selections Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by William Hazlitt, W. B. Yeats, E. M. W. Tillyard, Jonathan Dollimore, Alan Sinfield, and Diane E. Henderson A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Henry V, then and now Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up-to-date list of recommended readings











Signet Classics [ 0630 ] Dos Passos, John. Nineteen Nineteen. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY630
'The obscenity of the war, Mr. Wilson's War, is Dos Passos' theme, and since the war is the most important political event of the century, he rises to his theme with a brilliance that does not conceal the fury behind it.' --Alfred Kazin, from the introduction.











Signet Classics [ 0631 ] Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT631
Two sisters of opposing temperaments who share the pangs of tragic love provide the theme for Jane Austen's dramatically human narrative, Sense and Sensibility. Elinor, practical and conventional, is the perfection of sense. Marianne, emotional and sentimental, is the embodiment of sensibility. To both comes the sorrow of unhappy love. Elinor desires a man who is promised to another. Marianne loses her heart to a scoundrel who jilts her. Their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters - and true love finally triumphs when sense gives way to sensibility, and sensibility gives way to sense. Jane Austen's authentic representation of early nineteenth - century middle - class provincialism, written with forceful insight and gentle irony, makes her novels the enduring works on the mores and manners of her time.











Signet Classics [ 0632 ] Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 632
First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. One of the most chilling novels ever written about the oppression of totalitarian regimes--and the first to open Western eyes to the terrors of Stalin's prison camps, this book allowed Solzhenitsyn, who later became Russia's conscience in exile, to challenge the brutal might of the Soviet Union.











Signet Classics [ 0633 ] Hasek, Jaroslav. The Good Soldier Schweik. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Czech By Paul Selver.Foreword By Leslie A. Fiedler.Illustrated By Joseph Lada. 429 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY633
Poor Schweik. How simpleminded he is. Possibly even a lunatic. For how else could he fail to recognize the matchless wisdom of his sergeant, his lieutenant, his colonel, and even his king, who all agree it is his noble duty to serve as a solid target for an enemy bullet. Can the author be so bold as to suggest that this miserable nobody, this disgraceful malingerer, this grain of sand in the great military machine, is the true hero of our times? In all of the literature of war there is no more deadly weapon than Schweik's blank gaze as he listens to a vital order, then marches resolutely away in the wrong direction. For in Schweik's vision of the world - a world in which it is good to live and bad to die - lies a force that can topple empires and reduce the inspiring spectacle of war to bloody absurdity. The brilliant satire of this masterpiece does more than delight the reader; it casts the healing light of sanity upon the festering wounds of this war - torn century. 'The reader is reminded of Swift, Gogol, Dickens. . . . Hasek makes our present - day beatniks, bohemians, and would - be satirists seem very small beer by comparison.' - LONDON TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.











Signet Classics [ 0634 ] Edwards, Jonathan. Jonathan Edwards: Basic Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ634












Signet Classics [ 0635 ] Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor Of Casterbridge. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT635
Michael Henchard is an out-of-work hay-trusser who gets drunk at a local fair and impulsively sells his wife Susan and baby daughter. Eighteen years later Susan and her daughter seek him out, only to discover that he has become the most prominent man in Casterbridge. Henchard attempts to make amends for his youthful misdeeds but his unchanged impulsiveness clouds his relationships in love as well as his fortunes in business. Although Henchard is fated to be a modern-day tragic hero, unable to survive in the new commercial world, his story is also a journey towards love. This edition is the only critically established text of the novel, based on a comprehensive study of the manuscript and Hardy's extensive revisions.











Signet Classics [ 0636 ] Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows Of Young Werther and Selected Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 636
‘Werther still fascinates us . . . To us it reads, not as a tragic love story, but as a masterly and devastating portrait of a complete egoist, a spoiled brat, incapable of love because he cares for nobody and nothing but himself and having his way at whatever cost to others . . . NOVELLA, published in 1828, four years before Goethe’s death, is an excellent example of a literary genre, the idyll, at which German writers, more than those of any other language group, have always excelled.’ - from the Foreword by W. H. Auden. . Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His father was a man of means and position, who personally supervised the early education of his son. The young Goethe studied at the universities of Leipzig and Strasbourg, and in 1772 entered upon the practice of law at Wetzlar. At the invitation of Karl August, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, he went in 1775 to live in Weimar, where he held a succession of political offices, becoming the Duke’s chief adviser. From 1786 to 1788 he travelled in Italy, and directed the ducal theatre at Weimar. He took part in the Napoleonic wars against France, and in the following began a friendship with Friedrich Schiller, which lasted until the latter’s death in 1805. In 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius. As of 1820 he was on friendly terms with Kaspar Maria von Sternberg. From about 1794, he devoted himself chiefly to literature, and after a life of extraordinary productivity, died in Weimar. . LOUISE BOGAN, the distinguished American lyric poet, was awarded almost every major poetry award, including the Bollingen Prize, She translated The Journal of Jules Renard, and was co-translator with Elizabeth Mayer of Goethe’s ELECTIVE AFFINITIES. ELIZABETH MAYER has collaborated with W. H. Auden and Marianne Moore, Her translations include Goethe’s ITALIAN JOURNEY, Adalbert Stiftler’s ROCK CRYSTAL, and works by Sybil Bedford and others into German. . .











Signet Classics [ 0637 ] London, Jack. The Call Of The Wild and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP637
Out of the white wilderness, out of the Far North, Jack London, one of America’s most popular authors, drew the inspiration for his robust tales of perilous adventure and animal cunning. Swiftly paced, vividly written, the six stories included here deal with the main theme of London’s work - the law of the club and the fang, man’s instinctive reversal to primitive behavior when pitted against the brute force of nature.











Signet Classics [ 0638 ] Norris, Frank. The Octopus. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 638
Like his more famous contemporary Upton Sinclair, American author BENJAMIN FRANKLIN NORRIS, JR. (1870-1902) also highlighted the corruption and greed of corporate monopolies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries... themes that continue to make his work riveting reading more than a century later. The Octopus, first published in 1901, is the tale of a war between wheat growers in California and the Railroad Trust. Rancher Magnus Derrick and railroad representative S. Behrman square off-to disastrous results-as poet Presley, a stand-in for Norris, observes and chronicles the tragedy. The first part of Norris's projected 'Trilogy of the Epic of the Wheat,' The Octopus is followed by 1903's The Pit (Norris died before he could write the third volume, The Wolf).











Signet Classics [ 0639 ] James, Henry. The American. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ639
Leon Edel writes of this novel: 'The American is a novel rich in the way in which it draws archetypal myths and mimetic modes. Behind its melodrama and its simple romance is the history of man's dream of better worlds, travel to strange lands, and marriage to high and noble ladies. At the same time the book reveals a deep affection for American innocence and a deep awareness that such innocence carries with it a fund of ignorance. Its novelty lay in its 'international' character. It has been spoken of as tile first truly 'international' novel. . . . For the first time, with high humor, James here addresses himself to his major theme it was his great discovery for the American novel. . . . '. . . [It is] a masterpiece of American romanticism in which James shows us his profound grasp of what he was ultimately to call 'time Americano - European legend.'











Signet Classics [ 0640 ] Dickens, Charles. The Mystery Of Edwin Drood. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ640
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is even more of a mystery than Dickens himself intended, for he died before completing it. The main issue in the novel is the disappearance of Edwin Drood and the suspicion that he has been murdered. But as intriguing as this central plot are the startling innovations in Dickens’s work and the troubled elements lurking within the novel: a dark opium underworld, the uneasy and violent fantasies of its inhabitants, the disquieting presence of old ‘Princess Puffer’, his portrait of the quiet cathedral town of Cloisterham from which people have to escape in order to save themselves - and, at the centre, the menacing figure of jasper. In his introduction Angus Wilson discusses what is known about Dickens’s intentions and suggests that, as well as a crime novel, Edwin Drood is a work in which Dickens develops his lifelong preoccupation with the forces of good and evil. .











Signet Classics [ 0641 ] Howells, William Dean. A Hazard Of New Fortunes. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY641
Set against a vividly depicted background of fin de siècle New York, this novel centers upon the conflict between a self - made millionaire and a fervent social revolutionary - a conflict in which a man of goodwill futilely attempts to act as mediator, only to be forced himself into a crisis of conscience. Evident throughout this multifaceted work is William Dean Howells' grasp of the realities of the American experience in an age of emerging social struggle; evident as well is his absolute determination to render justice to every point of view. Both a memorable portrait of an era and a profoundly moving study of human interrelatednness, A Hazard of New Fortunes fully justifies Alfred Kazin's ranking of Howells as 'the first great domestic novelist of American life.' Benjamin DeMott praises 'Howells' dream of bursting free from self, of entering with large imaginative understanding into the lives of others,' and goes on to declare: 'Howells' dream was. . . moral to the core.'











Signet Classics [ 0642 ] Thorp, Williard (introduction). Four Classic American Novels: Scarlet Letter / Huckleberry Finn / Red Badge of Courage / Billy Budd. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 642
Sweeping readers from the New England colonies to the banks of the Mississippi, to the battle fields of the Civil War to the storm tossed waters of the Atlantic, this extraordinary collection is ideal-and most economical-for classrooms, libraries, and homes.











Signet Classics [ 0643 ] James, Henry. The Wings Of The Dove. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW643
One of the masterpieces of James's final period, The Wings of the Dove represents the author's artistic genius at its summit of formal perfection, his vision at its highest pitch of creative intensity. The setting is one James made singularly his own: the fashionable world of London mansion and Venetian palace, of drawing room and dinner party, of burnished elegance and grace. The theme is the human price this world exacts as it transforms two lovers - a man of good conscience and a woman of superb vitality - into conspirators set on victimizing an American millionairess, a naïve young woman in love with life, and inexorably doomed. Ranking among James's most memorable characterizations, these three act out a meticulously designed drama of treachery and self - betrayal in a work whose consummate artistry reflects a moral judgment all - pervading and profound. As F. W. Dupee writes, 'Les splendeurs et misères du monde remains James's principal subject; and nowhere in his work is the world, its beauty and its terror, better presented than in The Wings of the Dove.'











Signet Classics [ 0644 ] Eliot, George. Silas Marner. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP644
Wrongly accused of a heinous theft that had been committed by his best friend, the gentle linen weaver, Silas Marner, goes into exile to become a miserly recluse. In the rustic village of Raveloe he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth through his unselfish love for an abandoned child who appears mysteriously one day in his isolated cottage. A classic beloved by every generation, George Eliot's heartwarming novel of a miser and a little child combines the charm of a fairy tale with the humor and pathos of realistic fiction. Silas Marner is a tale rich in the understanding of human nature. . . and a vivid revelation of the undercurrents of sheltered rural life - suspicion of the outsider, hatred of the unfamiliar.











Signet Classics [ 0645 ] Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ645
In an age that has seen the wildest speculations of science become reality, Jules Verne is regarded as both a technological prophet and as one of the most exciting masters of imagination the world has ever known. Of all his novels, none is more compelling and thrilling than 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This extraordinary voyage into the depths of the unknown aboard the legendary submarine Nautilus—commanded by the brilliant, tragic Captain Nemo—explores both the limitless possibilities of science and the twisted labyrinth of the human mind. The novel stands as science fiction raised to the level of literature, and remains a vivid expression of a new era of technological advancement, and humanity’s place within that world.











Signet Classics [ 0646 ] Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY646
The Wild Palms is composed of two vividly contrasting short novels. The first, giving its title to the volume, is one of Faulkner's most unforgettable creations, the story of two lovers who defy society's conventions in an intensely passionate, ultimately disastrous affair. The second, The Old Man, tells of a convict accidentally freed during a Mississippi flood, struggling to save both himself and a pregnant woman whose fate has been thrust into his hands. Each of these works is brilliant in itself; and each gives added dimension to the other. Dramati~l1y juxtaposed are the themes of proud rebellion and calm acceptance, fierce pursuit of individual destiny and deep - rooted harmony with the tidal forces of nature. In praising The Wild Palms, critic and novelist R. V Cassill speaks of its 'smoky, keening rhetoric and furiously paced action . . . the utterly reckless pitch and pace,' while he pays tribute to the 'marvelous floods of Faulknerian prose. . . the ripeness of Faulkner's art' in The Old Man. As he goes on to say, 'the novels belong together. . . The greater work kindles the lesser, and the lesser supports . . . the jagged intensities of the greater.'











Signet Classics [ 0647 ] Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT647
A very real little girl named Alice follows a remarkable rabbit down a rabbit hole and steps through a looking - glass to come face to face with some of the strangest adventures and some of the oddest characters in all literature. The crusty Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire - Cat, Tweedledum and Tweedledee - each one is more eccentric, and more entertaining, than the last. And all of them could only have come from the pen of Lewis Carroll, one of the few adults ever to enter successfully the children's world of make - believe - a wonderland where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal, real . . . where the heights of adventure are limited only by the depths of imagination.











Signet Classics [ 0648 ] Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW648
The first novel of the monumental U.S.A. trilogy, THE 42ND PARALLEL, opens amid the bright hopes and ominous foreshadowings of the dawn of the twentieth century in America. The novel's subject is America, as represented by her great men, by her popular culture, by the autobiographical evocations of an unseen author, and by the lives of vividly created fictional characters. These protagonists - a young man on the make, a frigid career woman, a defiant radical, a 'nice girl' gone wrong, a footloose drifter - live to the pulsebeat of their times, their personal destinies transformed into the substance of history. Through dazzling narrative juxtapositions and a prose that attains an electric poetry, we see relentlessly unroll the savage, sorrowful panorama of a nation's loss of innocence. As Alfred Kazin writes, 'What Dos Passos created with The 42nd Parallel was in fact another American invention.. .the greatest possible homage to art as a new kind of 'practicality' in getting down the facts of human existence in our century.' NINETEEN NINETEEN and THE BIG MONEY, the second and third novels of U.S.A., are also available in Signet Classic editions. Each can be read as a separate novel. Together they form a landmark achievement in modern American fiction. With the original illustrations by Reginald Marsh.











Signet Classics [ 0649 ] Dos Passos, John. The Big Money. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW649
America in the boom years of the twenties is the setting of THE BIG MONEY. Hog - wild material prosperity rules the land and cripples the national life. Amid a vivid, fevered atmosphere of big business and bootleg booze, tinsel glamour and grinding injustice, Dos Passos guides his characters - a young mid - Westerner destroyed by his own success, an amoral trollop - turned - Hollywood star, an advertising boy - wonder on a careening treadmill of corruption, an idealistic girl discovering the facts of life - toward destinies that make a mockery of the American dream. The author's wonderful multiplicity of narrative techniques, his swift cross - cutting of points of view, never were used with greater effect than in this novel that Malcolm Cowley termed 'a furious and sombre poem, written in a mood of revulsion even more powerful than that which T. S. Eliot expressed in 'The Waste Land.' It stands as the climactic novel of a trilogy Alfred Kazin calls 'an epic of democracy' charged with 'the energy of disenchantment.' THE 42ND PARALLEL and NINETEEN NINETEEN, the first and second novels of U.S.A., are also available in Signet Classic editions. Each can be read as a separate novel. Together they form a landmark achievement in American fiction.











Signet Classics [ 0650 ] Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP650
An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover and her aging, vengeful husband - these are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh, Puritan world of seventeenth - century Boston. Tremendously moving, rich in psychological insight, this tragic novel of shame and redemption reveals Hawthorne's concern with the New England past and its influence on American attitudes. From his dramatic illumination of the struggles between mind and heart, dogma and self - reliance, he fashioned one of the masterpieces of fiction. 'The one American literary work which comes as near to perfection as is granted a man to bring his achievements.' - Arnold Bennett.











Signet Classics [ 0651 ] Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY651
The year before he died Charles Dickens wrote of David Copperfield, 'Of all my books, I like this the best.' The story of the abandoned waif who develops a 'disciplined heart' through challenging encounters with distress and misfortune is a supreme example of Dickens' skill as a novelist. In this great work plots and counterplots are interwoven into one intricate, grand design . . . and a huge gallery of individual characters comes alive. The malignantly treacherous Uriah Heep, the jovial nurse Peggotty, the foolishly innocent Dora, the improvident Mr. Micawber, the egotistic and charming Steerforth - these stand among literature's most remembered people. 'Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings.' - T. S. Eliot. 'No novelist has ever captured more poignantly the brightness and magic and terror of the world as seen through the eyes of a child . . . the brutality and cruelty of boyhood.., the widening gaze of adolescence, the stress of starting out on a career, the silliness and delirious ecstasy and anguish of youthful love. That Dickens was able to weave all these strands into a design so richly integrated in theme and form makes it one of the transcendent achievements of the art of the novel.' - Edgar Johnson.











Signet Classics [ 0652 ] Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures Of The Speckled Band and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP652
Except for Hamlet, no fictional character has been the subject of more scholarly argument and speculation than Sherlock Holmes. His adventures have been translated into 41 languages. He has appeared in 21 plays, 121 movies, and is currently starring on Broadway in the musical, 'Baker Street.' To quote from Baring - Gould's brilliant - nay, Holmesian - lntroduction: '. . . it is the character of Holmes that grips us - a character so real that to this day letters are written to 'Mr. Sherlock Holmes, 221B Baker Street, London, England.' Perhaps William Bolitho expressed it best when he said that 'Holmes is the spirit of a town and a time.' The town, of course, is London - a gaslit London where the fog swirls thick against the windowpanes, and four - wheelers and hansoms rumble down the cobblestoned streets - and the time is the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. If you would see for yourself why Sherlock Holmes has for so long held his place in English literature, turn to the twelve stories in this volume. They have been selected with great discrimination, and each is explained in a lengthy, delightful note by William S. Baring - Gould, the editor of this Signet Classic and author of the definitive 'biography' of Sherlock Holmes.











Signet Classics [ 0653 ] Taylor, Robert Lewis. W.C. Fields: His Follies & Fortunes. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. 287 pages. January 1968. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY653
He was born William Claude Dukinfield, son of a London cockney who migrated to Philadelphia in the late 1870's: he became W C. Fields, star of The Bank Dick and My Little Chickadee, in the opinion of many the greatest comic artist the world has known. Pulitzer Prize - winner Robert Lewis Taylor chronicles the incredible life story of W C. Fields from his childhood as a knockabout street urchin to his heyday as the celebrity who hobnobbed with Edward VII. To write a book, commensurately funny, about a comic genius and to raise it to the level of literature is a feat that requires a gift of unique rarity. Mr. Taylor's contribution, in W. C. FIELDS: His Follies and Fortunes, is a separate venture in creation, rich in both humor and pathos, as marvelous in its way as Mr. Fields himself. Harry Golden comments on this remarkable portrait of the century's funniest man: 'Fields makes all the modern beats look like little Lord Fauntleroys. . . . He was a supreme artist and a supreme individual and Taylor does him full justice.' Richard Maney says in The New York Times, 'Robert Lewis Taylor has written a hilarious history of the fabulous comedian, written it with understanding, sympathy and a gay respect for the scandalous facts involved.'











Signet Classics [ 0654 ] Turgenev, Ivan. The Hunting Sketches. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ654
An uncanny observer of Russians of every class, Turgenev's huntsman learns the touching, but frequently comic, secrets in the complex relationships between peasants and their masters. In his journeys through the steppes and forests he finds courageous, practical men who submit to slavery, dreamers freer than the dissolute lords who own them, and servants made cruel by bondage. He is witness to village festivals and trysts, to public and private farces perpetrated by strangely incestuous, ingrown aristocrats. A faithful account of the mores in rural Russia, this book abounds in folklore and insights into Nature - renditions no less astute than its careful destruction of every human stereotype. 'For me, when I read in that book 'The Singers,' or 'Chertopkhanov and Nedopiuskin,' or that most beautiful of all pieces of writing, 'Bezhin Meadow,' I am conscious. . . always of Turgenev's face looking up out of the pages.. . he was the supreme creative writer.' - Ford Madox Ford. 'He lived, he sought, and he expressed in his works what he found - everything he found.' - Leo Tolstoy. 'I was enthralled by the portraits you put into print. What masterly limning! How one can see, and hear, and know all these peasants of the North . . . and all those countrified landowners, burghers or noblemen - it needed but a few words of yours to sketch momentary encounters with them into images aquiver with life and vivid! No one could have done this better than you.' - George Sand.











Signet Classics [ 0655 ] Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ655
The systematic corruption of the innocent by two partners - in - jealousy is the theme of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the great French novel that crystallizes the tragedy of the highly civilized society where the intellect reigns supreme in every facet of life, especially love. Revealed through their intimate, wickedly detached correspondence.; the conquests effected by the Marquise de Merteuil and the libertine Valmont, her former lover, are, on the surface, motivated by revenge. In a deeper sense, they are seen to be the results of a power struggle between the pair for sexual supremacy. Laclos has likened their exposure and eventual ruin to the doom of the hyperrational eighteenth - century regime whose immoralities he had observed so closely. André Gide wrote of the author and his masterpiece: 'There is no doubt as to his being hand in glove with Satan. Yet this book, diabolical as its inspiration is, turns out, like every work of profound observation and exact expression, to contain, without the author's desire, much more instruction on morals than many a well - intentioned treatise.'











Signet Classics [ 0656 ] Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT656
Hank Morgan, cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth - century Connecticut, wakes to find himself in the England of King Arthur. The tough - minded Yankee, an embodiment of scientific enlightenment, faces a world whose idyllic surface only masks the dark forces of fear, injustice, and ignorance. This is the springboard which launches one of literature's most extraordinary excursions into fantasy. With the agility of Mark Twain's unique virtuosity, this acrobatic tour de force moves from broad comedy to biting social satire, and from the pure joy of wild high jinks to deeply probing insights into the nature of man, whose capacity for progress is matched only by his capacity for destruction. The reader is shaken by laughter - and something more than laughter - as he falls under the book's enchantment and finds that the grim truths of Mark Twain's Camelot strike a resoundingly contemporary note. 'This story is something other and greater than a funny book. It is a work written with a high purpose, to convey what seemed to its author the most profound and elemental truths about human society.' - Stephen Leacock











Signet Classics [ 0657 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Possessed. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 657
THE POSSESSED is regarded the world over as the most shattering vision of nihilism in action to come out of Russia. Despite their different interpretations of radical politics, the young men, Stavrogin and Verhovensky combine fanaticism, treachery, and self - contradiction to incite an entire town to pillage, arson, and slaughter. In this story of misfits who believe in nothing and wish only to destroy, Dostoyevsky is everywhere concerned with the passion man demonstrates for the lie in order to create a chaos that mirrors his tortured soul. 'Dostoyevsky wrote of the unconscious as if it were conscious; that is in reality the reason why his characters seem 'pathological,' while they are only visualized more clearly than any other figures in imaginative literature. . . . He was in the rank in which we set Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe.' - Edwin Muir











Signet Classics [ 0658 ] France, Anatole. Penguin Island. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW658
A near - sighted holy man, cast upon an island somewhere off the Breton coast, proceeds to baptize the population. Unfortunately, this population consists entirely of penguins. However, when through Divine Grace all are granted the dubious privilege of becoming human; their history begins - and one of the most devastating satiric allegories ever conceived is set in motion. Written with the singular combination of elegant style and uncompromising irony of which Anatole France was a master, Penguin Island is a scalpel - like dissection of human stupidity, hypocrisy, sham and fraud. Sex, war, religion, business and, politics, all are delineated by a pen dipped in acid. Though events in this extraordinary work correspond to the course of French history, the reader will have no difficulty in relating the author's concerns - whether they be reforming politicians who turn conservative at the first taste of power, or generals who climb to glory upon the corpses of soldiers - with contemporary realities. For, as David Caute writes in his keenly observed Introduction, 'the target of Anatole France's sharp and destructive wit is in reality the whole of Western civilization.'











Signet Classics [ 0659 ] Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls Of Black Folk. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 659
First published in 1903, this extraordinary work not only recorded and explained history—it helped alter its course. Written after Du Bois had earned his Ph.D. from Harvard and studied in Berlin, these fourteen essays contain both the academic language of sociology and the rich lyricism of African spirituals, which Du Bois called 'sorrow songs.' Often revealingly autobiographical, Du Bois explores topics as diverse as the death of his infant son and the politics of Booker T. Washington. In every essay, he shows the consequences of both a political color line and an internal one, as he grapples with the contradictions of being black and being American. What emerges is a manifesto calling for a new class of African - American intellectuals and a transcendent program for change. One of our country’s most influential books, The Souls of Black Folk reflects the mind of a visionary who inspired generations of readers to remember the past, question the status quo, and fight for a just tomorrow.











Signet Classics [ 0660 ] Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ660
The outrages that Jonathan Wild commits against the simple, virtuous Heartfree epitomize one of the most villainous but memorably comic figures in literature. Wild is methodically evil: his thefts and vices, violence and grand deceptions, are merely steppingstones in his progress toward 'greatness.' In writing about this sublime blackguard, Henry Fielding drew on his knowledge of London's Gin Lane, where he served as magistrate, on legends surrounding an actual archcriminal, and on the figure of the King's minister, Sir Robert Walpole, that nemesis whom Pope, Swift, and Gay lampooned in their greatest works. Jonathan Wild is perhaps the Enlightenment's most ironic pageant of corruption - the book in which Fielding's dormant theme that 'greatness' and 'goodness' have no part in each other gleams with polished bitterness and gallows humor.











Signet Classics [ 0661 ] Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of the House Of Usher and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT661
Collected in these two volumes are roe's legendary tales of terror that attest to his stylistic brilliance in evoking an atmosphere of gloom and obsession. Creatures, eyes, coffins, walls-all are symbols in roe's efforts to create an aura of evil. What reader would not share the anxiety of the traveler in The Fall of the House of Usher, who upon his first glimpse of the house, finds an 'insufferable gloom pervading my spirit... an utter depression of the soul... an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart'? In volume 2 his nightmarish visions take us down untraveled paths revealing the dark side of the human experience.











Signet Classics [ 0662 ] Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY662
Leo Tolstoy combined detailed physical description with perceptive psychological insight to sweep aside the sham of surface appearances and lay bare man's intimate gestures, acts, and thoughts. Murder and sacrifice...greed and devotion...lust and affection...vanity and love -- one by one, in this volume of great stories, Tolstoy dissects the basic drives, emotions, and motives of ordinary people searching for self-knowledge and spiritual perfection. Chekhov said, 'Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy.' And Turgenev 'marveled at the strength of his huge talent...It sends a cold shudder even down my back...He is a master, a master.'











Signet Classics [ 0663 ] Wolfe, Thomas. The Web and the Rock. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. 640 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW663
The Web and The Rock is the story of struggling young writer George Webber- his youth in a Southern town, his college days, his teaching trip abroad . . . and his affair with an older, wealthy woman. Blazingly original, totally true to life, it is one of the major works of a great American artist. 'He was one of the most brilliant of them all. He had an enormous appetite for life, and a deep sensitivity. . . . It is tragic that he died so soon.' -NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE. 'Wolfe has written passage after passage that you want to read aloud, to memorize; no novelist since Conrad has more verbal effectiveness. . . Wolfe has illuminated a section of experience which no other novelist but Dostoyevsky and Joyce have explored more searchingly.' -THE SATURDAY REVIEW.











Signet Classics [ 0664 ] Dickens, Charles. Dombey & Son. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW664
Dombey and Son marks the great turning point of Dickens' artistic career. In it, he departs forever from the picaresque world of his earlier novels, in which only individual villainy had marred the landscape of life; for the first time he envisions evil as inherent in the very structure of his society, and gives unified form to this vision in all its scope, depth, and complexity. Set in an England caught in the throes of industrial revolution and commercial expansion, this tale of a proud, ambitious, and morally blind businessman, and of his pernicious effect upon the multitude of lives around him, stands as a memorable indictment of a corrosive economic system, and as a profound plea for human values. Written with immense vitality, abounding in characters of extraordinary vividness, and superb in total design, Dombey and Son is, as Edgar Johnson has written, 'one of Dickens' greatest books' - 'the first great masterpiece of Dickens' maturity.' Alan Pryce - Jones declares: 'In a word, the book is carried through by its gusto. We do not have to suspend disbelief. Dickens has the air, the panache, to make us believe . . . '











Signet Classics [ 0665 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY665
Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, The Karamazov Brothers (1880), is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. The dissolute landowner Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov is murdered; his sons-the atheist intellectual Ivan, the hot-blooded Dmitry, and the saintly novice Alyosha-are all at some level involved. Bound up with this intense family drama is Dostoevsky's exploration of many deeply felt ideas about the existence of God, the question of human freedom, the collective nature of guilt, the disastrous consequences of rationalism. The novel is also richly comic: the Russian Orthodox Church, the legal system, and even the author's most cherished causes and beliefs are presented with a note of irreverence, so that orthodoxy and radicalism, sanity and madness, love and hatred, right and wrong are no longer mutually exclusive. Rebecca West considered it 'the allegory for the world's maturity', but with children to the fore. This new translation does full justice to Dostoevsky's genius, particularly in the use of the spoken word, which ranges over every mode of human expression. The story of the Karamazov brothers and their varying justifications, or lack thereof, for the world.











Signet Classics [ 0666 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW666
Today universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized the generation in which it was written, causing Sinclair Lewis to be ‘invited’ to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia. His portrait of a golden-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church-a saver of souls who lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence - is also the record of a period, a reign of grotesque vulgarity, which but for Lewis would have left no record of itself. Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since Voltaire. . .











Signet Classics [ 0667 ] Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY667
This is a searing study of mob justice. The story takes place in the Old West, but it could happen anywhere, anytime that men of action let their anger goad them into taking the law into their own hands. Published in 1940, this powerful narrative was immediately hailed as a work of art. 'The Ox - Bow Incident is a triumph of restraint and workmanship. . . . The tenseness that builds and eddies and comes back stronger is beautifully geared to the temper of each central character and the shifting emotions of the mob, as doubt, anger, stubbornness, physical cold, pity and revulsion hold them in turn,' said Max Gissen in the New Republic. Ben Ray Redman described it in The Saturday Review as 'A sinewy, masculine tale that progressively tightens its grip on the reader.' And Clifton Fadiman summed up the verdict of all the critics when he called this modern classic 'a masterpiece.'











Signet Classics [ 0668 ] Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT668
Rich with wisdom and gentle irony, Oliver Goldsmith's only novel is a charming comedy that tells of an unworldly and generous vicar who lives contentedly with his large family until disaster strikes. When his idyllic life is brutally interrupted by bankruptcy and his daughter's abduction, he lands in prison. Yet these misfortunes fail to dampen the vicar's spirit or cause him to lose sight of Christian morality. A delightful lampoon of such literary conventions of the day as pastoral scenes, artificial romance, and the hero's stoic bravery, The Vicar of Wakefield has remained a classic since it was first published in 1766.











Signet Classics [ 0669 ] Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind In The Willows. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 669
Since its triumphant initial publication, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has established itself as one of the most enduringly popular works of this century, a classic of magical fancy and enchanting wit. Depicted in a prose of almost musical purity, the adventures and misadventures of the book's intrepid quartet of heroes - Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and, of course, the incorrigible Toad - raise fantasy to the level of myth, a myth that reflects the freshness of childhood faith in the promise and wonder of life. Created is a world that embodies both the author's extraordinary sensitivity to the beauties of nature, and his wry, whimsical and unfailingly inventive imagination. It is a world which succeeding generations of adult as well as youthful readers have found irresistable. But why say more? To use the words of the estimable Mr. Toad himself: 'Travel, change, interest, excitement! . . . Come inside . . .' Introduction by Mary Ellmann. Illustrated by Alex Tsao.











Signet Classics [ 0670 ] Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CE670
‘People are almost always better than their neighbours think they are.’ George Eliot’s most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose pioneering medical methods, combined with an imprudent marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamond, threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. As their stories entwine, George Eliot creates a richly nuanced and moving drama, hailed by Virginia Woolf as ‘one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.’











Signet Classics [ 0671 ] Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge Of Courage. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP671
A pioneer in the realistic school of American fiction, and a forerunner of Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane probed the thoughts and actions of trapped or baited men fighting the destructive forces in nature, in other human beings, and in themselves. . . Here published complete from the original manuscripts is Crane's masterpiece, one of the great war novels of all time - The Red Badge of Courage. . . together with four of his best - known short stories. Outstanding for their psychological portrayal of violent emotions keyed in quiet tension, they reveal the insight and narrative skill of 'one of the clearest cases of genius in American fiction.' - Carl Van Doren. Includes - THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, and The Open Boat, The Blue Hotel, The Upturned Face, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.











Signet Classics [ 0672 ] Eliot, George. The Mill On The Floss. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY672
George Eliot's Masterpiece . . . the controversial author's most autobiographical novel. This novel's unsentimental evocation of childhood in the English countryside stands as an enduring triumph; but equally memorable are its portrayal of a narrow, tradition - bound society, its striking, superbly drawn heroine, Maggie Tulliver, and its dramatic unfolding of tragic human destiny.











Signet Classics [ 0673 ] Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ673
Of Jane Austen's novels, Mansfield Park is unique in its moral design, with a heroine far different from the author's previous creations. This young lady, Miss Fanny Price, poor relation of a wealthy family, possesses only natural goodness to aid her against a dazzlingly witty and lovely rival as they compete for the man they both love. Her ultimate triumph is one of character over personality, purity of heart over brilliance of manner, in a tale that constitutes a sharply pointed attack on social sham Written with the stylistic grace and delicate perception that distinguish the entire Austen canon, Mansfield Park stands as one of the most complex and fascinating achievements of a writer ranked by Virginia Woolf as 'the most perfect artist among women.' It is, as Marvin Mudrick declares, 'the first novel that Jane Austen wrote in the maturity of her powers. . . a long novel, her longest, and its length is an index of magnitude.'











Signet Classics [ 0674 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pathfinder. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ674
Vigorous, self - reliant, amazingly resourceful and moral, James Fenimore Cooper's Natty Bumppo towers over and above the author's majestic descriptions of early frontier life, Indian raiders, and defenseless outposts. He the prototype of the Western hero; his vision of man in a natural context and his hatred of' middle - class hypocrisy give him his stature as a faultless arbiter of wilderness justice. He is no less adept at judging his own feelings of love - divided as they are between the woman whom he protects on a hazardous journey and the deep woods that sustain him in his beliefs. A rapid, climactic narrative, The Pathfinder is among the finest examples of epic action literature. '. . . the examples [Cooper] has given in his glorious fictions, of heroism, honor, and truth, of large sympathies between man and man. . . shall live through centuries to come. . . ' - William Cullen Bryant.











Signet Classics [ 0675 ] Boswell, James. Boswell's Life Of Johnson. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 675
'I will venture to promise that my Life of my revered friend will be the richest piece of biography that has ever appeared.' Thus, in 1786, James Boswell wrote of a work that had its genesis in his first meeting, twenty - three years before, with the eminent Samuel Johnson. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. did not appear until 1791, but it was to justify fully its author's prophecy. Drawing upon Johnson's sparkling conversations, his writings, the opinions of contemporaries as well as his own recollections, Boswell employed his superb gift for dramatic scene and concrete detail to create a remarkable portrait. Brought to full and vivid life is a genius of common sense, a magnificent critic, a passionate moralist, a man of reason and idiosyncrasy who climbed from poverty and obscurity to become the literary ruler of his age. To the modern reader, however, it is not only Johnson's personality, ideas, and milieu that make this book so fascinating; there is also the implicit presence of the biographer, conveyed by his subtle powers of observation and his vigorous prose. Boswell has come to be recognized in this century as a writer of the first rank, and the LIFE OF JOHNSON to be the greatest of all biographies.











Signet Classics [ 0676 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. Signet/New American Library. 176 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY676
Katherine Anne Porter is regarded as one of the most distinguished writers in the world today. Her style is a rare combination of subtlety and insight; her concern is 'human nature, the fatalities of life and the perils of human relationships.' In the three beautiful short novels that comprise PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER she explores the chaotic individualism experienced by those who cope with—and today outlive—their greatest crises. Miranda, the heroine of the first and last stories, survives the ghosts of a poignant but unreal childhood, the Great War, and a flu epidemic that claims her lover—to spend her days with a heightened sense of jeopardy. In 'Noon Wine', Farmer Thompson, though legally acquitted of the murder he commits, can find no justification for his crime and seeks release in a final and tragic act. 'Miss Porter is one of the finest writers of prose in America.'—Granville Hicks . . . 'There is a kind of magic about everything Miss Porter writes.'—New York Times . . 'Katherine Anne Porter moves in the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry; James.'—Saturday Review. With an Afterword by Mark Schorer.











Signet Classics [ 0677 ] Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY677
One of the most famous travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land by an American, The Innocents Abroad is Mark Twain's irreverent and incisive commentary on the 'New Barbarians' encounter with the 'Old World.' Twain's hilarious satire is a double - edged weapon, impaling with sharp wit the chauvinist and the cosmopolitan alike. His naïve Westerner is a blustering pretender to sophistication, a too - quick convert to culture. Turning the coin, the ruins of antiquity appear but a shadow of their heralded glory; the scenery of 'Europe and the Holy Land 'dwarfs in contrast to the splendor of a, Western landscape. With stunning agility Twain unconsciously uses his travelogue - as Leslie A. Fiedler points out - to search out the 'archetypal differences' between Americans and Europeans - the 'American identity.' As Mr. Fiedler points out in his pungent Afterword, this was a quest that was to obsess Mark Twain's literary career: ' . . . over and over, he was to return to the themes of The Innocents Abroad. . . a classic work which, without ceasing to be amusing, marks a critical point in the development of our literature, and especially in our attempt through literature to find out who we Americans are.' The Signet Classic edition of The Innocents A broad is based on the text of the first edition, which was published in 1869.











Signet Classics [ 0678 ] Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY678
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina startled the world with its powerful portrayal of the human need for love and happiness weighted against the rigid demands of society. Its heroine, the sensual, rebellious Anna, renounces a respectable yet stifling marriage for an extramarital affair that offers a taste of passion even as it ensnares her in a trap for destruction. Her story contrasts with that of Levin, a young self-doubting agnostic who takes a different path to fulfillment and finds faith and marital bliss in an age of repression. Considered the greatest novel of the nineteenth century, Anna Karenina has been called Tolstoy's spiritual autobiography. Anna and Levin personify his lifelong struggle to reconcile his physical desires and intellectual ideals in order to lead a more meaningful existence. His program for abstinence and nonviolence, based on a personal interpretation of the Gospels, made him one of the world's most venerated teachers.











Signet Classics [ 0679 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY679
First published in 1922, this modern classic is a biting satire of middle-American values that retains much of its poignancy today. The novel follows George F. Babbitt, an outwardly successful but inwardly unhappy real estate salesman, as he pursues the American Dream, but then loses faith in it and rebels against conformity.











Signet Classics [ 0680 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ680
The last of the Leatherstocking Tales to be written, and Cooper's own favorite, The Deerslayer turns back to the entrance into manhood of Natty Bumppo, the hero of these classic frontier sagas. An idealistic youth who was raised among the Indians, his daring and resourcefulness are evident - but the Deerslayer has yet to meet the test of human conflict. In a tale of violent action and superbly sustained suspense, the harsh realities of tribal warfare force him to kill his first foe, and face torture at the stake. Still yet another kind of initiation awaits him, when he discovers not only the ruthlessness of 'civilized' men, but also the special danger of a woman's will. His youthful spirit transformed into mature courage and moral certainty, the future Leatherstocking emerges to face life with a nobility as pure and proud as the wilderness whose fierce beauty and freedom have claimed his heart. Historian Allan Nevins writes 'It is a rich and intensely exciting. . . story of an America now so far lost in time and change that it is hard to believe it ever existed. But it did exist, and some memory of it, in our all too artificial day, ought to be cherished by the nation.' And Van Wyck Brooks commented 'Natty Bumppo was destined to remain the symbol of a moment of civilization, the dawn of the new American soul.’











Signet Classics [ 0682 ] Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY682
With the sharp sensitivity of 'a man without skin' Tobias Smollett humorously attacked the frivolity and foibles of eighteenth - century England. Humphry Clinker is his mirthful tale of a tour by coach and four through cities and countryside. Five people embark on the journey: the crusty eccentric, Squire Bramble; his husband - hunting sister, Tabitha; her maid, Winifred; and Bramble's youthful niece and nephew,. Lydia and Jery. En route they are joined by Humphry Clinker, an honest Wiltshire lad of tattered cloth and empty purse. As misadventure follows misadventure, each character reveals his true self by giving his own conflicting view of the incidents, places, and people encountered along the way. The result is an entertaining and realistic picture of that wonderful age when gentlemen duelled, ladies swooned, and servants rose from rags to riches.











Signet Classics [ 0684 ] Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 684
WAR AND PEACE is quite probably the greatest novel ever written. It stands alone in its vast scope and minute detail, its immense diversity and final unity. Set in the years leading up to and culminating in Napoleon's disastrous Russian invasion, the novel focuses upon an entire society torn by conflict and change. Pierre Bezukhov, an alienated intellectual trying to find his place in his native land; Prince Andrei, a gallant aristocrat tortured by self - doubt; and Natasha Rostov, a bewitching, romantic girl growing into womanhood, play leading roles in a gallery of characters ranging from Napoleon himself to the most humble Russian peasant. Here is humanity in all its innocence and corruption, wisdom and folly, painful defeats and enduring triumphs. Here is the seemingly effortless artistry of a master capable of portraying with equal power the clash of armies and the solitary anguish of the heart. Here, finally, is a view of history and personal destiny that is - as John Bayley writes in his Introduction to Ann Dunnigan's brilliant new translation - 'perpetually modern. WAR AND PEACE combines the serenity of the past with the second - by - second process of living at the latest moment in our own lives.'











Signet Classics [ 0685 ] Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY685
The most horrific tale I could imagine' - thus William Faulkner described the genesis of his most violent and brutal novel. Certainly Sanctuary contains much that verges on the lurid: murder, rape, abduction, sexual depravity, lynching, in settings ranging from a decayed plantation to a Memphis brothel to a tense courtroom. But there is something else in this novel as well: the extraordinary genius of its author. Temple Drake, young, beautiful and corrupt; Popeye, the psychopathic criminal' who is both her violator and her victim; Horace Benbow, the honest lawyer and man of good will who cannot cope with either the viciousness of society or with his own darker urges; these and the other brilliantly imagined characters arc illumined by a verbal artistry and a moral vision without equal. Begun as a 'shocker,' Sanctuary was transformed into a masterpiece of fiction. As Allen Tate writes in his penetrating Introduction, 'William Faulkner was a master, the greatest of our time, of authentic observation and of. . . inner conflict.' As he goes on to declare, Sanctuary stands as 'a triumph of virtuosity.'











Signet Classics [ 0686 ] Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen Four Plays Volume 1. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 686
Among the greatest and best known of Ibsen's works, these four plays -- A Doll's House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder -- brilliantly embody his landmark contributions to the theater. Rich in symbolism and often autobiographical, each work deals convincingly with the human emotions of greed, fear, and sexual hostility, and confronts the external conflicts between reality and illusion.











Signet Classics [ 0687 ] Chekhov, Anton. Chekhov: The Major Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 687
'Let the things that happen on stage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life. For instance, people are having a meal, just having a meal, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being smashed up.' Thus Chekhov summed up the credo that finds expression in the subtle construction and electrically charged atmosphere of his plays. In these portrayals of human beings trapped in a stultifying environment, victimized as much by their own weakness as by the greed of others, the most casual words and everyday actions assume the import of acts of destiny. Tragedy is mingled with farce, protest wars with resignation, in a world that yields from its darkest despair a singular moral affirmation - an affirmation that stands as the final mark and measure of Chekhov's art. As Robert Brustein declares: '. . . in the modern theater . . . there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role.'











Signet Classics [ 0688 ] Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY688
Rich with wisdom and gentle irony, Oliver Goldsmith's only novel is a charming comedy that tells of an unworldly and generous vicar who lives contentedly with his large family until disaster strikes. When his idyllic life is brutally interrupted by bankruptcy and his daughter's abduction, he lands in prison. Yet these misfortunes fail to dampen the vicar's spirit or cause him to lose sight of Christian morality. A delightful lampoon of such literary conventions of the day as pastoral scenes, artificial romance, and the hero's stoic bravery, The Vicar of Wakefield has remained a classic since it was first published in 1766.











Signet Classics [ 0689 ] Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW689
Includes: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, & Man and Superman. George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness - sugar - coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, and Man and Superman, the great playwright satirizes accepted attitudes toward: woman's place in society, military heroism, marriage, the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the ages - as, intellectually stimulating as they are thoroughly enjoyable. 'My way of joking is to tell the truth: it is the funniest joke in the world.' - G. B. Shaw.











Signet Classics [ 0690 ] Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT690
The savage contempt with which Voltaire derided the bureaucracies of his day and his gift for creating exotic panoramas find their perfect merger in these satirical stories. With ruthless wit the master of social commentary dissects science and spiritual faith, ethics and legal systems, love and human vanity. Includes: CANDIDE, ZADIG, MICROMEGAS, THE WORLD AS IT IS, MÉMNON, BABABEC AND THE FAKIRS, HISTORY OF SCARMENTADO'S TRAVELS, PLATO'S DREAM, ACCOUNT OF THE SICKNESS, CONFESSION, DEATH, AND APPARITION OF THE JESUIT BERTHIER, STORY OF A GOOD BRAHMAN, JEANNOT AND COHN, AN INDIAN ADVENTURE, INGENUOUS, THE ONE - EYED PORTER, MEMORY'S ADVENTURE, COUNT CHESTERFIELD'S EARS AND CHAPLAIN GOUDMAN.











Signet Classics [ 0691 ] Melville, Herman. The Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ691
Like Moby - Dick, The Confidence Man takes place aboard a ship - but one far different from the whaler Pequod. Its setting is a Mississippi steamboat, the Fidèle; and its protagonist, the mysterious Confidence Man, is on a voyage after human prey. He is a man of many guises, but a single role: in a complex series of impostures, this ever - ambiguous figure relentlessly strips away, one by one, the hypocritical pretenses of his fellow passengers. Charged with savage irony and black humor, the novel is merciless as a depiction of greed and selfishness, of a dark and wolfish world. It represents one of Melville's great later achievements, a roman noir that gives final expression to an intense and tortured vision of the human condition. 'It is,' as R. W. B: Lewis declares, 'the recognizable and awe - inspiring ancestor of . . . Nathaniel WEST'S THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, Faulkner's THE HAMLET, Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN and William Gaddis' RECOGNITIONS. Melville bequeathed . . . the vision of an apocalypse that is no less terrible for being enormously comic, the self - extinction of a world characterized by deceit and thronging with imposters. . . '











Signet Classics [ 0692 ] Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ692
'She is a very ordinary middle - class woman, with banal expectations of life and an urge to dominate her surroundings. Her character is remarkable only for an unusual deficiency of natural feeling.' Thus Mary McCarthy, in her memorable Foreword to this Signet Classic edition, describes Emma Bovary, whose ill - starred pursuit of tawdry romantic dreams shapes Flaubert's great novel. Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth - century bourgeois France, MADAME BOVARY is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman's gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the 'man of science,' escapes the author's searing castigation; and it is the book's final profound irony that only Charles, Emma's oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace through his stubborn and selfless love. With its rare formal perfection, MADAME BOVARY represents, as Frank O'Connor has declared, 'possibly the most beautifully written book ever composed; undoubtedly the most beautifully written novel . . . a book that invites superlatives . . . the most important novel of the century.'











Signet Classics [ 0693 ] Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 693
In his youth Mark Twain drifted through the West. He worked as a civil servant, gold prospector, reporter, lecturer. ROUGHING IT is Twain's record--fact and impression--of those early years. Twain tried his luck at everything. He disputed with vigilantes; crossed Slade the Terrible, whose equally terrible wife shot not from the hip but from the petticoat; met people famous and obscure, from Brigham Young, the ambitious Mormon leader, to Hank Erickson, a farmer who sought advice on turnips from Horace Greeley and fulminated against him because he could not decipher the answer.











Signet Classics [ 0694 ] Twain, Mark. The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT694
He has no mother, his father is a brutal drunkard, and he sleeps in a hogshead. He's Huck Finn, a homeless waif, a liar and thief on occasion and a casual rebel against respectability. But on the day that he encounters another fugitive from trouble, a runaway slave named Jim, he also finds for the first time in his life love, acceptance and a sense of responsibility. And it is in the exciting and moving story of these two outcasts fleeing down the Mississippi on a raft, that a wonderful metamorphosis occurs. The boy nobody wants becomes a human being with a sense of his own destiny and the courage to choose between violating the code of the conventional and betraying the person who needs him most. Rich in color, humor and the adventurous frontier experience of the Mississippi, this great novel vividly recreates the world, the people and the language that Mark Twain knew and loved from his own years on the riverboats. 'All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.' - Ernest Hemingway.











Signet Classics [ 0695 ] Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 695
Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN blends Gothic horror and romance in a story that is both world-famous and increasingly relevant. Frankenstein is a young, idealistic student of natural philosophy who, finding the secret of giving life to matter, creates a living being. The monstrous creation, though tender-hearted and gentle in nature, inspires fear in those who meet him and must hide away from society. Increasingly lonely and isolated, the monster becomes embittered and cruel, taking a hideous revenge on his creator. In a dramatic denouement in which Frankenstein pursues his creation to the Arctic in order to destroy him, Mary Shelley reveals the terrifying consequences of playing God.











Signet Classics [ 0696 ] Faulkner, William. Sartoris. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By Robert Cantwell.Afterword By Lawrance Thompson. 319 pages. Cover: James Hill. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW696
The specter of an heroic past is ever present in Sartoris, casting its ironic light upon the novel’s protagonists. Heirs to the aristocratic traditions of the Old South, they have been left with only romantic rhetoric, pride, and self-pity to face a world that no longer mirrors their self-image. Bayard Sartoris seeks refuge in compulsive acts of physical courage; Horace Benbow, in a bloodless aestheticism; and Narcissa Benbow, in a desperate clinging to appearances. But for them there is to be no escape-only ultimate futility, whether in the form of violent self-destruction, or a living death in a fragile world of dreams. A brilliant dissection of a decaying social class, and a vivid evocation of both the physical landscape and psychological climate of the South, Sartoris introduces many of the key themes, places, and characters of the Faulkner canon. By itself, it stands as his first memorable projection of a vision that, as Lawrance Thompson writes, ‘recognizes the inseparability of human weaknesses and strengths, of positives and negatives, of good and evil . . . what [Faulkner] later called ‘the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.’











Signet Classics [ 0697 ] Keats, John. Selected Letters of John Keats. New York. 1974. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introduction By Robert Pack. 242 pages. January 1974. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ697
The letters of John Keats are among the most important documents left to us by any major figure in the history of English literature,' declares Robert Pack in his Introduction to his memorable selection. Reading this collection constitutes an extraordinarily rich, mu1tilayered experience. On one level, the letters contain some of the finest, most probing comments on the nature of poetry and its relationship to life, ever written. On another, they represent an unsurpassed revelation of the creative process at work And perhaps most movingly these letters - particularly the love letters to Fanny Brawne - illumine a great and tragic human drama: that of a poet doomed to die before he could fully realize a genius that dazzles the mind with its potential, and that of a young man passionately drawn to the sensuous joy and beauty of existence forced to face his own despair. In the words of critic Lionel Trilling, 'Because of these letters it is impossible to think of Keats only as a poet . . . . we think of him as a man, and as a certain kind of man, a hero.'











Signet Classics [ 0698 ] Colette. Gigi and Selected Writings. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. Various Translators From The French.Reprint Of This Signet Classic Edition.Foreword By Elaine Marks. 256 pages. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY698
The full scope of Colette's remarkable genius is vividly displayed in these selections from a half century of literary creation. Included in its entirety is the enchanting Gigi, worldly, witty, and wise, and an excerpt from one of her masterpieces, The Last of Cheri, a classic novel of an aging courtesan and her young ex - lover. Recollections of childhood and of life among music - hall artistes, portraits of people and deeply personal evocations of nature, are rendered with a scrupulous stylistic mastery that captures the finest shades of perception, the most delicate nuances of sensibility. The keynote of this collection is diversity, but the final effect is one of supreme unity; these stories, memories, meditations, and descriptions combine to form a single world, a world in which spirit and flesh are one, and the senses reign supreme. 'Colette chats with us, writes to us, in her own inimitable style, personal and objective, chock - full of past and present details. Almost until the very end, Colette celebrates.., the fire of the hearth and heart'the fire that she nourished with care and that, although the 'lanai bleu' has been turned off, glows still in the complete works of Sidonie Gabrielle Colette.' - Elaine Marks.











Signet Classics [ 0699 ] Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. Translated From The Russian By Michael Glenny. 384 pages. December 1967. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. 699
The time is 1920. . . The place is Moscow. . . The Devil appears with a retinue including a naked girl vampire with red hair and phosphorescent eyes, and a black cat that smokes cigars and is a dead shot with a Browning automatic. But Satan is only one member of a cast of characters that includes Faust, Christ, and Walpurgian witches. Like his compatriot Dostoyevsky, Bulgakov reenacts the passion of Christ in a devastating modern idiom. Here Faust is seen as a Russian novelist of genius who is packed off to a lunatic asylum for having retold the Passion in a way that is unacceptable to the Russian authorities. Pontius Pilate appears as a baffled autocrat who suffers from psychosomatic headaches. And the Devil is a combination of tempter, sorcerer, and soothsayer - a figure who brings chaos, insanity, and death to the streets of Moscow. 'Bulgakov's most daring work. Its publication for the first time in Russia is part of a literary rebellion that is sweeping through Soviet letters ' - TIME. The long - suppressed masterpiece of modem Russian literature. 'A classic of 20th - century fiction' - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.











Signet Classics [ 0700 ] Lafarge, Oliver. Laughing Boy. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. 700
This Pulitzer Prize - winning novel captures the essence of the Southwest in the early 1900s - and depicts a young Native American couple experiencing all the uncertainties and joys of first love. Laughing Boy is one of the most powerful novels in American fiction.











Signet Classics [ 0701 ] Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT701
Shipwrecked and cast adrift, English surgeon Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters--with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos--give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Jonathan Swift's satire views mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified, and finally bestial species, presenting us with an uncompromising reflection of ourselves. Gulliver's Travels is a fascinating blend of travelogue, realizm, symbolism, and fantastic voyage--all with a serious philosophical intent.











Signet Classics [ 0702 ] Howells, William Dean. The Rise Of Silas Lapham. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ702
‘Let fiction cease to lie about life; let it portray men and women as they are, actuated by the motives and the passions in the measure we all know.' — William Dean Howells. The Rise of Silas Lapham, first published in book form in 1885, was the first important novel to center on the American businessman and the first to treat its theme with a realism that was to foreshadow the work of modern writers. In his story of Yankee Silas Lapham—one of the millionaires who flourished with the expanding industrialization of post - Civil War years—William Dean Howells probed the moral and social conflicts that confronted a self - made man who attempted to crash Boston’s old - guard, aristocratic society. Howells was essentially sympathetic to his hero: his Silas Lapham was a man of conscience who fully realized his folly. But he was also an ambitious man who knowingly let his aspirations lead him to hazard both his fortune and his family’s happiness for status in a society that could never accept him. 'His perceptions were sure, his integrity was absolute,' wrote Henry Seidel Canby of William Dean Howells, whom he credited as being 'responsible for giving the American novel form.'











Signet Classics [ 0703 ] no information. Signet Classic title - no information. New York. Signet/New American Library. CP703












Signet Classics [ 0704 ] Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 704
One of Rudyard Kipling's most enduringly popular works, Captains Courageous is both a stirring tale of the sea and a fable of a boy's initiation into the world of men. The boy in question is Harvey Cheyne, pampered son of an American millionaire; his initiation commences when he is saved from drowning by a New England fishing schooner and forced to prove his worth in the only way the captain and crew will accept: through the slow and arduous mastery of skills upon which common survival depends. Depicted with what C. A. Bodelsen terms 'Kipling's brilliant impressionism . . . his almost infallible sense of the right word,' the voyage of the We're Here is one of both physical and moral adventure; it serves to give memorable, dramatic definition to the author's rigorous concept of the laws governing human existence. As C. A. Bodelsen goes on to write: 'Kipling is making the same point here as he did in The Jungle Books: that the basic conditions of human life are those of Nature, and that the civilization we have created is only a thin screen between us and immutable forces only disregarded at our peril.'











Signet Classics [ 0705 ] Austen, Jane. Emma. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 705
Emma represents the mature flowering of Jane Austen's singular genius. Set in a world the author made uniquely her own - the world of country gentry in Regency England - the novel centers upon a supremely self - assured young lady, determined to arrange her life and the lives of all around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy. By turn intelligent and foolish, wreaking havoc with best intentions, Miss Emma Woodhouse is a captivating embodiment of feminine contradiction, portrayed with the stylistic grace, the wit, and the wisdom that have ensured Jane Austen's continuing popularity. The book's resourceful narrative technique - with its masterly use of point of view and its skillful employment of the elements of mystery - makes it, in the words of Frank O'Connor, 'a delight and a flattery for the knowing type of reader.' Graham Hough writes: 'Emma has a good claim to be the most perfect of Jane Austen's novels, the one in which comedy and gravity, irony and sympathy, are most completely blended.'











Signet Classics [ 0706 ] Porter, Katherine Anne. Flowering Judas and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. 0451507061. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 706
A UNIVERSE OF CHARACTER, ACTION, AND EMOTION - An American girl caught up in the violent cross - currents of foreign politics, passion, and revolution . . . A dissolute expatriate journalist working out his plan of vengeance upon his puritanical wife. . . A young woman in Manhattan fighting for survival as a human being . . . The explosive tensions between a Russian film crew and an American entrepreneur on a feudal ranch in Mexico . . . A Mexican peasant woman who lives, loves, and kills with the terrible inexorability of a primeval force of nature. . . Here are twelve stories by a great writer - a collection that represents same of the most enduring fiction of the century. These stories, very simply told, leave behind them an impression of complexity and depth - and of beauty as well, although they are largely concerned with hard, cruel facts. ' - Saturday Review of Literature











Signet Classics [ 0707 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last Of The Mohicans. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 707
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS contains the classic portrait of the man of moral courage who severs all connections with a society whose values he can no longer accept. Despite his chosen exile, Hawk - eye (Natty Bumppo), the frontier scout, risks his life to escort two sisters through hostile Indian country. On the dangerous journey he enlists the aid of the Mohican Chingachgook. And in the challenging ordeal that follows, in their encounters with deception, brutality, and the deaths of loved ones, the friendship between the two men deepens - the scout and the Indian, each with a singular philosophy of independence that has been nurtured and shaped by the silent, virgin forest. ' . . . in his immortal friendship of Chingachgook and Natty Bumppo [Cooper] dreamed the nucleus of a new society A stark, stripped human relationship of two men, deeper than the deeps of sex. Deeper than property deeper than fatherhood, deeper than marriage, deeper than Love.' - D. H. Lawrence. 'THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS raises again the question of the efficacy of human effort to control irrational forces at work in individual men, races, and nations. The question has never been more pertinent than now.' - James Franklin Beard.











Signet Classics [ 0708 ] Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim's Progress. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ708
Bunyan wrote the first part of his allegory while in prison for his faith, and this experience adds extra urgency and depth to his story of Christian pursuing his pilgrimage through Vanity Fair, the Slough of Despond and Delectable Mountains towards the Celestial City. The influence of The Pilgrim's Progress, both indirectly on the English consciousness and directly on the literature that followed, has been immeasurable. Rich, inventive, profoundly challenging, it is a work of imaginative intensity that has rarely been matched. The pilgrim Christian undertakes the dangerous journey to the Celestial City, experiencing physical and spiritual obstacles along the way.











Signet Classics [ 0709 ] Harte, Bret. The Outcasts Of Poker Flat and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY709
The glorious fringe - inhabitants of Gold Rush California - the slick gamblers, the impetuous but soft - hearted dance - hall girls, the mining camp eccentrics - are immortal - ized in these classic chronicles of the Far West of the nineteenth century. Includes - The Right Eye of the Commander, M'liss: an Idyl of Red Mountain, The Luck of Roaring Camp, The Outcasts of Poker Flat, Tennessee's Partner, The Idyl of Red Gulch, Brown of Calaveras, Miggles, How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar, Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands, Wan Lee the Pagan, A Passage In the Life of Mr. John Oakhurst, An Ingenue of the Sierras, & A Protégée of Jack Hamlin's.











Signet Classics [ 0710 ] Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. Night Flight. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ710
In a novel of rare beauty and power, Saint - Exupéry charts the perilous world of pioneer aviation. Night Flight is the story of hazardous flights made by night through the dangers of darkness and the destructive splendor of sudden Andean storms. It is a story of men who risk their lives to deliver mail in flimsy crates . . . Fabien, the youthful pilot, who sees in flying a chance for heroic action. . . Rivière, his superior, who believes that man's salvation lies not in freedom but in the acceptance of duty. 'Aviation, like the exploration of uncharted lands has its early heroic age and Night Flight, which describes the tragic adventure of one of these pioneers of the air, sounds, naturally enough, the authentic epic note.' - André Gide











Signet Classics [ 0711 ] Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CE711
Ralph Waldo Emerson stands as one of the great figures of nineteenth-century America. More than any other man he personifies the brilliant late flowering of the New England tradition. This Signet Classic edition of selections from Emerson's Journals, Letters, Essays, and Poetry offers a broad view of the author's finest work. Featured here is a considerable amount of new material from the Journals, including an entry discovered in 1964 in the Library of Congress which reveals Emerson's enlightened attitude about the Negro question. The writings range from homely descriptions of daily life to superbly polished meditations on human purpose and destiny, from sharply etched biographical studies to soaring, lyric, philosophical flights. Shaped by a passionate belief in individual freedom and a deep humility before the immensity of Nature, they reflect a life and a spirit whose independence and integrity speak out with resounding significance to the modern world. As the noted Emerson scholar and editor William H. Gilman writes: 'Emerson took constant risks in following the bent of his thought wherever it might go - all the risks a man can take when he grimly determines to abandon repose and seek the truth. The example to the twentieth century is obvious. A man or woman today might not want to imitate Emerson, but if he did, at least he would know what it meant to be fully alive.'











Signet Classics [ 0712 ] Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Books. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP712
The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children. But they also constitute a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling's philosophy of life is expressed in miniature. They are best known for the 'Mowgli' stories; the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves, educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the black panther. The stories, a mixture of fantasy, myth, and magic, are underpinned by Kipling's abiding preoccupation with the theme of self-discovery, and the nature of the 'Law'. Presents the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves, and the wild animals of the jungle. Also includes other short stories set in India.











Signet Classics [ 0713 ] Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 713
For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, TREASURE ISLAND has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers. Written by a superb prose stylist, a master of both action and atmosphere, the story centers upon the conflict between good and evil - but in this case a particularly engaging form of evil. It is the villainy of that most ambiguous rogue Long John Silver that sets the tempo of this tale of treachery, greed, and daring. Designed to forever kindle a dream of high romance and distant horizons, TREASURE ISLANd is, in the words of G. K. Chesterton, 'the realization of an ideal, that which is promised in its provocative and beckoning map; a vision not only of white skeletons but also green palm trees and sapphire seas' G. S. Fraser terms it 'an utterly original book' and goes on to write: 'There will always be a place for stories like TREASURE ISLAND that can keep boys and old men happy.'











Signet Classics [ 0714 ] Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York. Signet/New American Library. 0807067296. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ714
‘So this is the little lady who made this big war ‘Abraham Lincoln’s legendary comment upon meeting Mrs. Stowe has been seriously questioned, but few will deny that this work fed the passions and prejudices of countless numbers. If it did not ‘make’ the Civil War, it flamed the embers. That UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is far more than an outdated work of propaganda confounds literary criticism. The novel’s overwhelming power and persuasion have outlived even the most severe of critics. As Professor John William Ward of Amherst College points out in his incisive Afterword, the dilemma posed by Mrs. Stowe is no less relevant today thin it was in 1852: What is it to be ‘a moral human being’ ? Can such a person live in society -any society? Commenting on the timeless significance of the book, Professor Ward writes: ‘UNCLE TOM’S CABIN is about slavery but it is about slavery because the fatal weakness of the slave’s condition is the extreme manifestation of the sickness of the general society, a society breaking up into discrete, atomistic individuals where human beings, white or black, can find no secure relation one with another. Mrs. Stowe was more radical than even those in the South who hated her could see. Uncle Tom’s Cabin suggests no less than the simple and terrible possibility that society has no place in it for love . . . . ‘ With an Afterword by John William Ward.











Signet Classics [ 0715 ] Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 715
In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about ‘packingtown,’ the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle of human suffering. Upton Sinclair, master of the ‘muckraking’ novel, here explores the workingman's lot at the turn of the century: the backbreaking labor, the injustices of ‘wage-slavery,’ the bewildering chaos of urban life. THE JUNGLE, a story so shocking that it launched a government investigation, recreates this startling chapter if our history in unflinching detail. Always a vigorous champion on political reform, Sinclair is also a gripping storyteller, and his 1906 novel stands as one of the most important -- and moving -- works in the literature of social change. ‘Practically alone among the American writers of his generation,’ wrote Edmund Wilson, ‘[Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them.’ When it was first published in 1906, THE JUNGLE exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago’s stockyards and the laborer’s struggle against industry and ‘wage slavery.’ It was an immediate bestseller and led to new regulations that forever changed workers’ rights and the meatpacking industry. A direct descendant of Dickens’s HARD TIMES, it remains the most influential workingman’s novel in American literature.











Signet Classics [ 0716 ] James, Henry. The Ambassadors. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ716
Henry James considered this book to be his most perfect work of art. The ambassadors of the title are the emissaries sent by Mrs. Newsome, a wealthy New England widow, to restore to the home town and the family business her son Chad who has lingered too long in Paris, reputedly detained by a sordid liaison. Lambert Strether, the first of the envoys and the novel’s strait-laced hero, embarks on the mission only to find himself caught up in a romantic intrigue, the outcome of which will radically change the direction and purpose of his life. Since its publication in 1903, The Ambassadors has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of American fiction because of its remarkable technical structure, its profound moral significance, and its perceptive contrast of New World conscience and Old World culture.











Signet Classics [ 0717 ] Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York. Signet/New American Library. October 1965. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY717
A young Englishman is bound for the remote castle of an obscure count whose estates are folded deep in the mountains of Transylvania. He travels by carriage, staying the nights at rustic inns. It is 100 years ago, and time is frozen in a winter that knows no release. Heavy snows bog the road, slowing and finally stopping the carriage. Wolves suddenly materialize from the forest, terrifying horses and passenger. Only the driver remains impassive: by superior will he forces the animals back. On plunge the travelers, deeper into the darkness, into the woods, into the unknown. First published in 1897, Dracula has become synonymous with perversion and evil.











Signet Classics [ 0718 ] Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. New York. Signet/New American Library. Foreword By A.B. Guthrie Jr. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 718
More than a century ago, a young Easterner named Francis Parkman set out to explore life in the uncivilized West. With his friend and companion Quincy Adams Shaw, he traveled up the Oregon Trail to the camps of the Pawnee and the Sioux. This book is the fascinating journal of that hazardous experience. It is an authentic record of life on the trail, an eyewitness account of the Mormons and outlaws, trappers and Indians, pioneers and adventurers who tried to conquer the frontier back in the days when America was young. Historian Henry Steele Commager wrote: ‘THE OREGON TRAIL appeared in 1849, and with its publication Parkman was launched upon his career as a storyteller without peer in American letters. . . . It is the picturesqueness, the racy vigor, the poetic eloquence, the youthful excitement, that give THE OREGON TRAIL its enduring appeal, recreating for us, as perhaps does no other book in our literature, the wonder and beauty of life in a new world that is now old and but a memory.’











Signet Classics [ 0719 ] Dickens, Charles. A Tale Of Two Cities. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT719
When the starving French masses rise in hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause--La Guillotine--the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads. Charles Dickens' compelling portrait of the results of terror and treason, love and supreme sacrifice continues to captivate readers around the world. With Frank Muller's brilliant performance, unforgettable characters--the ever-knitting Madame Defarge, the lovely Lucie Manette, her broken father, the honorable Charles Darnay, and the sometimes scurrilous Sydney Carton--burst from the pages, full of life and passion. This novel provides a highly-charged examination of human suffering and human sacrifice. Private experience and public history, during the French Revolution.











Signet Classics [ 0720 ] Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP720
Written during the same period as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, this novel represents Jane Austen's genius at its freshest and most enchanting. Its heroine is Catherine Morland, the mistakenly invited guest at an isolated, and quite mysterious, country manor. There the charming young husband - seeker falls in love with the young man of the house - and becomes willing prey to dark fancies bred in her by the fashionable Gothic horror novels of the day. Before Catherine's difficulties are resolved, the reader is permitted to witness the romantic chase in all its prescribed ritual, and its prime motivations: ambition, pleasure. greed, power, self - interest.., love. With Northanger Abbey Jane Austen created a superb blending of social comedy and barbed literary satire, shaped by a vision merciless toward human folly, yet acutely sensitive to every form of cruelty. Her book stands as the product of an art at once delicate and strong, seemingly fragile hut imperishable - an art which has made Jane Austen. as Elizabeth Hardwick declares, one of the glories of English literatureY In the words of F. R. Leavis, 'Jane Austcn is one of the trLtly great writers, and herself a major fact in the background of other great writers.'











Signet Classics [ 0721 ] Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP721
The romantic clash of two opinionated young people provides the sustaining theme of pride And prejudice. Vivacious Elizabeth Bennet is fascinated and repelled by the arrogant Mr. Darcy, whose condescending airs and acrid tongue have alienated her entire family. Their spirited courtship is conducted against a background of assembly - ball flirtations and drawing - room intrigues. Jane Austen's famous novel captures the affectations of class - conscious Victorian families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. Her people are universal; they live a truth beyond time, change, or caricature. George Eliot called Jane Austen 'the greatest artist that has ever written,' and Sir Walter Scott wrote of her work, 'There is a truth of painting in her writings which always delights me.'











Signet Classics [ 0722 ] Hardy, Thomas. The Return Of The Native. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ722
'O deliver my heart from this fearful gloom and loneliness,' prays the passionate Eustacia Vye, who detests her life amid the dreary environs of Egdon Heath. With the return of Clym Yeobright from Paris, her escape from the heath and its brooding isolation appears to be at hand. Clym finds in Eustacia the same dark mystery of his native heath, and his irresistible attraction to them both leads to a clash of idealism and realism. Thomas Hardy's timeless tale of a romantic misalliance embodies his view of character as fate and underscores the tragic nature of ordinary human lives. Despite his grim outlook, Hardy charms readers with the warmth and vitality of his characters, his loving portraits of the English countryside, and his realistic recreations of local dialect. Shakespearian in its intricate plotting and deft irony, The Return of the Native ranks among the author's greatest works.











Signet Classics [ 0723 ] Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY723












Signet Classics [ 0724 ] Hope, Anthony. The Prisoner Of Zenda. New York. 1974. Signet/New American Library. 170 pages. September 1974. Cover: Hall. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY724
A perilous impersonation, a forbidden romance, a bold rescue, and a battle to the death against a malevolent foe in his ancient lair - these form the key elements in one of the greatest and most irresistible novels of adventure ever written. The time is the golden sunset of the Victorian era. The place is the beautifully imagined mythical kingdom of Ruritania. The hero is a young, high - spirited English gentleman, Rudolf Rassendyll, who suddenly is called upon to take the place of the abducted heir to the Ruritanian throne, and who finds himself engaged to a beautiful princess whom he can love only while living a lie. From the moment Rudolf first realizes he is the virtual twin of the future King of Ruritania, to his climactic struggle with the sinister Grand Duke Michael in the fortresslike castle of Zenda, the breakneck pace and taut suspense never slacken. Here in all its vivid emotion and unflagging action is the ultimate experience for those who treasure reading as a sublime and supreme escape into a world of danger, daring and noble deeds.











Signet Classics [ 0725 ] Orczy, Baroness. The Scarlet Pimpernel. New York. 1974. Signet/New American Library. 248 pages. September 1974. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CY725
Who is this man, This Scarlet Pimpernel?' Each day this question grew more pressing to the rulers of the French Revolution. Only this man and his band of followers threatened their total power. Only this maddeningly elusive figure defied the vast network of fanatics, informers and secret agents that the Revolution spread out to catch its enemies. Some said this man of many disguises, endless ruses and infinite daring was an exiled French nobleman, returned to wreak vengeance. Others said he was an English lord, seeking sheer adventure and supreme sport in playing the most dangerous game of all. But of only one thing could those who sought him be sure. They knew all too well the symbol of his presence, the blood - red flower known as the Scarlet Pimpernel.











Signet Classics [ 0726 ] Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT726
A novel of intense power and intrigue, JANE EYRE has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?











Signet Classics [ 0727 ] Melville, Herman. Pierre, or the Ambiguities. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY727
'Parody, parody, parody-and an odd assortment of parody procedures-will be found throughout the context which Melville builds around the central narrative of Pierre's pilgrim-like progress to defeat and damnation.' Thus writes Lawrance Thompson, describing this story of the downfall of a highborn young man, whose unselfish love entraps him in an incestuous passion, and whose noble actions hasten his ignoble end. In theme and style the novel mocks both Christian allegory and the cheerful pastoral romances of the day; but neither irony nor virtuosity can mask its underlying seriousness of purpose, or the dark vision which shapes it. Written immediately after Moby Dick, Pierre represents Melville's further exploration of the meaning and nature of evil. A dramatic expression of its author's most profound anxieties and obsessions, it stands as the strangely compelling creation of an intensely troubled, eternally questioning mind. As William Ellery Sedgewick has written: 'Pierre was the only book of Melville's maturity as ambitious as Moby Dick.'











Signet Classics [ 0728 ] Broadbent, John (editor). Poets Of The 17th Century-Volume One. New York. 1974. Signet/New American Library. 377 pages. December 1974. Cover: Bart Forbes. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CE728
SIGNET CLASSIC POETS OF THE 17th CENTURY VOLUME ONE - Jonson / Donne / Herbert / Herrick / Milton / Crashaw / Vaughan / Marvell / Dryden. The 17th century was a period of both greatness and vast change in English poetry It began with the echoes of the mighty explosion of Elizabethan genius as represented by Ben Jonson; it closed with the polished couplets of Dryden ushering in the Age of Reason. At its heart lay the metaphysical complexities of Donne; at its summit rose the baroque splendor of Milton. At once spiritual and sensuous, stark and ornate, the century produced poets as deeply religious as Herbert. Crashaw and Vaughan. and as elegantly worldly as Herrick and Marvell. Edited and with individual critical - biographical Introductions by Professor John Broadbent of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, this volume is designed to give a rich sense of the historical background of 17th - century literature, as well as a generous selection of the key works of nine major poets. A companion book, Volume Two, offers a complementary survey of the work of another one hundred poets of this rich era. Introductions to each of the poets. text printed in the clearest, most readable type. footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0729 ] Broadbent, John (editor). Poets Of The 17th Century-Volume Two. New York. 1974. Signet/New American Library. 483 pages. December 1974. Cover: Bart Forbes. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CE729
SIGNET CLASSIC POETS OF THE 17th CENTURY VOLUME TWO - Francis Beaumont/John Bunyan/Anne Bradstreet George Chapman/John Cleveland/Ann Collins Abraham Cowley/Thomas Dekker/John Fletcher Richard Lovelace/Thomas Otway/The Earl of Rochester Sir John Suckling/Cyril Tourneur/John Webster and 85 others. Designed as a companion to SIGNET CLASSIC POETS OF THE 17TH CENTURY VOLUME ONE, this notable anthology fulfills several important purposes. It traces the varied influences of the major poetic figures of the period and illumines the cultural environment in which they flourished. It charts the course of an age rent by religious strife, torn by civil war, and radically transformed in sensibility. And most important of all, it gives a broad and brilliant sampling of a great galaxy of poetic talents fascinating in their right. Edited and with biographical, critical, and historical commentaries by Professor John Broadbent of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, Volume Two includes selections that range from the melancholy to the ribald, from spiritual yearning to political passion, from the poetry of madness to the poetry of elegant wit. It is essential reading for anyone who wishes to experience the full richness of the English poetic tradition. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF EACH OF THE 100 POETS. TEXT PRINTED IN THE CLEAREST MOST READABLE TYPE. FOOTNOTES AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE KEYED TO THE TEXT. EXTENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY.











Signet Classics [ 0730 ] Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ730
Moby Dick is the epic saga of a one legged fanatic, Captain Ahab, who swears vengeance on the mammoth white whale who has crippled him. The first American novel to win a place in the literature of the world, it has been called a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and weird characters, a symbolic allegory, a drama of heroic determination and conflict. John Masefield wrote, 'Moby Dick brought all of the magic, the sadness, the wild joy of many waters into my life.' . . . The Atlantic Monthly called this book 'the greatest of American novels.'











Signet Classics [ 0731 ] Zola, Emile. Germinal. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CE731
Of the several great nineteenth - century French novelists, Emile Zola was by far the most uncompromising in his portrayal of the human condition. In his novels - particularly in the epic twenty - volume Rougon - Macquart' series - Zola relentlessly exposed the violent, perverse, animalistic side of man and society. His unwaveringly truthful, almost cruelly detailed accounts of the interaction of human passions and social problems eventually earned him praise as an important social reformer as well as a founder of literary naturalism. In his own day, however, his pessimistic sagas were often misguidedly condemned as being themselves vice - ridden - at times, even pornographic. GERMINAL, written in 1885 as one of the 'Rougon - Macquart' novels, is perhaps Zola's most representative work. Based on an actual French mining disaster, it tells the story of a young miner, Etienne Lantier, and his rise from humble, inconsequential laborer to impassioned, articulate revolutionary at war with the exploitive capitalistic system. While by no means a Marxist tract, GERMINAL is an epic of class struggle, an account of an individual's awakened social awareness within a world conditioned by lust, greed and betrayal.











Signet Classics [ 0732 ] James, Henry. The Turn Of The Screw and Other Short Novels. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY732
Includes: The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, An International Episode, The Aspern Papers, The Altar of the Dead, & The Beast in the Jungle. Henry James considered 'the beautiful and blest nouvelle' to be 'the ideal form' for fiction, and to this genre he brought the full perfection of his imaginative artistry. The themes he chose and the values he set forth in the six nouvelles that comprise this Signet Classic typify the depth and power of his craftsmanship - the unique perception of a writer who unerringly deciphers the mind of a gay and flirtatious American girl adrift among the sophisticates of Europe . . . the motivations of a man who spends a lifetime waiting to experience his 'rare and strange' destiny. 'Few writers of fiction have been so inventive as Henry James,' writes Willard Thorp. Edmund Wilson commented that 'he can be judged only in the company of the very greatest.'











Signet Classics [ 0733 ] Eliot, George. Silas Marner. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT733
Wrongly accused of a heinous theft that had been committed by his best friend, the gentle linen weaver, Silas Marner, goes into exile to become a miserly recluse. In the rustic village of Raveloe he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth through his unselfish love for an abandoned child who appears mysteriously one day in his isolated cottage. A classic beloved by every generation, George Eliot's heartwarming novel of a miser and a little child combines the charm of a fairy tale with the humor and pathos of realistic fiction. Silas Marner is a tale rich in the understanding of human nature. . . and a vivid revelation of the undercurrents of sheltered rural life - suspicion of the outsider, hatred of the unfamiliar.











Signet Classics [ 0734 ] London, Jack. The Sea-Wolf and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 734
Includes: The Sea - Wolf, The Law of Life, The One Thousand Dozen All GoId Canyon, & Moon - Face. 'That tremendous creation, Wolf Larsen . .. the hewing out and setting up of such a figure is enough for a man to do in one lifetime.' Thus Ambrose Bierce wrote of one of Jack London's greatest characterizations, the unforgettable protagonist of The Sea - Wolf. Strong, ruthless, fearless, Larsen is both the prototype of rugged individualism, a man possessed of a demonic will to power, and the negation of every civilized virtue. The perilous voyage of his ship, the seal - hunting Ghost, forms the background of a confrontation between two opposing views of life, a brutal drama played out to a harrowing conclusion. Franklin Walker calls The Sea - Wolf 'one of the world's great sea novels.' Together with the stories selected for this volume, it gives superb expression to the genius of a writer who was, in the words of Maxwell Geismar, 'the poet of the savage Darwinian struggle.'











Signet Classics [ 0735 ] Keats, John. The Selected Poetry of Keats. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY735
The Signet Classic poetry series presents selected works of the major British and American poets in authoritative texts edited by outstanding scholars. Unique features of the selected poetry of Keats: Presents the major works of the great Romantic poet in full - EUDYMION, HYPERION, THE FALL OF HYPERION . . . the odes, including ‘On a Grecian Urn’ and ‘ To a Nightingale’ . . . as well as a representative selection of Keats’s sonnets and his letters. General introduction to the special character and development of Keats’s work by the editor, Paul de Man, Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University and author of THE POST - ROMANTIC PREDICAMENT and ENGLISH ROMANTIC POETS. Chronology of Keats’s life. Text printed in the clearest, most readable type. Footnotes at the bottom of page keyed to the text. Extensive bibliography.











Signet Classics [ 0736 ] Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT736
Born to a petty thief in London's notorious Newgate prison and determined to make her way in a rapacious and materialistic society, Moll Flanders recounts the 'fortunes and misfortunes' of her turbulent life in this 1722 novel. Though Moll Flanders was shaped by the conventions of criminal biography, Defoe also drew on other literary traditions and his own rich background to create a remarkably original-and still controversial-work.' In addition to a critical introduction and substantial footnotes, this Broadview edition provides a wide range of writings by Defoe as well as contemporary responses to Moll Flanders. Other appendices include a selection of eighteenth-century writings on crime, prisons, and the Virginia colony. Moll Flanders is born in Newgate prison and abandoned six months later. Her drive to find a secure place in society propels her through incest, adultery, bigamy, prostitution, and a resourceful career as a thief, before she is returned to Newgate.











Signet Classics [ 0737 ] Twain, Mark and Charles Dudley Warner. The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CE737
'Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern society. Who shall say that this is not the golden age of mutual trust, of unlimited reliance upon human promises. That is the peculiar condition of society which enables a whole nation to instantly recognize point and meaning in. . . [the remark of]. . . a distinguished speculator in lands and mines: 'I wasn't worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.' ' With this key passage, the tone is set for what is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post - Civil War America - an age of expansion and of corruption, of national optimism and of crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers and dishonest politicians voraciously taking advantage of that new optimism. With wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust and naïveté of their own time in a work which remains today not only a valuable social document but also, in the words of Marvin Felheim, '. . . certainly one of America's most important satirical novels.'











Signet Classics [ 0738 ] James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 738
'No other American and few Europeans can match [the] superb feminine creations of the chief American master of the art of fiction.' Thus writes Oscar Cargill in his appreciation of The Portrait of a Lady, which many critics consider Henry James's supreme achievement. The heroine of this novel is a young American, Isabel Archer. Blessed by nature and fortune, high - spirited and independent, she arrives in Europe to seek the full realization of her potential, In the cultured brilliance of international society, she enters a seemingly charmed existence, An English aristocrat and an aggressive American woo her; her sensitive, ironic cousin, the invalid Ralph, becomes her adoring adviser. But it is only after the ingenuous Isabel falls prey to and suffers from the machinations of a sophisticated and infinitely calculating older woman that she achieves final dimension as a woman and profound triumph as a human being.











Signet Classics [ 0739 ] Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 739
They are the same age. They look alike. In fact, there is but one difference between them: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne of England. Just how insubstantial this difference is becomes all too clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing – and of roles . . . with the pauper caught up in the pomp and folly of the royal court, and the prince wandering horror-stricken through the lower depths of sixteenth-century English society. Out of the theme of switched identities Mark Twain fashioned both a scathing attack upon social hypocrisy and injustice, and an irresistible comedy imbued with the sense of high-spirited play that belongs to his happiest creative period. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is, in the worlds of Kenneth S. Lynn, ‘ . . . expressive of its author’s genius. Indeed, nothing he ever wrote, not even HUCKLEBERRY FINN, introduces us to more of the themes that preoccupied – and finally obsessed – Mark Twain’s imagination.’











Signet Classics [ 0740 ] Wilde, Oscar. The Picture Of Dorian Gray. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT740
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY is Oscar Wilde’s novel of a youth whose features, year after year, retain the same youthful appearance of innocent beauty, while the shame of his hideous vices become mirrored, year after year, on the features of his portrait. Tempted by the cynical Lord Henry Wotton, the angelic - faced Dorian Gray enters into a life of gradual dissipation. Soon student surpasses master. Dorian’s power for evil leads him into acts of debauchery, degradation, and finally murder, before the diabolic secret he shares with his portrait is dramatically revealed. Published in 1891, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY was attacked by many as a piece of hedonism, praised by others as a penetrating commentary on life. It reflects the rebellious philosophy of the Esthetic Movement and epitomizes Wilde’s literary revolt against the propriety and pious sentimentality of the Victorian Era. Included in this Signet Classic are three of Oscar Wilde’s short stories — the witty and sophisticated LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME, and two charming fairy tales, THE HAPPY PRINCE and THE BIRTHDAY OF THE INFANTA.











Signet Classics [ 0741 ] Shakespeare, William. Anthony and Cleopatra. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ741
A magnificent drama of love and war, this riveting tragedy presents one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters--the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Roman leader Mark Antony, a virtual prisoner of his passion for her, is a man torn between pleasure and virtue, between sensual indolence and duty . . . between an empire and love. Bold, rich, and splendid in its setting and emotions, Antony And Cleopatra ranks among Shakespeare's supreme achievements. A prose retelling of William Shakespeare's play about the love affair between the Roman soldier, Antony, and the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.











Signet Classics [ 0742 ] Caldwell, Erskine. Erskine Caldwell’s Men and Women. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. 192 pages. November 1962. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CW742
A MASTER WRITER’S UNIQUE, SAVAGE, AND HILARIOUS VISION OF LIFE IN AMERICA. ERSKINE CALDWELL’S MEN AND WOMEN offers three decades of the best and most famous work of ‘one of the truly great short story writers of our time’ - Chicago Daily News. From the red clay hills of Georgia to the rocky farmlands of Maine, this memorable collection of twenty-two of Caldwell’s finest short stories brings the parched cotton fields, ravaged houses, sweat, sex, toil, and laughter of his characters vividly alive. Raising hell, making love, fighting for what is theirs, and taking life as it comes, these are ERSKINE CALDWELLS MEN AND WOMEN. ‘Caldwell is one of the best short-story tellers in the U.S. . . . what the reader takes away is not a mood, or a morsel of truth, or a flash of humor, but the whole story - characters, moods, truths and lies. The author is a master illusionist who can create, as Hemingway did, an impression of absolute reality from the sparsest of materials.’ – Time.











Signet Classics [ 0743 ] Pater, Walter. Selected Writings of Walter Pater. New York. 1974. Signet/New American Library. Edited & With An Introductionn By Harold Bloom. 266 pages. November 1974. SIGNET CLASSIC ORIGINAL. CJ743
What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty. . . but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved. . . He will remember always that beauty exists in many forms. . . In all ages there have been some excellent workmen, and some excellent work done. The question he asks is always: - In whom did the stir, the genius, the sentiment of the period find itself?' Thus Walter Pater stated his aesthetic credo, and in the writings selected for this volume, the reader will discover how vividly and brilliantly Pater himself expressed 'the stir, the genius, the sentiment' of the time of transition and inwardness that was the late Victorian era. His subjects range from the drama of Euripides to the painters of the Renaissance, from the Romantic poets to the Pre - Raphaelites, from Plato to Oscar Wilde; but always his point of view is unswerving, his vision uniquely his own, as he seeks in beauty the key to meaning in life. His is criticism that becomes in the final reckoning an act of creation in itself; his is a troubled spirit and passionate quest that speak directly to the modem age; his, in the words of Harold Bloom, is 'a great achievement.'











Signet Classics [ 0744 ] Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 744
Classic adventure novel, set in the year 1751, centers around David Balfour, a young Scotsman orphaned by the death of his father. Betrayed by his uncle, the young hero is shanghaied and headed for bondage in the New World, until a swashbuckling highlander comes to his rescue. Stirring, suspenseful; considered by Stevenson his best fiction. A sixteen-year-old orphan is kidnapped by his villainous uncle, but later escapes and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.











Signet Classics [ 0745 ] Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales: A Selection. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 745
While Geoffrey Chaucer. composed several magnificent works of poetry, his reputation as 'the father of English literature' rests mainly on The Canterbury Tales, a group of stories told by an oddly assorted band of pilgrims en route to the shrine of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. From the mirthful and bawdy to the profoundly moral, the tales, taken in their entirety, reflect not only the manners and mores of medieval England, but, indeed, the full comic and tragic dimensions of the human condition. Considered by most to be the greatest collection of narrative poems in English literature, The Canterbury Tales were composed in the Middle English of Chaucer's day, possibly to be read aloud at the court of Richard II. However, their grandeur, humor, and relevance are timeless, as readers of this authoritative edition will discover. UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE SIGNET CLASSIC CANTERBURY TALES - Full critical Introduction by editor Donald Howard, Professor of Medieval Literature, Johns Hopkins University New normalized spelling system for easier reading and pronunciation. Extensive footnotes. Special section 'On Pronouncing Chaucer'. Complete listing of The Canterbury Tales recordings. Glossary of basic Middle English words.











Signet Classics [ 0746 ] Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pioneers. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 746
The Pioneers is set in a time of transition. The forests still abound with deer, passenger pigeons darken the sky, fish teem in the lakes and streams - but over the wilderness falls the ever - lengthening shadow of civilization. Natty Bumppo, the Leatherstocking, now on the threshold of old age, finds his way of life challenged as the land he has roamed for so long becomes private property; and the laws of man supplant the laws of nature. His struggle to retain his fiercely cherished freedom helps shape a drama of conflicting human values, and an unsparing, often caustic, delineation of frontier society. The most realistically written of the Leatherstocking Tales, The Pioneers combines unrivaled descriptive power with an abiding concern for complex social and moral questions; it offers an enthralling re - creation of a colorful, exciting, and enduringly significant era of our history. As Robert E. Spiller writes:'. . . the reader moves back in time to an era in our history that only an imagination like Cooper's could recreate. Characters come to life in their responses to nature in both her savage and her grander moments. . . we can be grateful . . . for Cooper's total sense of the stuff of which the American people are made, as well as for his power of expression. . . that has preserved so much of our 'usable past' for our present enrichment.'











Signet Classics [ 0747 ] Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CP747
Here is a light - hearted excursion into boyhood, a nostalgic return to the simple, rural Missouri world of Tom Sawyer and his friends Huck Finn, Becky and Aunt Pofly. It is a dreamlike world of summertime and hooky, pranks and punishments, villains and desperate adventure, seen through the eyes of a boy who might have been the young Mark Twain himself. There is sheer delight in Tom Sawyer - even at the darkest moments affection and wit permeate its pages. For adults it recreates the vanished dreams of youth. For younger readers it unveils the boundaries of tantalizing horizons to still to come. And for everyone else it reveals the mind and heart of one of America's greatly loved writers.











Signet Classics [ 0748 ] Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ748
Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - TWELFTH NIGHT. Special Introduction to the play by Herschel Baker, Harvard University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Source from which Shakespeare derived TWELFTH NIGHT - Barnabe Rich: OF APOLONIUS AND SILLA. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, Harley Granville - Barker, John Dover Wilson. Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Name of each speaker given in full. Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of time text. Textual note. Extensive bibliography. . . Twelfth Night, or What You Will was composed by William Shakespeare in either 1600 or 1601 as the last of his three 'mature comedies' (the other two being Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It). Like his early comedies, The Comedy of Errors or The Taming of the Shrew for instance, Twelfth Night is essentially a celebration of romantic love and can be viewed as a traditional romantic comedy. The play has many of the elements common to Elizabethan romantic comedy, including the devices of mistaken identity, separated twins, and gender - crossing disguise, and its plot revolves around overcoming obstacles to 'true' love. And, like other representatives of the genre, Twelfth Night also features a sub - plot in which a self - inflated 'sour' or 'blocking' character, the steward Malvolio, is brought to his knees through a trick orchestrated by a ribald if also self - inflated character in the person of Sir Toby Belch. But unlike his early comedies, Shakespeare also strikes some discordant notes in Twelfth Night, including a conception of love and other themes that are not part of the conventional romantic comedy formula. Thus, for example, the subject of insanity surfaces as a salient theme and as a force within the plot. Indeed, while Twelfth Night concludes with tandem weddings, Shakespeare also speaks about the madness of love. - - R. Moore











Signet Classics [ 0749 ] Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY749
Since its publication fifty years ago, Animal Farm has become one of the most controversial books ever written. It has been translated into seventy languages and sold millions of copies throughout the world. This edition is being published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its original U.S. publication. It features 100 full-color and halftone illustrations by world-renowned artist Ralph Steadman. As vital and relevant as it was fifty years ago, Animal Farm is a devastating satire of the Soviet Union by the man V. S. Pritchett called 'the conscience of his generation.' A fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters, it illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes. This anniversary edition includes Orwell's proposed but unpublished preface to the original edition and his preface to the 1947 Ukranian edition. These appendices evoke the historical context in which Orwell conceived and wrote his classic novel.











Signet Classics [ 0750 ] Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CT750
There are few more convincing, less sentimental accounts of passionate love than Wuthering Heights. This is the story of a savage, tormented foundling, Heathcliff, who falls wildly in love with Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor, and the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other. A book of immense power and strength, it is filled with the raw beauty of the moors and an uncanny understanding of the terrible truths about men and women - an understanding made even more extraordinary by the fact that it came from the heart of a frail, inexperienced girl who lived out her lonely life in the moorland wildness and died a year after this great novel was published.











Signet Classics [ 0752 ] Norris, Frank. McTeague. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 752
Frank Norris' graphic portrayal of the seamy side of survival in turn-of-the-century urban America remains shocking and powerful today -and its conclusion just as harrowing.











Signet Classics [ 0753 ] Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CW753
Sinclair Lewis's barbed portrait of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, shattered the myth of the American Middle West as God's Country and became a symbol of the cultural narrow-mindedness and smug complacency of small towns everywhere. At the center of the novel is Carol Kennicott, the wife of a town doctor, who dreams of initiating social reforms and introducing art and literature to the community. The range of reactions to Main Street when it was published in 1920 was extraordinary, reflecting the ambivalence in the novel itself and Lewis's own mixed feelings about his hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the prototype for Gopher Prairie.











Signet Classics [ 0754 ] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Idiot. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. 754
The Idiot, Prince Myshkin, is perhaps the most appealing of all Dostoyevsky’s heroes. Gentle, saintly, foolish, and kind, Myshkin is on one view the pure idealized Christian: on another he is the catalyst of a bitter criticism of the Russian ruling class. This dual vision marks out for the modern reader THE IDIOT as one of Dostoyevsky’s major novels.











Signet Classics [ 0755 ] Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs. New York. Signet/New American Library. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CY755
Ten years after its publication in a small El Paso paper, THE UNDERDOGS achieved worldwide renown as the greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution. It tells the story of Demetrio Macias, a modest, peace-loving Indian, who is forced to side with the rebels to save his family. In the course of battle, he becomes a compulsive militarist almost despite himself, and his courage leads to a generalship in Pancho Villa’s army. But as the rebels suffer defeat after defeat, Macias loses prestige and moral purpose at the hands of turncoats, camp followers, and the peasants who had once loved him. The social conscience and bitter irony of Azuela’s classic novel have earned him comparisons to Chekhov and Gorky. As Mexico continues to both celebrate and struggle with the consequences of its great revolution, The Underdogs remains a powerful and insightful portrait of social upheaval.











Signet Classics [ 0756 ] Shakespeare, William. Othello. New York. Signet/New American Library. Cover: Milton Glaser. SIGNET CLASSIC REPRINT. CQ756
Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Alvin Kernan, Yale University. General discussion of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University ~ Source from which .Shakespeare derived Othello - a story from Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Thomas Rymer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Maynard Mack, Robert B. Heilman ~ Text and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type ~ Name of each speaker given in full ~Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page of the play keyed to the numbered lines of the - text ~ Textual note T Extensive bibliography. . . Along with Hamlet, King Lea