[ 0001 ] - Constant, Benjamin. Adolphe and The Red Notebook. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French By Carl Wildman & Norman Cameron.Introduction By Harold Nicolson.The Very First Signet Classic. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 18th Century. CD1. 160 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1959.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0002 ] - Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By George P. Elliott. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CD2. 224 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1959.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0003 ] - Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By C.M. Woodhouse. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CD3. 128 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1959.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0004 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Albert J. Guerard. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 20th Century. CD4. 160 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0005 ] - Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By George P. Elliott. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CD5. 288 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0006 ] - Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Gerard Previn Meyer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Scotland Horror England. CD6. 239 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1959.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0007 ] - Hardy, Thomas. The Return of The Native. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Horace Gregory. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CD7. 415 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1959.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0008 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Leo Marx. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CD8. 259 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0009 ] - Faulkner, William. Unvanquished. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Carvel Collins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CD9. 192 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1959.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0010 ] - Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York. 1959. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Geoffrey Moore. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women 19th Century. CD10. 320 pages. Cover art: James Hill. August 1959.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0011 ] - Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Arthur Zeiger. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women 19th Century. CD11. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane Eyre's childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. Jane Eyre lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect. ‘At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë.’ -Virginia Woolf.










[ 0012 ] - James, Henry. Ambassadors. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By R.W. Stallman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CD12. 384 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser. February 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0013 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Aylmer Maude.Afterword By David Magarshack. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CD13. 304 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser. February 1960.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0014 ] - Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Marcus Cunliffe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ireland England 18th Century. CD14. 320 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0015 ] - Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Edgar Johnson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CD15. 378 pages. Cover art: no information. February 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0016 ] - Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By R.W. Stallman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CD16. 224 pages. Cover art: James Hill. March 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0017 ] - Jimenez, Juan Ramon. Platero and I. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Spanish By William H. & Mary M. Roberts.Introduction By William H. Roberts. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Spain Translated Literature. CD17. 128 pages. Cover art: James Hill. April 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0018 ] - Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Elizabeth Bowen.Includes The Original Illustrations. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature Women. CD18. 224 pages. Cover art: no information. February 1960.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0019 ] - Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Eric Bentley. keywords: Signet Classic England Drama Literature Paperback. CD19. 447 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0020 ] - London, Jack. The Call of The Wild and Selected Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Franklin Walker. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America. CD20. 176 pages. Cover art: no information. April 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0021 ] - Eliot, George. Silas Marner. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Walter Allen. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CD21. 190 pages. Cover art: James Hill. March 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0022 ] - Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Horace Gregory.Illustrated By John Tenniel. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Childrens 19th Century. CD22. 238 pages. Cover art: John Tenniel. May 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0023 ] - Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Gay Wilson Allen. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Poetry. CT23. 431 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser. May 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0024 ] - Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of The Plague Year. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By J.H. Plumb. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CD24. 240 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0025 ] - Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Walter Prescott Webb. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Paperback Western. CD25. 224 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1960.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0026 ] - Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Erich Fromm. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Utopian Paperback 19th Century. CD26. 222 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0027 ] - Butler, Samuel. The Way of All Flesh. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By J. Sherwood Weber. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback 19th Century England Literature. CD27. 384 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1960.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0028 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Nostromo. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword by F.R. Leavis. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 20th Century Paperback. CT28. 448 pages. Cover art: James Hill. September 1960.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0029 ] - Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of The House of Usher. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By R.P. Blackmur. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature 19th Century Paperback. CD29. 383 pages. Cover art: no information. October 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0030 ] - Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Monroe Engel. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England 18th Century. CD30. 350 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser. August 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0031 ] - Cather, Willa. The Troll Garden. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Katherine Anne Porter. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CD31. 152 pages. Cover art: Lambert. August 1961.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0032 ] - Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Perry Miller. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Philosophy 19th Century. CD32. 255 pages. Cover art: Lambert. September 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0033 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Constance Garnett.Edited & With A Foreword By Manuel Komroff. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CT33. 701 pages. Cover art: no information. August 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0034 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian & With A Foreword By David Magarshack. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CQ34. 808 pages. Cover art: no information. April 1961.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0035 ] - Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald M. Frame. keywords: Signet Classic France Literature Translated 18th Century. CD35. 352 pages. Cover art: no information. May 1961.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0036 ] - Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Robert P. Downs. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Chicago. CD36. 351 pages. Cover art: Lambert. November 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0037 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories of Chekhov. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Foreword By Ernest J. Simmons. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CD37. 287 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser. November 1960.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0038 ] - Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Vernon Watkins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Wales Literature. CD38. 192 pages. Cover art: no information. January 1961.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0039 ] - Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By A.B. Guthrie Jr. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback History America Oregon Trail. CD39. 287 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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 Cornmager 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.’ With a Foreword by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.










[ 0040 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. The Diary of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By Leon Stilman. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CD40. 238 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser. January 1961.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0041 ] - Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Kingsley Amis. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CD41. 240 pages. Cover art: no information. January 1961.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0042 ] - Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls of The King. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By George Barker. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Poetry 19th Century England Literature. CD42. 320 pages. Cover art: Pucci. February 1961.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0043 ] - Wells, H.G. Tono-Bungay. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Harry T. Moore. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CD43. 352 pages. Cover art: no information. January 1961.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0044 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Far From The Madding Crowd. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By James Wright. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CD44. 382 pages. Cover art: no information. January 1961.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0045 ] - Kuprin, Alexander. The Duel and Selected Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Andrew R. MacAndrew. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature. CD45. 256 pages. Cover art: James Hill. February 1961.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0046 ] - Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. Night Flight. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French By Stuart Gilbert.CD4Foreword By Andre Gide. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Aviation Translated Literature. CD46. 128 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0047 ] - Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Denham Sutcliffe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CT47. 544 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0048 ] - Adams, Henry. Democracy. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Henry D. Aiken. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature. CD48. 192 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0049 ] - Bromfield, Louis. The Farm. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Russell Lord. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature. CT49. 351 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0050 ] - Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By George Reavey.Foreword By Alan Hodge. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CD50. 208 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0051 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Murray Krieger. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 20th Century. CD51. 319 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0052 ] - Roberts, Elizabeth Roberts. The Great Meadow. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Willard Thorp. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature Frontier. CD52. 208 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0053 ] - Holmes, Oliver Wendell. The Autocrat of The Breakfast-Table. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Eleanor M. Tilton. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CD53. 285 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0054 ] - Romains, Jules. The Death of A Nobody. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French By Desmond MacCarthy & Sidney Waterlow.Afterword By Maurice Natanson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature. CD54. 125 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0055 ] - Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Harvey Swados. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CD55. 317 pages. Cover art: Kossin.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0056 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Cossacks and The Raid. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By F.R. Reeve. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CD56. 224 pages. Cover art: Dillon.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0057 ] - Caldwell, Erskine. Georgia Boy. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Robert Cantwell. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CD57. 152 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0058 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of Seven Gables. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Edward C. Sampson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CD58. 287 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0059 ] - Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Caroline G. Mercer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century Women. CD59. 314 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0060 ] - Bierce, Ambrose. In The Midst of Life and Other Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Marcus Cunliffe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CP60. 256 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0061 ] - Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Irvin Ehrenpreis. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CD61. 319 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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 a bout eighteenth-century country manners, Henry Fielding's novel is an extravaganza of mortal affectations and vanities.










[ 0062 ] - Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By J.H. Plumb. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CD62. 192 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0063 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. Resurrection. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Vera Traill.Foreword by Alan Hodge. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CT63. 431 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0064 ] - Koestler, Arthur. Darkness At Noon. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The German By Daphne Hardy.Foreword By Peter Viereck. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Hungary Eastern Europe Translated Literature. CD64. 223 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0065 ] - Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Books. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Marcus Cunliffe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England India. CD65. 334 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0066 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. Dead Souls. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R, MacAndrew.Foreword By Frank O'Connor. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CP66. 279 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0067 ] - Hughes, Richard. A High Wind In Jamaica or The Innocent Voyage. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Vernon Watkins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CP67. 192 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0068 ] - Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Edmund Reiss. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CD68. 256 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0069 ] - Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By James Wright. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CD69. 285 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0070 ] - Pushkin, Alexander. The Queen of Spades and Other Tales. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Ivy & Tatiana Litvinov.Foreword By George Steiner. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 19th Century. CP70. 319 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0071 ] - Meredith, George. Ordeal of Richard Feverel. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Norman Kelvin. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT71. 476 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0072 ] - Harte, Bret. The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Other Tales. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Wallace Stegner. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CD72. 301 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0073 ] - Roosevelt, Theodore. The Rough Riders. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Lawrence Clark Powell. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Letters History Autobiography Politics Presidents War. CD73. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0074 ] - Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography of Ben Franklin and Other Writings. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By L. Jesse Lemisch. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Autobiography History 18th Century. CD74. 350 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0075 ] - Melville, Herman. Billy Budd and Other Tales. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Willard Thorpe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CT75. 336 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0076 ] - Eliot, George. Adam Bede. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By F.R. Leavis. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CT76. 510 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0077 ] - Gissing, George. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By V.S. Pritchett. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CP77. 189 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics In this thinly disguised autobiography, social critic George Gissing introduces his own scholarly passions, experience of poverty, and ironic judgments of technological England and those whose learning permits them no place in it. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft reveals Gissing's dissenting opinions on a curious variety of antique and modern subjects. His startlingly personal pessimism and hope combine to empower his every observation on slum life in London, Roman culture, contemporary ethics, cooking, children and Eastern religions with wisdom grounded in realism-proving he is not the withdrawn humanist his friends have thought him. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft re-established the art of memoir-writing as an important modern literary form.










[ 0078 ] - Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Elsie Venner. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Miriam R. Small. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CT78. 367 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0079 ] - Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Charles Shapiro. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CD79. 301 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0080 ] - O'Flaherty, Liam. The Informer. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Donagh MacDonagh. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ireland Literature. CP80. 189 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0081 ] - Wright, Richard. Native Son. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Richard Sullivan. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback African America Literature. CT81. 400 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 hope. less. 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.










[ 0082 ] - Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejuduce. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Joann Morse. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Women 19th Century. CD82. 334 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0083 ] - Tomlinson, H.M. The Sea and The Jungle. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Albert J. Guerard. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Travel Literature. CP83. 254 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0084 ] - Cable, George Washington. Old Creole Days. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Shirley Ann Grau. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern New Orleans Literature 19th Century. CP84. 216 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0085 ] - Addams, Jane. Twenty Years At Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Henry Steele Commager.Drawings By Norah Hamilton. keywords: Signet Classic Sociology Politics Women America. CT85. 320 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0086 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Willard Thorp. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CT86. 477 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0087 ] - James, Henry. The Marriages and Other Stories. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Eleanor M. Tilton. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CD87. 364 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0088 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pathfinder. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Robert E. Spiller. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CP88. 443 pages. Cover art: Pucci.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0089 ] - LaFayette, Madame de. The Princess of Cleves. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French & With A Foreword By Walter J. Cobb. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature Women 17th Century. CD89. 191 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0090 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Notes From Underground/White Nights/The Dream of A Ridiculous Man and Selections From The House of The Dead. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Andrew R. MacAndrew. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CP90. 240 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0091 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Eleanor M. Tilton. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CT91. 328 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0092 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Mark Schorer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CT92. 440 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0093 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Mark Schorer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CT93. 440 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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 midd1e-clas~ 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.'.










[ 0094 ] - Bligh, Captain William. The Mutiny On Board H.M.S. Bounty. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Milton Rugoff. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Maritime The Sea Autobiography England History. CP94. 240 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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? '.










[ 0095 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Jude The Obscure. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By A. Alvarez. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CT95. 416 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0096 ] - Prevost, Abbe. Manon Lescaut. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald M. Frame. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 18th Century. CP96. 191 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 brightness of a gem. It belongs to its author's time - and work - yet towers over them.' - Donald M. Frame.










[ 0097 ] - Marco Polo. The Travels of Marco Polo. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. A Modern Version Of The Famous Marsden-Wright Translation From The Italian.Edited & With An Introduction By Milton Rugoff. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Italy Venice Translated Literature Travel History. CD97. 302 pages. Cover art: Kessler.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0098 ] - Thoreau, Henry David. A Week On The Concord and Merrimack Rivers. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Dennis Sutcliffe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century Nature. CT98. 341 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0099 ] - Tarkington, Booth. Alice Adams. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Gerard Previn Meyer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature. CP99. 239 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0100 ] - Orwell, George. 1984. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Erich Fromm. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Distopias England 20th Century. CP100. 269 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0101 ] - Irving, Washington. The Sketch Book. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Perry Miller. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CP101. 381 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0102 ] - Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CP102. 496 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0103 ] - Chateaubriand, Francois-Rene de. Atala and Rene. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French & With A Foreword By Walter J. Cobb. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 18th Century. CD103. 127 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0104 ] - Whitman, Walt. Specimen Days. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Richard Chase. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Poetry. CP104. 271 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0105 ] - James, Henry. Madonna of The Future and Other Early Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Willard Thorp. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CD105. 284 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Inclues 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.'.










[ 0106 ] - Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Louis Auchincloss. keywords: Signet Classic America Women Literature Paperback. CT106. 288 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0107 ] - Saltykov-Shchedrin,M. The Golovlovs. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By William E. Harkins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 19th Century. CT107. 317 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0108 ] - Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By J.H. Plumb. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CP108. 222 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0109 ] - McGuffey, William Holmes. McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader-1879 Edition. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Henry Steele Commager. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Education Reference Literature 19th Century. CT109. 364 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0110 ] - Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Walter Allen. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CD110. 336 pages. Cover art: Max?.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0111 ] - Twain, Mark. Life On The Mississippi. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Leonard Kriegel. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CD111. 382 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0112 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Murray Kreiger. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CD112. 346 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0113 ] - Disraeli, Benjamin. Coningsby. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Asa Briggs. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT113. 480 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0114 ] - Alegria, Ciro. The Golden Serpent. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Spanish & With An Afterword By Harriet de Onis. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Peru Latin America Translated Literature. CP114. 190 pages. Cover art: Kossin.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0115 ] - Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Short Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Gerald Weales. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Drama Literature Ireland. CP115. 304 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0116 ] - Stephens, James. Deirdre. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Walter Starkie. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ireland Poetry Literature. CP116. 155 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0117 ] - James, Henry. Ambassadors. New York. 1960. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By R.W. Stallman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CP117. 384 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0118 ] - Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Drama Literature Paperback. CP118. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0119 ] - Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Spanish By E. Munguia JrForeword By Harriet de Onis. keywords: Signet Classic Mexico Latin America Translated Literature Paperback. CP119. 151 pages. Cover art: Kossin.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0120 ] - Yeats, W.B. The Celtic Twilight and A Selection of Early Poems. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Walter Starkie. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ireland Poetry Literature. CP120. 222 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0121 ] - Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Introduction By C.M. Woodhouse. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CP121. 128 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0122 ] - Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Utopian Paperback 19th Century. CP122. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0123 ] - Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls of The King. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Poetry 19th Century England Literature. CP123. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0124 ] - Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Paperback Western. CP124. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0125 ] - Lagerlof, Selma. The Story of Gosta Berling. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Swedish & With An Afterword By Robert Bly. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Sweden Scandinavia Translated Literature. CT125. 319 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0126 ] - Kleist, Heinrich von. The Marquis of O-- and Other Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The German By Martin Greenberg.Foreword By Thomas Mann. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Germany Translated 19th Century. CT126. 288 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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 0-, 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.










[ 0127 ] - Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French By Richard Aldington.Foreword By Harry Levin. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated 18th Century. CT127. 384 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0128 ] - Zola, Emile. L'Assommoir. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Atwood H. TownsendAfterword By Angus Wilson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. CT128. 500 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0129 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Possessed. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By Marc Slonim. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CQ129. 703 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0130 ] - Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Chicago. CP130. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0131 ] - Garland, Hamlin. Main Travelled Roads. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Mark Schorer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CP131. 271 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0132 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. Fables and Fairy Tales. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Illustrated By Shelia Greenwald.Foreword By Raymond Rosenthal. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CP132. 141 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0133 ] - James, Henry. The Turn of The Screw and Other Short Novels. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Willard Thorp. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CT133. 254 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0134 ] - Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By V.S. Pritchett. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CQ134. 832 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0135 ] - Turgenev, Ivan. The Hunting Sketches. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Benard Guilbert Guerney. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CT135. 415 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 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. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Albert E. Stone, Jr. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 18th Century History Travel. CQ136. 477 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics '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 Eighteenih-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.










[ 0137 ] - Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Mark Schorer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CP137. 175 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0138 ] - Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Compton MacKenzie. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 18th Century 19th Century. CP138. 508 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0139 ] - Balzac, Honore de. Pere Goriot. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French & With An Afterword By Henry Reed. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 19th Century. CP139. 286 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics ‘Père 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 Huma!ne, 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 Pêre 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 Père 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.’ A New Translation with Afterword by Henry Reed.










[ 0140 ] - Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The German By Catherine Hutter.Foreword By Hermann J. Weigand. keywords: Signet Classic Germany Poetry Translated Literature 18th Century Paperback. CP140. 256 pages. Cover art: Percy?.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0141 ] - Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Edgar Johnson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CT141. 880 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0142 ] - Stern, Laurence. Tristram Shandy. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Gerald Weales. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 18th Century. CT142. 546 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0143 ] - Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Leonard Kreigel. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CT143. 448 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0144 ] - Stendhal. The Charterhouse of Parma. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French By C.K. Scott Moncrieff.Afterword by Jacques Barzun. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated 19th Century. CT144. 503 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0145 ] - Wharton, Edith. Hudson River Bracketed. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Louis Auchincloss. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CT145. 415 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0146 ] - Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of The Plague Year. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CP146. 240 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0147 ] - Scott, Sir Walter. The Lady of The Lake and Other Poems. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Bartlett W. Boyden. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT147. 352 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0148 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By James F. Beard. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CD148. 431 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0149 ] - Baroja, Pio. The Restlessness of Shanti Andia and Selected Stories. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Spanish By Anthony & Elaine Kerrigan.Foreword by Anthony Kerrigan. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Spain Translated Literature. CT149. 330 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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!'.










[ 0150 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Typhoon and Other Tales. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Albert J. Guerard. keywords: Signet Classic Literature Paperback England 20th Century 19th Century. CT150. 448 pages. Cover art: Kossin.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0151 ] - Wilson, Angus. Anglo-Saxon Attitudes. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Frank Kermode. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CT151. 352 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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 Mliddleton. 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 thc 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.'.










[ 0152 ] - Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback History America Oregon Trail. CP152. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 Cornmager 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.’ With a Foreword by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.










[ 0153 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Celestial Railroad and Other Stories. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By R.P. Blackmur. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CP153. 301 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0154 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CP154. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0155 ] - Howells, William Dean. The Rise of Silas Lapham. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Henry T. Moore. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century 20th Century. CT155. 351 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics '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 was the first important novel to center on an American businessman and 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.'.










[ 0156 ] - Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Elizabeth Bowen.Includes The Original Illustrations. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature Women. CP156. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0157 ] - Cervantes, Miguel de. The Deceitful Marriage and Other Exemplary Novels. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Spanish & With An Foreword By Walter Starkie. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Spain Translated Literature 16th Century. CT157. 320 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0158 ] - Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee At King Arthur's Court. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Edmund Reiss. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CD158. 334 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0159 ] - Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Angus Wilson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CP159. 534 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0160 ] - Shakespeare, William. King Lear. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Russell Fraser. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD160. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics King Lear is widely regarded as Shakespeare's crowning artistic achievement. The scenes in which a mad Lear rages naked on a stormy heath against his deceitful daughters and nature itself are considered by many scholars to be the finest example of tragic lyricism in the English language. Shakespeare took his main plot line of an aged monarch abused by his children from a folk tale that appeared first in written form in the 12th century and was based on spoken stories that originated much further into the Middle Ages. In several written version of 'Lear,' the king does not go mad, his 'good' daughter does not die, and the tale has a happy ending. This is not the case with Shakespeare's Lear, a tragedy of such consuming force that audiences and readers are left to wonder whether there is any meaning to the physical and moral carnage with which King Lear concludes. Like the noble Kent, seeing a mad, pathetic Lear with the murdered Cordelia in his arms, the profound brutality of the tale compels us to wonder 'Is this the promis'd end?' (V, iii. l.264). That very question stands at the divide between traditional critics of King Lear who find a heroic pattern in the story, and modern readers who see no redeeming or purgative dimension to the play at all, the message being the bare futility of the human condition with Lear as Everyman. -- R. Moore.










[ 0161 ] - Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Sylvan Barnet. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD161. 247 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0162 ] - Shakespeare, William. Othello. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Alvin Kernan. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD162. 270 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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. 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.










[ 0163 ] - Shakespeare, William. Richard II. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Kenneth Muir. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD163. 255 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0164 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Winter's Tale. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Frank Kermode. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD164. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics The Winter's Tale was one of the very last plays Shakespeare wrote, a moving romance whose themes are sin, forgiveness, death, rebirth, and the power of Time and Nature to heal all wounds. Based on a novella by Shakespeare's enemy and arch rival Robert Greene, The Winter's Tale introduces Perdita, perhaps the Bard's most richly symbolic character. At times tragic, at times humorous, but always entertaining and instructive, The Winters Tale is a complex and rewarding work by the greatest dramatist of all time.










[ 0165 ] - Parkman, Francis. La Salle and The Discovery of The Great West. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By John A. Hawgood. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America History Literature 19th Century. CT165. 352 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0166 ] - Goncharov, Ivan. Oblomov. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Foreword by Harry T. Moore. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Literature Translated 19th Century Paperback. CQ166. 559 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0167 ] - Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Frank Kermode. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CQ167. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics One of the most accomplished and prominent novels of the Victorian era, Middlemarch is an unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits. In this epic in a small landscape, Eliot's large cast of precisely delineated characters and the rich tapestry of their stories result in a wise, compassionate, and astute vision of human nature. As Virginia Woolf declared, George Eliot ‘was one of the first English novelists to discover that men and women think as well as feel, and the discovery was of great artistic moment.’










[ 0168 ] - Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Albert Gilman. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD168. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics One of Shakespeare's early plays, As You Like It (1598-1599) is a stock romantic comedy that was familiar to Elizabethan audiences as an exemplar of 'Christian' comedy. Although the play does include two off-stage spiritual conversions, the 'Christian' designation does not refer to religion itself. Instead, it denotes the restoration and regeneration of society through the affirmation of certain Christian values such as brotherly love, marital union, tolerance for different viewpoints, and optimism about life at large. The plot is very simple: the resolution of the dramatic problem in the warped attitudes of two evil brothers toward good brothers and related obstacles to marriage for several couples in the play (most notably Rosalind and Orlando), are easily overcome and a happy ending is never in doubt. On one level, the play was clearly intended by Shakespeare as a simple, diverting amusement; several scenes in As You Like It are essentially skits made up of songs and joking banter. But on a somewhat deeper level, the play provides opportunities for its main characters to discuss a host of subjects (love, aging, the natural world, and death) from their particular points of view. At its center, As You Like It presents us with the respective worldviews of Jaques, a chronically melancholy pessimist pre-occupied with the negative aspects of life, and Rosalind, the play's Christian heroine who recognizes life's difficulties but holds fast to a positive attitude that is kind, playful, and, above all, wise. In the end, the enjoyment that we receive from the play's comedy is reinforced and validated by a humanistic Christian philosophy gently woven into the text by a benevolent Shakespeare. -- R. Moore.










[ 0169 ] - Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Edward Hubler. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD169. 271 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0170 ] - Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By William & Barbara Rosen. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD170. 240 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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. 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.










[ 0171 ] - Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Wolfgang Clemen. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD171. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Probably composed in 1595 or 1596, A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's early comedies, but can be distinguished from his other works in this group by describing it specifically as the Bard's original wedding play. Most scholars believe that Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream as a light entertainment to accompany a marriage celebration, and while the identity of the historical couple for whom it was meant has never been conclusively established, there is good textual and background evidence available to support this claim. At the same time, unlike the vast majority of his works (including all of his comedies), in concocting this story, Shakespeare did not rely directly upon existing plays, narrative poetry, historical chronicles or any other primary source materials, making it a truly original piece. Most critics agree that if a youthful Shakespeare was not at his best in this play, he certainly enjoyed himself in writing it. The main plot of Midsummer is a complex contraption that involves two sets of couples (Hermia & Lysander and Helena & Demetrius) whose romantic cross-purposes are complicated still further by their entrance into the play's fairyland woods where the King and Queen of the Fairies (Oberon & Titania) preside and the impish folk character of Puck or Robin Goodfellow plies his trade. Less subplot than a brilliant satirical device, another set of characters -- Bottom the weaver and his bumptious band of 'rude mechanicals' -- stumble into the main doings when they go into the same enchanted woods to rehearse a play that is very loosely (and comically) based on the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, their hilarious home-spun piece taking up Act V of Shakespeare's comedy. A Midsummer Night's Dream contains some wonderfully lyrical expressions of lighter Shakespearean themes, most notably those of love, dreams, and the stuff of both, the creative imagination itself. Indeed, close scrutiny of the text by twentieth-century critics has led to a significant upward revision in the play's status, one that overlooks the silliness of its story and concentrates upon its unique lyrical qualities. If A Midsummer Night's Dream can be said to convey a message, it is that the creative imagination is in tune with the supernatural world, and is best used to confer the blessings of Nature (writ large) upon mankind and marriage. -- R. Moore.










[ 0172 ] - Shakespeare, William. Troilus and Cressida. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Daniel Seltzer. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD172. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Given the wealth of formal debate contained in this tragedy, Troilus and Cressida was probably written in 1602 for a performance at one of the Inns of the Court. Shakespeare's treatment of the age-old tale of love and betrayal is based on many sources, from Homer and Ovid to Chaucer and Shakespeare's near contemporary Robert Greene. In the introduction the various problems connected with the play, its performance, and publication, are considered succinctly; its multiple sources are discussed in detail, together with its peculiar stage history and its renewed popularity in recent years.










[ 0173 ] - Shakespeare, William. Much Ado About Nothing. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By David Stevenson. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD173. 160 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0174 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Robert Langbaum. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD174. 223 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0175 ] - Shakespeare, William. Richard III. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Mark Eccles. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD175. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Richard III is the last of the four plays in Shakespeare's minor tetralogy of English history: it concludes a dramatic chronicle started by Henry VI: Part I and then moving through Henry VI: Part II and Henry VI: Part III. The entire four-play saga was composed early in Shakespeare's career, most scholars assigning Richard III a composition date of 1591 or 1592. Culminating with the defeat of the evil King Richard III at the battle of Bosworth field in the play's final act, Richard III is a dramatization of actual historical events that concluded in the year 1485, when the rule of the Plantagenet family over England was replaced by the Tudor monarchy. A full century after these events, Shakespeare's Elizabethan audiences were certainly familiar with them (as contemporary Americans are of their own Civil War), and they were particularly fascinated with the character of Richard III. Shakespeare's audiences could readily identify the various political factions and complex family relationships depicted in the play as they proceed from the three parts of Henry VI. Today, readers and audiences may find it exceedingly difficult to follow the overlapping webs of political intrigue, family relationships, and personal vendettas. The synopsis below provides some useful guidance, but it must be acknowledged that it does not capture all of the play's complicated historical strands. Fortunately, while a full knowledge of historical context would certainly enhance a modern reading of the text, it is not really necessary. The play, in fact, is dominated by Richard the hunchback Duke of Gloucester, who becomes Richard III through a series of horrible acts, killing off his enemies, his kinsmen, his wife and most of his supporters before reaching the Battle of Bosworth and crying out 'My kingdom for a horse.' In a work that is as much melodrama as history, Richard is a pure, self-professed villain of monstrous proportions. His evil drives the plot, and until his final defeat by the Duke of Richmond (who became Henry VII) in the play's last act, the good forces opposing him are weak, splintered, and ready prey for his schemes. -- R. Moore.










[ 0176 ] - Hasek, Jaroslav. The Good Soldier Schweik. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Czech By Paul Selver.llustrations By Josef Lada.Foreword By Leslie A. Fiedler. keywords: Signet Classic Czech Eastern Europe Translated Paperback. CT176. 429 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics Poor Schweik. How simple-minded 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 marche5 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.










[ 0177 ] - O'Hara, John. Appointment In Samarra. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Arthur Mizener. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature. CP177. 216 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0178 ] - Trollope, Anthony. Barchester Towers. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Robert Daniel. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century. CP178. 536 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0179 ] - Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Frank Kermode. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CT179. 864 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0180 ] - Merimee, Prosper. Carmen, Colomba and Selected Stories. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Walter J. Cobb.Foreword By George Steiner. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 19th Century. CP180. 286 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0181 ] - Scott, Sir Walter. Quentin Durward. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By D.W. Brogan. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT181. 535 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0182 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Allan Nevins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CP182. 544 pages. Cover art: Pucci.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0183 ] - Bennett, Arnold. The Old Wives' Tale. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By John Wain. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CT183. 584 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0184 ] - Twain, Mark. Pudd'nhead Wilson. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Wright Morris. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CD184. 175 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0185 ] - James, Henry. The American. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Leon Edel. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CP185. 336 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0186 ] - Silone, Ignazio. Bread and Wine. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Italian By Harvey Fergusson II.A Note On The Revision By Ignazio Silone.Afterword By Marc Slonim. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Italy Translated Literature. CT186. 287 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0187 ] - Balzac, Honore de. The Fatal Skin. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Atwood H. Townsend.Afterword By Henri Peyre. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 19th Century. CP187. 286 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0188 ] - Mann, Thomas. Confessions of Felix Krull,Confidence Man. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The German By Denver Lindley.Afterword By George Steiner. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Germany Translated Literature. CT188. 334 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0189 ] - Sholokhov, Mikhail. And Quiet Flows The Don. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Stephen Garry.Afterword By Maurice Hindus. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature. CQ189. 518 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0190 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Tess of The D'Urbervilles. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Donald Hall. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CD190. 432 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0191 ] - Meredith, George. The Egoist. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Angus Wilson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT191. 511 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0192 ] - Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Kenneth Rexroth. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CD192. 317 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0193 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories of Chekhov. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CP193. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0194 ] - Orwell, George. Burmese Days. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Richard Rees. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CP194. 255 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0195 ] - James, Henry. The Portrait of A Lady. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Oscar Cargill. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CT195. 559 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0196 ] - Colette. Gigi and Selected Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Elaine Marks. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature Women. CT196. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0197 ] - Shakespeare, William. Titus Andronicus. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Sylvan Barnet. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD197. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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 sixteenth 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 seventeenth century it had fallen out of favour. In the 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 twentieth century its reputation began to improve.










[ 0198 ] - Flaubert, Gustave. Three Tales. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Walter J. CobbForeword By Henri Peyre.Includes - A Simple Heart, The Legend of St. Julian The Hospitaler, & Herodias. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. CP198. 127 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0199 ] - Balzac, Honore de. Eugenie Grandet. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Henry ReedAfterword By Roger Shattuck. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 19th Century. CP199. 222 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0200 ] - Dickens, Charles. Pickwick Papers. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Steven Marcus. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CQ200. 888 pages. Cover art: Kossin.

Signet Classics 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, Pick wick 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. '.










[ 0201 ] - Norris, Frank. McTeague. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Kenneth Rexroth. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America San Francisco 20th Century. CP201. 351 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0202 ] - McGuffey, William Holmes. McGuffey's Sixth Eclectic Reader-1879 Edition. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Henry Steele Commager. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Education Reference Literature 19th Century. CT202. 492 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0203 ] - Babel, Isaac. Lyubka The Cossack and Other Stories. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Andrew R. MacAndrew. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature. CT203. 285 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0204 ] - Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Louis Auchincloss. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CT204. 352 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0205 ] - David, Alfred and Mary Elizabeth (editors). The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Alfred & Mary Elizabeth David. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Mythology Anthology Translated Literature. CT205. 319 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0206 ] - Howells, William Dean. The Landlord At Lion's Head. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Eleanor M. Tilton. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century 20th Century. CT206. 319 pages. Cover art: SA or Shields??.

Signet Classics 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, Bcssie 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.'.










[ 0207 ] - Grahame, Kenneth. The Golden Age and Dream Days. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword by Vernon Watkins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Scotland Literature. CT207. 240 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.'.










[ 0208 ] - Gorky, Maxim. A Sky-Blue Life and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian & With A Foreword By George Reavey. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature. CT208. 256 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics '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.'.










[ 0209 ] - Cervantes, Miguel de. Interludes. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Spanish & With A Foreword By Edwin Honig. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Spain Translated Literature 16th Century. CT209. 160 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0210 ] - Pirandello, Luigi. The Merry-Go-Round of Love and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Italian By Frances Keene & Lily Duplaix.Foreword By Irving Howe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Italy Sicily Translated Literature. CT210. 320 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0211 ] - Melville, Herman. Mardi. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword by Henry Popkin. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CT211. 557 pages. Cover art: Seymour Chwast.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0212 ] - Norris, Frank. The Octopus. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Oscar Cargiller. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CT212. 472 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0213 ] - Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Geoffrey Tillotson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CT213. 896 pages. Cover art: Thomas R. Allen.

Signet Classics 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 Jarndyceand 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 haracterization, 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.










[ 0214 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pioneers. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Robert E. Spiller. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CP214. 447 pages. Cover art: Pucci.

Signet Classics 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,'.










[ 0215 ] - Ibsen, Henrik. Peer Gynt. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Norwegian & With A Foreword by Rolf Fjelde. keywords: Signet Classic Norway Scandinavia Poetry Drama Translated Literature 19th Century. CP215. 253 pages. Cover art: Seymour Chwast.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0216 ] - Austen, Jane. Emma. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Graham Hough. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CD216. 399 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0217 ] - London, Jack. The Sea-Wolf and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Franklin Walker. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America. CP217. 351 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0218 ] - Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Barbara Everett. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD218. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's best known later tragedies. Written about ten years after Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra portrays actual events and persons from Roman history, but unlike Julius Caesar it also embodies the love story of its title characters. For the historical background, plot and intimate details of the affair between the Roman general Antony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, Shakespeare drew upon the ancient Roman historian Plutarch's Lives; in fact, the description of Cleopatra upon her barge presented by the character Enobarbus in the play (II,ii, ll.190-225) is nearly a word-for-word translation of a passage from Plutarch. In Antony, Cleopatra, and Augustus Caesar, Shakespeare depicts characters that are larger than life, all three of the main figures commanding 'planetary' status as rulers of the world and instruments of its destiny. Antony and Cleopatra is a very involved play, featuring rapid shifts between Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria, Egypt and Antony's homeland in Rome, along with two major battlefield sequences. There are in fact thirteen scenes in Act III and fifteen in Act IV. While some nineteenth and early twentieth century critics complained about the awkward structure of the play, recent interpretation has argued that this relentless movement in the middle of the play creates dramatic tension and reinforces the global scope of what is occurring on stage. -- R. Moore.










[ 0219 ] - Shakespeare, William. Two Gentlemen of Verona. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Bertrand Evans. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD219. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play. A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross - dressing and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.










[ 0220 ] - Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Vernon Watkins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Wales Literature. CP220. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0221 ] - Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim's Progress. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By F.R. Leavis. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 17th Century. CD221. 301 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0222 ] - James, Henry. Washington Square. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Donald Hall. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CP222. 192 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0223 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By John William Ward. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CP223. 415 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0224 ] - Dana Jr., Richard Henry. Two Years Before The Mast. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Wright Morris. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America Sea 19th Century Paperback. CP224. 384 pages. Cover art: Thomas R. Allen.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0225 ] - Verga, Giovanni. The House By The Medlar Tree. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Italian & With A Foreword By Raymond Rosenthal. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Italy Translated Literature. CT225. 272 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0226 ] - Faulkner, William. Sartoris. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Lawrance Thompson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CT226. 317 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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 psychobgical 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.''.










[ 0227 ] - Lermontov, Mikhail Yurevich. A Hero of Our Time. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Philip Longworth.Afterword By William E. Harkins. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 19th Century. CT227. 206 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0228 ] - Swinburne, Algernon. Love's Cross Currents. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Marya Zaturenska. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 19th Century. CP228. 158 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 artistocracy, 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.










[ 0229 ] - Maugham, W. Somerset. The Summing Up. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Glenway Wescott. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CP229. 194 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0230 ] - Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Kenneth S. Lynn. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CD230. 224 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 words 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.’.










[ 0231 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Chekhov: Major Plays. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. 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. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Drama. CP231. 382 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0232 ] - James, Henry. The Europeans. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Richard Poirier. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CP232. 192 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0233 ] - Shakespeare, William. Measure For Measure. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By S. Nagarajan. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD233. 240 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0234 ] - Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Mildred Marmur.Foreword By Mary McCarthy. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. CD234. 405 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0235 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Irving Howe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ235. 831 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0236 ] - Ford, Ford Madox. Some Do Not. and No More Parades. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Arthur Mizener. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CQ236. 520 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0237 ] - Ford, Ford Madox. A Man Could Stand Up- and Last Post. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Arthur Mizener. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CT237. 352 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0238 ] - Melville, Herman. Typee. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Harrison Hayford. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CP238. 320 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0239 ] - Conrad, Joseph. An Outcast of The Islands. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Thomas Moser. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CD239. 287 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0240 ] - Maupassant, Guy de. Boule De Suif and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Foreword By Edward D. Sullivan. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 19th Century. CD240. 285 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0241 ] - Roosevelt, Theodore. Theodore Roosevelt's Letters To His Children. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Prologue & Epilogue By Elting E. Morison.Illustrations By Theodore Roosevelt. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Letters History Autobiography Politics Presidents Literature. CP241. 159 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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 Americ~an 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.'.










[ 0242 ] - Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Horace Gregory. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America Poetry. CP242. 288 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0243 ] - Lear, Edward. The Nonsense Books of Edward Lear. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Howard Moss. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT243. 320 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0244 ] - Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By J. Hillis Miller. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CQ244. 916 pages. Cover art: Seymour Chwast.

Signet Classics 'Our Mutual Friend is about 'money, money, money, and what money can make of life.' This theme plays an important part in Dickens' earlier fiêtion, 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.'.










[ 0245 ] - Trollope, Anthony. The Warden. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Geoffrey Tillotson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century. CD245. 215 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'










[ 0246 ] - Kipling, Rudyard. The Mark of The Beast and Other Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Roger Burlingame. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England India. CD246. 352 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 MARK OF THE BEAST, WITHOUT BENEFIT OF CLERGY, GEORGIE PORGIE, THE BRUSHWOOD BOY, ‘THEY,’ BAA BAA,BLACK SHEEP, AN HABITATION ENFORCED, BROTHER SQUARED TOES, .007, THE GARDENER, THE MAN WHO WAS, THE INCARNATION OF KRISHNA MULVANEY, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, GARM—A HOSTAGE, and THE STRANGE RIDE OF MORROWBIE JUKES.










[ 0247 ] - Thackeray, William Makepeace. The History of Henry Esmond. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Walter Allen. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CP247. 480 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0248 ] - Bojer, Johan. The Last of The Vikings. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Norwegian By Jessie Muir.Afterword By Richard Vowles. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Norway Scandinavia Translated Literature. CP248. 256 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.''.










[ 0249 ] - Howells, William Dean. A Modern Instance. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Wallace Brockway. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century 20th Century. CT249. 432 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0250 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. The Titan. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By John Berryman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ250. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0251 ] - Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Marvin Mudrick. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CD251. 384 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0252 ] - Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By C.A. Bodelsen. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CD252. 172 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0253 ] - Melville, Herman. Confidence Man. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By R.W.B. Lewis. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CP253. 278 pages. Cover art: Kossin.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0254 ] - Sterne, Laurence. A Sentimental Journey and Journal To Eliza. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Monroe Engel. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CP254. 206 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0255 ] - Smollett, Tobias. Roderick Random. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By John Barth. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England 18th Century. CT255. 480 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0256 ] - Austen, Jane. Persuasion. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Marvin Mudrick. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CD256. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Eight years ago Anne Elliot bowed to pressure from her family and made the decision not to marry the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. Now, circumstances have conspired to bring him back into her social circle and Anne finds her old feelings for him reignited. However, when they meet again Wentworth behaves as if they are strangers and seems more interested in her friend Louisa. In this, her final novel, Jane Austen tells the story of a love that endures the tests of time and society with humour, insight and tenderness.










[ 0257 ] - Shakespeare, William. Sonnets. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By William Burto.Introduction By W.H. Auden. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Drama Shakespeare Literature. CD257. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0258 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Almayer's Folly and Other Stories. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Jocelyn Baines. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CP258. 320 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0259 ] - Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CP259. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0260 ] - Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. The Frog King and Other Tales of the Brothers Grimm. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From German, Edited and With An Introduction By Alfred & Mary Elizabeth David.Illustrated By Shelia Greenwald. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Germany Translated Literature 19th Century. CT260. 318 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0261 ] - Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Alan Pryce-Jones. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CQ261. 918 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0262 ] - Storm, Theodor. The Rider On The White Horse and Selected Stories. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The German & With A Foreword By James Wright. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Germany Translated Literature 19th Century. CT262. 262 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0263 ] - Scott, Sir Walter. Waverley. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Edgar Johnson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT263. 576 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.''.










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[ 0265 ] - Lincoln, Abraham. Abraham Lincoln:A Documentary Portrait Through His Speeches and Writings. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Don E. Fehrenbacher. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Autobiography History Presidents Literature 19th Century. CT265. 288 pages. Cover art: Kossin.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0266 ] - Musil, Robert. Young Torless. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The German By Eithne Wilkins & Ernst Kaiser.Afterword By John Simon. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Germany Austria Translated Literature. CT266. 192 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.'.










[ 0267 ] - James, Henry. The Wings of the Dove. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By F.W. Dupee. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CT267. 512 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0268 ] - Howells, William Dean. A Hazard of New Fortunes. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Benjamin DeMott. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century 20th Century. CT268. 445 pages. Cover art: Luvin?.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0269 ] - Mill, John Stuart. Autobiography of John Stuart Mill. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Asa Briggs. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Autobiography Philosophy Literature 19th Century. CT269. 224 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0270 ] - Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By J.A. Bryant Jr. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD270. 220 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0271 ] - Melville, Herman. Pierre, or the Ambiguities. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Lawrance Thompson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CT271. 408 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.' '.










[ 0272 ] - Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By G.S. Fraser. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Scotland Horror England. CD272. 224 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0273 ] - Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Spanish & With An Introduction By Walter Starkie. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Spain Translated Literature 16th Century 17th Century. CY273. 1052 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0274 ] - Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen-Four Major Plays Volume 1. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Norwegian & With A Foreword By Rolf Fjelde. keywords: Signet Classic Norway Scandinavia Poetry Drama Translated Literature 19th Century. CP274. 384 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0275 ] - Howe, E.W. The Story of A Country Town. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By John William Ward. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature. CT275. 317 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0276 ] - Farrell, James T. Studs Lonigan. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Philip Allan Friedman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Chicago. CQ276. 840 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0277 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Kenneth O. Myrick. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD277. 176 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0278 ] - Eliot, George. The Mill On The Floss. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Morton Berman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CT278. 560 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0279 ] - Koestler, Arthur. Darkness At Noon. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Hungary Eastern Europe Translated Literature. CP279. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










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[ 0281 ] - Ghosh, Oroon (translator). The Dance of Shiva and Other Tales From India. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated By Oroon Ghosh.Foreword By A.L. Basham.Illustrations By Baniprosonno. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback India Translated Literature Mythology Anthology. CT281. 341 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0282 ] - Irving, Washington. The Sketch Book. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CT282. 381 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0283 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 1. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Maynard Mack. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD283. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0284 ] - Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England 18th Century. CP284. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0285 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. The Diary of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CP285. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0286 ] - Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls of The King. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Poetry 19th Century England Literature. CT286. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0287 ] - Dickens, Charles. Martin Chuzzlewit. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Marvin Murdrick. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CQ287. 896 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0288 ] - Villon, Francois. The Poems of Francois Villon. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Galway Kinnell.Bilingual Edition. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Poetry Translated Literature 15th Century. CT288. 224 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0289 ] - Shakespeare, William. Timon of Athens. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Maurice Charney. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD289. 239 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0290 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Ward 6 and Other Stories. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Afterword By Rufus W. Mathewson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CT290. 399 pages. Cover art: Cliff Condak??.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0291 ] - Holderin, Friedrich. Hyperion. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The German By Willard R. Trask.Foreword By Alexander Gode-von Aesch. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Germany Poetry Translated Literature 18th Century. CT291. 173 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0292 ] - Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With A Foreword By William H. Gilman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Philosophy 19th Century. CQ292. 479 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics '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.' '.










[ 0293 ] - Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Herschel Baker. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD293. 208 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0294 ] - Shakespeare, William. Pericles. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Ernest Schanzer. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD294. 208 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0295 ] - Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Walter J. Cobb.Afterword By Andre Maurois. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated 19th Century French Revolution. 295. 512 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0296 ] - Shakespeare, William. All's Well That Ends Well. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Sylvan Barnet. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD296. 200 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Unique Features Of The Signet Classic Shakespeare - General discussion of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater, and special Introduction to the play, by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. Source from which Shakespeare derived ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL — William Painter: from The Palace of Pleasure. Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, M. C. Bradbrook, Richard David. 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.










[ 0297 ] - Edwards, Jonathan. Jonathan Edwards:Basic Writings. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Selected,Edited,& With A Foreword by Ola Elizabeth Winslow. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Religion History Literature 18th Century Colonial. CT297. 255 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0298 ] - Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. Signet/New American Library. 2nd Signet Classic Edition. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CP298. 175 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0299 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 2. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction and Notes By Norman N. Holland. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD299. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Great drama of nobles' rebellion against King Henry, complicated by his problems with his wayward son Prince Hal. Superb blend of courtly intrigue, battlefield action and the wonderful comic interludes featuring Sir John Falstaff.










[ 0300 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Notes From Underground/White Nights/The Dream of A Ridiculous Man and Selections From The House of The Dead. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CT300. 240 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0301 ] - Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Drama Literature Paperback. CT301. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0302 ] - Jimenez, Juan Ramon. Platero and I. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Spain Translated Literature. CP302. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0303 ] - Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Kingsley Amis. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CP303. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0304 ] - Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CT304. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0305 ] - Tagore, Rabindranath. The Housewarming and Other Selected Writings. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Bengali By Mary Lago,Tarun Gupta, & Amiya Chakravarty.Edited & With An Introduction By Amiya Chakravarty. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback India Bengali Translated Literature. CT305. 318 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0306 ] - Shakespeare, William. Love's Labors Lost. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By John Arthos. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD306. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics In this charming comedy of manners, a well-intentioned king vows to forego all fleshly delights, setting the stage for romantic hijinks. The customary Shakespearean comic elements -- lovers in disguise, a witty clown, and sparkling repartee -- make it a joy for all. Love's Labour's Lost, now recognized as one of the most delightful and stageworthy of Shakespeare's comedies, came into its own both on the stage and in critical esteem only during the 1930s and 1940s--after nearly three hundred years of neglect by the theater and misuse by critics. In this new critical edition, Hibbard pays particular attention to this process of rehabilitation. Based on the quarto of 1598, and drawing on recent scholarly analysis, he proposes that the quarto goes back, probably by way of a 'lost' quarto, to an authorial manuscript that represents the play in a stateprior to 'fair copy.' He offers numerous original readings of difficult and disputed passages, and a helpful commentary to the play's scintillating language. Each work in the Signet Classic Shakespeare series contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary.










[ 0307 ] - Moffett, James and McElheny, Kenneth P. (editors). Points of View:An Anthology of Short Stories. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Anthology Literature. CQ307. 576 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0308 ] - Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography of Ben Franklin and Other Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Autobiography History 18th Century. CP308. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0309 ] - Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. Night Flight. New York. [1961] - Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Translated From The French By Stuart Gilbert.Foreword By Andre Gide. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature. CP309. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0310 ] - Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Leslie Fielder. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CT310. 496 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0311 ] - Orwell, George. 1984. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Distopias England 20th Century. CT311. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0312 ] - Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Elizabeth Hardwick. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CD312. 224 pages. Cover art: Kessler.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0313 ] - Browning, Robert. The Selected Poetry of Browning. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By George M. Ridenour. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 19th Century. CQ313. 464 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0314 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Tess of The D'Urbervilles. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. 314. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0315 ] - Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee At King Arthur's Court. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CP315. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0316 ] - De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions of An English Opium Eater and Other Writings. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Foreword By Aileen Ward. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature Opium 19th Century. CT316. 335 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0317 ] - Guiraldes, Ricardo. Don Segundo Sombra. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Spanish & With An Afterword By Harriet de Onis.Illustrations By Alberto Guiraldes. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Argentina Latin America Translated Literature. CT317. 222 pages. Cover art: Kessler.

Signet Classics '[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.'.










[ 0318 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Merry Wives of Windsor. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By William Green. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD318. 188 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Despite a consistent record of attracting appreciative audiences to the theater, The Merry Wives of Windsor has not received as much favorable criticism as it merits. Focusing on the unconventional Sir John Falstaff--one of Shakespeare's most vivid creations, best known for his role as confidant to Prince Hal in the Henry IV plays--this witty and satiric farce is perhaps Shakespeare's most realistic comedy. Comparing Falstaff's role in the two genres, many critics have found the comic characterization somewhat weak; by concentrating almost exclusively on this perceived failing, they have often missed the structural strengths and coherent design of the play. R.S. White allusively draws on recent theories of literature, especially feminist criticism and reader-response theory, to illuminate and revalue this neglected play. Seeing Falstaff as a comic mirror of provincial society, he demonstrates how his behavior reflects the values of the town dwellers--notably, acquisitive capitalism and the tendency to treat women as property and marriage capital. His analysis reveals how Shakespeare's use of plot, character, and imperialist language highlights the political ramifications of the seemingly trivial story. White also presents the operatic adaptations of the play by Nicolai, Verdi, and Vaughan Williams as significant readings of the original as well as independent masterpieces. His study provides a cogent introduction to the general problems of interpreting Shakespeare in the present day as well as a fresh and insightful account of The Merry Wives of Windsor.










[ 0319 ] - Lewis, Wyndham. A Soldier of Humor and Selected Writings. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Raymond Rosenthal. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Canada England Literature. CQ319. 461 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0320 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CP320. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0321 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CP321. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0322 ] - Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By John William Ward. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Slavery Women 19th Century. CT322. 496 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics ‘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.










[ 0323 ] - Milton, John. Samson Agonistes and The Shorter Poems of Milton. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Isabel Gamble MacCaffrey. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 17th Century. CT323. 216 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 Englisla 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.










[ 0324 ] - Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures of The Speckled Band and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By William S. Baring-Gould. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Mystery 19th Century. CD324. 287 pages. Cover art: James McMullan.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0325 ] - Keats, John. Selected Poetry of Keats. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Paul de Man. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Poetry England Literature. CQ325. 352 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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: Presentss 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.










[ 0326 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Comedy of Errors. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Harry Levin. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD326. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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 classical unities. It has been adapted for opera, stage, screen and musical theatre. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. 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.










[ 0327 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry V. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By John Russell Brown. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD327. 240 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0328 ] - Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Reuben Brower. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD328. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Probably written in 1607 or 1608, Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare's mature tragedies, composed at a time when the playwright was at the apex of his creative power. Traditional and, at least some, modern literary critics have ranked Coriolanus a notch below the four great tragedies (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello) that Shakespeare wrote before he came to his story of the prideful Roman general. Nevertheless, T.S. Eliot considered Coriolanus to be Shakespeare's finest achievement in tragedy. This mixed appraisal of the play is due chiefly to the character of Coriolanus himself, who is widely acknowledged to be the least sympathetic protagonist among Shakespeare's tragic figures. Coriolanus was, in fact, a military and political leader of ancient Rome, Shakespeare relying upon an account of his career presented by the historian Plutarch in his Lives. Not only is Coriolanus a Roman history play in addition to being a tragedy, it is a decidedly political work that embodies a debate or treatise concerning the relative merits of patrician autocracy versus plebian democracy. One of the play's central figurative motifs is the analogy of the body politic spelled out by the patrician (rich and conservative) senator Menenius in the opening scene's famous belly speech. It pivots on the notion of the state (here the city-state) being an organic body in which different classes or vocations of citizen are parts or members, the aristocrats being the 'belly' and the lower-class plebians being the 'toe.' It is the arm of the Roman state, the fierce, noble, and proud military leader Coriolanus with which the play is centrally concerned. On one level, Coriolanus more closely approximates the tragic heroes of an ancient Greek drama than that any of Shakespeare's other characters. He is a Great Man who is brought low by his flaw of excessive pride or hubris. But Shakespeare adds a deeper flaw to his central character, for the pride of Coriolanus is accompanied by a dependency upon his mother, Volumnia. As she reminds him in two pivotal scenes (Act III, scene iii and Act V, scene iii) she is her son's creator. In the end, Coriolanus cannot simply severe himself from the body politic of his motherland, for his identity depends upon Volumnia's esteem. -- R. Moore.










[ 0329 ] - Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Harold Bloom. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Liteature England Women 19th Century. CD329. 224 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0330 ] - Shakespeare, William. King John. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By William H. Matchett. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD330. 224 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0331 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Heilman. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD331. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics This controversial comedy--the inspiration for such modern works as Kiss Me, Kate and 10 Things I Hate About You--follows the tumultuous courtship and marriage of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Also included in this editon are commentaries by Richard Hosley, Germaine Greer, and others, as well as a stage and screen history and an overview of Shakespeare's life.










[ 0332 ] - Shakespeare, William. Two Noble Kinsmen: Titus Andronicus/Pericles. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Leech. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD332. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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 sixteenth 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 seventeenth century it had fallen out of favour. In the 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 twentieth century its reputation began to improve. PERICLES, Prince of Tyre is a Jacobean play written at least in part by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected works despite questions over its authorship, as it was not included in the First Folio. Whilst various arguments support that Shakespeare is the sole author of the play (notably DelVecchio and Hammond's Cambridge edition of the play), modern editors generally agree that Shakespeare is responsible for almost exactly half the play—827 lines—the main portion after scene 9 that follows the story of Pericles and Marina.[a] Modern textual studies indicate that the first two acts of 835 lines detailing the many voyages of Pericles were written by a mediocre collaborator, which strong evidence suggests to have been the victualler, pander, dramatist and pamphleteer George Wilkins.










[ 0333 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry VI, Part 1. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Lawrence V. Ryan. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD333. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 1 Henry VI was the Rose Theatre's great draw in the spring of 1592, a dramatic tale of the lives of soldiers, diplomats, kings, and insurrectionists. It centres on the fractious instability of the court and nobility of fifteenth-century England, and their squabbles with their French counterparts. Despite its debut performance in 1592, however, 1 Henry VI does not take a printed form until its appearance some thirty years later in the 1623 Folio. There are many questions, therefore, surrounding exactly how many people wrote the play, when they did so, how it was performed, who played what part, and the nature of the manuscript behind the first performance. In his wide-ranging introduction, Michael Taylor offers answers to these questions, and discusses other key issues such as language, structure, performance history, and the role of women in the play. CONTENTS: Shakespeare: An Overview; Biographical Sketch / A Note on the Anti-Stratfordians, Especially Baconians and Oxfordians / The Shakespeare Canon / Shakespeare's English / Shakespeare's Theater / A Note on the Use of Boy Actors in Female Roles / Shakespeare's Dramatic Language: Costumes, Gestures and Silences; Prose and Poetry / The Play Text as a Collaboration / Editing Texts / Shakespeare on the Stage; Introduction to Henry VI, Part One; Henry VI, Part One; Textual Note; The Sources of Henry VI, Part One; Raphael Holinshed From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland; Edward Hall From The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York; Commentaries - Hermann Ulrici From Shakespeare's Dramatic Art; E.M.W. Tillyard From Shakespeare's History Plays; J.P. Brockbank From The Frame of Disorder—Henry VI; Phyllis Rackin Anti-Historians: Women's Roles in Shakespeare's Histories; Ralph Fiennes Playing Henry VI; Lawrence V. Ryan Henry VI on Stage and Screen; Sylvan Barnet The Stage History Since 1989; Introduction to Henry VI, Part Two; Henry VI, Part Two; Textual Note; The Date and the Sources of Henry VI, Part Two; Edward Hall From The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York; John Foxe From Acts and Monuments of Martyrs; Anthony Munday, William Shakespeare(?), et al From Sir Thomas More; Commentaries - Samuel Johnson From The Plays of William Shakespeare; J.P. Brockbank From The Frame of Disorder—Henry VI; Introduction to Henry VI, Part Three; Henry VI, Part Three; Textual Note; The Sources of Henry VI, Part Three; Edward Hall From The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York; Commentaries - Samuel Johnson From The Plays of William Shakespeare; J.P. Brockbank From The Frame of Disorder—Henry VI; E.M.W. Tillyard From Shakespeare's History Plays; Suggested References.










[ 0334 ] - Andersen, Hans Christian. The Snow Queen and Other Tales. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Danish & With An Introduction By Pat Shaw Iversen.Illustrated By Shelia Greenwald. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Denmark Scandinavia Translated Literature 19th Century. CT334. 318 pages. Cover art: Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0335 ] - La Fontaine, Jean de. Selected Fables and Tales of La Fontaine. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Marie Ponsot.Afterword By Wallace Fowlie. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature 18th Century. CT335. 190 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0336 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry VI, Part 2. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited BY Arthur Freeman. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CD336. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 1 Henry VI was the Rose Theatre's great draw in the spring of 1592, a dramatic tale of the lives of soldiers, diplomats, kings, and insurrectionists. It centres on the fractious instability of the court and nobility of fifteenth-century England, and their squabbles with their French counterparts. Despite its debut performance in 1592, however, 1 Henry VI does not take a printed form until its appearance some thirty years later in the 1623 Folio. There are many questions, therefore, surrounding exactly how many people wrote the play, when they did so, how it was performed, who played what part, and the nature of the manuscript behind the first performance. In his wide-ranging introduction, Michael Taylor offers answers to these questions, and discusses other key issues such as language, structure, performance history, and the role of women in the play. CONTENTS: Shakespeare: An Overview; Biographical Sketch / A Note on the Anti-Stratfordians, Especially Baconians and Oxfordians / The Shakespeare Canon / Shakespeare's English / Shakespeare's Theater / A Note on the Use of Boy Actors in Female Roles / Shakespeare's Dramatic Language: Costumes, Gestures and Silences; Prose and Poetry / The Play Text as a Collaboration / Editing Texts / Shakespeare on the Stage; Introduction to Henry VI, Part One; Henry VI, Part One; Textual Note; The Sources of Henry VI, Part One; Raphael Holinshed From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland; Edward Hall From The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York; Commentaries - Hermann Ulrici From Shakespeare's Dramatic Art; E.M.W. Tillyard From Shakespeare's History Plays; J.P. Brockbank From The Frame of Disorder—Henry VI; Phyllis Rackin Anti-Historians: Women's Roles in Shakespeare's Histories; Ralph Fiennes Playing Henry VI; Lawrence V. Ryan Henry VI on Stage and Screen; Sylvan Barnet The Stage History Since 1989; Introduction to Henry VI, Part Two; Henry VI, Part Two; Textual Note; The Date and the Sources of Henry VI, Part Two; Edward Hall From The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York; John Foxe From Acts and Monuments of Martyrs; Anthony Munday, William Shakespeare(?), et al From Sir Thomas More; Commentaries - Samuel Johnson From The Plays of William Shakespeare; J.P. Brockbank From The Frame of Disorder—Henry VI; Introduction to Henry VI, Part Three; Henry VI, Part Three; Textual Note; The Sources of Henry VI, Part Three; Edward Hall From The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York; Commentaries - Samuel Johnson From The Plays of William Shakespeare; J.P. Brockbank From The Frame of Disorder—Henry VI; E.M.W. Tillyard From Shakespeare's History Plays; Suggested References.










[ 0337 ] - Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Hound of The Baskervilles. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By William S. Baring-Gould. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Mystery 19th Century. CD337. 176 pages. Cover art: James McMullan.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0338 ] - Beerbohm, Max. Zuleika Dobson. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By F.W. Dupee. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CT338. 256 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0339 ] - Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Utopian Paperback 19th Century. CT339. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0340 ] - Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Angus Wilson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CT340. 534 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0341 ] - Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Wales Literature. CT341. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0342 ] - Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The Selected Poetry and Prose of Shelley. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Harold Bloom. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Poetry England 19th Century. CQ342. 448 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. THE SIGNET CLASSIC POETRY SERIES PRESENTS SELECTED WORKS OF THE MAJOR BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS IN AUTHORITATIVE TEXTS EDITED BY OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS.










[ 0343 ] - Donne, John. The Selected Poetry of Donne. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Marius Bewley. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 17th Century. CQ343. 288 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0344 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ344. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0345 ] - Hochfield, George (editor). Selected Writings of The American Transcendentalists. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By George Hochfield. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Philosophy Transcendentalism Literature 19th Century. CQ345. 432 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0346 ] - Byron, George Gordon Lord. The Selected Poetry and Prose of Byron. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By W.H. Auden. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 19th Century. CQ346. 320 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0347 ] - Andric, Ivo. The Bridge On The Drina. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Serbo-Croatian By Lovett F. Edwards.Afterword By John Simon. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Yugoslavia Eastern Europe Translated Literature Bosnia. CQ347. 352 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0348 ] - Addams, Jane. Twenty Years At Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Foreword By Henry Steele Commager. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Women Politics History America Autobiography. CQ348. 320 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0349 ] - Thoreau, Henry David. Selected Journals of Henry David Thoreau. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With A Foreword By Carl Bode. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Philosophy 19th Century. CT349. 335 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0350 ] - Spenser, Edmund. The Selected Poetry of Spenser. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By A.C. Hamilton. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Poetry England Literature 16th Century. CY350. 548 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0351 ] - O'Flaherty, Liam. The Informer. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ireland Literature. CT351. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0352 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ352. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 midd1e-clas~ 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.'.










[ 0353 ] - Wells, H.G. Tono-Bungay. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CT353. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0354 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CT354. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0355 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CT355. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0356 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Far From The Madding Crowd. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CP356. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0357 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pathfinder. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. 357. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0358 ] - James, Henry. The Portrait of A Lady. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CQ358. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0359 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. The Diary of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CT359. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0360 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Possessed. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Newly Translated From The Russian By Andrew R. MacAndrew.Afterword By Marc Slonim. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CY360. 703 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0361 ] - Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Paperback Western. CT361. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0362 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian & With An Afterword By Sidney Monas. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CT362. 543 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0363 ] - Marvell, Andrew. The Selected Poetry of Marvell. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Frank Kermode. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 17th Century. CQ363. 189 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0364 ] - Moliere, Jean-Baptiste. Tartuffe and Other Plays. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald Frame. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Drama Literature France Translated 17th Century. CY364. 384 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0365 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY365. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0366 ] - Herbert, George. The Selected Poetry of George Herbert. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Joseph H. Summers. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 17th Century. CY366. 288 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0367 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Mark Schorer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ367. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0368 ] - Leopardi, Giacomo. Selected Prose and Poetry of Giacomo Leopardi. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Italian, Edited & With An Introduction By Iris Origo & John Heath-Stubbs. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Italy Poetry Translated Literature 19th Century. CY368. 299 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0369 ] - Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Slavery. 369. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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 than 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. '.










[ 0370 ] - Jimenez, Juan Ramon. Platero and I. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Spain Translated Literature. CT370. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0371 ] - Norris, Frank. The Octopus. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Oscar Cargill. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CQ371. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0372 ] - Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Germany Poetry Translated Literature 18th Century Paperback. CQ372. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0373 ] - Galsworthy, John. The Man of Property. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Louis Auchincloss. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CQ373. 301 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0374 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry VIII. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Samuel Schoenbaum. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT374. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Henry VIII is a history play generally believed to be a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of Henry VIII of England. An alternative title, All is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play's publication in the First Folio of 1623. Stylistic evidence indicates that individual scenes were written by either Shakespeare or his collaborator and successor, John Fletcher. It is also somewhat characteristic of the late romances in its structure. It is noted for having more stage directions than any of Shakespeare's other plays. During a performance of Henry VIII at the Globe Theatre in 1613, a cannon shot employed for special effects ignited the theatre's thatched roof (and the beams), burning the original building to the ground.










[ 0375 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. The Genius. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Larzer Ziff. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CW375. 733 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0376 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. The Financier. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Larzer Ziff. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY376. 463 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 .'.










[ 0377 ] - Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography of Ben Franklin and Other Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Autobiography History 18th Century. 377. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0378 ] - Boswell, James. Boswell's Life of Johnson. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited, Abridged,& With An Introduction By Frank Brady. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Biography England Samuel Johnson 18th Century. CY378. 664 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0379 ] - Taylor, Robert Lewis. W.C. Fields:His Follies and Fortunes. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Biography Humor Paperback America W.C. Fields. CQ379. 287 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0380 ] - Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CQ380. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0381 ] - Norris, Frank. McTeague. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America San Francisco 20th Century. 381. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0382 ] - Milton, John. Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Christopher Ricks. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 17th Century. CJ382. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Paradise Lost is a classic epic poem seperated into books by John Milton. It explains the fall of man as explained in the Bible. A classic text which has inspired countless others, it continues to be studied in high school and college classes. Themes of sin and grace, good and evil, and God's will and man's free will are all examined. This version includes a working table of contents for easy navigation.










[ 0383 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry VI, Part 3. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Milton Crane. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT383. 224 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Special Introduction to the play by the editor, Milton Crane, The George Washington 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 notes on the sources of Henry VI, Part Three-selections from Edward Hall: The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York. Dramatic criticism: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, E.M.W. Tillyard, J.P. Brockbank. 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.










[ 0384 ] - Poe, Edgar Allan. The Complete Poetry and Selected Criticism of Edgar Allan Poe. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Allan Tate. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century Literary Criticism Poetry. CY384. 287 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0385 ] - Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CT385. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0386 ] - Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England 18th Century. CQ386. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0387 ] - Mann, Thomas. Confessions of Felix Krull,Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Germany Translated Literature. CQ387. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0388 ] - Austen, Jane. Emma. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CT388. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0389 ] - Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CP389. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0390 ] - Melville, Herman. Typee. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CT390. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0391 ] - Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America Poetry. CT391. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0392 ] - Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT392. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's best known later tragedies. Written about ten years after Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra portrays actual events and persons from Roman history, but unlike Julius Caesar it also embodies the love story of its title characters. For the historical background, plot and intimate details of the affair between the Roman general Antony and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, Shakespeare drew upon the ancient Roman historian Plutarch's Lives; in fact, the description of Cleopatra upon her barge presented by the character Enobarbus in the play (II,ii, ll.190-225) is nearly a word-for-word translation of a passage from Plutarch. In Antony, Cleopatra, and Augustus Caesar, Shakespeare depicts characters that are larger than life, all three of the main figures commanding 'planetary' status as rulers of the world and instruments of its destiny. Antony and Cleopatra is a very involved play, featuring rapid shifts between Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria, Egypt and Antony's homeland in Rome, along with two major battlefield sequences. There are in fact thirteen scenes in Act III and fifteen in Act IV. While some nineteenth and early twentieth century critics complained about the awkward structure of the play, recent interpretation has argued that this relentless movement in the middle of the play creates dramatic tension and reinforces the global scope of what is occurring on stage. -- R. Moore.










[ 0393 ] - Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Slavery. CT393. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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 than 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. '.










[ 0394 ] - Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Richard Hosley. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT394. 239 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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, from A .Katural Perspective, 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.










[ 0395 ] - Faulkner, William. Sartoris. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CQ395. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 psychobgical 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.''.










[ 0396 ] - Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of The House of Usher. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature 19th Century Paperback. CP396. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0397 ] - Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CQ397. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0398 ] - Shakespeare, William. Narrative Poems. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By William Empson.Edited By William Burto. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CQ398. 223 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0399 ] - Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CP399. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0400 ] - Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Mexico Latin America Translated Literature Paperback. CT400. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0401 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Celestial Railroad and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CT401. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0402 ] - Butler, Samuel. The Way of All Flesh. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback 19th Century England Literature. CP402. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0403 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. Resurrection. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CQ403. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0404 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Russian By Ann Dunnigan.Introduction By John Bayley. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CJ404. 1456 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0405 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Tess of The D'Urbervilles. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Donald Hall. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CT405. 432 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0406 ] - Harte, Bret. The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CT406. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0407 ] - O'Flaherty, Liam. The Informer. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ireland Literature. CQ407. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0408 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. The Diary of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CQ408. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0409 ] - Roosevelt, Theodore. The Rough Riders. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Letters History Autobiography Politics Presidents War. CT409. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0410 ] - Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. New York. 1964. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Geoffrey Tillotson. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CY410. 896 pages. Cover art: Thomas R. Allen.

Signet Classics 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 Jarndyceand 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 haracterization, 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.










[ 0411 ] - Faulkner, William. Soldier's Pay. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Robie Macauley. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CQ411. 238 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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 asits 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.'.










[ 0412 ] - Faulkner, William. A Fable. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Michael Novak. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CY412. 384 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0413 ] - Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Allen Tate. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CQ413. 224 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0414 ] - Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By R.V. Cassill. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CQ414. 240 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0415 ] - Faulkner, William. Pylon. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Reynolds Price. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CQ415. 224 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0416 ] - Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CP416. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0417 ] - Grahame, Kenneth. Wind In The Willows. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Mary Ellmann.Illustrated By Alex Tsao. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Children's England. CT417. 221 pages. Cover art: Alex Tsao.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0418 ] - Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen-Four Major Plays Volume 1. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. New Translated From The Norwegian & With A Foreword By Rolf Fjelde. keywords: Signet Classic Norway Scandinavia Poetry Drama Translated Literature 19th Century. CT418. 384 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0419 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Nostromo. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 20th Century. CQ419. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0420 ] - Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic France Literature Translated 18th Century. CP420. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0421 ] - Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. New York. 1962. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Foreword By Louis Auchincloss. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CQ421. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0422 ] - Hughes, Richard. A High Wind In Jamaica or The Innocent Voyage. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CT422. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0423 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Marble Faun. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CT423. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0424 ] - Woolf, Virginia. A Writer's Diary. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Louise Bogan & Josephine Schaefer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature Women Autobiography Letters. CY424. 351 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0425 ] - France, Anatole. Penguin Island. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French By Belle Notkin Burke.Introduction By David Caute. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature. CY425. 256 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0426 ] - Taylor, Robert Lewis. The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Lawrence Edward Watkin. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature. CQ426. 456 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0427 ] - James, Henry. The American. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CT427. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0428 ] - Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CP428. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0429 ] - Silone, Ignazio. Bread and Wine. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Italy Translated Literature. CQ429. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0430 ] - Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CP430. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0431 ] - NOTHING ASSIGNED. NOTHING ASSIGNED. New York. Signet/New American Library. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback. 431. Cover art: no information.

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[ 0432 ] - Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim's Progress. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 17th Century. 432. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0433 ] - Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of The Plague Year. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CT433. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0434 ] - Moliere, Jean-Baptiste. The Misanthrope and Other Plays. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French & With An Introduction By Donald M. Frame. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Drama Literature France Translated 17th Century. CW434. 512 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0435 ] - Wolfe, Thomas. The Hill Beyond. New York. 1968. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Edward C. Aswell. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CQ435. 304 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0436 ] - Twain, Mark. Life On The Mississippi. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CP436. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0437 ] - Moffett, James and McElheny, Kenneth P. (editors). Points of View:An Anthology of Short Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Anthology Literature. CY437. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0438 ] - Eliot, George. The Mill On The Floss. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. 438. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0439 ] - Hardy, Thomas. The Return of The Native. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CP439. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0440 ] - Shakespeare, William. Measure For Measure. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CP440. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0441 ] - Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CP441. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0442 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Idiot. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Henry & Olga Carlissle.Introduction By Harold Rosenberg. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CQ442. 639 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0443 ] - Dickens, Charles. Pickwick Papers. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CY443. 888 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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, Pick wick 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. '.










[ 0444 ] - Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Alfred Kazin.Original Illustrations By Reginald Marsh. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ444. 415 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0445 ] - Dos Passos, John. 1919. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Alfred Kazin.Original Illustrations By Reginald Marsh. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ445. 469 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0446 ] - Dos Passos, John. The Big Money. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Alfred Kazin.Original Illustrations By Reginald Marsh. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CQ446. 557 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0447 ] - Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CP447. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 words 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.’.










[ 0448 ] - Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CP448. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 a bout eighteenth-century country manners, Henry Fielding's novel is an extravaganza of mortal affectations and vanities.










[ 0449 ] - Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women 19th Century. CP449. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane Eyre's childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after she falls in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. Jane Eyre lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling and as a moving and unforgettable portrayal of a woman's quest for self-respect. ‘At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Brontë.’ -Virginia Woolf.










[ 0450 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Cossacks and The Raid. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CQ450. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0451 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel / Twain, Mark / Crane, Stephen / Melville, Herman. Four Classic American Novels. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction by Willard Thorp. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ameican Literature Anthology. CQ451. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics The complete unabridged texts of a quartet of enduring masterpeices. An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor-all the heroes of these must-read novels have become part of our American literary heritage. Sweeping readers from the New England colonies to the banks of the Mississipppi, 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.










[ 0452 ] - Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Sylvan Barnet. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Drama Literature Elizabethan. CQ452. 207 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Faustus, a brilliant scholar, sells his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge and powerful black magic, yet remains unfulfilled. He considers repenting, but remains too proud to ask God for forgiveness. His indecision ultimately seals his fate. Faustus’s story serves as a warning to those who would sacrifice righteous living for earthly gain. But Marlowe’s play is also a deeply symbolic analysis of the shift from the late medieval world to the early modern world--a time when the medieval view that the highest wisdom lay in the theologian’s contemplation of God was yielding to the Renaissance view that the highest wisdom lay in the scientist’s and statesman’s rational analysis of the world around them. Caught between these ideals, Faustus is both a tragic fool destroyed by his own ambition, and a hero at the forefront of a changing society. In Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe thoughtfully examines faith and enlightenment, nature and science--and the terrible cost of the objects of our desire. This new edition of Marlowe’s classic includes a revised introduction, a history of the play on stage, and an updated bibliography by the editor, Sylvan Barnet of Tufts University. Also included are generous selections from the historic source of Doctor Faustus and illuminating commentaries by Richard B. Sewall, G.K. Hunter, David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen, and John Russell Brown. Includes - Introduction, Doctors Faustus, Textual Note, The Source of Doctor Faustus from The History of the Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus, Commentaries: Richard B. Sewall: The Tragic Form, G.K. Hunter: Five-Act Structure in Doctor Faustus, David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen: Faustus' Tragedy, John Russell Brown: Doctor Faustus at Stratford-upon-Avon, 1968, Sylvan Barnet: Marlowe's Doctor Faustus on the Stage. Suggested References.










[ 0453 ] - Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. 453. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics One of the most accomplished and prominent novels of the Victorian era, Middlemarch is an unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits. In this epic in a small landscape, Eliot's large cast of precisely delineated characters and the rich tapestry of their stories result in a wise, compassionate, and astute vision of human nature. As Virginia Woolf declared, George Eliot ‘was one of the first English novelists to discover that men and women think as well as feel, and the discovery was of great artistic moment.’.










[ 0454 ] - Farrell, James T. Studs Lonigan. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Chicago. 454. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0455 ] - Austen, Jane. Persuasion. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CP455. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Eight years ago Anne Elliot bowed to pressure from her family and made the decision not to marry the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. Now, circumstances have conspired to bring him back into her social circle and Anne finds her old feelings for him reignited. However, when they meet again Wentworth behaves as if they are strangers and seems more interested in her friend Louisa. In this, her final novel, Jane Austen tells the story of a love that endures the tests of time and society with humour, insight and tenderness.










[ 0456 ] - Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Introduction By Gay Wilson Allen. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Poetry. CQ456. 431 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0457 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. Dead Souls. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CT457. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0458 ] - Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introductions By Dr. Nathan Hare & Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America African American History. CQ458. 280 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.'.










[ 0459 ] - Twain, Mark and Charles Dudley Warner. The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Introduction By Marvin Felheim. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CW459. 455 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0460 ] - Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated 19th Century French Revolution. CQ460. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0461 ] - Melville, Herman. Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. 461. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0462 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories of Chekhov. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CT462. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0463 ] - Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CT463. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0464 ] - Hasek, Jaroslav. The Good Soldier Schweik. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. 4th Printing. keywords: Signet Classic Czech Eastern Europe Translated Paperback. CQ464. 429 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics Poor Schweik. How simple-minded 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 marche5 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.










[ 0465 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Chekhov: Major Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Drama. CT465. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0466 ] - Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature Women. CQ466. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0467 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT467. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics This controversial comedy--the inspiration for such modern works as Kiss Me, Kate and 10 Things I Hate About You--follows the tumultuous courtship and marriage of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Also included in this editon are commentaries by Richard Hosley, Germaine Greer, and others, as well as a stage and screen history and an overview of Shakespeare's life.










[ 0468 ] - Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales: A Selection. New York. 1969. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Donald Howard. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Medieval. CY468. 400 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0469 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Typhoon and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 20th Century. 469. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0470 ] - Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The Russian By Ralph ParkerIntroduction By Marvin L. Kalb.Foreword By Alexander Tvardovsky. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 20th Century Soviet. CQ470. 158 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics From the icy blast of reveille through the sweet release of sleep, Ivan Denisovich endures. A common carpenter, he is one of millions viciously imprisoned for countless years on baseless charges, sentenced to the waking nightmares of the Soviet work camps in Siberia. Even in the face of degrading hatred, where life is reduced to a bowl of gruel and a rare cigarette, hope and dignity prevail. This powerful novel of fact is a scathing indictment of Communist tyranny, and an eloquent affirmation of the human spirit.










[ 0471 ] - Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Great Writings of Goethe. New York. 1958. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Various Translators From The German.Edited & With An Introduction By Stephen Spender. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Germany Poetry Translated Literature 18th Century. CY471. 278 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0472 ] - Howells, William Dean. A Hazard of New Fortunes. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century 20th Century. 472. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0473 ] - Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CT473. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0474 ] - Wells, H.G. Tono-Bungay. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CQ474. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0475 ] - Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Drama Literature Paperback. 475. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0476 ] - Pater, Walter. Marius The Epicurean. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Harold Bloom. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literary Criticism Literature 19th Century. CY476. 287 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0477 ] - Shakespeare, William. Troilus and Cressida. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CP477. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Given the wealth of formal debate contained in this tragedy, Troilus and Cressida was probably written in 1602 for a performance at one of the Inns of the Court. Shakespeare's treatment of the age-old tale of love and betrayal is based on many sources, from Homer and Ovid to Chaucer and Shakespeare's near contemporary Robert Greene. In the introduction the various problems connected with the play, its performance, and publication, are considered succinctly; its multiple sources are discussed in detail, together with its peculiar stage history and its renewed popularity in recent years.










[ 0478 ] - Orwell, George. Burmese Days. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CT478. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0479 ] - Norris, Frank. McTeague. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America San Francisco 20th Century. 479. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0480 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pioneers. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CT480. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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,'.










[ 0481 ] - Bierce, Ambrose. In The Midst of Life and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CQ481. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0482 ] - Shakespeare, William. Coriolanus. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT482. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Probably written in 1607 or 1608, Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare's mature tragedies, composed at a time when the playwright was at the apex of his creative power. Traditional and, at least some, modern literary critics have ranked Coriolanus a notch below the four great tragedies (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello) that Shakespeare wrote before he came to his story of the prideful Roman general. Nevertheless, T.S. Eliot considered Coriolanus to be Shakespeare's finest achievement in tragedy. This mixed appraisal of the play is due chiefly to the character of Coriolanus himself, who is widely acknowledged to be the least sympathetic protagonist among Shakespeare's tragic figures. Coriolanus was, in fact, a military and political leader of ancient Rome, Shakespeare relying upon an account of his career presented by the historian Plutarch in his Lives. Not only is Coriolanus a Roman history play in addition to being a tragedy, it is a decidedly political work that embodies a debate or treatise concerning the relative merits of patrician autocracy versus plebian democracy. One of the play's central figurative motifs is the analogy of the body politic spelled out by the patrician (rich and conservative) senator Menenius in the opening scene's famous belly speech. It pivots on the notion of the state (here the city-state) being an organic body in which different classes or vocations of citizen are parts or members, the aristocrats being the 'belly' and the lower-class plebians being the 'toe.' It is the arm of the Roman state, the fierce, noble, and proud military leader Coriolanus with which the play is centrally concerned. On one level, Coriolanus more closely approximates the tragic heroes of an ancient Greek drama than that any of Shakespeare's other characters. He is a Great Man who is brought low by his flaw of excessive pride or hubris. But Shakespeare adds a deeper flaw to his central character, for the pride of Coriolanus is accompanied by a dependency upon his mother, Volumnia. As she reminds him in two pivotal scenes (Act III, scene iii and Act V, scene iii) she is her son's creator. In the end, Coriolanus cannot simply severe himself from the body politic of his motherland, for his identity depends upon Volumnia's esteem. -- R. Moore.










[ 0483 ] - Eliot, George. Adam Bede. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CQ483. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0484 ] - Porter, Katherine Anne. The Leaning Tower and Other Stories. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CQ484. 191 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0485 ] - Porter, Katherine Anne. Flowering Judas and Other Stories. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CQ485. 191 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0486 ] - Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's Lover. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Harry T. Moore. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CQ486. 299 pages. Cover art: Tupahur.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0487 ] - Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 18th Century 19th Century. 487. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0488 ] - Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CQ488. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0489 ] - Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French & With A Foreword By Mendor T. Brunetti. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated Science Fiction. 489. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0490 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CQ490. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0491 ] - Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CP491. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0492 ] - Stendahl. The Red and The Black. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Lloyd C. Parks.Afterword By Donald M. Frame. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated 19th Century. CQ492. 534 pages. Cover art: David McCall Johnston.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0493 ] - Dryden, John. Selected Poetry of Dryden. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By John Arthos. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Poetry Literature England. CW493. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics In his lifetime, John Dryden gained fame at the cost first of gossip and scandal and then of suspicion and scorn. He wrote to order, currying favor with the Crown and repeatedly savaging its enemies. Yet the finest works of his political and spiritual imagination- 'Absalom and Achitophel' and 'The Hind and the Panther'-develop the themes of envy, ambition, and misdeed in ways that far transcend their era. During the Glorious Revolution, Dryden fell from patronage and favor: he then transformed himself into perhaps the greatest of English translators, a superb interpreter of Virgil and Horace, Juvenal and Persius, Boccaccio and Chaucer.










[ 0494 ] - Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward, 2000-1887. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Utopian Paperback 19th Century. CQ494. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0495 ] - Pope, Alexander. The Selected Poetry of Alexander Pope. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Martin Price. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Poetry England Literature. CY495. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics One of the Enlightenment's greatest poets, Alexander Pope was famous for his wit, brilliant epigrams, and razor-sharp satire of fashionable society's foibles. Selected here are several of his principal works, including the delightful mock-epic The Rape of the Lock, Essay on Criticism and his satirical masterpiece, The Dunciad.










[ 0496 ] - Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Paperback Western. CQ496. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0497 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel / Twain, Mark / Crane, Stephen / Melville, Herman. Four Classic American Novels. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ameican Literature Anthology. 497. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics The complete unabridged texts of a quartet of enduring masterpeices. An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor-all the heroes of these must-read novels have become part of our American literary heritage. Sweeping readers from the New England colonies to the banks of the Mississipppi, 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.










[ 0498 ] - Sidney, Sir Philip. The Selected Poetry and Prose of Sidney. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By David Kalstone. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 16th Century. CY498. 270 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0499 ] - Zola, Emile. Germinal. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Translated From The French By Stanely & Eleanor Hochman.Afterword By Irving Howe. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. CW499. 448 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0500 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Mark Schorer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY500. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 midd1e-clas~ 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.'.










[ 0501 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. The Diary of A Madman and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CY501. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0502 ] - Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen-Four Major Plays Volume 2. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The Norwegian & With A Foreword By Rolf Fjelde. keywords: Signet Classic Norway Scandinavia Poetry Drama Translated Literature 19th Century. CQ502. 408 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics ‘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, con-ventional sexual morality, and the materialistic bour-geois ethic. All are charged with Ibsen’s dramatic sense of dynamic human relationships; all reflect his fascina-tion 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.










[ 0503 ] - Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CY503. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0504 ] - Meredith, George. Ordeal of Richard Feverel. New York. 1961. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Norman Kelvin. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CQ504. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0505 ] - Daniels, Guy (editor and translator). Russian Comic Fiction. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. 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. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Anthology. CY505. 204 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0506 ] - Wordsworth, William. The Selected Poetry and Prose of Wordsworth. New York. 1970. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Geoffrey H. Hartman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 19th Century. CY506. 448 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0507 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CQ507. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0508 ] - Adams, Henry. Democracy. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. 2nd printing. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature. CT508. 192 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0509 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. 509. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, 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 duplicity, 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 trace of itself. Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest ,most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since the works of Voltaire.










[ 0510 ] - Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Spain Translated. 510. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0511 ] - Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. CP511. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0512 ] - Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CT512. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0513 ] - Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CT513. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0514 ] - Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CQ514. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0515 ] - Garland, Hamlan. Main Travelled Roads. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. 515. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0516 ] - Thomas, Dylan. Adventures In The Skin Trade. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Wales Literature. CQ516. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0517 ] - sc titan.jpg. The Track of The Cat. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 20th Century Nevada Western. CY517. 344 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0518 ] - Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Edited By Wolfgang Clemen. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT518. 186 pages. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Probably composed in 1595 or 1596, A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's early comedies, but can be distinguished from his other works in this group by describing it specifically as the Bard's original wedding play. Most scholars believe that Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream as a light entertainment to accompany a marriage celebration, and while the identity of the historical couple for whom it was meant has never been conclusively established, there is good textual and background evidence available to support this claim. At the same time, unlike the vast majority of his works (including all of his comedies), in concocting this story, Shakespeare did not rely directly upon existing plays, narrative poetry, historical chronicles or any other primary source materials, making it a truly original piece. Most critics agree that if a youthful Shakespeare was not at his best in this play, he certainly enjoyed himself in writing it. The main plot of Midsummer is a complex contraption that involves two sets of couples (Hermia & Lysander and Helena & Demetrius) whose romantic cross-purposes are complicated still further by their entrance into the play's fairyland woods where the King and Queen of the Fairies (Oberon & Titania) preside and the impish folk character of Puck or Robin Goodfellow plies his trade. Less subplot than a brilliant satirical device, another set of characters -- Bottom the weaver and his bumptious band of 'rude mechanicals' -- stumble into the main doings when they go into the same enchanted woods to rehearse a play that is very loosely (and comically) based on the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, their hilarious home-spun piece taking up Act V of Shakespeare's comedy. A Midsummer Night's Dream contains some wonderfully lyrical expressions of lighter Shakespearean themes, most notably those of love, dreams, and the stuff of both, the creative imagination itself. Indeed, close scrutiny of the text by twentieth-century critics has led to a significant upward revision in the play's status, one that overlooks the silliness of its story and concentrates upon its unique lyrical qualities. If A Midsummer Night's Dream can be said to convey a message, it is that the creative imagination is in tune with the supernatural world, and is best used to confer the blessings of Nature (writ large) upon mankind and marriage. -- R. Moore.










[ 0519 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. 519. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0520 ] - Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT520. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics One of Shakespeare's early plays, As You Like It (1598-1599) is a stock romantic comedy that was familiar to Elizabethan audiences as an exemplar of 'Christian' comedy. Although the play does include two off-stage spiritual conversions, the 'Christian' designation does not refer to religion itself. Instead, it denotes the restoration and regeneration of society through the affirmation of certain Christian values such as brotherly love, marital union, tolerance for different viewpoints, and optimism about life at large. The plot is very simple: the resolution of the dramatic problem in the warped attitudes of two evil brothers toward good brothers and related obstacles to marriage for several couples in the play (most notably Rosalind and Orlando), are easily overcome and a happy ending is never in doubt. On one level, the play was clearly intended by Shakespeare as a simple, diverting amusement; several scenes in As You Like It are essentially skits made up of songs and joking banter. But on a somewhat deeper level, the play provides opportunities for its main characters to discuss a host of subjects (love, aging, the natural world, and death) from their particular points of view. At its center, As You Like It presents us with the respective worldviews of Jaques, a chronically melancholy pessimist pre-occupied with the negative aspects of life, and Rosalind, the play's Christian heroine who recognizes life's difficulties but holds fast to a positive attitude that is kind, playful, and, above all, wise. In the end, the enjoyment that we receive from the play's comedy is reinforced and validated by a humanistic Christian philosophy gently woven into the text by a benevolent Shakespeare. -- R. Moore.










[ 0521 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CT521. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0522 ] - Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Chicago. CT522. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0523 ] - Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 20th Century. CP523. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0524 ] - Trollope, Anthony. Barchester Towers. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century. 524. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0525 ] - Ibsen, Henrik. Peer Gynt. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Norway Scandinavia Poetry Drama Translated Literature 19th Century. CQ525. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0526 ] - James, Henry. The Wings of the Dove. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CY526. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0527 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT527. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0528 ] - Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT528. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0529 ] - Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT529. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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. 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.










[ 0530 ] - Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Children. CP530. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0531 ] - Farrell, James T. Studs Lonigan. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Philip Allan Friedman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Chicago. CW531. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0532 ] - Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CT532. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0533 ] - Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CP533. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0534 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 1. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. 534. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0535 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. Resurrection. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CY535. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0536 ] - Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. 536. Cover art: no information. 0451505360.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0537 ] - Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Philosophy 19th Century. CP537. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0538 ] - Alain-Fournier. The Wanderer. New York. 1971. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Lowell Blair.Afterword by John Fowles. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated. CY538. 223 pages. Cover art: David McCall Johnston.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0539 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry IV, Part 2. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT539. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Great drama of nobles' rebellion against King Henry, complicated by his problems with his wayward son Prince Hal. Superb blend of courtly intrigue, battlefield action and the wonderful comic interludes featuring Sir John Falstaff.










[ 0540 ] - Melville, Herman. Pierre, or the Ambiguities. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. 540. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.' '.










[ 0541 ] - Shakespeare, William. Measure For Measure. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT541. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0542 ] - Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CP542. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0543 ] - Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. 543. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0544 ] - Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. 544. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0545 ] - Hughes, Richard. A High Wind In Jamaica or The Innocent Voyage. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature. CQ545. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0546 ] - Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim's Progress. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 17th Century. 546. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0547 ] - Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CW547. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics One of the most accomplished and prominent novels of the Victorian era, Middlemarch is an unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits. In this epic in a small landscape, Eliot's large cast of precisely delineated characters and the rich tapestry of their stories result in a wise, compassionate, and astute vision of human nature. As Virginia Woolf declared, George Eliot ‘was one of the first English novelists to discover that men and women think as well as feel, and the discovery was of great artistic moment.’.










[ 0548 ] - Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. 548. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0549 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Winter's Tale. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT549. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics The Winter's Tale was one of the very last plays Shakespeare wrote, a moving romance whose themes are sin, forgiveness, death, rebirth, and the power of Time and Nature to heal all wounds. Based on a novella by Shakespeare's enemy and arch rival Robert Greene, The Winter's Tale introduces Perdita, perhaps the Bard's most richly symbolic character. At times tragic, at times humorous, but always entertaining and instructive, The Winters Tale is a complex and rewarding work by the greatest dramatist of all time.










[ 0550 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. The Financier. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CW550. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 .'.










[ 0551 ] - Moliere, Jean-Baptiste. Tartuffe and Other Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Drama Literature France Translated 17th Century. 551. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0552 ] - Orwell, George. 1984. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Distopias England 20th Century. CQ552. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0553 ] - Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Scotland Horror England. CP553. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0554 ] - Shakespeare, William. Sonnets. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Drama Shakespeare Literature. CT554. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0555 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Selected Stories of Chekhov. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CQ555. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0556 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of Seven Gables. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CP556. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0557 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Idiot. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CY557. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0558 ] - Gogol, Nikolai. Dead Souls. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CQ558. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0559 ] - Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Mexico Latin America Translated Literature Paperback. 559. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0560 ] - Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Drama Literature Paperback. 560. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0561 ] - Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY561. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0562 ] - Dos Passos, John. The Big Money. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY562. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0563 ] - Harte, Bret. The Outcasts of Poker Flat and Other Tales. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CQ563. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0564 ] - Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. 564. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0565 ] - Shakespeare, William. Othello. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT565. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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. 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.










[ 0566 ] - Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT566. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0567 ] - Shakespeare, William. King Lear. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT567. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics King Lear is widely regarded as Shakespeare's crowning artistic achievement. The scenes in which a mad Lear rages naked on a stormy heath against his deceitful daughters and nature itself are considered by many scholars to be the finest example of tragic lyricism in the English language. Shakespeare took his main plot line of an aged monarch abused by his children from a folk tale that appeared first in written form in the 12th century and was based on spoken stories that originated much further into the Middle Ages. In several written version of 'Lear,' the king does not go mad, his 'good' daughter does not die, and the tale has a happy ending. This is not the case with Shakespeare's Lear, a tragedy of such consuming force that audiences and readers are left to wonder whether there is any meaning to the physical and moral carnage with which King Lear concludes. Like the noble Kent, seeing a mad, pathetic Lear with the murdered Cordelia in his arms, the profound brutality of the tale compels us to wonder 'Is this the promis'd end?' (V, iii. l.264). That very question stands at the divide between traditional critics of King Lear who find a heroic pattern in the story, and modern readers who see no redeeming or purgative dimension to the play at all, the message being the bare futility of the human condition with Lear as Everyman. -- R. Moore.










[ 0568 ] - Hazlitt, William. Selected Writings of William Hazlitt. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Christopher Salvesen. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literary Criticism Essays Literature 18th Century. CJ568. 468 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0569 ] - Faulkner, William. Sartoris. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CY569. 319 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics 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 psychobgical 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.''.










[ 0570 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Jude The Obscure. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CQ570. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0571 ] - James, Henry. Ambassadors. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By R.W. Stallman. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CT571. 384 pages. Cover art: Cover art by Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0572 ] - Hardy, Thomas. Far From The Madding Crowd. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CQ572. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0573 ] - Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CQ573. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0574 ] - Saint-Exupery, Antoine De. Night Flight. New York. [1961] - Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature. CT574. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0575 ] - Shakespeare, William. Much Ado About Nothing. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT575. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0576 ] - Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of The House of Usher. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature 19th Century Paperback. CP576. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0577 ] - Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic France Literature Translated 18th Century. CT577. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0578 ] - Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures of The Speckled Band and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Mystery 19th Century. 578. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0579 ] - Flaubert, Gustave. Sentimental Education. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Perdita Burlingame.Afterword By F.W. Dupee. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. CW579. 445 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0580 ] - Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. 580. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0581 ] - Thoreau, Henry David. Selected Journals of Henry David Thoreau. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Philosophy 19th Century. CT581. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0582 ] - Melville, Herman. Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. 582. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0583 ] - Addams, Jane. Twenty Years At Hull-House: With Autobiographical Notes. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Sociology Politics Women America. CQ583. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0584 ] - Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Philosophy 19th Century. 584. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0585 ] - Arnold, Matthew. Selected Criticism of Matthew Arnold. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Christopher Ricks. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literary Criticism Literature 19th Century. CJ585. 492 pages. Cover art: Fred Atver?.

Signet Classics '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.'.










[ 0586 ] - Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. 586. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0587 ] - Shakespeare, William. Richard III. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. 587. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Richard III is the last of the four plays in Shakespeare's minor tetralogy of English history: it concludes a dramatic chronicle started by Henry VI: Part I and then moving through Henry VI: Part II and Henry VI: Part III. The entire four-play saga was composed early in Shakespeare's career, most scholars assigning Richard III a composition date of 1591 or 1592. Culminating with the defeat of the evil King Richard III at the battle of Bosworth field in the play's final act, Richard III is a dramatization of actual historical events that concluded in the year 1485, when the rule of the Plantagenet family over England was replaced by the Tudor monarchy. A full century after these events, Shakespeare's Elizabethan audiences were certainly familiar with them (as contemporary Americans are of their own Civil War), and they were particularly fascinated with the character of Richard III. Shakespeare's audiences could readily identify the various political factions and complex family relationships depicted in the play as they proceed from the three parts of Henry VI. Today, readers and audiences may find it exceedingly difficult to follow the overlapping webs of political intrigue, family relationships, and personal vendettas. The synopsis below provides some useful guidance, but it must be acknowledged that it does not capture all of the play's complicated historical strands. Fortunately, while a full knowledge of historical context would certainly enhance a modern reading of the text, it is not really necessary. The play, in fact, is dominated by Richard the hunchback Duke of Gloucester, who becomes Richard III through a series of horrible acts, killing off his enemies, his kinsmen, his wife and most of his supporters before reaching the Battle of Bosworth and crying out 'My kingdom for a horse.' In a work that is as much melodrama as history, Richard is a pure, self-professed villain of monstrous proportions. His evil drives the plot, and until his final defeat by the Duke of Richmond (who became Henry VII) in the play's last act, the good forces opposing him are weak, splintered, and ready prey for his schemes. -- R. Moore.










[ 0588 ] - Rostand, Edmund. Cyrano de Bergerac. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Newly Translated From The French By Lowell Blair.Afterword by Henry Hewes. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Drama France Translated. 588. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0589 ] - Shakespeare, William. Troilus and Cressida. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. CT589. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics Given the wealth of formal debate contained in this tragedy, Troilus and Cressida was probably written in 1602 for a performance at one of the Inns of the Court. Shakespeare's treatment of the age-old tale of love and betrayal is based on many sources, from Homer and Ovid to Chaucer and Shakespeare's near contemporary Robert Greene. In the introduction the various problems connected with the play, its performance, and publication, are considered succinctly; its multiple sources are discussed in detail, together with its peculiar stage history and its renewed popularity in recent years.










[ 0590 ] - Ruskin, John. Selected Prose of Ruskin. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Matthew Hodgart. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Essays Literature 19th Century. CJ590. 351 pages. Cover art: Lambert.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0591 ] - Shakespeare, William. Richard II. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. 591. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0592 ] - Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. 592. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0593 ] - Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature Philosophy 19th Century. CW593. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.' '.










[ 0594 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Dodsworth. New York. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Afterword By Mark Schorer. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY594. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Meet Sam Dodsworth, an amiable fifty-year-old millionaire and American Captain of Industry, believing in the Republican Party, high tariffs and, so long as they did not annoy him personally, in Prohibition and the Episcopal Church. Dodsworth runs an auto manufacturing firm, but his beautiful wife, Fran, obsessed with the notion that she is growing old, persuades him to sell his interest in the company and take her to Europe. He agrees for the sake of their marriage, but before long, the pretensions of the cosmopolitan scene prove more enticing to Fran than her husband. Both a devastating, surprisingly contemporary portrait of a marriage falling apart and a grand tour of the Europe of a bygone era, Dodsworth is stamped with Sinclair Lewis's signature satire, wickedly observant of America's foibles and great fun.










[ 0595 ] - Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. 595. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0596 ] - Smollett, Tobias. Roderick Random. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England 18th Century. CY596. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0597 ] - Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CP597. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0598 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY598. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0599 ] - Irving, Washington. The Sketch Book. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CQ599. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0600 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Cossacks and The Raid. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CY600. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0601 ] - Coleridge, Samuel. The Selected Poetry of Coleridge. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited By Harold Bloom. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature. CY601. 160 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0602 ] - Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. 602. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 words 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.’.










[ 0603 ] - De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions of An English Opium Eater and Other Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback. CQ603. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0604 ] - Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The Selected Poetry of Shelley. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Poetry England 19th Century. CY604. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. THE SIGNET CLASSIC POETRY SERIES PRESENTS SELECTED WORKS OF THE MAJOR BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS IN AUTHORITATIVE TEXTS EDITED BY OUTSTANDING SCHOLARS.










[ 0605 ] - Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CQ605. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0606 ] - Flectcher, Ian (editor). Selections From British Fiction 1880-1900. New York. 1972. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. Edited & With An Introduction By Ian Flectcher. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Anthology Literature 19th Century. CJ606. 432 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0607 ] - Stern, Laurence. Tristram Shandy. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 18th Century. 607. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0608 ] - Donne, John. The Selected Poetry of Donne. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Poetry Literature 17th Century. CY608. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0609 ] - Orwell, George. Burmese Days. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Richard Rees. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 20th Century. CQ609. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0610 ] - Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women 19th Century. 610. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0611 ] - Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of The Plague Year. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CQ611. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0612 ] - Dickens, Charles. Martin Chuzzlewit. New York. 1965. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. Afterword By Marvin Mudrick. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CY612. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0613 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Ward 6 and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CQ613. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0614 ] - Twain, Mark. Life On The Mississippi. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CT614. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0615 ] - Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. 615. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0616 ] - Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CQ616. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0617 ] - James, Henry. The Turn of The Screw and Other Short Novels. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. 617. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0618 ] - Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Women Horror. 618. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0619 ] - Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CW619. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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'.










[ 0620 ] - Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. 620. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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 a bout eighteenth-century country manners, Henry Fielding's novel is an extravaganza of mortal affectations and vanities.










[ 0621 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of Seven Gables. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CT621. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0622 ] - Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Spain Translated. 622. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0623 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CQ623. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0624 ] - James, Henry. Washington Square. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. 624. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0625 ] - Hardy, Thomas. The Return of The Native. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CT625. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0626 ] - Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America Philosophy 19th Century. 626. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0627 ] - Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature 18th Century Paperback. CT627. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0628 ] - Butler, Samuel. Erewhon. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 19th Century. CQ628. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0629 ] - Shakespeare, William. Henry V. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Shakespeare Drama England Literature. 629. Cover art: Milton Glaser.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0630 ] - Dos Passos, John. 1919. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY630. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0631 ] - Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CT631. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0632 ] - Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 20th Century Soviet. 632. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics From the icy blast of reveille through the sweet release of sleep, Ivan Denisovich endures. A common carpenter, he is one of millions viciously imprisoned for countless years on baseless charges, sentenced to the waking nightmares of the Soviet work camps in Siberia. Even in the face of degrading hatred, where life is reduced to a bowl of gruel and a rare cigarette, hope and dignity prevail. This powerful novel of fact is a scathing indictment of Communist tyranny, and an eloquent affirmation of the human spirit.










[ 0633 ] - Hasek, Jaroslav. The Good Soldier Schweik. New York. 1963. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT - 5th Printing. Translated From The Czech By Paul Selver.Foreword By Leslie A. Fiedler.Illustrated By Joseph Lada. keywords: Signet Classic Czech Eastern Europe Translated Paperback. CY633. 429 pages. Cover art: James Hill.

Signet Classics Poor Schweik. How simple-minded 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 marche5 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.










[ 0634 ] - Edwards, Jonathan. Jonathan Edwards:Basic Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Religion History Literature 18th Century Colonial. CQ634. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0635 ] - Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Literature Paperback 19th Century. CT635. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0636 ] - Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Germany Poetry Translated Literature 18th Century Paperback. 636. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. .'.










[ 0637 ] - London, Jack. The Call of The Wild and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America. CP637. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0638 ] - Norris, Frank. The Octopus. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. 638. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0639 ] - James, Henry. The American. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CQ639. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0640 ] - Dickens, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CQ640. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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. '.










[ 0641 ] - Howells, William Dean. A Hazard of New Fortunes. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century 20th Century. 641. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0642 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel / Twain, Mark / Crane, Stephen / Melville, Herman. Four Classic American Novels. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Ameican Literature Anthology. 642. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics The complete unabridged texts of a quartet of enduring masterpeices. An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor-all the heroes of these must-read novels have become part of our American literary heritage. Sweeping readers from the New England colonies to the banks of the Mississipppi, 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.










[ 0643 ] - James, Henry. The Wings of the Dove. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America 19th Century 20th Century Literature. CW643. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0644 ] - Eliot, George. Silas Marner. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CP644. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0645 ] - Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated Science Fiction. 645. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0646 ] - Faulkner, William. The Wild Palms. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CY646. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0647 ] - Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Children. CT647. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0648 ] - Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CW648. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0649 ] - Dos Passos, John. The Big Money. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CW649. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0650 ] - Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century. CP650. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0651 ] - Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CY651. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0652 ] - Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures of The Speckled Band and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England Mystery 19th Century. 652. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0653 ] - Taylor, Robert Lewis. W.C. Fields:His Follies and Fortunes. New York. 1967. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Comedy Film Biography. CY653. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0654 ] - Turgenev, Ivan. The Hunting Sketches. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Paperback. CQ654. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0655 ] - Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France Translated 18th Century. CQ655. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0656 ] - Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee At King Arthur's Court. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CT656. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0657 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Possessed. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. 657. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0658 ] - France, Anatole. Penguin Island. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback France Translated Literature. CW658. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0659 ] - Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America African American History. 659. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.'.










[ 0660 ] - Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CQ660. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0661 ] - Poe, Edgar Allan. The Fall of The House of Usher. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature 19th Century Paperback. CT661. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0662 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CY662. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0663 ] - Wolfe, Thomas. The Web and The Rock. New York. 1966. Signet/New American Library. ORIGINAL EDITION. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CW663. 640 pages. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. THOMAS WOLFE was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1900, the youngest of eight children. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1920, studied playwriting at Harvard, and later lived in New York. His first two novels, Look Homeward, Angel (1929) and Of Time and the River (1935), were recognized as works of genius. He died at the age of thirty-eight. His posthumous novels, The Web and the Rock and You Can't Go Home Again, confirmed his reputation as one of the greatest writers America has produced.










[ 0664 ] - Dickens, Charles. Dombey and Son. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature England 19th Century Christmas. CW664. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0665 ] - Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Russia Translated 19th Century. CY665. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0666 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. 666. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics Universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, 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 duplicity, 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 trace of itself. Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest ,most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since the works of Voltaire.










[ 0667 ] - Clark, William Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic America Literature Paperback Western. CY667. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0668 ] - Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CT668. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0669 ] - Grahame, Kenneth. Wind In The Willows. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Children's England. 669. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0670 ] - Eliot, George. Middlemarch. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. 670. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics One of the most accomplished and prominent novels of the Victorian era, Middlemarch is an unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits. In this epic in a small landscape, Eliot's large cast of precisely delineated characters and the rich tapestry of their stories result in a wise, compassionate, and astute vision of human nature. As Virginia Woolf declared, George Eliot ‘was one of the first English novelists to discover that men and women think as well as feel, and the discovery was of great artistic moment.’.










[ 0671 ] - Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 19th Century 20th Century. CP671. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0672 ] - Eliot, George. The Mill On The Floss. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Women Literature 19th Century. CY672. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0673 ] - Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England Women 19th Century Paperback. CQ673. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0674 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pathfinder. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CQ674. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0675 ] - Boswell, James. Boswell's Life of Johnson. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature Biography England Samuel Johnson 18th Century. 675. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0676 ] - Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Women Literature. CY676. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0677 ] - Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CY677. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0678 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. CY678. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0679 ] - Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 20th Century. CY679. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0680 ] - Cooper, James Fenimore. The Deerslayer. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature America 18th Century. CQ680. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










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[ 0682 ] - Smollett, Tobias. Humphry Clinker. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature England 18th Century. CY682. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










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[ 0684 ] - Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Literature Translated 19th Century. 684. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0685 ] - Faulkner, William. Sanctuary. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Southern Literature. CY685. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0686 ] - Ibsen, Henrik. Ibsen-Four Major Plays Volume 1. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Norway Scandinavia Poetry Drama Translated Literature 19th Century. 686. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics '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.










[ 0687 ] - Chekhov, Anton. Chekhov: Major Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Russia Translated Literature 19th Century Drama. 687. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0688 ] - Goldsmith, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback England Literature 18th Century. CY688. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0689 ] - Shaw, George Bernard. Plays. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic England Drama Literature Paperback. CW689. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0690 ] - Voltaire. Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic France Literature Translated 18th Century. CT690. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0691 ] - Melville, Herman. Confidence Man. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback America Literature 19th Century. CQ691. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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. '.










[ 0692 ] - Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Paperback Literature France 19th Century Translated. CQ692. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.'.










[ 0693 ] - Twain, Mark. Roughing It. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. 693. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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.










[ 0694 ] - Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York. Signet/New American Library. REPRINT. keywords: Signet Classic Literature America 19th Century. CT694. Cover art: no information.

Signet Classics 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