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Written by HELENA KELLY

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/02/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-524-73210-3

A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended her books to be read, revealing, as well, how subversive and daring--how truly radical--a writer she was. 

In this fascinating, revelatory work, Helena Kelly--dazzling Jane Austen authority--looks past the grand houses, the pretty young women, past the demure drawing room dramas and witty commentary on the narrow...

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A ROMANCE
Written by GRAHAM SWIFT

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97172-7

On an unseasonably warm spring day in 1924, twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, a maid at an English country house, meets with her secret lover, the young heir of a neighboring estate. He is about to be married to a woman more befitting his social status, and the time has come to end the affair—but events unfold in ways Jane could never have predicted. 
 
As the narrative moves back and forth across the twentieth century, what we know and understand about Jane—about the way she loves, thinks,...

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(PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE EDITION)
Written by WILLIAM GOLDING
Introduction by STEPHEN KING
Foreword by LOIS LOWRY
Contribution by E. M. FORSTER, JENNIFER BUEHLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 11/15/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-12940-0

William Golding’s unforgettable classic of boyhood adventure and the savagery of humanity comes to Penguin Classics in a stunning Graphic Deluxe Edition with a new foreword by Lois Lowry
 
As provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, Lord of the Flies continues to ignite passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary boys marooned on a coral island has been labeled a parable, an...

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Written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Series Editor STEPHEN ORGEL, A. R. BRAUNMULLER
Edited by WILLIAM MONTGOMERY
Introduction by DOUGLAS TREVOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 11/01/2016

Price: $9.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-12860-1

Shakespeare’s cautionary tale about the dangers of upending democracy, Julius Caesar, which recently ran at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

This edition of Julius Caesar is edited by William Montgomery with an introduction by Douglas Trevor and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia. Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series.

The...

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Written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Series Editor STEPHEN ORGEL, A. R. BRAUNMULLER
Edited by PETER HOLLAND
Introduction by PETER HOLLAND

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 11/01/2016

Price: $9.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-12863-2

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series, now in a dazzling new series design

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

Gold Medal Winner of the 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 14

 
This edition of The Tempest is edited with an introduction and notes by Peter Holland and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia. Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series.

The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series...

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Written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Series Editor STEPHEN ORGEL, A. R. BRAUNMULLER
Edited by STEPHEN ORGEL
Introduction by STEPHEN ORGEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 10/11/2016

Price: $9.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-12862-5

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series, now in a dazzling new series design

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

This edition of The Taming of the Shrew is edited with an introduction and notes by series editor Stephen Orgel and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia. Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series. Cover artist Manuja Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of...

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Written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Series Editor STEPHEN ORGEL, A. R. BRAUNMULLER
Edited by RUSS MCDONALD
Introduction by RUSS MCDONALD

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $9.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-12861-8

The New York Theater Workshop's production of Othello, starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, and directed by Tony award-winning director Sam Gold, opened in November 2016. This production was sponsored in part by The Pelican Shakespeare series and Penguin Classics.

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

Gold Medal Winner of the 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 14
  

This edition of Othello is edited with an introduction and notes by Russ McDonald and was...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY
Written by CHARLOTTE GORDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98047-9

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and...

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COLLECTED STORIES
Written by KINGSLEY AMIS
Foreword by RACHEL CUSK

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17824-9

With Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis established himself as the bad boy of twentieth-century British letters. Later he became famous as another kind of bad boy, an inveterate boozer, a red-faced scourge of political correctness. He was consistent throughout in being a committed enemy of any form of “right thinking,” which helped to make him one of the most consistently unconventional and exploratory writers of his day, a master of classical English prose who was unafraid to apply himself to literary...

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Written by STEPHEN FRY

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Soho Press

On Sale: 12/30/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-95473-4

"I’ve suffered for my art, now it’s your turn.” So begins the tale of Ted Wallace, unaffectionately known as the Hippopotamus. Failed poet, failed theater critic, failed father and husband, Ted is a shameless womanizer, drinks too much, and is at odds in his cranky but maddeningly logical way with most of modern life. Fired from his newspaper, Ted seeks a few months’ repose and free liquor at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Michael Logan. This world of boozy dinners,...

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Written by STEPHEN FRY

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Soho Press

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-95472-7

A number one bestseller in Britain, Stephen Fry's astonishingly frank, funny, wise memoir is the book that his fans everywhere have been waiting for. Since his PBS television debut in the Blackadder series, the American profile of this multitalented writer, actor and comedian has grown steadily, especially in the wake of his title role in the film Wilde, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and his supporting role in A Civil Action.
        
Fry has already given readers a taste of his...

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THE STORIES OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Written by ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Selected by MARGARET DRABBLE
Introduction by MARGARET DRABBLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17727-3

Nearly forty years after her death, Elizabeth Taylor is only beginning to gain the recognition due to her as one of the finest English writers of the postwar period, notwithstanding the praise she has received from writers as different as Sarah Waters and Hilary Mantel.
 
Inheriting Ivy Compton-Burnett’s uncanny sensitivity to the terrifying undercurrents that swirl beneath the apparent calm of respectable family life while showing a deep sympathy of her own for human loneliness, Taylor...

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