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Written by PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
Edited by JACK DONOVAN, CIAN DUFFY
Introduction by JACK DONOVAN, CIAN DUFFY

Format: Trade Paperback, 944 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 01/31/2017

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-241-25306-9

Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading English Romantics and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His major works include the long visionary poems “Prometheus Unbound” and “Adonais,” an elegy on the death of John Keats. His shorter, classic verses include “Ozymandias,” “To a Skylark,” “Mont Blanc,” and “Ode to the West Wind.” This comprehensive and informative new edition collects his best poetry and prose, revealing how his writings weave...

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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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Written by JAMES JOYCE

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $13.50

ISBN: 978-0-375-71233-3

This selection of the major poems James Joyce published in his lifetime is accompanied by his only surviving play, Exiles.

Joyce is most celebrated for his remarkable novel Ulysses, and yet he was also a highly accomplished poet. Chamber Music is his debut collection of lyrical love poems, which he intended to be set to music; in it, he enlivens the styles of the Celtic Revival with his own brand of playful irony. Pomes Penyeach, a collection written while Joyce was working on A Portrait of...

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THE MANY LIVES OF THOMAS WYATT: POET, LOVER, STATESMAN, AND SPY IN THE COURT OF HENRY VIII
Written by NICOLA SHULMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Steerforth

On Sale: 02/05/2013

Price: $24.00

ISBN: 978-1-586-42207-3

Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII’s reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII’s most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt.

Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his sinister minister Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant Wyatt was admired and envied in equal measure. His love poetry began as risqué entertainment for ambitious men and women at the slippery top of the court....

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Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 12/04/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98371-5

Derived from the Modern Library’s esteemed The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, this new volume, extensively revised and updated by its editors, contains Milton’s two late masterpieces, the brief epic Paradise Regained and the tragic drama Samson Agonistes. Age after age, these works have inspired new controversy and exciting interpretive debates. With expert commentary to guide the reader through historical contexts and verbal details, as well as the larger political and...

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A LIFE IN POEMS
Written by RUTH PADEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/09/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71192-3

Now in paperback, the intimate and highly original interpretation of the life and work of Charles Darwin, by acclaimed poet and Darwin's direct descendant Ruth Padel.

Padel is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin, and in this collection of exceedingly readable, vivid verse, she brings us his life, not only following the great drama of his discovery of evolution, but also imagining the fluctuating emotions of the solitary child, the private man, and the tender father. A moving and...

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SELECTED POEMS
Written by SIMON ARMITAGE

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/05/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71206-7

Now in paperback, the powerful selected work of Simon Armitage, the most distinctive poetic voice of contemporary Britain.

Simon Armitage is arguably the leading British poet of the past twenty years. His knowledge of the English just as they are (“a gentleman farmer / living on reduced means, a cricketer's widow, / sowing a kitchen garden with sweet peas”), his colloquial Yorkshire wit and eye for situational ironies, his ability to steal up on us with the surreal while capturing the...

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Written by DON MARQUIS
Introduction by E.B. WHITE

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 10/25/2011

Price: $13.50

ISBN: 978-0-307-70092-6

A selection of the best of the hilarious free-verse poems by the irreverent cockroach poet Archy and his alley-cat pal Mehitabel.

Don Marquis’s famous fictional insect appeared in his newspaper columns from 1916 into the 1930s, and he has delighted generations of readers ever since. A poet in a former life, Archy was reincarnated as a bug who expresses himself by diving headfirst onto a typewriter. His sidekick Mehitabel is a streetwise feline who claims to have been Cleopatra in a previous...

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POEMS
Written by SIMON ARMITAGE

Format: Hardcover, 96 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/02/2011

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59483-9

A thrilling new collection from the hugely acclaimed British poet Simon Armitage. With its vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, and tall tales, this absurdist, unreal exploration of modern society brings us a chorus of unique and unforgettable voices.

All are welcome at this twilit, visionary carnival: the man whose wife drapes a border-curtain across the middle of the marital home; the black bear with a dark secret; the woman who oversees giant snowballs in the freezer. “My...

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Edited by GERARD CARRUTHERS

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 01/06/2009

Price: $13.50

ISBN: 978-0-307-26971-3

Asweeping literary tour of Scotland from the Middle Ages to the present, the only single-volume collection of Scottish poetry currently available.

Scottish poetry has a long and distinguished history in three languages—English, Scots, and Gaelic—and all are well represented here. The most renowned and beloved poets—Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hugh MacDiarmid, and Muriel Spark among them—mingle with their lesser-known but equally distinctive compatriots, including...

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Format: Hardcover, 1408 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 11/13/2007

Price: $55.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-64253-4

“In this landmark edition, teachers will discover a powerful ally in bringing the excitement of Milton's poetry and prose to new generations of students. In the clarity of its overall conception, its thoroughness, and its never-faltering attention to literary and historical detail, the Modern Library Milton promises to serve almost as another teacher–patient, thoughtful, endlessly concerned with genuine comprehension–in the classroom. No one who teaches Milton could ask for more.”  
--William...

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Written by RUDYARD KIPLING
Edited by PETER WASHINGTON

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 10/16/2007

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-26711-5

Beloved for his fanciful and engrossing children’s literature, controversial for his enthusiasm for British imperialism, Rudyard Kipling remains one of the most widely read writers of Victorian and modern English literature. In addition to writing more than two dozen works of fiction, including Kim and The Jungle Book, Kipling was a prolific poet, composing verse in every classical form from the epigram to the ode.

Kipling’s most distinctive gift was for ballads and narrative poems in which...

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