Download E-books Apuleius: A Latin Sophist PDF

By S. J. Harrison

This booklet is a reaction to the literary pleasures and scholarly difficulties of interpreting the texts of Apuleius, most renowned for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass. dwelling in second-century North Africa, Apuleius was once greater than an writer of fiction; he used to be a consummate orator highbrow, Platonist thinker, striking stylist, relentless self-promoter, and flexible writer of a remarkably assorted physique of labor, a lot of that is misplaced to us. This publication is written for these capable of learn Apuleius in Latin, and Apuleian works are hence quoted with no translation (although the place they exist appropriate translations were indicated). during this booklet Dr Harrison has supplied a literary instruction manual to all of the works of Apuleius in addition to the Metamorphoses, and has set his works opposed to their highbrow historical past: not just Apuleius' profession as a acting highbrow, a sophist, in second-century Roman North Africa, but in addition the bigger modern framework of the Greek moment Sophistic. whereas focusing totally on the texts as literature and literary-historical, the booklet additionally bargains with Apuleius' works of didactic philosophy and his consequent reference to center Platonism.

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Download E-books Robinson Crusoe PDF

Robinson Crusoe is a unique via Daniel Defoe, first released on 25 April 1719. this primary version credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its writer, top many readers to think he was once a true individual and the e-book a travelogue of actual incidents. It used to be released less than the significantly longer unique name The existence and unusual Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived 8 and 20 years, on their lonesome in an un-inhabited Island at the Coast of the United States, close to the Mouth of the good River of Oroonoque; Having been forged on Shore via Shipwreck, in which the entire males perished yet himself. With An Account how he used to be ultimately as unusually deliver'd by means of Pyrates. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in shape, the booklet is a fictional autobiography of the name personality (whose beginning identify is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends years on a distant tropical island close to Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers ahead of being rescued. the tale is extensively appeared to were encouraged via the lifetime of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for 4 years at the Pacific island known as "Más a Tierra" (in 1966 its identify was once replaced to Robinson Crusoe Island), Chile. notwithstanding, different attainable resources were recommend for the textual content. it's attainable, for instance, that Defoe was once encouraged through the Latin or English translations of Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, an previous novel additionally set on a wilderness island. one other resource for Defoe's novel can have been Robert Knox's account of his abduction via the King of Ceylon in 1659 in "An old Account of the Island Ceylon," Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons (Publishers to the University), 1911.

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Download E-books In Some Other World, Maybe: A Novel PDF

By Shari Goldhagen

In December 1992, 3 teams of young children head to the theater to determine the motion picture model of the famed Eons & Empires comedian books. For Adam it is a final ditch attempt to hook up with anything (actually, a person, the woman he is had a overwhelm on for years) in his sleepy Florida city earlier than he leaves for sturdy. Passionate fan Sharon skips university in Cincinnati so she will be able to absolutely take pleasure in the flick with out interruption from her vapid almost-friends, a probably foolish indiscretion with stunning outcomes. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie easily are looking to have a pleasant first date and perhaps idiot round in the dead of night, if each person they recognize may well simply cease stepping into the way.

Over the subsequent 20 years, those unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, turning into entwined through friendship, intercourse, ambition, popularity and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comedian page-turner, In another international, Maybe sheds gentle on what it potential to develop up in glossy America.

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Download E-books The Fourth Pig (Oddly Modern Fair Tales) PDF

By Naomi Mitchison

The Fourth Pig, initially released in 1936, is a wide-ranging and engaging number of fairy stories, poems, and ballads. Droll and unhappy, lively and worried, The Fourth Pig displays the hopes and forebodings of its period but additionally resonates with these of at the present time. it's a testomony to the skills of Naomi Mitchison (1897–1999), who was once an irrepressible phenomenon—a major Scottish political activist in addition to a prolific writer. Mitchison’s paintings, exemplified by means of the stories during this very good re-creation, is stamped along with her attribute sharp wit, magical invention, and vibrant political and social consciousness.

Mitchison rewrites famous tales similar to “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Little Mermaid,” and he or she selections up the music of a ballad with admiring constancy to shape, as in “Mairi MacLean and the Fairy Man.” Her experimental procedure is encapsulated within the identify tale, that is a dismal departure from “The 3 Little Pigs.” And within the play Kate Crackernuts, the writer dramatizes in charms and songs a fight opposed to the subterranean powers of fairies who abduct people for his or her excitement. Marina Warner, the prestigious pupil of fairy stories and fiction writer, presents an insightful advent that unearths why Mitchison’s writing continues to be significant.

The Fourth Pig is a literary rediscovery, a excitement that might reawaken curiosity in a amazing author and character.

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Download E-books On the Edge PDF

On the Edgeis a huge fresco of a brutal modern Spain in loose fall

On the Edge opens with the invention of a rotting corpse within the marshes at the outskirts of Olba, Spain―a city wracked by means of depression after the burst of the industrial bubble, and a microcosm of an international of defeat, debt, and corruption. caught during this city is Esteban―his small manufacturing unit bankrupt, his investments stolen through a “friend,” and his unloved father, a mute invalid, completely his own burden. a lot of the unconventional unfolds in Esteban’s uncooked and tormented monologues. yet different voices resound from the wreckage―soloists stepping forth from the choir―and their phrases, sharp as knives, crowd their terse, hypnotic monologues of wreck, prostitution, and loss.

Chirbes alternates this choir of voices with an impressive third-person narration, injecting a profound and relocating lyricism and delivering the desire new energy can emerge from the putrid swamps. On the Edge, whilst it excoriates, pulsates with strong existence, and its rhythmic, torrential kind marks the radical as an indelible masterpiece.

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Download E-books Pale Fire PDF

By Vladimir Nabokov

In light fireplace Nabokov deals a cornucopia of misleading pleasures: a 999-line poem through the reclusive genius John color; an adoring foreword and observation by way of Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comedian novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.

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Download E-books German Romance III: Iwein, or The Knight with the Lion (Arthurian Archives) PDF

Iwein, or The Knight with the Lion, is a unfastened heart excessive German model of Chrétien de Troyes' outdated French Arthurian romance, Yvain. Written c.1200 by means of a Swabian knight, Hartmann von Aue, Iwein charts the improvement in the direction of adulthood of a tender knight who falls into errors, neglecting his hard-won spouse by way of devoting himself excessively to chivalric goals. This parallel-text variation, providing the 1st English translation, relies on one of many earliest whole manuscripts, Giessen, collage Library, no. ninety seven (Iwein B), courting from the second one sector of the 13th century. It features a huge variety of strains, really within the later levels of the poem, which aren't found in the opposite early manuscript, A (Heidelberg, cpg 397). those express a unique curiosity within the woman's facet of the tale, increasing a passage excited about embroidery and weaving, and including a wedding for the maidservant Lunet, whose crafty brings in regards to the reconciliation among Iwein and her mistress, Laudine. The authorship of those passages is doubtful, yet they are Hartmann's personal revision of his textual content. the amount is done with an creation, notes and bibliography. Dr CYRIL EDWARDS is Senior examine Fellow of the school of Medieval and glossy Languages, collage of Oxford.

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Download E-books Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World PDF

By Mark Twain

Great writer's 1897 account of circumnavigating the globe via steamship. Brimming with ironic, tongue-in-cheek humor, the e-book describes shark fishing in Australia, driving the rails in India, tiger searching, diamond mining in South Africa, even more; additionally peoples, weather, natural world, customs, faith, politics, foodstuff, and so forth. 197 illustrations.

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Download E-books Brill's Companion to Callimachus (Brill's Companions in Classical Studies) PDF

By Luigi Lehnus, Susan Stephens

Few figures from Greco-Roman antiquity have gone through as a lot reassessment in fresh a long time as Callimachus of Cyrene, who was once energetic on the Alexandrian court docket of the Ptolemies throughout the early 3rd century BC. as soon as perceived as a ideally suited instance of ivory tower detachment and abstruse studying, Callimachus has now become understood as an artificer of the photographs of a strong and colourful court docket and as a poet moment purely to Homer in his later reception.For the trendy viewers, the fragmentation of his texts and the diffusion of resource fabrics has frequently impeded knowing his poetic success. Brills significant other to Callimachus has been designed to assist in negotiating this scholarly terrain, specially the method of modifying and accumulating his fragments, to light up his highbrow and social contexts, and to point the present instructions that his scholarship is taking.

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