British Literature

Lorna Doone (Penguin Classics) by R. D. Blackmore

By R. D. Blackmore

First released in 1869, Lorna Doone is the tale of John Ridd, a farmer who unearths love amid the spiritual and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. he's only a boy whilst his father is slain via the Doones, a lawless extended family inhabiting wild Exmoor at the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by means of interest and a feeling of experience, he makes his option to the valley of the Doones, the place he's came across by means of the attractive Lorna. In time their infantile fantasies blossom into mature love—a bond that might encourage John to rescue his cherished from the ravages of a stormy iciness, rekindling a clash along with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. cherished for its portrait of star-crossed enthusiasts and its surpassing descriptions of the English nation-state, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece.

Show description

Read or Download Lorna Doone (Penguin Classics) PDF

Best british literature books

Freya of the Seven Isles

There's a measure of bliss too excessive for elation.

This little-known novella from one of many masters of the shape is so strange for Joseph Conrad's paintings in different respects, even if no longer in its unique maritime atmosphere or its much more unique prose--it is uncommon in that it truly is one in every of his only a few works to add a girl as a number one personality, and to take the shape of a romance.

Still, it's a Conradian romance: a sweeping saga set within the Indian Ocean basin, opposed to a turbulent heritage of slightly suppressed hostilities among Dutch and British service provider navies, advised through considered one of Conrad's classically indifferent narrators. finally, the original point of view of the sharply etched personality of Freya is one in every of Conrad's such a lot piercing experiences of ways the lust for strength can force males to greatness--or its opposite.

The paintings of The Novella Series

Too brief to be a unique, too lengthy to be a brief tale, the novella is usually unrecognized by way of lecturers and publishers. still, it's a shape liked and practiced by way of literature's maximum writers. within the paintings Of The Novella sequence, Melville apartment celebrates this renegade paintings shape and its practitioners with titles which are, commonly, awarded in publication shape for the 1st time.

The Poems (Bantam Classic reissue)

David Bevington: quantity creation + Revisions and annotations to Shakespeare textual content, footnotes, textual notes, and person poem introductions.

David Scott Kastan and James Shapiro: Annotated bibliography.

The Poems

Shakespeare’s maximum fulfillment in nondramatic verse used to be his number of 154 exceptional sonnets that painting a tumultuous global of affection, contention, and clash between a poet, an aristocratic younger guy, a rival poet, and a mysterious “dark woman. ” extra profound than different Elizabethan sonnet sequences and not handed as archetypes of the shape, those poems discover virtually each possible emotional complexity with regards to love and friendship. a few poems are darkish, sour, and self-hating, others show idealism with unmatchable eloquence–and all are of essential good looks, a part of the world’s nice literary heritage.

In addition to his sonnets, Shakespeare released lengthy poems early in his occupation: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. instantly well known in Shakespeare’s time, they exhibit a richness which could additionally present us with insights into the robust imagery of his plays.

Rounding out this quantity are minor poems, “A Lover’s Complaint” and “The Phoenix and Turtle,” considered a part of Shakespeare’s early writings.

Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

Arguably William Shakespeare’s such a lot influential play, Hamlet is the tragic tale of the way Hamlet revenge for the homicide of his father, the overdue king of Denmark, as his uncle Claudius takes the throne and Hamlet’s mom Gertrude as his spouse. the celebrated Pelican Shakespeare sequence, which has offered greater than 4 million copies, is now thoroughly revised and repackaged.

Titus Andronicus (The Pelican Shakespeare)

"I suppose that i've got spent part my profession with one or one other Pelican Shakespeare in my again pocket. comfort, notwithstanding, is the least very important point of the hot Pelican Shakespeare sequence. here's a chic and transparent textual content for both the learn or the practice session room, notes the place you would like them and the prestigious scholarship of the final editors, Stephen Orgel and A.

Extra resources for Lorna Doone (Penguin Classics)

Example text

I was practically brought up in a stable,” Lowell recalled, “since our old coachman was an ex-New Market jockey and knew more about horses than anybody I have ever seen, and my affection and love for them led me to spend all the hours that I was allowed out of the house in the stable . ” 20 Teenage Amy chafed at the restraints of her sex: “Wouldn’t it be delightful to be a man . . no dependence, go where you please, do what you please. I can imagine falling in love with a man. I should like to be a man & fall in love with a woman.

Amy was not exactly lonely; she was sometimes a loner by choice. ” In her undated composition book, the teenage Amy answers questions that revealed self-control as her favorite moral characteristic; deceit as the moral failing she most disliked; Benjamin Franklin as the American hero she most admired; and Alfred the Great as her pick for a hero from another country. The man she most hated in history was Napoleon, and her favorite American heroine was Barbara Frietchie. The ninety-five-year-old is said to have stood in a Frederick, Maryland, street waving the Union flag in defiance of Stonewall Jackson’s invading troops, declaiming John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem.

She argued for a strong foundation in the liberal arts, especially literature and history, instead of focusing on vocational skills. She believed in required courses, even though she recalled that many of hers seemed to her, at the time, nugatory. It would have been disastrous if she had been left to her own caprices, she admitted. But she also wanted time devoted to play rather than just practical subjects. Above all, she believed the curriculum had become cluttered with too many courses that led to superficiality.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.40 of 5 – based on 22 votes