George Eliot’s Romola, writes Robert Kiely in his Introduction, embodies the author’s “wrestling with her own best theories of history and human nature as a creative experiment of the highest order.” Set in Florence in 1492, a time of great political and religious turmoil, Eliot’s novel blends vivid fictional characters with historical figures such as Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. When Romola, the virtuous daughter of a blind scholar, marries Tito Melema, a charismatic young Greek, she is bound to a man whose escalating betrayals threaten to destroy all that she holds dear. Profoundly inspired by Savonarola’s teachings, then crushed by the religious leader’s ultimate failure, Romola finds her salvation in noble self-sacrifice.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1878 Cabinet Edition.
ISBN: 9780375761218 Publisher: THE MODERN LIBRARY Subtitle: Author: GEORGE ELIOT
Rather than confront the hostility his new parishioners show him, the Reverend Ernest Lindley becomes ever more isolated along with his family. It seems inevitable that his daughters should enter suitable loveless marriages but the youngest is the one who will divide his already broken family. ISBN: 1843910837 Publisher: HESPERUS Subtitle: Author: D. H. LAWRENCE
In this indispensable, concise and thoroughly entertaining book, Professor Joscelyn Godwin, the translator of the first complete English edition of the Hypnerotomachia, guides the reader through its labyrinthine pages and unlocks the secrets and mysteries within Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s novel. He brings to life the worlds of both the Renaissance reader and the young Princeton undergraduate, setting both in the context of their time and place. Erudite and engaging, The Real Rule of Four is the perfect companion piece to The Rule of Four.
ISBN: 0099492490 Publisher: ARROW BOOKS Subtitle: THE UNAUTHORISED GUIDE TO THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Author: JOSCELYN GODWIN
Berlin Alexanderplatz is one of the masterpieces of modern European literature and the first German novel to adopt the technique of James Joyce. It tells the story of Franz Biberkopf, who, on being released from prison, is confronted with the poverty, unemployment, crime and burgeoning Nazism of 1920s Germany. As Franz struggles to survive in this world, fate teases him with a little pleasure before cruelly turning on him. ISBN: 0826477895 Publisher: CONTINUUM INTERNATIONAL Subtitle: Author: ALFRED DOBLIN