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Jason and the Argonauts

by Apollonius of Rhodes, Aaron Poochigian & Benjamin Acosta-Hughes

The first new Penguin Classics translation of the Argonautica since the 1950s

Now in a riveting new verse translation Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica), is the only surviving full account...


The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

by Oscar Wilde

Featuring the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s collected poetry, prose, and dramatic works, this collection demonstrates the author’s wide range, unerring wit, and unique perspective. Bringing together Wilde’s...


Henry VI Part 3

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Henry VI, Part 3 is dominated by a struggle between two military forces, neither of which can achieve victory for long. Until the end, the Yorkists and Lancastrians strive for the English crown. The conflict...


Henry VI Part 2

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Henry VI, Part 2 presents a kind of story that was popular before Shakespeare began writing, tracing the fall of powerful individuals to their untimely deaths. The first to go is the Duke of Gloucester, Lord...


Henry VI Part 1

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Henry VI, Part 1 is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French, portrayed here as effeminate and scheming.

A boy king, Henry VI, is on the English throne,...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.

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The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

In The Merchant of Venice, the path to marriage is hazardous. To win Portia, Bassanio must pass a test prescribed by her father's will, choosing correctly among three caskets or chests. If he fails, he may never...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare may have written Julius Caesar as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar’s death at the hands of friends and fellow...


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Hamlet is Shakespeare's most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius,...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

Love and marriage are the concerns of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio’s marriage to Bianca is prompted by his idealized love of an apparently ideal woman. Petruchio's wooing of Katherine,...


Richard III

by William Shakespeare

In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on a moral holiday. The play draws us to identify with Richard and his fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. Not yet king at the start of the play,...


Steampunk: Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

by Zdenko Basic

Dickens' A Christmas Carol is brought to life with Steampunk-inspired illustrations in this ultra-deluxe and unabridged edition.


A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

One of five beloved Christmas classics

First published on December 19, 1843, A Christmas Carol was an instant classic: Londoners thronged to hear Dickens read it in person and bought out the first printing in...


The Night Before Christmas

by Nikolai Gogol & Anna Summers

One of five beloved Christmas classics

Written in 1831 by the father of Russian literature, this uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakula's battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it...


Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories

by Anthony Trollope

One of five beloved Christmas classics

Christmas at Thompson Hall brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists...


A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories

by Louisa May Alcott

One of five beloved Christmas classics

A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her "little women" to the timeless...


The Nutcracker

by E. T. A. Hoffmann & Joachim Neugroschel

One of five beloved Christmas classics

Written in 1816 by one of the leaders of German Romanticism for his children, nephews, and nieces, The Nutcracker captures better than any other story a child's wonder...


Marble Range: A Western Story

by Robert J. Horton

A mysterious stranger struggles to keep his past a secret and himself out of harm’s way in this thrilling Western tale!

Bob Bannister is a mystery from the moment he arrives in Prairie City. A gambler with...


Law at Angel's Landing: A Western Story

by Wayne D. Overholser

A gold rush threatens to break the peace of a quiet Colorado town.

Angel’s Landing was the mining town that grew up around a gold strike in the hills of Colorado. But the boom was long ago, and now the town...