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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

by Henry David Thoreau

While paddling with his brother, Thoreau makes brilliant observations on literature, philosophy, Native American and Puritan histories of New England, friends, and a diversity of other topics.

Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil

by W. E. B. Du Bois

The distinguished American civil rights leader first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems nearly 80 years ago in various periodicals. This volume has long inspired readers with its militant cry...

The Little Flowers of Saint Francis

by Thomas Okey

Told in charming, brief anecdotes, these stories include Saint Francis's sermon to the birds, his taming of a savage wolf, his conversion of the Sultan of Babylon, and his healing of a leper.

Symposium and Phaedrus

by Plato

Two important dialogues offer crucial insights into Platonic doctrine. Symposium deals with ultimate manifestation of love, eternal beauty. Phaedrus discusses psychology of love, "forms" as objects of transcendental...

Rights of Man

by Thomas Paine

Highly influential statement of faith in democracy and egalitarianism helped pave the way for social security for workers, public employment for those in need of work, abolition of laws limiting wages, other...

Shakespeare: A Book of Quotations

by William Shakespeare

With over 500 offerings from the most quoted writer in the English language, this modestly priced volume provides a luxurious assortment of memorable and profound thoughts on love, marriage, truth, beauty, more....

When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection

by Norman R. Yetman

More than 2,000 former slaves provide first-person accounts in blunt, simple language about their lives in bondage. Illuminating, often startling information about southern life before, during, and after the...

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Four Dialogues

by Plato

Among the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought: the dialogues entitled Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo. Translations by distinguished classical scholar Benjamin Jowett.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the Autobiography one of the great classics...


by Marcus Aurelius

Stirring reflections on the human condition from a warrior and emperor provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the 2nd century. Recognizing that suffering...

The Republic

by Plato

Influential philosophical treatise of 4th century BC chiefly concerns the idea of justice, plus Platonic theories of ideas, criticism of poetry, philosopher's role. Source of the cave myth. Jowett translation....

On Liberty

by John Stuart Mill

Mill's eloquent 1859 treatise asks and answers provocative questions relating to the boundaries of social authority and individual sovereignty in a democratic society. Enduringly influential study.

Shakespeare: The Bard's Guide to Abuses and Affronts

by Running Press

Presenting a most civilized way to silence boors, deflect rudeness, and chide churlish lovers: Our mini book of insults culled from the dramatic works of English literature's most gifted wordsmith. Shakespeare's...

Poems of the Great War: An Anthology 1914-1918

by Running Press

World War I poetry collection arranged chronologically from 1914-1918 from a range of prominent poets, many killed in battle.

Cervantes: Essays in Memory of E.C. Riley on the Quatercentenary of Don Quijote

by Jeremy Robbins & Edwin Wiliamson

This volume commemorates the quatercentenary of Don Quijote (Part I, 1604-05), widely acknowledged to be the 'first modern novel'. Through Don Quijote, his Exemplary Novels and other major works, Cervantes,...

Comics as History, Comics as Literature: Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment

by Annessa Ann Babic

This discursive volume covers a breadth of material from Ancient Rome to 9/11and its scope of historical insight and use of theory makes this a critical read for anyone studying popular culture. Its creative...

The English Literatures of America: 1500-1800

by Myra Jehlen & Michael Warner

The English Literatures of America redefines colonial American literatures, sweeping from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to the West Indies and Guiana. The book begins with the first colonization of the Americas...

Jewish American Literature Since 1945: An Introduction

by Stephen Wade

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered

by Courtney Weiss Smith, Kate Parker & Margaret Doody

Bringing together work by distinguished and younger scholars, Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered takes seriously the connections between poetry and novels in the period between...

The New American Poetry: Fifty Years Later

by John R. Woznicki, Paul R. Cappucci & Carla Billitteri

This book hews a new pathway of literary criticism on The New American Poetry that goes beyond the typical analysis of the anthology’s construction and reception. It expresses new ideas about the anthology’s...