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Hamlet C/Win/Us by Shakespeare
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SHAKESPEARE INTERACTIVE

General Editor: Mickey Bond, President, Santa Fe New Media Advisory Editors: James L. Harner, Professor of English, Texas A & M University, Editor of World Shakespeare Bibliography and William Ingram, Professor of English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor A unique multimedia introduction to Shakespeares most often studied plays William Shakespeares drama has captivated audiences for centuries. Now for the first time, users can experience the plays with all the vividness and immediacy of a live performance, combined with instantly accessible text, glossary and reference features. Each title in the Shakespeare Interactive series contains the full text of a classic Shakespeare play, complete with pop-up definitions, side-by-side commentary and detailed character profiles. Users can read the text at their own pace, taking advantage of the abundant hypertext lines over 3,000 per play then press the Play button and the text literally comes to life! An all new stereo digital recording features a professional cast, authentic period music and sound effects. Designed for use in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and public libraries that serve students. Shakespeare Interactive allows users to experience the playwrights work as never before. Finding Aids Numerous finding aids allow users to master the text quickly and easily: * The Contents page contains brief descriptions of each scene, allowing users to locate easily any event in the play. * The Characters page allows rapid access to detailed character profiles. * A Scene Index is provided for each character, detailing the play from the characters perspective while providing an inventory of every scene in which the character appears. * The Dramatic Time outline correlates the plays action with the passage of objective time. And a handy Index button appears on the screen at all times, providing instant access to every piece of information in the entire database. * The Themes page catalogs the plays principal themes, and also allows users to locate easily instances of poetic, dramatic and literary devices, e.g. sonnets, soliloquies, oxymorons, dramatic irony, etc. Summary of Features * An authoritative text based on the Cambridge edition. * Side-by-side running commentary. * Pop-up definitions of unusual words. * Comprehensive plot summaries for each scene. * Character profiles complete with Scene Index. * Unabridged narration in a radio theater-style production. * Gallery of over 100 images of actors, costumes, Shakespeare portraits, etc. (images can be printed). * Powerful Boolean full-text searching. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows: IBM-compatible computer, Windows 3.1 or higher, 4 Mb RAM, CD-ROM drive, and mouse. Color VGA Monitor with 8-bit (256 color) graphics card is recommended. A 16-bit sound card (with speakers or headphones) is required to hear audio.

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The Hand of Ethelberta: A Comedy in Chapters
(Penguin Classics)

by Thomas Hardy,
Tim Dolin (Editor)

The tale of an opportunistic yet ultimately loyal adventuress who begins life humbly and ends as the wife of a rakish aristocrat, THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA will surprise readers of Thomas Hardy's more familiar, and darker, Wessex novels. Hardy combines elements of domestic melodrama and drawing-room farce with calculated irreverence for literary form. 11 illustrations.

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Heart of Darkness : With the Congo Diary
(Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

by Joseph Conrad,
Robert Hampton (Editor)

This new edition of Conrad's masterpiece, newly and extensively annotated, together with the earlier work upon which it is based, features more than 70 pages of illuminating critical commentary and notes. "The Congo Diary," the record of Conrad's own 1890 journey up the Congo River has previously been available only in scholarly editions and journals. Map.

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
(Modern Library)

by Carson McCullers

When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. She was very special, one of America's superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. This novel is the work of a supreme artist, Carson McCullers's enduring masterpiece. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, Some with sex or drink, and some -- like Mick -- with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

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Hedda Gabler (Plays for Performance)

by Henrik Ibsen, Nicholas Rudall (Translator)

A reader from Joplin, Missouri , November 9, 1998

A well written dramatic tale.

Hedda Gabler is a wonderful story of a woman desperately trying to have control over her life. Married to a husband she doesn't love and pregnant with a child she doesn't want, Hedda seeks comfort in an old friend. There are enough surprizes in this play to keep it interesting throughout. Ibsen uses his brilliant writing style to capture the very essence of Hedda. I highly recommend Hedda Gabler as well as other works by Henrik Ibsen.

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Heidi
(Children's Classics)

by Johanna Spyri

Johanna Spyri's classic story of a young orphan sent to live with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps is retold in it's entirety in this beautifully bound hardcover edition. Heidi has charmed and intrigued readers since it's original publication in 1880. Much more than a children's story, the narrative is also a lesson on the precarious nature of freedom, a luxury too often taken for granted. Heidi almost loses her liberty as she is ripped away from the tranquility of the mountains to tend to a sick cousin in the city. Happily, all's well that ends well, and the reader is left with only warm, fuzzy thoughts. Spryi's story will never grow wearisome--and this is a very appealing edition.

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Henry V
(Oxford School Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare
Roma Gill (Editor)

An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling and pronunciation, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and convenient listing of key passages

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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Modern Library)

by Henry Fielding

One of English literature's great novels, "Tom Jones" was published to great acclaim in 1749, and tells the story a young man's high-spirited, epic, comic, and tragic search for fame and fortune.

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The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee (Illustrator)

A sixtieth-anniversary gift edition of the twentieth-century fantasy classic set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth features twenty-five new watercolor paintings and thirty-eight black-and-white drawings

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Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

by J. R. R. Tolkien

This is a boxed set containing paper editions of Tolkien's four stories of Middle-earth: The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

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Homer in English (Penguin Classics)

by Homer, Aminadav Dykman (Contributor), George Steiner (Editor)

'The Iliad and Odyssey,' writes Professor George Steiner, 'are perennially active in the pulse of the English languages, in the texts and contexts of Anglo-Saxon self-definition; these translations and variations on Homeric themes offer nothing less than 'a concise chronicle of English'. From Lydgate's Troy Book, Chaucer's Troylus and Criseyde and Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida to Pound's Cantos, Joyce's Ulysses and Derek Walcott's Omeros, Homer has been the most translated author and presence in our literature and languages (such as American and Afro-Caribbean). Homer has elicited a fantastic wealth and quality of response, from Hobbes to Gladstone, from T. E. Lawrence to Robert Graves. Homeric translations by Chapman, Dryden, Pope, Shelley and Christopher Logue are masterpieces in their own right. This superb selection assembles highlights and representative moments from six and a half centuries.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle

For generations the curse had hung over the Baskerville family. Now another life had been claimed by the mysterious and terrifying beast. Was it a demon or an animal lurking on the desolate moor? Would the new master of the Baskerville home be its next victim?

Sherlock Holmes and Watson set out to solve the most bewildering and bloodcurdling case of their careers in this world-famous classic of mystery and suspense.

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House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton, Anita Brookner (Introduction)

The most compelling aspect of The House of Mirth is watching Lily Bart descend the social ladder, changing from an alluring, fashionable decoration at lavish country estates to a wild-eyed, dishevelled woman living in a shabby hotel, addicted to tea and sleeping drops. The most frightening aspect of the book is that the progress seems somehow both inevitable and avoidable at nearly every turn. Here is a physically beautiful and psychologically complex woman who has become or been made into an object for consumption by a society that values the material world exclusively. As Lily approaches thirty, still unmarried, and without financial resources, her value - in this society - declines. Part of the responsibility for her fate can be placed on her lack of a maternal influence, on her own irresolution, on the weakness of her primary suitor, on the viciousness of the other rich women in the novel, but the ultimate blame has to fall on a society that made her "so evidently the victim of the civilization that produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate." Nearly a century after its publication, this novel is chillingly accurate in its remorseless critique of a society willing to sacrifice any and all who do not conform to its expectations.

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The House of the Seven Gables (Oxford World's Classics)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Michael Davitt Bell (Editor)

Colonel Pyncheon does well in denouncing Old Matthew: he founds a New England dynasty and builds a remarkable mansion; but on its opening day he is found dead, slaked in his own blood. By 1840, that dynasty is almost spent; amid the dust and decay of the Seven Gables, Clifford and Hepzibah believe in their own continued nobility as much as they believe in the mysterious curse still tracking the Pyncheons

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How Green Was My Valley

by Richard Llewellyn

Llewellyn's tale of a young man's coming-of-age in a small Welsh mining town--the basis for the beloved film of the same name--is "a beautiful story told in words which have Welsh music in them . . . a book which will live in the mind and memory of its readers" (Atlantic Monthly)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

by Victor Hugo,
Rowland Wheelwright
(Illustrator)

): A storybook retelling of Hugo's classic of the lonely bellringer and his hopeless love for the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmerelda, whom he rescues from hanging and the evil archdeacon Dom Frollo and reunites with her mother. While remaining relatively faithful to the original, this version from Wynne- Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.) is always competent, but never compelling. Slavin creates lovely illustrations, but his pale washes leave even the most festive scenes sedate. The volume lacks power or emotion; adults seeking an alternative--any alternative--to the Disney film may find that this one hardly competes for the hearts and minds of the target audience.

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The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes,
Louis Slobodkin
(Illustrator)

A reader from Miami,FL , December 19, 1998

So many dresses your eyes will fall out

It's about a girl who no one really likes. Everyday they ask her how many dresses do you have and she says a 100. No one believes her till she gives away all of her 100 dresses.

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The Ides of March

by Thornton Wilder, Thronton Wilder

No review

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If I Were Boss : The Early Business Stories
of Sinclair Lewis

by Sinclair Lewis,
Anthony Di Renzo (Editor)

The New York Times Book Review, Emily Barton

Deftly modulated and psychologically complex, these stories hold the reader's interest not merely as historical documents but as successful works of fiction in their own right, timely in any era.

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The Illustrated Bulfinch's Mythology:
Legends of Charlemagne, the Age of
Chivalry, the Age of Fable

by Thomas Bulfinch,
Giovanni Caselli (Illustrator)

Here are the worlds most-loved stories, in a dynamic visual tour de force for todays readers. Each timeless myth is superbly presented in story form and enhanced with original art work by world-renowned artist Giovanni Caselli. Though Bulfinchs has been heralded for more than a century, it has never been published in so beautiful and accessible a format. Evocative four-color illustrations, many full-page, bring to life key events and characters of these universal tales and sagasfrom the Greek and Roman pantheon of gods to the heroes of the Crusades, from the exploits of Robin Hood to the feats of Richard the Lionheart. As enjoyable now as when Bulfinch first assembled them, these selections come from a variety of worksOvids classic Metamorphoses, Egyptian myths, Eastern mythology, and Hindu, Norse, and Celtic sources. Together they form a remarkable tapestry of human endeavor: dreams, illusions, adventures, loves lost and loves found. In this handsome series, they speak to us afresh, across the ages, vivified through Casellis inspired art. Original footnotes, indexes, and prefaces make this series not only entertaining, but completely authoritative as well. Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867), writer and mythologist, was the first to create a popular compendium of ancient myths and legends. Giovanni Caselli (b. Florence, 1939) is one of Europes most celebrated authors and illustrators. His books have sold in the millions.

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The Illustrated Man

by Ray Bradbury

Classic Bradbury, this collection of tales offers images that are as keen as a tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that stain the body. Featuring a new Introduction, The Illustrated Man presents 18 startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin. Previously published by Doubleday.

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Impressions of Theophrastus Such

by George Eliot, Nancy Henry (Editor)

George Eliot's last published work has been overlooked, underrated, and long out of print in the U.S. In her enlightening introduction, editor Henry expresses surprise at this neglect, but the fact is, Eliot's last novel is a bit forbidding. It takes the form of a set of essays, or impressions, by a fictional narrator whose name, contrary to the title's suggestion, is not Theophrastus Such: Theophrastus was a student of Aristotle. The author of this set of character sketches and intellectual fables is an unnamed London bachelor blessed with a great deal of wisdom, patience, and discernment regarding the foibles of his species. In 1879, critics found Theophrastus Such cryptic, "ponderous and moralizing," but with a little help from an editor, modern readers will find Eliot's viewpoints relevant and often brilliant, her style sophisticated, and her humor sharp. Eliot has her alter ego consider such topics as the consequences of self-importance and prejudice. He also mocks academia and the confusion of reputation with achievement and condemns the "habit of contempt," which ultimately "debases moral currency." Eliot's great intellect and insight radiate from every page of this clever and provoking narrative, inspiring renewed respect.

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In Our Time

by Ernest Hemingway

First published in 1925, this collection of 32 short stories and vignettes marked Hemingway's American publishing debut. In Our Time not only provides a key to Hemingway's later works, but remains one of the most original short story collections in 20th-century literature. Includes the famous Nick Adams stories.

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Indiana

by George Sand, George Burnham Ives (Translator)

Indiana is the first of many novels written by George Sand, a woman whose behavior was often considered more shocking than her writing. Seen as a denouncement of marriage when it was published, the novel is the story of a naive, love-starved woman abused by her much older husband and deceived by a selfish seducer. Indiana and her husband are terribly ill-suited to each other. Indiana's husband believes that "women are made to obey, not to advise;" Indiana is submissive, but "it was the silence and submissiveness of the slave who has made of hatred a virtue and of unhappiness a merit." Her seducer is an eloquent rake; as George Sand comments, "the most honorable of men is he who thinks best and acts best, but the most powerful is he who is best able to talk and write." What takes this novel beyond a simple romance of good women and bad men, however, is George Sand's ability to draw direct analogies between personal behavior and the trends and expectations of politics and society. And when one character advises, "Do not break the chains that bind you to society, respect its laws if they protect you, accept its judgments if they are fair to you: but if some day it calumniates you and spurns you, have pride enough to do without it," the reader is reminded that George Sand knew what she was talking about.

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Iphigenia Among the Taurians
(Performance Series)

by Euripides,
Nicholas Rudall (Translator),
Bernard Sahlins (Editor)

No review

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

by H. G. Wells

A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palm-tree paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human and then "beastly" in ways they never were before--it's the stuff of high adventure. It's also a parable about Darwinian theory, a social satire in the vein of Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), and a bloody tale of horror. Or, as H. G. Wells himself wrote about this story, "The Island of Dr. Moreau is an exercise in youthful blasphemy. Now and then, though I rarely admit it, the universe projects itself towards me in a hideous grimace. It grimaced that time, and I did my best to express my vision of the aimless torture in creation." This colorful tale by the author of The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds lit a firestorm of controversy at the time of its publication in 1896.

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