Zola's masterpiece of working life, "Germinal" (1885), exposes the inhuman conditions of miners in northern France in the 1860s. The central figure, Etienne Lantier, is an outsider who enters the community and eventually leads his fellow-miners in a strike protesting against pay-cuts.
Set on a hot London day in June 1923, Mrs Dalloway explores both the raw hold of the past and the brighter potential of the future. Clarissa Dalloway is the wife of an MP and an assured socialite, yet as she prepares for her party the links between her and the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith become ever more apparent. Mrs Dalloway is a book that is both highly experimental and deeply involving, deftly impressionistic yet firmly embedded in the crowded world of London. This new edition based on original research offers fresh insights into the context and meanings of one of Woolf's most popular and enduring works.
Set against the background of a society driven by greed and ambition, this is the tragic story of a father financially and personally ruined by his obsessive love for his two daughters. Balzac presents a portrait of both affluence and squalor in post-Napoleonic Paris.
Sally Shuttleworth explores the power of "Jane Eyre" a narrative that questions the rights of women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion in a story whose emotional charge is a strong today as it was when it was published more than 150 years ago.
"Pierre et Jean" is set in Le Havre in the 1880s and is notable for its evocation of the Normandy coastline captured by the impressionists. But Maupassant's achievement is to have woven from this simple plot in a maritime context an exploration of the complexities at the heart of family life.
This wonderful tale by Charles Dickens, featuring everybody's favourite orphan, is the latest welcome addition to the Oxford Children's Classics series.
How delightful it would be to be a governess!' When the young Agnes Grey takes up her first post as governess she is full of hope; she believes she only has to remember 'myself at their age' to win her pupils' love and trust. Instead she finds the young children she has to deal with completely unmanageable. They are, as she observes to her mother, 'unimpressible, incomprehensible creatures'. In writing her first novel, Anne Brontã drew on her own experiences, and one can trace in the work many of the trials of the Victorian governess, often stranded far from home, and treated with little respect by her employers, yet expected to control and educate her young charges. Agnes Grey looks at childhood from nursery to adolescence, and it also charts the frustrations of romantic love, as Agnes starts to nurse warmer feelings towards the local curate, Mr Weston.
The novel combines astute dissection of middle-class social behaviour and class attitudes with a wonderful study of Victorian responses to young children which has parallels with debates about education that continue to this day.
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This new edition aims to do full justice to Austen's complex and subtle story of the life and experiences of Fanny Brice, placing it in its Regency context and elucidating the theatrical background that pervades the novel.
Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest and most representative novel. The story of Emma Woodhouse's matchmaking, and her awakening to the true feelings of others as well as herself, is told with consummate wit and humour. This new edition contains lively notes and an introduction that explores how Austen transmutes the everyday into the revelatory.
A portrayal of the power of romantic imagination, as well as the pathos and courage entailed in the pursuit of an unattainable dream, "The Great Gatsby" is a classic fiction of hope and disillusion, which encapsulates the spirit, excitement and violence of the "Jazz Age".
Offers the complete text of Shakespeare's play with notes on the plot, scenes, and characters, and includes activities for further learning, a historical background of England, a biography of Shakespeare, and a list of his plays.
Dorian Gray gives his soul for eternal youth. While his portrait changes hideously, reflecting his crimes and corruption, he remains outwardly flawless. This new edition uses the 1891 expanded text and shows how Wilde transformed his many sources.
Featuring a Shakespeare play, this work contains accessible on-page notes, illustrations, background information, and scholarly credentials. It acts as a set text for 11-14 year olds in England.
With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and menide down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity. This book considers the artistry with which this story is created.
In Chapelizod, a suburb of Dublin, an innkeeper and his family are sleeping. Around them and their dreams there swirls a vortex of world history, of ambition and failure, desire and transgression, pride and shame, rivalry and conflict, gossip and mystery.
Against a background of English moors in the eighteenth century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff.
"Gulliver's travels purports to be a travel book. It is a blend of fantasy and realism and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms"--Provided bypublisher.