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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice is considered to be one of the great love stories of our time. Perhaps Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, it is at heart a satire of English manners. Elizabeth Bennet is the second of five daughters born to a country gentleman in a fictional village outside of London. Headstrong and vivacious, Elizabeth spars with the aloof and disdainful Mr. Darcy, in an unconventional and yet timeless courtship for the ages. This Essential Classics edition includes a new introduction by Professor Vivian Heller, Ph.D. in literature and modern studies from Yale University.Born in 1775 to wealthy parents in Hampshire, England, Jane Austen is best known for her ironic accounts of the British landed gentry from which she arose. Her novels, particularly Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park, mark a literary transition towards 19th century realism, and address with skillful humor and rounded intelligence various institutions of marriage, manners and manicured English society. For her body of work, Austen is widely considered to be the first woman to write great comic novels.Vivian Heller received her Ph.D. in English Literature and Modern Studies from Yale University. She is author of Joyce, Decadence, and Emancipation(University of Illinois Press) and of The City Beneath Us  (W.W. Norton & Company), a history of the building of the New York City subway system. She is an associate at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies and is the writing tutor for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She is also a long-standing member of the non-fiction committee of the PEN Prison-Writing Committee, which awards prizes to inmates from across the country.Essential Classics publishes the most crucial literary works throughout history, with a unique introduction to each, making them the perfect treasure for any reader’s shelf.

The Bell Jar LP

The Bell Jar LP

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The Bell Jar chronicles the breakdown of the brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful Esther Greenwood, a woman slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's demise with such intensity that the character's insanity becomes completely real, even rational -- as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

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Eyre opens with Jane, an orphaned, isolated ten-year-old, living with a family that dislikes her. She grows in strength, excels at school, becomes a governess, and falls in love with Edward Rochester. After being deceived by him, Jane goes to Marsh End, where she regains her spirituality and discovers her own strength. By novel's end, Jane is a strong, independent woman. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre still raises relevant questions to readers today."

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