In celebration of Penguin's 80th birthday, this box set of the 80 books in the Little Black Classics series showcases the many varied writers in Penguin Black Classics. From India to Greece, Denmark to Iran, and not forgetting Britain, it features an assortment of books that can transport readers back in time to the furthest corners of the globe.
"All stories translation copyright A Malcolm C. Lyons, 2008, except the translation of 'Ali Baba and the forty thieves killed by a slave girl' and 'The story of Aladdin' copyright A Ursula Lyons, 2008; introduction, glossary and further reading copyright A Robert Irwin, 2010"--Copyright page.
Includes "Things Fall Apart", "No Longer at Ease", and "Arrow of God". In "Things Fall Apart" the individual tragedy of Okonkwo, 'strong man' and tribal elder in the Nigeria of the 1890s is intertwined with the transformation of traditional Igbo society under the impact of Christianity and colonialism.
Aeschylus (525-456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. This translation is accompanied by an introduction, with individual discussions of the plays, and their sources in history and mythology.
When Meaulnes first arrives at the local school in Sologne, everyone is captivated by his good looks, daring and charisma. But when Meaulnes disappears for several days, and returns with tales of a strange party at a mysterious house - and his love for the beautiful girl hidden within it, Yvonne de Galais - his life has been changed forever.
But although they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.
This edition prints all three parts of Dante's great poem about the journey of the soul - INFERNO, PURGATORIO and PARADISO - in the recent English translation by Allen Mandelbaum, with an introduction and explanatory notes on each canto by the noted Dante scholar, Peter Armour.