Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters, from oldest to youngest: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. A romance, a quest, a family drama that validates virtue over wealth. The start of the story is set at Christmastime, where Jo, the second eldest of the March sisters, grumbles that Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents. The four girls discuss the upcoming holiday and sigh as they long for pretty things that they can’t have because of money constraints
Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist. She grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott’s best work includes her novel Little Women (ISBN: 9781909904422) which she wrote upon request of her publisher and its sequels Little Men (ISBN: 9781909904439) and Jo’s Boys (ISBN: 9781909904446). Alcott’s family suffered severe financial difficulties and Louisa worked to help support the family from an early age.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, EBK EIN/ISBN: 9781909904422, Sovereign, 468pp. Download Ebook: Kobo
The play begins with the introduction of Electra, the daughter of Clytemnestra and the late Agamemnon. Several years after Agamemnon’s death suitors began requesting Electra’s hand in marriage. Out of fear that Electra’s child might seek revenge, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus married her off to a peasant of Mycenae. The peasant is kind to her and has respected her family name and her virginity. In return for his kindness, Electra helps her husband with the household chores. Despite her appreciation for her husband’s kindness, Electra resents being cast out of her house and laments to the Chorus about her struggles with her drastic change in social status.
Euripides was a tragedian of classical Athens. He is one of the few whose plays have survived, with the others being Aeschylus, Sophocles, and potentially Euphorion. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him but according to the Suda it was ninety-two at most. Of these, eighteen or nineteen have survived.
Electra by Euripides, ISBN: 9781911144076, Sovereign, 74 pp, Download ebook from KOBO
When Beale and Ida Farange are divorced, the court decrees that their only child, the very young Maisie, will shuttle back and forth between them, spending six months of the year with each. The parents are immoral and frivolous, and they use Maisie to intensify their hatred of each other.
Henry James, an American-born writer, one of the key representatives of 19th century literary realism. He is primarily known for the series of novels in which he portrays the encounter of Americans with Europe and Europeans. His style of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception.
What Maisie Knew by Henry James, ISBN: 9781909676145, Sovereign, 262pp, Download ebook from KOBO
Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.
Thomas Hardy, an English novelist and poet. He trained as an architect and worked in London and Dorset for ten years. His novels Tess of the D’Urberville, and Jude the Obscure, challenged society’s norms of the day and received negative reviews upon publication. Hardy was criticised for being too pessimistic and preoccupied with sex. He left fiction writing for poetry, and published eight collections. Hardy is now recognised as one of the most influential English writers.
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, ISBN: 9781910343920, Sovereign, 354 pp
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One morning a little rabbit sat on a bank. He pricked his ears and listened to the trit-trot, trit-trot of a pony. A gig was coming along the road; it was driven by Mr. McGregor, and beside him sat Mrs. McGregor in her best bonnet. As soon as they had passed, little Benjamin Bunny slid down into the road, and set off—with a hop, skip, and a jump—to call upon his relations, who lived in the wood at the back of Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, and natural scientist. Her imaginative children’s books feature many natural animals that can be found in the British countryside. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park. Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit story is among the most popular children’s stories worldwide.
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter, ISBN: 9781910150931, Sovereign, 48 pp
The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, ISBN: 9781910343807
The Twelve Chairs is one of the most popular and prolific satirical novels written by Odessa based Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov. Set in Soviet Russia, the story starts with a deathbed confession about substantial family treasures hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs. A team of treasure hunters is quickly formed. The smooth operator Ostap Bender and Kisa, the Pussycat set off to track down the chairs. They are not alone in their quest. Father Fyodor took advantage of the deathbed confession, and has also set off to recover the fortune.
Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were two Soviet prose authors who lived and worked in Odessa, Black Sea. They travelled did much of their writing together, and are often referred to as Ilf and Petrov. Most notable work includes characteristic for their writing satire novel The Twelve Chairs and sequel The Golden Calf.
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The Georgics by Virgil
Virgil was born to a farming family, and his poetic work named The Georgics comes as close to his heart as it possibly can. He dedicated this work to the land, the farming communities and the issues surrounding complex relationships and political situation of the time. Virgil’s love for the earth and everything that grows and lives there makes this poem one of his most expressive and passionate.
Publius Vergilius Maro, or Virgil, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid.
The Georgics by Virgil, ISBN: 9781910343432, Sovereign. Download ebook from Google Play
The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
The story takes place at sea, near the Gulf of Siam. The young captain is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having only joined their company a fortnight earlier. He soon encounters a naked swimmer holding onto the side ladder of the ship while he is alone at night on look-out duty. He helps the mysterious swimmer onto the boat and hides him in his cabin without the rest of the crew’s knowledge.
Joseph Conrad an English novelist of Polish descent, a master of prose who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature. Conrad drew on his native Poland’s national experiences and on his personal experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create literature that reflects aspects of a European culture, while plumbing the depths of the human soul.
The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, ISBN: 9781910150627, Sovereign
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