Essays (Penguin Classics)

By Plutarch

Selections from one of many maximum essayists of the Graeco-Roman world

Plutarch used an encyclopedic wisdom of the Roman Empire to provide a compelling and person voice. during this incredible choice from his writings, he deals own insights into ethical topics that come with the advantage of listening, the risk of flattery and the avoidance of anger, along extra speculative essays on subject matters as assorted as God's slowness to punish guy, using cause by means of supposedly "irrational" animals and the dying of his personal daughter. Brilliantly proficient, those essays supply a treasure-trove of old knowledge, fantasy and philosophy, and a strong perception right into a deeply clever man.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater by means of introductions and notes by way of individual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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Essays and Lectures

By Oscar Wilde

This e-book used to be switched over from its actual variation to the electronic layout by way of a neighborhood of volunteers. you could locate it at no cost on the net. buy of the Kindle version contains instant supply.

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Posthumous Papers of a Living Author

By Robert Musil, Peter Wortsman

This choice of exploratory items, brief tales, and reflections was once initially released in Zurich in 1936. It was once the final quantity Robert Musil released earlier than his unexpected demise in 1942. Musil had started to fathom the impossibility of com- pleting his enormous masterpiece the guy with no traits and this quantity unearths a extensively assorted element of his paintings. Musil observes a fly’s tragic fight with flypaper, the laughter of a horse; he friends via microscopes and telescopes, dissecting either huge and small. Musil’s quest for the fundamental is a voyage into the minute.

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Cuestión de Énfasis

By Susan Sontag

Para Susan Sontag, un escritor no period ms que un viajero psychological y, para ensear con el ejemplo, nos dej este conjunto admirable de ensayos que no son otra cosa que los diferentes episodios de un viaje que toca muchos puertos. los angeles escritora norteamericana dividi sus textos en tres bloques. En el primero, reuni artculos sobre otros escritores y sobre algunos de los libros que am; en el segundo, los dedicados a las artes de l. a. mirada (la danza, los angeles pintura, l. a. fotografa) y por ltimo, en l. a. parte ultimate, unas notas acerca de cuestiones de teora literaria junto con los relatos de l. a. experiencia de l. a. autora en el asedio de Sarajevo, o algunas pginas autobiogrficas.

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Essays on Giordano Bruno

This publication gathers wide-ranging essays at the Italian Renaissance thinker and cosmologist Giordano Bruno by means of one of many world's top experts on his paintings and existence. a lot of those essays have been initially written in Italian and seem right here in English for the 1st time. Bruno (1548-1600) is mainly recognized as a proponent of heliocentrism, the infinity of the universe, and the plurality of worlds. yet his paintings spanned the sciences and arts, occasionally touching the borders of the occult, and Hilary Gatti's essays richly mirror this diversity.

The booklet is split into sections that tackle 3 extensive topics: the connection among Bruno and the hot technological know-how, the background of his reception in English tradition, and the significant features of his ordinary philosophy. a last essay examines why this suggest of a "tranquil common philosophy" ended up being burned on the stake as a heretic through the Roman Inquisition. whereas the essays take many alternative techniques, they're united by means of a few assumptions: that, even supposing good versed in magic, Bruno can't be outlined basically as a Renaissance Magus; that his goal used to be to articulate a brand new philosophy of nature; and that his proposal, whereas in keeping with old and medieval assets, represented a thorough rupture with the philosophical colleges of the previous, supporting forge a course towards a brand new modernity.

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The Power of Ideas: Second Edition

The essays accumulated during this new quantity demonstrate Isaiah Berlin at his so much lucid and obtainable. He used to be constitutionally incapable of writing with the opacity of the professional, yet those shorter, extra introductory items give you the excellent starting-point for the reader new to his paintings. people who find themselves already conversant in his writing may also be thankful for this additional addition to his gathered essays.

The connecting subject matter of those essays, as in relation to past volumes, is the the most important social and political role--past, current and future--of rules, and in their progenitors. A wealthy number of subject-matters is represented--from philosophy to schooling, from Russia to Israel, from Marxism to romanticism--so that the reality of Heine's caution is exemplified on a large entrance. it's a caution that Berlin frequently noted, and gives a solution to people who ask, as every now and then they do, why highbrow background matters.

Among the contributions are "My highbrow Path," Berlin's final essay, a retrospective autobiographical survey of his major preoccupations; and "Jewish Slavery and Emancipation," the vintage assertion of his Zionist perspectives, lengthy unavailable in print. His different topics comprise the Enlightenment, Giambattista Vico, Vissarion Belinsky, Alexander Herzen, G.V. Plekhanov, the Russian intelligentsia, the assumption of liberty, political realism, nationalism, and historicism. The ebook shows the whole variety of his drastically vast services and demonstrates the extraordinary and significantly attractive individuality, in addition to the ability, of his personal ideas.

"Over 100 years in the past, the German poet Heine warned the French to not underestimate the facility of rules: philosophical techniques nurtured within the stillness of a professor's examine may possibly ruin a civilization."--Isaiah Berlin, Two ideas of Liberty, 1958.

This new version provides a couple of formerly uncollected items, together with Berlin's earliest assertion of the pluralism of values for which he's famous.

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Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid

From one in every of America’s so much celebrated poets, Nikki Giovanni, comes this poignant choice of poetry that celebrates the straightforward pleasures of daily life and the bonds we percentage with these closest to us.

“This narrow quantity delights on each web page. There are tales, imaginings, whimsy, and startling photos which end up the poet’s energy and her command of language . . . someone with a love of language may be overjoyed with this publication and the continued ebook of America’s precious poet.”—San Francisco booklet Review

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred pursuits and encouraged songs, grew to become hearts and trained generations. She's been hailed as a healer and as a countrywide treasure. yet Giovanni's middle is living within the daily, the place kin and enthusiasts assemble, buddies commune, and people now not with us are remembered. And at each collecting there's food—food as sustenance, nutrients as aphrodisiac, nutrients as reminiscence. A pot of beans is flavored along with her mother's sighs—this sigh half cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a dinner party as an confirmation of ongoing ardour; homage is paid to the main primary appetizer: soup.

With Chasing Utopia, Giovanni calls for that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, winter—be noticeable as poetic, and reaffirms once more why she is as lively, "remarkable" (Gwendolyn Brooks), "wonderful" (Marian Wright Edelman),"outspoken, prolific, lively" (New York Times), and suitable as ever.

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Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader

By James Grauerholz

"Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader" brings jointly decisions of Burroughs' most crucial and hard paintings - starting together with his very early writing (including a bankruptcy from his and Jack Kerouac's never-before-seen collaborative novel, "And the Hippos have been Boiled of their Tanks" ) and following his trajectory via "My schooling: A e-book of Dreams." "Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader" follows significant subject matters in Burroughs' oeuvre whereas additionally serving up a sampling of his darkly hilarious "routines, " and is edited to function a device for the coed in addition to an summary of his whole physique of labor for the final reader.

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What's Wrong with the World

By G. K. Chesterton

This choice of funny essays via popular writer G. okay. Chesterton perceptively research a few of the wrongs of society and the world.

the themes mentioned during this book's 3 components variety among social statement, a dialogue of humankind and its nature, the impression of spirituality and the rise in secularism within the smooth international, and the way schooling shapes the younger to slot into the unsuitable society Chesterton perceives.

All of those essays hold the basic wittiness and sturdy humour that is on the center of Chesterton's writing kind. They neither hold forth or rant, yet as an alternative veer into tangents which inadvertently forged additional perception. Brimming with incisiveness, those writings have elderly good, with some of the themes nonetheless correct and poignant within the twenty first century.

characterized by way of his simply digestible kind, prepared use and publicity of paradox, and his use of wit and humour to increase argument, Chesterton's fiction and non-fiction writings at the issues of human behaviour and wider society stay correct and poignant to today.

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