This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
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Like his famous Lucia character, E.F. Benson's Miss Mapp is a strikingly original comic creation, an arch-schemer and social climber from the British town of Tilling. A fortyish spinster, "anger and the gravest suspicion about everybody had kept her young and on the boil." Elizabeth Mapp spends her days looking out the window of her home, using opera glasses and a notebook to chart her neighbor's affairs. Nothing escapes her as she spies on Major Benjamin Flint (who she has been trying to marry for years,) Captain Puffin, "Quaint Irene", a free-spirited artist, and the underhanded Miss Susan Poppit, a woman plotting to purchase the ingredients of Miss Mapp's secret iced red-currant recipe. Miss Mapp is a hilarious, sharply-observed satire that lovingly--but pointedly--pokes fun at the feuds and foibles of English high society.About the Author:
E. F. Benson (1867-1940) was a prolific novelist, dramatist, short story writer, and biographer. He wrote biographies of Sir Francis Drake, Alcibiades, Ferdinand Magellan, Queen Victoria, and Charlotte Bronte. The son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a bit eccentric, he studied archaeology at Kings College, Cambridge, and served as Mayor of Rye near the end of his life.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1984. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060806966