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Agate, Noblesse Oblige: Another Letter to Another Son. Agate, James. Noblesse Oblige: Another Letter to Another Son. London, Home & Van Thal Ltd., 1944. 12.5 x 19cm. 32 pages. Original hardcover with gilt lettering. Some signs of external wear, slightly foxed but otherwise in very good condition.

James Agate was a British diarist and critic. In the period between the wars, he was one of Britain's most influential theatre critics. He was a journalist on the staff of The Manchester Guardian (1907–14) and was drama critic for The Saturday Review (1921–23), and The Sunday Times (1923–47). Agate's diaries and letters, published in a series of nine volumes under the title of Ego, are a record of the British theatre of his era and also of his non-theatrical interests, including sports, social gossip and his private preoccupations with his health and precarious finances. In addition to drama criticism he wrote about the cinema and English literature for London newspapers, and published three novels, translated a play and had it staged in London, albeit briefly, and regularly brought out collections of his theatre essays and reviews. 'Noblesse Oblige' was written as a reply to Osbert Sitwell's A Letter to my Son, about advice to a son in time of war. [wikipedia]

Keywords: Britain, British Author, Diaries, Letters, World War II

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Amis, I Want It Now. Amis, Kingsley. I Want It Now. London, Panther / Granada Publishing, 1971. 11 x 17.5cm. 204 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with some signs of external wear. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger.

The quickest way to get rich is to marry someone rich, but how do you do this if you aren't yet rich? TV chat-show host Ronnie Appleyard is preoccupied with this question as he pursues wealthy heiress Simona Quick over two continents in the company of braying aristocrats, Greek shipping magnates, American dandies and the dreaded mother-in-law to be. But as he comes closer to his prize other questions present themselves. Is the androgenous Simona really worth it? Why doesn't she like sex? Is it possible to drink all day? With his unerring eye for absurdity and class satire Kingsley Amis shows us what happens when money meets naked ambition. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: British Author, Humour, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Satire

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Amis, Lucky Jim. Amis, Kingsley. Lucky Jim. New York, Viking Press, 1958. 12.5 x 19.5cm. 256 pages. Original softcover. Good condition with some signs of external wear, including foxing and discolouration to jacket and some paper loss to spine. Text itself in very good condition. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [Compass Books, No. C35].

Kingsley Amis's witty campus novel, Lucky Jim is a comedy that skewers the hypocrisies and vanities of 1950s academic life. Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim can stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand. Inspired by Amis's friend, the poet Philip Larkin, Jim Dixon is a timeless comic character, adrift in a hopelessly gauche and pretentious world. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: British Author, British Literature, Humour, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Satire

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Brontė, Jane Eyre. Brontė, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Edited by Margaret Smith, with an introduction and revised notes by Sally Shuttleworth. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000. 13 x 19.5cm. (51), 488 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. [Oxford World's Classics].

Includes: Introduction / Textual Note / Bibliography / Chronology / Appendix: Opinions of the Press / Explanatory Notes

Jane Eyre is a novel of passion - of anger, defiance and of overwhelming desire. No novel, before or since, has caught so precisely the complex emotions of childhood, where feelings of powerlessness can mix with rage, and a bitter sense of injustice. From the early scenes, where Jane is locked in the red room and learns to defy her aunt, through the oppresive regime of Lowood School, we follow the turbulent swell of Jane's feelings and her psychological struggles into adulthood.
Drawing on feminist and post-colonial theory, and Victorian medical writings on the female mind and body, Sally Shuttleworth's introduction to this edition places Jane Eyre firmly within the context of 19th century political and social culture. The text is that of the authoritative Clarendon edition. [From jacket notes]

Keywords: 19th Century Literature, British Author, British Literature, classics, English Authors, English Literature, Victorian Literature

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Brontė, The Professor. Brontė, Charlotte. The Professor. London, Penguin Books, 1995. 11 x 18cm. 256 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition. [Penguin Popular Classics].

The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Brontė. It was originally written before Jane Eyre and rejected by many publishing houses, but was eventually published posthumously in 1857 by approval of Charlotte's husband, Arthur Bell Nicholls, who accepted the task of reviewing and editing of the novel. The novel is based upon Charlotte Brontė's experiences in Brussels, where she studied as a language student and was a teacher in 1842. Much of the subject matter of The Professor was later reworked, from the perspective of a female teacher, into Brontė's novel Villette, which received critical acclaim.

Keywords: 19th Century Literature, British Author, British Literature, Fiction, Literature

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Conrad, Nostromo. Conrad, Joseph. Nostromo. With a Foreword by F.R. Leavis. New York, The New American Library / Doubleday, 1960. 10.5 x 18cm. (18), 448 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear and some text underlining. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [A Signet Classic, No. CT28].

One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo enacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province locked between the Andes and the Pacific. In the harbourtown of Sulaco, a vivid cast of characters is caught up in a civil war to decide whether its fabulously wealthy silver mine, funded by American money but owned by a third-generation English immigrant, can be preserved from the hands of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everyone, and Nostromo, the principled Capataz, is tested to the limit. Conrad's evocation of the great Latin-American landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and individuals swept up in imperial ambitions has never been bettered. [Oxford Classics]

Keywords: British Author, British Literature, Latin America, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Novel, Polish Authors, Political Literature

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Conrad, Under Western Eyes. Conrad, Joseph. Under Western Eyes. With an Introduction by Morton Dauwen Zabel. New York, Anchor Books / Doubleday, 1963. 10.5 x 18cm. (61), 332 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with some signs of external wear, including age darkening to spine, foxing to jacket and bumping to edges. Internally in excellent condition. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [Anchor Books, No. 323].

First published in 1911, Under Western Eyes traces the experiences of Razumov, a young Russian student of philosophy who is uninvolved in politics or protest. Against his will he finds himself caught up in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing directed against the Tsarist authorities. He is pulled in different directions - by his conscience and his ambitions, by powerful opposed political forces, but most of all by personal emotions he is unable to suppress. Set in St Petersburg and Geneva, the novel is in part a critical response to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment but it is also a startlingly modern book. Viewed through the 'Western eyes' of Conrad's English narrator, Razumov's story forces the reader to confront the same moral issues: the defensibility of terrorist resistance to tyranny, the loss of individual privacy in a surveillance society, and the demands thrown up by the interplay of power and knowledge. [Oxford Classics]

Keywords: British Author, British Literature, Literature, Literature of the 19th Century, Polish Authors, Political Literature, Russia

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Conrad, Victory: An Island Tale. Conrad, Joseph. Victory: An Island Tale. Middlesex, Penguin Books, 1971. 11 x 18cm. 328 pages. Original softcover. Good condition with some signs of wear to spine and wormholes to page edges. Text annotations and underlining. From the library of swiss - american - irish poet Chuck Kruger. [Penguin Modern Classics].

Axel Heyst, a dreamer and a restless drifter, believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others. Then he becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago, and when it fails he turns his back on humanity once more. But his life alters when he rescues a young English girl, Lena, from Zangiacomo's Ladies' Orchestra and the evil innkeeper Schomberg, taking her to his island retreat. The affair between Heyst and Lena begins with her release, but the relationship shifts as Lena struggles to save Heyst from detachment and isolation. Featuring arguably the most interesting hero created by Conrad, Victory is both a compelling tale of adventure and a perceptive study of the power of love. [Penguin Books]

Keywords: British Author, British Literature, Literature, Literature of the 20th Century, Novel, Polish Authors

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Cule, The White Caravan. Cule, W. E. The White Caravan. Illustrated by B. Hatton. London, James Nisbet & Co., Ltd., 1914. 15.5 x 22cm. 184 pages. With four colour illustration plates and decorative endpapers. Original, illustrated hardcover. The binding in unusually excellent condition. Slightly foxed on the edges, some minor bumping to corners only, otherwise in really very good + condition. Inscribed by pre-owner.

'The White Caravan' tells of the adventures of a young boy named Ben who, after a bad day at school, decides to run away with a group of gypsy people who are passing through town in their caravans. William Edward Cule (1870 – 1944) was a British author of children's books and several books for adults on Christian themes. In all, he wrote some thirty books encompassing a number of popular genres: school stories, adventure yarns, fairy tales, novels and Christian allegories and fable. Cule published five volumes of public school stories, which went through numerous reprints. All are good-humoured and entertaining stories with plots that often turn on the personal foibles of the characters, whether boys or schoolmasters. Cule is a moralist but a genial one: his stories uphold the public school values of honesty, generosity, sportsmanship and service to others.

Keywords: 20th century, British Author, Children's, Children's Books, Gypsies, Gypsy Stories, Illustrated Books

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De Berničres, Corelli's Mandolin. [Captain Corelli's Mandolin]. De Berničres, Louis. Corelli's Mandolin. [Captain Corelli's Mandolin]. Advance Reader's Edition. New York, Pantheon Books, 1994. 14.5 x 22cm. 437 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition, with only very minor signs of shelfwear.

Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his sarcophagus to cure the mad. Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island's shores in the form of the conquering Italian army. Caught in the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerilla, and the charming, mandolin-playing Captain Corelli, a reluctant officer of the Italian garrison on the island. Rich with loyalties and betrayals, and set against a landscape where the factual blends seamlessly with the fantastic, Corelli's Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely moving. [From publisher's notes]

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, British Author, Fiction, Historical Fiction Novel, Literature, Novel

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