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History of English Literature

By Edward Albert
The literary history of people reflects the richness of the culture and society, in which they were composed. It does not just trace the history of literary works, it also reflects the social, political and other aspects of the society. English literature is rich and diverse and has a long history. History Of English Literature chronicles the evolution of English literature from the earliest times. It starts with ancient works like Beowulf, which reflected the strong German and other continental influences on the English society. This period starts with the fifth century and continues up to the middle of the twelfth century. The book then covers the Middle English period and the works of Chaucer. It was during Chaucer’s time that the English language became standardized and took on a form that more closely resembles the modern form of the language. It then covers the period up to Spenser and focuses on the literature of the Elizabethan Era, which includes the works of Shakespeare and the evolution of dramatic works in English. After this, the book moves on to Milton, Dryden and Pope. Then comes the age of transition, the Victorian literature and the Modern era. The book has undergone many revisions to incorporate more material and new perspectives. In this edition, the chapter on The Birth of Modern Literature and the chapter on Mid-Twentieth Century Literature have been revised or rewritten. The Interwar years section has been thoroughly revised. This new edition of History Of English Literature has an extended and extensive bibliography that incorporates many new studies on the subject. The book is a complete introduction to the history of English literature. Alongside the study of literature, it also traces the evolution of the language itself, from the very early stages to the contemporary form.
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Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
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Hayavadana

By Girish Karnad
The play is written featuring two primary characters, Devadatta and Kapila. The female lead is a woman called Padmini. Devadatta is a brahmin, endowed with mental agility and clarity of thought, and yet, he is physically weak. Kapila, on the other hand, belongs to the clan of Indian warriors (kshatriyas), and is physically powerful. Hayavadana is the story of how both the men covet Padmini, and yet Kapila himself cannot marry her owing to caste differences, which are admirably portrayed by Karnad. So, despite the fact that he is enamoured, Kapila actually arranges for wedding ceremony between Padmini and Devadatta. Although happy in her marriage, Padmini finds herself slowly being attracted to Kapila owing to his sheer physical strength, which is lacking in Devadatta. Hayavadana shows the conundrum created by desires, and how people react to them differently. Apart from this primary plot, the big picture is actually a story of Hayavadana, a character from Indian scriptures who was born to a divine being and a princess. He was born with the face of a horse, and his parents thus hated his appearance. Karnad portrays an existential crisis of a similar nature, albet in a more contemporary setting. How does Padmini deal with her newfound feelings for Kapila? And how does Devadatta react to this? Does he find out? What is the ultimate end of it all? Hayavadana explores the different possibilities, combining ancient Indian lore and folk mysticism with a modern perspective.
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Arms And The Men

By Bernard Shaw
Arms & The Man is set in Bulgaria during the Serbo-Bulgarian War. Raina Petkoff is an idealistic young woman who has rather romantic visions of gallantry and courage. She thinks her fiance Sergius Saranoff personifies all her ideals and she idolizes him. Her visions seem to receive confirmation when the news from a nearby battlefield reaches the Petkoff household. Sergius is said to have lead a bold charge against the enemy in a confrontation and defeated them. When Raina prepares to go to bed that night, she sees a man in the enemy uniform enter through the windows. He tells her that he wants to hide from Bulgarian soldiers who are looking for him. Raina hides him, but is rather contemptuous of his conduct, thinking how different he is from her beloved heroic Sergius. Her maid Louka sees her helping the Serbian soldier. Meanwhile, the soldier introduces himself as a Swiss mercenary serving in the Serbian army. When he describes the battle, Raina learns, to her shock, that the charge led by Sergius was an accident. His horse bolted. Moreover, the reason the Serbians were defeated was because their inexperienced soldiers did not have the correct ammunition for their guns. When Sergius comes back, he has adopted the attitude of a cynical battle-weary soldier. Raina still keeps up her pretence of being in love with him. She claims that they have together found the higher love. But, both are actually getting disillusioned with each other. Sergius says he finds it rather hard to live up to the higher love. Raina is herself attracted to the Swiss mercenary and his realistic attitude towards war and life. Sergius begins to flirt with Louka. Louka is a rebel who refuses to be slotted into the role of a humble and docile servant. She challenges and encourages Sergius. But, each character keeps their true intentions hidden, except for the straightforward Louka. In the midst of all this, the Swiss mercenary comes back to return the cloak he had borrowed on the night the Petkoff women helped him escape. His return creates a situation in which all the characters are forced to confront and reveal their true feelings and drop their posturing. Arms & The Man takes every conventional notion that had a strong hold on the society in that era. It then turns them all upside down, highlighting the absurdities of romantic and outdated ideals.
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Pride And Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Elizabeth Bennet is the second of five daughters of an English country gentleman. Unused to social situations and the graces of the gentry, Elizabeth attends a ball where she meets Fitzwilliam Darcy, a man who acts condescending towards her and towards the ball in general. Eventually, chance puts her in Darcy's path several times, and she discovers that Mr. Darcy isn't all that bad after all.
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Strengthen Your Writing

By V.R. Narayanaswami
`Strengthen Your Writing’ is an intensive course in writing that promotes the understanding and practice of the essential aspects of English composition and related study skills relevant to students at the intermediate and first-year degree levels. The book is designed to help students acquire and reinforce their writing skills in English in preparation for a successful academic and professional life. The revised edition includes a range of fresh texts based on themes that are modern as well as interesting. Skills not relevant or infrequently used have been omitted and new skills such as writing e-mail messages, memorandums and résumés, which are demanded of students today, have been introduced. There are well-explained models to illustrate different forms of writing as well as a large number of revised, contextualised exercises that provide students with sufficient opportunity for practice. Also included in the book are brief notes in shaded boxes on topics like bias-free writing and the use of parallel structure in composition, which would be of value to students aiming to improve their writing skills in English. Finally, the chapters in the new edition have been reorganised to lead students slowly from simple writing skills to more complex ones, and the book concludes with a unit that shows how graphics can be used effectively to supplement writing.
MRP: Rs 175.00
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History of English Literature

By Edward Albert
The literary history of people reflects the richness of the culture and society, in which they were composed. It does not just trace the history of literary works, it also reflects the social, political and other aspects of the society. English literature is rich and diverse and has a long history. History Of English Literature chronicles the evolution of English literature from the earliest times. It starts with ancient works like Beowulf, which reflected the strong German and other continental influences on the English society. This period starts with the fifth century and continues up to the middle of the twelfth century. The book then covers the Middle English period and the works of Chaucer. It was during Chaucer’s time that the English language became standardized and took on a form that more closely resembles the modern form of the language. It then covers the period up to Spenser and focuses on the literature of the Elizabethan Era, which includes the works of Shakespeare and the evolution of dramatic works in English. After this, the book moves on to Milton, Dryden and Pope. Then comes the age of transition, the Victorian literature and the Modern era. The book has undergone many revisions to incorporate more material and new perspectives. In this edition, the chapter on The Birth of Modern Literature and the chapter on Mid-Twentieth Century Literature have been revised or rewritten. The Interwar years section has been thoroughly revised. This new edition of History Of English Literature has an extended and extensive bibliography that incorporates many new studies on the subject. The book is a complete introduction to the history of English literature. Alongside the study of literature, it also traces the evolution of the language itself, from the very early stages to the contemporary form.
MRP: Rs 235.00
Offer: Rs 176.25
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