A Tale of a Tub was the first big work written by Jonathan Swift It is arguably his most difficult satire, and perhaps his most masterly The Tale is a prose parody which is divided into sections of digression and a tale of three brothers, each representing one of the main branches of western
What was the life of an eighteenth century British genteel woman like In this lively and controversial book, Amanda Vickery invokes women s own accounts of their intimate and their public lives to argue that in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the scope of female experience did not dim
Lord Colambre, the sensitive hero of the novel, finds that his mother Lady Clonbrony s attempts to buy her way into the high society of London are only ridiculed, while his father, Lord Clonbrony, is in serious debt as a result of his wife s lifestyle Colambre travels incognito to Ireland to see th
Set in Ireland prior to its achieving legislative independence from Britain in 1782, Castle Rackrent tells the story of three generations of an estate owning family as seen through the eyes and as told in the voice of their longtime servant, Thady Quirk, recorded and commented on by an anonymous Ed
The year is 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterh za Palace With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterh zy s carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire Already at Eszterh za
A world of riches and glamour, but also tragedy, abuse and disease, this book looks at how this influenced building and the arts in London.
Librarian note Alternate cover edition of 9780765356154 n nSophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave reader
Edmund Burke 1729 1797 was an Anglo Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who, after relocating to Great Britain, served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party He is mainly remembered for his support of the American colonies in
Adam Smith s masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism Written in clear and incisive prose, The Wealth of Nations articulates the concepts indispensabl
The foundation for a general system of morals, this 1749 work is a landmark in the history of moral and political thought Readers familiar with Adam Smith from The Wealth of Nations will find this earlier book a revelation Although the author is often misrepresented as a calculating rationalist wh
This new and up to date edition of a book that has been central to political philosophy, history, and revolutionary thought for two hundred years offers readers a dire warning of the consequences that follow the mismanagement of change Written for a generation presented with challenges of terrible
An eloquent and sometimes even erotic book, the Philosophical Enquiry was long dismissed as a piece of mere juvenilia However, Burke s analysis of the relationship between emotion, beauty, and art form is now recognized as not only an important and influential work of aesthetic theory, but also one
A novel that chronicles the lives of two women who could not be different Becky Sharp, an orphan whose only resources are her vast ambitions, her native wit, and her loose morals and her schoolmate Amelia Sedley, a typically naive Victorian heroine, the pampered daughter of a wealthy family.
This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.