This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare’s career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore—as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, Miranda, with an eminently suitable young prince, and, more important, to relinquish his magic powers in recognition of his advancing age. Richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, the play’s theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart.
William Shakespeare - Hamlet (angol)
_"O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!"_ Probably the most famous play in the English language, _Hamlet_ transcends the revenge tradition and explores the nature of man. Learning that his father has been killed by Claudius, his uncle, Hamlet's only honorable course of action is revenge. But Hamlet'S nature tends not towards action but reflection and in his incapacity to act lies the seed of his own destruction. The text of this edition is edited by G. B. Harrison and contains notes, a glossary and an introduction.
William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra
A battle-hardened soldier, Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for the exotic and tempestuous queen of Egypt. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by the encroaching politics of Rome, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences.
William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
When twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked and separated off the coast of Illyria, each believes the other is dead. Viola disguises herself as a boy, becomes a page of Duke Orsinio, and falls in love with him. The Duke is hopelessly in love with Olivia, but she is in the process of mourning her brother's death and becomes infatuated with Viola as she/he delivers messages for the Duke. When Sebastian shows up, Olivia confuses him with the Duke's page (Olivia) and marries the astonished young man. All is cleared up eventually when Viola and Sebatian meet and recognize each other. In the midst of all of this romantic confusion, servants and family members provide comic relief with their pompous, pretentious, and sometimes inebriated behavior.
William Shakespeare - Alistair McCallum - Hamlet (Oxford Bookworms)
This famous play by William Shakespeare, written in about 1600, is one of the finest in the English language. Why does Hamlet, the young Prince of Denmark, look so sad? Why does he often say strange things? His family and friends are worried about him. Perhaps he is mad! But Hamlet thinks that he has discovered a terrible secret about a recent crime in his family. Now he has no time for Ophelia, the sweet girl who loves him, or his friends, who were at school with him. He sits alone, and thinks, and plans. What will he decide to do? Will he ever be happy again?
George Bernard Shaw - Arms and the Man
"In this perennially popular anti-romantic comedy, a fugitive enemy soldier bursts into the bedroom of a starry-eyed young woman; the then proceeds to disabuse her and those around her of the bogus romanticised ideals they have constructed around love, war, and social status." This edition includes Bernard Shaw's definitive text and provides the most comprehensive scholarly treatment of the play to date. It re-examines Shaw's sources, the drafts of the play, its themes and self-fictionalising techniques, and locates it in the theatrical milieu that Shaw sought to subvert and revolutionize.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter receives an ominous warning from a house-elf at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: if he returns to the school at the end of the summer, terrible things will happen. But return Harry must. His second year begins with a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Quidditch training and the intensification of old rivalries. Then the warning starts to ring true, as mysterious words are daubed on a wall, students are attacked and Ron's sister, Ginny, disappears. And so the search for Salazar Slytherin's heir begins, with the mystery pointing Harry to a clandestine chamber and a deadly creature at its heart...
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who’s parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher’s Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?? The Author: This is Jo’s first book and she has already written seven outlines for Harry’s further adventures at Hogwarts. She lives in Edinburgh.
William Shakespeare - Macbeth
William Shakespeare egyik legnagyobb műve a Macbeth, a hatalomvágytól megszállott gyenge ember drámája. Macbethnek egyszer azt jövendölik, hogy király lesz. Felesége ösztönzésére és segítségével, hogy beteljesedjék a jóslat, álmában megölik a náluk vendégeskedő királyt. Tettüket a leitatott őrökre fogják, akiknek nincs is idejük tiltakozásra a hamis vád ellen, mert Macbeth szörnyű "felindultságában" megöli őket. A hatalmat, a rangot azonban nem tudják élvezni...
William Shakespeare - Pericles (angol)
"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart) The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.
Harold Pinter - The Birthday Party
Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. The Birthday Party was first performed in 1958 and is now a modern classic, produced and studied throughout the world.
William Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale
Running an emotional gamut from betrayal and broken hearts to romance and reconciliation, this 1611 tragicomedy begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, whose baseless suspicions destroy his own family. The play's second half takes place 16 years later, when the lively plot takes a lighthearted turn, abounding in song and dance
Molière - A férjek iskolája
A nagy komédiaíró első darabjai között találunk olyan kincseket is, mint A férjek iskolája, mely bár kevésbé ismert, jól mutatja Moliére írói zsenijének főbb vonásait: a jellemből, egy (téves) ideából kibontakozó humoros helyzetek (jellemkomikum) valójában mély kritikát hordoznak, és önvizsgálatra intik korunk elbizakodott, álszent és szűk látókörű emberét is. Hogyan bánjunk a nőkkel? S a nők miként a férfiakkal? Két fivérre, Sganarelle-re és Ariste-re rábízta egyik barátjuk halálos ágyán két leányát, Izabellát és Leonórát. Míg azonban Sganarelle fogadott leányát – és későbbre remélt feleségét -, Izabellát a bigott erkölcs kalitkájában tartja, Ariste engedi kedvére szórakozni Leonórát. Nem csoda, ha Izabella menekülni próbál, a szomszéd úrfi, Valér karjaiba. Izabellának az az ötlete támad, hogy Sganarelle ellen fordítja saját fegyverét, és az eltúlzott erényesség ürügyén üzenetet küld Valérnak… Hogy az okos nő végül Valérhoz szökhet, abban nagy szerepe van Valér eszes inasának, Ergaste-nak is.
William Shakespeare - Measure for Measure
In the Duke's absence from Vienna, his strict deputy Angelo revives an ancient law forbidding sex outside marriage. The young Claudio, whose fiancee is pregnant, is condemned to death by the law. His sister Isabella, soon to become a nun, pleads with Lord Angelo for her brother's life. But her purity so excites Angelo that he offers her a monstrous bargain - he will save Claudio if Isabella will visit him that night.
Diana Wynne Jones - The Merlin Conspiracy
When the Merlin of Blest dies, everyone thinks it's a natural death. But Roddy and Grundo, two children traveling with the Royal Court, soon discover the truth. The Merlin's replacement and other courtiers are scheming to steal the magic of Blest for their own purposes. Roddy enlists the help of Nick, a boy from another world, and the three turn to their own impressive powers. The dangers are great, and if Roddy, Grundo, and Nick cannot stop the conspirators, the results will be more dreadful than they could possibly imagine.
William Shakespeare - The Two Gentlemen of Verona
An early play in five acts by William Shakespeare, performed 1594-95 and published in the First Folio of 1623. The story of the play was taken from a translation of a long Spanish prose romance entitled Diana by Jorge de Montemayor. Shakespeare added new characters--including Valentine, one of the "Two Gentlemen," whose "ideal" friendship with Proteus is so developed that the plot seems to glorify friendship over romantic love. The abrupt last scene suggests that something has gone wrong with the text, and certainly Shakespeare was never again to use such preposterous motivation for the behavior of his lovers. But it is also clear that Shakespeare was developing a new kind of high comedy that was later to find expression in The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night.
Angie Sage - Magyk
The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
William Shakespeare - A makrancos hölgy
A mű egy kocsma előtt nyit, ahol Ravaszdi Kristóf és a csaplárné veszekednek. A veszekedés után Ravaszdi elveszti eszméletét, és a kocsmában hamarosan megáll egy Gróf, aki mélyen megbotránkozik a részeg Ravaszdi láttán. A Gróf úgy dönt egy tréfát fog játszani az eszméletlen emberen. Megparancsolja szolgáinak, hogy vigyék fel Ravaszdit a kastélyába és tegyenek úgy, mintha egy úr lenne, aki súlyosan beteg. A gróf mindenben eligazítja a szolgáit; apródját, Bertát pedig beöltöztetteti a frissen úrrá tett Ravaszdi feleségének. A kastélyban megáll egy színész csoport is, akiket a Gróf megkér, hogy adjanak elő egy darabot.
Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe (Oxford Bookworms)
Egyszerűsített olvasmány angol nyelven. Hasznos segítség a nyelvtanulásban. A kötet 2. nehézségi fokozatú, az olvasásához kb. 700 szavas szókincs szükséges. "Oxford Bookworms Stage 2" 'I often walked along the shore, and one day I saw something in the sand. I went over to look at it more carefully... It was a footprint - the footprint of a man!' In 1659 Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on a small island off the coast of South America. After fifteen years alone, he suddenly learns that there is another person on the island. But will this man be a friend - or an enemy?
Alex Irvine - The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls
Fans of the blockbuster television phenomenon can rejoice! A one-of-a-kind compilation of all of Sam and Dean's demon-busting knowledge, The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls contains illustrations and detailed descriptions that catalogue the more than two dozen otherworldly enemies that most people believe exist only in folklore, superstition, and nightmares:vampires, ghosts, revenants, reapers, and even bloody clowns. You'll find within these pages Sam and Dean's notes, observations, and memories interwoven with sections of John Winchester's invaluable journal, making this book the perfect companion to every thrilling episode—and an essential weapon in the secret war against the hidden creatures of the darkness!