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
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.
With The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe raised the Gothic romance to a new level and inspired a long line of imitators Portraying her heroine s inner life, creating a thick atmosphere of fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today, The Mysteries of Udolpho is the
No one description will fit this strange, eccentric, endlessly complex masterpiece It is a fiction about fiction writing in which the invented world is as much infused with wit and genius as the theme of inventing it It is a joyful celebration of the infinite possibilities of the art of fiction, a
A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighboring squire though he sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls When Tom is banished to m
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle is a picaresque novel by the Scottish author Tobias Smollett It is the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, and it provides a comic and caustic portrayal of 18th century European society.
Offers a picture of eighteenth century society This story describes Squire Bramble s tour of the Britain of George III.