Download E-books The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) PDF

By John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's in simple terms paintings of fable literature—in a  deluxe version with a foreword by way of Christopher Paolini, manhattan instances bestselling writer of Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr
 
Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur used to be the 1st booklet that John Steinbeck really loved analyzing as a toddler. eager about Arthurian stories of event, knighthood, honor and friendship, as well as the difficult nuances of the unique Anglo-Saxon language, Steinbeck got down to render those tales faithfully and with willing animation for a latest viewers. the following then is Steinbeck’s modernization of the journey of King Arthur and the Knights of the around desk, that includes the icons of Arthurian legend—including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake.
 
those enduring stories of loyalty and betrayal for the period of Camelot flicker with the sweetness and magic of an period prior yet now not forgotten. Steinbeck's retelling will trap the eye and mind's eye of legions of Steinbeck enthusiasts, together with those that love Arthurian romances, in addition to numerous readers of technological know-how fiction and fable literature.
 
This variation encompasses a new foreword by way of Christopher Paolini, writer of the number-one New York instances bestselling novels Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr. additionally it is the letters John Steinbeck wrote to his literary agent, Elizabeth Otis, and to Chase Horton, the unique editor of this volume.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more desirable through introductions and notes via wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule PDF

By Joanna Kavenna

A legend, a land as soon as obvious after which misplaced eternally, Thule was once a spot past the sting of the maps, a secret for hundreds of thousands of years. And to the Nazis, Thule used to be an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic “purity.” during this exquisitely written narrative, Joanna Kavenna wanders looking for Thule, to Shetland, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Greenland, and Svalbard, unearthing the philosophers, poets, and explorers who claimed Thule for themselves, from Richard Francis Burton to Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Marked through breathtaking snowscapes, haunting literature, and the chilly specter of prior tragedies, this can be a wondrous mixture of go back and forth writing and detective paintings that's most unlikely to set down. RVIEW: Thule, genuine or no longer, is ripe and beguiling fabric for a literary and geographic adventurer, and Kavenna is bold on either fronts. . . . hugely cerebral, erudite, fresh. (The long island occasions ebook Review)

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Download E-books Natural History: A Selection (Penguin Classics) PDF

Pliny’s Natural History is an astonishingly formidable paintings that levels from astronomy to artwork and from geography to zoology. Mingling acute remark with frequently wild hypothesis, it bargains a desirable view of the area because it used to be understood within the first century advert, even if describing the chance of diving for sponges, the 1st water-clock, or using asses’ milk to take away wrinkles. Pliny himself died whereas investigating the volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii in advert seventy nine, and the ordinary interest that led to his demise can be greatly obtrusive within the common historical past — a e-book that proved hugely influential correct up till the Renaissance and that his nephew, Pliny the more youthful, defined ‘as packed with kind as nature itself’.

John F. Healy has made a desirable and sundry choice from the Natural History for this transparent, sleek translation. In his creation, he discusses the e-book and its resources subject through subject. This variation additionally features a complete index and notes.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous by means of introductions and notes by way of unusual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) PDF

The place do myths come from? what's their functionality and what do they suggest?

In this Very brief Introduction Robert Segal introduces the array of ways used to appreciate the research of fable. those techniques hail from disciplines as diverse as anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary feedback, philosophy, technological know-how, and non secular reviews. together with principles from theorists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Claude Levi-Strauss, Albert Camus, and Roland Barthes, Segal makes use of the recognized old fable of Adonis to examine their person ways and theories.

In this re-creation, he not just considers the long run learn of fable, but additionally considers the interactions of delusion thought with cognitive technology, the consequences of the parable of Gaia, and the variations among story-telling and myth.

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The Very brief Introductions sequence from Oxford college Press comprises 1000s of titles in virtually each topic sector. those pocket-sized books are the correct strategy to get forward in a brand new topic speedy. Our specialist authors mix proof, research, viewpoint, new principles, and exuberance to make fascinating and tough themes hugely readable.

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Download E-books The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) PDF

By Joseph Campbell

Since its free up in 1949, The Hero with 1000 Faces has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers via combining the insights of contemporary psychology with Joseph Campbell’s innovative realizing of comparative mythology. In those pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s trip, a common motif of experience and transformation that runs via almost the entire world’s mythic traditions. He additionally explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic trend of worldwide production and destruction.

As a part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s amassed Works of Joseph Campbell, this 3rd version positive factors elevated illustrations, a complete bibliography, and extra obtainable sidebars.

As suitable this present day as whilst it was once first released, The Hero with one thousand Faces maintains to discover new audiences in fields starting from faith and anthropology to literature and movie reviews. The publication has additionally profoundly stimulated artistic artists—including authors, songwriters, online game designers, and filmmakers—and maintains to motivate all these drawn to the inherent human have to inform stories.

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Download E-books An Illustrated Guide to Korean Mythology PDF

This hugely attractive quantity via one in every of Korea s major students of comparative mythology the the 1st learn of its style in English offers a useful advent to centuries-old ideals, myths and folks stories in relation to Cosmology and Flood, beginning and Agriculture, Messengers of the Underworld, Shamans, disorder, luck, Love and relatives, Gods of Village Shrines, and Heroes. Containing thirty conventional tales, the ebook is totally illustrated all through and features a wide selection of Korean artwork, together with infrequent shamanist work, in addition to the paintings of a few modern Korean artists. all of the tales, in accordance with Korean oral culture, were retold by way of the writer in line with their major plot and that means as the unique texts songs through shamans, containing many out of date phrases and vague idioms, aren't simply understood at the present time. the unique identify and resource, together with textual content notes, are supplied on the finish of every tale. the writer s advent units out the old historical past and importance of the myths that seem right here. He additionally presents complete information of every of the Korean gods and their roles in mythology. whereas being a great addition to the literature on Korean tradition for the non-specialist, "An Illustrated consultant to Korean Mythology" additionally presents a useful reference resource for students and researchers within the fields of East Asian Mythology and Anthropology, in addition to Korean heritage, faith and Literature."

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Download E-books The Hindus: An Alternative History PDF

By Wendy Doniger

"Don't omit this similar of an excellent graduate direction froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
-The Washington Post

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of historical past and fantasy, The Hindus deals a brand new method of realizing one of many world's oldest significant religions. Hinduism doesn't lend itself simply to a strictly chronological account. lots of its principal texts can't be reliably dated inside a century; its valuable tenets come up at specific moments in Indian background and infrequently range in line with gender or caste; and the variations among teams of Hindus a long way outnumber the commonalities. but the greatness of Hinduism lies accurately in lots of of those idiosyncratic characteristics that maintains to motivate debate this present day. This groundbreaking paintings elucidates the connection among recorded background and imaginary worlds, the interior lifestyles and the social historical past of Hindus.

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Download E-books The Arctic: Enigmas and Myths PDF

By Paul Simpson-Housley

This e-book seeks to supply illustrations of Artic mysteries and fictions which frequently take place due to misconceptions of Artic geography. The chapters are tremendous assorted in material, and conclusions are within the area of speculation.

The publication starts off with very early examples of northern travels beginning with the possible adventures of Pytheas the Greek, Brendan the Irish monk and the 4 medieval odysseys of Adam of Bremen, Nicolas of Lynn, Prince Henry Sinclair and Zeno of Venice.

No account of polar enigmas will be entire irrespective of the Franklin day trip, the potential destiny of his misplaced ships and the controversy over no matter if his males dedicated cannibalism. The e-book concludes with a deliberation on no matter if prepare dinner or Perry truly did achieve the North Pole, hinting that maybe neither of them reached their target.

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Download E-books Vedic Mythology PDF

By Arthur Anthony Macdonell

In contrast to another reproductions of vintage texts (1) we haven't used OCR(Optical personality Recognition), as this ends up in undesirable caliber books with brought typos. (2) In books the place there are pictures similar to pics, maps, sketches and so on now we have endeavoured to maintain the standard of those photographs, in order that they symbolize properly the unique artefact. even though sometimes there is yes imperfections with those previous texts, we believe they should be made to be had for destiny generations to take pleasure in.

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Download E-books Jason and the Argonauts (Myths and Legends) PDF

The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is likely one of the such a lot enduringly renowned of all the old Greek heroic myths. Accepting the hunt that allows you to regain his state, Jason assembled a mythical group together with a lot of Greece's maximum heroes comparable to Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, Telamon, and the twins Castor and Pollux. With this band of heroes and demi-gods, Jason set sail within the Argo on a trip around the recognized global. in the course of their quest, the Argonauts confronted various demanding situations together with the harpies, the clashing rocks, the Sirens, Talos the bronze guy, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and naturally the fickle will of the gods of Olympus.

Dr. Neil Smith retells this vintage delusion, analyzing its origins, its background, and its persevered reputation. The textual content is supported through quite a few illustrations either classical and glossy, together with a variety of art plates specially commissioned for this work.

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