Norton Anthologies are quickly becoming some of my favorite editions of classics. Most of the NCE are based around classics that are out of copyright,Norton Anthologies are quickly becoming some of my favorite editions of classics. Most of the NCE are based around classics that are out of copyright, so they are easily accessible online in digital reader formats. What makes these most impressive is the collection of essays accompanying each central text. The information relating to Apocalypse Now and Pop Culture were integral in beginning my graduate research. ...more
Read it for the seventh time this year. My experience was a little different this time. The bulk of my reading was done outside of class instead of wiRead it for the seventh time this year. My experience was a little different this time. The bulk of my reading was done outside of class instead of with the students. Also the substitute, showed the Charlton Heston version of the movie for accompaniment. They seemed to enjoy that version better. again how can you go wrong with this play? Politics, murder, and revenge. This is great stuff. ...more
I first read this novel in March of 1991. I had to do abook report about a novel I had never read. On a whim, I asked the Librarian, at the County BraI first read this novel in March of 1991. I had to do a book report about a novel I had never read. On a whim, I asked the Librarian, at the County Branch near our house, what was good and she asked me what I liked. I responded with, "Dinosaurs and Dragons." It was a forgone conclusion. I consumed this book repeatedly, reading it through at least half a dozen times in the ten years following. However, I have not read any of the LOTR cycle since the first movie was shown. Twenty years later, The Hobbit is still one of my favorites and I plan to share it with my daughter for the first time very soon. Hence, I am beginning to look for a new copy that I can read and give to her one day.
This is what I know and why I will buy this addition. Anyone looking to read Tolkien should purchase the Ring books and/or Middle Earth writings in individual trade paperback or hardback form, if at all possible. The Omnibus editions, produced during the movie PR blitz of the LOTR, are so large that the binding does not hold up well over time or multiple readings. Additionally, the dust jackets and book cover illustrations of the larger editions look wonderful on the shelf.
I first purchased copies a mass market paperback anniversary edition box set in 1994. I have never been happy with it. Even though the box looks nice, the font size is small and difficult for lengthy reads. In addition, it is missing some of the illustrations that are found in the larger print copies. What copies of the trade paperbacks and hardback editions I have collected have all been used. I truly enjoy reading an older personally annotated copy. Its like reading the book with an unknown friend....more
**spoiler alert** I like Kipling, I don't like KIM. The POV of the story and the whole narrative was difficult to follow. It is a nice telling of the**spoiler alert** I like Kipling, I don't like KIM. The POV of the story and the whole narrative was difficult to follow. It is a nice telling of the British and Russian moves on India; however, told from the POV of a child is difficult at times. I know that the premise is that it is semi-autobiographical but his time in Britain shaded his view of the land he loved. Not his best work....more
This book remains one of my favorites for the sheer reason of Dr. Jekyll a man so consumed with using science to rid himself of immorality, that he inThis book remains one of my favorites for the sheer reason of Dr. Jekyll a man so consumed with using science to rid himself of immorality, that he in-turn becomes a victim to his own vanity. The epistolary verse of the writing and the fact that we see the mystery unfold through the eyes of Mr. Utterson is provocative and suspenseful. Also the idea of sin corrupting ones body is nothing new, The Scarlet Letter, but the description without a description is alluring and echoed in Spielberg's classic maritime adventure. Besides anytime a character is described as, "a man with the signature of Satan on his face," or one who is "alone in the ranks of mankind, as pure evil," there is something to entice.
I first read this edition as part of my Brit Lit class in the Spring of 2009. It wasn't my first time with the story and has certainly not been my last. In all, the story included is a total of 63 pages with footnotes. For any teacher looking to use this as a reading, pick this edition because Stevenson's language is tough (Lexille 1110), but the information about slang and uncommon words is a great add-on for any reader. Additionally the +150pages of materials include book responses from the time, publication changes, and modern commentaries.
The most insightful selections of these resources would have to be RL Stevenson's comments on the Penny Press, his letters to friends about writing, his short story Markheim and the literary Doubles commentaries. Katherine Linehan includes her work as the last critical essay but Brantlinger's comments on mass literacy are more inline with my views of the story as a religious allegory and Gothic tale of personal remorse. ...more