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Essential Goethe (Staff Pick)

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The Essential Goethe By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Matthew Bell (Editor), Matthew Bell (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Matthew Bell (Editor), Matthew Bell (Introduction by)
$25.60
ISBN: 9780691181042
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Published: Princeton University Press - June 12th, 2018

The centerpiece of the collection is Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, the likes of which there hadn't been before and hasn't been since. The fact that you get Faust I thrown in along with selections of Goethe's poetry and scientific writings is a nice bonus.

- James

 


The Story Orchestra: The Planets (Staff Pick)

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The Story Orchestra: The Planets: Press the note to hear Holst's music By Jessica Courtney-Tickle, Jessica Courtney-Tickle (Illustrator) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780711289161
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - November 7th, 2023

I'll always think of this as one of my grandfather's favorite pieces of music. Also explore others in the series, and stay tuned for Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will be published in October.

- James


Theological Tractates & The Consolation of Philosophy (Staff Pick)

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Theological Tractates. the Consolation of Philosophy (Loeb Classical Library #74) By Boethius, H. F. Stewart (Translator), E. K. Rand (Translator) Cover Image
By Boethius, H. F. Stewart (Translator), E. K. Rand (Translator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780674990838
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Published: Harvard University Press - January 1st, 1973

"So now dry your tears... nor has too violent a storm overwhelmed you, when those anchors still hold firm which ensure that neither present consolation nor future hope shall be wanting.”

- James


Fabled Life of Aesop (Staff Pick)

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The Fabled Life of Aesop: The extraordinary journey and collected tales of the world's greatest storyteller By Ian Lendler, Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ian Lendler, Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781328585523
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Published: Clarion Books - March 10th, 2020

Ian Lendler tells not just the tales themselves, but also their origins and their relationship to the life of their author--itself one of the most storied lives in literature. As always, though, Pamela Zagarenski's marvelous illustrations are what really steal the show.

- James


Martin Chuzzlewit (Staff Pick)

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Martin Chuzzlewit By Charles Dickens, Patricia Ingham (Introduction by), Patricia Ingham (Notes by) Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Patricia Ingham (Introduction by), Patricia Ingham (Notes by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780140436143
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 1st, 2000

Not one of Dickens's best known books, or necessarily one of his best loved. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. (It's also available as an audiobook on Hoopla, if that's more your style.)

- James


The Book of Disquiet (Staff Pick)

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The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9780811226936
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Published: New Directions - August 29th, 2017

"The ultimate futility of all accomplishment, the fascination of loneliness, the way sorrow colors our perception of the world"--so Pessoa's "favorite themes" have been described. Compliment with Richard Zenith's translation for Penguin Classics and his Pessoa: A Biography, both also 20% off this month.

- James


The Fate of Fausto (Staff Pick)

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The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593115015
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Published: Philomel Books - September 17th, 2019

A refreshingly depressing children's book, inspired by the legend of the man who sells his soul to the devil. Adult readers can pair with Goethe's Faust I&II (also a staff pick this month), Mann's Doctor Faustus, and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita.

- James


Faust I & II (Staff Pick)

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Faust I & II, Volume 2: Goethe's Collected Works - Updated Edition (Princeton Classics #5) By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Stuart Atkins (Editor), Stuart Atkins (Translator) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691162294
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 6th, 2014

Little different than reading Shakespeare for the strength of its poetry.

- James


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