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Generally regarded as the masterpiece of his early writing The Portrait of a Lady has young American Isabel inheriting a large amount of money and gaining freedom to travel the continent. Here she falls under the influence of two expatriate Americans who want her money. The work has met continuing critical acclaim and remains the most popular of James' longer works.
The Praise of Folly is considered one of the most influential works of literature in Western civilization and one of the catalysts of the Protestant Reformation. It starts as a piece of virtuoso foolery but then moves into some darker orations praising self-deception and madness. Published in 1511, Folly's influence echoed down the subsequent centuries and in part spawned the art of adoxography, the praise of worthless subjects.
Plantagenet Palliser, a wealthy Duke, is Prime Minister of England. But when an unscrupulous Ferdinand Lopez enters Palliser's social circle and runs for Parliament, he threatens much of what Palliser holds dear - personal honour and moral virtue. Do politics and moral conscience make happy partners? Trollope is a master storyteller.
Regarded by many as one of the first European novels and a classic of its era. Published anonymously in March 1678, and set in the royal court of Henry II of France a century earlier, it tells the story of the unspoken and unrequited love between Mme de Cleves and the irresistible Duc de Nemours. It recreates that era with remarkable precision as a backdrop for a poignant study of the human heart.
Presented in the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's The Republic was written in 360 B.C. Widely regarded as a foundation piece of work in Western philosophy it is also influential in political theory. What is justice? What is knowledge? What is Goodness? What is Truth? These are just some of the philosophic issues that Plato writes about in The Republic.
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