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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

$7.50 $6.00

The impassioned abolitionist and eloquent orator provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. Published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins, the Narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive descriptions, and storytelling power.

Song of Myself

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It was with this inspired, oceanic medley, “Song of Myself” (which in the first editions of “Leaves of Grass” was still nameless), that Walt Whitman first made himself known to the world. Readers will find this first version of “Song of Myself” new, surprising, and often superior to the later versions and exhilarating in the freshness of its vision.

About the Author

One of America’s most influential and innovative poets, Walt Whitman (1819-92) worked as a teacher, journalist, and volunteer nurse during the Civil War. Proclaimed as the nation’s first “poet of democracy,” Whitman reached out to common readers and opposed censorship with his overt celebrations of sexuality

The Coquette: or, The History of Eliza Wharton (Dover Thrift Editions)

$6.60

Based on the true and tragic story of Eliza Whitman, the subject of America’s first tabloid scandal, this 1797 sentimental novel both satirizes and pays homage to its moralistic predecessors. The heroine’s dilemma – a choice between duty, romance, and her personal freedom – reflects the limited options available to 18th-century women.

About the Author

Hannah Webster Foster (1758-1840) wrote political articles for Boston newspapers and contributed to America’s first literary magazine, The Monthly Anthology or Magazine of Polite Literature, later known as the North American Review. Her first novel, The Coquette, was reprinted several times in her lifetime.

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The Scarlet Letter

$11.00 $9.00

For nearly a century and a half, Hawthorne’s masterpiece has mesmerized readers and critics alike. One of the greatest American novels, its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychological penetration and understanding of the human heart. New introductory Note.

About the Author

Born on the fourth of July in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the stories that lie at the heart of the American Romantic movement. His portraits of colonial life reflect his Puritan heritage and offer fascinating profiles of individuals who strive for freedom from social conventions.

Ubu Roi (Dover Thrift Editions)

$6.10

A stunning, controversial work that immediately outraged audiences with its scatological references during the 1896 premiere, the farce satirizes the tendency of the successful bourgeois to abuse his authority and become irresponsibly complacent. Championed by Dadaists and Surrealists as the first absurdist drama, Ubu Roifeatures a main character that is cruel, gluttonous, and grotesque–the author’s metaphor for modern man.