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  • Nonsense Verse, The Penguin Book of

    Various, Quentin Blake

    Paperback (Penguin Books, Jan. 1, 1997)
    A zany compendium of 127 of the world's best nonsense verses features the contributions of Lewis Carroll, John Updike, Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Edward Lear, among others. Original.
  • The Neverending Story

    Michael Ende, R. Manheim

    Paperback (Penguin Books Ltd, )
  • Andy Warhol

    Wayne Koestenbaum

    Hardcover (Viking Adult, Sept. 10, 2001)
    The author of The Queen's Throat probes beneath the mystique and deliberate affectations of this century's quintessential pop artist to reveal the often troubled but always brilliant man behind the public persona, in an original portrait of Andy Warhol.
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

    Frederick Douglass, Ira Dworkin

    Hardcover (Penguin Classics, Feb. 23, 2021)
    An updated edition of a classic African American autobiography, with new supplementary materialsA Penguin Vitae EditionThe preeminent American slave narrative first published in 1845, Frederick Douglass’s Narrative powerfully details the life of the abolitionist from his birth into slavery in 1818 to his escape to the North in 1838, how he endured the daily physical and spiritual brutalities of his owners and driver, how he learned to read and write, and how he grew into a man who could only live free or die. In addition to Douglass’s classic autobiography, this new edition also includes his most famous speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and his only known work of fiction, The Heroic Slave, which was written, in part, as a response to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.Penguin Classics presents Penguin Vitae, loosely translated as “Penguin of one’s life,” a deluxe hardcover series featuring a dynamic landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction that has shaped the course of our readers' lives. Penguin Vitae invites readers to find themselves in a diverse world of storytellers, with beautifully designed classic editions of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.
  • My Penguin Grand Meaulines

    Alain Fournier

    Paperback (Penguin Classic, Aug. 28, 2007)
  • Corpse in a Gilded Cage

    Robert Barnard

    Paperback (Penguin Books, April 1, 1996)
    A man?s home is his castle, but for Percy Spender that motto has been taken just a bit too literally. After the sudden death of first one distant relative and then another, the amiable Perce has become the 12th Earl of Ellesmere. And his home, no longer a cozy council flat, is now the drafty, imposing Chetton Hall, complete with more bedrooms than Perce can count and an army of servants. Frankly, all these fancy-pants trappings make Perce itch. He?d just as soon sell up, buy a comfy cottage, and put a bundle on the ponies. However, some of his mates and family members have other ideas. And the sad fact is that an Unfortunate Accident can happen to anyone, even a lord of the realm.
  • Cat on a hot tin roof ;

    Tennessee Williams

    Paperback (Penguin, March 15, 1976)
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat. The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt. In spite of the public controversy Cat stirred up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year. Williams, as he so often did with his plays, rewrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for many years-the present version was originally produced at the American Shakespeare Festival in 1974 with all the changes that made Williams finally declare the text to be definitive, and was most recently produced on Broadway in the 2003-04 season. This definitive edition also includes Williams' essay "Person-to-Person," Williams' notes on the various endings, and a short chronology of the author's life. One of America's greatest living playwrights, as well as a friend and colleague of Williams, Edward Albee has written a concise introduction to the play from a playwright's perspective, examining the candor, sensuality, power, and impact of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof then and now.
  • Major Barbara

    George Bernard Shaw

    Mass Market Paperback (Penguin Books, June 30, 1981)
    In this sparkling comedy, originally staged in 1905, Andrew Undershaft, a millionaire armaments dealer, loves money and despises poverty. His energetic daughter Barbara, however, is a devout major in the Salvation Army. She sees her father as just another soul to be saved. But when the Salvation Army needs funds to keep going, it is Undershaft who saves the day.
  • Homesick

    Roger Fanning

    Paperback (Penguin Books, March 26, 2002)
    Roger Fanning is a junk magician. In Homesick, his second book, he repeatedly drains popular culture of its pop and fizz and transforms it into poems that are substantial, surprising, and evocative. In "Lord of the Jungle, Larva-Nude," Tarzan stands revealed as an adolescent, self-conscious about his lack of body hair. In "Besides Dracula's Castle a Black Pool"-a sly critique of capitalism's excess-Nosferatu becomes "a slender old bachelor with his hair slicked back." For all his humor and ingenuity, Fanning never loses touch with the ache that underlies our daily lives. "[Fanning] can keep life from being a long zombie convention. . . . Anyone not a bonehead should read this book." (Mary Karr)
  • Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind

    Bruce Watson

    Paperback (Penguin (Non-Classics), Nov. 25, 2008)
    In this groundbreaking narrative of one of America’s most divisive trials and executions, award-winning journalist Bruce Watson mines deep archives and newly available sources to paint the most complete portrait available of the “good shoemaker” and the “poor fish peddler.” Opening with an explosion that rocks a quiet Washington, D.C., neighborhood and concluding with worldwide outrage as two men are executed despite widespread doubts about their guilt, Sacco & Vanzetti is the definitive history of an infamous case that still haunts the American imagination.
  • The Happy Prince

    Oscar Wilde

    Paperback (Penguin Books, Sept. 1, 1995)
    THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER STORIESShimmering tales of imaginative brillianceOscar Wilde, writer of genius and flamboyant exponent of the Aesthetic Movement, was born in Dublin in 1854. Famous for his sharp wit and shrewd social observation, he took London by storm with a series of sparkling comedies, among them his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Yet his popularity was short-lived. An unsuccessful libel case led to his imprisonment and he died in self-imposed exile in France in 1900.
  • The Great Puffle Switch.

    Tracey West

    Paperback (Sunbird Publishers, Oct. 1, 2010)
    Based on the incredibly popular virtual world for kids, this is a "Disney's Club Penguin Pick Your Path" adventure, where you decide how the story ends! You've magically swapped places with your puffle! Where will your path take you as you explore the world of Club Penguin and make other puffle friends? The choice is yours ...Collect all the "Pick Your Path" books in the series, and go online to unlock Club Penguin items with each book.