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THE ESSENTIAL ENGLISHMAN

THE ESSENTIAL ENGLISHMAN
By Duncan Steen and Nicolas Soames
There is no watertight excuse for this book. It strolls impertinently over ground that has been carefully mapped by the qualified authorities and elegantly appreciated by many devoted amateurs. Its purview is ludicrously broad – nothing less than an exhibition of the Englishman in his more characteristic manifestations through the ages. It is, wriggle out of it as we would, a hopelessly, damnably patriotic book.

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THE OEDIPUS PLAYS

THE OEDIPUS PLAYS

Oedipus the King • Oedipus at Colonus • Antigone

By Sophocles
The three Theban Plays by Sophocles – Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone – are one of the great landmarks of Western theatre. They tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate – to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly, but still has to suffer terrible consequences – which also tragically affect the next generation. These three plays were written around 450 BC with the playwright following the established convention of presenting the story through main characters, but using a ‘Chorus’ – sometimes one voice, sometimes more –as an independent commentator while also occasionally participating in the drama. 

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THE MORAL EPISTLES

THE MORAL EPISTLES

124 Letters to Lucillius

By Seneca the Younger
Towards the end of his life, Seneca the Younger (c4 BCE- 65 CE) began a correspondence with a friend in Sicily, later collected under the title The Moral Epistles. In these 124 letters, Seneca expresses, in a wise, steady and calm manner, the philosophy by which he lived – derived essentially from the Stoics.

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THE DRAGON MASK

THE DRAGON MASK

And other Judo stories in the Zen tradition

By Trevor Leggett
In 50 absorbing stories drawn from a lifetime of experience in Europe and the Far East, Trevor Leggett shows that judo is a training for life. The Cherry Tree, Cutting Off the Bull’s Horns, Tigers and Rabbits and, of course The Dragon Mask, are in themselves entertaining, informative and even surprising – but underneath each is a wider application that can reach to the heart of our lives.

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JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE

JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE

The Argonautica

By Apollonius of Rhodes
Jason and the Golden Fleece is one of the finest tales of Ancient Greece, an epic journey of adventure and trial standing beside similar stories of Perseus, Theseus and the Labours of Heracles. The finest classic account comes from Apollonius of Rhodes, the Greek poet of the 3rd century BCE and librarian at Alexandria. Though less well-known than Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and much shorter, it is an epic poem which is both exciting and moving, with remarkably vivid portraits of the main characters, Jason and Medea.

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