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  1. Bhagavad Gita

    A New Verse Translation by Stanley Lombardo
    Introduction and Afterword by Richard H. Davis

    Bhagavad Gita

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    Stanley Lombardo's new verse translation of the most famous free-standing sequence from the great Indian epic The Mahabharata hews closely to the meaning, verse structure, and performative quality of the original and is invigorated by its judicious incorporation of key Sanskrit terms in transliteration, for which a glossary is also provided The translation is accompanied by Richard H. Davis' brilliant Introduction and Afterword. The latter, "Krishna on Modern Fields of Battle," offers a fascinating look at the illuminating role the poem has played in the lives and struggles of a few of the most accomplished figures in recent world history.

    "Lucid, detailed, and erupting with fearsome visions, the Bhagavad Gita has baffled English-language translators for 250 years. Stanley Lombardo is the first to recognize that at its root the Sanskrit Gita was oral performance. Beyond word and meaning, past nuance or doctrine, Lombardo restores the archaic tradition of voice and conch shell. When you read this edition aloud the hair on your neck will stand up. Add a drum and it’s a performance. A grand old culture comes to life. Both essays by Richard Davis are superb, placing the Gita in historical context, back then, and more recently." —Andrew Schelling, Naropa University

     

  2. Charmides (Moore & Raymond Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Introduction, Notes, and Analysis by Christopher Moore and Christopher C. Raymond

    Charmides (Moore & Raymond Edition)

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    "Moore and Raymond's Charmides is very impressive. The translation is excellent, and the Introduction and notes guide the reader into thorny problems in a way that renders them understandable: e.g., how to translate sôphrosunê, why we should care about self-knowledge, or how to seek to clarify important ethico-political concepts. The result provides almost all of what an instructor will need to introduce this unjustly neglected dialogue into a syllabus. Moreover, the volume is a wide-ranging resource for specialists. Students of the 'Socratic Dialogues' will profit greatly from this admirable contribution." —David J. Murphy is co-editor of Antiphontis et Andocidis Orationes (Oxford) and author of "The Basis of the Text of Plato's Charmides" (Mnemosyne) and many other contributions on the Charmides. He lives in New York City.

  3. Confessions (Williams Edition)

    Augustine
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Thomas Williams

    Confessions (Williams Edition)

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    "Williams’s masterful translation satisfies (at last!) a long-standing need. There are lots of good translations of Augustine’s great work, but until now we have been forced to choose between those that strive to replicate in English something of the majesty and beauty of Augustine’s Latin style and those that opt instead to convey the careful precision of his philosophical terminology and argumentation. Finally, Williams has succeeded in capturing both sides of Augustine’s mind in a richly evocative, impeccably reliable, elegantly readable presentation of one of the most impressive achievements in Western thought—Augustine’s Confessions."  —Scott MacDonald, Professor of Philosophy and Norma K. Regan Professor in Christian Studies, Cornell University

    "The best translators of Augustine's Confessions are not rivals of one another, but comrades and co-conspirators. They have a worthy friend in Thomas Williams, whose frank, graceful, wise, thoughtfully annotated English rendering is a brand new revelation of the power and beauty of Augustine's scripturally infused philosophical prose.” —Carol Zaleski, Professor of World Religions, Smith College

  4. Enlightenment Thought

    Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by Margaret L. King

    Enlightenment Thought

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    "Margaret L. King has put together a highly representative selection of readings from most of the more significant—but by no means the most obvious—texts by the authors who made up the movement we have come to call the 'Enlightenment.' They range across much of Europe and the Americas, and from the early seventeenth century until the end of the eighteenth. In the originality of the choice of texts, in its range and depth, this collection offers both wide coverage and striking insights into the intellectual transformation which has done more than any other to shape the world in which we live today. It is simply the best introduction to the subject now available." —Anthony Pagden, UCLA, and author of The Enlightenment and Why It Still Matters

  5. Gilgamesh

    A New Verse Rendering by Stanley Lombardo
    Introduction by Gary Beckman

    Gilgamesh

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    "A comprehensive Introduction with a light touch (Beckman), a poetic rendering with verve and moxie (Lombardo): This edition of the colossal Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic should satisfy all readers who seek to plumb its wealth and depth without stumbling over its many inconvenient gaps and cruxes. A fine gift to all lovers of great literature." —Jack M. Sasson, Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  6. Lorca: Four Key Plays

    Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca
    Translation and Introduction by Michael Kidd

    Lorca: Four Key Plays

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    In addition to a substantial introduction to the life and works of Federico García Lorca—avant-garde poet, playwright, and soul of Spain’s "Generation of '27"—this collection features vibrant new English translations of four of his plays. The legacy of a dramatic, religious, and social iconoclast who died a martyr of the left in Civil-War Spain and who today is also embraced as a gay icon shines through Michael Kidd's stage-worthy new renderings of Yerma, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba and a less-famous play: The Audience, a kaleidoscopic exploration of sexual identity and theater.

    "Kidd’s translations are excellent, both accurate and readable, and the biographical and critical guides are useful."
    —Jonathan Mayhew, University of Kansas

  7. Modern Philosophy (Third Edition)

    Edited by Roger Ariew and Eric Watkins

    Modern Philosophy (Third Edition)

    Forthcoming - May 2019

    The 3rd edition of this masterfully edited anthology incorporates important contributions of women and minority thinkers into the canon of the modern period, while retaining all of the material of the previous edition. Included are works by Princess Elisabeth, Margaret Cavendish Duchess of Newcastle, Lady Anne Conway, Anton Wilhelm Amo, Lady Damaris Masham, Lady Mary Shepherd, and Emilie Marquise Du Châtelet.

  8. On the Social Contract (Second Edition)

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Translated by Donald A. Cress
    Introduction and New Annotation by David Wootton

    On the Social Contract (Second Edition)

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    This new edition features a revision by Donald A. Cress of his bestselling 1987 translation of On the Social Contract together with Introduction, footnotes, and chronology by David Wootton, one of our leading historians of the Enlightenment.

  9. Stage Directing (Second Edition)

    Michael Wainstein

    Stage Directing (Second Edition)

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    In Stage Directing: A Director's Itinerary, the student of theatrical directing will find a step-by-step guide to directing a production, from choosing a play to opening night. Unlike other directing textbooks, it provides practical advice on organizing tasks throughout the directorial process, including budgeting, writing casting notices, and auditioning. It moreover includes an abundance of helpful examples and tried-and-true exercises, as well as information on how to organize a director’s documents into a production notebook.

    The second edition builds on the strengths of the first edition by elaborating on key analytical, organizational, and strategic steps in a successful director’s itinerary, with special attention to the direction of musicals.

  10. The Persuasive Actor

    Milan Dragicevich

    The Persuasive Actor

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    "No book can teach anyone how to speak, but the lessons herein, practically applied, will help everyone who reads it become a better actor, speaker, and communicator. This is an exciting, invigorating book which will be required reading for all my acting students. I predict it will become a celebrated text of great worth to educators and students." —Murray McGibbon, Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, Indiana University, Bloomington

    "A must-have for all actors who encounter speeches that are longer than three sentences. On the surface, that would be classic works from Sophocles through Shakespeare—with the 17th and 18th centuries thrown in. Dig deeper and the book’s value to actors of modern and contemporary drama is inescapable. Ibsen, Shaw, Williams, Miller, Shepard, Wilson, Kushner, and Suzan-Lori Parks all wrote plays that are filled with powerful rhetorical devices that demand lively, thorough, and specific consideration. This book is a guide that unfolds the mysteries of classical rhetoric in a clear, concise, and effective manner, a book for speakers who want to move their audiences. It is aimed at actors, but also belongs on the shelf of lawyers, advertising copywriters, and, of course, public officials. I will use it in my classes and workshops and enthusiastically recommended it to all actors and actor trainers."
     —Leslie Reidel, Department of Theatre, University of Delaware

  11. The Tempest

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by John Mahon and John Mucciolo
    Series Editor: James Lake

    The Tempest

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    "Kittredge's landmark edition appears now with an insightful and informative introduction to the play, its background and its history on stage and screen, together with excellent suggestions for reading it with performance in mind and commentary on significant productions. I recommend it warmly to readers who are already familiar with the play, as well as to those approaching it for the first time." —Russell Jackson, Professor Emeritus of Drama, University of Birmingham

    “An inspired edition of Shakespeare's late masterpiece, larded with riches that are at once accessible and challenging to students of The Tempest. These riches include a masterful introduction that sets forth major and minor characters in all their complexity; great page-for-page textual and performance notes that aptly explain the play’s obscurities and showcase the many ways given scenes and speeches have been performed; an enlightening guide to the reading experience—"How to Read the Play as Performance;" and brilliant questions for thought and discussion. Mahon and Mucciolo are the perfect guides through this most wondrous and perplexing play. —Laury Magnus, Professor of Humanities, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

  12. Timon of Athens

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Douglas Lanier
    Series Editor: James Lake

    Timon of Athens

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    "Timon of Athens is one of the most enigmatic and underappreciated of Shakespeare's plays, yet its urgency for our times is not to be understated. Guided by Douglas Lanier's astute and accessible commentary throughout, this edition positions Timon in a range of historical, theoretical, and performance contexts. The superb Introduction and supplementary resources help the reader navigate key issues—ranging from money, friendship, and cynicism to art, ethics, and collaborative authorship—as well as consider contemporary adaptations on stage and screen. This edition will be a welcome resource for teachers and students at both undergraduate and graduate levels." Jay Zysk, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    "Douglas Lanier's Introduction immerses us in the play's daring experiments with genre, its ethical and economic dilemmas, and its emotional and tonal range. He shows how Timon of Athens not only resonates with our troubled cultural moment but also speaks eloquently of its own times. His essay on appreciating the play as a performance script advises us expertly on how to read it as directors do and how to be alert to its radical openness to interpretation." Stephen M. Buhler, Department of English, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

  13. Two Noble Kinsmen

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Jim Casey
    Series Editor: James Lake

    Two Noble Kinsmen

    Forthcoming - March 2019

    Like previous editions in the New Kittredge Shakespeare series, this edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen takes George Lyman Kittredge's text as its base, though in this case one that has been extensively edited by Jim Casey in the light of more recent editions. As Kittredge never published a free-standing edition of the play, all annotations and performance notes are Casey's and have been prepared specifically for this edition. In addition to other standard features of New Kittredge Shakespeare editions—Topics for Discussion and Further Study, a timeline, and a discussion of reading the play as performance—it offers a splendid new Introduction by Casey focusing on the themes and recent production history of this recently revived play of Shakespeare and Fletcher's.

    "This edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen is smart, accessible, and highly valuable for students and for scholars. Casey's contributions provide keen insights into the play’s multiplicities of meaning through performance history and production survey, textual study, and thematic discovery. The result is an edition that reveals this sometimes-overlooked play’s richness and complexities, and Casey’s engaging student materials will surely contribute much to the play's resurgence for new generations of readers." —Timothy Francisco, Professor of English, Youngstown State University

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