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  1. A Companion To Plato's Republic

    Nicholas White

    A Companion To Plato's Republic

    A step by step, passage by passage analysis of the complete Republic. White shows how the argument of the book is articulated, the important interconnections among its elements, and the coherent and carefully developed train of though which motivates its complex philosophical reasoning. In his extensive introduction, White describes Plato’s aims, introduces the argument, and discusses the major philosophical and ethical theories embodied in the Republic. He then summarizes each of its ten books and provides substantial explanatory and interpretive notes.

  2. A Debate on Jewish Emancipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin

    David Friedländer, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Abraham Teller
    Edited and Translated by Richard Crouter and Julie Klassen

    A Debate on Jewish Emancipation and Christian Theology in Old Berlin

    "One of the most fascinating and, indeed, seminal debates in the protracted struggle of German Jewry to gain full citizenship and civic equality. As the translators make clear in their learned and generally lucid Introduction, this debate illuminates the enduring difficulty of modern nation states to establish a civic society that is, if not religiously neutral, at least inclusive. . . . It will surely enter the canon of standard works in the study of modern Jewish history."
         —Paul Mendes-Flohr, Hebrew University

  3. A Disquisition On Government and Selections from The Discourse

    John Calhoun
    Edited, with Introduction, by C. Gordon Post
    New Foreword by Shannon C. Stimson

    A Disquisition On Government and Selections from The Discourse

    The only student edition of Calhoun’s writings available, this volume offers the Disquisition in its entirety along with two key selections from the Discourse: “Formation of the Federal Period” and “A Plural Executive Proposed.”

  4. A Letter Concerning Toleration

    John Locke
    Edited by James H. Tully

    A Letter Concerning Toleration

    John Locke's subtle and influential defense of religious toleration as argued in his seminal Letter Concerning Toleration (1685) appears in this edition as introduced by one of our most distinguished political theorists and historians of political thought.

  5. Abortion (Third Edition)

    Edited, with Introduction, by Ian Shapiro

    Abortion (Third Edition)

    "Abortion: The Supreme Court Decisions is the essential collection of abortion case decisions for students and scholars.  With comprehensive coverage of both the foundational and the very latest cases, the volume guides the reader through the intricate channels of constituently reasoning around reproductive rights.  Shapiro's new introduction maps the history and implications of abortion jurisprudence with welcome clarity.  No library or personal collection of works on Supreme Court jurisprudence, reproductive rights, or the ethics of abortion policy will be complete without Shapiro's new edition."
         —Lisa Ellis, Texas A&M University

  6. An Introduction to Plato's Laws

    R. F. Stalley

    An Introduction to Plato's Laws

    Reading the Republic without reference to the less familiar Laws can lead to a distorted view of Plato's political theory.  In the Republic the philosopher describes his ideal city; in his last and longest work he deals with the more detailed considerations involved in setting up a second-best 'practical utopia.'  The relative neglect of the Laws has stemmed largely from the obscurity of its style and the apparent chaos of its organization so that, although good translations now exist, students of philosophy and political science still find the text inaccessible. This first full-length philosophical introduction to the Laws will therefore prove invaluable.

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    Johann Gottfried Herder
    Translated, with Introduction and Notes, by Ioannis D. Evrigenis and Daniel Pellerin

    Another Philosophy of History and Selected Political Writings

    "Evrigenis and Pellerin should be congratulated for editing this volume, which publishes Herder's smaller and early work, Another Philosophy of History, including six smaller essays on the same topic. This volume offers the opportunity to introduce Herder to students in a survey of the history of political thought, along with his better-known contemporaries such as Rousseau, Kant, Burke, and Hegel, as well as their predecessors Machiavelli, Locke, and Hobbes. Evrigenis and Pellerin's edition gives the reader a fine introduction to Herder and his thought. The selections of the smaller essays are very helpful in allowing someone unfamiliar with Herder to see how his important thoughts could be responsible in shaping how thinkers in the later half of the 19th Century thought about the nation and the role of politics in general. Rating: * * * * *"
         —Clifford Angell Bates, Jr., Political Studies Review

  8. Apologies

    Plato & Xenophon
    Translated, with Introduction and Glossary, by Mark Kremer

    Apologies

    "Kremer's is an attractive text because of its combination of simplicity and strong delivery, and this is true regarding his translation and his interpretive essay alike. He has striven for a scrupulous accuracy in his translation, and he has achieved this without sacrificing readability or neglecting the distinctive tone of Plato and Xenophon."
         —Norma Thompson, Yale University

  9. Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793

    Charles Brockden Brown
    Edited, with an Introduction, by Philip Barnard & Stephen Shapiro

    Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793

    "This new edition of Arthur Mervyn far exceeds any previous version of this remarkable American novel.  Through exhaustive archival research, the editors have produced a reliable text constructed within the intellectual, cultural, political, and religious contexts of a society informing Brown's efforts to capture and preserve the formation of the early republic for generations of readers and cultural historians.  This vital text is essential reading for anyone interested in the origins of the United States."
         —Emory Elliott, University Professor, University of California-Riverside

  10. Augustine: Political Writings

    Augustine
    Translated by Michael W. Tkacz and Douglas Kries
    Introduction by Ernest L. Fortin

    Augustine: Political Writings

    "[This volume] offers one-stop access to the political ideas of a major pre-modern thinker. The translations are fresh, accurate, supple, and clear, and the notes and comments are helpful. Ernest Fortin's excellent Introduction sets the central text, the City of God, in historical perspective and outlines problems Augustine faced in trying to reconcile Christian faith with the legitimate demands of civic life."
         —Alan R. Perreiah, Teaching Philosophy

  11. Beyond Freedom and Dignity

    B. F. Skinner

    Beyond Freedom and Dignity

    In this profound and profoundly controversial work, a landmark of 20th-century thought originally published in 1971, B. F. Skinner makes his definitive statement about humankind and society. Beyond Freedom and Dignity urges us to reexamine the ideals we have taken for granted and to consider the possibility of a radically behaviorist approach to human problems—one that has appeared to some incompatible with those ideals, but which envisions the building of a world in which humankind can attain its greatest possible achievements.

  12. Byzantine Philosophy

    Basil Tatakis
    Translated, with Introduction, and Notes, by Nicholas Moutafakis

    Byzantine Philosophy

    “The translation of Tatakis’ 1949 book is a welcome contribution to the field as it offers a remarkable overview of Byzantine philosophy for specialists and students alike. . . . Moutafakis has performed a great service to the English-speaking academic world not only with his very readable translation of what is standard reading material in many universities in Europe but also with the useful list (at the end of the book) of contributions to the field made after the original French edition.”
         —Yannis Papadoyannakis, Religious Studies Review

  13. Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland, Ormond, Arthur Mervyn, and Edgar Huntly: 4 Vol. Set
  14. Classics of American Political and Constitutional Thought, 2 Volume Set

    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Scott J. Hammond,
    Kevin R. Hardwick, & Howard L. Lubert

    Classics of American Political and Constitutional Thought, 2 Volume Set

    From James I's "Address Before Parliament" (1610) to Joseph R. Biden, Jr.'s "Learned Hand Dinner Address Before the American Jewish Committee" (2005), this two-volume set offers an unparalleled selection of key texts from the history of American political and constitutional thought. North American rights only.

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    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Scott J. Hammond,
    Kevin R. Hardwick, & Howard L. Lubert

    Classics of American Political and Constitutional Thought, Vol. I

    Volume 1 (Origins through the Civil War) of a 2-volume set. From James I's "Address Before Parliament" (1610) to Joseph R. Biden, Jr.'s "Learned Hand Dinner Address Before the American Jewish Committee" (2005), this two-volume set offers an unparalleled selection of key texts from the history of American political and constitutional thought. North American rights only.

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    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Scott J. Hammond,
    Kevin R. Hardwick, & Howard L. Lubert

    Classics of American Political and Constitutional Thought, Vol. II

    Volume 2 (Reconstruction to the Present) of a 2-volume set. From James I's "Address Before Parliament" (1610) to Joseph R. Biden, Jr.'s "Learned Hand Dinner Address Before the American Jewish Committee" (2005), this two-volume set offers an unparalleled selection of key texts from the history of American political and constitutional thought. North American rights only.

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    Edited, with Introductions, by Michael L. Morgan

    Classics of Moral and Political Theory (Fifth Edition)

    The fifth edition of Michael L. Morgan’s Classics of Moral and Political Theory broadens the scope and increases the versatility of this landmark anthology by offering new selections from Aristotle’s Politics, Aquinas’ Disputed Questions on Virtue and Treatise on Law, as well as the entirety of Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration, Kant’s To Perpetual Peace, and Nietzsche’s On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life.

  18. Commentary on Aristotle's Politics

    Thomas Aquinas
    Translated, with a Preface, by Richard J. Regan

    Commentary on Aristotle's Politics

    Offering the first complete translation into modern English of Aquinas’ unfinished commentary on Aristotle’s Politics, this translation follows the definitive Leonine text of Aquinas and reproduces in English those passages of William of Moerbeke’s exacting yet elliptical translation of the Politics from which Aquinas worked.  Bekker numbers have been added to passages from the Politics for easy reference. Students of the history of political thought will welcome this study of a great classic, a commentary by a student of Aristotle who is also a great political theorist in his own right.

  19. Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline

    Montesquieu
    Translated by David Lowenthal

    Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline

    “It is wonderful to have David Lowenthal’s splendid translation of Montesquieu’s Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline back in print. This neglected masterpiece deserves attention from all who are concerned with self-government—whether their focus is on history or on its prospects in our own time.”
         —Paul A. Rahe, University of Tulsa

  20. Democracy in America

    Alexis De Tocqueville
    Abridged, with Introduction, by Sanford Kessler
    Translated and Annotated by Stephen D. Grant

    Democracy in America

    “A handy paperback edition offered primarily to teachers and students who can make no pretense of reading the entirety of the large work, but who want to sample some of its chief delights. . . . [Grant gives us an] exemplary translation . . . marked above all by great accuracy and fidelity to Tocqueville’s text. . . . Kessler’s editor’s Introduction is a model introduction to a classic text for today’s students. It is clearly written, compact (without being too short or dense), and nicely structured. . . . A tour—and translation—well worth the price of admission.”
         —Paul Seaton, Perspectives on Political Science

  21. Dewey: Political Writings

    John Dewey
    Edited by D. Morris and Ian Shapiro

    Dewey: Political Writings

    Includes notes on sources and editions and an editor's introduction.

  22. Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Translated by Donald A. Cress
    Introduction by James Miller

    Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

    Donald Cress’s highly regarded translation, based on the critical Pléiade edition of 1964, is here issued with a lively introduction by James Miller, who brings into sharp focus the cultural and intellectual milieu in which Rousseau operated. This new edition includes a select bibliography, a note on the text, a translator’s note, and Rousseau’s own Notes on the Discourse.

  23. Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

    Étienne de La Boétie
    Translated by James B. Atkinson & David Sices
    Introduction and Notes by James B. Atkinson

    Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

    "An excellent translation: clear, crisp and accurate. The introduction is also a helpful contextualization of the text, Boétie's relation to Montaigne, and a brief discussion of the history of this important text on non-cooperation in the 20th-Century. I highly recommend it for courses in the history of political theory and of non-cooperation as a means of regime change."
         —James Tully, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

  24. Divine Right and Democracy

    Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by David Wootton

    Divine Right and Democracy

    David Wootton’s masterly compilation of speeches, essays, and fiercely polemical pamphlets—organized into chapters focusing on the main debates of the century—represents the first attempt to present in one volume a broad collection of Stuart political thought. In bringing together abstract theorizing and impassioned calls to arms, anonymous tract writers and King James I, Wootton has produced a much-needed collection; in combination with the editor’s thoughtful running commentary and invaluable Introduction, its texts bring to life a crucial period in the formation of our modern liberal and conservative theories.

  25. Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker

    Charles Brockden Brown
    Edited, with an Introduction, by Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro

    Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker

    "This is now the edition of choice for those of us who teach Brown's fascinating Edgar Huntly.  Barnard and Shapiro explore the relevant historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds in their illuminating Introduction; they skillfully annotate the text; they provide useful and up-to-date bibliographies; and they append a number of revealing primary texts for further cultural contextualization.  This edition will help to stimulate new thinking about race, empire, and sexuality in Brown's prescient novel of the American frontier."
         —Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland

  26. Empire and the Ends of Politics

    Plato
    Translated, with Introduction and Glossary, by Susan Collins and Devin Stauffer

    Empire and the Ends of Politics

    This text brings together for the first time two complete key works from classical antiquity on the politics of Athens: Plato's Menexenus and Pericles' Funeral Oration (from Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War).

  27. Equality

    Edited, with Introduction, by David Johnston

    Equality

    Organized around such themes as equality before the law, equality of opportunity, and equality of result, the selections included in this anthology range from Plato to the present, treating a topic of fundamental importance to political theory. North American rights only.

  28. Five Dialogues (Second Edition)

    Plato
    Translated by G. M. A. Grube
    Revised by John M. Cooper

    Five Dialogues (Second Edition)

    The second edition of Five Dialogues presents G. M. A. Grube’s distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with an updated bibliography.

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    Mahatma Gandhi
    Edited, with Introduction, by Dennis Dalton

    Gandhi: Selected Political Writings

    Based on the complete edition of his works, this new volume presents Gandhi’s most important political writings arranged around the two central themes of his political teachings: satyagraha (the power of non-violence) and swaraj (freedom). Dennis Dalton’s general Introduction and headnotes highlight the life of Gandhi, set the readings in historical context, and provide insight into the conceptual framework of Gandhi’s political theory. Included are bibliography, glossary, and index.

  30. Gay Rights On Trial

    Lee Walzer

    Gay Rights On Trial

    This introductory volume examines the relationship between same-sex legal issues, public opinion, and legislation since the late 1800s and explores the ways in which the American legal system has advanced—and hindered—the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. An extensive collection of important documents is provided, along with a glossary of key people, events, and concepts; a chronology; a table of cases cited; an annotated bibliography; and a comprehensive index.

  31. Gorgias (Zeyl Edition)

    Plato
    Translated by Donald J. Zeyl

    Gorgias (Zeyl Edition)

    “This is an excellent translation. It achieves a very high standard of accuracy and readability, two goals very difficult to attain in combination when it comes to such a master of prose and philosophical argument as Plato. Because of this the book is suitable for courses at all levels in philosophy, from introductory courses on Plato, or problems in Philosophy, to graduate seminars.”
         —Gerasimos Santas, Teaching Philosophy

  32. Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (Third Edition)

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by James W. Ellington

    Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (Third Edition)

    This expanded edition of James Ellington’s preeminent translation includes Ellington’s new translation of Kant’s essay “Of a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns” in which Kant replies to one of the standard objections to his moral theory as presented in the main text: that it requires us to tell the truth even in the face of disastrous consequences.

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    Edited and Translated by Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson

    Hellenistic Philosophy (Second Edition)

    This new edition of Hellenistic Philosophy—including nearly 100 pages of additional material—offers the first English translation of the account of Stoic ethics by Arius Didymus, substantial new sources on Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism, expanded representation of Plutarch and Cicero, and a fuller presentation of papyrological evidence. Inwood and Gerson maintain the standard of consistency and accuracy that distinguished their translations in the first edition, while regrouping some material into larger, more thematically connected passages. This edition is further enhanced by a new, more spacious page design.

  34. Hume: Political Writings

    David Hume
    Edited by Stuart Warner and Donald Livingston

    Hume: Political Writings

    The first thematically arranged collection of Hume's political writings, this new work brings together substantive selections from A Treatise on Human Nature, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, and Essays: Moral, Political and Literary, with an interpretive introduction placing Hume in the context of contemporary debates between liberalism and its critics and between contextual and universal approaches.

  35. Introduction to the Philosophy of History

    G. W. F. Hegel
    Translated by Leo Rauch

    Introduction to the Philosophy of History

    "An elegant and intelligent translation. The text provides a perfect solution to the problem of how to introduce students to Hegel in a survey course in the history of Western philosophy.  
         —Graham Parkes, University of Hawaii

  36. Justice

    Edited, with Introduction, by Jonathan Westphal

    Justice

    The readings in Justice include the central philosophical statements about justice in society organized to illustrate both the political vision of a good society and different attempts at an analysis of the concept of justice.

  37. Kantian Ethics and Socialism

    Harry Van Der Linden

    Kantian Ethics and Socialism

    Awarded the 1985 Johnsonian Prize in Philosophy.

  38. Latin American Independence

    Edited and Translated by Sarah C. Chambers & John Charles Chasteen

    Latin American Independence

    "Rarely has the story of Latin American independence been told so richly and with such a plurality of voices. Chambers and Chasteen have expertly woven a comprehensive yet accessible historical tapestry of primary sources to tell the story of the Wars for Independence. The editors recover fascinating, lesser-known voices—many of which appear in English for the first time here—and situate them alongside canonical sources in rewarding and surprising ways. This is an indispensable resource for students and scholars alike, and an invitation to critically rethink the multiple meanings and resonance of Latin American independence."
         —Christopher Conway, The University of Texas at Arlington

  39. Lectures on Ethics

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated by Louis Infield
    Foreword by Lewis White Beck

    Lectures on Ethics

    These lively essays, transcribed by Kant's students during his lectures on ethics at Konigsberg in the years 1775-1780, are celebrated not only for their insight into Kant's polished and often witty lecture style but also as a key to understanding the development of his moral thought. As Lewis White Beck points out in the Foreword to this edition, those who know Kant only from his rigorous and abstract intellectual critiques may be surprised by the accessibility of these essays, which "put flesh on the bones of the critical ethics," while revealing Kant as a practical moralist, greatly concerned with the nuances of human conduct and the social effects of his moral teaching. The sharply focused discussions and definitions strengthen an interpretation of Kant's more mature speculative works and remain the riches document we have for understanding the history of the preeminent ethical theory of modern times.

  40. Legal Speeches of Democratic Athens

    Edited and Translated by Andrew Wolpert & Konstantinos Kapparis

    Legal Speeches of Democratic Athens

    “An excellent, wide-ranging collection of Athenian speeches illuminating central topics of political, social, and legal history, including male and female sexuality, the ancient economy, Greek law, and major episodes of civic strife. Both accurate and faithful to the orators’ prose style, Wolpert and Kapparis’ new translations come accompanied by informative introductions and notes, a glossary of legal terms, and a helpful bibliography. Highly recommended for courses in the history of classical Athens, ancient rhetoric, and Greek law.”
         —Robert W. Wallace, Northwestern University

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    Thomas Hobbes
    Edited, with Introduction, by Edwin Curley

    Leviathan

    Designed to meet the needs of both student and scholar, this edition of Leviathan offers a brilliant introduction by Edwin Curley, modernized spelling and punctuation of the text, and the inclusion, along with historical and interpretive notes, of the most significant variants between the English version of 1651 and the Latin version of 1668. A glossary of seventeenth-century English terms, and indexes of persons, subjects, and scriptural passages help make this the most thoughtfully conceived edition of Leviathan available.

  42. Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism, Volume One

    George Anastaplo

    Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism, Volume One

    Volume 1 of two readers containing essential important works on constitutional liberty and the foundations of modern western political theory. This first volume contains the complete Apology of Socrates.
  43. Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism, Volume Two

    George Anastaplo

    Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism, Volume Two

    Volume 2 of two readers containing essential important works on constitutional liberty and the foundations of modern western political theory.

  44. Locke: The Political Writings

    John Locke
    Edited, with Introduction, by David Wootton

    Locke: The Political Writings

    This comprehensive collection brings together the main published works (excluding polemical attacks on other people’s views) with the most important surviving evidence from among Locke’s papers relating to his political philosophy. David Wootton’s wide-ranging and scholarly Introduction sets the writings in the context of their time, examines Locke’s developing ideas and unorthodox Christianity, and analyzes his main arguments. The result is the first fully rounded picture of Locke’s political thought in his own words.

  45. Machiavelli: Selected Political Writings

    Niccolo Machiavelli
    Edited and Translated by David Wootton

    Machiavelli: Selected Political Writings

    “The Introduction is vibrant, comprehensive and persuasive. Manages to address the needs of undergraduates while constituting an original contribution to contemporary scholarship. Bravo!”
         —Alan Houston, University of California, San Diego

  46. Man and Citizen

    Thomas Hobbes
    Edited by Bernard Gert

    Man and Citizen

    Contains the most helpful version of Hobbes’s political and moral philosophy available in English. Includes the only English translation of De Homine, chapters X-XV. Features the English translation of De Cive attributed to Hobbes.

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    Karl Marx
    Edited by Lawrence H. Simon

    Marx: Selected Writings

    Featuring the most important and enduring works from Marx's enormous corpus, this collection ranges from the Hegelian idealism of his youth to the mature socialism of his later works. Organized both topically and in rough chronological order, the selections (many of them in the translations of Loyd D. Easton and Kurt H. Guddat) include writings on historical materialism, excerpts from Capital, and political works.

  48. Medicine on Trial

    Elisabeth A. Cawthon

    Medicine on Trial

    Through close examination of legal, historical, and medical sources, this volume sheds light on the evolution of U.S. law as it bears on bio-ethical issues, advances in medical technology, and the changing role of medicine in the American courtroom during the last 150 years. In doing so, it provides a clear, accessible introduction to such major medical and legal controversies as the "right to die," assisted suicide, bioengineering, reproductive rights, and DNA testing. An extensive collection of important documents is included, along with a glossary of key people, events, and concepts; a chronology; a table of cases cited; an annotated bibliography; and a comprehensive index.

  49. Metaphysical Elements of Justice (Second Edition)

    Immanuel Kant
    Translated, with Introduction, by John Ladd

    Metaphysical Elements of Justice (Second Edition)

    This volume offers the complete text of Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals, Part I, translated by John Ladd, along with Ladd’s illuminating Introduction to the first edition, expanded to include discussion of such issues as Kant’s conception of marriage and its relevance to his view of women. An updated bibliography, glossary, and index are also provided.

  50. Modern Political Thought (Second Edition)

    Edited, with Introductions, by David Wootton

    Modern Political Thought (Second Edition)

    The second edition of David Wootton's Modern Political Thought: Readings from Machiavelli to Nietzsche offers a new unit on modern constitutionalism with selections from Hume, Montesquieu, the Federalist, and Constant. In addition to a new essay by Wootton, this unit features his new translation of Constant's 1819 essay "On Ancient and Modern Liberty". Other changes include expanded selections from Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy and a new Hegel selection, all of which strengthen an already excellent anthology.

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