Macmillan Bestselling Alma Classic Books Fall 2018

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    Series: Evergreens
    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
    9781847496171 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: September 22, 2016
    $11.00 CAD 5.05 x 7.85 x 1.13 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Ebenezer Scrooge is a lonely, miserly old man who hates Christmas, which he dismisses as “humbug”. One Christmas Eve, however, he is visited by a series of ghosts who reveal to him the innocence he has lost, the wretchedness of his future and the poverty of the present, which he has so far ignored. This experience teaches Scrooge the true meaning of the holiday and leaves him a transformed man.

      With its memorable cast of characters such as Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is the most heart-warming of seasonal tales, a timeless classic that continues to enchant readers around the world and a lesson in charity and hopefulness that is as powerful today as when it was first written in 1843.

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      A literary phenomenon in his lifetime and renowned as much for his journalism and public speaking as for his novels, Charles Dickens now ranks as the most important Victorian writer and one of the most influential and popular authors in the English language. His memorable and vividly rendered characters and his combination of humour, trenchant satire and compassion have left an indelible mark on our collective imagination.
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      "The power of [Dickens] is so amazing that the reader at once becomes his captive." - William Makepeace Thackeray
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    9781847494078 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Classics Age (years) from 9 - 11 On Sale Date: June 07, 2016 Print Run: 3000
    $14.99 CAD 4.99 x 7.86 x 0.98 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 35 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Originally conceived by its author as an entertaining story for Alice Liddell, the daughter of an Oxford dean,Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the fantastic tale of the young Alice's encounters with the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, has captured the imaginations of young and old throughout the world since it was first published in 1865. In addition to the vivid and unforgettable characters, it is the book's experimental style, linguistic inventiveness and myriad of jokes and puzzles that account for the timeless fascination it inspires.

      This volume includes John Tenniel's iconic engravings, the sequelThrough the Looking Glassand a facsimile ofAlice's Adventure's Under Ground, the early manuscript version of the novel illustrated by Lewis Carroll himself.

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      Lewis Carroll was an English mathematician, logician and author, most famous for his contributions to the genre of literary nonsense. His novelsAlice's Adventures in WonderlandandThrough the Looking Glass, as well as his poemsThe JabberwockyandHunting the Snarkhave proved extremely popular, and have embedded themselves in modern cultural consciousness.
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    Series: Evergreens
    Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy, Kyril Zinovieff, Jenny Hughes
    9781847493682 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: July 16, 2014
    $10.00 CAD 4.97 x 7.89 x 2.05 in | 912 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Leo Tolstoy’s most personal novel, Anna Karenina scrutinizes fundamental ethical and theological questions through the tragic story of its eponymous heroine. Anna is desperately pursuing a good, “moral” life, standing for honesty and sincerity. Passion drives her to adultery, and this flies in the face of the corrupt Russian bourgeoisie. Meanwhile, the aristocrat Konstantin Levin is struggling to reconcile reason with passion, espousing a Christian anarchism that Tolstoy himself believed in.

      Acclaimed by critics and readers alike, Anna Karenina presents a poignant blend of realism and lyricism that makes it one of the most perfect, enduring novels of all time.

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      Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) is regarded by some as the greatest novelist of all time. With such masterpieces as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, he influenced generations of writers and changed the course of world literature.
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      “The truth is we are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art: we are to take it as a piece of life.” - Matthew Arnold

      “Anna Karenina is a perfect work of art. This novel contains a humane message that has not yet been heeded in Europe and that is much needed by the people of the western world.” - Fyodor Dostoevsky

      “What I confidently named the greatest social novel of world literature is in fact a novel against society.” - Thomas Mann

      “Tolstoy’s greatness lies in not turning the story into sentimental tragedy . . . His world is huge and vast, filled with complex family lives and great social events. His characters are well-rounded presences. They have complete passions: a desire for love, but also an inner moral depth.” - Malcolm Bradbury

      “It’s so fantastic that it can be read over and over again . . . I don’t know any other writer who is so adept at peopling their pages.” - Maggie O’Farrell

      “Tolstoy is the greatest Russian writer of prose fiction.” - Vladimir Nabokov

      “The new translation into accurate and readable English by Kyril Zinovieff and Jenny Hughes surpasses even the most recent version by Richard Pevear and Melissa Volokhonsky . . . [it] makes the word order sound as natural in English as was the original in Tolstoy's Russian.” -The Times Literary Supplement

      “Kyril Zinovieff has produced a fine, intelligent, sensitive translation that brings the Russian text alive in a way that immediately enriches a reader's awareness of its intentions and nuances.” -East West Review

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    Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery Canada, Susan Hellard
    9781847496393 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Classics Age (years) from 9 - 11 On Sale Date: July 25, 2017
    $14.99 CAD 5.11 x 7.88 x 0.98 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Anne is an orphan with a penchant for daydreaming and distinctive flaming-red hair that catches the eye of everyone she meets. She is overjoyed to be sent to Green Gables, the Cuthberts' farm, which she imagines to be the home she has always dreamt of. When her new family, who had been expecting the arrival of a boy, display reservations about the newcomer, Anne must win them over with her charm, beauty and intelligence and find a way to fit in.
      Originally published in 1908, L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables has come to be acclaimed as one of the world's greatest children's tales. Its numerous sequels, adaptations and spin-offs are a testament to the beauty of this simple story, which continues to enchant readers to this day.

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      One of Canada's most popular children's authors, L.M. Montgomery (1874–1942) is best remembered for her first book, Anne of Green Gables, which brought her instant success. A series of sequels followed, as well as works such as Rilla of Ingleside.
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      "Anne is the dearest and most loveable child in fiction since the immortal Alice." - Mark Twain
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    Black Beauty Anna Sewell, Paul Howard
    9781847495860 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 9 - 11 On Sale Date: January 01, 2016
    $11.99 CAD 5.12 x 7.83 x 0.86 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      One of the best-loved children classic. A moving tale of the hardships of being an animal. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Paul Howard and includes and extra section for young readers.

      After a wonderful early life as a young colt on Farmer Gray's meadows, the stallion Black Beauty is sold to Squire Gordon of Birtwick Hall and joins the gentleman's stables. While his existence is no longer as carefree as before and he has to be trained by humans, he enjoys the company of the other horses there, such as the fiery Ginger and the kind Merrylegs.

      Unfortunately one day he is sold on to new owners, and a new chapter opens in his life, full of uncertainty, hardship and cruelty. Will Black Beauty ever make it back home, or reconnect with the people and horses that cared about him?

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      The daughter of a successful children's author, Anna Sewell (1820–78) suffered serious ankle injuries at the age of twelve and often had to rely on horse-drawn carriages as a means of transport, which provided material for her only novel, Black Beauty. Sadly she died of illness only five months after it was published in 1877.
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      "One of the greatest books ever narrated by a horse, with a fine message: be kind to animals, and they’ll be kind to you." - Michael Morpurgo
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    Dracula Bram Stoker, David Mackintosh
    9781847494870 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Classics Age (years) from 12 On Sale Date: September 15, 2015
    $12.99 CAD 5.03 x 7.89 x 1.16 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Regarded as one of the most influential horror stories of all time and the inspiration for countless literary spin-offs, the tale of the young Englishman Jonathan Harker’s journey into the very heart of Count Dracula’s evil realm remains a compelling read to this day.

      A thriller of hypnotic power, a dark exploration of human passion, mythology and the paranormal, and a plain old-fashioned masterpiece of storytelling, the nightmarish saga of Dracula is one of the enduring classics of supernatural fiction.

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      A prolific writer and an important figure of the London theatre world, Bram Stoker (1847–1912) is now best known for his 1897 novel Dracula, in which he established many of the enduring elements of the western vampire myth.
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      "An absolutely gripping horror story, which confronts the age-old problems of good and evil in an irresistibly attractive way." -Shiny New Books
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    Series: Evergreens
    Dubliners James Joyce
    9781847496317 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: August 29, 2017
    $11.00 CAD 5.24 x 7.14 x 0.71 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 45 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      James Joyce's first published book, which he wrote when he was still in his twenties, Dubliners is far removed from the bold experimentalism of his later work, but is essential for understanding the author's development as a writer, and endures as a masterly example of the short-story form.
      Although ranging considerably in tone, mood and milieu, the fifteen short stories included in this collection all centre around the city of Dublin and its inhabitants at the beginning of the twentieth-century. From the unsettling adventure of two truant schoolboys to the crafty schemes of two con-men, from a young woman's refusal to abandon Ireland and elope with a sailor to a man's moment of clarity during an annual dance party, these stories offer a moving portrait of an entire world and era which has all but disappeared.

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      Born in Dublin, James Joyce (1882–1941) spent most of his life abroad, living in Trieste, Paris and
      Zurich. His writings, however, mainly centre on Dublin – most famously Ulysses, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He pioneered and perfected avant-garde prose techniques that saw him rise to the rank of one of Europe's foremost Modernists.

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      "His writing is not about something; it is that something itself." - Samuel Beckett

      "Its deep power abides in the inextricability of Joyce’s masterly control of language and the breadth of his vision." - Eimear McBride

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    Series: Evergreens
    Emma Jane Austen
    9781847494139 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: April 15, 2015
    $11.00 CAD 5.12 x 7.88 x 1.07 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose works are among the most popular novels ever written. Her keen eye for social tension, and ear for taut, witty dialogue have delighted readers for centuries, while her novels have maintained historical importance through their analysis of the dependence of women on marriage to gain social standing and security. She has been widely adapted for both stage and screen, and continues to be among the most widely-read of late-18th-/early 19th-century writers.
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    Series: Evergreens
    Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
    9781847496300 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: January 02, 2018
    $11.00 CAD 5.07 x 7.84 x 1.02 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Bathsheba Everdene is a headstrong young woman who attracts the attentions of a succession of ill-matched suitors: a quiet sheep farmer, a handsome soldier and an older, wealthy landowner. As the men vie for her affections, she struggles to retain her independence of spirit in the face of their declarations.
      Introducing readers to the fictional county of Wessex, Thomas Hardy's fourth work of fiction was one of his greatest triumphs, both commercially and critically. Its tale of
      passion, jealousy and unrequited love is now regarded as one of the finest novels of the nineteenth century, and one of the greatest love stories of all time.

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      The Victorian novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) is most famous today for his novels Far from the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure and Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and other works set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex.
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      "Far from the Madding Crowd is the first of Thomas Hardy’s great novels, and the first to sound the tragic note for which his fiction is best remembered." - Margaret Drabble
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    Series: Evergreens
    Frankenstein Mary Shelley
    9781847493507 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: September 01, 2014
    $9.00 CAD 5.01 x 7.83 x 0.66 in | 244 pages Carton Quantity: 35 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Since it was first published in 1818, Mary Shelley's seminal novel has generated countless print, stage and screen adaptations, but none has ever matched the power and philosophical resonance of the original. Composed as part of a challenge with Byron and Shelley to conjure up the most terrifying ghost story, Frankenstein narrates the chilling tale of a being created by a bright young scientist and the catastrophic consequences that ensue.

      Considered by many to be the first science-fiction novel, the tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein and the tortured creation he rejects is a classic fable about the pursuit of knowledge, the nature of beauty and the monstrosity inherent to man.

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      Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was an English author. She was also the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, whose works she edited. A political radical, Frankenstein is her most famous work.
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      "The first novel of the scientific revolution and, incidentally, the first novel of science fiction." - Brian Aldiss

      "Frankenstein appeals to something very primal, but it’s also about profound things, the very nature of life and death and birth." - Kenneth Branagh

      "How many fictional characters have made the great leap from literature to mythology; how many creatures of sheer language have stepped from the rhythms of their author’s idiosyncratic voices into what might be called a collective cultural consciousness?" - Joyce Carol Oates

      "The greatest novel of the Romantic movement." - Michael Dirda

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