ChroniclesModern Library Chronicles feature the world’s great historians on the world’s great subjects. Lively, accessible, and brief (most under 150 pages), these authoritative short histories are designed to appeal to general readers as well as to students in the classroom.

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ClassicsLaunched in the year 2000, Modern Library Paperback Classics is a visionary program that has continued to expand, featuring treasured classics, essential writings anthologies, major new translations of great works from around the globe, and rediscoveries of important literary and historical merit. Each of these titles includes a host of special features:

  • new and commanding introductions by leading scholars, historians and authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, David Shipler, Nadine Gordimer, Richard Russo, Shelby Foote, Salman Rushdie, and many others
  • exciting new translations by some of the best translators at work today including Richard Howard, Edith Grossman, Peter Constantine, Wyatt Mason, Burton Raffel, and many others new scholarly endnotes
  • critical editions of the texts, carefully selected by scholars such as Lawrence Buell, Frank Kermode, Bernard McGinn, Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen and other eminent thinkers and historians thorough biographical essays
  • books are reset and designed with generous type size and wide margins to facilitate easy reading and note-taking
  • superior paper quality
  • striking cover art
  • reading group guides bound into most books
  • competitive prices

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Essential Writings

EssentialsThe Modern Library’s Essential Writings volumes are unique compilations, edited and annoted by some of today’s most acclaimed scholars. Incorporating definitive texts, useful headnotes, generous introductions, and useful annotations, each of these popular anthologies are designed to serve as an ideal introduction to a particular author, or a field of study.

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TranslationsSince the Modern Library’s inception in 1917, we have been the proud publisher of major classics from around the world, recently expanding our list to include twentieth-century masterpieces, as well as the finest works of literature going back to ancient times. Our award-winning translators include Susan Bernofsky, Peter Constantine, Dick Davis, Anthony Esolen, Arthur Goldhammer, Edith Grossman, Richard Howard, Joachim Neugrochel, Burton Pike, Burton Raffel, and Marian Schwartz.

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SeriesIn 1999, the Modern Library undertook publishing series of long-neglected and disregarded books. What may at first sound like the antithesis of successful publishing has blossomed into extraordinary adventure for Modern Library and its readers.

The Modern Library board identified five genres replete with fundamental, but forgotten, texts–Exploration, War, Humor & Wit, Movies, Gardening, Food, Science, and Rediscoveries.

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