The World of Paperbacks. (Reviews)

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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS has recently brought out a paperback edition of the Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature ([pounds sterling]27.95 and US$40.00) edited by Prof. David Wallace. This latest volume is part of the New Cambridge History of English Literature, the first such scholarly survey in almost a century. This volume has some thirty-one essays which cover the development of English literature from the Norman Conquest to the Protestant Reformation. This paperback format will be much appreciated by students. Cambridge has also brought out in its Canto Series David Crystal's Language Death ([pounds sterling]9.95 and US$14.00) which analyses the increasing demise of minority languages round the world today. Finally, Cambridge has issued a paperback edition of Malachi Haim Hacohen's Karl Popper -- The Formative Years, 1902-1 945: Politics and Philosophy in Interwar Vienna ([pounds sterling]17.95 and US $25.00).

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS has brought out a second edition of Graham Stanton's highly popular The Gospels of Jesus [pounds sterling] 15.99) as part of their Oxford Bible Series. This is designed for the general reader and reviews the current state of scholarship whilst insisting that the text of the Gospels must be the starting point for any discussion of the 'historical' Jesus. O.U.P. has also brought out a paperback edition of Philip Steadman's Vermeer's Camera: Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces ([pounds sterling]10.99) and Robert Gilden's survey history, France Since 1945 ([pounds sterling]

PENGUIN BOOKS have brought out a paperback edition of David Clay Large's Berlin: A Modern History ([pounds sterling]12.99) which was highly praised on its hardback publication. It tells the story of the Prussian capital which has, for better or worse, played such a leading role in recent European history. Penguin books have also brought out a second history title, Jonathan Spence's Treason by the Book: Traitors, Conspirators and Guardians of an Emperor ([pounds sterling]7.99) which describes a period in imperial Chinese history with the flair of a detective story. Penguin have also issued a paperback edition of Judith Flanders' A Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin ([pounds sterling]7.99).

PHOENIX PRESS has issued two classics of twentieth century English historical writing. The first is Elizabeth Jenkins' The Princes in the Tower ([pounds sterling]9.99), first published in 1978, which tells the tragic story of Edward V and his brother, the Duke of York at the hands of their uncle, Richard III. The story never ceases to fascinate. Phoenix Press has also brought out George Rude's 1972 title, Europ e in the Eighteenth Century: Aristocracy and the Bourgeois Challenge ([pounds sterling]14.99) as part of their History of Civilization series.

From SUTTON PUBLISHING we have a paperback edition of Jeremy Black's 1991 title, War for America: The Fight for Independence 1775-1783 ([pounds sterling]8. …