New Dover Thrift Editions

Load up on the good stuff with the latest classics from Dover!

Marquis de Sade

Dover offers affordable editions of the world’s greatest literature — low-priced choices for students, educators and anyone who loves classic literature. Each book is complete and many are priced as low as $2.50.

“I am loving these Dover editions, informative and interesting. I highly recommend them and hope they continue to publish titles like these.” — Januarygray.net

Here are three recent titles offered as Dover Thrift Editions.

Don Quixote

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Author), Tobias Smollett (Translator).

Hailed by Dostoyevsky as “The final and greatest utterance of the human mind,” Don Quixote is a founding work of modern Western literature. First published in two volumes in Spain in 1605 and 1615, Cervantes’ novel is an account of the adventures of Don Quixote, the persona of a reader of medieval romances who fancies himself a chivalrous knight, and his squire Sancho Panza, a farmer whose down-to-earth comments serve to puncture the fanciful rhetoric of his delusional companion.

Don Quixote has appeared on lists of the world’s best novels, including the Bokklubben World Library, which calls Cervantes’ masterpiece the ‘best literary work ever written.” The Dover Thrift Edition is based on Tobias Smollett’s 1755 English translation, which includes Smollett’s “Life of Cervantes,” “Translator’s Note” and “Preface to the Reader.”

The Marquis de Sade in Prison (unknown artist)

Marquis de Sade: Selected Writings by the Marquis de Sade (Author), Margaret Crosland (Translator and Editor).

The Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) was a French nobleman, politician, philosopher and writer, whose writings about controversial topics such as sexual acts of cruelty and hedonism led to his imprisonment, first in the Bastille and later in other prisons and institutions, such as the Charenton Asylum for the Insane. During his incarceration, de Sade continued to write works such as his magnum opus The 120 Days of Sodom, which was composed in part in the Bastille, between 1784 and 1789. During his imprisonment at the Charenton Asylum, from 1803 until his death, de Sade wrote and composed dramatic plays, some of which were enacted by his fellow inmates for audiences of Parisian citizens.

The Dover edition is a comprehensive anthology of de Sade’s writings, including excerpts from Justine, The 120 Days of Sodom, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and other works. The translator Margaret Crosland provides context for de Sade’s strident moral relativism and explicit erotica.

Jack London

Jack London: The Dover Reader by Jack London (Author), Janet B. Kopito (Editor).

Novelist, journalist and social activist, Jack London created a body of work which drew upon his diverse experience as a cannery worker, railroad hobo, sailor and prospector, to name a few examples. Stories of hardship on the open sea and in the great Northern Wilderness typify his works.

The Dover Thrift Edition features three complete novels, The Call of the Wild (1903), White Fang (1906), and The Sea Wolf (1904), as well as three short stories, “The White Silence,” “In a Far Country,” and “The Law of Life.”