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Routledge Classics


About the Series

"Routledge Classics is more than just a collection of texts...it embodies and circulates challenging ideas and keeps vital debates current and alive." – Hilary Mantel

The Routledge Classics series, with titles by Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mary Midgley, was launched in 2001. The series contains the very best of Routledge’s publishing over the past century or so, books that have, by popular consent, become established as classics in their field. Drawing on a fantastic heritage of innovative writing published by Routledge and its associated imprints, this series makes available in attractive, affordable form some of the most important works of modern times.

In 2021 we are delighted to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Routledge Classics series with the publication of fifteen stellar new titles. All include new forewords or introductions and eye-catching cover designs, a hallmark of the series.

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A General Theory of Magic

A General Theory of Magic

2nd Edition

By Marcel Mauss
May 23, 2001

First written by Marcel Mauss and Henri Humbert in 1902, A General Theory of Magic gained a wide new readership when republished by Mauss in 1950. As a study of magic in 'primitive' societies and its survival today in our thoughts and social actions, it represents what Claude Lévi-Strauss called, ...

A Book of Irish Verse

A Book of Irish Verse

2nd Edition

By W.B. Yeats
November 15, 2002

In 1895 the thirty-year-old W.B. Yeats, already established as one of Ireland's leading poets and folklorists, published this outstanding collection of Irish verse as part of his campaign to establish a tradition of Irish poetry fit for the dawn of a new age in Ireland's history. This Routledge ...

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

2nd Edition

By William Blake, W.B Yeats
November 15, 2002

William Blake is a poet without parallel, who remains a source of wisdom and inspiration to countless individuals throughout the world. This selection was commissioned in 1905 by the firm of George Routledge from W.B. Yeats, who had previously been one of the pioneer editors of Blake's ...

The French Revolution From its Origins to 1793

The French Revolution: From its Origins to 1793

2nd Edition

By Georges Lefebvre
May 18, 2001

Internationally renowned as the greatest authority on the French Revolution, Georges Lefebvre combined impeccable scholarship with a lively writing style. His masterly overview of the history of the French Revolution has taken its rightful place as the definitive account. A vivid narrative of ...

The Wheel of Fire

The Wheel of Fire

2nd Edition

By G. Wilson Knight
May 23, 2001

Originally published in 1930, this classic of modern Shakespeare criticism proves both enlightening and innovative. Standing head and shoulders above all other Shakespearean interpretations, Wheel of Fire is the masterwork of the brilliant English scholar G. Wilson Knight. Founding a new and ...

On Creativity

On Creativity

2nd Edition

By David Bohm
September 29, 2004

Creativity is fundamental to human experience. In On Creativity David Bohm, the world-renowned scientist, investigates the phenomenon from all sides: not only the creativity of invention and of imagination but also that of perception and of discovery. This is a remarkable and life-affirming book by...

The Location of Culture

The Location of Culture

2nd Edition

By Homi K. Bhabha
September 29, 2004

Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity - one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and ...

On Dialogue

On Dialogue

2nd Edition

By David Bohm
September 21, 2004

Never before has there been a greater need for deeper listening and more open communication to cope with the complex problems facing our organizations, businesses and societies. Renowned scientist David Bohm believed there was a better way for humanity to discover meaning and to achieve harmony. He...

A Short History of Modern Philosophy From Descartes to Wittgenstein

A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein

1st Edition

By Roger Scruton
November 09, 2001

Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Written both for the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader, the renowned writer Roger Scruton provides a survey of modern philosophy. Always engaging, Scruton takes us on a fascinating tour of the subject, from founding ...

Beast and Man The Roots of Human Nature

Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature

1st Edition

By Mary Midgley
October 28, 2002

Philosophers have traditionally concentrated on the qualities that make human beings different from other species. In Beast and Man Mary Midgley, one of our foremost intellectuals, stresses continuities. What makes people tick? Largely, she asserts, the same things as animals. She tells us humans ...

The Great War 1914–1918

The Great War: 1914–1918

2nd Edition

By Marc Ferro
November 07, 2001

A landmark history of the war that firmly places the First World War in the context of imperialism and gives due weight to the role of non-Europeans in the conflict....

A Book of Nonsense

A Book of Nonsense

2nd Edition

By Edward Lear
July 30, 2002

From the benighted Old Man with a Beard to the erudite Perpendicular Purple Polly, Edward Lear's world is inhabited by a bewildering variety of oddities. One of the world's most loved writers, Lear's verse has delighted whole generations of readers. Here, after 140 years, is the original edition of...

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