Andrew Lynn is a lawyer, writer, and author of the ‘Classics for the Modern Man’ series. His mission as writer is to draw upon classic texts and traditional wisdom in order to help us answer the most profound questions that we face as human beings.
Classics for the Modern Man Series
The “Classics for the Modern Man” series introduces to modern readers the most powerful works of practical wisdom from the great thinkers of the past. Each volume comprises lively and modern introductions followed by carefully selected and edited extracts from the original works.
This series provides a vital link to the past for a generation cut off from the wisdom of its own ancestors.
Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man
“What you hold in your hands is a handbook for living: it is an account of how the greatest minds have spoken to us on how to grow and prosper as flesh-and-blood human beings.”
Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man
“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times.”
Classic Political Philosophy for the Modern Man
‘Just as in the parable of the boiling frog who does not perceive the gradual increase in the temperature of the water and is boiled alive, so we have by steady increments lost much of our liberty without realizing it. The works in this book cannot give that back; what they can do is to raise our consciousness of the many alternative paths we could have taken—and perhaps, if we have nerve enough, still can take.‘
Classic Ethics for the Modern Man
It has become conventional to think of the ethical life as one lived in compliance with abstract and universalistic moral rules. But there is another view represented by the ancient tradition of virtue ethics: that the ethical life is all about cultivating a better self through a commitment to personal excellence and self-overcoming.
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Shakespeare Tales Series
“Shakespeare Tales” is a five-volume series providing engaging and readable prose versions of Shakespeare’s complete works, preserving as far as possible for the modern reader Shakespeare’s original language and mood.
This totally new edition presents the tales as retold in prose by Charles and Mary Lamb, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Harrison Morris, and Winston Stokes, each genre and tale being preceded by a fresh and thought-provoking introduction for the twenty-first-century reader.
The series includes not only the comedies and tragedies, but also the tragicomedies, Roman tales, and English histories. Each volume is sumptuously illustrated with the classic illustrations of Sir John Gilbert.
Shakespeare Tales: Comedies
This first volume of Shakespeare Tales contains the comedies as retold in prose by Charles and Mary Lamb and Harrison Morris. Each tale is prefaced by a fresh and insightful introduction by Andrew Lynn.
Shakespeare Tales: Tragedies
This second volume of Shakespeare Tales contains the tragedies as retold in prose by Charles and Mary Lamb. Each tale is prefaced by a fresh and insightful introduction by Andrew Lynn.
Shakespeare Tales: Tragicomedies
This third volume of Shakespeare Tales contains the tragicomedies as retold in prose by Charles and Mary Lamb and Harrison Morris. Each tale is prefaced by a fresh and insightful introduction by Andrew Lynn.
Shakespeare Tales: Roman Tales
This fourth volume of Shakespeare Tales contains the Roman tales as retold in prose by Arthur Quiller-Couch, Harrison Morris, and Winston Stokes. Each tale is prefaced by a fresh and insightful introduction by Andrew Lynn.
Shakespeare Tales: English Histories
This fifth volume of Shakespeare Tales contains the English histories as retold in prose by Arthur Quiller-Couch and Harrison Morris. Each tale is prefaced by a fresh and insightful introduction by Andrew Lynn.
We are all in search of answers to the mystery of human achievement. Why do some people excel while others do not? In answering that question, Generativity will take you on a journey from the ancient Zoroastrians and the secret gospels of Nag Hammadi to the most recent scientific insights on expertise and peak performance.
Tracing the stories of outstanding individuals in the light of both traditional wisdom and modern science, Generativity examines the universal source of superior achievement in athletics, art, science, music, scholarship, politics, and business.
Generativity: The Art and Science of Exceptional Achievement
Generativity is a uniquely accessible and wide-ranging account of what it is that makes us exceptional.
We are all in search of answers to the mystery of human achievement. Why do some people excel while others do not?
Excellent book. The author did a brilliant job in making classic philosophy accessible. The book includes some of the most interesting and relatable philosophical ideas that I found very useful. The introduction for each chapter is clear, refreshing, and very helpful. The extract from The Mediation by Marcus Aurelius, in particular, is the one I will reread again and again. Strongly recommend it to those who are interested in philosophy or those who want to live a better life.
Having read all 3 of Lynn’s books in this series, I enjoyed this one second to Classic Philosophy. His selections relevant, editing concise, and insights of use. The words point to the solution.
After reading Andrew Lynn's “Classic Philosophy” and “Classic Spirituality” (both also excellent works) I decided to order ”Generativity”. Generativity is a very smart book, but it doesn't read like an academic text, and for a work that is so broad, Generativity never ends up feeling scattered.
This is a devotional book for people who normally wouldn't touch a devotional book... An introduction to spirituality for people who don't necessarily believe in spirituality. I was drawn to the cover design of this book (along with its companion volume on philosophy), and found that the contents live up to the cover. An array of classic excerpts (some well known, some less so) with informed and insightful commentary from the author-editor.
Thoughts and News
Wishing You All a Very Happy New Year!
I would like to wish all my readers the very best for the year ahead. Thank you again for your interest in my writing. I never fail to be surprised by the fact that they continue to sell so well simply by word of mouth! I have other projects coming in due course. Stay tuned […]
Classic Spirituality Podcast Interview
I was Joshua Bertolotti’s guest on this podcast, talking about Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man.
In Search of Wisdom Podcast Interview
I was Joshua Bertolotti’s guest on this podcast, talking about Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man.
“Classic Ethics for the Modern Man” finally published!
The next title in the “Classics for the Modern Man” series has finally been released! It’s been a couple of years or thereabouts since the last one in the series was published. “If I had more time, I would have made it shorter” is a saying that has been variously attributed to Cicero, Blaise Pascal, […]
I’m very pleased to be able to announce the launch of this redesigned website. It is more elegant and simpler to navigate, and it has the great advantage that readers can directly view pdf excerpts of all the books. Feel free to have a look around.
John Stuart Mill’s defence of freedom of speech
As societies become more divided, free speech tends to come under increasing attack. The temptation is always to restrict the ‘wrongspeech’ of opponents. If my opponents’ speech is wrong, so goes this line of thinking, why should they be allowed to speak at all? What benefit to society by allowing it? And what possible loss through […]
Classic Political Philosophy for the Modern Man – Release
I’m excited to announce that the latest book in the ‘Classics for the Modern Man’ series, Classic Political Philosophy for the Modern Man, has finally been released and is available on Amazon here in both Kindle and paperback formats. This work follows on from Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man and Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man by introducing […]
Classic Philosophy Hits No. 1 Spot in Amazon Bestseller Charts
Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man has reached the No. 1 bestseller spot on two Amazon charts and top ten in another: No. 1 in Philosophy History & Survey No. 1 in History & Surveys of Philosophy Top ten in Philosophy It is a great satisfaction that this work is able to introduce some of […]
I’m pleased to report that the first three volumes of Shakespeare Tales have been published in paperback this weekend. These are: Shakespeare Tales: Comedies Shakespeare Tales: Tragedies Shakespeare Tales: Tragicomedies The fourth volume, Shakespeare Tales: Roman Tales, will be released in paperback next weekend. The fifth and final volume, Shakespeare Tales: Histories, will be released […]
The Enduring Appeal of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations
Marcus Aurelius is one of the most widely appreciated of ancient philosophers. The work for which he is best known, the Meditations, occupies a special place not only in our intellectual and cultural history but also – for those who have read him – as an enduring source of ethical guidance. When I came to write Classic […]