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What level is Signet Classics publisher for novels ? thank you

I have just read a book Tarzan of the apes which is published by the Signet Classics,, I m  in China,so I don't know if any foreigner know this publisher,,,I can 80 percent understand this book even if there are some alien words, so I just want to make sure this is middle school level or adult level...thank you !!

I m about to get on the book "last of the mohicans" from Signet Classics too.

Feb 4, 2015 4:04 AM
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The Signet Classics are not edited or selected to be at any particular level of difficulty. As their name suggests, they are supposed to be classics--great works of English literature.


Most of them are in fairly difficult English. They were not written for children or students, and many were written a long time ago when writers targeted a more educated audience and used long sentences and a large vocabulary.


"Tarzan of the Apes," though, was written for a popular audience and first published in a "pulp magazine."


It is not easy English at all, and you can be proud of yourself for understanding it. shows it as having a "Lexile score" of 1000.

February 5, 2015

Yes, I guess I'm confused too. It does seem as if the same book can get different Lexile scores. I'm afraid I don't know much about it, I was just trying to find a convenient way to judge how advanced the English is. In some cases they might be referring to school editions that have been edited or simplified.


Signet Classics are always the complete, original, unsimplified text.


In any case, Edgar Rice Burrough's "Tarzan of the Apes" is NOT written in easy English and Matthew35 should be proud of being able to read it. 


"From this primitive function has arisen, unquestionably, all the forms and ceremonials of modern church and state, for through all the countless ages, back beyond the uttermost ramparts of a dawning humanity our fierce, hairy forebears danced out the rites of the Dum-Dum to the sound of their earthen drums, beneath the bright light of a tropical moon in the depth of a mighty jungle which stands unchanged today as it stood on that long forgotten night in the dim, unthinkable vistas of the long dead past when our first shaggy ancestor swung from a swaying bough and dropped lightly upon the soft turf of the first meeting place."


Actually... in my personal opinion (I'm not a teacher)... that is a "run-on sentence!"

February 7, 2015

That would be nice, as it leaves on option to get a quantum physics textbook recommended for use in frist grades of schools...if the statements are properly illustrated with formulas and the characters are big enough:) I always knew that some 'abstract' and 'unusual', but not exactly 'complex' concepts should be studied as early as possible!! Yahoo!!!!!

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February 6, 2015

Dan, I noticed in one of their brochures the same 'tarzan of the apes' assessed as 1270:

(examples of books of different levels with occasional excerpts:

Then I typed 'tarzan' in search window and I've got:

'Tarzan of the Apes', The Townsend Lybrary, ISBN13: 9781591940104 , 1000L

'Tarzan of the Apes', Penguin Classics, ISBN13: 9780140184648 , 1270L.

'The beasts of Tarzan', The Townsend Library, ISBN13: 9781591940333 , 960L

'The Beasts of Tarzan', Ballantine Books, ISBN13: 9780345324337, 1360L!

I'm confused. Do they take for example, layouts into account? 1360-960=400L is by no means a little...

February 6, 2015

Also,  thank you for your recommendation of website!!!! 

February 5, 2015
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