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A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

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A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

Guy de Maupassant

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Short stories; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Include thirty-three tales that focus on the relationships between men and women, between brothers and sisters, and between... [more]

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Medea and Other Plays

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Medea and Other Plays

Euripides

Plays & playscripts

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An accessible prose translation that is accompanied by a general introduction and individual prefaces to each play. [more]

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Le Morte D'Arthur Volume 1

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Le Morte D'Arthur Volume 1

Sir Thomas Malory

Literary essays; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Presents an evocative version of the Arthurian legend. This book describes Arthur's ascendancy to the throne after claiming... [more]

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Le Morte D'Arthur Volume 2

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Le Morte D'Arthur Volume 2

Sir Thomas Malory

Literary essays; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Presents the adventures of Sir Tristram de Liones and the treachery of Sir Mordred, and follows Sir Launcelot's quest for... [more]

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The Descent of Man: Selection in Relation to Sex

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The Descent of Man: Selection in Relation to Sex

Adrian J. Desmond, Charles Darwin, James Richard Moore

Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Evolution; Human biology; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The Descent of Man (1871) is among Darwin's most important works, addressing the crucial question of the origins, evolution... [more]

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Metamorphoses

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Metamorphoses

Ovid

Poetry by individual poets; Literary essays; Folklore, myths & legends

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Ovid's witty and exuberant epic starts with the creation of the world and brings together a series of ingeniously linked Greek... [more]

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The Birds and Other Plays

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The Birds and Other Plays

Aristophanes

Plays & playscripts

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Two cunning Athenians persuade the birds to build the utopian city of 'Much Cuckoo in the Clouds' in the sky, blockading the... [more]

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Germinal

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Germinal

Emile Zola

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Fiction in translation; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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A depiction of the poverty and wretchedness of a mining community in northern France under the second empire. [more]

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Silas Marner

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Silas Marner

George Eliot

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives... [more]

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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

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The Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Peter Abelard, Abbess of the Paraclete Heloise

Biography: historical, political & military; Literary essays; Christianity; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The story of Abelard and Heloise remains one of the world's most celebrated and tragic love affairs. This title follows the... [more]

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City of God

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City of God

Saint Augustine

Literary essays; Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600; Philosophy of religion; Christianity

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St Augustine, bishop of Hippo, was one of the central figures in the history of Christianity. Written as a defence of the... [more]

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Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the... [more]

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The Nicomachean Ethics

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The Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle

Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500; Ethics & moral philosophy

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Addresses the question of how to live well, and originates the concept of cultivating a virtuous character as the basis of... [more]

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The Complete Plays

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The Complete Plays

Christopher Marlowe

Plays & playscripts

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In the victories of Tamburlaine, Faustus' encounters with the demonic, the irreverence of Barabas and the humiliation of Edward... [more]

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Little Dorrit

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Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress,... [more]

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Confessions of an English Opium Eater

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Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Thomas De Quincey

Biography: general; Literary essays; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Offers an account of the pleasures and pains of worshipping at the 'Church of Opium'. This autobiography of addiction hauntingly... [more]

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What is Art?

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What is Art?

Leo Tolstoy

Theory of art; Literary essays

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During the decades of his world fame, Tolstoy wrote this series of essays and polemics on issues of morality, social justice... [more]

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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

Charles Dickens

Anthologies (non-poetry); Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Tells the story of the solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of... [more]

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

Edgar Allan Poe

Anthologies (non-poetry); Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Horror & ghost stories; Short stories; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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A selection of Edgar Allen Poe's critical writings, short fiction and poetry that demonstrates his intense interest in aesthetic... [more]

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Against Nature

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Against Nature

Joris-Karl Huysmans

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where her indulges his taste for luxury and... [more]

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection

Samuel Pepys

Biography: historical, political & military; Diaries, letters & journals; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The 1660s represent a turning point in English history, and for the main events - the Restoration, the Dutch War, the Great... [more]

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A Journal of the Plague Year

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A Journal of the Plague Year

Daniel Defoe

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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This work follows Daniel Defoe's fictional narrator as he traces the devastating progress of the plague through the streets... [more]

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The Aeneid

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The Aeneid

Virgil

Poetry by individual poets

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Inspired by Homer and inspiration for Dante and Milton, the Aeneid is an immortal poem at the heart of Western life and culture.... [more]

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Laurence Sterne

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Part novel, part digression, this book presents a disordered narrative that interweaves the birth and life of the unfortunate... [more]

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Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy, Leo Tolstoy

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Fiction in translation; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty... [more]

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