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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 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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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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Democracy in America: And Two Essays on America

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Democracy in America: And Two Essays on America

Alexis de Tocqueville

Literary essays; History of the Americas; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Political structures: democracy; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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In 1831 Tocqueville set out from post-revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him 9 months and cover... [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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Bleak House

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Bleak House

Charles Dickens

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

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As the interminable case of 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce' grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate... [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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The Last Days of Socrates

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The Last Days of Socrates

Plato

Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500

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The trial and condemnation of Socrates for heresy and corrupting young minds is a defining moment in the history of Classical... [more]

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The Brothers Karamazov

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The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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When brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov is murdered, the lives of his sons are changed irrevocably: Mitya, the sensualist,... [more]

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The Complete Short Fiction

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The Complete Short Fiction

Oscar Wilde

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

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Fairy tales, ghost stories, detective fiction and comedies of manners - the stories collected in this volume made Oscar Wilde's... [more]

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

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

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Tells the story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft that conveys the voice and experience of the American frontier.... [more]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

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

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Enthralled by Dorian Gray' own exquisite portrait, he exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend... [more]

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Crime and Punishment

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Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

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Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder... [more]

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Far from the Madding Crowd

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

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

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Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate... [more]

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Mansfield Park

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Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

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

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Taken from the poverty of her parents' home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware... [more]

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Northanger Abbey

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Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

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

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Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her acquaintances:... [more]

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Barnaby Rudge

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Barnaby Rudge

Charles Dickens

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

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Offers a portrait of London's descent into anarchy, where 'King Mob' rules the streets, and innocent lives are swept up in... [more]

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Oliver Twist

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Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

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

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After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver Twist finds himself lured into a den of thieves... [more]

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A Tale of Two Cities

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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

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

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After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his... [more]

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Gulliver's Travels

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Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

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

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Describes the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon. This text, based on the first edition of 1726, reproduces... [more]

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Persuasion

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Persuasion

Jane Austen

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

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Anne Elliot, twenty-seven and still single, seems destined for spinsterhood. In her youth, she broke off an engagement to... [more]

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Sense and Sensibility

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Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

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

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Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby... [more]

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Lysistrata and Other Plays

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Lysistrata and Other Plays

Aristophanes

Plays & playscripts

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Collecting three comedies that show Aristophanes tackling the consequences of war and social upheaval in Athens with his characteristic... [more]

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

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

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When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their... [more]

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Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen, Anne Rees Jones

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

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When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent... [more]

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