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The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

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The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

Benedicta Ward

Christian life & practice; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. The Desert... [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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Dracula

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Dracula

Bram Stoker

Classic horror & ghost stories; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in... [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 Autobiography and Other Writings

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The Autobiography and Other Writings

Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography: historical, political & military; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific and political efforts over a lifetime which extended... [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 Awakening and Selected Stories

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The Awakening and Selected Stories

Kate Chopin

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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A woman who dares to defy expectations of society in pursuit of her desire. But a century after her death, it is regarded... [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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Vanity Fair

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Vanity Fair

William Thackeray

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

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No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies... [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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Beyond Good and Evil

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Beyond Good and Evil

Friedrich Nietzsche

Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900; Ethics & moral philosophy; Philosophy of religion; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. This work demonstrates that the... [more]

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror

Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic horror & ghost stories; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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A story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with the 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound... [more]

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Emma

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Emma

Jane Austen

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

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Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, rich - and fiercely independent - is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for... [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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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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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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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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Frankenstein

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Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

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

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Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion... [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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