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Chronicles

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Chronicles

Jean Froissart

European history; Early history: c 500 to c 1450&1500; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The chronicles of Froissart are one of the greatest contemporary records of 14th-century England and France. Depicting the... [more]

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Saint Joan

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Saint Joan

George Bernard Shaw

Plays & playscripts

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A play that distils the author's views on the subjects of politics, religion and creative evolution. [more]

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The Sign of Four

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The Sign of Four

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Fiction & Literature; Classic crime; Fiction & Literature

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At first the interruption to the boredom of Sherlock Holmes seems to have little to do with crime. A governess, whose father... [more]

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A Study in Scarlet

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A Study in Scarlet

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Fiction & Literature; Classic crime; Fiction & Literature

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Convalescing in London after a disastrous experience of war in Afghanistan, Dr John Watson finds himself sharing rooms with... [more]

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Selected Writings

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Selected Writings

Saint Hildegard

Christian mysticism; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Hildegard was a 12th century Cistercian nun, prophet and writer. This thematically arranged selection contains extracts from... [more]

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The Mysteries of Udolpho

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The Mysteries of Udolpho

Ann Radcliffe

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

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Emily St Aubert lives with her loving, enlightened parents in exquisitely happy rural isolation. But when she is tragically... [more]

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Selected Poems

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Selected Poems

Rudyard Kipling

Poetry; Poetry by individual poets

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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is often regarded as the unofficial Laureate of the British Empire. This selection of his poetry... [more]

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The Old Curiosity Shop

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The Old Curiosity Shop

Charles Dickens

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

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Little Nell Trent lives in the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop with her ailing grandfather, for whom she cares with... [more]

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Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

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Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

Aeschylus

Plays & playscripts

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Aeschylus (525-456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of... [more]

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The Discourses

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The Discourses

Niccolo Machiavelli

Political science & theory; Political structure & processes; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Proposes a system of government that would uphold civic freedom and security by instilling the virtues of active citizenship,... [more]

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The Metaphysics

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The Metaphysics

Aristotle

Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology

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Presents the author's mature rejection of both the Platonic theory that what we perceive is just a pale reflection of reality... [more]

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Hesiod and Theognis

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Hesiod and Theognis

Hesiod, Theognis

Poetry anthologies

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Offers an introduction to the life and thought of ancient Greece. [more]

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Medea and Other Plays

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Medea and Other Plays

Euripides

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Features four tragedies, all of which focus on a central character, once powerful, brought down by betrayal, jealousy, guilt... [more]

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American Notes

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American Notes

Charles Dickens

Biography: historical, political & military; Classic travel writing; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842 he was the most famous man of his day to travel there - curious about the... [more]

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The Consolation of Philosophy

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The Consolation of Philosophy

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

Literary studies: classical, early & medieval; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600

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Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became... [more]

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Ivanhoe

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Ivanhoe

Sir Walter Scott

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

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Set at the time of the Norman Conquest, this novel discusses Ivanhoe's return from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and... [more]

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Venus in Furs

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Venus in Furs

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

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

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Severin von Kusiemski, a European nobleman desires to be enslaved to a woman. Severin finds his ideal of voluptuous cruelty... [more]

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Selected Poems

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Selected Poems

Robert Browning

Poetry; Poetry by individual poets

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Presents a selection of poems by the author. This book contains such poems as My Last Duchess , Fra Lippo Lippi and The... [more]

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Treasure Island

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Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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Jim Hawkins soon becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map's existence, and his bravery and... [more]

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

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The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

Oscar Wilde

Plays & playscripts

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Includes plays such as Lady Windermere's Fan , Salome , A Woman of No Importance , An Ideal Husband , A Florentine Tragedy... [more]

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon

Literary essays; European history; Ancient history: to c 500 CE; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Decline and Fall spans thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks. David Womersley's... [more]

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Martin Chuzzlewit

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Martin Chuzzlewit

Charles Dickens

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

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The greed of Patricia Ingham's family has led wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit to become suspicious and misanthropic, leaving... [more]

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Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers

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Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers

Andrew Louth, Andrew Louth

Orthodox & Oriental Churches; Christian theology; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Focuses on traditions and organization of the infant church, during an otherwise little-known period of its development. This... [more]

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The Pickwick Papers

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The Pickwick Papers

Charles Dickens

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

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Charles Dickens' first published work, The Pickwick Papers was an instant success that captured the public imagination with... [more]

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Early Irish Myths and Sagas

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Early Irish Myths and Sagas

Jeffrey Gantz

Folklore, myths & legends; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Irish tales, first written down in the eighth century, deal with the birth, childhood, courtship, premonitions, and death... [more]

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