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The poet Rilke's lyrical and life-changing advice to an aspiring young writer is among the most inspiring expressions of youthful creativity there has ever been.
The tragedy of Oedipus' daughter – a wise, fearless heroine who shuns society's laws – from the master Greek dramatist.
This riotous play from ancient Greece's greatest comic dramatist blends fancy dress, earthy slapstick and political debate.
Self-celebrating and self-mocking autobiographical writings from Ecce Homo, the last work iconoclastic German philosopher Nietzsche wrote before his descent into madness.
Exuberant and ingenious, Lear's best-loved poems tell of jumblies, quangle wangles and luminous noses.
This 1906 guide to the beauty of the tea ceremony is both a paean to the art of simplicity, and a wry critique of the West's view of Japan.
A gorgeous Vintage Classics edition of Virginia Woolf's lively, witty and insightful 'biography' of the cocker spaniel Flush, loyal companion to nineteenth century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Wilde's celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English - and his own genius.
By turns joyful and despairing, some of the twentieth century's greatest verse on fleeting youth, fervent hopes and futile sacrifice.
Electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers.
By turns rapturous, erotic and despairing, this astonishingly modern verse tells of an ancient Roman poet's all-consuming infatuation with one woman.
Written by spy, traveller and pioneering female writer Aphra Benn, this story of an African prince sold into slavery is considered one of the earliest English novels.
In this outrageous episode from the memoirs of the world's most infamous seducer, Casanova recalls his amorous exploits in a Venetian convent.
Lions, foxes and cicadas expose the foibles of humanity in these sparkling 17th-century tales from France's greatest fabulist.
Heavenly verse evoking dancing souls and blinding flares from Paradiso - the blazing finale to Dante's Italian masterpiece The Divine Comedy.
In this chilling novella of Victorian horror, George Eliot explores clairvoyance, fate and the possibility of life after death.
One of the Russian master's most popular and chilling stories tells of a young card player whose obsession with winning becomes a terrible curse.
One of Rome's greatest historians recounts the military genius Hannibal crossing the Alps with twenty-one elephants and winning the famed Battle of the Trebbia.
Stealer of children's eyes, the sinister Sandman is one of the most famous creations from the dark gothic imagination of German Romantic E. T. A. Hoffmann.
What makes us happy? For over 800 years the Cynic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome argued that the answer lay in a simple, self-sufficient life.
The crew aboard a ramshackle steamer faces a treacherous storm in this gripping tale, inspired by Conrad's own time at sea.
From the master of the detective story and creator of Sherlock Holmes, the first ever tale to feature a supernatural Egyptian mummy.