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Stylish fin-de-siècle stories, poems and illustrations from the notorious magazine The Yellow Book, which scandalized the Victorians with its avant-garde decadence.
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.
How do you create a community? How can we work together? How do we stay true to our ideals? For almost fifteen centuries this extraordinary book has provided guidance.
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.
This is the story of the women who changed the world, told through speeches, pamphlets, posters, newspaper articles and letters.
From their arrest to their final breaths, the last days of seven prisoners condemned to death in Tsarist Russia are described in this visceral, heart-stopping novella.
This collection of Shakespeare's soliloquies, from famous set-pieces to little-known speeches, displays his genius in all its range and richness.
From the father of American literature, four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subverted.
From the supreme artist of the short story, three disturbing tales of supernatural hallucinations, hysterical obsession and moral decay.
Wilde's celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English - and his own genius.
A tense, dramatic account of the Battle of Waterloo - and how a rain shower changed history - from Victor Hugo's epic novel Les Misérables.
Self-celebrating and self-mocking autobiographical writings from Ecce Homo, the last work iconoclastic German philosopher Nietzsche wrote before his descent into madness.
Mary Shelley's dark story of a bereaved man's disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century.
The searing autobiography of Olaudah Equiano - African slave, sailor and finally a free man - fuelled the eighteenth-century abolitionist movement.
Conjuring wily walruses, dancing lobsters, a Jabberwock and a Bandersnatch, Carroll's fantastical verse gave new words to the English language.
From the great visionary and radical genius of the Romantic age, transcendent verse on heaven and hell, innocence and experience.
Arguing that a state's political power should lie with its people, these pieces from The Social Contract inspired the French revolution.
Two devastating Russian stories of solitude, unrequited love and depravity from beyond the grave.
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.
By turns joyful and despairing, some of the twentieth century's greatest verse on fleeting youth, fervent hopes and futile sacrifice.
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.
Three chilling ghost stories tell of deadly premonitions, dreams intercepted and spectres bearing silent warnings.