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The Tell-Tale Heart
The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe
Horrifying tales of mystery, sickening madness and buried bodies by the master of the macabre.
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The Book Of Tea
The Book Of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
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.
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Letters To A Young Poet
Letters To A Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke
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.
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The Death Of Ivan Ilyich
The Death Of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy
Laying humanity bare, these two devastating stories ask: is it possible to have a good death? And what does it mean to truly live?
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Oroonoko
Oroonoko Aphra Behn
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.
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The Queen Of Spades
The Queen Of Spades Alexander Pushkin
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.
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Rip Van Winkle
Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving
From the Catskill Mountains to a medieval chapel, the pioneer of American short stories conjures magical vignettes of nineteenth-century life.
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Hannibal
Hannibal Livy
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.
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Frogs
Frogs Aristophanes Aristophanes, Aristophanes
This riotous play from ancient Greece's greatest comic dramatist blends fancy dress, earthy slapstick and political debate.
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The World Is Full Of Foolish Men
The World Is Full Of Foolish Men Jean De La Fontaine
Lions, foxes and cicadas expose the foibles of humanity in these sparkling 17th-century tales from France's greatest fabulist.
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Love That Moves The Sun And Other Stars
Love That Moves The Sun And Other Stars Dante Dante, Dante Alighieri
Heavenly verse evoking dancing souls and blinding flares from Paradiso - the blazing finale to Dante's Italian masterpiece The Divine Comedy.
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The Lifted Veil
The Lifted Veil George Eliot
In this chilling novella of Victorian horror, George Eliot explores clairvoyance, fate and the possibility of life after death.
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Lady Susan
Lady Susan Jane Austen
Glittering with Austen's subversive young imagination, this wicked early novella features a devious, adulterous anti-heroine.
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My Life Had Stood A Loaded Gun
My Life Had Stood A Loaded Gun Emily Dickinson
Electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers.
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Daphnis And Chloe
Daphnis And Chloe Longus
Two young lovers battle pirates, rivals and their own confused feelings in this tender pastoral romance from ancient Greece.
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Nonsense
Nonsense Edward Lear
Exuberant and ingenious, Lear's best-loved poems tell of jumblies, quangle wangles and luminous noses.
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Anecdotes Of The Cynics
Anecdotes Of The Cynics Anon
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.
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Flush
Flush Virginia Woolf
This playful, witty biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's pet spaniel - involving Italian travels and kidnappings - asks what it is to be a dog, and a human.
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The Sandman
The Sandman E. T. A. Hoffmann, E.T.A. Hoffmann
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.
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A Terrible Beauty Is Born
A Terrible Beauty Is Born William Butler Yeats, W B Yeats
By turns joyful and despairing, some of the twentieth century's greatest verse on fleeting youth, fervent hopes and futile sacrifice.
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Typhoon
Typhoon Joseph Conrad
The crew aboard a ramshackle steamer faces a treacherous storm in this gripping tale, inspired by Conrad's own time at sea.
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Lot No. 249
Lot No. 249 Arthur Conan Doyle
From the master of the detective story and creator of Sherlock Holmes, the first ever tale to feature a supernatural Egyptian mummy.
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To Be Read At Dusk
To Be Read At Dusk Charles Dickens
Three chilling ghost stories tell of deadly premonitions, dreams intercepted and spectres bearing silent warnings.
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