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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.
Electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers.
Exuberant and ingenious, Lear's best-loved poems tell of jumblies, quangle wangles and luminous noses.
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.
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.
From the Catskill Mountains to a medieval chapel, the pioneer of American short stories conjures magical vignettes of nineteenth-century life.
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.
This riotous play from ancient Greece's greatest comic dramatist blends fancy dress, earthy slapstick and political debate.
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.
A jealous lover's curse and an ingenious party trick feature in these two suspenseful stories set in Hardy's imaginary Wessex.
From the pioneer of horror fiction, this tale of a clergyman tormented by a demonic creature is one of the greatest Victorian ghost stories.
These witty, racy vignettes set in Charlotte Brontë's imaginary kingdom of Angria feature rakish dandies, high-society courtesans and the dashing hero Zamorna.
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.
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.
With covers provided by textile design firm Wallace Sewell, these are must-have editions of European masterpieces, celebrating the warp and weft of a shared literary treasury.
The Pelican Shakespeare series incorporates more than thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the acclaimed original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967.
Four books chosen by authors Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie to mark the centenary of the first British women receiving the right to vote.
Books that have changed the history of thought, in sumptuous, clothbound hardbacks.