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Only Dull People Are Brilliant At Breakfast
Only Dull People Are Brilliant At Breakfast Oscar Wilde
Wilde's celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English - and his own genius.
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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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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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The Withered Arm
The Withered Arm Thomas Hardy
A jealous lover's curse and an ingenious party trick feature in these two suspenseful stories set in Hardy's imaginary Wessex.
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Green Tea
Green Tea Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Sheridan Le Fanu
From the pioneer of horror fiction, this tale of a clergyman tormented by a demonic creature is one of the greatest Victorian ghost stories.
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Stancliffe's Hotel
Stancliffe's Hotel Charlotte Bronte
These witty, racy vignettes set in Charlotte Brontë's imaginary kingdom of Angria feature rakish dandies, high-society courtesans and the dashing hero Zamorna.
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The Stolen White Elephant
The Stolen White Elephant Mark Twain
From the father of American literature, four sparkling comic tales of extraordinary animals and parables subverted.
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A Nervous Breakdown
A Nervous Breakdown Anton Chekhov
From the supreme artist of the short story, three disturbing tales of supernatural hallucinations, hysterical obsession and moral decay.
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Waterloo
Waterloo Victor Hugo
A tense, dramatic account of the Battle of Waterloo - and how a rain shower changed history - from Victor Hugo's epic novel Les Misérables.
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Matilda
Matilda Mary Shelley
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.
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Tyger, Tyger
Tyger, Tyger William Blake
From the great visionary and radical genius of the Romantic age, transcendent verse on heaven and hell, innocence and experience.
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White Nights
White Nights Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Two devastating Russian stories of solitude, unrequited love and depravity from beyond the grave.
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Seven Hanged
Seven Hanged Leonid Andreyev
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.
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The Yellow Book
The Yellow Book Anon
Stylish fin-de-siècle stories, poems and illustrations from the notorious magazine The Yellow Book, which scandalized the Victorians with its avant-garde decadence.
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A Hippo Banquet
A Hippo Banquet Mary Kingsley
The fearless, pioneering Victorian female explorer describes dodging elephants and fighting off a leopard with a stool in Africa.
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