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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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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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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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Flush
Flush Virginia Woolf
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
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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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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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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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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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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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