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The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
Horrifying tales of mystery, sickening madness and buried bodies by the master of the macabre.
The Book Of Tea
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.
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.
The Death Of Ivan Ilyich
Laying humanity bare, these two devastating stories ask: is it possible to have a good death? And what does it mean to truly live?
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.
The Queen Of Spades
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.
Rip Van Winkle
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.
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.
Love That Moves The Sun And Other Stars
Heavenly verse evoking dancing souls and blinding flares from
- the blazing finale to Dante's Italian masterpiece
The Divine Comedy.
The Lifted Veil
In this chilling novella of Victorian horror, George Eliot explores clairvoyance, fate and the possibility of life after death.
Glittering with Austen's subversive young imagination, this wicked
early novella features a devious, adulterous anti-heroine.
My Life Had Stood A Loaded Gun
Electrifying poems of isolation, beauty, death and eternity from a reclusive genius and one of America's greatest writers.
Daphnis And Chloe
Two young lovers battle pirates, rivals and their own confused feelings in this tender pastoral romance from ancient Greece.
Exuberant and ingenious, Lear's best-loved poems tell of jumblies, quangle wangles and luminous noses.
Anecdotes Of The Cynics
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.
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.
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.
The crew aboard a ramshackle steamer faces a treacherous storm in this gripping tale, inspired by Conrad's own time at sea.
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.
To Be Read At Dusk
Three chilling ghost stories tell of deadly premonitions, dreams intercepted and spectres bearing silent warnings.
The Withered Arm
A jealous lover's curse and an ingenious party trick feature in these two suspenseful stories set in Hardy's imaginary Wessex
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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