The Poetic Edda

The Poetic Edda is the most important collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry, covering the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, The Doom of the...

Poetics/Rhetoric

The Art of Rhetoric, a guide on the principles behind oratorical skill, is a core text on the art of persuasion. Aristotle contends that rhetoric is one of the key elements of...

The Beetle

The Beetle is a horror novel that was published in 1897 and significantly outsold Dracula, which appeared in the same year. A polymorphous Egyptian creature – the Beetle –...

The Oaken Heart

Margery Allingham, already a successful crime writer, was living quietly in the Essex village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy (‘Auburn’) when the Second World War broke out. Her house...

Colonel Chabert

In the brutal Prussian winter of 1807, Emperor Napole?on Bonaparte’s Grande Arme?e suffered massive losses to the Russians in the Battle of Eylau. Many thousands died. Young...

Clea

‘I knew that Clea would share everything with me, withholding nothing – not even the look of complicity which women reserve only for their mirrors.’ In Clea, the concluding...

The Complete Mapp and Lucia, Vol. 1

Sharply observant and wickedly funny, E.F. Benson’s six ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels satirize the upper-middle-class social climbers in 1920s and ’30s rural England. Games of...

Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes

The world’s greatest gentleman thief is back and this time he must summon all his brilliance and prowess to escape the clutches of his most worthy adversary: the master English...

Romola

Set in the turbulent years following the death of Lorenzo de’ Medici, George Eliot’s fourth novel, Romola, moves the stage from the English countryside of the 19th century to...

La Dame aux Camélias

Dumas’s novel became one of the great love stories from its first publication in 1848. The title role of the consumptive heroine and her ultimate sacrifice inspired actresses...

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