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The Uncommercial Traveller

by Charles Dickens

Join Dickens on his night walks through London and discover the hidden night life of Victorian society. Dickens often suffered from insomnia and used his night-time wanderings to collect impressions and ideas...


Oedipus the King

by Sophocles & Nicholas Rudall

The tragedy of Oedipus, who unknowingly slays his father and marries his mother, is one of the mythical cornerstones of Western civilization. Plays for Performance Series.


Medea

by Euripides & Nicholas Rudall

Medea, whose magical powers helped Jason and the Argonauts take the Golden Fleece, remains one of the strongest female characters ever to appear on stage. In the play she kills her own children. Plays for Performance...


The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chechov

Chekhov's great tragicomic eulogy for a passing way of life is superbly adapted to make a powerful and beautifully playable drama. Plays for Performance Series.


Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen

Ibsen's great social drama of a caged woman in the late 19th century explores her tormented desire for escape and her yearning for individual and spiritual freedom. Plays for Performance Series.


Great Expectations: (Movie Tie-In)

by Charles Dickens

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and starring Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, and Jeremy Irvine as Pip

A terrifying...


Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert & Francis Steegmuller

For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for "offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us today...


Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

Penned by Mary Shelley (1797-1851), Frankenstein is the best-selling Gothic classic about an experiment that goes horribly wrong, and a monster who swears revenge on his creator. Swiss student Victor Frankenstein...


Dialogues of Plato

by Plato

ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP

In these influential dialogues—Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium—Plato employs the dialectic method to examine the trial and death...


Heart of Darkness

by Matt Kish

Following his epic Moby Dick in Pictures, artist Matt Kish has set himself upon an equally impressive, and no less harrowing, task: illustrating each page of Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece, Heart of Darkness....


Ghosts

by Henrik Ibsen & Nicholas Rudall

A play of stinging contemporaneity-about religious and societal hypocrisy, guilt that feeds on innocence, the terror of the inevitable, and the battle between truth and darkness, freedom and constraint. Plays...


On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

by Henry David Thoreau

Penned by American philosopher and transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience examines the role of the individual’s conscience in governmental rule. Thoreau argues that individual...


The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition (The Annotated Books)

by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel & Martin Gardner

The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, The Annotated Alice is a landmark event in the rich history of Lewis Carroll and cause to celebrate the remarkable career of Martin Gardner. For over half a century,...


The D'Artagnan Romances: The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Vallière and The Man in the Iron Mask.

by Alexandre Dumas (Pere) & Alexandre Dumas

The complete collection of the D'Artagnan Romances containing full text of the 6 books: The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Vallière and The Man...


Six Characters in Search of an Author

by Luigi Pirandello

Robert Brustein's highly acclaimed adaptation of Pirandello's masterpiece, a study in illusion and reality which follows a group of characters who try to fashion their life stories into acceptable drama. Plays...


The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession

by Leo Tolstoy, Peter Carson & Mary Beard

A pairing of Tolstoy’s most spiritual and existential works of fiction and nonfiction from the renowned translator of Turgenev and Chekhov. In the last two days of his own life, Peter Carson completed these...


I Pose

by Stella Benson

Stella Benson's debut was one of the most acclaimed of her generation: "One of the brightest, most original, and best written books that have come my way for a long time," wrote Sir Henry Lucy. "As the mature...


The Five Jars (Illustrated Edition)

by M. R. James

The great M. R. James is the undisputed master of the ghost story. So what happened when he set his sights on writing a fairy tale? Nothing less than eerily bewitching magic... Here is a fascinating journey...


Dracula

by Bram Stoker

'I am Dracula. And I bid you welcome to my house'

He is deathly pale. His fingernails are cut to sharp points. His teeth protrude menacingly from his mouth in clouds of rancid breath. Yet even Count Dracula's...


Thérèse Raquin

by Emile Zola & Adam Thorpe

A BRAND NEW TRANSLATION BY ADAM THORPE

Mysterious disappearances, domestic cases, noiseless, bloodless snuffings-out. the law can look as deep as it likes, but when the crime itself goes unsuspected. oh yes,...