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Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens

Paul Dombey is an ambitious London merchant. He pins all his hopes for the future of his shipping firm on his fragile son whilst his daughter, Florence, goes unnoticed and neglected. It is only when the firm...


The Crocodile

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A true story of how a gentleman of a certain age and of respectable appearance was swallowed alive by the crocodile in the Arcade, and of the consequences that followed.


Simplicissimus

by Johann Grimmelshausen & Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell's translation of Simplicissimus was shortlisted for the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. "It is a violent and often all-too-realistic picaresque, set in war-torn Europe during the 17th-century...


Eugene Onegin

by Alexander Pushkin & Tom Beck

Eugene Onegin (1823-31) is an eight-chapter novel in sonnets. The sonnet form employed is of Pushkin's own devising. It enables him to modulate between tragic profundity and sparkling humour, and from exquisite...


Lysistrata

by Aristophanes

Aristophanes' great anti-war drama, with comedic overtones, glorifies the power of fertility in the face of destruction. Plays for Performance Series.


The World Is Round

by Gertrude Stein, Clement Hurd & Thacher Hurd

Published to commemorate its 75th anniversary, The World Is Round brings back into print the classic story created by Gertrude Stein and Clement Hurd.

Written in her unique prose style, Gertrude Stein's The...


The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone is one of the most famous suspense novels of all time: a masterpiece of construction and the ultimate page-turner. First serialized in Charles Dickens's magazine All the Year Round, this classic...


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,...