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Henry IV, Part 2

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

After defeat at the Battle of Shrewsbury the rebels regroup. But Prince Hal’s reluctance to inherit the crown threatens to destroy the ailing Henry IV’s dream of a lasting dynasty. Shakespeare’s portrait...


Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him....


Othello

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Though this great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor, its story of the doomed marriage of a Venetian senator’s daughter, Desdemona, to a Moorish general,...


The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

One of the last plays Shakespeare penned on his own, The Winter’s Tale is a transcendent work of death and rebirth, exploring irrational sexual jealousy, the redemptive world of nature, and the magical power...


Emma

by Jane Austen

Introduction by A. Walton Litz

 

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one...


Under Western Eyes

by Joseph Conrad & Jeffrey Meyers

Describes a band of frustrated revolutionary exiles in Geneva. This book is a study of individuals under pressure, and it remains a telling account of the fugitive life - especially in its portrait of Razumov,...


The Transformation (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley wrote 'The Transformation' having been challenged by Lord Byron to pen an original ghost story. Eighteen months later, it became the classic novel, Frankenstein. The original tale provides fascinating...


Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Thomas Prest

Thomas Prest was a prolific and popular writer of Victorian 'penny dreadfuls'. The 'demon barber', Sweeney Todd, was his most famous and successful creation. Many of the penny dreadful stories, particularly...


The Assassins (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Percy Bysshe Shelley

Hailed as one of the finest lyric poets in the English language, Percy Bysshe Shelley was best-known for his verse. However, he also produced a number of acclaimed short prose works, and 'The Assassins' is charged...


A Smokey Lady in Knickers (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Thorne Smith

Thorne Smith was one of the early 20th century's best-known writers of humorous supernatural fantasy. Before reaching global fame with his 1926 novel Topper, he produced a string of popular short stories, of...


The Haunted Chamber (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Ann Radcliffe

Ann Radcliffe was an early pioneer of the Gothic novel, and 'The Haunted Chamber' is one of her best-known tales. A chilling and subtle ghost story, it is an excellent example of Radcliffe's genre-defining style....


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - With Other Short Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Robert Louis Stevenson

Author of the timeless Treasure Island (1883), Robert Louis Stevenson is a hugely popular author, and one of the most translated in the world. First published in 1886, 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr....


The Edgar Allan Poe of Japan - Some Tales by Edogawa Rampo - With Some Stories Inspired by His Writings (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Edogawa Rampo

Edogawa Rampo is the pen name of Japanese author Hirai Taro. Influenced in his early career by Western mystery writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he is one of Japan's most famous authors,...


Haunted Houses in Mogh's Half - Ghost Stories from Northern Ireland (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , John D. Seymour

St. John D Seymour was a minister and explorer, who spent his life documenting what he regarded as real-life examples of witches, banshees, poltergeists, ghosts and apparitions. Many of the Gothic romance and...


The Chain of Destiny (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker is best known for his 1897 publication, Dracula. This work is an epistolary novel weaving hypnotism, magic, the supernatural, and other elements of Gothic fiction. It went on to sell over one million...


The Body-Snatcher (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Robert Louis Stevenson

Author of the timeless Treasure Island (1883), Robert Louis Stevenson is a hugely popular author, and one of the most translated in the world. First published in Pall Mall magazine in December of 1884, 'The...


Banshees, and Other Death Warnings (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , John D. Seymour

St. John D Seymour was a minister and explorer, who spent his life documenting what he regarded as real-life examples of witches, banshees, poltergeists, ghosts and apparitions. Many of the earliest Irish ghost...


William Wilson (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Edgar Allan Poe

Master of the Gothic and creator of the detective genre, Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous writers in all of American literature. 'William Wilson' ranks amongst his spookiest tales, and features a thrilling...


The Vampyre (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , John William Polidori

Closely associated with the Romantic movement, John William Polidori is considered by many to be the creator of vampire fiction. His 1819 short story, 'The Vampyre', is widely accepted as the first vampire story...


The Undying Thing (Fantasy and Horror Classics)

by , Barry Pain

Barry Pain was a prolific and popular mystery and horror writer whose career spanned forty years. Though somewhat neglected in his day, he is now seen as an important writer, and a great inspiration for authors...