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King John

by William Shakespeare

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant...

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Prospero, sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, along with his daughter Miranda, has lived on an island for many years since his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. Then, as Antonio's ship passes near...

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's grand comedy casts the lovers Benedick and Beatrice in a witty war of words while the young Claudio is tricked into believing his love Hero has been unfaithful.

This edition features an overview...

Romeo and Juliet Complete Text with Extras

by William Shakespeare

These violent delights have violent ends

And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,

Which, as they kiss, consume.

When Romeo first lays eyes on the bewitching Juliet, it's love at first sight. But though...

Pride and Prejudice Complete Text with Extras

by Jane Austen

"Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her."

With all the forces of the world conspiring to keep Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet apart, how will fate manage to bring them together? It certainly...

Two Histories of England

by Jane Austen & Charles Dickens

In these two forgotten gems of English literature, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens offer delightful, irreverent histories of their native land.

When she was only sixteen years old, Jane Austen composed her bitingly...

Jamaa Hodari Kisiwani

by J.D. Wyss & J.R. Wyss

A Kiswahili translation of The Swiss Family Robinson.

Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Thus begins the classic...

Robinson Crusoe Kisiwani

by Daniel Defoe

A Kiswahili translation of the classic tale Robinson Crusoe.

Visa vya Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

A Kiswahili translation of Charles Dicken’s classic, Oliver Twist.

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....


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,...

Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

A magnificent drama of love and war, this riveting tragedy presents one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters—the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Roman leader Mark Antony, a virtual...

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...


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...


by Jane Austen

The most perfect of Jane Austen’s perfect novels begins with twenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominating the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding...

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...