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Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Ryunosuke Akutagawa & Haruki Murakami

This collection features a brilliant new translation of the Japanese master's stories with an introduction by Haruki Murakami. Akutagawa's disturbing tales of human passion capture the cultural upheaval of early...


Studs Lonigan

by James T. Farrell & Ann Douglas

Collected here in one volume is James T. Farrell's renowned trilogy of the youth, early manhood, and death of Studs Lonigan: Young Lonigan, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, and Judgment Day. In this relentlessly...


Little Women

by LouisaMay Alcott & Elaine Showalter

Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their...


Henry VI, Part 3

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

"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...


In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 2 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Marcel Proust & James Grieve

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower is Proust’s spectacular dissection of male and female adolescence, charged with the narrator’s memories of Paris and the Normandy seaside. At the heart of the story...


Sodom and Gomorrah: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 4 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Marcel Proust & John Sturrock

Sodom and Gomorrah—now in a superb translation by John Sturrock—takes up the theme of homosexual love, male and female, and dwells on how destructive sexual jealousy can be for those who suffer it. Proust’s...


In Patagonia

by Bruce Chatwin

The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight

An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin's...


The Emigrants

by Gilbert Imlay & Amanda Gilroy

Imlay’s delightful epistolary adventure of 1793, set on the American frontier, was one of the first American novels. The trials of an emigrant family in the Ohio River Valley of Kentucky contrast the decadence...


French Provincial Cooking

by Elizabeth David & Julia Child

First published in 1962, Elizabeth David's culinary odyssey through provincial France forever changed the way we think about food. With elegant simplicity, David explores the authentic flavors and textures of...


Coming, Aphrodite!

by Willa Cather

Best known for the distinctive portraits of the people and land of the American West in her prairie novels, Willa Cather is one of the greatest American writers of this century. The fourteen short stories in...


Hungry Hearts

by Anzia Yezierska & Blanche Gelfant

In stories that draw heavily on her own life, Anzia Yezierska portrays the immigrant's struggle to become a "real" American, in such stories as "Yekl," "Hunger," "The Fat of the Land," and "How I Found America."...


Quaker Writings: An Anthology, 1650-1920

by Thomas D. Hamm

An illuminating collection of work by members of the Religious Society of Friends.

Covering nearly three centuries of religious development, this comprehensive anthology brings together writings from prominent...


The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes

by Michael Sims

A wonderfully wicked new anthology from the editor of The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime

It is the Victorian era and society is both entranced by and fearful of that suspicious character known as the New Woman....


A Fairly Honourable Defeat

by Iris Murdoch & Peter Reed

In a dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate through a Machiavellian experiment how easily loving couples, caring friends,...


The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories

by Jack London & Andrew Sinclair

This collection includes The Call of the Wild and its companion novel, White Fang, as well as all of Jack London's famous dog stories—"Batard," "Moon-Face," "Brown Wolf," "That Spot," and "To Build a Fire."...


The Sea, The Sea

Man Booker Prize 1978

by Iris Murdoch & Mary Kinzie

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor,...


Selected Poems

by Robert Burns & Carol McGuirk

This selection gives equal weight to the two aspects of Robert Burns's reputation, as a lyricist and as a much-loved Scottish poet. Placing works in probable order of composition, it includes lyrics to his most...


Lives of the Artists

by Giorgio Vasari & George Bull

‘In this painting of Leonardo’s there was a smile so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human’ Giorgio Vasari (1511–74) was an accomplished painter and architect, but it is for his illuminating...


Poems and Prose

by Gerard Hopkins & W. Gardner

Closer to Dylan Thomas than Matthew Arnold in his 'creative violence' and insistence on the sound of poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins was no staid, conventional Victorian. On entering the Society of Jesus at the...


The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

by Vincent Van Gogh & Ronald de Leeuw

Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all’ Few artists’ letters are as self-revelatory as Vincent Van Gogh’s, and the selection included here, spanning...