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Goethe's Faust is a classic of European literature. Based on the fable
of the man who traded his soul for superhuman powers and knowledge, it
became the life's work of Germany's
greatest poet. Beginning with an intriguing wager between God and
Satan, it charts the life of a deeply flawed individual, his struggle
against the nihilism of his diabolical companion Mephistopheles.
As Angus Calder states in his introduction to this edition, 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the major statements about the fighting experience of the First World War'. Lawrence's younger brothers, Frank and Will, had been killed on the Western Front in 1915.
an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria.
Orphaned at ten, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the
Viking ways. Yet Uhtred's fate is bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex,
who rules over the English kingdom to survive the Danish assault. This
book is set in England during the reign of King Alfred.
What does persuasion mean - a firm belief, or the action of persuading
someone to think something else? Anne Elliot is one of Austen's
quietest heroines, but also one of the strongest and the most open to
change. She lives at the time of the Napoleonic wars, a time of
accident, adventure, the making of new fortunes and alliances.
A historical romance, "The Three Musketeers" tells the story of the
early adventures of the young Gascon gentleman D'Artagnan and his three
friends from the regiment of the King's Musketeers - Athos,
The title story transports the reader to a fabulous fantasy land of
such opulence that it has to remain a secret and jealously-guarded
domain. Fatal consequences lie in store for "bona fide" and uninvited
guests alike. Other stories included are "The Cut-Glass Bowl", "May
Day", "The Rich Boy", "Crazy Sunday", "An Alcoholic Case", "The Lees of
Happiness", "The Lost Decade" and "Babylon Revisited"
The master stortyteller Andrew Lang draws on his classical learning to
recount the Homeric legend of the wars bewteen the Greeks and the
Trojans. Paris, the lovely Helen of Troy, Achilles, Hector, Ulysses,
the Amazons and the Wooden Horse all figure in this magical
introduction to one of the greatest lengends ever told.
Often called the first modern novel, Don Quixote originally conceived
as a comic satire against the chivalric romances. However, Cervantes
did not destroy the chivalric ideal of the romances he rejected - he
transfigured it. The work have been seen as a veiled attack on the
Catholic Church or on the contemporary Spanish politics, or symbolizing
the duality of the Spanish character.
Hans Christian Andersen is the best-loved of all tellers of fairy
tales. This collection of over forty of Andersen's most popular stories
includes The Mermaid, The Real Princess, The red Shoes, The Little
Match Girl, The Snow Queen, The Tinder Box, The Ugly Duckling and many
"King Solomon's Mines" tells of the search by Sir Henry Curtis, Captain
John Good and the narrator, Allan Quatermain, for Sir Henry's younger
brother George. He has been lost in the interior of Africa for two
years in the quest for King Solomon's Mines, the legendary source of
the biblical kings enormous riches.
This volume includes all Wilde's plays from his early tragedy "Vera" to
the controversial "Salome" and the little-known fragments, "La Sainte
Courtisane" and "A Florentine Tragedy".
is a sparkling collection of short stories written by modern masters
and mistresses of the crime fiction genre. Within these pages you will
find tales of murder, mystery and mayhem in a great variety of styles
and tones from the time-honoured whodunnit to the psychological chiller
to the history mystery to the crime procedural to the noir thriller to
the gangster epic and the darkly humorous narrative.
The Moonstone, a priceless Indian diamond which had been brought to
England as spoils of war, is given to Rachel Verrinder on her 18th
birthday. That night, the stone is stolen. Suspicion then falls on a
hunchbacked housemaid, on Rachel's cousin Franklin Blake, on a group of
mysterious Indian jugglers, and on Rachel herself.
Herodotus (c480-c425 BC) is 'The Father of History' and his Histories
are the first piece of Western historical writing. They are also the
most entertaining. Why did Pheidippides run the 26 miles and 385 yards
(or 42.195 kilometres) from Marathon to Athens? And what did he do when
he got there? Was the Battle of Salamis fought between sausage-sellers?
Which is the oldest language in the world?
Castigated for offending against public decency, "Madame Bovary" has
rarely failed to cause a storm. For Flaubert's contemporaries, the
fascination came from the novelist's meticulous account of provincial
manners. For the writer, subject matter was subordinate to his
anguished quest for aesthetic perfection.
As a parody travel-memoir, this classic satirical fable reports on many
fictional lands and societies, whose names have entered the English
language, including the minute inhabitants of Lilliput, the giants of
Brobdingnag and the Yahoos in the land of Houyhnhnms.
'Tales from Shakespeare' contents the following titles: The Tempest A Midsummer Night's Dream The Winter's Tale Much Ado About Nothing As You Like It The Two Gentlemen of Verona
This book is one of Shakespeare's most popular commedies, but it
remains deeply controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet
repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature.
Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the
theatre. In his intensity he can dominate the play,
This book is a Tolstoy's classic historical chronicle reflecting
Russia's struggle with Napoleon. The novel is an affirmation of life
itself, focusing on the lives of individuals and the physical reality
of human experience and its bewildering complexity.
"Little Women" is one of the best-loved children's stories of all time,
based on the author's own youthful experiences. It describes the family
life of the four March sisters living in a small New England community.
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