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Journey to the East

Journey to the East

Hermann Hesse

In simple, mesmersizing prose, Hesse tells of a journey both geographic and spiritual, as various historical figures travel together, encountering everything from Noah's Ark to Don Quixote.

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The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game

Hermann Hesse

In the remote Kingdom of Castalia, the scholars of the Twenty Third century play the Glass Bead Game. The elaborately coded game is a fusion of all human knowledge - of maths, music, philosophy, science, and art. Intrigued as a...

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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad, J. H. Stape, Robert Hampson, Owen Knowles

Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz: dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities. Travelling upriver to the heart of the African...

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

William Blake, Geoffrey Keynes

The 54 colour plates reproduced here are the original work of Blake himself, presented with the text of each poem on the verso of each plate. A brief commentary is provided by Sir Geoffrey Keynes, editor of Blake's Complete...

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The Wild Boys

The Wild Boys

William S. Burroughs

The Wild Boys is a futuristic tale of global warfare in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states. Making full use of his inimitable humor, wild imagination, and...

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Howl and Other Poems

Howl and Other Poems

Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams

World literature classic-the one, the only, the original HOWL! Over a million copies in print around the world. The poem that made history in 1956, setting a First Amendment freedom of speech precedent.

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Season in Hell and Illuminations

Season in Hell and Illuminations

Arthur Rimbaud, Wyatt Mason

Authoritative editions of great classics of world literature feature introductions by acclaimed writers, meticulous translations of foreign literature, commentary by distinguished writers and critics, biographical notes, and a...

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Illuminations: Prose poems

Illuminations: Prose poems

Arthur Rimbaud

The definitive translation of the one of the brightest geniuses of French poetry.

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Wittgenstein's Poker

Wittgenstein’s Poker

David Edmonds, John Eidinow

At the centre of the story stand the philosophers themselves, proud, irascible, larger than life, and spoiling for a fight.'Those ten minutes shook the world of Western philosophy literally to its foundations .

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Villette

Villette

Charlotte Bronte, Helen Cooper

With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls' boarding school in the small town of Villette. There, she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, the...

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 Special priceThe Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky

Paul Bowles, Paul Theroux, Michael Hoffman

Port and Kit Moresbury, a sophisticated American couple, are finding it more than a little difficult to live with each other. Endeavoring to escape this predicament, they set off for North Africa intending to travel through...

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Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

Malcolm Lowry, Stephen Spender

P.S. insights, interviews & more --Cover.

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Dead Souls

Dead Souls

Nikolay Gogol, Robert A. Maguire

Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the provincial town of 'N', visiting a succession of landowners and making each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their...

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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. Everyone knows that her little daughter, Pearl, is the product of an illicit affair but no one knows the identity of Pearl's father. But she stands strong in the face of public scorn, even...

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