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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy, Larissa Volokhonsky

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky. Their subsequent affair scandalizes...

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Emma

Emma

Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, rich - and fiercely independent - is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of...

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Meditations

Meditations

Marcus Aurelius, Diskin Clay, Martin Hammond

A series of reflections, strongly influenced by Epictetus, which represent a Stoic outlook on life. It offers a range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and...

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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Stella McNichol, Elaine Showalter

In Virgnia Woolf's novel - which inspired the 2003 film The Hours - Mrs Dalloway is an assured socialite. Yet as she prepares for her party on a hot London day in June 1923, she feels the terror of existence and the pull of...

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Don Juan

Don Juan

Lord Byron, E Steffan, T.G. Steffan, W.W. Pratt, Peter Manning

Byron's exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, beginning with his illicit love affair at the age of sixteen in his native Spain and his subsequent exile to Italy.

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Ethics

Ethics

Benedict de Spinoza, Stuart Hampshire, Edwin Curley

Provides a coherent picture of reality, and a guide to the meaning of an ethical life. This book follows a logical format, it defines in turn the nature of God, the mind, the emotions, human bondage to the emotions, and the power...

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle

Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its...

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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Rumi, Coleman Barks, John Moyne, Arthur J. Arberry, Reynold A. Nicholson

Thirteenth-century Persian philosopher, mystic, scholar and founder of the order of the Whirling Dervishes, Jelaluddin Rumi was also a poet of transcendental power. His inspirational verse speaks with the universal voice of the...

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Friedrich Nietzsche, R. J. Hollingdale, R. Hollingdale

Describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. This title argues that...

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Middlemarch

Middlemarch

George Eliot, Rosemary Ashton

Features Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfilment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; and the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift...

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The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, Gareth Stedman Jones

The Communist Manifesto presents a summary of the whole Marxist vision of history and is the foundation document of the Marxist movement. Published on the eve of the 1848 revolutions, the manifesto is a condensed account of the...

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Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert, Geoffrey Wall, Michele Roberts

Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. She longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and,...

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