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  • CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER
    CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER
    DE QUINCEY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780140439014
    Title: CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER
    Author: DE QUINCEY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this remarkable autobiography, Thomas De Quincey hauntingly describes the surreal visions and hallucinatory nocturnal wanderings he took through London—and the nightmares, despair, and paranoia to which he became prey—under the influence of the then-legal painkiller laudanum. Forging a link between artistic self-expression and addiction, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings seamlessly weaves the effects of drugs and the nature of dreams, memory, and imagination. First published in 1821, it paved the way for later generations of literary drug users, from Baudelaire to Burroughs, and anticipated psychoanalysis with its insights into the subconscious.

    This edition is based on the original serial version of 1821, and reproduces two “sequels”: Suspiria de Profundis (1845) and The English Mail-Coach (1849). It also includes a critical introduction discussing the romantic figure of the addict and the tradition of confessional literature, and an appendix on opium in the nineteenth century.

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONQUEST OF GAUL
    CONQUEST OF GAUL
    CAESAR JULIUS
    ISBN: 9780140444339
    Title: CONQUEST OF GAUL
    Author: CAESAR JULIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Between 58 and 50BC Caesar conquered most of the area now covered by France, Belgium and Switzerland, and twice invaded Britain. This is the record of his campaigns.

    Caesar's narrative offers insights into his military strategy & paints a fascinating picture of his encounters with the inhabitant of Gaul and Britain, as well as offering lively portraits of a number of key characters such as the rebel leaders and Gallic chieftains. This can also be read as a piece of political propaganda, as Caesar sets down his version of events for the Roman public, knowing that he faces civil war on his return to Rome.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
    COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
    DUMAS ALEXANDRE
    ISBN: 9780140449266
    Title: COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
    Author: DUMAS ALEXANDRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas' epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialised in the 1840s. Robin Buss's lively English translation remains faithful to the style of Dumas's original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading.



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140449136
    Title: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.

    This vivid translation by David McDuff has been acclaimed as the most accessible version of Dostoyevsky's great novel, rendering its dialogue with a unique force and naturalism.

    This edition also includes a new chronology of Dostoyevsky's life and work.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON
    CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON
    KANT IMMANUEL
    ISBN: 9780140447477
    Title: CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON
    Author: KANT IMMANUEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (1781) is the central text of modern philosophy. It brings together the two opposing schools of philosophy: rationalism, which grounds all our knowledge in reason, and empiricism, which traces all our knowledge to experience. The Critique is a profound and challenging investigation into the nature of human reason, establishing its truths and its falsities, its illusions and its reality. Reason, argues Kant, is the seat of all concepts, including God, freedom and immortality, and must therefore precede and surpass human experience. Marcus Weigelt's lucid re-working of Max Muller's classic translation makes the critique accessible to a new generation of readers. His informative introduction places the work in context and elucidates Kant's main arguments. This edition also contains a bibliography and explanatory notes.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CYRANO DE BERGERAC
    CYRANO DE BERGERAC
    ROSTAND EDMOND
    ISBN: 9780140449686
    Title: CYRANO DE BERGERAC
    Author: ROSTAND EDMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Poet and soldier, brawler and charmer, Cyrano de Bergerac is desperately in love with Roxane, the most beautiful woman in Paris. But there is one very large problem - he has a nose of stupendous size and believes she will never see past it to return his feelings. So when he discovers that the handsome but tongue-tied Christian is also pining for Roxane, generous Cyrano offers to help by writing exquisite declarations of love for the young man to woo her with. Will she ever recognize who she is really falling in love with? Set during the reign of Louis XIII, Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) was one of the great theatrical successes of its time and remains as popular today for its dramatic power and, above all, for its good-natured, passionate and swashbuckling hero.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DAISY MILLER
    DAISY MILLER
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9780141441344
    Title: DAISY MILLER
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Travelling in Europe with her family, Daisy Miller, an exquisitely beautiful young American woman, presents her fellow-countryman Winterbourne with a dilemma he cannot resolve. Is she deliberately flouting social convention in the outspoken way she talks and acts, or is she simply ignorant of those conventions? When she strikes up an intimate friendship with an urbane young Italian, her flat refusal to observe the codes of respectable behaviour leave her perilously exposed. In Daisy Miller James created his first great portrait of the enigmatic and dangerously independent American woman, a figure who would come to dominate his later masterpieces.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • DAMNED     (La-Bas)
    DAMNED (La-Bas)
    HUYSMANS JORIS-KARL
    ISBN: 9780140447675
    Title: DAMNED (La-Bas)
    Author: HUYSMANS JORIS-KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Joris-Karl Huysmans' shocking novel of an innocent's descent into a world of depraved, blasphemous rituals, The Damned (Là-Bas) caused a scandal when it was first published in nineteenth-century France. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with an introduction and notes by Terry Hale.

    Durtal, a shy, censorious man, is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the monstrous fifteenth-century child-murderer thought to be the original for 'Bluebeard'. Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he starts asking questions about Gilles's involvement in satanic rituals and is introduced to the exquisitely evil madame Chantelouve, he is soon drawn into a twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de- siècle Paris. Published in 1891, The Damned cemented Huysmans's reputation as a writer at the forefront of the avant-garde and as one of the most challenging and innovative figures in European literature.

    In his introduction, Terry Hale discusses autobiographical aspects of this scandalous novel, Huysmans's fascination with occult practices, the real woman who inspired the character of Madame Chantelouve and other literary accounts of Gilles de Rais. This edition also includes further reading, a chronology and notes.

    Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907) is now recognized as one of the most challenging and innovative figures in European literature and an acknowledged principal architect of the fin-de-siècle imagination. He was a career civil servant who wrote ten novels, most notably A Rebours and Là-Bas.
    If you enjoyed The Damned, you might like Huysmans's Against Nature (A Rebours), also available in Penguin Classics.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780140439441
    Title: DAVID COPPERFIELD
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the novel Dickens regarded as his 'favourite child' and is considered his most autobiographical. As David recounts his experience from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist, Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his own life. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters are Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth, and the 'umble Uriah Heep, along with Mr Micawber, a portrait of Dickens's own father which evokes the mixture of love, nostalgia and guilt.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • DE ANIMA   (On the Soul)
    DE ANIMA (On the Soul)
    ARISTOTLE
    ISBN: 9780140444711
    Title: DE ANIMA (On the Soul)
    Author: ARISTOTLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For the Pre-Socratic philosophers the soul was the source of movement and sensation, while for Plato it was the seat of being, metaphysically distinct from the body that it was forced temporarily to inhabit. Plato's student Aristotle was determined to test the truth of both these beliefs against the emerging sciences of logic and biology. His examination of the huge variety of living organisms - the enormous range of their behaviour, their powers and their perceptual sophistication - convinced him of the inadequacy both of a materialist reduction and of a Platonic sublimation of the soul. In De Anima, he sought to set out his theory of the soul as the ultimate reality of embodied form and produced both a masterpiece of philosophical insight and a psychology of perennially fascinating subtlety.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEAD SOULS
    DEAD SOULS
    GOGOL NIKOLAI
    ISBN: 9780140448078
    Title: DEAD SOULS
    Author: GOGOL NIKOLAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 owners from paying tax on them, and to use these souls as collateral to re-invent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov. Dead Souls, Russia s first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEMONS
    DEMONS
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780141441412
    Title: DEMONS
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pyotr and Stavrogin are the leaders of a Russian revolutionary cell. Their aim is to overthrow the Tsar, destroy society and seize power for themselves. Together they train terrorists who are willing to go to any lengths to achieve their goals - even if the mission means suicide. But when it seems the group is about to be discovered, will their recruits be willing to kill one of their own circle in order to cover their tracks? Partly based on the real-life case of a student murdered by his fellow revolutionaries, Dostoyevsky's sprawling novel is a powerful and prophetic, yet lively and often comic depiction of nineteenth-century Russia, and a savage indictment of the madness and self-destruction of those who use violence to serve their beliefs.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DHAMMAPADA
    DHAMMAPADA
    ISBN: 9780140449419
    Title: DHAMMAPADA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the best-known and best-loved works of Buddhist literature, the Dhammapada forms part of the oldest surviving body of Buddhist writings, and is traditionally regarded as the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself, spoken by him in his lifetime, and memorized and handed on by his followers after his death. A collection of simple verses gathered in themes such as 'awareness', 'fools' and 'old age', the Dhammapada is accessible, instructional and mind-clearing, with lessons in each verse to give ethical advice and to remind the listener of the transience of life.



    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • DIALOGUES AND LETTERS
    DIALOGUES AND LETTERS
    SENECA
    ISBN: 9780140446791
    Title: DIALOGUES AND LETTERS
    Author: SENECA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A major writer and a leading figure in the public life of Rome, Seneca (c. 4BC-AD 65) ranks among the most eloquent and influential masters of Latin prose.

    This selection explores his thoughts on philosophy and the trials of life. In the Consolation to Helvia he strives to offer solace to his mother, following his exile in AD 41, while On the Shortness of Life and On Tranquillity of Mind are lucid and compelling explorations of Stoic thought. Witty and self-critical, the Letters - written to his young friend Lucilius - explore Seneca's struggle to acquire philosophical wisdom. A fascinating insight into one of the greatest minds of Ancient Rome, these works inspired writers and thinkers including Montaigne, Rousseau, and Bacon, and continue to intrigue and enlighten.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
    DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
    FRANK ANNE
    ISBN: 9780241387481
    Title: DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
    Author: FRANK ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'June, 1942- I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.'

    In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.

    An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, this is the definitive edition of the diary of Anne Frank.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    MURASAKI LADY
    ISBN: 9780140435764
    Title: DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    Author: MURASAKI LADY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace - the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor's consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki's fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology - her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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