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This title contains four hilarious and provocative stories from Boccaccio's Decameron, featuring cuckolded husbands, cross-dressing wives and very bad priests. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th bi... read more

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'Can I bear to leave these blue hills?' It is a generous selection from three of the greatest and most enjoyable of Chinese poets. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classic... read more

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'Better mad with the crowd than sane all alone.' In these witty, Machiavellian aphorisms, unlikely Spanish priest Baltasar Gracian shows us how to exploit friends and enemies alike to thrive in a world of deception and illusio... read more

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It is a selection of Maupassant's brilliant, glittering stories set in the Parisian beau monde and Normandy countryside. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge... read more

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'Mind you, it was a pukka, respectable opium-house, and not one of those stifling, sweltering chandoo-khanas that you can find all over the City.' Kipling first became famous for his pungent, harsh and shocking stories of ... read more

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'...a good bit of spice to give the critlings a flavour, and plenty of treacle to make the mince-meat look rich.' Radical Victorian reformer Henry Mayhew walked the streets of London interviewing ordinary flower girls, market trade... read more

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'Drunk or sober, king or soldier, none will be excluded.' Sensual, profound, delighted, wise, Hafez's poems have enchanted their readers for more than 600 years. One of the greatest figures of world literature, he remains tod... read more

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'Those husbands that I had, Three of them were good and two were bad. The three that I call "good" were rich and old...' One of the most bawdy, entertaining and popular stories from The Canterbury Tales. Introducing Little Black Classi... read more

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'...dreaming of bears, or fire, or water...' The greatest of Elizabethan pamphleteers, Nashe had a magical ability with words, never more so than in The Terrors of the Night, where he mulls over ghosts, demons, nightmares and th... read more

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'While engaged on this hunt I felt the earth quiver under my feet, and heard a soft big soughing sound, and looking round saw I had dropped in on a hippo banquet...'
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'No voice, no low, no howl is heard; the chief sound of life here is a hiss.' Stories and poems by Herman Melville drawn from his years at sea. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Cla... read more

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'Even in the stillness of that dead-cold weather, I had heard no sound of little battering hands upon the window-glass...' A phantom child roams the Northumberland moors, while a host of fairytale characters gone to seed gather in ... read more

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'The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.' Written with barely controlled fury after she was confined to her room for 'nerves' and forbidden to write, Gilman's pion... read more

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Author: Nikolay Gogol
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'Strangely enough, I mistook it for a gentleman at first. Fortunately I had my spectacles with me so I could see it was really a nose.' With this pair of absurd, comic stories Gogol indulges his imagination and delights readers. Introducing ... read more

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'With one's face in the wind you were almost burned with a shower of Firedrops.' A selection from Pepys' startlingly vivid and candid diary, including his famous account of the Great Fire. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 b... read more

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'If marriage was the slow life-long acquittal of a debt contracted in ignorance, then marriage was a crime against human nature.' This title features two moving stories of love, loss, desire and divorce, from one of the great chronicler... read more

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'Their fruits be diverse and plentiful, as nutmegs, ginger, long pepper, lemons, cucumbers, cocos, sago, with divers other sorts...' Scholar, spy, diplomat and supreme propagandist for Elizabethan sea po... read more

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'Do you see your son, standing over there, in the antechamber? Well, I am going to shoot him.' The story of the great and mad Cambyses, King of Persia, told by part-historian, part-mythmaker Herodotus of Halicarnassus. Introduci... read more

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Author: Anon
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'Hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal.' Captivating aphorisms illustrating the Buddhist dhamma, or moral system. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little... read more

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'Did she know and if she knew would she speak?' The story of an unsolved literary mystery that explores what James referred to as "troubled artistic consciousness." Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th ... read more

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