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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 ... 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 Tale... 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 gh... read more

Terrors of the Night: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #30
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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 prop... read more

Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #65
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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 Herodo... read more

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She kissed and kissed her with a hungry mouth.
The pioneering nineteenth-century poet's best-known and most darkly imaginative verses on love, death and loss. This volume contains a selection... read more

Goblin Market: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #53
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By the author of Stoner, the surprise international bestseller. After the brutal murder of his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, Octavian, a shy and scholarly youth of nineteen, suddenly finds himself heir to the vast power of Rome. He is dest... read more

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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: ... read more

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'...revealing great shining fangs more than three inches long.' 
These delightful miniature tales of macabre hauntings, monsters and magic tricks are Classical China's greatest stories. Th... read more

Wailing Ghosts: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s No. 07
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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 illusion. 

How to Use Your Enemies: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #12
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'Is it me you love, friend? or the race that made me?'
Robert Louis Stevenson's chilling Victorian gothic novella about decaying aristocracy, vampirism and tormented love set in the remote mountains of ... read more

Olalla: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #19
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'The devil gave the woman a nudge: "Look at that belt full of money peeping out from under the butcher's shirt!"' Written for a local German journal and ... read more

How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher's Dog: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #22
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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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Hippo Banquet: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s No. 32
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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 ... read more

Maldive Shark: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #38
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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... read more

Nose: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s #46
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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. Introduc... read more

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'To the utterly at-one with Siva there's no dawn.' Meditative, deeply personal poems to the god Siva, from four major Hindu saints. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birth... 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 Classic... read more

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The stories collected here, written during the final decade of Chekhov's life, reveal a writer who, in response to the techniques of Symbolism and Impressionism, was moving beyond 19th-century realism to become an influential innovator of the modern short story.

The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904
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With an introduction by Sebastian Faulks. 'We are no longer young men. We've lost any desire to conquer the world. We are refugees. We are fleeing from ourselves. From our lives. We were eighteen and had begun to love th... read more

All Quiet on the Western Front
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