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Author: WANG WEI
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

'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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Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

'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

Terrors of the Night
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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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'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

Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe
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Author: Herodotus
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

'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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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 o... read more

Goblin Market: Little Black Classics: Penguin 80s
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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

Augustus
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Author: Giovanni Boccaccio
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

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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'People begin to see that something more goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed - a knife - a purse - and a dark lane...' In this provocative and blackly funny essay... read more

On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts
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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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Author: Baltasar Gracian
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

'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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'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 Spain.
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Olalla
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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 published in 1811, these fabulo... read more

How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher's Dog
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Author: Henry Mayhew
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

'...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

Nightingales are Drunk
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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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Author: Nikolay Gogol
Category:

 Classics

'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

Nose
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Author: Samuel Pepys
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

'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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Author: ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS
Category:

 Classics

Series:Little Black Classics

'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 birthday. Little Black Classics cele... read more

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