Antonin Artaud: The Man and His Work

    By Martin Esslin

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    The influence of Antonin Artaud on the contemporary theatre has only become evident since the early Sixties, although writers and directors have been directly or indirectly influenced by his thinking and innovations for many years. Today his pre-eminence as a founder of modern theatrical style is ri…

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    The Blind Owl and Other Stories

    By Sadeq Hedayat

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    Written in Persian, The Blind Owl is predominantly a love story – an unconventional love story that elicits visions and nightmare reveries from the depths of the reader’s subconscious. A young man, an old man and a beautiful young girl perform, as if framed within a Persian miniature, a ritual of de…

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    The Two Friends

    By Alessandro Gallenzi and Peter Benson

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    A theatrical retelling of Gogol’s famous story of the two Ivans squabbling over a trifling insult, The Two Friends transposes the action to the village of Newington Green on the outskirts of London in the year 1722, when Daniel Defoe was a resident of the parish, the South Sea Bubble had recently bu…

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    Undine

    By Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué

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    When the knight Huldbrand finds shelter at an old fisherman’s cottage outside a haunted forest, he encounters and falls in love with his host’s adopted daughter, the mysterious Undine. As it turns out that his beloved is a mermaid from a royal house and that Huldbrand was already more or less betrot…

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    True History – Lucius, or The Ass

    By Lucian

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    True History’, Lucian’s best-known and most entertaining work, is a parody of the tall stories of fantastic journeys narrated by famous poets and historians. With his trademark wit and humour, Lucian informs his readers that he means to tell nothing but lies and impossibilities, and warns them not t…

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    The Wallace

    By Sydney Goodsir Smith

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    The Wallace is a historical play dramatizing the life of one of Scotland’s greatest heroes, William Wallace, whose revolt against England in the early fourteenth century led to his capture and execution, but, also through the continuing and successful rebellion of his successor, Robert the Bruce, to…

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    The Theology of Samuel Beckett

    By John Calder

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    Like all the greatest writers, Samuel Beckett was primarily interested in discovering the meaning and purpose of life and of the world into which we are born. Knowledgeable about the religion his family and education instilled in him, which as an adult he could neither accept nor reject, he used it…

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    The Supernatural Short Stories of Sir Walter Scott

    By Sir Walter Scott

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    One of the main forces in early nineteenth-century literature, Sir Walter Scott was not only among the greatest novelists of his time, but influenced generations of writers, including literary giants such as Stendhal and Tolstoy. Though chiefly remembered for his historical epics Ivanhoe, Rob Roy an…

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    The Philosophy of Samuel Beckett

    By John Calder

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    Increasingly Samuel Beckett’s writing is seen as the culmination of the great literature of the twentieth century – succeeding the work of Proust, Joyce and Kafka. Beckett is a writer whose relevance to his time and use of poetic imagery can be compared to Shakespeare’s in the late Renaissance. John…

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    The Lives of Haydn, Mozart and Metastasio

    By Stendhal

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    The ‘Lives of Haydn, Mozart and Metastasio’- Stendhal’s first published work – owes its inspiration to the audacious pragmatism of its author. After the collapse of the Napoleonic empire, Henri Beyle was jobless, soon destined to become a refugee and in desperate need of money. His most abiding pass…

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    The Garden of Eros

    By John Calder

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    The Garden of Eros brings to life some of last century’s leading cultural figures, who shaped our modern thinking and defined the tastes of an entire generation, changing for ever the way we look at literature and the world around us. Drawing from the accounts of two fellow publishers – Maurice Giro…

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    The Fantastic Tales of Fitz-James O’Brien

    By Fitz-James O'Brien

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    In the field of supernatural and fantastic literature, certain names come readily to mind – E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft – but the name of Fitz-James O’Brien has been unjustly overlooked and nearly forgotten since his premature death in 1862 during the American Civil War. ‘The Di…

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