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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    Collected Poems

    By Sydney Goodsir Smith

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    The premature death of Sydney Goodsir Smith at the age of fifty-nine, while this volume of his ‘Collected Poems’ was in production, deprived the world of one of the major personalities in twentieth-century British literature. The poems included in this volume, mostly written in Scots dialect – from…

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    Green Henry

    By Gottfried Keller

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    The story of young Henry, who struggles to fulfill his ambitions to become a successful painter and is torn between the gentle Anna and the proud and sensual Judith, is one of the most outstanding and personal Bildngsromane written in the German language. Written between 1846 and 1855, Keller’s poet…

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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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    Martin Salander

    By Gottfried Keller

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    ‘Martin Salander’, one of the Gottfried Keller’s most famous novels, traces the progress of an impoverished idealist towards becoming a self-sufficient, deeply humane individual, offering at the same time a reflection on the social and political changes of the time and a compassionate picture of a f…

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    Rome, Naples and Florence

    By Stendhal

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    Few writers have known Italy better than Stendhal: he was only seventeen when he first rode south across the Alps in the wake of Napoleon’s armies, and he continued to travel and to live in Italy until a few months before his death. Some of his visits lasted only a few weeks, others continued for ye…

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    Scottish Short Stories 1800–1900

    By Various Authors

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    This collection of Scottish short stories has been chosen to give as wide as possible a picture of Scottish fiction of the nineteenth century. Authors such as Walter Scott, James Hogg, John Galt, Margaret Oliphant and Robert Louis Stevenson are widely known as major figures outside Scotland, and thi…

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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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    Selected Journalism

    By Stendhal

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    The articles which Stendhal contributed as French correspondent for the ‘London Magazine’, ‘New Monthly Magazine’ and other English Marketing Reviews of the 1820s are here brought together in a single volume, the only edition available in English. In them Stendhal – defying fashion and giving proof…

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    Seven Expressionist Plays

    By Oskar Kokoschka, Franz Kafka, Ernst Barlach, Georg Kaiser et al.

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    This volume contains even plays, written between 1906 and 1926, which demonstrate the basic forms, tenets and preoccupations of German Expressionist drama, which has been described as the forerunner of Absurdist theatre and is characterized by both visual and verbal violence. These plays, taken toge…

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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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    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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