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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    The Erasers

    By Alain Robbe-Grillet

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    After a failed attempt on his life by an unknown terrorist cell, Professor Daniel Dupont decides to fake his own death. The government authorities, believing that the attack is part of a series of political assassinations, send Wallas, a recently promoted special investigator, to the provincial town…

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    Simplicius Simplicissimus

    By H.J.C. Grimmelshausen

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    ‘Simplicius Simplicissimus’ – the towering achievement of H.J.C. von Grimmelshausen, one of the earliest novelists in the German language – charts the adventures of its hero, Simplicius, through the horrors of battle, murder, fire and famine, offering an invaluable eyewitness account of the Thirty Y…

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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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    Seven Dada Manifestos

    By Tristan Tzara

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    This volume contains Tristan Tzara’s famous manifestos, which first appeared between 1916 and 1921 and became essential texts of the modern movement and models for Breton’s Surrealist manifestos. Art for Tzara was both deadly serious and a game, and the playfulness of his character is apparent not o…

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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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    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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    Scottish Prose 1550–1700

    By Various authors

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    This anthology, which contains writings from well-known figures such as John Knox and James VI through to the many lesser-known authors who flourished towards the end of the seventeenth century, offers a remarkable cross-section of Scottish thought during the crucial years of the Reformation. Provid…

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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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    Racine and Shakespeare

    By Stendhal

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    This major critical work by the great French novelist reveals Stendhal’s decisive role in the literary renaissance called Romanticism. Written sixteen years before ‘The Charterhouse of Parma’, it marked the beginning of his illustrious career and established him at the forefront of the French Romant…

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