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Femme Fatale
A selection of Maupassant's brilliant, glittering stories set in the Parisian beau monde and Normandy countryside. Introducing Little Black Classics:... Les mer
A Slip Under the Microscope
'I will go in, out of this dust and heat, out of this dry glitter of vanity, out of these toilsome futilities. I will go and never return.' Three... Les mer
Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands
"No, no, I've got your word for it, I've got to die ...you promised me ...you told me ..." Turgenev's accounts of hunting in rural Russia, and the... Les mer
The Robber Bridegroom
'Then she began to run, and she ran over the sharp stones and through the thorns, and the wild animals bounded past her ...' Four weird, dark and... Les mer
Il Duro
'But I ran up the broken stairway, and came out suddenly, as if by a miracle, clean on the platform of my San Tommaso, in the tremendous sunshine.'... Les mer
The Reckoning
'If marriage was the slow life-long acquittal of a debt contracted in ignorance, then marriage was a crime against human nature.' Two moving stories... Les mer
'You shall have thousands of gold pieces; - thousands of thousands - millions - mountains of gold: where will you keep them?'Two of Ruskin's most... Les mer
Leonardo Da Vinci
'In this painting of Leonardo's there was a smile so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human.' Often called "the first art historian",... Les mer
Circe and the Cyclops
'You must be Odysseus, man of twists and turns...'The tales of Odysseus's struggle with a man-eating Cyclops and Circe, the beautiful enchantress who... Les mer
Is it me you love, friend? or the race that made me? A gothic novella about love, torment and doomed aristocracy, set in the remote mountains of... Les mer
The Nose
'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... Les mer
Miss Brill
'And again, as always, he had the feeling he was holding something that never was quite his - his. Something too delicate, too precious, that would... Les mer
The Great Winglebury Duel
'Desperate-minded villain!' Two of Dickens' hilarious early stories from Sketches by Boz: 'The Great Winglebury Duel' and 'Bloomsbury Christening'... Les mer
Well, They Are Gone, And Here Must
'Ye Ice-Falls! Ye that from the mountain's brow Adown enormous ravines slope amain -...' A selection of Coleridge's poems, including 'This Lime-Tree... Les mer
The Yellow Wall-Paper
'The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.' Written with barely controlled fury after... Les mer
The Old Nurse’s Story
'Even in the stillness of that dead-cold weather, I had heard no sound of little battering hands upon the window-glass...' A phantom child roams the... Les mer
Remember, Body...
'All those excessive, useless regrets...' A collection of nostalgic, erotic poetry from one of the greatest Greek poets to have ever lived.... Les mer
The Atheist’s Mass
This is as much a mystery as the Immaculate Conception, which of itself must make a doctor an unbeliever.' A stunning pair of short stories about... Les mer
The Communist Manifesto
'The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.' Marx and Engels' revolutionary summons to the working classes - one of the most important... Les mer
'It was as if the sea, breaking down the wall protecting all the homes of the town, had sent a wave over her head.' One of Conrad's most powerful,... Les mer
A Pair of Silk Stockings
'At night, among the reeds on the bayou, Chicot could still hear the woman's wail, mingled now with the croaking of the frogs...' From one of the... Les mer
Aphorisms on Love and Hate
'We must learn to love, learn to be kind, and this from our earliest youth...Likewise, hatred must be learned and nurtured, if one wishes to become a... Les mer
Speaking of Siva
'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... Les mer