The House of the Seven Gables

"To inherit a great fortune. To inherit a great misfortune."These words, from Nathaniel Hawthorne's notebook, neatly encapsulate the theme of The House of the Seven...

Washington Square

Washington Square tells the poignant and gently comic story of Catherine Sloper, a sweet and unassuming young heiress, and her fortune-seeking suitor Morris Townsend. Set in New...

The Aspern Papers

In The Aspern Papers, a cold and ruthless literary biographer travels to Venice on the trail of personal letters belonging to the deceased American poet Jeffrey Aspern. His...

Sputnik Sweetheart

Haruki Murakami is unquestionably Japan’s leading novelist with his many works ? fiction and non-fiction ? consistently reflecting contemporary Japanese life while, unusually,...

Roderick Hudson

Roderick Hudson and Rowland Mallet are like two sides of the same coin: while the whimsical and egotistical Roderick recklessly follows his passions in the name of art, altruistic...

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter is one of the great classics of American literature. Set in the harsh Puritan environment of 17th-century Boston, it describes the plight of Hester Prynne, an...

The Europeans

After the collapse of her marriage to an illustrious German prince, Baroness Eugenia Münster arrives in America with her brother, in search of wealthy New England relatives. The...

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Poe’s only full novel, is one of his most unusual works. A riveting story, in the first person, it tells of a disastrous sea...

Famous Heroes of the American West

Famous Heroes of the American West is a lively account of the ‘Wild West’ and its renowned figures, narrated with vigour by Adam Sims. The lives of Davy Crockett, Christopher...

Nightmare Alley

Stanton Carlisle is smart, good-looking and ambitious. Among the outcasts, freaks and geeks of the Ten-in-One sideshow, he learns that the public is there to be gulled, and he...

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