A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
Predating The Land that Time Forgot and The Lost World, James De Mille's fantasy novel, first published in 1888, similarly presents an uncharted land of prehistoric creatures and a society of humans whose organization and values satirize Victorian society.
An ideal introduction to the poetry of WB Yeats (1865–1939), this selection of 75 works, including the famous ‘Easter 1916' and ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, traces the development of Yeats’s verse and demonstrates his interest in Irish folklore and national identity, the occult, and contemporary politics. Selected, with notes and extra material by the poet JG Nichols.
Disappointed in love, Orlando, a young nobleman, is appointed ambassador to Constantinople by Charles II. There, he falls into a long sleep and wakes as a woman who never ages. Her adventures take her down the centuries to 1928, the year of the book’s publication. Woolf’s high-spirited mock biography explores issues of gender and sexuality that are still relevant today.
Diaries and Selected Letters
Much of Mikhail Bulgakov’s career was a struggle with Soviet censorship, and his greatest novel, The Master and Margarita, remained unpublished in his lifetime. These chronological extracts from his diaries and letters – their recipients included Stalin himself – run from 1921 to 1940, and record his initial success and subsequent fall from favour, including his interrogation by the secret police.
Unpublished writings by the 16th-century philosopher and occultist Giodano Bruno disappear from a digitization project in Jordan and the Jesuit priest who was studying them is found dead, raising fears about the stolen manuscript – both the immediate threat and the secret Bruno tried to hide.
Micromegas and Other Stories
Voltaire’s ‘philosophical story’ Micromegas foreshadows science fiction, telling of a 650-year-old giant from Sirius who visits Earth and encounters the stupidity of the human race. This classic Enlightenment text is accompanied by a further 13 short tales, all newly translated.
Memories of London
and An Excursion to the Poor Districts of London
On his first (and only) visit to London in 1873, Italian author Edmondo De Amicis noted the magnificence of the metropolis and recorded his impressions in the witty observational style that would later become his trademark. His essay is paired with a contrasting contemporaneous account of life in the deprived areas of the city by the French travel writer Louis Laurent Simonin.
Set in 13th-century Florence, part autobiography and part religious allegory, Dante's early masterpiece follows his quest to find a poetic idiom worthy of Beatrice, whom he had loved since boyhood. Her early death plunges him into an emotional turmoil that finds relief only through his faith in her continuing spiritual influence. The work is presented here in a verse translation by Anthony Mortimer.