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The Voyages of Dr Dolittle

The Voyages of Dr Dolittle

Author: Hugh Lofting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. After rescuing an injured squirrel, Tommy Stubbins is directed to the offices of Doctor John Dolittle and is amazed to discover a house full of exotic creatures. Under the tutelage of Polynesia the parrot, Tommy becomes the Doctor's assistant, learning how to understand animals and accompanying the Doctor on an adventurous voyage. The motley band of naturalists sets sail for Spidermonkey Island, traversing rough seas and mountainous lands, and encountering warring tribes of Popsipetels and Bagjagderags, as well as a host of sparrows, porpoises, unusual insects and rare sea snails along the way. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was published in 1922 as the sequel to Lofting's much-loved classic The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Full of warmth and charm, it has been lauded as a successor to Lewis Carroll in its vibrant depiction of animals, and will delight younger and mature audiences alike.

Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2020

Exam board: Edexcel, OCR, Cambridge Assessment International Education Level & Subject: AS and A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017, 2020 This edition of Mrs Dalloway provides depth and context for A Level students, with the complete novel in an easy to read format, and a detailed introduction and bespoke glossary written by an experienced A Level teacher with academic expertise in the area. * Affordable high quality complete text of Mrs Dalloway, ideal for AS and A Level Literature * Perfectly pitched introductions provide the depth and demand required by AS and A Level * Explore the contemporary context, Virginia Woolf's writing, the novel's critical reception and subsequent interpretations for a deeper reading of the text * Expand your further reading with a list of key articles and critical and theoretical texts * Improve your understanding of the novel with unfamiliar concepts and culturally-specific terms defined in the glossary

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Exam board: AQA A, AQA B, OCR Level & Subject: AS and A Level Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017 This edition of The Great Gatsby provides depth and context for A Level students, with the complete novel in an easy to read format, and a detailed introduction and bespoke glossary written by an experienced A Level teacher with academic expertise in the area. * Affordable high quality complete text of The Great Gatsby, ideal for AS and A Level Literature * Perfectly pitched introductions provide the depth and demand required by AS and A Level * Explore the contemporary context, F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing, the novel's critical reception and subsequent interpretations for a deeper reading of the text * Expand your further reading with a list of key articles and critical and theoretical texts * Improve your understanding of the novel with unfamiliar concepts and culturally-specific terms defined in the glossary

Little Women

Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

How can you forge your own path in times of war, uncertainty and hardship? Meg longs for marriage; Amy wants to be a painter; Beth is content to stay at home; while Jo wants adventure and a life without limits. Four decidedly different sisters, growing up during the American Civil War, each facing their own unique challenge. Little Women tells the story of the March sisters. Through parties, travel, illness, arguments, dinners, love affairs and ice skating escapades, we follow these unforgettable women as they come of age. First published over 150 years ago, Little Women is a quintessential American classic has become a stage and screen favourite ever since, capturing the hearts of millions of readers across the world.

My Antonia

My Antonia

Author: Willa Cather Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/11/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. My Antonia is Willa Cather's masterpiece about 19th-century Nebraskan pioneers. My Antonia depicts the pioneering period of European settlement on the tall-grass prairie of the American midwest, with its beautiful yet terrifying landscape, rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans, and communities who share life's joys and sorrows. Jim Burden recounts his memories of Antonia Shimerda, whose family settle in Nebraska from Bohemia. Together they share childhoods spent in a new world. Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. Her story is that of the land itself, a moving portrait of endurance and strength.

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/11/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. For a time I believed that mankind had been swept out of existence, and that I stood there alone, the last man left alive. When a strange, meteor-like object lands in the heart of England, the inhabitants of Earth find themselves victims of a terrible attack. A ruthless race of Martians, armed with heat rays and poisonous smoke, is intent on destroying everything that stands in its way. As the unnamed hero struggles to find his way across decimated wastelands, the fate of the planet hangs in the balance . . . H. G. Wells was a pioneer of modern science fiction. First serialised in the UK in 1897, The War of the Worlds is one of the earliest stories to depict conflict with an extraterrestrial race, and has influenced countless adaptations and sequels.

Sanditon & Other Stories

Sanditon & Other Stories

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Young Charlotte Heywood arrives in Sanditon, a newly established seaside resort, with the Parkers: patrons and enthusiastic promoters of the town. Just as the town seeks to reinvent itself as a fashionable destination, Charlotte Heywood attempts to begin anew amongst its residents. As she begins to settle into Sanditon society, with the Parkers and the rich widow Lady Denham, a slew of new arrivals stir up emotions. Among them are relatives of Lady Denham, seeking her generous fortune; Miss Lambe, a rich heiress; and Sydney Parker, the handsome young man who catches Charlotte's eye. Charlotte must navigate the complicated web of liaisons, finding herself more involved than she ever intended... Collected here with her unfinished work The Watsons, and the much-loved novella-in-letters, Lady Susan, Austen's final, unfinished novel demonstrates her biting sense of humour and will give readers a thrilling glimpse of a genius at work.

Sanditon & Other Stories

Sanditon & Other Stories

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Young Charlotte Heywood arrives in Sanditon, a newly established seaside resort, with the Parkers: patrons and enthusiastic promoters of the town. Just as the town seeks to reinvent itself as a fashionable destination, Charlotte Heywood attempts to begin anew amongst its residents. As she begins to settle into Sanditon society, with the Parkers and the rich widow Lady Denham, a slew of new arrivals stir up emotions. Among them are relatives of Lady Denham, seeking her generous fortune; Miss Lambe, a rich heiress; and Sydney Parker, the handsome young man who catches Charlotte's eye. Charlotte must navigate the complicated web of liaisons, finding herself more involved than she ever intended... Collected here with her unfinished work The Watsons, and the much-loved novella-in-letters, Lady Susan, Austen's final, unfinished novel demonstrates her biting sense of humour and will give readers a thrilling glimpse of a genius at work.

My Antonia

My Antonia

Author: Willa Cather Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. My Antonia is Willa Cather's masterpiece about 19th-century Nebraskan pioneers. My Antonia depicts the pioneering period of European settlement on the tall-grass prairie of the American midwest, with its beautiful yet terrifying landscape, rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans, and communities who share life's joys and sorrows. Jim Burden recounts his memories of Antonia Shimerda, whose family settle in Nebraska from Bohemia. Together they share childhoods spent in a new world. Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. Her story is that of the land itself, a moving portrait of endurance and strength.

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2019

HarperCollins is pround to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.' A tale of sin, punishment and atonement, The Scarlet Letter exposes the moral rigidity of a 17th-Century Puritan New England community when faced with the illegitimate child of a young mother. Regarded as the first real heroine of American fiction, it is Hester Prynne's strength of character that resonates with the reader when her harsh sentence is cast. It is in her refusal to reveal the identity of the father in the face of her accusers that Hawthorne champions his heroine and berates the weakness of Society for attacking the innocent.

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Author: Sir Richard Burton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. ` For, said he, there never was nor is there one chaste woman upon the face of earth. ' A collection of Persian, Arabian and Indian tales dating from the 9th century, Sir Richard Burton's most well-known translation of Arabian Nights brings together ancient folklore and stories passed down from generation to generation. Featuring tales about love, history, tragedy and comedy as well as fables and fairy tales, this edition remains a well-loved collection of exotic and evocative stories. Fantastical and curious customs are bought to life by Burton's translation in stories such as `The Lovers of Bassorah', `The Concubine of Al-Maamun' and `The Hunchback's Tale'.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if not, is he a devil?' Set on the bleak moors of Yorkshire, Lockwood is forced to seek shelter at Wuthering Heights, the home of his new landlord, Heathcliff. The intense and wildly passionate Heathcliff tells the story of his life, his all-consuming love for Catherine Earnshaw and the doomed outcome of that relationship, leading to his revenge. Poetic, complex and grand in its scope, Emily Bronte's masterpiece is considered one of the most unique gothic novels of its time.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Where, you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.' After the sudden death of her wealthy parents, spoilt Mary Lennox is sent from India to live with her uncle in the austere Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors. Neglected and uncherished, she is horribly lonely, until one day she discovers a walled garden in the grounds that has been kept locked for years. When Mary finds the key to the garden and shares it with two unlikely companions, she opens up a world of hope, and as the garden blooms, Mary and her friends begin to find a new joy in life. Serialised in 1910 and first published in its entirety in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's enchanting novel of friendship and rejuvenation is one of the greatest classics of children's literature.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness. 'The rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...' Victor Frankenstein's monster is stitched together from the limbs of the dead, taken from 'the dissecting room and the slaughter-house'. The result is a grotesque being who, rejected by his maker and starved of human companionship, sets out on a journey to seek his revenge. In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness. Begun when Mary Shelley was only eighteen years old and published two years later, this chilling tale of a young scientist's desire to create life - and the consequences of that creation - still resonates today.

The Hound of the Baskervilles A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

The Hound of the Baskervilles A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter, then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing.' When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the misty and desolate Devon moors, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson decide to investigate. The locals blame his death on the family curse, a legendary phantom hound which has supposedly haunted the Baskervilles for generations. Holmes' detective skills are put to the test as he battles to discover the truth behind the fearsome legend and to solve one of the most macabre mysteries of his career. Originally serialised in the Strand Magazine between 1901 and 1902, Conan Doyle's tale is the third novel to feature the famous duo, and remains one of the most popular.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Fifteen men on the dead man's chest -Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!' When young Jim Hawkins finds an old map showing the location of a hoard of buried treasure, he joins the crew of the Hispaniola who set sail to find it. But they soon have a mutiny on their hands, led by the duplicitous pirate Long John Silver. As the quest turns murderous, Jim's bravery is put to the test, and he discovers much about friendship, loyalty and betrayal on this daring voyage. Treasure Island was serialised in the children's magazine Young Folks before being published in 1883. It has come to be regarded as one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.' A London lawyer is drawn into a series of strange occurrences concerning his old friend Henry Jekyll and the despicable stranger Edward Hyde, a man who seems to epitomise the very meaning of evil. What is Hyde's mysterious hold over Jekyll, and what is the reason behind Jekyll's increasingly odd behaviour? The investigations will lead into the dark heart of Victorian London, and of human nature itself, as the shocking truth about Hyde's true identity is finally revealed. Published in 1886 to critical acclaim, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a thrilling exploration of the interplay of good and evil and the terrifying duality that lies within us all. These themes held a constant fascination for Stevenson and are further explored in his short stories Markheim and The Body Snatcher, also included in this book.

Dubliners

Dubliners

Author: James Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'There was no doubt about it: if you wanted to succeed you had to go away. You could do nothing in Dublin.' From a child coming to terms with the death of a priest to a young woman torn between leading an uneventful life in Dublin and fleeing Ireland with her lover, these fifteen stories bring to life the day-to-day existence of ordinary Dubliners in the early years of the twentieth century. With brutal realism, Joyce lays bare the struggles and desires of the Irish middle classes in a compelling and unique exploration of human experience. Completed in 1905, Dubliners was published nine years later, thanks to the author's persistence. It was the first of Joyce's novels to portray his home city, and is a seminal work by one of the most influential authors of the modern era.

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.' Huck Finn escapes from his drunken father by faking his own death - and so begins his journey through the Deep South. On his travels Huck meets Jim, a runaway slave, and together they journey down the Mississippi River in a quest for independence and freedom. With timeless issues of prejudice, bravery and hope at its heart, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was and still is considered one of the great American novels.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The man's cub is mine, Lungri - mine to me! He shall not be killed. He shall live to run with the Pack and to hunt with the Pack; and in the end, look you, hunter of little naked cubs - frog-eater - fish-killer - he shall hunt thee!' Mowgli, the man-cub, is raised in the Indian jungle by a pack of wolves. As he grows older, he learns the 'Law of the Jungle' with the help of his friends, Bagheera the Panther, Baloo the Bear and Kaa the Python, who try to keep him safe from fearsome Shere Khan, the tiger. Eventually he comes into contact with his own kind, and begins to question his very nature. One of the greatest myths ever told, and the subject of numerous film adaptations, The Jungle Book is Rudyard Kipling's best-known work. Drawing on his own childhood spent in India, as well as ancient fables, these stories of good and evil, and man and nature, have captivated readers for generations.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. ' Come along, Toto, she said. We will go to the Emerald City and ask the Great Oz how to get back to Kansas again. ' Swept away from her home in Kansas by a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves stranded in the fantastical Land of Oz. As instructed by the Good Witch of the North and the Munchkins, Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to try to find her way to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz. With her companions the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion, she experiences an adventure full of danger, friendship and magic. A much-loved children's classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz continues to delight readers young and old with its enchanting tale of witches, flying monkeys and silver shoes.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there was a loud and authoritative tap.' Set against the foggy backdrop of London and the English countryside, each story in this quintessential collection unravels an exciting new mystery, from mistaken identity and portentous omens to counterfeit currency and jewellery theft. They follow the famous detective and his partner Watson on the trail of some of their most enjoyable cases, including 'A Scandal in Bohemia', 'The Five Orange Pips' and 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle'. Appearing in the Strand magazine between 1891 and 1892, these are the first stories ever published to feature the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, whose adventures hold an unparalleled and enduring appeal to this day.

Through The Looking Glass

Through The Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said: 'one can't believe impossible things.' 'I dare say you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.' In Carroll's celebrated sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice passes through a mirror and enters a looking-glass world where order is turned upside down. From her guest appearance as a pawn in a chess match with the Red Queen to her meeting with Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Alice is greeted by nonsense characters whose poems, such as 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' and 'Jabberwocky', are as famous as Alice herself. The subject of many film and TV adaptations, Through the Looking Glass showcases Carroll's wit and humour, as well as his great skill at creating an imaginary world full of the fantastical and extraordinary.

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Author: Brothers Grimm Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The wolf thought to himself, What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful - she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must act craftily, so as to catch both. ' This collection of much-loved folk tales features such familiar characters as daring Little Red Riding Hood, crafty Rumpelstiltskin and the ill-fated infants Hansel and Gretel. They are as magical and fascinating today as when they were first told, despite - or because of - the underlying darkness at their heart. Collected in a single volume by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and first published in 1812, these stories are known and loved by adults and children alike, and have grown to be an invaluable part of our collective imagination.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.' An orphan destined for a life of misery and poverty, Pip does not have much in the way of expectations. Only when he begins to visit a rich old woman, Miss Havisham, does he begin to hope for better. When Pip discovers that he has inherited a large sum of money on the condition that he move to London to live the life of a gentleman, Pip takes his chance to leave behind the world he knows and embark upon a new adventure. An illuminating tale of intrigue, fortune and unattainable love, Great Expectations has a cast of memorable characters, and is one of Dickens' most enduring and popular novels.

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Author: Anna Sewell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.' When his beloved owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty leaves his life as a young, carefree colt and embarks on a working life of misery, pulling cabs in London. As he passes through the hands of a number of different masters, he faces cruelty and hardship, as well as compassion and kindness, as he struggles to survive. Through her poignant but heart-warming tale, Anna Sewell highlights the plight of the working animal. First published in 1877, this story of a horse whose spirit cannot be broken has become an enduring and popular children's classic.

The Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

The Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'True! Nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them.' This ultimate collection of the infamous author's works includes 'The Raven', 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart'. They focus on the internal conflict of individuals, the power of the dead over the living, and psychological explorations of darker human emotion. An American writer of fantastical, bizarre and sometimes disturbing short stories, Poe wrote in the first half of the nineteenth century. Preoccupied with delving into the darker reaches of the human psyche, Poe is inventor of the detective story and master of the macabre.

The Wind in The Willows

The Wind in The Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' One spring day in the idyllic English countryside, Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger embark on a series of escapades. From Ratty's exploits on the river to Toad's passion for motorcars and the invasion of Toad Hall by the stoats and weasels, these woodland friends encounter adventure at every turn. A timeless and celebrated classic, Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows has endured for nearly 100 years, and continues to delight readers of all ages.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.' When Basil Hallward paints the portrait of young, handsome Dorian Gray, he falls prey to his dazzling beauty. Afraid that his youth and looks will waste away, Dorian expresses a wish that his portrait, and not he, will age and fade over time. His wish is granted, and over the ensuing years, Dorian indulges in every kind of vice and pleasure, never ageing nor disfiguring. Only his portrait, hidden to the world, bears the marks of his actions, and as his soul grows ever more wasted and corrupted, devastating consequences lie in wait. The Picture of Dorian Gray is an exploration of the purpose of art, the superficial nature of youth and beauty, and the conflict between morality and intemperance. First published in its complete, uncensored form in 1891, it is Oscar Wilde's only novel.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!' Meek, measured, but determined, Jane Eyre is a child born into unfortunate circumstances. Orphaned, mistreated by her cruel aunt and eventually sent away to boarding school, it is not until she becomes a governess at the grand and imposing Thornfield Hall that Jane begins to find happiness, becoming powerfully drawn to Mr Rochester, her brooding and stormy master. But strange and unnerving events have been occurring at Thornfield, and the demons of Rochester's past threaten to shatter everything Jane has grown to hold dear. Originally published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell, Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's best-known novel, a Gothic masterpiece of character and emotion.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and what is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversations? ' So begins the tale of Alice, who follows a curious White Rabbit down a hole and falls into Wonderland, a fantastical place where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatters throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice's attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn. A beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has continued to delight readers, young and old, for over 150 years.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.' Fresh from victory on the battlefield, the celebrated general and nobleman Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches that he will one day become king of Scotland. Driven by his own ambition and that of his power-hungry wife, he murders King Duncan and seizes the throne for himself. Forced to commit murder again and again to maintain their grip on power, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become haunted by guilt and paranoia, falling into a spiral of madness and, eventually, death. Believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's darkest and most violent tragedies, and has inspired countless stage and screen adaptations.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if not, is he a devil?' Heathcliff, an orphan, wild and unkempt, is taken in by Mr Earnshaw and raised as his son at Wuthering Heights on the bleak Yorkshire moors. He is drawn to Earnshaw's daughter Catherine, and as the pair grow up together they become bound by an intense and passionate love. But when Catherine's father dies, Heathcliff is condemned to servitude, and social disparity drives a wedge between them that will eventually become their downfall. Poetic, grand in scope, and with complex ideas of morality, social codes, violence and illness, Wuthering Heights is one of the most unique and emotive Gothic novels, and is considered Emily Bronte's masterpiece.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The creature's teeth were buried in the gunwale, and it lifted the whole thing out of the water like a lion can a roebuck...' Scientist Pierre Aronnax, together with his faithful servant Conseil and the whaler Ned Land, is invited to join a hazardous voyage to the Pacific Ocean to hunt down a terrifying sea monster. But on attacking it, they discover that it is in fact an enormous submarine in disguise, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Nemo takes them on board to join his crew, and their ensuing quests, explorations and misfortunes are among the greatest adventure stories ever told. First published in 1871 to critical acclaim, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is regarded as one of Jules Verne's finest works and a classic of the science fiction genre. It has been adapted into numerous films, television series, comic books and graphic novels.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Charles Dickens's classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's encounters with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come.

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.' A tale of sin, punishment and atonement, The Scarlet Letter exposes the moral rigidity of a 17th-Century Puritan New England community when faced with the illegitimate child of a young mother. Regarded as the first real heroine of American fiction, it is Hester Prynne's strength of character that resonates with the reader when her harsh sentence is cast. It is in her refusal to reveal the identity of the father in the face of her accusers that Hawthorne champions his heroine and berates the weakness of Society for attacking the innocent.

The Art of War

The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. The ancient Chinese art of warfare written by military strategist Sun Tzu in the 5th century BC.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Author: Gaston Leroux Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. The classic French novel inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century, and inspiration for many stage and film adaptations.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Written in 1876, this is a novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'From that hour we had no further occasion for the exercise of reason, or judgment, or skill, or contrivance. We were henceforth to be hurled along, the playthings of the fierce elements of the deep.' In Verne's science-fiction classic, Professor Lidenbrock chances upon an ancient manuscript and pledges to solve the mysterious coded message that lies within it. Eventually he deciphers the story - that of an Icelandic explorer who travels to the centre of the earth, finding his way there via a volcano. Inspired by the manuscript, The Professor is determined to follow in the explorer's footsteps and builds a crew of men which includes his nervous nephew Axel. Together they begin their journey to the centre of the earth, facing fearsome danger and adventure at every turn.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.' Shipwrecked on the high seas, Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed up on the strange island of Lilliput, a land inhabited by quarrelsome miniature people. On his travels he continues to meet others who force him to reflect on human behaviour - the giants of Brobdingnag, the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos. In this scathing satire on the politics and morals of the 18th Century, Swift's condemnation of society and its institutions still resonates today.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Phileas Fogg was one of those mathematically exact people, who, never hurried and always ready, are economical of their steps and their motions. He never made one stride too many, always going by the shortest route. He did not give an idle look. He did not allow himself a superfluous gesture.' When Phileas Fogg wagers a bet that he can travel across the globe in just 80 days, little does he know about the epic journey that he is about to undertake. With his faithful French servant, Passepartout, Phileas Fogg embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, travelling across four continents by whatever means he can - train, elephant, steam ship - and experiencing endless surprises and mishaps along the way.

The Prince

The Prince

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We have declared before that it is not only expedient but necessary for a prince to take care his foundations be good, otherwise his fabric will be sure to fail.' Considered one of the first works of modern philosophy, Machiavelli's The Prince is an intense study on the nature of power and the course it should take when ruling a country and expresses the author's strong and unyielding ideals and beliefs on using force rather than law to achieve your aims. Responsible for the widely-used phrase 'Machiavellian', with all of its negative connotations, his extreme treatise remains a classic text to this day.

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. For a time I believed that mankind had been swept out of existence, and that I stood there alone, the last man left alive. When a strange, meteor-like object lands in the heart of England, the inhabitants of Earth find themselves victims of a terrible attack. A ruthless race of Martians, armed with heat rays and poisonous smoke, is intent on destroying everything that stands in its way. As the unnamed hero struggles to find his way across decimated wastelands, the fate of the planet hangs in the balance . . . H. G. Wells was a pioneer of modern science fiction. First serialised in the UK in 1897, The War of the Worlds is one of the earliest stories to depict conflict with an extraterrestrial race, and has influenced countless adaptations and sequels.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A masterpiece of social satire, featuring one of literature's best-loved characters, Becky Sharp. Ruthless social climber and irrepressible anti-hero Becky Sharp will do anything to raise her position in Society, from impoverished orphan to woman of means. Clever, lively and resourceful, Becky is the total opposite of her naive and sentimental schoolmate Amelia Sedley, a pampered yet good-natured girl from a wealthy family. As both women pursue love and life in London, against the background of the Napoleonic Wars, Thackeray paints a vivid portrait of decadent Regency England and satirises its corruption and flaws to delightful effect.

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Author: Henry David Thoreau Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. - Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'From that hour we had no further occasion for the exercise of reason, or judgment, or skill, or contrivance. We were henceforth to be hurled along, the playthings of the fierce elements of the deep.' In Verne's science-fiction classic, Professor Lidenbrock chances upon an ancient manuscript and pledges to solve the mysterious coded message that lies within it. Eventually he deciphers the story - that of an Icelandic explorer who travels to the centre of the earth, finding his way there via a volcano. Inspired by the manuscript, The Professor is determined to follow in the explorer's footsteps and builds a crew of men which includes his nervous nephew Axel. Together they begin their journey to the centre of the earth, facing fearsome danger and adventure at every turn.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Written in 1876, this is a novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River.

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.' A tale of sin, punishment and atonement, The Scarlet Letter exposes the moral rigidity of a 17th-Century Puritan New England community when faced with the illegitimate child of a young mother. Regarded as the first real heroine of American fiction, it is Hester Prynne's strength of character that resonates with the reader when her harsh sentence is cast. It is in her refusal to reveal the identity of the father in the face of her accusers that Hawthorne champions his heroine and berates the weakness of Society for attacking the innocent.

The Prince

The Prince

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We have declared before that it is not only expedient but necessary for a prince to take care his foundations be good, otherwise his fabric will be sure to fail.' Considered one of the first works of modern philosophy, Machiavelli's The Prince is an intense study on the nature of power and the course it should take when ruling a country and expresses the author's strong and unyielding ideals and beliefs on using force rather than law to achieve your aims. Responsible for the widely-used phrase 'Machiavellian', with all of its negative connotations, his extreme treatise remains a classic text to this day.

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.' Written at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Persuasion is a tale of love, heartache and the determination of one woman as she strives to reignite a lost love. Anne Elliot is persuaded by her friends and family to reject a marriage proposal from Captain Wentworth because he lacks in fortune and rank. More than seven years later, when he returns home from the Navy, Anne realises she still has strong feelings for him, but Wentworth only appears to have eyes for a friend of Anne's. Moving, tender, but intrinsically 'Austen' in style, with it's satirical portrayal of the vanity of society in eighteenth-century England, Persuasion celebrates enduring love and hope.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Phileas Fogg was one of those mathematically exact people, who, never hurried and always ready, are economical of their steps and their motions. He never made one stride too many, always going by the shortest route. He did not give an idle look. He did not allow himself a superfluous gesture.' When Phileas Fogg wagers a bet that he can travel across the globe in just 80 days, little does he know about the epic journey that he is about to undertake. With his faithful French servant, Passepartout, Phileas Fogg embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, travelling across four continents by whatever means he can - train, elephant, steam ship - and experiencing endless surprises and mishaps along the way.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.' Shipwrecked on the high seas, Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed up on the strange island of Lilliput, a land inhabited by quarrelsome miniature people. On his travels he continues to meet others who force him to reflect on human behaviour - the giants of Brobdingnag, the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos. In this scathing satire on the politics and morals of the 18th Century, Swift's condemnation of society and its institutions still resonates today.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Author: Gaston Leroux Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. The classic French novel inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century, and inspiration for many stage and film adaptations.

The Art of War

The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. The ancient Chinese art of warfare written by military strategist Sun Tzu in the 5th century BC.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Charles Dickens's classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's encounters with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come.

Troy The Epic Battle as Told in Homer's Iliad

Troy The Epic Battle as Told in Homer's Iliad

Author: Homer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. When Paris falls in love with legendary beauty Helen of Troy, the devastating effects of their affair on their families and fellow citizens are unimaginable. Battle lines are drawn, alliances are forged, and as the Greeks and Trojans march into battle, the resilience and humanity of all will be tested. In his epic story of divine ego, human frailty, and the ravages of war, Homer created an unforgettable cast of characters, whose moral dilemmas and heroic deeds will stay with readers long past the final pages of this book. Samuel Butler's famous prose translation of Homer's original brings the epic to an entirely new generation of readers.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2018

A brand-new, beautiful edition of gothic materpiece Wuthering Heights, published to celebrate the bicentenary of Emily Bronte's birth in 2018. 'Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.' When her father brings back an orphan from a trip to Liverpool, Catherine Earnshaw is fascinated by the strange, ferel boy. Alike in spirit, Cathy and Heathcliff soon form a bond - running riot as children and, later, embarking on a fierce love affair. But when intense passion turns to violent betrayal, Heathcliff flees - returning as a rich man with an eye for vengeance. Years later, caught in a storm, Mr Lockwood seeks refuge with strangers. And, as wind and rain rage outside, he is drawn into the secrets of Wuthering Heights - and the wild Yorkshire Moors which surround it. Pre-order this stunning new edition of one of literature's best-loved classics now.

Troy The Epic Battle as Told in Homer's Iliad

Troy The Epic Battle as Told in Homer's Iliad

Author: Homer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. When Paris falls in love with legendary beauty Helen of Troy, the devastating effects of their affair on their families and fellow citizens are unimaginable. Battle lines are drawn, alliances are forged, and as the Greeks and Trojans march into battle, the resilience and humanity of all will be tested. In his epic story of divine ego, human frailty, and the ravages of war, Homer created an unforgettable cast of characters, whose moral dilemmas and heroic deeds will stay with readers long past the final pages of this book. Samuel Butler's famous prose translation of Homer's original brings the epic to an entirely new generation of readers.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Author: Baroness Orczy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Vaguely she began to wonder ... which of these worldly men round her was the mysterious 'Scarlet Pimpernel,' who held the threads of such daring plots, and the fate of valuable lives in his hands. In the early days of the bloody French Revolution, fleeing aristocrats are being captured and sent to the guillotine. But the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel - along with his band of English gentlemen - is outwitting the revolutionaries. Known only by his calling card, he arrives in disguise and smuggles the nobles out of danger to the safety of England. But can he guard his true identity forever, or will he give his life for his cause?

Selected Stories

Selected Stories

Author: H. P. Lovecraft Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2018

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more. This selection of works showcases the best-known, most chilling stories of H. P. Lovecraft, including Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, The Thing on the Doorstep and Herbert West - Reanimator. They feature such deadly horrors as terrifying sea-creatures, menaces from outer space, evil-worshipping cults and unexpected murder by familiar hands. There is no place so frightful that Lovecraft did not venture there, and these tales will leave the imagination reeling, yet dare you to turn the page...

The Life of P.T. Barnum

The Life of P.T. Barnum

Author: P.T. Barnum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Meet the greatest entertainer of the 19th Century... In 1834, desperate to create a better life for his family, small-time Connecticut businessman P. T. Barnum moved to New York City. With true entrepreneurial spirit and against all odds, he wowed audiences with his ensemble of musical spectacles, attractions and variety shows - often exploiting the vulnerable for entertainment value. A master showman, his crowning achievement was the world-famous circus, Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth. In this account of his life and work, written by the man himself and first published in 1855, P. T. Barnum creates an aura of excitement about himself and his enduring fame, confirming his reputation as the greatest impresario of all time and revealing the controversial decisions that helped him to his fortune.

The Life of P.T. Barnum

The Life of P.T. Barnum

Author: P.T. Barnum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Meet the greatest entertainer of the 19th Century... In 1834, desperate to create a better life for his family, small-time Connecticut businessman P. T. Barnum moved to New York City. With true entrepreneurial spirit and against all odds, he wowed audiences with his ensemble of musical spectacles, attractions and variety shows - often exploiting the vulnerable for entertainment value. A master showman, his crowning achievement was the world-famous circus, Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth. In this account of his life and work, written by the man himself and first published in 1855, P. T. Barnum creates an aura of excitement about himself and his enduring fame, confirming his reputation as the greatest impresario of all time and revealing the controversial decisions that helped him to his fortune.

Pollyanna

Pollyanna

Author: Eleanor H. Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'When you look for the bad, expecting it, you will get it. When you know you will find the good-you will get that' When life feels difficult, Pollyanna has learned to play The Glad Game . In any situation, no matter how dire it may seem, she challenges herself to find the silver-lining. However, orphaned at a young age and forced to live with her hard-hearted Aunt Polly, Pollyanna has had a lot of opportunities to practice. With her infectious cheer, she is soon convincing some of the town's most troubled residents to rediscover the things they're glad about, until even her sunny disposition is tested. A classic of the Golden Age of Children's Literature, Pollyanna has become a synonym for optimism, and inspired countless readers to find hope in the hardest of situations.

Three Lives

Three Lives

Author: Gertrude Stein, Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Melanctha Herbert was always seeking rest and quiet, and always she could only find new ways to be in trouble.' In Bridgepoint, USA, people get trapped into lives they didn't choose, without means of escape: Anna, a sweet but intimidating German housemaid; Melanctha, a troubled young woman whose passion threatens to tear her apart; and Lena, a timid girl bullied into work and marriage. In this ground-breaking collection, Stein depicts the interior lives of these women, struggling to find happiness in an unkind world. Gertrude Stein was a pioneering figurehead of Modernism, and a mentor to writers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Written in 1909, Three Lives captures the artistic styles of Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse, and uses them to create heart-breaking portraits of working-class women.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

Author: M. R. James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'At first you saw only a mass of coarse, matted black hair; presently it was seen that this covered a body of fearful thinness, almost a skeleton, but with the muscles standing out like wires' M.R. James' ghost stories are brimming with delicate horror. They take place in the quiet corners of churches, and between the dusty shelves of esteemed college libraries. But when Professor Parkin discovers a whistle in a Templar ruin, or Sir Richard Fell inherits a country manor with a horrifying history, malevolent forces are unleashed. Something half-glimpsed, something not of this world, is preparing to disturb the silence. Having terrified generations since its first publication in 1904, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is a collection that will haunt the reader's imagination long after the lights have gone out.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.' When Basil Hallward paints the portrait of young, handsome Dorian Gray, he falls prey to his dazzling beauty. Afraid that his youth and looks will waste away, Dorian expresses a wish that his portrait, and not he, will age and fade over time. His wish is granted, and over the ensuing years, Dorian indulges in every kind of vice and pleasure, never ageing nor disfiguring. Only his portrait, hidden to the world, bears the marks of his actions, and as his soul grows ever more wasted and corrupted, devastating consequences lie in wait. The Picture of Dorian Gray is an exploration of the purpose of art, the superficial nature of youth and beauty, and the conflict between morality and intemperance. First published in its complete, uncensored form in 1891, it is Oscar Wilde's only novel.

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.' Huck Finn escapes from his drunken father by faking his own death - and so begins his journey through the Deep South. On his travels Huck meets Jim, a runaway slave, and together they journey down the Mississippi River in a quest for independence and freedom. With timeless issues of prejudice, bravery and hope at its heart, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was and still is considered one of the great American novels.

Little Women

Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true, and we could live in them?' An endearing tale of hardship, love and sisterhood during the American Civil War, Little Women tells the story of the March family. Newly impoverished, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy undertake their journey through life together, bound to each other and their beloved mother Marmee by fierce loyalty. Good and bad times come and go as they struggle with the trials of growing up, getting along, and exploring life outside the comforting walls of home, each discovering her own distinct personality along the way. Full of charm and heart, Little Women is the first novel in a series cherished by children and adults alike.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' Elizabeth Bennet, full of vivacity and wit, lives a quiet country existence with her four sisters. To the delight of their mother, determined to find her daughters suitable matches, the eligible Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them dancing, wealth - and opportunity. At first repulsed by Darcy's haughty air, Elizabeth vows to have nothing to do with him. It is only as she makes her own errors of judgement that the pair begin to understand each other, and come to realise that first impressions are not always as they seem. Jane Austen's best-loved tale of marriage and society in Georgian England continues to delight modern readers with its social comedy, well-drawn characters and subtle nuances.

Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic Stories

Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic Stories

Author: Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. My heart is good, but still I am a monster. A poor merchant, lost deep in the woods during a storm, seeks refuge in a forbidding castle. Thinking it is deserted, he takes advantage of the food and shelter he finds there. But when he plucks a rose from the garden as a gift for his daughter, he is attacked by a hideous beast who demands the merchant's daughter, Beauty, in repayment for his hospitality. Banished to the castle and fearful for her life, Beauty surrenders herself to the mercy of the Beast... This edition includes Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont's version of the classic story, and brings together many other best-loved fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, many of which have been the subject of film adaptations. Other classic stories included in this edition: Beauty and the Beast The Ugly Duckling The Emperor's New Suit The Little Mermaid Little Tiny, or Thumbelina The Princess and the Pea The Red Shoes Rapunzel Hansel and Gretel Little Red-Cap, or Little Red Riding Hood The Elves and the Shoemaker Snow-White and Rose-Red Blue Beard Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood Puss in Boots Little Tom Thumb

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. For a time I believed that mankind had been swept out of existence, and that I stood there alone, the last man left alive. When a strange, meteor-like object lands in the heart of England, the inhabitants of Earth find themselves victims of a terrible attack. A ruthless race of Martians, armed with heat rays and poisonous smoke, is intent on destroying everything that stands in its way. As the unnamed hero struggles to find his way across decimated wastelands, the fate of the planet hangs in the balance . . . H. G. Wells was a pioneer of modern science fiction. First serialised in the UK in 1897, The War of the Worlds is one of the earliest stories to depict conflict with an extraterrestrial race, and has influenced countless adaptations and sequels.

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. In a moment I was clutched by several hands, and there was no mistaking that they were trying to haul me back . . . You can scarce imagine how nauseatingly inhuman they looked - those pale chinless faces and great, lidless, pinkish-grey eyes! An English scientist regales his dinner guests with the tale of his travels to the year 802,701, where he discovers that the human race has evolved into two distinct societies. The Eloi, elegant and peaceful, yet lacking spirit, are terrorised by the sinister, light-fearing Morlocks, who live underground, surrounded by industry. And when his time machine mysteriously vanishes, the scientist must descend to the realm of the Morlocks in order to find his only hope of escape . . . H. G. Wells is considered a founding father of modern science fiction, coining the term `time machine' and popularising the idea of time travel in literature.

The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. That these man-like creatures were in truth only bestial monsters, mere grotesque travesties of men, filled me with a vague uncertainty of their possibilities far worse than any definite fear. Edward Prendick, the sole survivor of a shipwreck in the South Pacific, is set ashore on an island where he meets the mysterious Doctor Moreau. Horrified by the discovery that Moreau is performing vivisection on animals to form monstrous human hybrids, Prendick flees into the jungle. But he soon realises that the island is populated with Moreau's terrible creations, and not all are divested of their savage habits . . . H. G. Wells pioneered ideas of society, science and progress in his works, which are now considered modern classics. Written in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau is an imaginative exploration of the nature of cruelty and what it means to be human.

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man - the mystery, the power, the freedom. Griffin, a stranger, arrives at the local inn of an English village, entirely shrouded in bandages. Forbidding and unfriendly, he confines himself to his room. Driven away by the villagers and turning to an old friend for help, Griffin reveals that he has discovered how to make himself invisible, and plans to use his condition for treacherous ends. But when his friend refuses to join his quest, Griffin turns murderous, threatening to seek revenge on all who have betrayed him. H. G. Wells' controversial works are considered modern classics of the science fiction genre. Originally serialised in 1897, The Invisible Man is a fascinating exploration of power, corruption and science.

The Raven and Other Selected Poems

The Raven and Other Selected Poems

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. ` ...Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door! Quoth the Raven, Nevermore. ' This selection of Edgar Allan Poe's poetical works includes some of his best-known pieces, including the triumphant, gleeful `The Bells', the tragic ode `Annabel Lee' and his famous gothic tour de force, `The Raven'. Some present powerful, nightmarish images of the macabre and bizarre, while others have at their heart a profound sense of love, beauty and loss. All are linguistic masterpieces that demonstrate Poe's gift for marrying rhythm, form and meaning. An American writer of primarily prose and literary criticism, Edgar Allen Poe never ceased writing poetry throughout his turbulent life, and is today regarded as a central figure of American literary romanticism. He died in 1849.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung' When an albatross leads a stricken ship out of treacherous ice, a hapless mariner shoots the bird, arousing the wrath of spirits who pursue the ship. Haunted by Death, the crew begin to perish one by one, until only the cursed mariner remains to confront his guilt. As penance for his actions he is condemned to wander the earth, telling his tale to those he meets as a warning. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is Samuel Taylor Coleridge's longest major poem and marks the beginning of the romantic movement in British literature. This edition also includes many of Coleridge's other works, including Kubla Khan, Christabel and a selection of the `conversation' poems.

Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: E. M. Berens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'This was the slaying of the Minotaur, which put an end forever to the shameful tribute of seven youths and seven maidens which was exacted from the Athenians every nine years.' The gods, heroes and legends of Greek mythology and their Roman interpretations are as fascinating as they are instructive. They include the almighty Zeus and his many wives; heroic Perseus, slayer of the snake-headed Medusa; Helen of Troy, whose beauty caused a great war; Medea, driven mad by jealousy; and tragic Persephone, doomed to live half of each year in the Underworld, condemning the world above to winter. First published in 1880, this comprehensive collection is an early modern retelling of the characters and tales of ancient Greece and Rome; a popular account which offers an important insight into the ancient civilisations that it evokes, and forms a basis for our understanding of the classical world.

His Last Bow Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

His Last Bow Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `...He was gripped at the back of his neck by a grasp of iron, and a chloroformed sponge was held in front of his writhing face.' In His Last Bow, Conan Doyle's notorious literary detective reminisces on his life as an investigator with the help of his trusty companion Dr John Watson. This collection features classic mysteries such as `The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge' and `The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans', as well as the title story, a gripping spy thriller and epilogue on the wartime service of Sherlock Holmes. This collection of stories, published together for the first time in 1917, is an essential addition for collectors and fans of the escapades of Holmes and Watson, known and loved the world over.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Where, you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.' After the sudden death of her wealthy parents, spoilt Mary Lennox is sent from India to live with her uncle in the austere Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors. Neglected and uncherished, she is horribly lonely, until one day she discovers a walled garden in the grounds that has been kept locked for years. When Mary finds the key to the garden and shares it with two unlikely companions, she opens up a world of hope, and as the garden blooms, Mary and her friends begin to find a new joy in life. Serialised in 1910 and first published in its entirety in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's enchanting novel of friendship and rejuvenation is one of the greatest classics of children's literature.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Fifteen men on the dead man's chest -Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!' When young Jim Hawkins finds an old map showing the location of a hoard of buried treasure, he joins the crew of the Hispaniola who set sail to find it. But they soon have a mutiny on their hands, led by the duplicitous pirate Long John Silver. As the quest turns murderous, Jim's bravery is put to the test, and he discovers much about friendship, loyalty and betrayal on this daring voyage. Treasure Island was serialised in the children's magazine Young Folks before being published in 1883. It has come to be regarded as one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Author: Grimm Brothers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The wolf thought to himself, What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful - she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must act craftily, so as to catch both. ' This collection of much-loved folk tales features such familiar characters as daring Little Red Riding Hood, crafty Rumpelstiltskin and the ill-fated infants Hansel and Gretel. They are as magical and fascinating today as when they were first told, despite - or because of - the underlying darkness at their heart. Collected in a single volume by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and first published in 1812, these stories are known and loved by adults and children alike, and have grown to be an invaluable part of our collective imagination.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. ' Come along, Toto, she said. We will go to the Emerald City and ask the Great Oz how to get back to Kansas again. ' Swept away from her home in Kansas by a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves stranded in the fantastical Land of Oz. As instructed by the Good Witch of the North and the Munchkins, Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to try to find her way to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz. With her companions the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion, she experiences an adventure full of danger, friendship and magic. A much-loved children's classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz continues to delight readers young and old with its enchanting tale of witches, flying monkeys and silver shoes.

The Wind in The Willows

The Wind in The Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' One spring day in the idyllic English countryside, Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger embark on a series of escapades. From Ratty's exploits on the river to Toad's passion for motorcars and the invasion of Toad Hall by the stoats and weasels, these woodland friends encounter adventure at every turn. A timeless and celebrated classic, Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows has endured for nearly 100 years, and continues to delight readers of all ages.

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Author: Anna Sewell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.' When his beloved owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty leaves his life as a young, carefree colt and embarks on a working life of misery, pulling cabs in London. As he passes through the hands of a number of different masters, he faces cruelty and hardship, as well as compassion and kindness, as he struggles to survive. Through her poignant but heart-warming tale, Anna Sewell highlights the plight of the working animal. First published in 1877, this story of a horse whose spirit cannot be broken has become an enduring and popular children's classic.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if not, is he a devil?' Heathcliff, an orphan, wild and unkempt, is taken in by Mr Earnshaw and raised as his son at Wuthering Heights on the bleak Yorkshire moors. He is drawn to Earnshaw's daughter Catherine, and as the pair grow up together they become bound by an intense and passionate love. But when Catherine's father dies, Heathcliff is condemned to servitude, and social disparity drives a wedge between them that will eventually become their downfall. Poetic, grand in scope, and with complex ideas of morality, social codes, violence and illness, Wuthering Heights is one of the most unique and emotive Gothic novels, and is considered Emily Bronte's masterpiece.

The Hound of the Baskervilles A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

The Hound of the Baskervilles A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep mutter, then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing.' When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the misty and desolate Devon moors, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson decide to investigate. The locals blame his death on the family curse, a legendary phantom hound which has supposedly haunted the Baskervilles for generations. Holmes' detective skills are put to the test as he battles to discover the truth behind the fearsome legend and to solve one of the most macabre mysteries of his career. Originally serialised in the Strand Magazine between 1901 and 1902, Conan Doyle's tale is the third novel to feature the famous duo, and remains one of the most popular.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

The Great American Novel of love and betrayal in the Jazz Age is now a major film. `I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited - they went there.' Jay Gatsby's opulent Long Island mansion throngs with the bright young things of the Roaring Twenties. But Gatsby himself, young, handsome and mysteriously rich, never appears to his guests. He stands apart from the crowd, yearning for something just out of reach - Daisy Buchanan, lost years before to another man. One fateful summer, when the pair finally reunite, their actions set in motion a series of events that will unravel their lives, bringing tragedy to all who surround them. Widely considered F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is a tale of excess and obsession, and a work of classic twentieth-century American literature.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.' When Charles Marlow agrees to captain a steamer up the Congo in search of the elusive ivory trader Mr Kurtz, it becomes a terrifying journey into both the unknown and his own subconscious. As he travels deeper and deeper into the dense jungle, he begins to sense the presence of this extraordinary and terrible man, and to question the horrifying realities of European imperialism and of human nature itself. Originally published as a three-part story in 1899, Conrad's masterpiece has inspired many further works, including Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and remains a thought-provoking text to this day.

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...' Set in Paris and London against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of Lucie Manette and her father Alexandre, held captive in Paris's notorious Bastille prison for eighteen years. When Alexandre is finally released, the Manettes find themselves caught up in the lives of a French aristocrat and an English lawyer who compete for the love of Lucie. The ensuing tale of violence and revenge depicts the plight of the peasantry, the brutality of the early revolutionaries, and the menacing shadow of the guillotine. Serialised in Dickens's own literary periodical in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities is one of the best-known works of literature set during the French Revolution.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The creature's teeth were buried in the gunwale, and it lifted the whole thing out of the water like a lion can a roebuck...' Scientist Pierre Aronnax, together with his faithful servant Conseil and the whaler Ned Land, is invited to join a hazardous voyage to the Pacific Ocean to hunt down a terrifying sea monster. But on attacking it, they discover that it is in fact an enormous submarine in disguise, commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Nemo takes them on board to join his crew, and their ensuing quests, explorations and misfortunes are among the greatest adventure stories ever told. First published in 1871 to critical acclaim, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is regarded as one of Jules Verne's finest works and a classic of the science fiction genre. It has been adapted into numerous films, television series, comic books and graphic novels.

Dubliners

Dubliners

Author: James Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'There was no doubt about it: if you wanted to succeed you had to go away. You could do nothing in Dublin.' From a child coming to terms with the death of a priest to a young woman torn between leading an uneventful life in Dublin and fleeing Ireland with her lover, these fifteen stories bring to life the day-to-day existence of ordinary Dubliners in the early years of the twentieth century. With brutal realism, Joyce lays bare the struggles and desires of the Irish middle classes in a compelling and unique exploration of human experience. Completed in 1905, Dubliners was published nine years later, thanks to the author's persistence. It was the first of Joyce's novels to portray his home city, and is a seminal work by one of the most influential authors of the modern era.

Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Avonlea

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `A tall, slim girl, `half-past sixteen', with serious gray eyes and hair which her friends called auburn...' Anne Shirley, now a young woman, is a new teacher at Avonlea School. As she learns to cope with the ups and downs of life, she is accompanied by some familiar faces, as well as new friends: the twins Davy and Dora, Mr. Harrison and his foul-mouthed parrot Ginger. With fiery red hair and an adventurous attitude, our vivacious heroine cannot stop getting herself into yet more scrapes. First published in 1909, Anne of Avonlea is the delightful second chapter in the popular Anne of Green Gables series.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished.' This collection of eleven stories depict Holmes and Watson at their very best and solving some of their most notorious cases, culminating in 'The Final Problem'. In this infamous tale, Holmes comes face-to-face with his greatest opponent, the criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, at the Reichenbach Falls. Each of the stories was previously published in The Strand magazine before being released together in a single volume in 1894. This is a quintessential collection, and a must-have for collectors and fans of one of the finest sleuths in English literature.

The Good Soldier A Tale of Passion

The Good Soldier A Tale of Passion

Author: Ford Madox Ford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `Why can't people have what they want? The things were all there to content everybody; yet everybody has the wrong thing.' Just before the First World War, two young couples meet in Germany. The seemingly perfect yet brittle relationship of the Ashburnhams soon gives way to unhappiness and betrayal, and respectability to adultery and deception. The Dowells are no less affected by infidelity, and everyone caught up in their four lives is tainted by emotional turmoil and moral ambiguity, and tragic consequences follow. Inspired by his own life, Ford Madox Ford's novel, originally titled `The Saddest Story', utilised the device of the unreliable narrator to tell his universal story of love and loss.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!' Meek, measured, but determined, Jane Eyre is a child born into unfortunate circumstances. Orphaned, mistreated by her cruel aunt and eventually sent away to boarding school, it is not until she becomes a governess at the grand and imposing Thornfield Hall that Jane begins to find happiness, becoming powerfully drawn to Mr Rochester, her brooding and stormy master. But strange and unnerving events have been occurring at Thornfield, and the demons of Rochester's past threaten to shatter everything Jane has grown to hold dear. Originally published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell, Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's best-known novel, a Gothic masterpiece of character and emotion.

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself...' Beautiful, rich, self-assured and witty, Emma Woodhouse delights in matchmaking those around her, with no apparent care for her own romantic life. Taking young Harriet Smith under her wing, Emma sets her sights on finding a suitable match for her friend. Chided for her mistakes by old friend Mr Knightley, it is only when Harriet starts to pursue her own love interests that Emma realises the true hidden depths of her own heart. Delightful, engaging and entertaining, and with a dazzling gallery of characters, Emma is arguably Austen's most well-loved social comedy.

The Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

The Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `True! Nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them.' This ultimate collection of the infamous author's works includes `The Raven', `The Fall of the House of Usher' and `The Tell-Tale Heart'. They focus on the internal conflict of individuals, the power of the dead over the living, and psychological explorations of darker human emotion. An American writer of fantastical, bizarre and sometimes disturbing short stories, Poe wrote in the first half of the nineteenth century. Preoccupied with delving into the darker reaches of the human psyche, Poe is inventor of the detective story and master of the macabre.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.' An orphan destined for a life of misery and poverty, Pip does not have much in the way of expectations. Only when he begins to visit a rich old woman, Miss Havisham, does he begin to hope for better. When Pip discovers that he has inherited a large sum of money on the condition that he move to London to live the life of a gentleman, Pip takes his chance to leave behind the world he knows and embark upon a new adventure. An illuminating tale of intrigue, fortune and unattainable love, Great Expectations has a cast of memorable characters, and is one of Dickens' most enduring and popular novels.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2016

In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness. `The rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...' Victor Frankenstein's monster is stitched together from the limbs of the dead, taken from `the dissecting room and the slaughter-house'. The result is a grotesque being who, rejected by his maker and starved of human companionship, sets out on a journey to seek his revenge. In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness. Begun when Mary Shelley was only eighteen years old and published two years later, this chilling tale of a young scientist's desire to create life - and the consequences of that creation - still resonates today.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there was a loud and authoritative tap.' Set against the foggy backdrop of London and the English countryside, each story in this quintessential collection unravels an exciting new mystery, from mistaken identity and portentous omens to counterfeit currency and jewellery theft. They follow the famous detective and his partner Watson on the trail of some of their most enjoyable cases, including `A Scandal in Bohemia', `The Five Orange Pips' and `The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle'. Appearing in the Strand magazine between 1891 and 1892, these are the first stories ever published to feature the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, whose adventures hold an unparalleled and enduring appeal to this day.

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

Few literary masterpieces cast quite as awesome a shadow as Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Captain Ahab's quest for the white whale is a timeless epic - a thrilling tale of vengeance and obsession, and a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. Inspired by true events, Moby Dick is a work of astonishing psychological depth. It is perhaps the greatest sea story ever told and one of the great classics of literature. `Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee...'

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and what is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversations? ' So begins the tale of Alice, who follows a curious White Rabbit down a hole and falls into Wonderland, a fantastical place where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatters throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice's attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn. A beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has continued to delight readers, young and old, for over 150 years.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.' Fresh from victory on the battlefield, the celebrated general and nobleman Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches that he will one day become king of Scotland. Driven by his own ambition and that of his power-hungry wife, he murders King Duncan and seizes the throne for himself. Forced to commit murder again and again to maintain their grip on power, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become haunted by guilt and paranoia, falling into a spiral of madness and, eventually, death. Believed to have been written between 1599 and 1606, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's darkest and most violent tragedies, and has inspired countless stage and screen adaptations.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `The man's cub is mine, Lungri - mine to me! He shall not be killed. He shall live to run with the Pack and to hunt with the Pack; and in the end, look you, hunter of little naked cubs - frog-eater - fish-killer - he shall hunt thee!' Mowgli, the man-cub, is raised in the Indian jungle by a pack of wolves. As he grows older, he learns the `Law of the Jungle' with the help of his friends, Bagheera the Panther, Baloo the Bear and Kaa the Python, who try to keep him safe from fearsome Shere Khan, the tiger. Eventually he comes into contact with his own kind, and begins to question his very nature. One of the greatest myths ever told, and the subject of numerous film adaptations, The Jungle Book is Rudyard Kipling's best-known work. Drawing on his own childhood spent in India, as well as ancient fables, these stories of good and evil, and man and nature, have captivated readers for generations.

The Sonnets

The Sonnets

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `In black ink my love may still shine bright...' Universally admired and quoted, Shakespeare's Sonnets have love, beauty and the passing of time at their heart. Featuring some of the best-known and best-loved lines in the history of poetry (`Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?', `Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds'), these evocative sonnets explore passion, the fleeting nature of beauty and the essence of true and everlasting love. Enticing lovers and scholars alike, these 154 beautiful and sensual sonnets are as relevant and important today as when they were written 400 years ago.

The Valley of Fear

The Valley of Fear

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every deviltry, the controlling brain of the underworld, a brain which might have made or marred the destiny of nations - that's the man!' Summoned to a mysterious manor house by one of the henchmen of his arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty, Holmes and Watson find themselves confronted by the scene of a brutal murder. But the brilliant Holmes soon reveals that there is much more to this case than first meets the eye... First published as a serialisation in The Strand Magazine between 1914 and 1915, this fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel will delight fans of Conan Doyle's legendary detective and his faithful sidekick Watson.

Good Wives

Good Wives

Author: Louisa May Alcott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.' In mid-nineteenth-century Massachusetts, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March continue to encounter both joys and sorrows along life's path, as they journey into womanhood both close to home and further away. The highs and lows of the four young women's lives are shared with each other, and supported by the bond of their sisterhood. This second part of `Little Women' - sometimes published in a single volume - contains all the warmth and charm for which Louisa May Alcott's writing is universally admired.

Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter Stories... This heart-warming collection of festive short stories and novellas perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas. Focused on the journeys taken through life and the inherent goodness of mankind, these tales explore the true meaning of Christmas and revel in the joyful season of goodwill. Imbued with a moral message, Dickens's writing gives a voice to the plight of working-class families during a period of social and political change in Victorian England. With such tales as `The Chimes', `The Cricket on the Hearth' and `What Christmas Is, As We Grow Older', this is a beautiful collection for Dickens fans, and a wonderful companion for all those who cherish `A Christmas Carol'.

Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

Author: Walt Whitman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars... First published in 1855, and edited, revised and expanded over thirty years, `Leaves of Grass' has become one of the most celebrated poetry collections in the history of American literature. A master of free verse, Walt Whitman captures the true spirit of his homeland and its people through his poetry. He explores a wide range of themes, encompassing American identity and cultural values, democracy, nature and the mysteries of the human spirit. Featuring the poems of the original 1855 edition, `Leaves of Grass' remains an influential work within the American literary tradition, studied and treasured around the world.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Author: Sir J. M. Barrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `Second to the right ... and then straight on till morning!' Desperate to hear bedtime stories, Peter Pan waits outside the nursery window of Wendy, John and Michael Darling. When Peter asks Wendy to fly with him to Neverland, the Darling children are whisked away to a world of adventure - of daring fairies, wondrous mermaids and The Lost Boys.But there is danger in Neverland too: the villainous Captain Hook is out for revenge and will stop at nothing to take it. Poignant and unforgettable, J. M. Barrie's classic tale is one of the greatest works of children's literature of the last century. Its imaginative scope, tender humour and vivid characters will enchant adults and children alike. Published in association with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

The Happy Prince and Other Stories

The Happy Prince and Other Stories

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels in place of those you have given away. The ruby shall be redder than a red rose, and the sapphire shall be as blue as the great sea.' In 'The Happy Prince' a statue - jewelled and opulent - keeps careful watch over the city and its inhabitants. Enlisting the help of a swallow, his selfless acts bring comfort to those most in need. 'The Nightingale and the Rose' is a tragic tale of personal sacrifice in the name of love, while in 'The Selfish Giant' the end of an eternal winter finally brings springtime and happiness. In this collection of enchanting tales from a master storyteller, Oscar Wilde has entranced readers both young and old since publication in the late nineteenth century.

The Sign of the Four

The Sign of the Four

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world...' In London, 1888, the razor-sharp detective skills of Sherlock Holmes are to be put to the test. Mary Morstan reports two seemingly unconnected and inexplicable events: the disappearance of her father, a British Indian Army Captain, and the arrival of pearls by post from an unknown sender. Driven on by its complexity, Holmes and Watson slowly begin to unravel an intricate web of exotic treasure, secret pacts and mysterious deaths. One of only four novels featuring Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson, 'The Sign of the Four' will delight those who have been captivated by Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories.

Victory

Victory

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `The girl he had come across ... that human being so near and still so strange, gave him a greater sense of his own reality than he had ever known in all his life.' Damaged by his father's nihilistic philosophy, Axel Heyst has withdrawn from the world to live in near-isolation on the island of Samburan. His solitude ends when he rescues an English girl from her preying patron, but their heady existence will face tragic consequences when the outside world intrudes once more. First published in 1915, `Victory' is arguably the most psychologically complex of Conrad's novels, in which he creates an extraordinarily compelling love story and one of great erotic power: Axel and Lena are what set this novel apart from the other works of one of English language's greatest writers. This Collins Classics edition is published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of this remarkable novel.

Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome

Author: Edith Wharton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2015

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `He looked at her hair and longed to touch it again, and to tell her that it smelt of the woods; but he had never learned to say such things...' One harsh winter in 1900s New England, Ethan Frome toils at his farm while struggling to maintain a bearable existence with his forbidding wife, Zeena. When Ethan takes Zeena's cousin, Mattie, home from a dance he is entranced: Mattie brings with her the possibility for happiness, and with that she quickly becomes a symbol of hope for Ethan. First published in 1911, Ethan Frome is an intimate look at choices not made and lives not yet lived. Told through the eyes of a city outsider, this heartbreaking portrait of three lives haunted by thwarted dreams remains for many the most subtle and moving of Wharton's works.

Selected Fairy Tales

Selected Fairy Tales

Author: Hans Christian Andersen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!' (from `The Ugly Duckling') This collection brings together some of Hans Christian Andersen's most popular fairy tales - including `The Little Mermaid', `The Ugly Duckling' and `Thumbelina' - in a celebration of one of the world's most widely recognised children's authors. With universal themes and dark humour at their heart, these moralistic tales have delighted readers since first publication in the nineteenth century and continued to be well loved today. The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, a storyteller of great importance to Western literature, have inspired many films, ballets and plays, and entertained generations of children and adults alike.

White Fang

White Fang

Author: Jack London Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2014

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on...' Set in the frozen forests of the Yukon Territory, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, 'White Fang' tells the story of a young wolf-dog's journey from the wild into human territory. As White Fang learns that civilisation is every bit as vicious and violent as nature - and that survival is only awarded to the fittest - we too see how instinct, sensation and emotion drive every one of us. Published in 1906 to wide and instant acclaim, this is a remarkable and moving look at the timeless relationship between man and dog.

The Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `They were smiling at each other as if this was the beginning of the world.' The lights of Hollywood do little to distract Cecelia as she watches Monroe Stahr, wunderkind studio executive and object of her desire, descend into a reckless and ardent love affair with an auspicious starlet - an affair that threatens to destroy his reign as the Silver Screen's golden boy. In this tragic tale Fitzgerald exposes the corruption, sex and towering ambition at the dark heart of 1930s Hollywood. Unfinished at the time of his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald bids his own poignant farewell to the themes that inspired `The Great Gatsby', `Tender is the Night' and `The Beautiful and Damned'.

Orlando

Orlando

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The flower bloomed and faded. The sun rose and sank. The lover loved and went. And what the poets said in rhyme, the young translated into practice.' Written for her lover Vita Sackville-West, 'Orlando' is Woolf's playfully subversive take on a biography, here tracing the fantastical life of Orlando. As the novel spans centuries and continents, gender and identity, we follow Orlando's adventures in love - from being a lord in the Elizabethan court to a lady in 1920s London. First published in 1928, this tale of unrivalled imagination and wit quickly became the most famous work of women's fiction. Sexuality, destiny, independence and desire - all come to the fore in this highly influential novel that heralded a new era in women's writing.

A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas

A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind...' Based on a lecture given at Cambridge and first published in 1929, `A Room of One's Own' interweaves Woolf's personal experience as a female writer with themes ranging from Austen and Bronte to Shakespeare's gifted (and imaginary) sister. `Three Guineas', Woolf's most impassioned polemic, came almost a decade later and broke new ground by challenging the very notions of war and masculinity. This volume combines two inspirational, witty and urbane essays from one of literature's pre-eminent voices; collectively they constitute a brilliant and lucid attack on sexual inequality.

Twelve Years a Slave A True Story

Twelve Years a Slave A True Story

Author: Solomon Northup Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2014

The shocking first-hand account of one man's remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture. `Why had I not died in my young years - before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman's chain was round me, and could not be shaken off.' 1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Taken from his family in New York State - with no hope of ever seeing them again - and forced to work on the cotton plantations in the Deep South, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until his eventual escape in 1853. First published in 1853, this extraordinary true story proved to be a powerful voice in the debate over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. It is a true-life testament of one man's courage and conviction in the face of unfathomable injustice and brutality: its influence on the course of American history cannot be overstated.

A Study in Scarlet A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

A Study in Scarlet A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it. After a harrowing tour in Afghanistan, Dr Watson returns to London to convalesce at 221B Baker Street, home to the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes. Their lives are irrevocably thrown together by news that a man has been found dead in a grimy `ill-omened' house, with the word `rache' - German for revenge - written in blood on the wall. This grisly discovery is complicated further by the look of utter horror on the victim's face, and the complete absence of any wounds on the body or sign of a struggle. First published in 1887, `A Study in Scarlet' is the remarkable first-outing of one of literature's most famous partnerships.

A Little Princess

A Little Princess

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Whatever comes,' she said, `cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside.' `A Little Princess' tells the story of Sara Crewe, beloved daughter of the revered Captain Crewe. Sent to board at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, Sara is devastated when her adored father dies. Suddenly penniless, Sara is banished to an attic room where she is starved, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this exceptionally intelligent girl uses the only resources available to her, imagination and friendship, to overcome her situation and change her fortunes is at the centre of this enduring classic. First published in 1905, `A Little Princess' is a heart-warming tale of hope, hardship and love set against a backdrop of Victorian England, and is one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Power, corruption and betrayal are at the heart of Shakespeare's most well-known historical and political drama. As Julius Caesar moves closer to securing power for himself and is perceived by some as a threat to Roman citizens, his senators plot to bring about his downfall. Caesar's assassination leads to civil war rather than peace and the play explores the subsequent deaths of the conspirators Brutus and Cassius. Shakespeare's contemporaries would have spotted the playwright's attempts to use the shift from republican to imperial Rome to highlight the political situation of the Elizabethans at the time. Featuring some of the most powerfully resonant and rousing speeches of any of Shakespeare's plays, Julius Caesar remains one of his most well-loved historical tragedies.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Originally published in 1903-1904, The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the thirteen-story collection of one of the greatest-ever fictional detectives. Three years after the supposed death of Sherlock Holmes and his archenemy Professor Moriarty in the torrent of Reichenbach Falls, Holmes makes a disguised reappearance to Baker Street and his good friend Dr Watson. Featuring one of Holmes' greatest adversaries, Charles Augustus Milverton, as well as trademark astute logic, forensic science, murder, crytograms and magic, this collection retains all the hallmark brilliance of Arthur Conan Doyle's best work.

The Aeneid

The Aeneid

Author: Virgil Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Written between 29 and 19 B.C., The Aeneid tells the legendary tale of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the heroic ancestor of the Romans. This epic poem tells the story of Aeneas' nomadic travels from Troy to Italy, followed by the Trojans' victorious war against the Latins. Following on from his appearance in The Iliad, Aeneas' disconnected wanderings and vague association with the founding of Rome were compiled by Virgil into a compelling, epic and fantastical national foundation myth.

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Considered one of Shakespeare's most haunting tragic-comedies, The Winter's Tale is an in-depth analysis of the psychology of family and friendship, jealousy and love, art and nature, all illustrated in rich poetry. Based on Robert Greene's story Pandosto, the play tells the story of Leontes, king of Sicilia, and his childhood friend, Polixenes, king of Bohemia. In a jealous rage, Leontes mistakenly accuses Polixenes and his own his wife, Hermione, of adultery and her newborn daughter as illegitimate, casting her into the wilderness, causing their son to die of grief and Hermione to seemingly follow suit. With his family dead or believed dead, Leontes must face the tragic consequences of his actions. With unbridled honesty and the pain of love, the final act is one of Shakespeare's most moving reconciliation scenes.

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Bianca is beautiful and demure, with a plethora of wood-be suitors, but marriage is forbidden until her older sister Katherina finds a suitable match. The hitch? Fiery Katherina has sworn to deny the hand or demands of any would-be suitor. That is, until she meets her match in the wily Petrucio. As Katherina's own sharp tongue is met by Petrucio's feigned cruelty, the `shrew' apparently capitulates. Or does she? This controversial comic tale, famously adapted into Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate and 10 Things I Hate About You, has divided and amused audiences for over 400 years in an unforgettable battle of wits.

Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Clarissa Dalloway is a woman of high-society - vivacious, hospitable and sociable on the surface, yet underneath troubled and dissatisfied with her life in post-war Britain. This disillusionment is an emotion that bubbles under the surface of all of Woolf's characters in Mrs Dalloway. Centred around one day in June where Clarissa is preparing for and holding a party, her interior monologue mingles with those of the other central characters in a stream of consciousness, entwining, yet never actually overriding the pervading sense of isolation that haunts each person. One of Virginia Woolf's most accomplished novels, Mrs Dalloway is widely regarded as one of the most revolutionary works of the 20th century in its style and the themes that it tackles. The sense that Clarissa has married the wrong person, her past love for another female friend and the death of an intended party guest all serve to amplify this stultifying existence.

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven' Bassiano, a noble Venetian, hopes to woo the beautiful heiress Portia. However, he requires financial assistance from his friend Antonio. Antonio agrees, but he, in turn, must borrow from the Jewish moneylender Shylock. As recourse for past ills, Shylock stipulates that the forfeit on the loan must be a pound of Antonio's flesh. In the most renowned onstage law scene of all time, Portia proves herself one of Shakespeare's most cunning heroines, disguising herself as a lawyer and vanquishing Shylock's claims; meanwhile, Shylock triumphs on a humanitarian level with his plea for tolerance: `Hath not a Jew eyes?' Viewed paradoxically as anti-Semitic, while at the same time powerfully liberal for its time, The Merchant of Venice is at its core a bittersweet drama, exploring the noble themes of prejudice, justice and honour.

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Every summer, the Ramsays visit their summer home on the beautiful Isle of Skye, surrounded by the excitement and chatter of family and friends, mirroring Virginia Woolf's own joyful holidays of her youth. But as time passes, and in its wake the First World War, the transience of life becomes ever more apparent through the vignette of the thoughts and observations of the novel's disparate cast. A landmark of high modernism and the most autobiographical of Virginia Woolf's novels, To the Lighthouse explores themes of loss, class structure and the question of perception, in a hauntingly beautiful memorial to the lost but not forgotten. Chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee...' Few literary masterpieces cast quite as awesome a shadow as Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Captain Ahab's quest for the white whale is a timeless epic - a thrilling tale of vengeance and obsession, and a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. Inspired by true events, Moby Dick is a work of astonishing psychological depth. It is perhaps the greatest sea story ever told and one of the great classics of literature.

Tales of the Jazz Age

Tales of the Jazz Age

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

From Collins Classics, short stories from the author of `The Great Gatsby' and including `The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. In these eleven stories, Fitzgerald depicts the Roaring Twenties as he lived them. He masterfully blends accounts of flappers and the smart set with more fantastical visions of America, always imbuing his narratives with his trademark themes of money, class, ambition and love. In `May Day', Fitzgerald weaves an account of a raucous Yale alumni party, the participants of which are oblivious to the violent socialist demonstration being acted out around them. `The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' is an unorthodox account of a man who ages backwards, and `The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' tells the story of a young man who discovers that his friend's family possesses a diamond that is literally larger than the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. This 1922 collection confirmed Fitzgerald as the voice of his generation.

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Author: D. H. Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER was banned on its publication in 1928, creating a storm of controversy. Lawrence tells the story of Constance Chatterley's marriage to Sir Clifford, an aristocratic and an intellectual who is paralyzed from the waist down after the First World War. Desperate for an heir and embarrassed by his inability to satisfy his wife, Clifford suggests that she have an affair. Constance, troubled by her husband's words, finds herself involved in a passionate relationship with their gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. Lawrence's vitriolic denunciations of industrialism and class division come together in his vivid depiction of the profound emotional and physical connection between a couple otherwise divided by station and society.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Rabindranath Tagore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and he remains one of the most important voices of Bengali culture to this day. Tagore's poetry continues to rise above geographic and cultural boundaries to capture the imaginations of readers around the world.

Selected Short Stories

Selected Short Stories

Author: Rabindranath Tagore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and he remains one of the most important voices of Bengali culture to this day. These short stories, written mostly in the 1890s, vividly portray Bengali life and culture. Tagore's treatment of caste culture, bureaucracy and poverty paint a vivid portrait of nineteenth-century India, and all are interwoven with Tagore's perceptive eye for detail, strong sense of humanity and deep affinity for the natural world. Tagore's stories continue to rise above geographic and cultural boundaries to capture the imaginations of readers around the world.

The Pilgrim's Progress

The Pilgrim's Progress

Author: John Bunyan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, John Bunyan's masterful religious allegory, narrates the journey of an everyman hero, Christian, as he attempts to navigate the trials and tribulations of this world, the City of Destruction, on the path towards paradise, the Celestial City. Though weighed down by the burden of original sin, Christian overcomes the distractions of the world, moving past the Slough of Despond, the Hill of Difficulty and the Valley of the Shadow of Death, while simultaneously resisting the temptations of the Worldy Wise, the Vain and the Ignorant. The product of a lifetime of religious work and thought, Bunyan's virtuosic narrative fundamentally altered Protestant belief, and remains one of the most important and influential works in the English language.

Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe

Author: Sir Walter Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Wilfred of Ivanhoe is a Saxon loyal to the Norman king Richard I. Because of this loyalty, and his love for Lady Rowena, Ivanhoe is cast out by his father, a Saxon loyalist determined to liberate the Saxon people from Norman rule. He plans to marry Rowena, his ward and a descendant of the Saxon king Alfred, to Lord Aethelstane, pretender to the throne of England. In so doing, Ivanhoe would unite two rival Saxon houses in their claim for the crown. Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades in secret and is joined in his plans to re-establish Richard on the thrown by the moneylender Isaac of York, his daughter Rebecca, the mysterious Black Knight, Lady Rowena, and Robin Hood and his merry men.

The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

From Collins Classics and the author of `The Great Gatsby' comes this razor-sharp satire on the excesses of the Jazz Age. From the author of The Great Gatsby, a tale of marriage and disappointment in the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald's rich and detailed novel of the decadent Jazz Era follows the beautiful and vibrant Anthony Patch and his wife Gloria as they navigate the heady lifestyle of the young and wealthy in 1920s New York. Patch is the presumptive heir to his grandfather's fortune, and keeps his equally spoiled wife in comfort while biding time until his grandfather's death. Patch is unable to hold down any kind of job and spends his days in luxury, indulging in whatever pleasures are available. But as the money begins to fail, so does their marriage. Patch's gradual descent into alcoholism, depression and alienation from his marriage ultimately lead to his ruin. Fitzgerald's novel is a remorseless exploration of the horrors of an age of excess and lost innocence. F. Scott Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Despite his present popularity, Fitzgerald was often in financial trouble, due to the fact that only one of his novels sold well enough to support the extravagant lifestyle that he and his wife Zelda adopted, and later Zelda's medical bills. His novel The Great Gatsby has sold millions of copies and remains a continual best-seller.

The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda

Author: Anthony Hope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Set in the fictional country of Ruritania, The Prisoner of Zenda tells the story of Rudolf Rassendyll, identical cousin to King Rudolf of Ruritania, who must stand in for the king at his coronation when a plot to steal the crown leaves the king drugged and unable to attend. Rudolf must foil the plans of the king's brother, Prince Michael, and when the king is kidnapped and taken to a castle in Zenda, Rudolf must overcome the plots of the prince's mistress and his henchman in order to rescue him. Anthony Hope's swashbuckling adventure is held up as his greatest work of fiction and sparked its own genre, Ruritanian romance, named after the fictional country in which the story is set.

What Katy Did

What Katy Did

Author: Susan Coolidge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `And now, Katy, it's your turn. Tell us what you're going to be when you grow up.' `I'm not sure about what I'll be,' replied Katy; `beautiful, of course, and good if I can. That's what I'd like to be. But now I'll tell you what I mean to do...' Tomboyish Katy Carr is tall, gangling and full of mischief. Constantly scheming and playing with her brothers and sisters, 12-year-old Katy dreams that one day she will be `beautiful and beloved, and amiable as an angel'. But goodness and obedience don't come easily to Katy, who has promised to be a good stand-in mother to her younger siblings but finds it difficult to stick to her word. When her bedridden cousin Helen comes to stay, Katy becomes enchanted with her as the living embodiment of goodness and light. On the day Helen leaves, Katy devotes herself to be a shining example of Helen's behaviour. But quickly the best of intentions go awry, and a day of mischief ends in an accident: a serious fall from a swing that seems to threaten Katy's grand hopes for the future. But by focusing on the good humour and strength she witnessed in Helen, Katy eventually learns to overcome her difficulties in the `School of Pain', and to practice strength, patience, and hope. Originally published in 1872, and often paired with `The Secret Garden' and `Pollyanna', `What Katy Did' is the classic American tale of childhood, love, hope and `doing good'.

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Author: Rudyard Kipling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. How did the leopard get its spots? Why do the tides ebb and flow? How did the elephant get its trunk? And how was the alphabet made? Rudyard Kipling's classic collection of fables answers the great questions of animal- and humankind in a fun, eloquent and magical way - for children and adults alike. Kipling's beautifully imaginative answers echo the animal fables he heard during his childhood in India, paired with the folk tales he collected throughout his life. Kipling's enjoyment in playing with language, as well as his own delight in fatherhood, makes these stories a joy to read aloud, and children will request these tales as bedtime stories again and again. However, adults will also revel in Kipling's fanciful storytelling and gift for language, as every reading uncovers a new joke, subtext or fascinating embellishment. From the author of `The Jungle Book' and `Kim', `Just So Stories' is the newest addition to the available canon of Kipling's work available in the handy format of Collins Classics!

Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Author: Thomas De Quincey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life . . . ' The Confessions of an English Opium Eater is both a classic of the English autobiographical genre and a hard-nosed study of the effects of drugs on an artistic mind. A close associate of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the brilliant but troubled de Quincey recounts both the pleasures and pain of opium addiction in captivating prose. The result is by turns enlightened, nightmarish and witty - a faithful mirror of the drug itself.

Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree

Author: Thomas Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. From the author of `Tess of the D'Urbervilles', `Under the Greenwood Tree' is a tale of love, tragedy and the changing charm of traditional village life when it is met with the cold reality of modernity. Centring on the quaint rural village of Mellstock, set deep within Hardy's imagined and picturesque county of Wessex, the novel revolves around a double plot of the hopeful love story of Dick Dewey and Fancy Day and the tragic demise of the Mellstock Choir, and what the crumbling of long-held traditions means to the local community. The arrival of Mr Maybold, a new vicar with newfangled ideas, unsettles the local community with ideas of revolutionary change, in which the church and its generations-old choir are an anchor. Considered one of Hardy's most upbeat and optimistic novels, `Under the Greenwood Tree' explores issues of past and future, hope and love, and is a delightful addition to the Collins' canon of Thomas Hardy classic novels.

Moonfleet

Moonfleet

Author: John Meade Falkner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. First published in 1898, 'Moonfleet' is a riveting adventure story full of drama, mystery, revenge, pursuit, smuggling, pirates and romance, with a place in the literary canon alongside 'Treasure Island' and 'Kidnapped'. The tiny village of Moonfleet nestles on the English coast, and every one of its inhabitants lives off the sea in one way or another. When local young man John Trenchard accidentally stumbles upon treasure stashed in the local crypt, he unknowingly enters the murky world of the smuggling trade and the local secret of Colonel John Mohune's treasure. Trenchard is soon forced to flee England with a price on his head, leaving behind his beloved Grace and the life he hoped for. But the adventures, trials and tribulations that befall him on his personal journey back to Moonfleet and ultimately redemption are written with such intensity and hope, as well as love for the history and landscape of Dorset, that the story never loses pace or power on its epic journey. 'Moonfleet' is a classic adventure story to be read again and again.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Carlo Collodi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `But I am not like other boys! I always tell the truth.' The story of Pinocchio has remained one of the best-loved children's tales for over a century. However, the original 1883 novel about the adventures of the mischievous marionette on his quest to become a real boy began as a sophisticated story for both adults and children, and includes political satire, slapstick humour and questions about the role of tradition and society. From the moment Geppetto decides to carve himself a son from a magical piece of wood, the tale lurches from one fantastical episode to another, in one of the most enchanting fables of all time.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

Author: Washington Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'There was a contagion in the very air that blew from that haunted region; it breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies infecting all the land.' Featuring 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle', this collection of inspired essays, stories and sketches established Washington Irving's reputation as one of America's foremost authors. Irving's timeless characters, including Ichabod Crane, Rip Van Winkle and the headless Hessian trooper, jostle for space alongside 31 equally atmospheric and lyrical works in this haunting anthology from one of America's most distinctive literary voices.

The Art of Rhetoric

The Art of Rhetoric

Author: Aristotle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics... Despite dating from the 4th century BC, The Art of Rhetoric continues to be regarded by many as the single most important work on the art of persuasion. As democracy began emerging in 5th-century Athens, public speaking and debate became an increasingly important tool to garner influence in the assemblies, councils, and law courts of ancient Greece. In response to this, both politicians and ordinary citizens became desperate to learn greater skills in this area, as well as the philosophy behind it. This treatise was one of the first to provide just that, establishing methods and observations of informal reasoning and style, and has continued to be hugely influential on public speaking and philosophy today. Aristotle, the grandfather of philosophy, student of Plato, and teacher of Alexander the Great, was one of the first people to create a comprehensive system of philosophy, encompassing logic, morality, aesthetics, politics, ethics, and science. Although written over 2,000 years ago, The Art of Rhetoric remains a comprehensive introduction for philosophy students into the subject of rhetoric, as well as a useful manual for anyone today looking to improve their oratory skills of persuasion.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `Lord Dorincourt had occasion to wear his grim smile many a time as the days passed by. Indeed, as his acquaintance with his grandson progressed, he wore the smile so often that there were moments when it almost lost its grimness.' When young Cedric Errol's father dies, he becomes heir to the fortune of his English grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, and must move from working-class New York to England. Bad-tempered, cantankerous and bitter, the old man is slowly won over by the kind, generous and cheerful spirit of Cedric. When a plot arises to deprive Cedric of his inheritance and another pretender steps forward as heir, Cedric's friends in America become involved in order to thwart the challenger. Through Cedric's unconditional love and trust he teaches his grandfather to show compassion to those who are less fortunate than himself.

The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I snapped the switch, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the far corner which made me drop my cigar and fall into a cold sweat.' When Richard Hannay is warned of an assassination plot that has the potential to take Britain into a war, and then a few days later discovers the murdered body of the American that warned him in his flat, he becomes a prime suspect. He flees to the moors of Scotland and a spirited chase begins as he is pursued by the police and the German spies involved with stealing British plans. Buchan's tale unfolds into one of the seminal and most influential 'chase' books, mimicked by many, yet unrivalled in the tension and mystery created by his writing. Buchan reveres Hannay as an ordinary man who puts his country's good before his own and the classic themes of the novel influenced many films and subsequent 'man-on-the-run' novels.

Hard Times

Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it; but as matters stood, it was a town of unnatural red and black like the painted face of a savage.' Set in fictitious Coketown, England during the Industrial Revolution of the 1850s, Dickens wished to expose the enormous gulf between the rich and poor through his writing. In Hard Times, the social and moral purpose of his work is at its most evident. Openly ironic and satirical in its tone, Dickens suggests a mechanization of society, where the wealthy are ruthless and uncharitable towards those less fortunate than themselves. Siblings Louisa and Tom Gradgrind are raised by their father, a harsh and pragmatic educator and his influence means that they go on to lead lives that are lacking in all areas. Louisa marries the arrogant and greedy Josiah Bounderby, ending in an unhappy pairing and the unfeeling and villainous Tom robs his own brother-in-law's bank. As their father watches their plight, he realises that his own principles may have led to their downfall.

Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat

Author: Jerome K. Jerome Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `That's Harris all over - so ready to take the burden of everything himself, and put it on the backs of other people.' Three late-Victorian gentlemen, George, Harris and the writer himself as well as their fox terrier Montmorency take a trip in a boat along the River Thames to Oxford. What ensues is a hilarious journey through the English waterways full of anecdotes, and farcical incidents with Montmorency wreaking havoc along the way.

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `Full wise is he that can himselven knowe.' Written at the end of the fourteenth century, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales are a collection of stories told in Middle-English. Thirty pilgrims leave Southwark to travel to a shrine in Canterbury and become the narrators, telling each other stories of chivalrous romance, fable, parable, debate and comedy as they journey. Their accounts of the human condition remain as resonant today as when they were first written.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Author: James Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.' Autobiographical in tone, Joyce's tale of Stephen Dedalus' journey into adulthood explores the intellectual and moral development of an artist as he struggles to overcome the ingrained Catholic consciousness of his childhood - a family life governed by Irish history, religion and politics. Realistic and innovative in its approach, the style of writing proved controversial upon publication in 1916 and the character of Stephen on a quest for his identity did not appeal to readers.However, Joyce expertly encapsulates the development of individual consciousness and the role of the artist in society in what is considered one of his greatest works.

Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

From Collins Classics and the author of `The Great Gatsby' a marriage unravels in this autobiographical tale. `Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.' Set on the French Riviera in the 1920s, American Dick Diver and his wife Nicole are the epitome of chic, living a glamorous lifestyle and entertaining friends at their villa. Young film star Rosemary Hoyt arrives in France and becomes entranced by the couple. It is not long before she is attracted to the enigmatic Dick, but he and his wife hold dark secrets and as their marriage becomes more fractured, Fitzgerald laments the failure of idealism and the carefully constructed trappings of high society in the Roaring Twenties.

Heidi

Heidi

Author: Johanna Spyri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Up on the Alp with grandfather is the loveliest spot in all the world.' Little orphan Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather in his remote house in the Swiss Alps. She soon begins to love her life with her grandfather and makes friends with Peter, the goat-herder and his grandmother. Idyllic as her existence is, her aunt sends Heidi to live in Frankfurt to become a companion to the invalid daughter of a wealthy family although Heidi yearns to be back in the fresh air and freedom of the mountains.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.' Knocked unconscious, it is only when mechanic Hank Morgan comes to that he finds himself in 6th-century England rather than nineteenth-century America. Surrounded by the traditions and customs of Camelot and King Arthur's court, Morgan dislikes the hereditary social class structure and state church and attempts to instil his American idealism and love for technology and progress in King Arthur's people. Hugely comedic and satirical in its take on the British monarchy and society, the book remains one of Twain's most original and best-loved works.

The Water Babies

The Water Babies

Author: Charles Kingsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `In fact, the fairies had turned him into a water-baby. A water-baby? You never heard of a water-baby. Perhaps not. That is the very reason why this story was written.' Poor Tom is an orphan, employed by the underhand Grimes as a chimney sweep. While cleaning a chimney one day, Tom becomes lost and appears in Ellie's bedroom. She mistakes him for a thief and he flees in fright, down to the edge of a stream where he falls asleep. In his dreamlike world, he becomes a water baby, swimming with the other water babies and discovering an aquatic playground full of strange and wonderful characters.

Dubliners

Dubliners

Author: James Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2012

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.' Revealing the truths and realities about Irish society in the early 20th century, Joyce's Dubliners challenged the prevailing image of Dublin at the time. A group portrait made up of 15 short stories about the inhabitants of Joyce's native city, he offers a subtle critique of his own town, imbuing the text with an underlying tone of tragedy. Through his various characters he displays the complicated relationships, hardships and mundane details of everyday life and the desire for escape - a yearning that so closely mirrored his own experiences.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Oh, those women! They nurse and cuddle their presentiments, and make darlings of their ugliest thoughts...' Self-serving social climber and anti-heroine Becky Sharp will do anything to raise her status and attain wealth and standing with smart Society. Clever, lively and resourceful, orphan Becky is the the total opposite of her naive and sentimental schoolmate Amelia Sedley, a pampered, yet good-natured girl from a wealthy family. As both women build lives for themselves in London, Thackeray decadently satirises the corruption and flaws of 19th-Century English Society.

The Plays of Oscar Wilde

The Plays of Oscar Wilde

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.' Including some of Oscar Wilde's most well-known and infamous plays, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, this collection of the infamous writer's works displays his brilliant, quick wit to its full glory. Wilde's pithy social comedies dissect the morals and idiosyncrasies of society in the 1890s and offer a view of the sexual politics of the time.

Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained

Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained

Author: John Milton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Greedily she engorged without restraint, And knew not eating death;' Milton's Paradise Lost is a poem of epic proportions that tells of Satan's attempts to mislead Eve into disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, by eating from the tree of knowledge. His interpretation of the biblical story of Genesis is vivid and intense in its language, justifying the actions of God to men. In his sequel poem, Paradise Regained, Milton shows Satan trying to seduce Jesus in a similar way to Eve, but ultimately failing as Jesus remains steadfast.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Author: Victor Hugo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.' Set in medieval Paris, against the backdrop of the brooding Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Hugo's take on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast tells of the hunchbacked, grotesque bellringer, Quasimodo. Rejected by Parisian society because of his appearance, Quasimodo resides in Notre-Dame, harbouring a love for the only woman that pities him, a gypsy named Esmerelda. However, a sinister archdeacon also covets Esmerelda, and when his advances are spurned, he seeks to destroy her.

The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

Author: Charles Darwin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'How fleeting are the wishes and efforts of man! how short his time! and consequently how poor will his products be, compared with those accumulated by nature during whole geological periods.' Still considered one of the most important and groundbreaking works of science ever written, Darwin's eminently readable exploration of the evolutionary process challenged most of the strong beliefs of the Western world. Forced to question the idea of the Creator, mid-nineteenth century readers were faced with Darwin's theories on the laws of natural selection and the randomness of evolution, causing massive controversy at the time. However, Darwin's theories remain instrumental in providing the backbone to modern biology today.

The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

Author: Stephen Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `He felt that in this crisis his laws of life were useless. Whatever he had learned of himself was here of no avail. He was an unknown quantity.' Following one soldier's journey from naive recruit to hardened survivor, The Red Badge of Courage is a vivid and powerfully psychological take on the American Civil War. Fighting for the Union army, Henry Fleming is thrown into a bloody war where the harsh realities and horrors of battle quickly become evident. Fearful, occasionally vain, but always viewing the war with honest eyes, Henry eventually comes to thrive as a soldier in combat, and it is with a a new conscience and outlook that he matures into manhood.

The Iliad

The Iliad

Author: Homer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Clanless, lawless, homeless is he who is in love with civil war, that brutal ferocious thing.' The epic poem The Iliad begins nine years after the beginning of the Trojan War and describes the great warrior Achilles and the battles and events that take place as he quarrels with the King Agamemnon. Attributed to Homer, The Iliad, along with The Odyssey, is still revered today as the oldest and finest example of Western Literature.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `One thing is certain, - that there is a mustering among the masses, the world over; and there is a dis irae coming on, sooner or later.' Viewed by many as fuelling the abolitionist movement of the 1850s and laying the groundwork for the Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe's sentimental and moral tale of slaves attempting to secure their freedom was one of the most popular books of the nineteenth century. Centred round the long-suffering Uncle Tom, a devout Christian slave who endures cruelty and abuse from his owners, Tom is often celebrated as the first black hero in American fiction who refuses to obey his white masters. With other strong protagonists such as Eliza, a courageous slave who flees to the North with her son when she learns that he is to be sold, Beecher Stowe highlighted the plight of southern slaves and the breaking up of black families. Not without its controversy, more recent criticism has suggested that the novel contributed negatively to the stereotyping of the black community.

The Woman in White

The Woman in White

Author: Wilkie Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared.' One of the earliest works of 'detective' fiction with a narrative woven together from multiple characters, Wilkie Collins partly based his infamous novel on a real-life eighteenth century case of abduction and wrongful imprisonment. In 1859, the story caused a sensation with its readers, hooking their attention with the ghostly first scene where the mysterious 'Woman in White' Anne Catherick comes across Walter Hartright. Chilling, suspenseful and tense in mood, the novel remains as emotive for its readers today as when it was first published.

The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Author: Thomas Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `The movements of his mind seemed to tend to the thought that some power was working against him.' When Henchard, an out-of-work hay-trusser gets drunk and sells his wife at a country fair, his life will never be the same. Eighteen years later, his wife and daughter return to Casterbridge to find that Henchard has become Mayor. Although he's spent most of his life attempting to repent for his actions, he remains a rash and impetuous man. Hardy portrays Henchard as a tragic hero, searching for love and acceptance from the community around him, posing the overarching question of whether we shape our own fate, or whether life deals us an inevitable hand.

Inferno

Inferno

Author: Dante Alighieri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `There is no greater sorrow then to recall our times of joy in wretchedness.' Considered one of the greatest medieval poems written in the common vernacular of the time, Dante's Inferno begins on Good Friday in the year 1300. As he wanders through a dark forest, Dante loses his way and stumbles across the ghost of the poet Virgil. Virgil promises to lead him back to the top of the mountain, but to do so, they must pass through Hell, encountering all manner of shocking horrors, sins and evil torments along the way, evoking questions about God's justice, human behaviour and Christianity.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: E. Nesbit Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `...when the Green Dragon tore shrieking out of the mouth of its dark lair, which was the tunnel, all three children stood on the railing and waved their pocket-handkerchiefs without stopping to think whether they were clean handkerchiefs or the reverse.' When their father is mysteriously sent away, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis have to leave London with their mother to live in a cottage in the countryside. Finding comfort in the nearby railway station and friendship in Perks the Porter and the Station Master, the children watch every day for the passing London train. Every day they wave at the same old Gentleman on the train, not knowing that he may hold the key to their father's whereabouts.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Aesop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.' Living in Ancient Greece in the 5th Century BC, Aesop was said to be a slave and story-teller. His much-loved, enduring fables are revered the world over and remain popular as moral tales for children. With infamous vignettes, such as the race between the hare and the tortoise, the vain jackdaw, and the wolf in sheep's clothing, the themes of the fables remain as fresh today as when they were first told and give an insight into the Ancient Greek world.

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Author: Grimm Brothers, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `The wolf thought to himself, What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful - she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must act craftily, so as to catch both. ' Collected by the German Grimm brothers, these folk tales have captured the imaginations of children and adults alike since they were first published in 1812. The best-known stories such as The Golden Goose, Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, and Snow-White and Rose-Red remain as popular today as when first told, although there is an underlying darkness and violence to the original stories that has softened over time.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.' A comedic romance of mistaken identity, Twelfth Night begins with a shipwreck, splitting up Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian. Alone in a strange land, Viola disguises herself as a male servant, Cesario, in order to work for the Duke Orsino. Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia, but it is Cesario that Olivia falls for. A farcical tale of misplaced love, confusion, gender-swapping and aspiration, Twelfth Night remains one of Shakespeare's best-loved and inventive comedies.

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.' One of Shakespeare's most witty and enjoyable comedies, Much Ado About Nothing is a play that explores courtship, romance and marriage through a number of relationships. Most famously, that of the irrepressible Beatrice and Benedick as they trade their wits against one another, criticising the notion of marriage, yet slowly falling in love with one another as they do so.

Richard II

Richard II

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Bear you well in this new spring of time, Lest you be cropp'd before you come to prime.' King Richard II rules England in a wasteful and short-sighted way, spending money unwisely and selecting his counselors foolishly. His manner ostracises him from his people and his country and it's not long before both commoners and noblemen feel Richard has gone too far. When Richard seizes land that rightfully belongs to his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, Bolingbroke retaliates by invading England while Richard is at war in Ireland. More popular with the commoners, Henry is eventually crowned King Henry IV. One of Shakespeare's `history plays', Richard II explores the notion of the shadow that is cast over a king's reign if the throne is gained in underhand ways.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `My Oberon! what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamoured of an ass.' When four young lovers flee from Athens and become lost in an enchanted wood, they stumble into a fairy world where King Oberon, and Queen Titania, are feuding over ownership of a young Indian prince. Seeking his revenge on Titania, Oberon and his servant Puck begin a magical, yet farcical chain of events where all become interwoven in a comedic and mischievous play about the difficulties of love.

Hamlet

Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.' Considered one of Shakespeare's most rich and enduring plays, the depiction of its hero Hamlet as he vows to avenge the murder of his father by his brother Claudius is both powerful and complex. As Hamlet tries to find out the truth of the situation, his troubled relationship with his mother comes to the fore, as do the paradoxes in his personality. A play of carefully crafted conflict and tragedy, Shakespeare's intricate dialogue continues to fascinate audiences to this day.

King Lear

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!' Epic and tragic in its scope, King Lear explores a king's demise into madness and insanity when he is betrayed by two of his manipulative and scheming daughters. It is Cordelia, the third and only daughter who refuses to flatter her father to deceive, who is banished from the kingdom, leading to dramatic and tumultuous events.

Othello

Othello

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.' Dramatic and powerful in its scope, Othello explores the perils of suspicion and jealousy and the ensuing breakdown of relationships and disaster that can arise from such emotions. Othello, a revered soldier, secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a Venetian senator, but is led to believe that she has been unfaithful to him by his ensign, Iago, leading to tragic events.

As You Like It

As You Like It

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.' Featuring Rosalind, one of Shakespeare's most likeable and strong female protagonists, As You Like It is a comedic play centred around concealed identity, love, exile and artifice. Banished from the court by her uncle, Rosalind flees to the forest with her cousin Celia and her jester, joining her already exiled father, and disguising herself as a boy. In the guise of a young man, she instructs her would-be lover Orlando in the ways of love and in doing so allows Shakespeare to explore the dynamics of the city and the country as well as the sexual politics of the time.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.' Magical and dreamlike in its tone, Shakespeare's The Tempest begins with a storm of epic proportions and a shipwreck. Banished from Italy, Prospero lives on a remote island with his daughter. Using his magic, he vows to seek revenge on the injustice dealt to him by his brother, but in doing so, Shakespeare questions the difficulty of distinguishing `men' from `monsters', and the realities of justice.

Henry IV, Part I & Part II

Henry IV, Part I & Part II

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `The better part of valour is discretion.' King Henry IV's son, Prince Harry is quick-witted yet idle and irresponsible and lives a roguish existence keeping dubious company. However, when the kingdom is threatened, Prince Harry shows his true worth and heroism and begins a journey of transformation from layabout to noble leader.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.' Arguably the greatest love story ever told, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet continues to touch modern audiences with its passionate depiction of the tragic romance between two young lovers. With a bitter feud between their respective families, Romeo and Juliet's love is troubled from the start, and through their relationship, Shakespeare shows the fine line between love, hatred, comedy and tragedy.

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. Featuring the last 12 stories ever written about the infamous detective, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes contains some of Conan Doyle's most villainous and unusual characters. The 1920s was a disenchanting era, and the darker mood of many of these stories reflects the environment at the time. Some even felt that the stories showed Conan Doyle exploring Spiritualism as it was an area he was interested in at the time and the mental derangement and physical disfigurements that crop up in many of the stories allude to the horrors of the First World War. The collection includes `The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire', `The Adventure of the Creeping Man' and `The Adventure of the Lion's Mane'.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Author: Gaston Leroux Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Look! You want to see! See! Feast your eyes, glut your soul on my cursed ugliness! Look at Erik's face! Now you know the face of the voice!' Living secretly beneath the Paris Opera House, 'The Phantom of the Opera', Erik has haunted those who work there with his demands and shrouded the opera house in fear with the legend of his disfigured face. When Christine joins the company, a young woman with a beautiful voice, Erik is instantly smitten and secretly teaches her to become a great singer. He soon develops an obsessive love for his beautiful protege, even though she has fallen for her childhood friend, resulting in her disappearance during a performance and sparking a tragic and terrifying chain of events. One of the most well-known and well-loved gothic horror stories, Leroux's suspenseful tale of unrequited love, passion and tragedy is both dark and moving in its portrayal of Erik, the anti-hero in his yearning for Christine.

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `I pay very little regard...to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.' Humble and lowly, a young Fanny Price goes to live with her wealthy Aunt and Uncle at their grand house, Mansfield Park. Growing up with her privileged and spoilt cousins, the Bertrams, she lives in the shadows of their glamorous lives, but manages to find an ally in her cousin, Edmund. When Henry and Mary Crawford come to visit, the house is thrown into disarray as romance flourishes between the young people, leading Fanny to finally confront the extent of her true feelings for Edmund.

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

Author: Henry James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The place, with its grey sky and withered garlands, its bared spaces and scattered dead leaves, was like a theatre after the performance-all strewn with crumpled playbills.' Revered as one of the greatest ghost stories ever told, James's The Turn of the Screw is an eerie Victorian masterpiece. When an inexperienced governess goes to work at Bly, a country house in Essex to look after a young boy Miles and his sister Flora, all manner of strange events begin to occur. The governess spots a ghostly man and woman around the grounds and is told by the housekeeper that the valet and previous governess haunt the house. It soon becomes clear that the children are inexplicably connected to these ghosts in some way and the young governess struggles to protect the children, although from exactly what, she is not sure. Exploring the psychological and sexual fears of an era, this ambiguous, suspenseful and anxiety-inspiring novella remains one of Henry James's most well-known tales.

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Author: Gustave Flaubert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `...for her, life was as cold as an attic with a window looking to the north, and ennui, like a spider, was silently spinning its shadowy web in every cranny of her heart.' Married to Charles, a provincial doctor, Emma Bovary yearns for a more glamorous life. Disenchanted with her husband and seeking an escape from their dull marriage she is soon tempted into a brief romantic liaison with another man. Although short-lived, she remains desirous of passion and the finer things in life and embarks on another affair, destroying her reputation. Considered scandalous at the time, Emma Bovary's superficial and immoral behaviour shocked readers and caused moral outcry. Flaubert holds up to ridicule not only Madame Bovary herself, but the society that dares to judge her.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Now he found out a new thing - namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.' An idyllic snapshot of a boy's childhood along the banks of the Mississippi River, Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the author's work that comes closest to his boyhood experiences of growing up in Hannibal in the 1840s. Mischievous and full of energy, Tom enjoys childish pranks and pastimes with his friends, Huck Finn, the town outcast and Joe Harper, his best friend. However, at the town graveyard, Huck and Tom witness a murder, carried out by local vagabond Injun Joe. They vow never to tell a soul about what they have seen and so begins their journey into adulthood as Tom wrestles with his own morality, guilt and anxiety. A `coming of age' tale, it is through Tom's adventures and relationships with others that he becomes more responsible and more aware of his own inner conflict. Through the central characters of Tom and Huck, Twain satirises the moral rigidity of society and adult hypocrisy, whilst at the same time giving a nostalgic portrayal of a young boy's journey into adulthood.

Silas Marner

Silas Marner

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us: there have been many circulations of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.' Set in the agricultural town of Raveloe in the English countryside, Silas Marner is a tragic figure. Exiled from a religious community because of a wrongful accusation of theft, he works from day to day as a weaver, saving his money and living a lonely life as a recluse. It is only when his money is stolen and a small orphan girl, Eppie appears in his life that Silas's fortunes begin to change and he truly begins to learn what it means to regain his faith in life.

Dracula

Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things.' Earnest and naive solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to organise the estate of the infamous Count Dracula at his crumbling castle in the ominous Carpathian Mountains. Through notes and diary entries, Harker keeps track of the horrors and terrors that beset him at the castle, telling his fiance Mina of the Count's supernatural powers and his own imprisonment. Although Harker eventually manages to escape and reunite with Mina, his experiences have led to a mental breakdown of sorts. Meanwhile in England, Mina's friend Lucy has been bitten and begins to turn into a vampire. With the help of Professor Van Helsing, a previous suitor of Lucy's, Seward, and Lucy's fiance Holmwood attempt to thwart Count Dracula and his attempts on Lucy and consequently Mina's life. Arguably the most enduring Gothic novel of the 19th Century, Bram Stoker's Dracula is as chilling today in its depiction of the vampire world and its exploration of Victorian values as it was at its time of publication.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Author: Homer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Alas that mortals Should blame the gods! From us, they say, All evils come. Yet they themselves It is who through defiant deeds Bring sorrow on them-far more sorrow Than fate would have them bear.' Attributed to the blind Greek poet, Homer, The Odyssey is an epic tale about cunning and strength of mind. It takes its starting point ten years after the fall of the city of Troy and follows its Greek warrior hero Odysseus as he tries to journey to his home of Ithaca in northwest Greece after the Greek victory over the Trojans. On his travels, Odysseus comes across surreal islands and foreign lands where he is in turn challenged and supported by those that he meets on his travels as he attempts to find his way back home in order to vanquish those who threaten his estate. In turn, his son Telemachus has to grow up quickly as he attempts to find his father and protect his mother from her suitors. Dealing with the universal themes of temptation and courage, the epic journey that Odysseus undertakes is as meaningful today as it was almost 3,000 years ago when the story was composed.

The Awakening

The Awakening

Author: Kate Chopin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself.' Heralded as one of the first instances of feminist literature and rejected at its time of publication by the literary set on grounds of moral distaste, Kate Chopin's The Awakening caused consternation in 1899. Constrained and confined by the limitations surrounding marriage and motherhood in the late 1800s, Edna Pontellier begins to challenge the notion of femininity through her thoughts and actions. Questioning her love for her husband, and opening herself up to the possibilities of other men and a life outside of societal convention leads to a gradual awakening of her desires. Chopin's fascinating exploration of one woman challenging the expectation that surrounds her is powerful, daring and ultimately tragic in its conclusions.

The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `When I am king, they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books; for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved, and the heart.' Set in 16th-Century England and following the lives of two young boys, The Prince and the Pauper is a classic and timeless tale. Tom Canty, the lowly pauper is almost identical in appearance to Edward Tudor, a prince. Unbeknownst to those around them, the boys strike up an unlikely friendship and soon realise that with their similar looks they could easily pass for one another. When the Prince's father dies, some of the more underhand court officials persuade the pauper to act as the Prince in order to reap the benefits of the `mistake' and there follows a tale of friendship and growing up in one of Mark Twain's most infamous works.

The Art of War

The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Opportunities multiply as they are seized.' Written in the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that is still revered today as the ultimate commentary on war and military strategy. Focussing on the principle that one can outsmart your foe mentally by thinking very carefully about strategy before resorting to physical battle, this philosophy continues to be applied to the corporate and business world. Sun Tzu's timeless appraisal of the different aspects of warfare are laid out in 13 chapters, including sections on `Laying Plans', `Waging War' and `Terrain'. Words that are as resonant today in every aspect of our lives as they were when he wrote them.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive impulses of the human heart - one of the indivisible primary faculties, or sentiments, which gives direction to the character of Man.' Including Poe's most terrifying, grotesque and haunting short stories, Tales of Mystery and Imagination is the ultimate collection of the infamous author's macabre works. Considered to be one of the earliest American writers to encapsulate the genre of detective-fiction, the collection features some of his most popular tales.`The Gold-Bug' is the only tale that was popular in his lifetime, whereas `The Black Cat', `The Pit and the Pendulum' and `The Murders in the Rue Morgue' became more widely read after his death. Focussing on the internal conflict of individuals, the power of the dead over the living, and psychological explorations of darker human emotion that appear to anticipate Sigmund Freud's later theories on the psyche, Poe's Gothic terror stories are considered masterpieces the world over.

The Moonstone

The Moonstone

Author: Wilkie Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `The horrid mystery hanging over us in this house gets into my head like liquor, and makes me wild.' Centred around a glorious yellow diamond that carries with it a menacing history, The Moonstone tells the story of Rachel Verinder, who inherits the stone on her eighteenth birthday. That very evening, the diamond is stolen and there begins an epic enquiry into hunting down the thief. At the same time, three Indian men, Brahmin guardians of the diamond are attempting to reclaim the stone in order to return it to their sacred Hindu Idol. Told from the perspective of 11different characters, Wilkie Collins' tale of mystery and suspicion was considered the first modern English detective novel at its time of publication.

The Prince

The Prince

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `We have declared before that it is not only expedient but necessary for a prince to take care his foundations be good, otherwise his fabric will be sure to fail.' Considered one of the first works of modern philosophy, Machiavelli's The Prince is an intense study on the nature of power and the course it should take when ruling a country and expresses the author's strong and unyielding ideals and beliefs on using force rather than law to achieve your aims. Responsible for the widely-used phrase `Machiavellian', with all of its negative connotations, his extreme treatise remains a classic text to this day.

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

Author: Jack London Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and . . . he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire, and to plunge into the forest.' Half St. Bernard, half sheepdog, Buck is stolen away from his comfortable life as a pet in California and sold to dog traders. He soon finds himself aboard a ship, on its way to Northern Canada. Surrounded by cruelty, Buck's natural instincts and behaviour begin to emerge as he works as a mail carrying sled dog, scavenging for food, protecting himself against other dogs and sleeping out in the cold snow. Sold to a group of American gold hunters who are inexperienced living in the wilderness, the dogs are treated badly and as misfortune besets them, Buck is saved by John Thornton. Indebted to his new master, Buck remains by Thornton's side, saving him from drowning and protecting him with fierce loyalty throughout their time together. However, Buck can not deny the strong lure of the wilderness around him. Exciting and action-packed, Call of the Wild explores the timeless relationship between man and dog, and the inevitable draw of primitive instincts that pull Buck away from civilization and humanity towards the lawless and harsh wilderness.

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2011

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first.' Orphaned as a young teenager, Lowlander David Balfour's only relative is his guardian and uncle, Ebenezer. Ill-thought of and disliked by many, it's not long before Ebenezer betrays his nephew and David finds himself trapped aboard a ship. He soon strikes up a friendship with fugitive stranger and Scottish Highlander Alan Breck and becomes embroiled in the fierce Jacobite struggle against English rule. A tale of high-seas adventure, loyalty and fighting, the complex relationship between Alan and David stops Stevenson's novel from becoming `just' a boys adventure novel.

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `Northanger Abbey! These were thrilling words, and wound up Catherine's feelings to the highest point of ecstasy.' Considered the most light-hearted and satirical of Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey tells the story of an unlikely young heroine Catherine Morland. While staying in Bath, Catherine meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor who invite her to their family estate, Northanger Abbey. A fan of Gothic Romance novels, naive Catherine is soon letting her imagination run wild in the atmospheric abbey, fuelled by her friendship with the vivacious Isabella Thorpe. It is only when the realities of life set in around her that Catherine's fantastical world is shattered. A coming-of-age novel, Austen expertly parodies the Gothic romance novels of her time and reveals much about her unsentimental view of love and marriage in the eighteenth century.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.' At the peak of European Imperialism, steamboat captain Charles Marlow travels deep into the African Congo on his way to relieve the elusive Mr Kurtz, an ivory trader renowned for his fearsome reputation. On his journey into the unknown Marlow takes a terrifying trip into his own subconscious, overwhelmed by his menacing, perilous and horrifying surroundings. The landscape and the people he meets force him to reflect on human nature and society, and in turn Conrad writes revealingly about the dangers of imperialism.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

The Great American Novel of love and betrayal in the Jazz Age is now a major film. Considered one of the all-time great American works of fiction, Fitzgerald's glorious yet ultimately tragic social satire on the Jazz Age encapsulates the exuberance, energy and decadence of an era. After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to try and entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald's succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.' Written at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Persuasion is a tale of love, heartache and the determination of one woman as she strives to reignite a lost love. Anne Elliot is persuaded by her friends and family to reject a marriage proposal from Captain Wentworth because he lacks in fortune and rank. More than seven years later, when he returns home from the Navy, Anne realises she still has strong feelings for him, but Wentworth only appears to have eyes for a friend of Anne's. Moving, tender, but intrinsically `Austen' in style, with it's satirical portrayal of the vanity of society in eighteenth-century England, Persuasion celebrates enduring love and hope.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. ` Come along, Toto, she said. We will go to the Emerald City and ask the Great Oz how to get back to Kansas again. ' Swept away from her home in Kansas by a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves stranded in the fantastical Land of Oz. As instructed by the Good Witch of the North and the Munchkins, Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to try and find her way to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz, who can help her get home. With her companions the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy experiences an adventure full of friendship, magic and danger. A much-loved children's classic, The Wizard of Oz continues to delight readers young and old with its enchanting tale of witches, flying monkeys and silver shoes.

The Hound of the Baskervilles A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

The Hound of the Baskervilles A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `They all agreed that it was a huge creature, luminous, ghastly and spectral.' Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine, Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles follows the infamous Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as they investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, whose dead body is found on the misty and desolate Devon moors. The locals blame his death on the legend of the fearsome phantom hound that they claim has haunted the Baskerville family for generations. When the heir to the Baskerville fortune, Sir Henry, also comes under threat Holmes' detective skills are put to the test as he battles to discover the truth behind the legend and to solve one of the most macabre mysteries of his career.

The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

Author: James Fenimore Cooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `Death and honour are thought to be the same, but today I have learned that sometimes they are not.' Set in frontier America in the midst of the French-Indian war, as the French are attempting to overthrow an English fort, Cooper's story follows Alice and Cora Munro, pioneer sisters who are trying to find their way back to their father, an English commander. Guided by an army major and Magua, an Indian from the Huron tribe, they soon meet Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his Mohican Indian companions Chingachgook and Uncas. Magua is not all that he seems and the sisters are kidnapped. In The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper sets Indian tribe against Indian tribe and lays bare the brutality of the white man against the Mohicans.

The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Author: Edith Wharton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I want - I want somehow to get away with you into a world where words like that - categories like that - won't exist. Where we shall be simply two human beings who love each other, who are the whole of life to each other; and nothing else on earth will matter.' Newland Archer, a successful and charming young lawyer conducts himself by the rules and standards of the polite, upper class New York society that he resides in. Happily engaged to the pretty and conventional May Welland, his attachment guarantees his place in this rigid world of the elite. However, the arrival of May's cousin, the exotic and beautiful European Countess Olenska throws Newland's life upside down. A divorcee, Olenska is ostracised by those around her, yet Newland is fiercely drawn to her wit, determination and willingness to flout convention. With the Countess, Newland is freed from the limitations that surround him and truly begins to `feel' for the first time. Wharton's subtle expose of the manners and etiquette of 1870s New York society is both comedic, subtle, satirical and cynical in style and paints an evocative picture of a man torn between his passion and his obligation.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `From that hour we had no further occasion for the exercise of reason, or judgment, or skill, or contrivance. We were henceforth to be hurled along, the playthings of the fierce elements of the deep.' In Verne's science-fiction classic, Professor Lidenbrock chances upon an ancient manuscript and pledges to solve the mysterious coded message that lies within it. Eventually he deciphers the story - that of an Icelandic explorer who travels to the centre of the earth, finding his way there via a volcano. Inspired by the manuscript, The Professor is determined to follow in the explorer's footsteps and builds a crew of men which includes his nervous nephew Axel. Together they begin their journey to the centre of the earth, facing fearsome danger and adventure at every turn.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Author: Thomas Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

One of the greatest love stories ever told, beautifully repackaged for a modern teen audience Loved TWILIGHT? Then you'll adore Tess of the d'Urbervilles...Tess is a good woman. But in her time and her place, being good - and being a woman - is not enough to find justice in a world dominated by powerful men, and even more powerful traditions. When Tess falls in love with Angel, she cannot imagine the heartbreak that will follow...or the lengths she will have to go to in order to prove the strength of her heart.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Author: Thomas Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is pround to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'My life looks as if it had been wasted for want of chances! When I see what you know, what you have read, and seen, and thought, I feel what a nothing I am!' Challenging the hypocrisy and social conventions of the rural Victorian world, Tess of the D'Urbervilles follows the story of Tess Durbeyfield as she attempts to escape the poverty of her background, seeking wealth by claiming connection with the aristocratic D'Urberville family. It is through Tess's relationships with two very different men that Hardy tells the story of his tragic heroine, and exposes the double standards of the world that she inhabits with searing pathos and heart-rending sentiment.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It happen'd one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surpriz'd with the Print of a Man's naked Foot on the Shore.' Shipwrecked in a storm at sea, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a remote and desolate island. As he struggles to piece together a life for himself, Crusoe's physical, moral and spiritual values are tested to the limit. For 24 years he remains in solitude and learns to tame and master the island, until he finally comes across another human being. Considered a classic literary masterpiece, and frequently interpreted as a comment on the British Imperialist approach at the time, Defoe's fable was and still is revered as the very first English novel.

Little Women

Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true and we could live in them?' A heart-warming tale of love, sisterhood and hardship during the New England Civil War, Little Women tells the story of the lovable March family. Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy try to support their mother at home while their father is away at war and enter into various scrapes and adventures as they do so. Alcott beautifully interweaves bad times and good as her characters struggle with the trials and tribulations of growing up and their relationships with one another.

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself...' Beautiful, rich, self-assured and witty, Emma Woodhouse delights in matchmaking those around her, with no apparent care for her own romantic life. Taking young Harriet Smith under her wing, Emma sets her sights on finding a suitable match for her friend. Chided for her mistakes by old friend Mr Knightley, it is only when Harriet starts to pursue her own love interests that Emma realises the true hidden depths of her own heart. Delightful, engaging and entertaining, and with a dazzling gallery of characters, Emma is arguably Austen's most well-loved social comedy.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'There is no harm in a man's cub.' Best known for the 'Mowgli' stories, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book expertly interweaves myth, morals, adventure and powerful story-telling. Set in Central India, Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves. Along the way he encounters memorable characters such as the foreboding tiger Shere Kahn, Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear. Including other stories such as that of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a heroic mongoose and Toomai, a young elephant handler, Kipling's fables remain as popular today as they ever were.

Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

Author: D. H. Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'There was one place in the world that stood solid and did not melt into unreality: the place where his mother was. Everybody else could grow shadowy, almost non-existent to him, but she could not.' In his quest to find his emotional and independent self, Paul Morel is torn between the strong, Oedipal bond he has with his mother and the relationships he forges as a young adult, with chaste Miriam and the provocative Clara. As Paul matures and struggles with his own and his mother's feelings towards the other women in his life, Lawrence expertly crafts a timeless and universal story of family, love and the relationships that define us.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.' Bronte's infamous Gothic novel tells the story of orphan Jane, a child of unfortunate circumstances. Raised and treated badly by her aunt and cousins and eventually sent away to a cruel boarding school, it is not until Jane becomes a governess at Thornfield that she finds happiness. Meek, measured, but determined, Jane soon falls in love with her brooding and stormy master, Mr Rochester, but it is not long before strange and unnerving events occur in the house and Jane is forced to leave Thornfield to pursue her future.

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.' Huck Finn escapes from his alcoholic father by faking his own death and so begins his journey through the Deep South, seeking independence and freedom. On his travels, Huck meets an escaped slave, Jim, who is a wanted man, and together they journey down the Mississippi River. Raising the timeless and universal l issues of prejudice, bravery and hope, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was and still is considered the great American novel.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `The rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...' Victor Frankenstein's monster is stitched together from the limbs of the dead, taken from `the dissecting room and the slaughter-house'. The result is a grotesque being who, rejected by his maker and starved of human companionship, sets out on a journey to seek his revenge. In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness. Begun when Mary Shelley was only eighteen years old and published two years later, this chilling tale of a young scientist's desire to create life - and the consequences of that creation - still resonate today.

King Solomon's Mines

King Solomon's Mines

Author: Henry Rider Haggard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go. Like a storm-driven bird at night we fly out of the Nowhere; for a moment our wings are seen in the light of the fire, and, lo! we are gone again into the Nowhere.' An amazing adventure set in Africa, against the backdrop of endless deserts and snowy mountains, Kings Solomon's Mines follows Allan Quartermain, in his quest to find his missing brother and unearth the fabled treasure of the biblical King's mines. Along the way, Allan and his companions are caught up in a tribal war and face fearful hardships, culminating in a final confrontation with the evil witch Gagool.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrid, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young... If it was only the other way!' Wilde's first and only published novel recounts the story of handsome Dorian Gray who upon having his portrait painted desires that it will age and grow ugly while he may remain eternally beautiful. The painting, which reflects each of Gray's sins and transgressions in its hideousness, haunts him until it finally becomes unbearable. In this dark tale of duplicity and mortality, Wilde creates a world where art and reality collide.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.' Scientist Pierre Aronnax and his colleagues set out on an expedition to find a strange sea monster and are captured by the infamous and charismatic Captain Nemo and taken abroad the Nautilus submarine as his prisoners. As they travel the world's oceans, they become embroiled in adventures and events beyond their wildest dreams. Visionary in its outlook, Vern's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a legendary science fiction masterpiece.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Fifteen men on the dead man's chest -Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!' Upon finding a map in his parents' inn, young Jim Hawkins joins a crew on route to the Caribbean to find buried treasure. One of his crew, the charming, yet devious Long John Silver is determined to snag the booty for himself and Jim's swashbuckling voyage becomes a mutinous and murderous adventure - where his own bravery is put to the test and he discovers much about friendship, loyalty and betrayal.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Phileas Fogg was one of those mathematically exact people, who, never hurried and always ready, are economical of their steps and their motions. He never made one stride too many, always going by the shortest route. He did not give an idle look. He did not allow himself a superfluous gesture.' When Phileas Fogg wagers a bet that he can travel across the globe in just 80 days, little does he know about the epic journey that he is about to undertake. With his faithful French servant, Passepartout, Phileas Fogg embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, travelling across four continents by whatever means he can - train, elephant, steam ship - and experiencing endless surprises and mishaps along the way.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and what is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversations? ' So begins the tale of Alice, who follows a curious White Rabbit down a hole and falls into Wonderland, a fantastical place where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatters throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice's attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn. A beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has continued to delight readers, young and old, for over 150 years.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,' said the Spirit. 'Look upon me!' A celebration of Christmas, a tale of redemption and a critique on Victorian society, Dickens' atmospheric novella follows the miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge who views Christmas as 'humbug'. It is only through a series of eerie, life-changing visits from the ghost of his deceased business partner Marley and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future that he begins to see the error of his ways. With heart-rending characters, rich imagery and evocative language, the message of A Christmas Carol remains as significant today as when it was first published.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Oliver Twist has asked for more!' Fleeing the workhouse, Oliver finds himself taken under the wing of the Artful Dodger and caught up with a group of pickpockets in London. As he tries to free himself from their clutches he becomes immersed in the seedy underbelly of the Capital, amongst criminals, prostitutes and the homeless. Dickens scathing attack on the cruelness of Victorian Society features some of his most memorable and enduring characters, including innocent Oliver himself, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Bill Sikes and Nancy.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.' Austen's best-loved tale of love, marriage and society in class-conscious Georgian England still delights modern readers today with its comedy and characters. It follows the feisty, quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet as her parents seek to ensure good marriages for her and her sisters in order to secure their future. The protagonists Darcy and Elizabeth learn much about themselves and those around them and Austen's expertly crafted comedy characters of Mrs Bennet and Mr Collins demonstrate her great artistry as a writer.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.' Shipwrecked on the high seas, Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed up on the strange island of Lilliput, a land inhabited by quarrelsome miniature people. On his travels he continues to meet others who force him to reflect on human behaviour - the giants of Brobdingnag, the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos. In this scathing satire on the politics and morals of the 18th Century, Swift's condemnation of society and its institutions still resonates today.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Where, you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.' Orphaned and sent to live with her uncle in his austere manor on the moors, Mary Lennox is a lonely and unhappy child. A meeting with Dickon, her servant's brother begins her adventure and it is through their friendship and her relationship with her troubled hypochondriac cousin Colin that she begins to learn about herself. Their lives all begin to change when a Robin shows Mary the door to a mysterious secret garden.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil.' After taking an elixir created in his laboratory, mild mannered Dr Jekyll is transformed into the cruel and despicable Mr Hyde. Although seemingly harmless at first, things soon descend into chaos and Jekyll quickly realises there is only one way to stop Hyde. Stevenson's quintessential novella of the Victorian era epitomizes the conflict between psychology, science and religious morality, but is fundamentally a triumphant study of the duality of human nature.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.' Living with his sister and her husband, Pip is an orphan without any expectations. It is only when he begins to visit a rich old woman, Miss Havisham and her adopted niece that he begins to hope for something better. When it is revealed that Pip has inherited a large sum of money from a mysterious benefactor on the condition that he moves to London to become a gentleman, Pip's adventure really begins. Epic, illuminating and memorable, Dickens mysterious tale of Pip's quest to find the truth about himself is one of his most enduring and popular novels to date.

Through The Looking Glass

Through The Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.' In Carroll's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice once again finds herself in a bizarre and nonsensical place when she passes through a mirror and enters a looking-glass world where nothing is quite as it seems. From her guest appearance as a pawn in a chess match to her meeting with Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking Glass follows Alice on her curious adventure and shows Carroll's great skill at creating an imaginary world full of the fantastical and extraordinary.

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...' Set before and during the French Revolution in the cities of Paris and London, A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of Dr Manette's release from imprisonment in the Bastille and his reunion with daughter, Lucie. A French aristocrat Darnay and English lawyer Carton compete in their love for Lucie and the ensuing tale plays out against the menacing backdrop of the French Revolution and the shadow of the guillotine.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.' One of Shakespeare's darkest and most violent tragedies, Macbeth's struggle between his own ambition and his loyalty to the King is dramatically compelling. As those he kills return to haunt him, Macbeth is plagued by the prophecy of three sinister witches and the power hungry desires of his wife.

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Author: Anna Sewell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. '...we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.' When his beloved owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty leaves his life as a young, care-free colt behind him and embarks on a working life of misery. Cruelly treated by his new masters, Anna Sewell rails against animal mistreatment in this poignant tale of a horse whose spirit can not be broken.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent as this. Men who had only known the quiet thinker and logician of Baker Street would have failed to recognize him. His face flushed and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, while his eyes shone out from beneath them with a steely glitter.' Set against the foggy, mysterious backdrops of London and the English countryside, these are the first twelve stories ever published to feature the infamous Detective Sherlock Holmes and his side kick Doctor Watson. They first appeared as stories in the Strand Magazine and feature some of his most famous and enjoyable cases, including 'A Scandal in Bohemia', 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle' and 'The Red-headed League'.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2009

One of the greatest love stories ever told, beautifully repackaged for a modern teen audience Love the Twilight books? Then you'll adore Wuthering Heights, one of the greatest love stories ever told. Cathy and Heathcliff, childhood friends, are cruelly separated by class, fate and the actions of others. But uniting them is something even stronger: an all-consuming passion that sweeps away everything that comes between them. Even death... My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks, said Cathy. I am Heathcliff.

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Author: Alexandre Dumas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

Three musketeers. Two enemies. One major battle.' `All for one and one for all!' Country boy d'Artagnan is desperate to join the King's elite band of bodyguards, the Musketeers. And when his fiery loyalties (which often get him into trouble) and incredible sword skill (which get him out again) manages to impress brash Porthos, foppish Aramis and melancholy Athos, the three musketeers and d'Artagnan become friends for life. When they discover that the King they protect is under threat, the Musketeers must outwit the scheming Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady - encountering adventure, friendship, romance and intrigue along the way - in order to save France from destruction. But could a deadly secret be the death of them all?

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