Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in a marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, voracious spending and eventually, adultery.
In Virgnia Woolf's novel - which inspired the 2003 film "The Hours" - Mrs Dalloway is an assured socialite. Yet as she prepares for her party on a hot London day in June 1923, she feels the terror of existence and the pull of death.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced by a ghost bearing a grim message of murder and revenge, driving the prince to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation and to perform his duty.
Part of the "Collector's Library" series, this book's Afterword is by the well-known author, writer and journalist, Ned Halley. It features a brief biography of the author and a reading list.
Jane Austen's final novel, 'Persuasion', is the story of Anne Elliot, intelligent daughter of a spendthrift baronet, and her love for Frederick Wentworth. Persuaded to refuse his proposition of marriage, Anne spends seven years unhappy until he re-enters her life.
Each volume in the Collector's Library series has a specially commissioned Afterword, brief biography of the author and a further reading list. The Afterword is by leading UK playwright, novelist and Sherlockian, David Stuart Davies.
Catherine Morland meets all the trappings of Gothic horror and imagines the worst. Disaster does eventually strike, as it does in the real world as distinct from the romantic one, but without spoiling the wonderful atmosphere of this story.
'Mansfield Park' is one of Austen's more sophisticated novels - together with the gently satirical depiction of polite society it exposes the ills of class prejudice, and before achieving the requisite happy ending, the people of Mansfield Park must cope with adultery, betrayal and social ruin.
With a specially commissioned afterword, the "Collector's Library" series includes a brief biography of the author, and a further reading list. This edition contains an afterword by David Stuart Davies.
Set in the South of France in the decade after World War I, this title tells the story of a brilliant and magnetic psychiatrist named Dick Diver; the bewitching, wealthy, and dangerously unstable mental patient, Nicole, who becomes his wife; and the beautiful, harrowing ten-year pas de deux they act out along the border between sanity and madness.
In a remote Hertfordshire village, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise lies the erratic courtship of his second headstrong daughter, Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor - Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, Lockwood stumbles upon its tempestuous history: the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him. It is the innocent heirs who must struggle to escape Heathcliff's vengeance.
The eerie stories of Edgar Allan Poe remain amongst the most influential works of American fiction. The celebrated tales found in this collection include two of the finest detective stories - "Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter" - and others that will make your hair stand on end.
Set in mid-17th century Boston, this tale of passion, puritanism and revenge is one of the foremost classics of American literature. Its heroine, Hester Prynne, is compelled by her own moral autonomy to wear the scarlet letter but she emerges as a woman with her integrity intact.