“This diary is a gem. Never before, I believe, has anything been written enabling us to see so clearly into the soul of a young girl… We are shown how the sentiments pass from the simple... More > egoism of childhood to attain maturity; how the relationships to parents and other members of the family first shape themselves, and how they gradually become more serious and more intimate; how friendships are formed and broken. We are shown the dawn of love, feeling out towards its first objects…” —Sigmund Freud
Originally published anonymously, under the auspices of Sigmund Freud and his followers, A Young Girl’s Diary is a fascinating, unedited record of the life of an adolescent girl in early 20th Century Vienna.< Less
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An oddity in F. Scott Fitzgerald's career, his play 'The Vegetable' was a satirical attack on the presidency of Warren Harding. An ordinary, incompetent man, taunted for his... More > lack of ambition by his family, realises his dream of ruling the United States of America. One biographer described it as "inspired by the pervasive stupidity, gross cronyism and rampant corruption [of the] administration of the philistine president".
With appalling timing, the play was first staged just after Harding's sudden death, when the mood of national mourning meant that few were ready for a savage indictment of the dead president. It closed after one week.
Bootleggers, political machinations, romance and a man on the run combine in this bizarre story from the side of of Fitzgerald which wrote 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'.
Out of print for decades, The Vegetable is a strange and significant work by one of the Twentieth Century's greatest writers.< Less
Richard Gunn is an ex-soldier in trouble after the end of the Great War. Jobless and starving in Piccadilly Circus, he encounters his nemesis, Leroy Pengelly. From this encounter the secrets of their... More > shared past start to unravel...
“..a novel which combines elements of the horror and supernatural - at which Walpole was so skilled - with the puzzle element of the whodunnit - all wrapped up in one unsettling and uncanny whole.”
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“But worst of all was the old man at the other end of the compartment: the motionless old man in a frayed suit of professorial black, with a face like a sallow bust on a bracket in a university... More > library. It was the face of Durand’s own class and of his own profession, and it struck him as something not to be contemplated without dire results to his nervous system...”
This volume collects 17 rare novellas and short stories by Edith Wharton, including the entirety of the collections Crucial Instances and Certain People.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was one of America’s greatest writers, with a string of masterpieces to her name: The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence and more. She was also a prodigious writer of fine short stories, as well as being a talented designer of homes and gardens.< Less