A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, for example through an imprimatur such as being listed in a list of great books, or through a reader's personal opinion. Although the term is often associated with the Western canon, it can be applied to works of literature from all traditions, such as the Chinese classics or the Indian Vedas. In 1850, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804–1869) stated his answer to the question "What is a Classic?" ("Qu'est-ce qu'un classique?") The idea of a classic implies something that has continuance and consistence, and which produces unity and tradition, fashions and transmits itself, and endures…. A true classic, as I should like to hear it defined, is an author who has enriched the human mind, increased its treasure, and caused it to advance a step; who has discovered some moral and not equivocal truth, or revealed some eternal passion in that heart where all seemed known and discovered; who has expressed his thought, observation, or invention, in no matter what form, only provided it be broad and great, refined and sensible, sane and beautiful in itself; who has spoken to all in his own peculiar style, a style which is found to be also that of the whole world, a style new without neologism, new and old, easily contemporary with all time.

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A Fortunate Life # Australian Children's Classics

By: A. B. Facey

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Australia, Viking Australia: 2012

Seller ID: 9780670076895

ISBN: 0670076899

Condition: New


Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent sixty years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a 'fortunate' one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full - the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man. About the Author A.B. Facey was born in 1894 and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheat-belt of Wes... View more info

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Brave New World

By: Aldous Huxley

Price: $14.95

Publisher: UK, Vintage: 2011

Edition: Vintage Classics

Seller ID: 9780099518471

ISBN: 0099518473

Condition: New


'The best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient... Looking at our present trajectory we are on the way to Brave New World' Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus `A masterpiece of speculation... As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it' Margaret Atwood A grave warning... Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling' Observer 'What Aldous Huxley presented as fiction with the human hatcheries of Brave New World has become fact. The consequences are profound and, if we don't get it right, deeply disturbing' John Humphries, Sun... View more info

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Go Ask Alice

By: Anonymous

Price: $19.95

Publisher: UK, Vintage: 2018

Seller ID: 9781784873172

ISBN: 1784873179

Condition: New


Have you ever kept a diary? This is the diary of a young girl growing up in sixties America - an honest account of teenage life. But as well as discovering new friends, dating and going to parties, the author of this diary discovers something else- drugs. It is the era of free love and experimentation with mind-bending substances. And one thing leads to another. This book was first published several decades ago as the shocking real diary of a young woman. Whether it is fact or fiction is up to you to decide. BACKSTORY- Read the fascinating story of this mysterious book's first publicatio... View more info

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 1

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $14.95

Publisher: USA, Barnes & Noble: 2013

Seller ID: 001619

ISBN: 1435136403

Condition: New


Handsomely produced in hardcover at a very affordable price, Barnes & Noble Signature Editions have been carefully edited and reset in a modern design for greater readability. Each volume includes an introduction, informative notes and a chronology of the writer's life and times to enable the reader to gain a deeper understanding of these enduring works. About the Author Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were ma... View more info

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 2

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $14.95

Publisher: USA, Barnes & Noble: 2013

Seller ID: 001620

ISBN: 1435137396

Condition: New


Handsomely produced in hardcover at a very affordable price, Barnes & Noble Signature Editions have been carefully edited and reset in a modern design for greater readability. Each volume includes an introduction, informative notes and a chronology of the writer's life and times to enable the reader to gain a deeper understanding of these enduring works. About the Author Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were ma... View more info

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The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $39.95

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth Editions: 2008

Seller ID: 002873

ISBN: 1840220767

Condition: New


It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in 'A Study in Scarlet'. From 1891, beginning with 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson. The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Hol... View more info

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Leatherbound Classic Collection

By: Arthur Conan Doyle

Price: $49.95

Publisher: USA, Barnes & Noble: 2015

Seller ID: 004038

ISBN: 1435158105

Condition: New


A master of deductive reasoning who can solve the most difficult crimes by spotting obscure clues overlooked by others, dilettante sleuth Sherlock Holmes was the hero of sixty stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927. He even rose from the dead after Doyle tried to dispatch him in his twenty-fourth adventure, and readers protested. Here, in one volume, are all four full-length novels and fifty-six short stories about the colourful adventures of Sherlock Holmes- every word Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote about Baker Street's most famous resident. Also included is an int... View more info

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

By: Baroness Orczy

Price: $22.95

Publisher: UK, Hodder: 2005

Seller ID: 9780340894989

ISBN: 0340894989

Condition: New


The Terror has begun. Paris, 1792. Each day scores of the French nobility feed the guillotine. They are trapped in the capital. There is no escape. But rumours whisper of a league of young English gentleman of unparalleled daring who are risking their lives to spirit aristocrats across the Channel. They leave no trace behind them except a note from the Scarlet Pimpernel . The ruthless spy master Chauvelin is determined to stop the rescuers by fair means or foul, and, desperately outnumbered, the Scarlet Pimpernel and his men must use all their wits to evade capture and stay alive. About the A... View more info

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Dracula

By: Bram Stoker

Price: $6.95

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth Editions: 1993

Seller ID: 003992

ISBN: 185326086X

Condition: New


Introduction and Notes by Dr David Rogers, Kingston University. "There he lay looking as if youth had been half-renewed, for the white hair and moustache were changed to dark iron-grey, the cheeks were fuller, and the white skin seemed ruby-red underneath; the mouth was redder than ever, for on the lips were gouts of fresh blood, which trickled from the corners of the mouth and ran over the chin and neck. Even the deep, burning eyes seemed set amongst the swollen flesh, for the lids and pouches underneath were bloated. It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he ... View more info

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The Power Of One [Popular Penguins]

By: Bryce Courtenay

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Australia, Penguin: 2010

Seller ID: 9780143204794

ISBN: 0143204793

Condition: New


First with your head and then with your heart . . . To Peekay, a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world, this is a piece of advice that he will carry with him throughout his life. Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice. Bryce Courtenay's classic bestseller is a story of the triumph of the human spirit - a spellbinding tale for all ages. brycecourtenay.com facebook.com/BryceCour... View more info

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Bleak House

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $6.95

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth Editions: 1997

Seller ID: 002272

ISBN: 1853260827

Condition: New


With an Introduction and Notes by Doreen Roberts, University of Kent at Canterbury. Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz). Bleak House is one of Dickens' finest achievements, establishing his reputation as a serious and mature novelist, as well as a brilliant comic writer. It is at once a complex mystery story that fully engages the reader in the work of detection, and an unforgettable indictment of an indifferent society. Its representations of a great city's underworld, and of the law's corruption and delay, draw upon the author's personal knowledge and experience. But it is his symbolic ... View more info

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Great Expectations [Collins Classics]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $5.95

Publisher: UK, Harper Collins: 2010

Seller ID: 9780007350872

ISBN: 0007350872

Condition: New


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 memorab... View more info

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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books [Oxford World's Classics]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $20.95

Publisher: UK, Oxford University Press: 2008

Edition: World's Classics

Seller ID: 9780199536306

ISBN: 0199536309

Condition: New


'What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?' Ebenezer Scrooge is a bad-tempered skinflint who hates Christmas and all it stands for, but a ghostly visitor foretells three apparitions who will thaw Scrooge's frozen heart. A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. This edition reprints the story alongside Dickens's four other Christmas Books: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. A... View more info

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A Christmas Carol [Collins Classics]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $5.99

Publisher: UK, William Collins: 2013

Edition: Collins Classics

Seller ID: 9780007350865

ISBN: 0007350864

Condition: New


'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 sig... View more info

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A Christmas Carol [Dover Thrift Editions]

By: Charles Dickens

Price: $5.99

Publisher: USA, Dover: 1991

Edition: Dover Thrift Edition

Seller ID: 9780486268651

ISBN: 0486268659

Condition: New


In October 1843, Charles Dickens ? heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ? began work on a book to help supplement his family's meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill. With its characters exhibiting many qualities ? as well as failures ? often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates ... View more info

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Great Expectations : Norton Critical Editions

By: Charles Dickens and Edgar Rosenberg

Price: $33.95

Publisher: USA, W. W. Norton and Company: 1999

Seller ID: 9780393960693

ISBN: 0393960692

Condition: New


This Norton Critical Edition, edited by Edgar Rosenberg, the pioneer of Great Expectations scholarship, presents the most thorough textual edition of the novel (1861) available. The newly established text is based on all extant materials and is accompanied by several textual essays. "Backgrounds" provides readers with an understanding of Great Expectations's inception and internal chronology. A discussion of the public-reading version of the novel is also included. A wonderfully rich "Contexts" section collects thirteen pieces, centering on the novel’s major themes: the link between auth... View more info

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Jane Eyre [Penguin Classics] Edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies

By: Charlotte Bronte

Price: $14.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2006

Seller ID: 9780141441146

ISBN: 0141441143

Condition: New


A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davis in Penguin Classics. Charlotte Bronte tells the story of orphaned Jane Eyre, who grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, enduring loneliness and cruelty. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she finds employment as a governess to the young ward of Byronic, brooding Mr Rochester. As her feelings for Rochester develop, Jane gradually uncovers Thornfield Hall's terrible secret, f... View more info

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Jane Eyre (4e) Norton Critical Editions

By: Charlotte Brontë and Deborah Lutz

Price: $26.95

Publisher: USA, W. W. Norton and Company: 2016

Edition: Fourth Edition

Seller ID: 9780393264876

ISBN: 0393264874

Condition: New


"The Brontës' gifted biographer provides us with another superlative Norton Critical Edition of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel. For the classroom and for the general reader, there's no better way to experience the context in which Jane Eyre was written, illuminating modern commentary, and the novel itself in an authoritative text."—Fred Kaplan, Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York This Norton Critical Edition includes: -The third-edition text (1848), the last corrected by Charlotte Brontë, accompanied by revised and expanded explanatory footnotes. -"Conte... View more info

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Lady Chatterley's Lover [Wordsworth Classics]

By: D. H. Lawrence

Price: $7.99

Publisher: UK, Wordsworth: 2011

Seller ID: 9781840224887

ISBN: 1840224886

Condition: New


Notes and Introduction by David Ellis, University of Kent at Canterbury. With its four-letter words and its explicit descriptions of sexual intercourse, Lady Chatterley's Lover is the novel with which D.H. Lawrence is most often associated. First published privately in Florence in 1928, it only became a world-wide best-seller after Penguin Books had successfully resisted an attempt by the British Director of Public Prosecutions to prevent them offering an unexpurgated edition to the general public. The famous 'trial of Lady Chatterley' heralded the sexual revolution of the coming decades and s... View more info

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Wuthering Heights (4e) Norton Critical Editions

By: Emile Bronte and Richard J. Dunn

Price: $29.95

Publisher: USA, W. W. Norton and Company: 2002

Edition: Fourth Edition

Seller ID: 9780393978896

ISBN: 0393978893

Condition: New


For the Fourth Edition, the editor collated the 1847 text with the two modern texts (Norton's William J. Sale collation and the Clarendon), and found a great number of variants, including accidentals. This discovery led to changes in the body of the Norton Critical Edition text that are explained in the preface. New to "Backgrounds and Contexts" are additional letters, a compositional chronology, related prose, and reviews of the 1847 text. "Criticism" collects five important assessments of Wuthering Heights, three of them new to the Fourth Edition, including Lin Haire-Sargeant's essay on film... View more info