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  • Essays and Lecturesby Oscar Wilde

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 6.95

    Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) is remembered best for his sharp wit, his comedic plays and for his contribution to aestheticism and decadence. In this collection of essays, however, Wilde writes predominantly on socialism, anarchy and libertarianism. He believed in these passionately and was influenced among others by William Morris and John Ruskin. more...

  • Essays in the Art of Writingby Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Floating Press 1905; US$ 6.95

    There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys. In a... more...

  • The Importance of Being Earnestby Oscar Wilde

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 5.95

    The Importance of Being Earnest is the last play Oscar Wilde ever wrote, and remains his most enduringly popular. It makes fun of social graces in the late Victorian era. Two seemingly unrelated parties are thrown into ridiculous entanglement when their fake identities, maintained in order to escape social responsibilities, grow ever more complicated... more...

  • The Hunting of the Snarkby Lewis Carroll

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 3.99

    The nonsensical poem The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in Eight Fits) was written by Lewis Carroll in 1874 and published in 1876. Describing "with infinite humor the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature", the work borrows in-part from Carroll's Jabberwocky in Through the Looking-Glass . more...

  • Essays of Robert Louis Stevensonby Robert Louis Stevenson

    The Floating Press 1906; US$ 4.99

    G. K. Chesterton said of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins." This collection of Stevenson's essays includes: On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places. An Apology for Idlers. Aes Triplex. Talk and Talkers. A Gossip on Romance. The Character... more...

  • Art of Darknessby Anne Williams

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 27.50

    Art of Darkness is an ambitious attempt to describe the principles governing Gothic literature. Ranging across five centuries of fiction, drama, and verse?including tales as diverse as Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto , Shelley's Frankenstein , Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner , and Freud's The Mysteries of Enlightenment ?Anne... more...

  • Intentionsby Oscar Wilde

    The Floating Press 1913; US$ 4.99

    Oscar Wilde was one of the most successful playwrights of the Victorian era. He was also a notorious supporter of the decadence and aesthetic movements, eventually jailed for having a young male lover. His name remains a by-word for social commentary by sharp wit. Intentions is a collection of critical essays by Wilde including The Critic as artist,... more...

  • The Light of Asiaby Edwin Arnold

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    The Light of Asia , subtitled The Great Renunciation , weaves through its poetic verses the life and philosophy of Prince Siddhartha Gautama who attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree and became the Buddha. Receiving high acclaim since its publication in 1879, Edwin Arnold's work was adapted from the Lalitavistara Sutra (The Unfolding of the... more...

  • The Story of My Heartby Richard Jefferies

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    The Story of My Heart is an inspiring and personal account of a soul's awakening. In this 1883 autobiography, naturalist and journalist Richard Jefferies describes his journey through abandoning his notions of past and future in favor of being in the present moment; the eternal Now. Freeing himself from ordinary limitations to perception, he uses... more...

  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eaterby Thomas De Quincey

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    I have often been asked how I first came to be a regular opium-eater, and have suffered, very unjustly, in the opinion of my acquaintance from being reputed to have brought upon myself all the sufferings which I shall have to record, by a long course of indulgence in this practice purely for the sake of creating an artificial state of pleasurable excitement.... more...