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THE MAPP & LUCIA NOVELS
Written by E. F. BENSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91210-2

E. F. Benson’s beloved Mapp and Lucia novels are sparkling, classic comedies of manners set against the petty snobberies and competitive maneuverings of English village society in the 1920s and 1930s.

Benson’s series revolves around two unforgettable characters, both forceful and irrepressible women who dominate their respective villages in southern England and who will eventually end up hilariously at war with each other. Lucia is the more deadly of the two, with her pretentious tastes,...

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THE MAPP & LUCIA NOVELS
Written by E. F. BENSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91212-6

E. F. Benson’s beloved Mapp and Lucia novels are sparkling, classic comedies of manners set against the petty snobberies and competitive maneuverings of English village society in the 1920s and 1930s.

The third and fourth novels in the series, Lucia in London (1927) and Mapp and Lucia (1931) continue the adventures of Benson’s famously irrepressible characters, and bring them into hilarious conflict. Both Mrs. Lucia Lucas and Miss Elizabeth Mapp are accustomed to complete social supremacy,...

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Written by E. F. BENSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91214-0

E. F. Benson’s beloved Mapp and Lucia novels are sparkling, classic comedies of manners set against the petty snobberies and competitive maneuverings of English village society in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Worshipful Lucia
 (1935; published in the UK as Lucia’s Progress) and Trouble for Lucia (1939) are the last two novels in Benson’s series. They chronicle the ongoing battles of his famous characters—Mrs. Lucia Lucas and Miss Elizabeth Mapp—in the idyllic seaside village of Tilling, which proves...

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Written by W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Introduction by SELINA HASTINGS

Format: Hardcover, 712 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 10/06/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-90768-9

W. Somerset Maugham’s masterwork is the coming-of-age story of Philip Carey, a sensitive young man consumed by an unrequited and self-destructive love.

Born with a clubfoot, Philip is orphaned as a child and raised by unsympathetic relatives. Sent to a boarding school where he has difficulty fitting in, he grows up with an intense longing for love, art, and experience. After failing to become an artist in Paris, he begins medical studies in London, where he meets Mildred, a cold-hearted...

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Written by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Introduction by ANDREW LYCETT

Format: Hardcover, 456 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71267-8

Three of the enthralling novels that brought us the world’s greatest fictional detective are gathered here in one volume.

In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery novel A Study in Scarlet unleashed for the first time the unflappable Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson. Watson and Holmes would go on to become two of the most widely admired characters in all of literature. The stories and novels that followed—including The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles—expanded...

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Written by NANCY MITFORD

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/24/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80662-8

Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie are two sparkling comedies from early in the career of Nancy Mitford, beloved author of The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, here published in one volume with a new introduction by Jane Smiley.

In Christmas Pudding, an array of colorful characters converge on the hunt-obsessed Lady Bobbin’s country house, including her rebellious daughter Philadelphia, the girl’s pompous suitor, a couple of children obsessed with newspaper death notices, and an...

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Written by NANCY MITFORD

Format: Trade Paperback, 204 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/24/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80695-6

In Highland Fling—Nancy Mitford’s first novel, published in 1931—a set of completely incompatible and hilariously eccentric characters collide in a Scottish castle, where bright young things play pranks on their stodgy elders until the frothy plot climaxes in ghost sightings and a dramatic fire.

Inspired in part by Mitford’s youthful infatuation with a Scottish aristocrat, her story follows young Jane Dacre to a shooting party at Dulloch Castle, where she tramps around a damp and chilly moor...

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Written by HENRY JAMES
Introduction by ARTHUR PHILLIPS

Format: Hardcover, 232 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 02/05/2013

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96142-6

Washington Square is one of Henry James’s most appealing and popular novels, with the most straightforward plot and style of any of his works.

Set in the genteel New York of James’s early childhood, it is a tale of cruelty laced with comedy. Dr. Austin Sloper is a wealthy and domineering father who is disappointed in the unremarkable daughter he has produced; he dismisses her as both plain and simpleminded. The gentle and dutiful Catherine Sloper has always been in awe of her father, but when...

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A NOVEL
Written by WILLIAM GERHARDIE
Preface by EDITH WHARTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 10/02/2012

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19145-4

Hailed by his famous contemporaries including Edith Wharton, H.G. Wells, Katherine Mansfield, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh, who called him a “genius,” William Gerhardie is one of the twentieth century’s forgotten masters, and his lovely comedy Futility one of the century’s neglected masterpieces.

It tells the story of someone very similar to Gerhardie himself: a young Englishman raised in Russia who returns to St. Petersburg and falls in love with the daughter of a hilariously...

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SELECTED TRAVEL WRITING
Written by W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Edited by PICO IYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47318-9

One of the seminal writers of the twentieth century, W. Somerset Maugham was also a fearless and constant traveler who chronicled his adventures with a rare mix of wit and excitement. In The Skeptical Romancer, acclaimed travel writer Pico Iyer selects vignettes of Maugham's wise and vivid prose that track his transformation from a boyish traveler in Spain to a worldly man of letters, looking back on India, China, Russia, and America. Beginning with an early book on Spain and culminating in...

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Written by ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Introduction by CALEB CRAIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17496-8

The mid-twentieth century British novelist Elizabeth Taylor numbered among her admirers Elizabeth Bowen, Ivy Compton-Burnett, and Kingsley Amis. She also regularly published stories in The New Yorker for close to two decades. For all that, her work, as steely as it is delicate, remains the secret of a small number of intensely devoted readers.

The publication of her finest novel, A Game of Hide and Seek, long unavailable in the United States, should help to change that. This is an unabashed...

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Written by ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Introduction by HILARY MANTEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17497-5

Perhaps every novelist harbors a monster at heart, an irrepressible and utterly irresponsible fantasist, not to mention a born and ingenious liar, without which all her art would go for naught. Angel, at any rate, is the story of such a monster. Angelica Deverell lives above her diligent drab mother’s grocery shop in a dreary turn-of-the-century English neighborhood, but spends her days dreaming of handsome Paradise House, where her aunt is enthroned as a maid. But in Angel’s imagination,...

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