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The Scarlet Pimpernel (Collins Classics)

by Baroness Orczy William Collins (March 08, 2018)

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“Vaguely she began to wonder … which of these worldly men round her was the mysterious ‘Scarlet Pimpernel,’ who...


The Life of P.T. Barnum (Collins Classics)

by P.T. Barnum William Collins (December 14, 2017)

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Meet the greatest entertainer of the 19th Century…

In 1834, desperate to create a better life for his family, small-time...


His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes (Collins Classics)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (October 20, 2016)

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‘…He was gripped at the back of his neck by a grasp of iron, and a chloroformed sponge was held in front of his writhing...


The Raven and Other Selected Poems (Collins Classics)

by Edgar Allan Poe William Collins (October 20, 2016)

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‘ “…Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” ’...


Anne of Avonlea (Collins Classics)

by Lucy Maud Montgomery William Collins (May 19, 2016)

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‘A tall, slim girl, ‘half-past sixteen’, with serious gray eyes and hair which her friends called auburn…’...


The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Collins Classics)

by Ford Madox Ford William Collins (May 19, 2016)

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‘Why can't people have what they want? The things were all there to content everybody; yet everybody has the wrong...


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Collins Classics)

by Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (May 19, 2016)

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‘It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular...


The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (Collins Classics)

by Edgar Allan Poe William Collins (January 14, 2016)

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‘It was unnecessary for all to perish, when, by the death of one, it was possible, and even probable, that the rest...


The Valley of Fear (Collins Classics)

by Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (January 14, 2016)

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‘The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every deviltry, the controlling brain of the underworld, a brain...


Good Wives (Collins Classics)

by Louisa May Alcott William Collins (January 14, 2016)

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‘Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.’

In mid-nineteenth-century...


The Sonnets (Collins Classics)

by William Shakespeare William Collins (January 28, 2016)

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‘In black ink my love may still shine bright…’

Universally admired and quoted, Shakespeare’s Sonnets have love,...


Selected Stories (Collins Classics)

by Katherine Mansfield William Collins (August 27, 2015)

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‘The red and yellow tulips, heavy with flowers, seemed to lean upon the dusk. A grey cat, dragging its belly, crept...


Christmas Stories (Collins Classics)

by Charles Dickens William Collins (August 27, 2015)

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There is probably a smell of roasted chestnuts and other good comfortable things all the time, for we are telling Winter...


Leaves of Grass (Collins Classics)

by Walt Whitman William Collins (August 27, 2015)

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I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars…

First published in 1855, and edited, revised...


Cinderella and Other Stories (Collins Classics)

by Charles Perrault William Collins (August 27, 2015)

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‘She promised her godmother that she would not fail to leave the ball before midnight, and away she went, beside herself...


The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Collins Classics)

by Oscar Wilde William Collins (May 21, 2015)

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‘Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels...


The House of Mirth (Collins Classics)

by Edith Wharton William Collins (May 21, 2015)

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‘Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well-you did love me for a moment;...


Peter Pan (Collins Classics)

by J.M. Barrie William Collins (May 21, 2015)

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‘Second to the right … and then straight on till morning!’

Desperate to hear bedtime stories, Peter Pan waits outside...


Metamorphosis and The Trial (Collins Classics)

by Franz Kafka William Collins (May 10, 2015)

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‘It’s only because of their stupidity that they’re able to be so sure of themselves.’

On the morning of his thirtieth...


The Merchant of Venice (Collins Classics)

by William Shakespeare William Collins (September 12, 2013)

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'The quality of mercy is not strain'd,

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven’

Bassiano, a noble Venetian, hopes...


Ethan Frome (Collins Classics)

by Edith Wharton William Collins (January 15, 2015)

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‘He looked at her hair and longed to touch it again, and to tell her that it smelt of the woods; but he had never learned...


The Lair of the White Worm (Collins Classics)

by Bram Stoker William Collins (January 15, 2015)

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‘But it was not only the heart-rending sound that almost paralysed poor Mimi with terror. What she saw was sufficient...


Victory (Collins Classics)

by Joseph Conrad William Collins (January 15, 2015)

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‘The girl he had come across … that human being so near and still so strange, gave him a greater sense of his own...


The Sign of the Four (Collins Classics)

by Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (January 15, 2015)

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‘I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular...


The Sherlock Holmes Collection: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Return of Sherlock Holmes (epub edition) (Collins Classics)

by Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (January 01, 2014)

Collins Classics brings you a selection of the best-loved stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring one of literature’s favourite detectives, Sherlock Holmes.

Who introduced Dr Watson to the world’s greatest...


Billy Budd and Other Stories (Collins Classics)

by Herman Melville William Collins (August 28, 2014)

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‘Struck dead by an angel of God! Yet the angel must hang!’

It is the end of the eighteenth century, and the navy recruits...


White Fang (Collins Classics)

by Jack London William Collins (August 28, 2014)

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‘Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on…‘

Set in the frozen forests of the Yukon Territory, Canada, during...


A Study in Scarlet: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure (Collins Classics)

by Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (January 30, 2014)

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There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it

After a harrowing...


The Woodlanders (Collins Classics)

by Thomas Hardy William Collins (January 30, 2014)

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Grace Melbury, the only daughter of a timber-merchant, arrives home in Little Hintock after an expensive education and...


Jo’s Boys (Collins Classics)

by Louisa May Alcott William Collins (January 30, 2014)

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Set ten years after ‘Little Men’, ‘Jo’s Boys’ is the final novel in the unofficial series that follows the...


A Little Princess (Collins Classics)

by Frances Hodgson Burnett William Collins (January 30, 2014)

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“Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside”...


The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Collins Classics)

by Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (September 12, 2013)

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Originally published in 1903–1904, The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the thirteen-story collection of one of the greatest-ever...


The Aeneid (Collins Classics)

by Virgil William Collins (September 12, 2013)

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Written between 29 and 19 B.C., The Aeneid tells the legendary tale of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where...


The Taming of the Shrew (Collins Classics)

by William Shakespeare William Collins (September 12, 2013)

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Bianca is beautiful and demure, with a plethora of wood-be suitors, but marriage is forbidden until her older sister...


The Winter’s Tale (Collins Classics)

by William Shakespeare William Collins (September 12, 2013)

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Considered one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragic-comedies, The Winter’s Tale is an in-depth analysis of the psychology...


Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo’s Boys (Collins Classics)

by Louisa May Alcott William Collins (May 09, 2013)

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Little Men is the delightful unofficial sequel to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, reprising the much-cherished characters...


Beowulf (Collins Classics)

by William Collins William Collins (May 09, 2013)

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Written by an anonymous poet between the 8th and 11th centuries, this Old English epic poem follows the story of Beowulf,...


Moby Dick (Collins Classics)

by Herman Melville William Collins (May 09, 2013)

Few literary masterpieces cast quite as awesome a shadow as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Captain Ahab’s quest for the white whale is a timeless epic – a thrilling tale of vengeance and obsession, and...


Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Collins Classics)

by D. H. Lawrence William Collins (May 09, 2013)

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LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER was banned on its publication in 1928, creating a storm of controversy. Lawrence tells the...


Tales of the Jazz Age (Collins Classics)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald William Collins (May 09, 2013)

From Collins Classics, short stories from the author of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and including ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.

In these eleven stories, Fitzgerald depicts the Roaring Twenties as he...


The American (Collins Classics)

by Henry James William Collins (May 09, 2013)

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Christopher Newman is an American expatriate in Paris; his fortune made, he has moved to the Old World to enjoy his wealth...


The Voyage Out (Collins Classics)

by Virginia Woolf William Collins (May 09, 2013)

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The young Rachel Vinrance leaves England on her father’s ship, the Euphrosyne, on a voyage to South America. Despite...


Jacob’s Room (Collins Classics)

by Virginia Woolf William Collins (May 09, 2013)

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JACOB’S ROOM, Virginia Woolf’s third novel, marks her first foray into Modernist experimentation. The narrative traces...


The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure (Collins Classics)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle William Collins (January 31, 2013)

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‘They all agreed that it was a huge creature, luminous, ghastly and spectral.’

Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine,...


The Jane Austen Collection: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Northanger Abbey (Collins Classics)

by Jane Austen William Collins (December 19, 2012)

Collins Classics brings you a selection of the best-loved novels by Jane Austen, including ‘Pride and Prejudice’ which, in 2013, celebrates the 200th anniversary of its publication.

Complete with a Life...


What Katy Did (Collins Classics)

by Susan Coolidge William Collins (September 13, 2012)

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“And now, Katy, it's your turn. Tell us what you're going to be when you grow up.”

“I’m not sure about what I’ll...


Tom Brown’s School Days (Collins Classics)

by Thomas Hughes William Collins (January 03, 2013)

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Thomas Hughes’ novel about the mischievous but kind-hearted schoolboy Tom Brown inspired other school novels, including...


The Prisoner of Zenda (Collins Classics)

by Anthony Hope William Collins (January 03, 2013)

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Set in the fictional country of Ruritania, The Prisoner of Zenda tells the story of Rudolf Rassendyll, identical cousin...


The Pilgrim’s Progress (Collins Classics)

by John Bunyan William Collins (January 03, 2013)

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THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, John Bunyan’s masterful religious allegory, narrates the journey of an everyman hero, Christian,...


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories (Collins Classics)

by Washington Irving William Collins (September 13, 2012)

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‘There was a contagion in the very air that blew from that haunted region; it breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams...