Books for The Dusty Classicist

Thus Spake Zarathustra
Thus Spake Zarathustra

Friedrich Nietzsche Michael Hulse Joanna Kavenna

‘Michael Hulse’s translation of this extraordinary work feels absolutely fresh and true.’ Ruth Padel

Happy Half-Hours. Selected Writings of A. A. Milne
Happy Half-Hours. Selected Writings of A. A. Milne

A. A. Milne Frank Cottrell-Boyce

A delightful selection of writing from non-fiction books and articles by the ever-popular A.A. Milne, many of which haven’t been in print for decades. Introduced by the prize-winning children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, this volume is an ideal gift book, bringing AA Milne’s brilliant non-fiction back to the spotlight.

Happy Half-Hours – Signed Copy
Happy Half-Hours – Signed Copy

A. A. Milne Frank Cottrell-Boyce

A delightful selection of writing from non-fiction books and articles by the ever-popular A.A. Milne, many of which haven’t been in print for decades. Introduced by the prize-winning children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, this volume is an ideal gift book, bringing AA Milne’s brilliant non-fiction back to the spotlight.

A Roundabout Manner: Sketches of Life by W. M. Thackeray
A Roundabout Manner: Sketches of Life by W. M. Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray John Sutherland

This is the first ‘sampler’ which covers all of Thackeray’s versatile genius: his cartoons, his journalism, his carefully restrained sentimentality (much to Victorian taste), his cutting satire, his essayism and what one could grandly call the Thackerayan world view.

The Russian Soul: Selections from a Writer’s Diary
The Russian Soul: Selections from a Writer’s Diary

Fyodor Dostoevsky Rosamund Bartlett

A new anthology of Dostoevsky’s remarkable work ‘A Writer’s Diary’. Brilliantly introduced by Rosamund Bartlett, distinguished scholar and writer, The Diary stands revealed as the work of a writer-activist and blogger avant la lettre, who sought to transform Russian society and humankind itself.

Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne
Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne Tim Parks

The essays of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, the 16th-century French philosopher, are an obvious addition to the Notting Hill Editions ‘Classic Collection’ due to the masterful balance of intellectual knowledge and personal story-telling conveyed in his writing. He popularised the genre of the essay form, coining the term from the French verb ‘essayer’, translated literally as attempts or trials. This selection is introduced by Tim Parks and is from the M A Creech translation.

Grumbling at Large: Selected Essays of J. B. Priestley
Grumbling at Large: Selected Essays of J. B. Priestley

J. B. Priestley Valerie Grove

A delightful selection of Priestley’s essays, drawing on five decades of his writing. Priestley defined the essay as a ‘prose masterpiece in miniature’ and understood that to perfect the form, the essayist had to stand ‘naked and shivering’ in the very first sentence.

Beautiful and Impossible Things: Selected Essays of Oscar Wilde
Beautiful and Impossible Things: Selected Essays of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde Gyles Brandreth

This popular book of essays by Oscar Wilde is introduced by Gyles Brandreth. Making an ideal gift book for fans of his work, this collection showcases the aphorisms, genius and wit of Oscar Wilde.

All That Is Worth Remembering
All That Is Worth Remembering

William Hazlitt Duncan Wu

The first in the NHE Classic Collection – selected writings from celebrated essayists throughout time.

Why read Hazlitt today? Because no one celebrates better than he did the imaginative power of the mind as it invests itself in theatre, painting, literature, music and philosophy. But there is nothing fanciful or lightweight about him. He sees clearly into the darkness of the human heart, perceives ‘its various threads of meanness, spite, cowardice, want of feeling, and want of understanding, of indifference towards others and ignorance of ourselves’. That undeceived vision and love of life makes him as compelling as ever. Duncan Wu

Essays on the Self
Essays on the Self

Virginia Woolf Joanna Kavenna

The essays in this collection are, of course, not merely concerned with the self. Woolf does also discuss the rights of women, the revolutions of modernity, the past, present and future of the novel. She is eloquent on social inequality and the agony of war.

On Dolls
On Dolls

Kenneth Gross

The essays and reflections in this collection explore the seriousness of play and the mysteries of inanimate life.

Table-Talk & Recollections
Table-Talk & Recollections

Samuel Rogers Christopher Ricks

A poet and banker who knew everybody, Samuel Rogers (1763-1865) was a brilliant recorder of things said by his famous and powerful contemporaries, from Edmund Burke to Talleyrand, from Charles James Fox to the Duke of Wellington.

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