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'The Picture of Dorian Gray'
'Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now!'
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue. The magazine's editors feared the story was indecent as submitted, so they censored roughly 500 words, without Wilde's knowledge, before publication. But even with that, the story was still greeted with outrage by British reviewers, some of whom suggested that Wilde should be prosecuted on moral grounds, leading Wilde to defend the novel aggressively in letters to the British press.
Today, Wilde's fin de siècle novella is considered a classic. It is presented here with illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, Wilde's one time friend with whom he fell out over 'Salome.' The illustrations include a caricature of Wilde by Beardsley as well as a high definition copy of the original Lipincott's Magazine cover from July, 1890.
'Vileroy or The Horrors of Zindorf Castle'
This epic, gripping thriller from Thomas Peckett Prest, the creator of Sweeney Todd is available in a beautifully formatted e-book for the very first time. 'Zindorff' was a wildly popular serial in the 1850s, outselling works by Dickens and Thackeray, but has now largely been forgotten. All the tropes of the early penny dreadful are here: a quintessential Gothic romance, replete with incidents of physical and psychological terror; remote, crumbling castles; seemingly supernatural events; a brooding, scheming villain; and a persecuted heroine.
'Jack Harkaway and his Son's Adventures in Australia'
"For a regular thriller commend me to 'Jack Harkaway.' " - Horatio Alger
Jack Harkaway first appeared in the penny magazine Boys of England in 1871 and was an instant hit. The Harkaway titles – which came out in penny parts as well as magazines – were pirated in America and by 1872 the character created by writer Bracebridge Hemyng had become a household name around the world. Young men loved reading about globe-trotting adventurer Jack Harkaway’s shenanigans in stories like ‘Jack Harkaway Afloat and Ashore,’ ‘Jack Harkaway in America and Cuba,’ 'Jack Harkaway at Oxford' and ‘Jack Harkaway’s Adventures in China.’ There were fifteen stories in all and for a decade the world was enthralled. Now largely forgotten and long since out of print, the Penny Dreadful Series is introducing Jack Harkaway and his son to a new generation of readers. Here in e-book format for the first time is Jack’s 13th adventure, ‘Jack Harkaway and his Son’s Adventures in Australia.’
This short story by Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula, was published posthumously by Stoker's widow in 1914, two year's after the author's death and is a must read for any vampire aficionado.
*Over 50 stunning period illustrations reformatted for the Kindle.
*Fully annotated with original essays "What is a Penny Dreadful?" and "Who wrote Vileroy?"
Three Penny Dreadful classics and the Bram Stoker short story for one unbeatable low price!
*Individual, active Table of Contents for each book accessible from the Kindle "go to" feature.
*Perfect formatting in rich text compatible with Kindle's Text-to-Speech features.
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