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INFLUENCED BY SWEDENBORG

Title: ANGELS AND INSECTS

Author: A S Byatt

In these breathtaking novellas, A S Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession: the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic. . .

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Title: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Translator: Jessie Coulson

Introduction: Richard Peace

In Crime and Punishment we find Rodion Raskolnikov, a simple man who poses a simple question—can murder ever be justified? At once a broad philosophical investigation and a depiction of a. . .

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Title: THE FLOWERS OF EVIL

Author: Charles Baudelaire

Translator: James McGowan

Introduction: Jonathan Culler

The writers of French Symbolism, which reached its peak in the late nineteenth century, together formed one of the most influential artistic movements in history. Inspired by Baudelaire’s Fleurs du. . .

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Title: IN A GLASS DARKLY

Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Introduction: Robert Tracy

Sheridan Le Fanu was a pioneering writer of horror fiction, known for using the Gothic imagery of ghosts and monsters to explore individual subjectivity. This blurring of internal and external. . .

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Title: THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Foreword: Michael Davitt Bell

Although direct references to Swedenborg in Hawthorne’s work are rare, there is no doubt that he was heavily exposed to Swedenborgian ideas throughout his life—at Brook Farm; from Emerson and. . .

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Title: LABYRINTHS

Author: Jorge Luis Borges

Foreword: James E Irby

Jorge Luis Borges was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes. This collection brings together many of his stories, including. . .

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Title: LEAVES OF GRASS

Author: Walt Whitman

Introduction: Jerome Loving

Walt Whitman is now regarded as the first great American poet, and Leaves of Grass his masterpiece. Yet the first edition was met with apathy and antipathy in equal measure, and. . .

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Title: LOUIS LAMBERT / THE EXILES / SERAPHITA

Author: Honoré de Balzac

Translator: Clara Bell | James Waring | Katharine Prescott Wormeley

In this selection from the Philosophical Studies sequence of La Comédie Humaine, Balzac largely eschews the realism with which he became most associated and delves into a fantastical world of magic, mysticism and. . .

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Title: MORE DIE OF HEARTBREAK

Author: Saul Bellow

Foreword: Martin Amis

Set in a nameless Midwest city against a backdrop of property development and shallow-yet-intrusive consumerist drive, More Die of Heartbreak is the story of Benn Crader, a renowned botanist, and. . .

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Title: A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN

Author: James Joyce

Foreword: Seamus Deane

In whichever way James Joyce’s iconic Portrait is viewed—aesthetic experiment, modernist manifesto, compelling Bildungsroman—its influence can still be felt today. Moreover, the parallels between Stephen Dedalus and Sweden’s own ‘Daedalus of. . .

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