Hesperus Classics


Published in the U.K. by the Hesperus Press, the Hesperus Classics is a remarkable reissue series. The titles range from minor works by greats such as Charles Dickens (The Haunted House) and Charlotte Brontë to major works by now-neglected authors such as Théophile Gautier and Nikolai Leskov. And the books are further enhanced by forewords by an impressive set of contemporary writers, including Doris Lessing, Margaret Drabble, Umberto Eco, and John Updike. Kudos to Hesperus Press for this worthy initiative!


Amos Barton, George Eliot — Foreword by Matthew Sweet
Apology for a Murder, Lorenzino de Medici — Foreword by Tim Parks
Arctic Summer, E.M. Forster — Foreword by Anita Desai
Before Adam, Jack London
Behind a Mask, Louisa May Alcott — Foreword by Doris Lessing
The Book of the Virgins, Gabriele D’Annunzio — Foreword by Tim Parks
Brecht’s Lover, Jacques-Pierre Amette
Butterball, Guy de Maupassant — Foreword by Germaine Greer
Carlyle’s House and Other Sketches, Virginia Woolf — Foreword by Doris Lessing
Carmen, Prosper Mérimée — Foreword by Philip Pullman
Claudine’s House, Colette — Foreword by Doris Lessing
Colonel Chabert, Honore de Balzac — Foreword by A.N. Wilson
Coming Back, Edoardo Albinati
Commonplace, Christina Rossetti — Foreword by Andrew Motion
Constantinople, Edmondo De Amicis — Foreword by Umberto Eco
Daughters of the Vicar, D.H. Lawrence — Foreword by Anita Desai
The Devil’s Pool, George Sand — Foreword by Victoria Glendinning
The Dialogue of the Dogs, Miguel De Cervantes — Foreword by Ben Okri
The Diary of Adam and Eve, Mark Twain — Foreword by John Updike
Directions to Servants, Jonathan Swift — Foreword by Colm Toibin
A Dog’s Heart, Mikhail Bulgakov — Foreword by A.S. Byatt
The Double, Fyodor Dostoevsky — Foreword by Jeremy Dyson
The Dream, Emile Zola — Foreword by Tim Parks
Dubrovsky, Alexander Pushkin — Foreword by Patrick Neate
The Duel, Giacomo Casanova — Foreword by Tim Parks
Eureka Author, Edgar Allan Poe — Foreword by Sir Patrick Moore
A Fantasy of Dr Ox, Jules Verne — Foreword by Gilbert Adair
The Fatal Eggs, Mikhail Bulgakov — Foreword by Doris Lessing
Faust, Ivan Turgenev — Foreword by Simon Callow
Fellow-Townsmen, Thomas Hardy — Foreword by Emma Tennant
For a Night of Love, Emile Zola — Foreword by A.N. Wilson
The Foundling, Charlotte Brontë
The Frozen Deep, Wilkie Collins
The Ghost-seer, Friedrich von Schiller — Foreword by Martin Jarvis
The Green Dwarf, Charlotte Brontë — Foreword by Libby Purves
The Haunted House, Charles Dickens — Foreword by Peter Ackroyd
History of King Richard III, Sir Thomas More — Foreword by Sister Wendy Beckett
A House to Let, Charles Dickens
Hyde Park Gate News, Virginia Woolf — Foreword by Hermione Lee
In the Cage, Henry James — Foreword by Libby Purves
Incest, Marquis de Sade — Foreword by Janet Street-Porter
Incognita, William Congreve — Foreword by Peter Ackroyd
The Jinx, Théophile Gautier — Foreword by Gilbert Adair
John the Valiant, Sándor Petofi — Foreword by George Szirtes
Journey around my Room, Xavier de Maistre — Foreword by Alain de Botton
The King of Pirates, Daniel Defoe — Foreword by Peter Ackroyd
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Nikolai Leskov — Foreword by Gilbert Adair
The Lake of the Bees, Theodor Storm — Foreword by Alan Sillitoe
The Last Day of a Condemned Man, Victor Hugo — Foreword by Libby Purves
Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis, Ugo Foscolo — Foreword by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Lesley Castle, Jane Austen — Foreword by Zoe Heller
Life in the Country, Giovanni Verga — Foreword by Paul Bailey
Life of a Good-for-nothing, Joseph von Eichendorff
Life of Castruccio Castracani, Niccolò Machiavelli — Foreword by Richard Overy
Life of Dante, Giovanni Boccaccio — Foreword by A.N. Wilson
Lois The Witch, Elizabeth Gaskell — Foreword by Jenny Uglow
Love and Friendship, Jane Austen — Foreword by Fay Weldon
Loveless Love, Luigi Pirandello
The Lover’s Watch, Aphra Behn
Mademoiselle de Scudéri, E.T.A. Hoffmann — Foreword by Gilbert Adair
The Man of Fifty, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe — Foreword by A.S. Byatt
Memoirs of a Madman, Gustave Flaubert — Foreword by Germaine Greer
Memoirs of an Egotist, Stendhal — Foreword by Doris Lessing
A Modern Bestiary – Ars Poetastrica, Alessandro Gallenzi
Monday or Tuesday, Virginia Woolf — Foreword by Scarlett Thomas
Mugby Junction, Charles Dickens — Foreword by Robert Macfarlane
My Discovery of America, Vladimir Mayakovsky — Foreword by Colum McCann
My Life, Giuseppe Garibaldi — Foreword by Tim Parks
My Secret Book, Francis Petrarch — Foreword by Germaine Greer
The Mystery of Cloomber, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Nightingale Papers, David Nokes
No Man’s Land, Graham Greene — Foreword by David Lodge
November, Gustave Flaubert — Foreword by Nadine Gordimer
On Wine and Hashish, Charles Baudelaire — Foreword by Margaret Drabble
One Thousand and One Ghosts, Alexandre Dumas
The Paradise Construction Company, J.G. Nichols
The Parliament of Birds, Geoffrey Chaucer
A Perfect Hoax, Italo Svevo — Foreword by Tim Parks
Pleasures and Days, Marcel Proust — Foreword by A.N. Wilson
Poems of Solitude, Emily Brontë — Foreword by Helen Dunmore
Poor People, Fyodor Dostoevsky — Foreword by Charlotte Hobson
The Popular Girl, F. Scott Fitzgerald — Foreword by Helen Dunmore
The Portrait of Mr W.H., Oscar Wilde — Foreword by Peter Ackroyd
The Princess of Mantua, Marie Ferranti
Prophecies, Leonardo Da Vinci — Foreword by Eraldo Affinati
Rappaccini’s Daughter, Nathaniel Hawthorne — Foreword by Simon Schama
Rebecca and Rowena, W.M. Thackeray — Foreword by Matthew Sweet
The Return, Joseph Conrad — Foreword by Colm Toibin
The Rich Boy, F. Scott Fitzgerald — Foreword by John Updike
Ruslan and Lyudmila, Alexander Pushkin — Foreword by Colm Toibin
The School of Whoredom, Pietro Aretino — Foreword by Paul Bailey
Scriblerus, Alexander Pope — Foreword by Peter Ackroyd
The Secret Life of Nuns, Pietro Aretino
Sheepland, Kamel S. Abu Jaber
Simonetta Perkins, L.P. Hartley — Foreword by Margaret Drabble
The Single Hound, Emily Dickinson — Foreword by Andrew Motion
The Spell, Charlotte Brontë — Foreword by Nicola Barker
The Squabble, Nikolai Gogol — Foreword by Patrick McCabe
Story of a Nobody, Anton Chekhov — Foreword by Louis de Bernières
Talking About It, Tim Parks
Theseus, André Gide
Thoughts, Giacomo Leopardi — Foreword by Edoardo Albinati
Three Years, Anton Chekhov — Foreword by William Fiennes
The Touchstone, Edith Wharton — Foreword by Salley Vickers
The Tragedy of the Korosko, Arthur Conan Doyle — Foreword by Tony Robinson
Transformation, Mary Shelley
The Way of the Kings, André Malraux — Foreword by Rachel Seiffert
Who Killed Zebedee?, Wilkie Collins — Foreword by Martin Jarvis
With the Flow, Joris-Karl Huysmans — Foreword by Simon Callow
Words are Stones, Carlo Levi — Foreword by Anita Desai
Zastrozzi, Percy Bysshe Shelley — Foreword by Germaine Greer