NYRB Classics


Begun in 1999, this series from the publishing arm of the New York Review of Books is certainly the biggest and most successful current venture into the revival of neglected books. As J. Peder Zane wrote of the series in the Raleigh News and Observer, “They are reminders that even high achievement is no guarantee of immortality in the crowded realm of literature, where the laws of supply and demand, of time and space, hold greater sway than aesthetic justice.”

Each title features an original introduction, usually written by a prominent author. Unknown Masterpieces collects thirteen such essays, along with a preface by series editor Edwin Frank.


The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll, Alvaro Mutis
An African in Greenland, Tete-Michel Kpomassie
Alfred and Guinevere, James Schuyler
American Humor, Constance Rourke
The Anatomy of Melancholy, Robert Burton
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes, Angus Wilson
Apartment in Athens, Glenway Wescott
As a Man Grows Older, Italo Svevo
Asleep in the Sun, Adolfo Bioy Casares
The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Black Sun, Geoffrey Wolff
Blood on the Forge, William Attaway
The Bog People, P. V. Glob
A Book of Mediterranean Food, Elizabeth David
The Book of My Life, Girolamo Cardano
Boredom, Alberto Moravia
The Case of Comrade Tulayev, Victor Serge
Cassandra at the Wedding, Dorothy Dodds Baker
The Child, Jules Vallès
Classic Crimes, William Roughead
The Colour Out of Space, Edited by D. Thin
Contempt (reissue), Alberto Moravia
Corrigan, Caroline Blackwood
Count d’Orgel’s Ball, Raymond Radiguet
The Day of the Owl, Leonardo Sciascia
The Diary of a Rapist, Evan S. Connell
Dirty Snow, Georges Simenon
Envy, Yuri Olesha
Equal Danger, Leonardo Sciascia
Eustace and Hilda, L. P. Hartley
The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard, Arthur Conan Doyle
Fancies and Goodnights, John Collier
The Fierce and Beautiful World, Andrei Platonov
Flaubert and Madame Bovary, Francis Steegmuller
The Fountain Overflows, Rebecca West
The Fox in the Attic, Richard Hughes
The Furies, Janet Hobhouse
The Gallery, John Horne Burns
The Glass Bees, Ernst Jünger
The Go-Between, L. P. Hartley
The Golovlyov Family, Shchedrin
Great Granny Webster, Caroline Blackwood
Hadrian the Seventh, Fr. Rolfe
A Handbook on Hanging, Charles Duff
The Haunted Looking Glass, Edited by Edward Gorey
Herself Surprised, Joyce Cary
A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes
Hindoo Holiday, J. R. Ackerley
Hons and Rebels, Jessica Mitford
The Horse’s Mouth, Joyce Cary
A House and Its Head, Ivy Compton-Burnett
In Parenthesis, David Jones
In the Freud Archives, Janet Malcolm
Indian Summer, William Dean Howells
The Inferno (New translation by Ciaran Carson), Dante
The Invention of Morel, Adolfo Bioy Casares
The Ivory Tower, Henry James
Jakob von Gunten, Robert Walser
The Late Mattia Pascal, Luigi Pirandello
Letters from Russia, Astolphe de Custine
Letters: Summer 1926, Boris Pasternak
Letty Fox: Her Luck, Christina Stead
The Life of Henry Brulard, Stendhal
The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard, Edited and with an introduction by W. H. Auden
Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Lord Chandos Letter and Other Writings, Hugo von Hofmannsthal
The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, Iona and Peter Opie
Madame de Pompadour, Nancy Mitford
Manservant and Maidservant, Ivy Compton-Burnett
Mary Olivier: A Life, May Sinclair
Mawrdew Czgowchwz, James McCourt
Memoirs of Lorenzo Da Ponte, Lorenzo Da Ponte
Memoirs of Hecate County, Edmund Wilson
Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, Daniel Paul Schreber
The Middle of the Journey, Lionel Trilling
Miserable Miracle, Henri Michaux
Monsieur Monde Vanishes, Georges Simenon
Monsieur Proust, Céleste Albaret
A Month in the Country, J. L. Carr
The Moon and the Bonfires, Cesare Pavese
Moravagine, Blaise Cendrars
The Moro Affair, Leonardo Sciascia
Morte D’Urban, J. F. Powers
Mr. Fortune’s Maggot and The Salutation, Sylvia Townsend Warner
My Century, Aleksander Wat
My Dog Tulip, J. R. Ackerley
My Father and Myself, J. R. Ackerley
The New Life, Dante (translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn, Harvey Swados
Nonsense Novels, Stephen Leacock
On the Yard, Malcolm Braly
The Other House, Henry James
The Outcry, Henry James
Paris Stories, Mavis Gallant
Paris and Elsewhere, Richard C. Cobb
Part of Our Time, Murray Kempton
Peasants and Other Stories, Anton Chekhov
Peking Story, David Kidd
The Peregrine, J. A. Baker
The Pilgrim Hawk, Glenway Wescott
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, Alexander Berkman
Prisoner of Love, Jean Genet
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, James Hogg
The Pure and the Impure, Colette
The Quest for Corvo, A. J. A. Symons
The Radiance of the King, Camara Laye
Randall Jarrell’s Book of Stories, Edited by Randall Jarrell
Records of Shelley, Byron, and the Author, Edward John Trelawny
Renoir, My Father, Jean Renoir
René Leys, Victor Segalen
Riders in the Chariot, Patrick White
The Root and the Flower, L. H. Myers
Seduction and Betrayal, Elizabeth Hardwick
Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam, Osip Mandelstam
Selected Stories of Robert Walser, Robert Walser
The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese, Cesare Pavese
Seven Men, Max Beerbohm
Shelley: The Pursuit, Richard Holmes
The Siege of Krishnapur, J. G. Farrell
The Singapore Grip, J. G. Farrell
Sleepless Nights, Elizabeth Hardwick
A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, Peter Handke
The Stories of J.F. Powers, J. F. Powers
The Stuffed Owl, Edited by Charles Lee
Summer Cooking, Elizabeth David
The Ten Thousand Things, Maria Dermout
The Tenants of Moonbloom, Edward Lewis Wallant
Three Bedrooms in Manhattan, Georges Simenon
To Be a Pilgrim, Joyce Cary
To Each His Own, Leonardo Sciascia
To the Finland Station, Edmund Wilson
The Towers of Trebizond, Rose Macaulay
Troubles, J. G. Farrell
Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny by Papa, Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Unknown Masterpiece, Honore de Balzac
The Unpossessed, Tess Slesinger
Varieties of Exile, Mavis Gallant
The Vet’s Daughter, Barbara Comyns
Virgin Soil, Ivan Turgenev
W.H. Auden’s Book of Light Verse, W. H. Auden
Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem
War and the Iliad, Rachel Bespaloff and Simone Weil
Warlock, Oakley Hall
The Waste Books, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
A Way of Life Like Any Other, Darcy O’Brien
We Always Treat Women Too Well, Raymond Queneau
We Think the World of You, J. R. Ackerley
Wheat That Springeth Green, J. F. Powers
The Wine-Dark Sea, Leonardo Sciascia
The Winners, Julio Cortazar
Witch Grass, Raymond Queneau
The Wooden Shepherdess, Richard Hughes
The World I Live In, Helen Keller
The World of Odysseus, M. I. Finley
The Year of the French, Thomas Flanagan