The Russian Point of View: Virginia Woolf on Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Checkov

This essay by Virginia Woolf on Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chechov, was first written in 1925 for A Common Reader.  In this critical essay, Woolf offers her assessments of three of the most famous Russian novelists of the past; Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Checkov unpicking the mastery and oddities in the detail of their writings. […]

Short Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky – 9 Tales from the Master of Russian Literature

Well known for his epics of Russian literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky was a prolific writer, penning a collection of over 30 works. Often forgotten, his collection of short stories stand in their own right as great pieces of writing. Written throughout his turbulent life, they grapple with the similar themes of his more famous novels and […]

Beautiful Classic Children’s Books – Gift Editions to Treasure Forever

Give them a gift to treasure forever with this collection of beautiful classic children’s books. Life-long companions for many years to come, these classic storybooks have been cherished for generations. Pass on the magic with beautiful children’s classics like Wind in the Willows and the much-adored series Anne of Green Gables – these timeless books truly are gifts […]

Beautiful Classic Books – Read & Co. Gift Editions

Encompassing classic fiction, memoirs, poetry and non-fiction, this carefully curated gift guide is full of beautiful classic books that make thoughtful presents for everyone on your list. Are you searching for the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Classic books make timeless and thoughtful presents that can be cherished for years to […]

The Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Discover His Most Famous Poetry

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poems have withstood the test of time, with him still regarded as one of the best poets of the Romantic era. Discover a list of seven of his most famous poems below, from the seminal The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to the opium-induced classic Kubla Khan. Coleridge’s Conversation Poems “Poetry: […]

The Best Non-Fiction Books on the History of Witchcraft and the Occult

This book list contains the best non-fiction books on the history of witchcraft, perfect for those interested in the occult. Featuring Montague Summer’s landmark text Witchcraft and Black Magic, alongside other essential titles on the occult sciences, these books explore the origins of witchcraft, as well as the different types of magic, spells, and magical […]

Up From Slavery – 10 Classic Books on Slavery and the American Slave Trade

Explore 10 classic books on slavery and the American slave trade to read for Black History Month and beyond. This list includes poigniant slavery accounts, fictional tales, and collections of Black poetry, all based around the slavery narrative. Featuring famous works by Black authors Frederick Douglass, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Frances E. W. Harper, Solomon Northup, […]

Witchcraft and Black Magic: The Folklore and History of Witches


Witchcraft is the use of magical faculties, most commonly for religious, divinatory, or medicinal purposes. The belief in and practice of magic has been present since the earliest traces of civilisation and continues to have an important role in many cultures today. The concept of witchcraft has long been utilised as a scapegoat for human […]

To His Excellency General Washington – A Poem by Phillis Wheatley

To His Excellency General Washington A Poem by Phillis Wheatley Celestial choir! enthron’d in realms of light,Columbia’s scenes of glorious toils I write.While freedom’s cause her anxious breast alarms,She flashes dreadful in refulgent arms.See mother earth her offspring’s fate bemoan,And nations gaze at scenes before unknown!See the bright beams of heaven’s revolving lightInvolved in sorrows […]