As you've probably seen, Penguin has brought out these Little Black Classics to celebrate their 80th anniversary. They're $2 each here in Australia, so I couldn't resist popping by Kinokuniya to pick some up. I ended up choosing three that I'd read before, but didn't have on my shelf.
- The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen. I love Hans Christian Andersen fairytales - they are far superior to the Grimm Brothers ones. I used to have a three volume collection of all the stories, but I don't know where they got to.
- The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. The writing in his short stories is just so over the top, I can't help but laugh while feeling spooked about what's actually happening. I remember someone reading The Black Cat aloud during a sleepover in high school (obviously we were all highly intellectual) and freaking us all out.
- The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It's a disturbing short story about a woman who's confined to a room by her doctor husband and suffers a mental breakdown - a critique of the medical oppression of women in the 19th century, when it was written.