In 2020, the International Book Club published in Spanish the narrative collection “Histories of Seduction”, made up of five great masterpieces of universal literature: Rojo y Negro (1831), by Stendhal; Don Juan Tenorio (1844), by José Zorilla; Pepita Jiménez (1874), by Juan Valera; The Age of Innocence (1920), by Edith Wharton; and The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
5 volumes in their original editorial box, bound in an illustrated hardcover, sealed (completely new, brand new), in 13.5 x 18.7 cm format.
Stendhal’s novel, Red and Black (originally: Le Rouge et le Noir: chronique du XIXe siècle, and later: Le Rouge et le Noir: chronique de 1830), was published in mid-November 1831.
Don Juan Tenorio (subtitled «religious-fantastic drama in two parts») is a romantic drama published by José Zorrilla in 1844. It constitutes, together with “The Trickster of Seville and Stone Guest” (1630), attributed to Tirso de Molina and to which “Don Juan Tenorio” is indebted, one of the two main literary materializations in the Spanish language of the myth of Don Juan.
Published in 1874, “Pepita Jiménez” was the most perfect work of the Spanish writer Juan Valera, because in it he achieves the ideal that his author always pursued: art for art’s sake.
Edith Wharton’s novel “The Age of Innocence” (originally: The Age of Innocence) was first published as a serial in the Pictorial Review between July and October 1920, and later as a book in both New York and London. receiving a warm welcome. According to the Times Book Review, it was “a brilliant panorama of 45-year-old New York. The most requested novel in public libraries and a best-seller in bookstores.” In 1921 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
First published by Scribner’s in April 1925, The Great Gatsby (originally: The Great Gatsby), received mixed reviews and sold poorly; In its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself a failure and thinking that his work was in oblivion. However, the novel underwent a revival during World War II, became a part of the American high school curriculum, and had numerous theatrical and film adaptations in the following decades. Today, “The Great Gatsby” is widely regarded by critics as a classic of literature and a contender for the title of “Great American Novel.” In 1998, the Modern Library editorial board voted it the best American novel of the 20th century and the second best English-language novel of the same period.
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