Author: Michael Sims

The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime: Con Artists, Burglars, Rogues, and Scoundrels from the Timeof Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Classics)

The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime: Con Artists, Burglars, Rogues, and Scoundrels from the Timeof Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Classics)

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Read Michael Sims's posts on the Penguin BlogAn exclusive collection-the first- ever gathering of rogues from the gaslight era collected here for the first time: the best crime fiction from the gaslight era. All the legendary thieves are present-Arsène Lupin and A. J. Raffles, Colonel Clay and Simo... More info →
The Phantom Coach: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories

The Phantom Coach: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories

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Ghost stories date back centuries, but those written in the Victorian era have a unique atmosphere and dark beauty. Michael Sims, whose previous Victorian collections Dracula's Guest (vampires) and The Dead Witness (detectives) have been widely praised, has gathered twelve of the best stories about... More info →
The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man’s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man’s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

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Henry David Thoreau has long been an intellectual icon and folk hero. In this strikingly original profile, Michael Sims reveals how the bookish, quirky young man who kept quitting jobs evolved into the patron saint of environmentalism and nonviolent activism. Working from nineteenth-century letters... More info →
The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E. B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic

The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E. B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic

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While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child an... More info →