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Barnes & Noble to Publish the World's Greatest Classics with Original Scholarship, New Introductions, and Affordable Prices.

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 7, 2003

BARNES & NOBLE CLASSICS Will Debut in Bookstores

on May 1, 2003

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, announced today that it will launch BARNES & NOBLE CLASSICS, new, quality editions of the world's greatest classics. Each book will contain authoritative texts and original scholarship, including newly commissioned introductions by leading experts and study materials for a new generation of readers. The books will be published in every kind of format - hardcover, trade paperback, mass-market paperback, and as eBooks. Prices will range primarily from $3.95 to $9.95. They will be available to all bookstores, including college and trade bookstores, libraries, wholesalers throughout the country, even gift and specialty shops, and online.

"BARNES & NOBLE CLASSICS is an important step in the evolution of our publishing. It is the first time we are bringing to the market a comprehensive program that fully illustrates our publishing vision," said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. "These books are consistent with our plan to publish books of high editorial quality and exceptional value, books that sell year after year. We believe this approach will serve to create new demand, and we can think of no better place to start than with the classics."

"We hope this new series will be the gold standard for classic editions for years to come," said Alan Kahn, president of Barnes & Noble Publishing. "BARNES & NOBLE CLASSICS reflects our commitment to excellence in every detail - every page, every paragraph, every sentence, every word of each book, including layout and design, paper and binding. We have committed the resources needed to achieve new levels of excellence, identified the leading authorities on classic authors, and produced affordable books in a variety of formats for students, educators and general readers."

In addition to commentary, each book in the series will feature footnotes and endnotes, discussion questions and an index, glossary, and illustrations when appropriate. For example, the BARNES & NOBLE CLASSICS edition of Vanity Fair will include more than 100 illustrations by William Thackeray himself.

The first 15 titles will be in bookstores and on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/classics) this May. They are:

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
George Elliot's Middlemarch
Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction Herman
Melville's Moby-Dick
Jack London's The Call of the Wild and White Fang
Homer's The Odyssey
Bram Stroker's Dracula
Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk


The next 50 titles will roll out over the following eight months, at the rate of about six per month, with 100 titles available by June 2004. (The list of the first 100 books is attached.) As an ongoing series of books, new titles will continue to be published in the years ahead.

George Stade, the Consulting Editorial Director of the series, chose the authors of the introductions to these classics. Mr. Stade is a distinguished Columbia University Professor Emeritus and a former Chair of Columbia College's English Department. He has written more than 100 articles and reviews for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and numerous scholarly and literary journals. Professor Stade handpicked each scholar based upon his or her study and professional knowledge of a particular classic.

Among the experts are acclaimed novelist Mary Gordon, a professor of English at Barnard College, who wrote the introduction to Howards End. Joseph Frank, professor emeritus at both Princeton and Stanford, and the world's leading authority on Fyodor Dostoevsky, wrote the introduction to The Idiot. Peter Bondanella, a distinguished professor of comparative literature and Italian at Indiana University and former president of the American Association for Italian Studies, wrote the introduction for The Inferno.

The books will also feature significant biographical and historical notes, a timeline of cultural and historical events to put the author's work into context, and a section called "Inspired By," which lists notable sequels, poems, plays, films and paintings inspired by the work.

ABOUT BARNES & NOBLE, INC.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world's largest bookseller, operating 628 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 49 states. It also operates 258 B. Dalton Bookseller stores, primarily in regional shopping malls. The company offers titles from more than 50,000 publisher imprints, including thousands of small, independent publishers and university presses. It conducts its e-commerce business through Barnes & Noble.com (http://www.bn.com) in which it owns an approximate 37% interest.

Barnes & Noble also has approximately a 60% interest in GameStop (NYSE: GME), the nation's largest video-game and entertainment-software specialty retailer with 1,231 stores.

General financial information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/financials.

 Barnes & Noble Classics
 The first 100 titles


Title Author
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The(a) Mark Twain
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Mark Twain
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Aesop's Fables Aesop
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Age of Innocence, The Edith Wharton
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through
the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll
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Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
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Art of War, The Sun Tzu
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Awakening and Selected Short Fiction, The(a) Kate Chopin
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Brothers Karamazov, The Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Call of the Wild and White Fang, The(a) Jack London
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Candide Voltaire
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Christmas Carol, The Chimes, and The Cricket on
the Hearth, A Charles Dickens
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Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Count of Monte Cristo, The (abridged) Alexandre Dumas
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Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
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Daisy Miller and Washington Square Henry James
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David Copperfield Charles Dickens
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Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, The Leo Tolstoy
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Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
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Dracula(a) Bram Stoker
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Edgar Allan Poe: Essential Tales and Poems Edgar Allan Poe
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Emily Dickinson: Collected Poems Emily Dickinson
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Emma Jane Austen
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Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ethan Frome and Selected Stories Edith Wharton
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Frankenstein(a) Mary Shelley
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Great American Short Stories: from Hawthorne
 to Hemingway Various
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Great Expectations(a) Charles Dickens
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Grimm's Fairy Tales Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
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Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
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Hard Times Charles Dickens
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Heart of Darkness, Youth, and Other Stories Joseph Conrad
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Histories, The Herodotus
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House of Mirth Edith Wharton
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House of the Dead and Poor Folk, The Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Howards End E.M. Forster
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Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Victor Hugo
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Idiot, The Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Importance of Being Earnest and Four
 Other Plays, The Oscar Wilde
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Inferno, The Dante Alighieri
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Jane Eyre(a) Charlotte Bronte
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Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
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Jungle Books, The Rudyard Kipling
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Jungle, The(a) Upton Sinclair
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Kim Rudyard Kipling
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Last of the Mohicans, The James Fenimore Cooper
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Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions Walt Whitman
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Les Miserables (abridged) Victor Hugo
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Little Women Louisa May Alcott
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Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
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Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
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Main Street Sinclair Lewis
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Man and Superman and Three Other Plays George Bernard Shaw
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Mansfield Park Jane Austen
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Mayor of Casterbridge, The Thomas Hardy
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Metamorphosis and Other Stories, The Franz Kafka
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Middlemarch(a) George Eliot
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Moby-Dick(a) Herman Melville
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My Antonia Willa Cather
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,
 an American Slave Frederick Douglass
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Nostromo Joseph Conrad
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Notes From Underground, The Double,
 and Other Stories Dostoevsky, Fyodor
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O Pioneers! Willa Cather
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Odyssey, The(a) Homer
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Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
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Origin of Species, The Charles Darwin
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Paradise Lost John Milton
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Persuasion Jane Austen
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Picture of Dorian Gray, The Oscar Wilde
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Portrait of a Lady, The Henry James
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
 and Dubliners, A James Joyce
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Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
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Prince and Other Writings, The Niccolo Machiavelli
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Pygmalion and Three Other Plays George Bernard Shaw
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Red Badge of Courage and Selected
 Short Fiction, The(a) Stephen Crane
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Republic, The Plato
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Robinson Crusoe(a) Daniel Defoe
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Scarlet Letter, The(a) Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Selected Stories of O. Henry O. Henry
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Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
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Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
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Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen Henrik Ibsen
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Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
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Souls of Black Folk, The(a) W.E.B. Du Bois
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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and
 Other Stories, The Robert Louis Stevenson
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Tale of Two Cities, A Charles Dickens
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Three Musketeers, The Alexandre Dumas
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Time Machine and The Invisible Man, The H.G. Wells
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Tom Jones Henry Fielding
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Turn of the Screw, The Aspern Papers and
 Two Stories, The Henry James
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
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Varieties of Religious Experience, The William James
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Walden and Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau
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War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
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War of the Worlds H.G. Wells
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Ward No. 6 and Other Stories Anton Chekhov
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Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
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 (a) The first 15 titles
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