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The Curse of Capistrano (The Mark of Zorro)

by Johnston McCulley

The Curse of Capistrano is a 1919 novella by Johnston McCulley and the first work to feature the fictional character Zorro (zorro is the Spanish word for fox). After the enormous success of the 1920 film adaptation,...


by William Shakespeare

Cymbeline is a play by William Shakespeare, based on an early Celtic British King. Although listed as a tragedy in the First Folio, modern critics often classify it as a romance. Like Othello, Measure for Measure,...


by Edna Ferber

Eight stories of tangy satire and sweet sentimentality. Filled with human drama, unfaltering reason, and extraordinary description.

The Daughter of the Commandant

by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin

Pyotr Andreyich Grinyov is the only surviving child of a retired army officer. When Pyotr turns 17, his father sends him into military service in Orenburg. En route Pyotr gets lost in a blizzard, but is rescued...

The Red and the Black

by Stendhal

The Red and the Black, Stendhal’s masterpiece, is the story of Julien Sorel, a young dreamer from the provinces, fueled by Napoleonic ideals, whose desire to make his fortune sets in motion events both mesmerizing...

Love Among the Haystacks

The Street of Seven Stars

by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Harmony Wells, studying in Vienna to be a great violinist, suddenly realizes that her money is almost gone. She meets a young ambitious doctor who offers her chivalry and sympathy, and together with world-worn...

The Pit: A Story of Chicago

by Frank Norris

Norris described The Pit as a fictitious narrative of a "deal" in the Chicago wheat pit, which is the nickname of the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, where commodities are traded like stocks and...

A Pair of Blue Eyes

by Thomas Hardy

Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart, her mind and the expectations of her parents and society. The novel is notable for the strong parallels to Hardy and his first wife Emma Gifford. When...

The Man

Desert Gold

by Zane Grey

The story describes the recent uprising along the border, and ends with the finding of the gold which two prospectors had willed to the girl who is the story's heroine.

The Pirate Woman

by Aylward Edward Dingle

A Breathless Romance of the Caribbean

The Well at the World's End

by William Morris

Using language with elements of the medieval tales which were his models, Morris tells the story of Ralph of Upmeads, the fourth and youngest son of a minor king, who sets out, contrary to his parents' wishes,...

The Castle of Otranto

by Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole. It is generally regarded as the first gothic novel, and it was indeed the first novel to describe itself by that term. Castle is thus generally credited...

The Hidden Children

The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation

by Louisa May Alcott

A christmas story from the writer of Little Women.

A Girl of the Limberlost

by Gene Stratton-Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost is considered a classic of Indiana literature. The story takes place in Indiana, in and around the Limberlost Swamp - at that time, a site of heavy logging and natural oil extraction....

The House of a Thousand Candles

by Meredith Nicholson

A novel of romance and adventure, of love and valor, of mystery and hidden treasure. The hero is required to spend a whole year in the isolated house, which according to his grandfather's will shall then become...

The Dark Star

by Robert William Chambers

A pastor's daughter is inadvertently involved the heist of the famous Dark Star gem. Is there a prince who can save her from ruin and recover the stone?

The Efficiency Expert

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Efficiency Expert, an often overlooked by Burroughs' fans, is a cracking tale of young Jimmy Torrance, an upstanding college graduate in post-World War I Chicago who inadvertently rubs shoulders with mobsters...