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The Rainbow: 100th Anniversary Edition

by D. H. Lawrence & Daphne Merkin

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Pronounced obscene when it was first published in 1915, The Rainbow is the epic story of three generations of the Brangwens, a Midlands...


The Arabian Nights, Volume I: The Marvels and Wonders of The Thousand and One Nights

by Anonymus, Richard Francis Burton & Jack Zipes

Enjoy the timeless tales of Aladdin, Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and many more in this first volume of The Arabian Nights

Upon learning of his queen’s infidelity, proud King Shahryar has her...


What Maisie Knew

by Henry James

Introduction The litigation seemed interminable and had in fact been complicated; but by the decision on the appeal the judgement of the divorce-court was confirmed as to the assignment of the child. The father,...


Paradise Lost

by John Milton

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful...


Kit and Kitty: Book II/II

by R. D. Blackmore

“NEVER wur any luck in a wadding, as wur put off from app’inted day. For why? Why, because it be flying in the vace of the Lard, as hath app’inted ’un.”


Kit and Kitty: Book I/II

by R. D. Blackmore

MY name is Christopher Orchardson, of Sunbury in Middlesex; and I have passed through a bitter trouble, which I will try to describe somehow, both for my wife’s sake and my own, as well as to set us straight...


The Hundredth Chance: Part II/II

by Ethel M. Dell

Chops the setter was puzzled. He had been following his mistress about in his faithful way throughout the whole of that hot July afternoon, and he had fathomed the fact that she was preparing for a visitor....


The Murders in the Rue Morgue

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in "Graham's Magazine" in 1841. It has been recognized as the first modern detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his "tales...


The Sorrows of Young Werther

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The Sorrows of Young Werther" (German: "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers") is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the...


The Hundredth Chance: Part I/II

by Ethel M. Dell

"My dear Maud, I hope I am not lacking in proper pride. But it is an accepted—though painful—fact that beggars cannot be choosers." Lady Brian spoke with plaintive emphasis the while she drew an elaborate...


Modern Griselda

by Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth's take on the famous folklore stories about the patient and submissive Griselda, The Modern Griselda (1804), is quite hilarious. It's about a wife who is basically the opposite of long-suffering...


The Aeneid (Noslen Classics)

by Virgil

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. After a century...


Heart: (Cuore) An Italian Schoolboy's Journal

by Edmondo De Amicis

Heart is a novel written by the Italian author Edmondo De Amicis who was a novelist, journalist, writer and poet. The novel is his best known work to this day, having been inspired by his own children Furio...


Ivanhoe

by Walter Scott

Wilfred of Ivanhoe is a Saxon knight returning from the Crusades to reclaim his inheritance and his true love, Rowena. Conflicts in England, however, make his journey a difficult one. Ivanhoe is all about Brian...


Life and Treason of Benedict Arnold

by Jared Sparks

It is the chief object of the following narrative to give an account of the treason of Arnold, its causes, the plans for carrying it forward, and its final issue. In executing this design, it was necessary to...


Fragonard

by Haldane Macfall

High up, amongst the Sea-Alps that stretch along the southern edge of France, where romantic Provence bathes her sunburnt feet in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, high on the mountain’s side hangs the...


Latter-Day Sweethearts

by Mrs. Burton Harrison

In going aboard the "Baltic" that exceptionally fine October morning, Miss Carstairs convinced herself that, of the people assembled to see her off, no one could reasonably discern in her movement the suggestion...


Gooseberries

by Anton Chekhov

After getting caught at a friend’s estate during a sudden storm, Ivan tells his friends the story of his brother who was determined to raise enough capital to buy himself a townhouse where he could plant gooseberry...


Peasants

by Anton Chekhov

When Nikolay Tchikildyeev falls ill, he decides to return home to the countryside with his wife, Olga, and daughter, Sasha. However, when they arrive, his family’s hut is not the idyllic country retreat he...


An Artist's Story

by Anton Chekhov

An idle artist meets a woman and her two daughters while traveling the Russian countryside. The eldest daughter, Lida, is strong-minded and purposeful, intent on her mission to better the lives of the local...