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Squire Hellman

by Juhani Aho & R. Nisbet Bain

These four deeply contrasting pieces from the pen of Juhani Aho, one of the founding fathers of that new national consciousness, are remarkable in their combination of rustic settings and strange psychological...


Lavinia

by George Sand & George Burnham Ives

Sir Lionel Bridgemont, a wealthy young English traveller, and Lavinia Buenafè, a young well-born Portuguese girl, had thought, ten years ago when they were betrothed, that their love was forever. But Lionel...


Foveaux

by Kylie Tennant

The inner city suburb of Foveaux is known as a place of ill-repute; it's a bit of an embarrassment to the good people of Sydney. From the harbour shore up a steep hill in a maze of tiny streets, the Foveaux...


The Mysterious Rider

by Zane Grey

From a master storyteller of Old West adventures comes this novel of romance and redemption. Zane Grey, author of Riders of the Purple Sage, introduces Hell-Bent Wade, a gunfighter with a shadowy past. Wade...


The Triumphant Footman

by Edith Olivier

'All his life, he had so much enjoyed getting into scrapes, that he could never think of a better way out of one than to jump forthwith into another.'

Alphonse Biskin is the lowly footman for the highly respected...


The Seraphim Room

by Edith Olivier

The Seraphim Room is the story of Lilian and Emily, two half-sisters who live together under the watch of their domineering father. Together they whittle their days away under the claustrophobic roof of the...


Dwarf's Blood

by Edith Olivier

A contemporary of Cecil Beaton, Siegfried Sassoon and Rex Whistler, Edith Olivier is best known for her first book, the novella, The Love Child but was the author of a variety of both fiction and non-fiction,...


As Far as Jane's Grandmother's

by Edith Olivier

"I sometimes think she is rather a vampire. . . . O no, not an evil one in any way, of course," Cynthia hastened to add, seeing Jane's shocked face. "But people of very strong character are demoralising to live...


The Love Child

by Edith Olivier

'What was she? Not a child, for she was seventeen, and taller than Kitty: not a girl, for she floated like a feather, and flew into trees like a bird; not a spirit - she was human to touch. But to-night she...


The Railway Children

by E. Nesbit

Edith Nesbit wrote with supreme confidence about the lives of children and Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis, the trio in The Railway Children, reflect her faith in the resourcefulness, capacity for adventure, and...


Collected Stories 2: Volume 2

by Henry James

 

Encompassing a period of almost fifty years, the stories of Henry James represent the most remarkable feat of sustained literary creation in modern times. For sheer richness, variety and intensity, they have...


The Castle of Otranto

by Horace Walpole

Conrad is crushed to death on his wedding day by a gigantic helmet that falls on him from above. Manfred, lord of the castle, terrified that his son's death signals the beginning of the end for his line, resolves...


Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard the Third

by Horace Walpole

Historic justice is due to all characters. Who would not vindicate Henry the Eighth or Charles the Second, if found to be falsely traduced? Why then not Richard the Third? Of what importance is it to any man...


Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave, A True Story

by Aphra Behn

The bestselling story by a legendary female writer--a tale of love, slavery, and rebellion.

When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast...


Flappers and Philosophers

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

First published in 1920, Flappers and Philosophers marked F. Scott Fitzgerald’s entry into the realm of the short story, in which he adroitly proved himself “a master of the mechanism of short story technique”...


The secret of the League

by Ernest Bramah

"The secret of the League" is a dystopian novel written by Ernest Bramah, which is widely credited for having inspired George Orwell and his 1984 for its realistic, detailed and vivid depiction of the rise of...


The Leavenworth case

by Anna Katharine Green

“The Leavenworth case” is a crime novel written in 1878 by American writer Anna Katharine Green. This book, often referred to as a {criminal romance}, is considered to be the first crime novel written by...


The big bow mystery

by Israel Zangwill

"The Big bow mystery" is a crime novel written in 1892 by the writer Israel Zangwill, otherwise famous for his humorous works and his political engagement towards the cause of Zionism. Considered to be the first...


The absent-minded coterie

by Robert Barr

“The absent-minded coterie” is a crime short story written in 1906 by Scottish writer Robert Barr. It features French detective Eugène Valmont, born out of a compilation of short stories titled “The triumphs...


Max Carrados

by Ernest Bramah

"Max Carrados" is a compilation of short stories published in 1914 by the English author Ernest Bramah. It is the first appearance of the blind sleuth Max Carrados, accompanied by his faithful but not always...