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The Four Million

by O. Henry

Some of the best stories from the master of wordplay and surprise endings, including 'The Gift of the Magi' and 'The Cop and the Anthem'. Many of the stories in this collection are set in New York City.


Para Handy

by Neil Munro

Para Handy has been sailing his way into the affections of generations of Scots since he first weighed anchor in the pages of the Glasgow Evening News in 1905. The master mariner and his crew – Dougie the mate,...


The Wanting Seed

by Anthony Burgess

Set in the near future, The Wanting Seed is a Malthusian comedy about the strange world overpopulation will produce. Tristram Foxe and his wife, Beatrice-Joanna, live in their skyscraper world where...


Mahabharata

by Romesh Chunder Dutt

Ancient India, like ancient Greece, boasts of two great Epics. One of them, the Maha-bharata, relates to a great war in which all the warlike races of Northern India took a share, and may therefore be compared...


The Necklace and Other Stories: Maupassant for Modern Times

by Guy de Maupassant & Sandra Smith

From the best-selling translator of Némirovsky’s Suite Française comes this bold new translation that reinterprets Guy de Maupassant’s best works for a new generation.

A Parisian civil servant turned protégé...


The Sleeping Bard

by Ellis Wynne

The Bardd Cwsc is not only the most popular of Welsh prose works, but it has also retained its place among the best of our classics. No better model exists of the pure idiomatic Welsh of the last century, before...


The Lady of the Lake annotated by William J. Rolfe

by Sir Walter Scott

"Harp of the North! that mouldering long hast hung On the witch-elm that shades Saint Fillan's spring And down the fitful breeze thy numbers flung, Till envious ivy did around thee cling, Muffling with verdant...


Thérèse and Isabelle

by Violette Leduc, Sophie Lewis & Michael Lucey

This hidden classic, censored for half a century, follows the obsessive pleasures and repressed secrets of two schoolgirls in love.


Dante's Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

"IN the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray Gone from the path direct: and e'en to tell It were no easy task, how savage wild That forest, how robust and rough its growth, Which...


The Dream of the Red Chamber. Book I

by Cao Xueqin

"...The Empress Nü Wo, (the goddess of works,) in fashioning blocks of stones, for the repair of the heavens, prepared, at the Ta Huang Hills and Wu Ch'i cave, 36,501 blocks of rough stone, each twelve chang...


The City of the Sun

by Tommaso Campanella

"G.M. Prithee, now, tell me what happened to you during that voyage? Capt. I have already told you how I wandered over the whole earth. In the course of my journeying I came to Taprobane, and was compelled to...


The Third Man

by Graham Greene

Experience the thrilling search for the Third Man as you follow Harry Lime through the gloomy and treacherous streets of Vienna, a city divided by war and corruption. This undisputed spy classic is now available...


The Enchanted April

by Elizabeth von Arnim & Brenda Bowen

The charming, slyly comic novel of romantic longing and transformation that inspired the Oscar-nominated film

 

Escaping dreary London for the sunshine of Italy, four very different women take up an offer advertised...


Boy Scouts on the Trail

by John Garth

Stout Harry Ritter gave a sudden chortle of glee and looked up from the copy of the “Long Point Snort” he was languidly perusing in the shade of some cedars behind Tent Four. “Say, fellows, have you seen...


Boots and Saddles

by Elizabeth Custer

One of the motives that have actuated me in recalling these simple annals of our daily life, has been to give a glimpse to civilians of garrison and camp life—about which they seem to have such a very imperfect...


A Day with William Shakespeare

by May Byron

"Breakfast, in 1599, was a rite "more honoured in the breach than in the observance." Most people, having supped with exceeding heartiness the previous night, ignored breakfast altogether: especially as dinner...


 A Day with Coleridge

by May Byron

"IN a beautiful part of beautiful Somerset, where the "soft orchard and cottage scenery" is dimpled between blue hillslopes, where meadows and woods and translucent streams compete with each other in charm,—in...


A Day with Keats

by May Byron

"About eight o'clock one morning in early summer, a young man may be seen sauntering to and from in the garden of Wentworth Place, Hampstead. Wentworth Place consists of two houses only; in the first, John Keats...


A Day with Robert Schumann

by May Byron

It is an April morning in 1844, in the town of Leipzig,—calm, cool, and fraught with exquisite promise of a prolific spring,—when the Herr Professor Doctor Robert Schumann, rising before six o'clock as is...


A Day with Walt Whitman

by May Byron

"About six o'clock on a midsummer morning in 1877, a tall old man awoke, and was out of bed next moment,—but he moved with a certain slow leisureliness, as one who will not be hurried. The reason of this deliberate...