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Louisiana

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Two young women are sent to a North Carolina resort to recover after illnesses. One is a cultured New Yorker, and the other -- the Louisiana of the book's title -- is a beautiful but unpolished country girl....


The Stoneground Ghost Tales: Compiled from the Recollections of the Reverend Roland Batchel, the Vicar of the Parish

by E. G. Swain

Though a cleric by trade, E. G. Swain achieved his greatest acclaim via the publication of this chilling collection of ghost stories. Featuring a heavily autobiographical narrator, the eccentric but kindly Reverend...


The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

by Selma Lagerloef & Velma Swanston Howard

Younger readers who enjoy fantasy tales like the Harry Potter series will love Selma Lagerloef's timeless classic The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. One day while his parents are out, Nils encounters a magical...


Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice

by James Branch Cabell

The darkly comic allegory Jurgen caused quite a stir when it was originally published, with several jurisdictions deeming it obscene and calling for it to be pulled from store shelves. After his wife mysteriously...


Four Meetings

by Henry James

Sometimes, it's not the lingering relationships that stick in our memories, but rather the brief, fleeting encounters. In the brilliant short story "Four Meetings," literary master Henry James explores an intense...


The Soul of a Bishop

by H. G. Wells

Science fiction master H. G. Wells was never one to shy away from complex or controversial topics, and in this classic novel, he takes on Christianity. Though The Soul of a Bishop takes place on Earth and is...


The Broken Road

by A. E. W. Mason

This tale set in colonial India underscores the pervasive sense of dislocation that imperialism often leaves in its wake. A well-born young man from India travels to England for schooling. When he returns, he...


The Research Magnificent

by H. G. Wells

William Porphyry Benham, the protagonist of H. G. Wells' thought-provoking allegory The Research Magnificent, has dedicated his entire life to one sole purpose: embodying the life of an aristocrat. For him,...


Confessions of a Thug

by Philip Meadows Taylor

The Thuggees were a roving tribe of assassins and criminals who terrorized India for centuries. This fictionalized autobiography of a member of the Thuggees was a runaway bestseller in nineteenth-century England....


Vrouw Grobelaar and Her Leading Cases: Seventeen Short Stories

by Perceval Gibbon

If you like your classic detective tales served with a heaping dose of local color and a cast of indelibly written characters, you'll love Vrouw Grobelaar and Her Leading Cases. This collection of seventeen...


The Passionate Friends

by H. G. Wells

Science fiction innovator H. G. Wells held many progressive political and social views, and many of his novels and short stories served as vehicles through which he sought to disseminate his opinions. In The...


Plays of Gods and Men

by Lord Dunsany

Irish aristocrat Lord Dunsany was a wealthy man of leisure, but when it came to the craft of writing, he was productive and prolific, creating nearly 100 works in his lifetime, many of which are cited as important...


From a Swedish Homestead

by Selma Lagerloef & Jessie Brochner

The first woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Swedish author Selma Lagerloef rejected the gritty realism that was emerging as a literary trend in the early twentieth century and instead infused her stories...


Running Water

by A. E. W. Mason

Get set for edge-of-your-seat excitement and adventure in A. E. W. Mason's Running Water. A rescue team must race against time to save a trapped mountaineer in the treacherous upper reaches of the Swiss Alps....


An International Episode

by Henry James

A number of Henry James' stories and novels focus on the clash of cultures between America and Europe, and the novella An International Episode tackles this issue head-on. A pair of British gentlemen cross paths...


Georgina's Reasons

by Henry James

As the Victorian era drew to a close and the twentieth century loomed, women began to assert themselves more and take greater liberties. It was a shift that Henry James dealt with in many of his stories, including...


The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells was a key figure in early science fiction, but he also explored other genres over the course of his long and varied literary career. Often, he used fiction as a vehicle to illustrate his progressive...


The Hohenzollerns in America: With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and Other Impossibilities

by Stephen Leacock

Though formally trained as a political scientist, Canadian writer Stephen Leacock rose to fame and fortune on the strength of his satirical works of humor, which often skewered the pretensions of the well-to-do....


Dead Men's Money

by J. S. Fletcher

When an old seaman named James Gilverthwaite shows up in the sleepy town of Berwick looking for long-term lodging, it seems innocent enough. But within days, it becomes clear that Gilverthwaite is looking for...


Fair Haven and Foul Strand

by August Strindberg

Over the course of his remarkably varied literary career, Swedish writer August Strindberg produced plays, poetry, novels, essays, and memoirs. In the short stories collected in Fair Haven and Foul Strand, Strindberg's...