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Agnes Grey

by Anne Bronte & Barbara A. Suess

Concerned for her family’s financial welfare and eager to expand her own horizons, Agnes Grey takes up the position of governess, the only respectable employment for an unmarried woman in the nineteenth century....


The Bostonians

by Henry James & A.S. Byatt

This brilliant satire of the women’s rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the bitter struggle between two distant cousins who seek to control her....


When the Sleeper Wakes

by H.G. Wells & Orson Scott Card

Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep...


The Haunted House

by Charles Dickens & Wesley Stace

On Christmas Eve, a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, charged with the task of discovering evidence of the supernatural. Sequestered in their rooms for the holiday, the friends...


Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River

by Joseph Conrad & Nadine Gordimer

Almayer’s Folly, Joseph Conrad’s first novel, is a tale of personal tragedy as well as a broader meditation on the evils of colonialism. Set in the lush jungle of Borneo in the late 1800s, it tells of the...


The Algerine Captive: or, The Life and Adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill

by Royall Tyler & Caleb Crain

A predecessor of both the nativist humor of Mark Twain and the exotic adventure stories of Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Richard Dana, Royall Tyler’s The Algerine Captive is an entertaining romp...


Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens & Jonathan Lethem

Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens’s story of a powerful man whose callous neglect of his family triggers his professional and personal downfall, showcases the author’s gift for vivid characterization and unfailingly...


A Tramp Abroad

by Mark Twain & Dave Eggers

In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain’s unofficial sequel to The Innocents Abroad, the author records his hilarious and diverse observations and insights while on a fifteen-month walking trip through Central Europe...


Mosses from an Old Manse

by Nathaniel Hawthorne & Mary Oliver

Mosses from an Old Manse is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s second story collection, first published in 1846 in two volumes and featuring sketches and tales written over a span of more than twenty years, including such...


The Confidence-Man

by Herman Melville & John Bryant

“In The Confidence-Man,” writes John Bryant in his Introduction, “Melville found a way to render our tragic sense of self and society through the comic strategies of the confidence game. He puts the reader...


Tarzan of the Apes

by Edgar Rice Burroughs, James Taliaferro & Gore Vidal

When Tarzan is orphaned as a baby deep in the African jungle, the apes adopt him and raise him as their own. By the time the boy is ten, he can swing through the trees and talk to the animals.  By the time...


The Complete Short Novels

by Anton Chekhov, Larissa Volokhonsky & Richard Pevear

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

 

Aanton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels–here brought together in one volume for the...


The Adolescent

by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Larissa Volokhonsky & Richard Pevear

The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a na•ve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate...


The Gambler

by Fyodor Dostoevsky & Constance Garnett

In this dark and compelling short novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky tells the story of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young tutor working in the household of an imperious Russian general. Alexey tries to break through the wall...


The Star Rover

by Jack London & Lorenzo Carcaterra

The Star Rover is the story of San Quentin death-row inmate Darrell Standing, who escapes the horror of prison life—and long stretches in a straitjacket—by withdrawing into vivid dreams of past lives, including...


The Colonel's Dream: A Novel

by Charles Chesnutt

In this provocative novel of reconstruction and race, a Civil War veteran tries to create a new utopia in his Southern hometown after gaining enlightenment and riches in the North.

Revolutionary in both its storyline...


The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bryant Mangum & Roxana Robinson

Edited and with an Introduction by Bryant Mangum

Foreword by Roxana Robinson

Benediction • Head and Shoulders • Bernice Bobs Her Hair • The Ice Palace • The Offshore Pirate • May Day • The Jelly Bean...


The Devil Doctor: The Return of Fu-Manchu

by Sax Rohmer

Also published under the title The Return of Fu-Manchu, this is the second entry in the long-lived and ever-popular series of mystery novels featuring the criminal genius Dr. Fu-Manchu. Delve into the workings...


The Forged Coupon: And Other Stories

by Leo Tolstoy & Flashiviyi Kupon

Sometimes even the smallest and most seemingly trivial actions can have the most disastrous consequences. That's the idea that Russian literary master Leo Tolstoy explores in depth in the title tale in this...


Master and Man

by Leo Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude & Louise Shanks Maude

This short story from renowned Russian author Leo Tolstoy takes on an almost fable-like quality in its stark simplicity and moral truth. A wealthy man's greed and avarice lead him to treat his servant in a spectacularly...