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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him....


Othello

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Though this great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor, its story of the doomed marriage of a Venetian senator’s daughter, Desdemona, to a Moorish general,...


The Beautiful and Damned

by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Hortense Calisher

Introduction by Hortense Calisher

Commentary by Edmund Wilson, Henry Seidel Canby, and Arthur Mizener

 

Fitzgerald’s second novel, a devastating portrait of the excesses of the Jazz Age, is a largely autobiographical...


The Celebrity at Home

by Violet Hunt

The daughter of the artist Arthur William Hunt, Violent Hunt was a prolific writer who dabbled in a number of genres, as well as a prominent figure in the literary circles in London in the late nineteenth and...


The Cottage of Delight: A Novel

by William N. Harben

Young Dora Boyles is an orphan, and her housemate John Trott is locked in a contentious relationship with his own bawdy, boisterous mother. Though their friendship starts off on the wrong foot, they soon find...


Dixie Hart

by William N. Harben

Though she is as indelible and sharply drawn a character as Scarlett O' Hara, Dixie Hart, the protagonist of William N. Harben's novel of the same name, has never known the finer things in life. After struggling...


Ann Boyd

by William N. Harben

Settle in for an engaging read from William N. Harben, one of the masters of the nineteenth-century domestic drama. Protagonist Ann Boyd has faced adversity in her life, and as a result has made a few choices...


The Hills of Refuge: A Novel

by William N. Harben

In this classic novel from acclaimed author William N. Harden, the lives of a simple but honorable family of farmers are turned upside down by unforeseeable events. Will they be able to reclaim their way of...


Rose Clark

by Fanny Fern

Essayist and newspaper columnist Fanny Fern achieved a remarkable level of fame in her lifetime, and in addition to hundreds of newspaper columns, she penned two novels that were based in large part on her own...


Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time

by Fanny Fern

Essayist and newspaper columnist Fanny Fern enjoyed a rapid -- and highly unlikely -- rise to fame after an early life beset by tragedy and misfortune. Soon after accepting the position that established her...


This Side of Paradise

by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Susan Orlean

First published in 1920, This Side of Paradise marks the beginning of the career of one of the greatest writers of the first half of the twentieth century. In this remarkable achievement, F. Scott Fitzgerald...


The Call of the Wild and Selected Stories

by Jack London

Robust tales of perilous adventure and animal cunning

Includes Diable: A Dog, An Odyssey of the North, To the Man on the Trail, To Build a Fire, and Love of Life Out of the white wilderness, out of the Far North,...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A passionate young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging, vengeful husband are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh world of seventeenth-century...


The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

One of the last plays Shakespeare penned on his own, The Winter’s Tale is a transcendent work of death and rebirth, exploring irrational sexual jealousy, the redemptive world of nature, and the magical power...


The Sonnets and Other Poems

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Shakespeare became famous as a dazzling poet before most people even knew that he wrote plays. His sonnets are the English language’s most extraordinary anatomy of love in all its dimensions–desire and despair,...


Selected Stories of Anton Chekov

by Anton Chekhov, Larissa Volokhonsky & Richard Pevear

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched...


The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins & Carolyn G. Heilbrun

"The Moonstone is a page-turner," writes Carolyn Heilbrun. "It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular." Wilkie Collins’s...


The Book of Krishna

by Pavan Kumar Varma

Of all Vishnu's avatars, Krishna is regarded as the purna avatar, the complete incarnation, for he encapsulates in himself the entire gamut of emotions and attributes that constitute the ideal human personality....


Confessions of a Young Lady: Her Doings and Misdoings

by Richard Marsh

Best known for the bestselling supernatural thriller The Beetle, Richard Marsh was an amazingly prolific and versatile writer, penning popular tales in many different genres over the course of his literary career....


The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

by G.K. Chesterton & Jonathan Lethem

G. K. Chesterton's surreal masterpiece is a psychological thriller that centers on seven anarchists in turn-of-the-century London who call themselves by the names of the days of the week. Chesterton explores...