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Notes from Underground

by Constance Garnett & Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Notes from the Underground is celebrated as the first existentialist novel; it is the starting point for the sense of meaninglessness that runs through much of twentieth-century writing, including that of Kafka...


Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert

Considered one of the most influential novels ever written, Madame Bovary is a true literary masterpiece. Often described as 'the perfect novel', Madame Bovary is said to have had an influence on modern fiction...


The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The family is cursed; at least that is the hypothesis when Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the dark and eerie moors near his home, the footprints of some ferocious beast beside his lifeless body. In these...


Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

In 1847, Emily Brontë invited the public to peek through the curtains of Wuthering Heights and witness the passionate and ill-fated love of Catherine and Heathcliff. Critics were initially baffled at how a...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This powerful gothic drama, set in Puritan Boston, tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair with an unnamed man. Branded with a scarlet A, and isolated in a strict...


Heart Of Darkness

by Conrad Joseph

This is a stunningly repackaged edition of Joseph Conrad's celebrated literary classic. In Joseph Conrad's classic novel Heart of Darkness, English seaman Marlow tells the story of his time as a riverboat captain...


The Alchemist

by Ben Jonson

The greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator and poet-laureate, a writer of verse, prose, satire, and criticism who most potently of all the men of his time affected the...


Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

by Kate Douglas Wiggin

The old stage coach was rumbling along the dusty road that runs from Maplewood to Riverboro. The day was as warm as midsummer, though it was only the middle of May, and Mr. Jeremiah Cobb was favoring the horses...


The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories

by Mark Twain

It was in 1590—winter. Austria was far away from the world, and asleep; it was still the Middle Ages in Austria, and promised to remain so forever. Some even set it away back centuries upon centuries and said...


His Last Bow: An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It was nine o'clock at night upon the second of August--the most terrible August in the history of the world. One might have thought already that God's curse hung heavy over a degenerate world, for there was...


Alice Wilde: The Raftman's Daughter

by Metta V. Victor

"That ar' log bobs 'round like the old sea-sarpint," muttered Ben Perkins to himself, leaning forward with his pole-hook and trying to fish it, without getting himself too deep in the water. "Blast the thing!...


Her Dark Inheritance

by Mrs. E. Burke Collins

A night of storm and tempest, the wind blowing a perfect gale; and above its mad shrieking the sullen roar of the ocean, as it beat against the shore in angry vehemence, recoiling with wrathful force, as though...


Alone

by Marion Harland

"Through long, long years, to seek, to strive, to yearn for human love,—and never quench that thirst; to pour the soul out winning no return—O'er fragile idols, by delusions nursed,—On things that fail...


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 was...


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...