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Agnes Gray

by Anne Brontë

At age 19 Anne Brontë left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer. Agnes Grey was an 1847 novel based on her experience as a governess. Bronte depicts the precarious position...


Allan's Wife

by H. Rider Haggard

The tale of Allan Quatermain's second wife, Stella, is also a classic fantasy African adventure, complete with magic and ghosts, plus Haggard's trademark gripping narrative style. H. Rider Haggard was one of...


A Tramp Abroad

by Mark Twain

Twain's abundant humor waxes as freely as ever; this time, however, his amusement bears a more cynical cast, as he regards the grand tourist sights of 'Innocents' through older and more experienced eyes.


A Romance of Two Worlds

by Marie Corelli

A Romance of Two Worlds was Marie Corelli's first novel, published in 1886. It referenced the contemporary debate between creationism and evolution, as well as supernatural themes, overlaid with elements of...


After a Shadow

by T. S. Arthur

"ARTY! Arty!" called Mrs. Mayflower, from the window, one bright June morning. "Arty, darling! What is the child after? Just look at him, Mr. Mayflower!" I leaned from the window, in pleasant excitement, to...


Adam Bede

by George Eliot

Hailed for its sympathetic and accurate rendering of nineteenth-century English pastoral life, Adam Bede was George Eliot's first full-length novel and a bestseller from the moment of publication. Eliot herself...


A Mind that Found Itself

by Clifford Beers

Clifford Beers tells what it was like to be institutionalized at a time when mental illness received little attention or respect. A Mind that Found Itself is Beers' own story, as one of five children who all...


A House of Gentlefolk

by Ivan Turgenev

A sequel to Rudin, this novel is about Russian society, idealism, innocence and disillusionment. It is set amidst the green fields owned by bourgeois Russians and pivots around the character of Lisa, a smart...


A Prince of Sinners

by E. Phillips Oppenheim

An elegantly written piece where a young man refuses to forgive his newly found father because he had abandoned he and his mother. But after life's many trials teaches much to both, they discover that there...


Night and Day

by Virginia Woolf

Katharine Hilbery is beautiful and privileged, but uncertain of her future. She must choose between becoming engaged to the oddly prosaic poet William Rodney, and her dangerous attraction to the passionate Ralph...


Against the Grain

by Joris-Karl Huysmans

French novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans is most famous for the novel À rebours (Against Nature). His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, wide-ranging vocabulary, wealth of detailed...


A Study in Shadows

by William Locke

Felicia Graves was puzzled. The six weeks she had spent at the Pension Boccard had confused many of her conception's and brought things before her judgment for which her standards were inadequate. Not that a...


After Dark

by Wilkie Collins

After Dark is Wilkie Collins's first collection of six short stories, published in 1856. The book is a series of tales supposed to be told to poor travelling portrait-painter, William Kerby, who is forced to...


Afloat

by Guy de Maupassant

Afloat, originally published as Sur l'eau in 1888, is a book of dazzling but treacherously shifting currents, a seemingly simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast that opens up...


A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay,...


A Room with a View

by E. M. Forster

Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Her eyes are opened by the unconventional...


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man represents the transitional stage between the realism of Joyce's Dubliners and the symbolism of Ulysses, and is essential to the understanding of the later work. The novel...


A Desperate Character and Other Stories

by Ivan Turgenev

A DESPERATE CHARACTER AND OTHER TALES is a collection of Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev's stories that spans his career. The six tales were written between 1847 and 1881. "Pyetushkov" (1847), "The Brigadier" (1867),...


Johnny Ludlow: Second Series

by Mrs. Henry Wood

Johnny Ludlow.

Second Series

By

Mrs. Henry Wood


Johnny Ludlow: Third Series

by Mrs. Henry Wood

Johnny Ludlow.

Third Series

By

Mrs. Henry Wood