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The Black Galley

by Wilhelm Raabe

It was a dark and stormy night in the first days of November of the year 1599 when the Spanish sentry in Fort Liefkenhoek on the Flemish side of the Scheldt sounded the alarm, urgent drumming woke the sleeping...


The Virgin and the Gipsy

by D. H. Lawrence

The Virgin and the Gypsy is a short story by English author D. H. Lawrence. It was written in 1926 and published posthumously in 1930. Today it is often entitled The Virgin and the Gipsy which can lead to confusion:...


The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is a novel that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. Nick Carraway, a Yale graduate and World War I veteran...


The Day of the Locust

by Nathanael West

The Day of the Locust is a 1939 novel by American author Nathanael West, set in Hollywood, California, during the Great Depression. Its themes deal with the alienation and desperation of a broad group of odd...


The Hungry Heart: A Novel

by David Graham Phillips

Courtship and honeymoon of Richard Vaughan and Courtney Benedict are told accurately enough by a thousand chroniclers of love's fairy tales and dreams. Where such romances end in a rosily vague "And they lived...


Silent as the Grave

by Paul Gitsham

It’s DCI Warren Jones’ coldest case yet… The body of Reginald Williamson had been well concealed under a bush in Middlesbury Common and the murder had been efficiently carried out – a single stab wound...


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was displaced by his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, where his only companions are...


Othello

by William Shakespeare

In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death....


The Border Boys on the Trail

by Fremont B. Deering

The trainmen began hoarsely shouting the curious-sounding name of the small frontier town near the Mexican border, in the southwest part of New Mexico. Slowly the long dust-covered Southern Pacific express rolled...


The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

Edna Pontellier is a wife, a mother, and a member of the Presbyterian Church, but has never felt comfortable being defined by any of these roles. Edna yearns for freedom, independence, and self-fulfillment—all...


The Mayor of Casterbridge

by Thomas Hardy

Late one night at a local fair, Michael Henchard, blinded by alcohol and foolish bravado, trades away his wife and daughter to a visiting sailor. Nineteen years later the two women return to Casterbridge and...


The Children

by Edith Wharton

A bestseller when it was first published in 1928, Edith Wharton's The Children is a comic, bittersweet novel about the misadventures of a bachelor and a band of precocious children. The seven Wheater children,...


The Khaki Boys at the Front

by Gorden Bates

"I suppose we might as well be hiking along," announced Roger Barlow regretfully, as he consulted his watch. "We've lots of time yet, but we'd better be early than late back to camp. We are strangers in a strange...


The Heart of the Red Firs

by Ada Woodruff Anderson

The children were putting away their books. The afternoon sun, streaming through the uncurtained windows, made patches of heat on the hewn cedar flooring, and the new, unpainted desks sent forth pitch and the...


The Country of the Dwarfs

by Paul B. Du Chaillu

IN the month of July, 1863, if you had been in London, you might have seen in St. Catharine's Dock a schooner called the Mentor, a little vessel of less than one hundred tons' measurement, and if you had gone...


The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas, Thomas Flanagan & Marcelle Clements

"We read The Three Musketeers to experience a sense of romance and for the sheer excitement of the story," reflected Clifton Fadiman. "In these violent pages all is action, intrigue, suspense, surprise--an almost...


Rob Roy

by Walter Scott, Caroline McCraken-Flesher & A. N. Wilson

Outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor comes alive in this classic epic of the Scottish borderlands. The narrative follows the adventures of Frank Osbaldistone, a businessman’s son who falls out of favor with his father...


More Tish

by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Tish Carberry, Aggie, and Lizzie embark on three more outrageous adventures in More Tish. After successfully taking on a band of train bandits, the women return home and search for ways to help with the war...


Black Widow

by Isadora Bryan

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… Someone is killing and mutilating young men in Amsterdam – the murders are brutal, sexual, and ritualized. For detective Joyce Pino, after a succession of failures,...


Light-Fingered Gentry

by David Graham Phillips

Toward noon on a stifling July day, a woman, a young woman, left the main walk through the deserted college grounds at Battle Field, and entered the path that makes a faint tracing down the middle of Pine Point....