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Babbitt

by Sinclair Lewis, Sally E. Parry & Azar Nafisi

In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow,...


Fathers and Sons

by Ivan Turgenev

As Arkady Kirsanov returns home after graduation, his father waits patiently for him—excited to see his much-loved son once again. But in returning home to a world that has remained static, Arkady and his friend...


The Secret Agent

by Joseph Conrad

In a rough-and-ready shop in Soho in Victorian London, Mr. Verloc lives a humble existence sustaining himself, his wife, her infirm mother, and her disabled brother, Stevie. But all is not as it seems with Mr....


The Turn of the Screw

by Henry James

A young governess turns up at a country estate in Essex to care for Miles and Flora, two young orphans left in care of their absentee uncle. Soon after her tenure begins, the governess begins to see strangers...


Fairy Tales

by Brothers Grimm

Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm have delighted, terrified, and inspired generations of readers. Fairy Tales brings together many of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s best-known and loved works, including “Rapunzel,”...


Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton

Ethan Frome, a lonely and downtrodden farmer, lives alone with his sickly, judgmental wife Zeena and her cousin Mattie, who helps around the house. Ethan and Mattie have feelings for one another, but are trapped...


A Study in Scarlet

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Doctor John Watson is looking for a new place to live when he is introduced to Sherlock Holmes, a peculiar man who happens to be looking for a roommate. Watson soon finds himself fascinated by Holmes’ numerous...


Love and Friendship

by Jane Austen

Love and Friendship and Other Early Works is a collection of juvenile writings by Jane Austen. It includes Love and Friendship and The History of England as well as a preface by G. K. Chesterton. Written as...


Futility, Or The Wreck of the Titan

by Morgan Robertson

Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan is Morgan Robertson’s 1898 novella about the unsinkable ship Titan, which goes down after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Disgraced former naval lieutenant John...


The River Between

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Uzodinma Iweala

A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize contender

A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the...


Monday or Tuesday

by Virginia Woolf

Lazy and indifferent, shaking space easily from his wings, knowing his way, the heron passes over the church beneath the sky. White and distant, absorbed in itself, endlessly the sky covers and uncovers, moves...


Kew Gardens

by Virginia Woolf

From the oval-shaped flower-bed there rose perhaps a hundred stalks spreading into heart-shaped or tongue-shaped leaves half way up and unfurling at the tip red or blue or yellow petals marked with spots of...


A Haunted House

by Virginia Woolf

Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there, making sure-a ghostly couple. Stooping, holding their silver lamp above us, long they...


Flush: A Biography

by Virginia Woolf

A modernist consideration of city life seen through the eyes of a dog named Flush. Most insightful and experimental are Woolf's emotional and philosophical views verbalised in Flush's thoughts. For Flush smell...


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 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...


Tess of the D'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy

When Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of a poor villager, learns that she might be a descendant of the ancient D’Urberville family, her family pressures her to claim kinship in order to seek a portion of the...