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Castle Richmond

by Anthony Trollope

Two gentlemen seek Clara Desmond's hand, and each has a claim to Castle Richmond. A story of love and law set in Ireland during the famine of the 1840's. Anthony Trollope truly sets himself apart with the classic...


Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton

Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their household...


A Monk of Fife

by Andrew Lang

Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, whose narrative the reader has in his hands, refers more than once to his unfinished Latin Chronicle. That work, usually known as "The Book of Pluscarden," has been edited by Mr. Felix...


Hunted Down

by Charles Dickens

Roguery and trickery abound around the streets of London with a good dollop of romance and the inevitable Victorian obsession with death. One of Charles Dickens' little known and best works, Hunted Down is a...


Captain Blood

by Rafael Sabatini

Peter Blood, an Irish physician and former soldier is happily settled, in the 1680's, as the doctor in an English town, when the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth catches him by accident. He saves a man's life,...


Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert

When Emma Rouault marries Charles Bovary she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women's magazines. But Charles is a dull country doctor,...


Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is the heartwarming story of the March family that has thrilled generations of readers. It is the story of four sisters--Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth-- and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display...


Dope

by Sax Rohmer

Dope is not a Fu Manchu novel, and concerns itself with cannabis rather than opium. It is based on the story of Billie Carleton, a young English actress whose scandalous lifestyle ended with her death from a...


Memoirs of a Cavalier

by Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe's great talent as a writer was to speak in the voices of others. Such was the authenticity of this memoir of a 17th-century soldier of fortune that for over half a century it was considered to be...


Ivanhoe

by Walter Scott

IVANHOE (1819) was the first of Scott's novels to adopt a purely English subject and was also his first attempt to combine history and romance, which later influenced Victorian medievalism. Set at the time of...


Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887

by Edward Bellamy

Living as we do in the closing year of the twentieth century, enjoying the blessings of a social order at once so simple and logical that it seems but the triumph of common sense, it is no doubt difficult for...


Lady Susan

by Jane Austen

Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of...


Hypatia

by Charles Kingsley

A picture of life in the fifth century must needs contain much which will be painful to any reader, and which the young and innocent will do well to leave altogether unread. It has to represent a very hideous,...


Man and Superman

by George Bernard Shaw

Mr. Whitefield has recently died, and his will indicates that his daughter Ann should be left in the care of two men, Roebuck Ramsden and Jack Tanner. Ramsden, a venerable old man, distrusts John Tanner, an...


Flying U Ranch

by B. M. Bower

Life at the Flying U Ranch in the Bear Paw country of Montana was pleasant. Andy, Pink, Slim, Big Medicine, Happy Jack, and the other members of the Happy Family. Here they must confront defiant sheepherders...


Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

Dark allegory describes the narrator's journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend...


Fortune's Fool

by Rafael Sabatini

London 1665 is no place for Randal Holles, a former soldier in Cromwell's army, now that the monarchy has been restored and the exploits of the Republicans are being condemned in the highest degree. Holles,...


Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Tolstoy clashed with editor Mikhail Katkov over political...


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

by Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne.

Verne returned to the theme of an outlaw submarine captain in his much later Facing the Flag. That book's main villain,...


Emma

by Jane Austen

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian–Regency...