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Hollywood

by Gore Vidal

Hollywood marks the fifth episode in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire," his celebrated series of six historical novels that form his extended biography of the United States.

        It is 1917, and...


The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter, Vol.1

by Sigrid Undset

The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a...


Enigmatic Pilot: A Tall Tale Too True

by Kris Saknussemm

Enigmatic Pilot is Kris Saknussemm’s outrageously brilliant yet profoundly moving exploration and excavation of the American dream—and nightmare.

 

In 1844, in a still-young America, the first intimations...


The Tower

by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

70 AD. A group of Roman soldiers crossing the Sahara desert is destroyed by a ferocious and mysterious presence hidden in a solitary tower at the extreme borders of the sea of sand. The sole survivor, the Etruscan...


The Lightning Tree

by Ernest Swain

In a previous novel by this author, A Surprising Legacy, the principal characters in this story, Amos and Sarah Carlisle, settle to a quiet country life after their nomadic existence in a gipsy caravan. Good...


A Surprising Legacy

by Ernest Swain

In the late 1700's Amos Carlisle's family are evicted from their tied cottage when a land grab by the Lord of the Manor following the implementation of the Enclosures Act caused violent unrest. They took to...


Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front

by E. W. Hornung

Though the author was born and raised in England, it was E. W. Hornung's travels and military service that served as the chief source of inspiration for his literary works. The volume Notes of a Camp-Follower...


A Lady of Quality

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

In Frances Hodgson Burnett's compelling historical novel A Lady of Quality, a girl named Clorinda is born and raised in a horrible environment. Motherless, resented, and brought up as a boy by her drunken lout...


Emily Fox-Seton: Being the Making of a Marchioness and the Methods of Lady Walderhurst

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This two-part tale from Frances Hodgson Burnett has it all: a charming character portrait of Emily, who in the first part of the story lives alone and is content in her admittedly predictable life; an account...


His Grace of Osmonde

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Readers who enjoyed Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Lady of Quality, a tale about a spunky girl named Clorinda who uses her wiles to triumph over adversity, will love His Grace of Osmonde, a sequel of sorts that...


The Great Return

by Arthur Machen

Though his fiction shifted focus several times over the course of his career, Wales-born author Arthur Machen's work always carries hints of the mystical and supernatural. His fascinating novel The Great Return...


Annals of the Parish: Or the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder

by John Galt

Immerse yourself in the life of a small Scottish village as it begins to shake off centuries-old traditions and eases into the transition to the modern era, with all the attendant pitfalls and problems that...


The Entail: Or, The Lairds of Grippy

by John Galt

Scottish writer John Galt is hailed by many critics as one of the first authors to explicitly take on political themes in his fiction. In The Entail, Galt tackles the touchy issue of the value of inherited wealth...


Ringan Gilhaize: Or

by John Galt

John Galt's ambitious novel Ringan Gilhaize presents a detailed historical account of the rise of opposing religious factions in Scotland in the early modern period. Told by the eponymous character, the story...


The Red Hand of Ulster

by George A. Birmingham

The first few novels by James Owen Hannay, an Irish clergyman who wrote under the name "George A. Birmingham," caused a national controversy and nearly imploded his career in the church when Catholics accused...


Hyacinth

by George A. Birmingham

At the turn of the twentieth century, Ireland was a maelstrom of political and sectoral conflict, and with the publication of his novel Hyacinth, the Church of Ireland clergyman James Owen Hannay (who wrote...


The Vicar of Wrexhill

by Frances Trollope

The mother of renowned novelist Anthony Trollope, Frances Trollope was an important literary figure in her own right. She made significant contributions to the then-nascent genre of travel writing, as well as...


The Widow Barnaby

by Frances Trollope

The mother of the renowned novelist Anthony Trollope, Frances Trollope began her literary career in the realm of non-fiction, publishing an excoriating takedown of American manners and mores in 1832. She then...


The Fifth Queen: And How She Came to Court

by Ford Madox Ford

Katharine Howard was the fifth wife of England's Henry VIII and the second of his wives to be executed. Ford Madox Ford's fictionalized account of their courtship and marriage in the Fifth Queen trilogy is regarded...


Privy Seal: His Last Venture

by Ford Madox Ford

The tumultuous relationship between Katharine Howard and England's King Henry VIII was inextricably entwined with the rise to power and eventual fall of Thomas Cromwell, who served as the Lord Privy Seal. In...