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Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Perhaps the greatest of all adventure stories for boys and girls, Treasure Island began, a brave boy who finds himself among pirates, and of the sinister pirate-cook Long John Silver holds children as entranced...


Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert

"Madame Bovary" is Gustave Flaubert's first published novel and is considered his masterpiece. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order...


Lady Chatterley's Lover

by D.H. Lawrence

Introduction by Kathryn Harrison

 

Inspired by the long-standing affair between D. H. Lawrence’s German wife and an Italian peasant, Lady Chatterley’s Lover follows the intense passions of Constance Chatterley....


Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

"Great Expectations" is the story of the orphan Pip, writing about his life (and attempting to become a gentleman along the way). "Great Expectations" was widely popular and was riddled with many of the themes...


Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories

by Herman Melville

If Melville had never written Moby Dick, his place in world literature would be assured by his short tales. "Billy Budd, Sailor," his last work, is the masterpiece in which he delivers the final summation in...


Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Jules Verne & Kim Stanley Robinson

The intrepid Professor Lindenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth’s very core. In his quest to penetrate the planet’s...


Short Stories (Illustrated)

by Alexander Pushkin

Five short stories by Alexander Pushkin collected under the title The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin: The Shot, The Snowstorm, The Coffin-Maker, The Postmaster, An Amateur Peasant Girl. They were created...


In Search of Lost Time, Complete & Unabridged (Volumes 1 to 7)

by Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff & Stephen Hudson

Graham Greene called Proust the "greatest novelist of the 20th century", and W. Somerset Maugham called this novel the "greatest fiction to date". Proust died before he was able to complete his revision of the...


The Bostonians

by Henry James

First published in 1886, The Bostonians is one of James' wittiest social satires. It begins with the arrival in Boston of Basil Ransom, in search of a career. The book turns on the relationship between Ransom,...


The Innocents Abroad

by Mark Twain

The Innocents Abroad is a travel book by American author Mark Twain which humorously chronicles his travels on board the chartered vessel Quaker City through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of American...


The Woman in White

by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White is credited with being the first of the sensation novels, and one of the finest examples of the genre. A young woman's husband defrauds her of her fortune, her identity and eventually her...


Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in two parts, each resoundingly popular and receiving critical acclaim. The novel follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, from childhood into...


The Kama Sutra

by Vatsyayana

Considered the definitive Hindu work on sexual relations, Vatsyayana's ancient text explores the link between sexuality and spirituality.


A Journey to the Interior of the Earth

by Jules Verne

A Journey to the Center of the Earth, also translated as A Journey to the Interior of the Earth, follows a man, his nephew and their guide down an Icelandic volcano into the center of the earth. There they encounter...


A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's classic tale of two couples who can't quite pair up to everyone's satisfaction. Demetrius and Lysander love Hermia. Hermia loves Lysander but has been promised to Demetrius...


Oliver Twist: Or the Parish Boy's Progress

by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist is born an orphan and grows up handed from bad position to worse. Eventually he ends up in the London street gang run by Fagin, who attempts to blacken the boy's pure soul in his service. Through...


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz chronicles the adventure of Dorothea in the land of Oz. A cyclone picks her up from her Kansas home, where she lives with her aunt and uncle, and deposits her in the fantastical land....


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving

In a secluded Dutch settlement in New York, two men vie for the hand of a wealthy farmer's daughter. Ichabod Crane, the superstitious schoolmaster is one of those men. One night, when walking home from the farmer's...


20,000 Leagues under the Sea

by Jules Verne

Jules Verne's classic science fiction story Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea tells the great tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. In 1866 a strange and unknown sea monster is sighted by ships...


The Idiot

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A Russian prince returns to Saint Petersburg after a long absence in Switzerland, where he was undergoing treatment for epilepsy. On the train he meets and befriends a man of low origins. This man becomes the...