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The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays by modern standards. Hinging on the courtship between the arrogant Petruchio and the "shrew" of the title Katherina, it is unclear...


The Communist Manifesto

by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Using the authorized English translation, edited and annotated by Engels, this edition features an extensive and provocative introduction by historian Martin Malia.


In Morocco

by Edith Wharton

American novelist and designer Edith Wharton traveled to Morocco after the end of World War I. Morocco is her account of her time there as the guest of General Hubert Lyautey. Her account praises Lyautey and...


Following the Equator

by Mark Twain

Following Twain's failed investment into a revolutionary typesetting machine he makes an attempt to extricate himself from huge debt by undertaking a tour of the British Empire, a route chosen to provide numerous...


Roughing It

by Mark Twain

Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West. He travels with his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west. Twain...


The Rise of Silas Lapham

by William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells' 1885 novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham tells the story of its protagonist's materialistic aspirations; his rise from rags to riches. Despite making a fortune in business, Silas feels he lacks...


Rob Roy

by Sir Walter Scott

Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy follows a young Englishman, Frank Osbaldistone, to Scotland, where he travels to retrieve a debt. The story is set during the 1715 Jacobite Rising, and Frank becomes embroiled in...


The Last Man

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, wrote the apocalyptic novel The Last Man in 1826. Its first person narrative tells the story of our world standing at the end of the twenty-first century and - after...


Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy's final novel Jude the Obscure explores notions of class, religion, marriage and modernization through its protagonist Jude Fawley, a working-class man who dreams of being a scholar. Provocative...


The Female Quixote: Or, The Adventures of Arabella

by Charlotte Lennox

The Female Quixote completely inverts the adventures of Don Quixote. While the latter mistook himself for the hero of a Romance, Arabella believes she is the fair maiden. She believes she can fell a hero with...


The Way We Live Now

by Anthony Trollope

The Way We Live Now is a satirical novel by Anthony Trollope. In it he lashes out at the political, financial, commercial and moral dishonesty of the age, inspired particularly by the financial scandals of the...


Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River

by Joseph Conrad

A young Dutch trader, Kaspar Almayer, marries Captain Lingard's adopted Malay daughter in the hopes of one day inheriting the captain's wealth. He moves to Borneo to run Lingard's trading post there, but while...


The Swiss Family Robinson

by Johann David Wyss

The Swiss Family Robinson tells the story of a Swiss family who are shipwrecked in the East Indies. First published in 1812, Johann David Wyss intended the novel to teach his sons family values and and self-reliance....


Tom Sawyer, Detective

by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer, Detective follows Twain's popular novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Tom Sawyer Abroad. In this novel, Tom turns detective, trying to solve a murder. Twain...


The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

by H. G. Wells

H.G. Wells' 1897 science fiction novella The Invisible Man tells the story of a scientist named Griffin who theory is this: if the refractive index of a person's body is adjusted to exactly that of air, then...


The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

by Henry Fielding

The foundling Tom Jones is found on the property of a benevolent, wealthy landowner. Tom grows up to be a vigorous, kind-hearted young man, whose love of his neighbor's well-born daughter brings class friction...


Joy: A Play on the Letter I, in Three Acts

by John Galsworthy

Joy: A Play on the Letter I, in Three Acts is a play by the Nobel Prize winning English writer John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933), best known for The Forsyte Saga and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter...


The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is an example of Conrad's later political writing, which moved away from his earlier, seafaring tales. The spy Mr. Verloc moves through London where he encounters anarchism, terrorism...


The Magic Story

by Frederick Van Rensselaer Day

The runaway bestseller "The Magic Story" was first published in 1900 in "Success Magazine". It has been constantly in print ever since. Those who read this parable are fabled to live a charmed life and enjoy...


Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave, A True Story

by Aphra Behn

The bestselling story by a legendary female writer--a tale of love, slavery, and rebellion.

When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast...