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The Belton Estate

by Anthony Trollope

Although his literary reputation has waxed and waned over the years, Anthony Trollope's work has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years, and may prominent writers and thinkers are professed fans....


Behind a Mask: Or, A Woman's Power

by Louisa May Alcott

Though best known for the lighthearted look at family life and sisterly relationships in Little Women, some of Louisa May Alcott's work touched on more socially significant themes. Behind a Mask, Or a Woman's...


The Golden Lion of Granpere

by Anthony Trollope

This stirring portrait of a nineteenth-century French farming family is a must-read for fans of emotionally resonant historical fiction. Written by Anthony Trollope, known for his keen insight into the sweeping...


The Marquise de Brinvillier: Celebrated Crimes

by Alexandre Dumas

Craving a top-notch true crime novel from the distant past? Curl up with this masterpiece from Alexandre Dumas, who is regarded as one of the critical favorites in the historical fiction genre. The Marquise...


The Lodger

by Maire Belloc Lowndes

If you like your detective fiction with a strong psychological component and a continental flair, try The Lodger by Maire Belloc Lowndes. Used as the basis for one of Alfred Hitchcock's early silent films, the...


Moon of Israel

by H. Rider Haggard

Though he was best known as a writer of fantastic action-adventure tales, including the Allan Quatermain series from which the modern-day Indiana Jones films drew inspiration, H. Rider Haggard also worked in...


Under the Greenwood Tree: Or the Mellstock Quire: a Rural Painting of the Dutch School

by Thomas Hardy

Known for such novels as Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy delves deeper into the genre of historical romance in this stirring portrait of the various entanglements and amorous...


The Last Galley: Impressions and Tales

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle was a master of the detective story, but his literary prowess did not begin and end with the whodunit. This volume collects a wide array of the author's short works of fiction, spanning virtually...


Blight

by Noel McCready

In a mud cabin near Skibbereen, Brigid Doherty, a mother expecting her fifth child, lies on trodden earth. The baby is stillborn. Potato blight's pungent smell lingers in the autumn air. The plight of the Doherty...


The Brethren

by H. Rider Haggard

Revered by fans as a master of the action-adventure genre, Henry Rider Haggard's books are rip-roaring yarns in the classic sense of the term. Although many of his novels are set in far-flung locales, The Brethren...


Mr. Crewe's Career

by Winston Churchill

Think that the problem of large corporations exercising undue influence in the political sphere is a recent phenomenon? If so, think again. Mr. Crewe's Career, an eye-opening historical novel set in the early...


The Nebuly Coat

by J. Meade Falkner

Settle in for a juicy and well-wrought historical mystery in J. Meade Falkner's The Nebuly Coat. Edward Westray, a young architect, is dispatched to a remote village in southwest England to work on a complex...


Materfamilias

by Ada Cambridge

Drawing on her own life experiences as a young, independent bride who struck out for Australia at a tender age, author Ada Cambridge creates a gripping historical novel in Materfamilias. Protagonist Polly is...


An Unofficial Patriot

by Helen H. Gardener

Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this tightly plotted tale from author Helen H. Gardener. An Unofficial Patriot follows the ups and downs of a Southern-born clergyman, Griffith Davenport, as he makes his...


The Maid-at-Arms

by Robert W. Chambers

The follow-up to Chambers' remarkably popular bestseller Cardigan, The Maid-at-Arms begins a century after America's Revolutionary War has been settled. The young nation has forgotten the struggles of its birth...


Cardigan

by Robert W. Chambers

This classic tale of bravery in the face of almost unimaginable odds is a must-read for fans of historical fiction with a strong action-adventure bent. Intrepid protagonist Michael Cardigan has a steadfast belief...


John Burnet of Barns: A Romance

by John Buchan

In this epic tale of a family torn asunder by a long-lasting feud, renowned action-adventure author John Buchan spins an engrossing account of two cousins locked in conflict -- and the horrible toll that their...


The Magnificent Adventure: Being the Story of the World's Greatest Exploration and the Romance of a Very Gallant Gentleman

by Emerson Hough

Eccentric pioneer lawyer Emerson Hough made his literary mark as a writer of classic Western tales, but some of his most critically acclaimed works are fictionalized accounts of key events in American history....


The Day of the Beast

by Zane Grey

Though Zane Grey is best remembered as a writer of Westerns, the prolific novelist also tackled social issues in a series of books chronicling World War I. In The Day of the Beast, protagonist Daren Lane returns...


The Man Who Laughs: L'Homme Qui Rit

by Victor Hugo

Moving away from the explicitly political content of his previous novels, Victor Hugo turns to social commentary in The Man Who Laughs, an 1869 work that was made into a popular film in the 1920s. The plot deals...