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What to Do?

by Leo Tolstoy & Isabel Florence Hapgood

Today, Leo Graf Tolstoy is regarded as one of world's foremost masters of prose. In his lifetime, he was responsible for creating such works of genius as War and Peace and Anna Karenina. In addition to his keen...


The Life of Jonathan Wild the Great

by Henry Fielding

One of the masters of literary satire and humor writing, Henry Fielding takes on true crime in this novel, offering readers a wild ride as tumultuous and twisted as the book's original tongue-twister of a title:...


The Mirror of the Sea

by Joseph Conrad

Although Joseph Conrad achieved acclaim as one of the masters of English-language fiction, his own life story is as fascinating and engaging as Heart of Darkness or Lord Jim. The volume The Mirror of the Sea...


Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery

by William Craft & Ellen Craft

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom details the escape of Ellen and William Craft from slavery in Georgia in the United States. Well publicized at the time, the married couple became celebrities in the abolitionist...


The History of Pendennis

by William Makepeace Thackeray

With an unmatched wit and a keen appreciation for the inanity of social mores, William Makepeace Thackeray provides his own unique spin on the family history genre in The History of Pendennis. Following a young...


Hospital Sketches

by Louisa May Alcott

Although best known as a writer of fiction who produced such classics as Little Women, Louisa May Alcott lived a fascinating life that included a stint as a Civil War nurse. This collection includes several...


Dorothy Wordsworth: The Story of a Sister's Love

by Edmund Lee

William Wordsworth is regarded as one of the most significant figures in the Western literary canon -- but his sister, Dorothy, was a skilled poet and diarist in her own right, as well, though she never sought...


The Retrospect

by Ada Cambridge

Against all odds, English-born Ada Cambridge rose to prominence as a well-known writer and essayist during the 38 years she spent in Australia. This compelling memoir takes a look at her time in both countries;...


Walt Whitman in Mickle Street

by Elizabeth Leavitt Keller

Credited by some as the first truly American poet, Walt Whitman carved out a literary niche all his own with groundbreaking volumes such as Leaves of Grass. This richly detailed biography was written by a nurse,...


Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer: A Record of the Last Years of Frederick Bettesworth

by George Sturt

Despite its humble premise and subject, George Sturt's Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer offers profound insight into a bygone time through the fascinating character of Frederick Bettesworth, a groundskeeper who...


Thirty Years in Australia

by Ada Cambridge

Ada Cambridge had only been married for a few weeks when she set out for Australia with her new husband, a clergyman. Over the next several decades, the two lived and worked in a series of small, relatively...


Biographia Literaria

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1817 work Biographia Literaria is an autobiography in discourse; loosely structured and non-linear, the work is meditative and contains numerous philosophical essays. Initially criticized...


South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition, 1914-1917

by Ernest Henry Shackleton

When Sir Henry Ernest Shackleton was beaten to the South Pole in 1912, he decided to trek across the continent via the pole instead. Before his ship even reached the continent it was crushed in pack ice. Shackleton...


Hero Tales from American History

by Henry Cabot Lodge & Theodore Roosevelt

Who needs tall tales, legends, and myths when the turmoil and tribulation that resulted in the birth of the United States is chock-full of inspiring deeds and triumphs? In this volume, noted historian and statesman...


In the Shadow of Sacrifice: Thoughts on Life and Success

by Howard Calhoun

In the Shadow of Sacrifice shows by example how to minimize the significance of life's challenges by presenting them as necessary ingredients to a strong and healthy development. The book reveals the impoverished...


March to Magdala

by G. A. Henty

Later in his career, author G. A. Henty would become world-famous for his gripping action-adventure novels. However, in this, one of his earliest publications, Henty provides a thrilling first-person account...


The World I Live In

by Helen Keller

In her earlier works, Helen Keller described the details of the early illness that left her deaf and blind, and in the prevailing opinion of the day, unable to be educated, as well as the methods that were eventually...


The Story of the Outlaw: A Study of Western Desperado

by Emerson Hough

Though born in Iowa, author Emerson Hough moved to rural New Mexico and practiced as a frontier lawyer there for many years. Along the way, he met some very interesting characters, including many of the Wild...


The Borgias: Celebrated Crime

by Alexandre Dumas

Nobody has ever detailed history's most ruthless rulers and tyrants with as much flair and passion as French writer Alexandre Dumas. This gripping exposition of the Borgias, the Italian clan that earned notoriety...


Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others

by Stacy Horn

For Stacy Horn, regardless of what is going on in the world or her life, singing in an amateur choir-the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York-never fails to take her to a place where hope reigns and everything...