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The Red One: And Other Stories

by Jack London

Though most of Jack London's novels and short stories fall firmly into the action-adventure category, the prolific author occasionally ventured into other genres, as well. Although "The Red One," like many of...


East of Suez: A Play in Seven Scenes

by W. Somerset Maugham

This play by prolific British author W. Somerset Maugham delves deeper into several subjects that preoccupied Maugham throughout his literary career: the way that our external environment can shape our personalities...


The Figure in the Carpet

by Henry James

Like many of Henry James' short stories, "The Figure in the Carpet" revolves around an artist whose body of work hides a deeper meaning and several other characters who bear the heavy burden of a momentous secret....


The Real Thing

by Henry James

This perfectly wrought little tale of a painter struggling with his muse brings together a number of the most important themes that renowned American writer Henry James returned to again and again in his work...


The American

by Henry James

The American by renowned novelist Henry James offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the differences -- and, though less pronounced -- the similarities between American culture and European culture. Regarded...


Children of the Frost

by Jack London

American journalist and action-adventure writer Jack London had a life-long fascination with the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, and he brings his extensive research and first-hand experience in...


The House in the Mist: And the Ruby and the Caldron

by Anna Katherine Green

Settle in for a creepy read from the remarkable mind of expert mystery writer Anna Katherine Green. In "The House in the Mist," a road-weary traveler happens upon a beautiful house in the woods and, thinking...


The House of the Whispering Pines

by Anna Katherine Green

A posh clubhouse deserted for the winter is the scene of a chilling crime in The House of the Whispering Pines, a mystery masterpiece from early detective fiction pioneer Anna Katherine Green. When the local...


X Y Z: A Detective Story

by Anna Katherine Green

Looking for a satisfying, meticulously plotted mystery with which to while away an afternoon? Look no further than "X Y Z," a short story from one of the most influential early writers in the genre, Anna Katherine...


The Beast in the Jungle

by Henry James

Regarded as one of Henry James' finest works, the short story "The Beast in the Jungle" centers around protagonist John Marcher and his seemingly bizarre phobia -- a pervasive sense of doom that prevents him...


The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow

by Anna Katherine Green

Groundbreaking mystery writer Anna Katherine Green is regarded as one of the most important early innovators in the genre and one of the most procedurally and scientifically accurate of most early detective...


The Amethyst Box: And Other Stories

by Anna Katherine Green

Amazingly, Anna Katherine Green turned to writing detective fiction out of desperation after her poetry failed to earn much in the way of either recognition or compensation. The Amethyst Box is a fine example...


The Circular Study

by Anna Katherine Green

An early innovator in the detective fiction genre, author Anna Katherine Green gained acclaim for her careful attention to detail and accuracy. However, as she gained confidence as a writer, she also broke ground...


The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge

by Arthur Conan Doyle

When you've got a hankering for classic detective fiction, only the very best will do. "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" is one of the original Sherlock Holmes tales penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but this...


Youth: A Narrative

by Joseph Conrad

Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad's novels and short stories usually involve grizzled sailors past their prime battling their inner demons. The story "Youth: A Narrative" represents something of a departure from...


The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

by Arthur Conan Doyle

This ingeniously plotted whodunit from detective fiction master Arthur Conan Doyle will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. In a departure from form, Conan Doyle puts Dr. Watson into the driver's seat...


Louis Lambert

by Honore de Balzac

There's no debate over the fact that philosophers and thinkers have profoundly shaped and influenced human civilization. But how does this transformation take place at the level of the individual? That's the...


Romeo and Juliet Complete Text with Extras

by William Shakespeare

These violent delights have violent ends

And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,

Which, as they kiss, consume.

When Romeo first lays eyes on the bewitching Juliet, it's love at first sight. But though...


The Magic of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Whether you're a longtime fan of the Oz series or a newcomer who was lured to the juvenile fantasy genre by more recent fare like the remarkably popular Harry Potter series, The Magic of Oz is sure to delight...


Glinda of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Generations of cinema fans and fantasy readers have been charmed by the altruism and sage advice of Glinda the Good Witch in L. Frank Baum's Oz series. This novel, the fourteenth in the series and the last penned...