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Pollyanna

by Eleanor H. Porter

The young orphan Pollyanna is sent to live with her stern Aunt in a dour New England town. Refusing to be cast down by her circumstances, Pollyanna begins teaching the town "the glad game", which her father...


Pierre and Jean

by Guy de Maupassant & Clara Bell

Pierre and Jean is a short realist novel by Guy de Maupassant. The relationship of two brothers to each other and to their mother begins to change when a family friend dies and leaves all his money to one brother,...


Wylder's Hand

by Sheridan Le Fanu

Wylder's Hand is a novel from Gothic and mystery writer Sheridan Le Fanu. "There was a little fair-haired child playing on the ground before the steps as I whirled by. The old rector had long passed away; the...


Under Fire

by Henri Barbusse & Fitzwater Wray

Henri Barbusse's Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (in the original French Le Feu: journal d'une escouade) was one of the first novels about World War I. Published at the end of 1916, it was based on Barbusse's...


The World Set Free

by H. G. Wells

The World Set Free is H. G. Wells' prophetic 1914 novel, telling of world war and the advent of nuclear weapons. Although Wells' atomic bombs only have a limited power of explosion, they keep on exploding for...


His Last Bow

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle's His Last Bow collects together eight Sherlock Holmes stories. Originally called Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes and not containing the title story His Last Bow, later editions of this book...


The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories

by Stephen Crane

The best-known work by famed American writer Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage is a compelling exploration of human emotion in the midst of battle. The book is revered for its pioneering style, and it...


The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers, by French writer Alexandre Dumas, was first released in serial form in 1844, a year before Dumas’ publication of The Count of Monte Cristo. The story was an instant success, largely due...


Notes from the Underground

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Notes from the Underground is Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1864 masterpiece following the ranting, slightly unhinged memoir of an isolated, anonymous civil servant. A dramatic monologue in which the narrator leaves himself...


The Beasts of Tarzan

Tarzan #3

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Return of Tarzan is Edgar Rice Burroughs' third novel in the series starring the man raised by apes. First serialized in 1914 in All-Story Cavalier magazine, it was published as a novel in 1916. After marrying...


Willa Cather: Four Great Novels¿O Pioneers!, One of Ours, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia

by Willa Cather & Maureen Howard

This volume contains four great works (O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia, and One of Ours) by the author who created the first autonomous and successful women’s heroes in American literature....


Great Novels of E. M. Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room with a View, Howards End

by E. M. Forster & Louis Auchincloss

A renaissance of E. M. Forster is certainly under way. The success of the many films based upon his novels demonstrates Forster’s appeal to the modern audience and his aptitude for entertaining a mass quantity...


A Raw Youth

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The novel follows the life of Arkady Dolgoruky, a young intellectual, a child of the controversial and womanizing landowner Versilov. A focus of the novel is the recurring conflict between father and son, particularly...


The Enchanted Castle

by Edith Nesbit

Gerald, James and Kathleen, discover an enchanted castle while exploring during the school holidays. The lake, groves and marble statues, make a fairy-tale setting. In the middle of the maze in the garden they...


Daisy Miller

by Henry James

Here is Henry James classic masterpiece, Daisy Miller. Daisy is a youthful, exuberant American girl vacationing in Europe. She typifies the brashness of America-a brashness that clashes with the European society...


Sylvie and Bruno

by Lewis Carroll

Sylvie and Bruno is set in Victorian England and in Fairyland, each setting with their own narrative. The fairytale aspect of the novel is similar to Carroll's Alice stories, but the "real world" narrative is...


The People That Time Forgot

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The People That Time Forgot is the second installment of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Caspak trilogy, set on the the large Antarctic island of Caprona, whose tropical interior is home to prehistoric fauna of all eras....


The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion

by Ford Madox Ford

Opening with the famous line "This is the saddest story I have ever heard", The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion is Ford Madox Ford's 1915 novel. Set at the dawn of World War I, it tells of the lives of two seemingly...


Agnes Grey

by Anne Bronte

A novel that addresses the precarious position of a governess, and how it affected a young woman in that position: some critics, in fact, feel that Agnes Grey deserves the reputation of a 'governess novel' far...


Candide

by Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet wrote under the nom de plume of Voltaire, and produced works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. Candide, a pampered...