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What Dreams May Come: A Romance

by Gertrude Atherton

Originally published in the late nineteenth century, this novel was initially overlooked by critics, but it is now regarded as an early classic in the genre of fantasy fiction. Struck by a dizzying thunderbolt...


Rezanov

by Gertrude Atherton

Many of Gertrude Atherton's novels are set in her native state of California and feature gutsy, headstrong heroines. In Rezanov, a high-ranking Russian official travels to California and is blown over by his...


The Sisters-in-Law: A Novel of Our Time

by Gertrude Atherton

Fans of Gertrude Atherton's California series of novels and stories will want to add The Sisters-in-Law to their must-read list. This tale focuses on a young woman named Alexina and her amusing exploits in turn-of-the-century...


Words for the Wise

by T. S. Arthur

American author Timothy Shaw Arthur gained widespread acclaim in the nineteenth century by penning a series of stories with strong moral themes. The collection Words for the Wise brings together a number of...


The Doomswoman: An Historical Romance of Old California

by Gertrude Atherton

This refreshingly innovative take on the age-old theme of star-crossed lovers is set during the period when Mexico and the U.S. were warring over the control of California. The lovely Doña Chonita is loyal...


The Valiant Runaways

by Gertrude Atherton

Though originally intended for younger audiences, The Valiant Runaways is a rip-roaring action-adventure tale that will ensnare the interest of readers of all ages. Roldan Castanada is a young man who has strong...


Senator North

by Gertrude Atherton

This exhaustively researched historical novel presents a rich, three-dimensional representation of the late nineteenth-century politics in the United States. The focal point of the novel is Senator North, a...


A Daughter of the Vine: The Randolphs of Redwood

by Gertrude Atherton

In this emotionally engaging and richly detailed multi-generational epic, author Gertrude Atherton uses her own family history as a lens through which to trace the evolution of the fictional Randolph family,...


A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel A Distinguished Provincial at Paris is the second volume of Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions trilogy. In it, Balzac masterfully revisits one of his most commonly called-upon themes: the harsh realization...


Eve and David

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel Eve and David is the third entry in Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions trilogy, which in turn is part of his larger novel cycle, The Human Comedy. The story focuses on a pair of earnest, good-hearted...


Gobseck

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's sweeping novel cycle The Human Comedy, Gobseck is a novella that recounts the social ascendancy of young Anastasie de Restaud. Born into a wealthy family, Anastasie marries...


Ferragus

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

A heartbroken cavalry officer, Auguste de Maulincour, is strolling through a rather seedy section of Paris when he happens to spot the object of his unrequited love, a married young woman named Clemence. Even...


The Hated Son

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

The novella "The Hated Son" is a section from French writer Honore de Balzac's multi-volume masterwork, The Human Comedy. Set in the late 1500s and early 1600s, the tale follows a newly married woman who is...


The Jealousies of a Country Town: Les Rivalites

by Honore de Balzac, Katharine Prescott Wormeley & Ellen Marriage

This collection of loosely interwoven tales puts the unique talents of French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac on full display. In each, Balzac delves deeply into the eccentric characters and quaint...


Half-Hours with the Idiot

by John Kendrick Bangs

Part of John Kendrick Bangs' beloved Idiot series, based around the exaggerated exploits of the eponymous antihero, this collection features the Idiot's opinions on a number of diverse topics, including women,...


Mr. Bonaparte of Corsica

by John Kendrick Bangs

American author John Kendrick Bangs carved out a unique niche for himself in the literary pantheon by penning dozens of satirical works focusing on historical figures. In the ersatz biography Mr. Bonaparte of...


A Rebellious Heroine

by John Kendrick Bangs

Prolific novelist Stuart Harley has published many books, but wealth and popular acclaim have continued to elude him. In an attempt to help him secure his fortune, Harley's publisher recommends that he write...


The Enchanted Typewriter

by John Kendrick Bangs

American writer John Kendrick Bangs was an innovator who removed the ponderous solemnity from the typical ghost story and replaced it with his own trademark wit and imagination. The Enchanted Typewriter is part...


In the Midst of Alarms

by Robert Barr

In the late 1860s, typically peaceable Canada found itself under attack. The invaders were members of the Fenian Brotherhood, an Irish Republican group based in the U.S. In a series of raids that occurred over...


Jennie Baxter, Journalist

by Robert Barr

This charming mystery from Scottish-Canadian author Robert Barr focuses on the adventures of plucky, pretty journalist Jennie Baxter. Said to be based in part on the journalistic crusader Nellie Bly, Jennie...