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Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment

by Edward Bellamy

What if you were wrongfully accused of a crime, and your growing anxiety about the mix-up served only to make your accusers more certain of your guilt? That's the fate that befalls the unlucky protagonist of...


A Great Man: A Frolic

by Arnold Bennett

British author Arnold Bennett was well acquainted with the ups and downs of literary acclaim. In the witty romp A Great Man, he brings his personal experiences to bear in telling the tale of Henry Knight, a...


The Altar Fire

by Arthur Christopher Benson

The British author Arthur Christopher Benson was never content to fall back on the typical narrative structure when it came to his novels, and The Altar Fire is definitely no exception. In a series of letters,...


The Isles of Sunset

by Arthur Christopher Benson

Ironically, the tales of fantasy and the supernatural collected in the volume The Isles of Sunset, which would become some of Arthur Christopher Benson's best-known work, were probably never intended for publication....


Birds of Prey

by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Popular Victorian-era writer Mary Elizabeth Braddon offers up another engrossing thriller with Birds of Prey, the prequel to Charlotte's Inheritance. Faced with the failure of his newly established London practice,...


The Song of the Lark

by Willa Cather

This is the second novel in Cather's acclaimed Prairie Trilogy. Ambitious young musician Thea Kronborg courageously leaves behind everything she knows in order to give her artistic career a shot in the big city....


Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo & Isabel F. Hapgood

Book lovers of all ages owe it to themselves to conquer this masterwork of nineteenth-century fiction from Victor Hugo, also author of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. One hundred and fifty years after the original...


Alton of Somasco

by Harold Bindloss

Though he was born and died in England, Harold Bindloss spent much of his youth traveling the world, and he was particularly enamored of the forests of Canada, where he would later set many of his Western novels....


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham

Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius.

Charles Strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege.  He...


Germinal

by Emile Zola

Germinal is the thirteenth novel in Émile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Translated by Havelock Ellis (1859-1939). Often considered Zola's masterpiece and one of the most significant novels...


A Month in the Country

by J. L. Carr

This great story explores themes of England's loss of spirituality after the war, and of happiness, melancholy, as the protagonist Birkin recalls healing from wartime experiences and a broken marriage.


The Brandons: A Virago Modern Classic

by Angela Thirkell

Lavinia Brandon is quite the loveliest widow in Barsetshire, blessed with beauty and grace, as well as two handsome grown-up children, Delia and Francis. So thinks their cousin Hilary Grant when he comes to...


Summer Half: A Virago Modern Classic

by Angela Thirkell

To his parents' dismay, Colin Keith - out of the noble but misplaced sense of duty peculiar to high-minded young university graduates - chooses to quit his training for the Bar and take a teaching job at Southbridge...


La Sainte Courtisane or The Woman Covered with Jewels

by Oscar Wilde

Intent on seducing a Christian man, Honorius, who lives in seclusion in the desert, Myrrhina, a noblewoman and famed temptress, travels to Honorius’s retreat in pursuit of him.

La Sainte Courtisane was nearly...


A Florentine Tragedy

by Oscar Wilde

A rich merchant, Simone, discovers that his wife, Bianca, is having an affair with a prince named Guido Bardi. Incensed by the indignity visited upon him by the prince, Simone challenges his rival to a duel....


Vera, or The Nihilists

by Oscar Wilde

After becoming involved with the Nihilist movement and being trained as an assassin, Vera falls in love with Alexis, another member of the group. But Vera soon finds out that the truth about Alexis puts the...


The Duchess of Padua

by Oscar Wilde

A young man known as Guido is set upon revenge, planning to murder the duke of Padua, who murdered Guido’s father years before. However, Guido soon finds that he has fallen in love with the duke’s wife,...


Salomé

by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s adaptation of the biblical story delves into Salome’s character and motivations when she requests the head of John the Baptist as a reward after dancing the dance of the seven veils. To her...


A Woman of No Importance

by Oscar Wilde

The expectations and inequalities of the British upper-class are brought to the forefront when Mrs. Arbuthnot is forced to set her impeccable reputation aside for the sake of an important opportunity presented...


Lady Windermere's Fan

by Oscar Wilde

When Lady Windermere begins to suspect her husband of infidelity, she confronts him, accusing him of having an affair with a woman known as Mrs. Erlynne. Lord Windermere denies her accusations, but the true...