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The Bobbsey Twins: Or, Merry Days Indoors and Out

by Laura Lee Hope

The Bobbsey Twins series set the mark for juvenile fiction in the early twentieth century, and was almost single-handedly responsible for the genre's skyrocketing popularity during that era. This early entrant...


100%: The Story of a Patriot

by Upton Sinclair

Prolific author and political activist Upton Sinclair throws the upheaval of the early twentieth century into sharp relief in 100%: The Story of a Patriot. In a matter of instants, a bomb blast transmutes Peter...


King Coal

by Upton Sinclair

In 1906, Upton Sinclair shocked the world with his gritty expose of the American meatpacking industry, The Jungle, ushering in a new era of unflinchingly realistic fiction in the process. A decade later, Sinclair...


The Moneychangers

by Upton Sinclair

The more things change, the more they stay the same. One wouldn't think that many of the problems and practices that almost brought the financial industry to the point of destruction over a century ago would...


They Call Me Carpenter: A Tale of the Second Coming

by Upton Sinclair

What would happen if Jesus Christ paid a visit to California in the early twentieth century? That's exactly what transpires in this thought-provoking tale from Upton Sinclair, author of the renowned meatpacking...


Moscow: A Story of the French Invasion of 1812

by Fred Whishaw

Born in Russia to British parents, Fred Whishaw's family returned to England soon after his birth. However, at age 16, Whishaw decided to reacquaint himself with his country of origin and struck out for St....


Love After Marriage: And Other Stories of the Heart

by Caroline Lee Hentz

A prominent and somewhat controversial literary figure during her lifetime, Caroline Lee Hentz was an American educator and writer who began producing impressive stories and plays when barely in her teens. After...


A Case in Camera

by Oliver Onions

Later in his career, the novelist who worked under the pen name Oliver Onions turned his focus to ghost stories and tales of the supernatural. However, his early work spanned a number of genres, including historical...


Guy Kenmore's Wife and the Rose and the Lily

by Alexander McVeigh Miller

One of the most popular mass-market fiction writers of the late nineteenth century, American author Alexander McVeigh Miller (who often used her husband's name as a pen name) became well-known for her mastery...


The Bride of the Tomb and Queenies Terrible Secret

by Alexander McVeigh Miller

If you're looking for non-stop action paired with over-the-top melodrama, dive into the pair of potboilers collected in The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie's Terrible Secret. In the first story, hours before her...


Dainty's Cruel Rivals: The Fatal Birthday

by Alexander McVeigh Miller

Although it's hard to tell by her pen name, this popular writer of mystery novels was a woman, and she was enormously successful in her era. Miller is best known for a series of high-drama mysteries imbued with...


Rainy Week

by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

Accomplished author, poet, essayist, and memoirist Eleanor Hallowell Abbott dabbled in many different genres over the course of her career. Rainy Week is a hilarious, irreverent account of a New England house...


The Rise of David Levinsky

by Abraham Cahan

Born in Lithuania, Abraham Cahan rose to literary acclaim in America as both a journalist and a writer of fiction. In The Rise of David Levinsky, which stands as Cahan's best-known novel, he charts the trials,...


The White Terror and the Red: A Novel of Revolutionary Russia

by Abraham Cahan

Lithuanian-born author, journalist, and activist Abraham Cahan made a name for himself first with his investigative journalism and later with his fiction, much of which focused on the immigrant experience in...


Dust of New York

by Konrad Bercovici

Though born in Romania, writer Konrad Bercovici first gained prominence as a journalist and essayist chronicling life in New York City. This charming collection of stories, observations, and vignettes blurs...


Aftermath

by James Lane Allen

The novel 1894 novel A Kentucky Cardinal was an immediate hit and helped to establish not only the literary reputation of its author, James Lane Allen, but also the "local color" movement in American literature,...


Bride of the Mistletoe

by James Lane Allen

After an initial burst of literary popularity, Kentucky-born author James Lane Allen took an extended break from publishing. After the span of several years, he returned with the short novel Bride of the Mistletoe...


A Cathedral Singer

by James Lane Allen

This uplifting novel penned by prominent Kentucky novelist James Lane Allen reminds readers that the most beautiful things in art and in life are often found in the most unexpected places. Young Ashby Truesdale...


The Doctor's Christmas Eve

by James Lane Allen

In the nineteenth-century rural South, country doctors were often much more than just physicians. They played a part in the personal dramas, important milestones, and life-or-death decisions of virtually every...


A Kentucky Cardinal

by James Lane Allen

Though the American South played an important role in contributing to the country's culture, it wasn't until the mid-nineteenth century that a distinctly Southern literary voice began to emerge. Kentucky-based...