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Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories

by Ambrose Bierce

Some of the best of ghost stories from Ambrose Bierce, including: Present at a hanging, A cold greeting, A Wireless Message, An Arrest, A Man with Two Lives, The Isle of Pines, A Vine on a House, The Spook House,...


The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

by James Hogg

Gripping tale of murder, madness, and demonic possession traces a young man's crime spree in 18th-century Scotland and the influence of his sinister companion, who may not actually exist.


In Secret: A Novel (Movie Tie-In)

by Emile Zola & Edward Vizetelly

Emile Zola's story of adultery, murder, and madness—soon to be a major motion picture starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica LangeIn a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is...


Once a Jailbird: A Novel

by Hans Fallada

For Willi Kufult, prison life means staying out of trouble, keeping his cell clean, snagging a precious piece of tobacco, and dreaming of the day of his release.

Then he gets out.

As Willi tries to make a new...


Faith and the Good Thing: A Novel

by Charles Johnson

Faith Cross, a beautiful and purely innocent young black woman, is told by her dying mother to go and get herself "a good thing." Thus begins an extraordinary pilgrim's progress that takes Faith from the magic...


Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

This story of class conflict in Victorian England serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: • A concise introduction...


Cannery Row: (Centennial Edition)

by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependant on one another for both physical and emotional survivalPublished in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life...


Les Misérables

by Victor Hugo, Julie Rose & Adam Gopnik

Sensational, dramatic, packed with rich excitement and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, LES MISERABLES is not only superb adventure but a powerful social document. The story of how the convict...


The Metamorphosis: And Other Stories

by Franz Kafka & Stanley Corngold

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold

Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself...


Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes

The Complete Novels and Stories

Volume I

Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional...


Three Lives

by Gertrude Stein

In her first publication, Stein invests the lives of three average women with extraordinary insights into race, sex, gender, and other feminist issues that were clearly ahead of their time.


Short Stories

by Edith Wharton

Includes 7 superbly crafted tales of love and marriage, divorce and other topics: "Souls Belated," "The Pelican," "The Muse's Tragedy," "Expiation," "The Dilettante," "Xingu," and "The Other Two."


Short Stories

by Louisa May Alcott

Five poignant tales based in part on the author's experiences as a nurse during the Civil War: "Obtaining Supplies," "A Night," "My Contraband," "Happy Women," and "How I Went Out to Service."


Les Liaisons Dangereuses: or Letters Collected in a Private Society and Published for the Instruction of Others

by Choderlos de Laclos & Ernest Dowson

Daring, original, and highly erotic, this 18th-century novel explores the moral ambiguities of love and revenge in a series of letters that chronicle a ruthless game of seduction and betrayal.


Five Great Short Stories

by Anton Chekhov

Masterfully written tales by one of the greatest practitioners of the form. Stories include "The Black Monk," "The House with the Mezzanine," "The Peasants," "Gooseberries," and "The Lady with the Toy Dog."


The Prince and the Pauper

by Mark Twain

Two young look-alikes in 16th-century England decide to trade clothes and roles, a situation that drastically alters the lives of both. This timeless tale of transposed identities remains one of Twain's best-loved...


The Heavenly Christmas Tree and Other Stories

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Do we understand the true meaning of Christmas? Dostoyevsky invites us to follow the story of a 6 year old boy trying to survive on a cold winter day. Other stories in this collection include: The Peasant Marey,...


An Honest Thief and Other Stories

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

One day, a stranger enters the apartment and asks for someone who does not live there. He leaves when told to do so but returns the following day and boldly steals a coat from the front hallway. But there is...


Jurgen

by James Branch Cabell & Bob Blaisdell

Witty, compelling fantasy recounts a time-traveler's adventures through a supernatural dreamscape, his romances with famous women, and his confrontations with God and the Devil. Thirteen full-page illustrations...


Three Tales

by Gustave Flaubert & Arthur McDowall

This trio of short stories by the author of Madame Bovary consists of "A Simple Heart," "The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller," and "Herodias." Translated by Arthur McDowall.