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The Woman in White

by Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins's classic thriller took the world by storm on its first appearance in 1859, with everything from dances to perfumes to dresses named in honor of the "woman in white."  The novel's continuing...


Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this powerful play that explores sexual hypocrisy and questions morality at all levels of society. This volume also...


The Sonnets and Other Poems

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Shakespeare became famous as a dazzling poet before most people even knew that he wrote plays. His sonnets are the English language’s most extraordinary anatomy of love in all its dimensions–desire and despair,...


The Riddle of the Sands

by Erskine Childers

Described by Ken Follett as "the first modern thriller", The Riddle of the Sands is the best-known sailing narrative and a true classic. It was recently ranked 37th in The Observer’s list of the 100 Greatest...


Selected Stories of Anton Chekov

by Anton Chekhov, Larissa Volokhonsky & Richard Pevear

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched...


Twilight Sleep

by Edith Wharton

Out of print for several decades, here is Edith Wharton's superb satirical novel of the Jazz Age, a critically praised best-seller when it was first published in 1927. Sex, drugs, work, money, infatuation with...


Pamela, Or Virtue Rewarded

by Samuel Richardson

For a fascinating glimpse into eighteenth-century morals and values, take a look at Samuel Richardson's Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded. A blockbuster of a bestseller in its day, Pamela recounts the tribulations...


The Holy War: The Losing and Taking Again of the Town of Mansoul (Made by King Shaddai Upon Diabolus, to Regain the Metropolis of the World)

by John Bunyan

Lively battle scenes and profound theological truths, all wrapped up into one fascinating and engaging package. Dive into John Bunyan's long-form allegory The Holy War for a glimpse into timeless insights about...


The House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton

The House of Mirth is an uncompromising depiction of 19th-century New York society. Lily Bart is a society lady who is unwilling to marry for love, but equally unwilling to marry as society dictates. She sabotages...


American Notes: For General Circulation

by Charles Dickens

Explore nineteenth-century America through the pen of one of the most celebrated authors of all time, Charles Dickens. American Notes is a detailed travelogue of Dickens' 1842 tour of North America, and in it,...


Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

by Lew Wallace

Published in 1880, Ben-Hur is a fictionalization of the events of Christ's life, beginning with the Nativity and ending with the Crucifixion. The story uses a parallel structure to simultaneously explore the...


Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution

by Rafael Sabatini

Scaramouche is a swashbuckling romantic adventure set during the French Revolution. A young lawyer becomes enmeshed in political turmoil, and goes into hiding as an actor with a traveling commedia dell'arte...


The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence is an intimate portrayal of East Coast American society in the 19th century--and the human lives that came into conflict with it. Newland Archer is heir to one of New York City's first families,...


Ivanhoe

by Sir Walter Scott

Lose yourself in a masterpiece of historical fiction. Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe explores the plight of early Britain in the aftermath of the Norman conquest. Courageous warrior Wilfred of Ivanhoe, estranged...


Babbitt

by Sinclair Lewis

Babbitt is the middle-class, average-American protagonist of this novel. Though he conforms to society and attempts to scale the social ladder, Babbit gradually becomes dissatisfied with the American Dream....


The Railway Children

by E. Nesbit

When their father is taken away by strangers, the lives of three children are altered forever. They move with their mother to a cottage by a railway. The railway becomes their playground, and they befriend the...


The Heir of Redclyffe

by Charlotte Mary Yonge

Sir Guy Morville lives his Christian values in everything he does, in order to overcome his inherited temper and willfulness. He comes under the guardianship of the Edmonstone family, and as he works his way...


Nightmare Abbey

by Thomas Love Peacock

Nightmare Abbey is a satirical novel, poking fun at the morbid obsessions of romantic literature. Peacock also took the opportunity to caricature and pillory actual historical figures. It centers around the...


Armadale

by Wilkie Collins

If you can't get enough of classic British mystery novels, dive into this spine-tingling tale of mistaken identity penned by Wilkie Collins, the author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone. The tale, told...


The New Revelation

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of Britain's most celebrated writers with his invention of the ultimate detective, Sherlock Holmes, completely altering the crime-fiction genre of the late 19th century. As well...