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Pudd'nhead Wilson

by Mark Twain

At the beginning of Pudd'nhead Wilson a young slave woman, fearing for her infant's son's life, exchanges her light-skinned child with her master's.  From this rather simple premise Mark Twain fashioned one...


O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather

One of America’s greatest women writers, Willa Cather established her talent and her reputation with this extraordinary novel—the first of her books set on the Nebraska frontier. A tale of the prairie land...


Treasure Island: Classic Literature Easy to Read

by Robert Louis Stevenson

This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into 10 illustrated chapters.


Moll Flanders

by Daniel Defoe

Written in a time when criminal biographies enjoyed great success, Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders details the life of the irresistible Moll and her struggles through poverty and sin in search of property and...


Mary Stuart

by Stefan Zweig, Eden and Cedar and Cedar Paul & Eden Paul

Mary Stuart Queen of Scots, Queen of France and a claimant to the throne of England, was condemned for treason and executed at the age of forty-four. A potential threat to the stability of the English Crown,...


A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

"Bah Humbug!" That's how Ebeneezer Scrooge feels about Christmas--until the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future decide to show the crotchety old miser the error of his ways. Together they travel through...


Tess of the d'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy

        

Etched against the background of a dying rural society, Tess of the d'Urbervilles was Thomas Hardy's "bestseller," and Tess Durbeyfield remains his most striking and tragic heroine. Of all the...


Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

“Facts alone are wanted in life.” The children at Mr. Gradgrind’s school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. The effects of Gradgrind’s teaching...


Early African-American Classics

by Anthony Appiah

This essential one-volume collection brings together some of the most influential and significant works by African-American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included herein are such classics...


The Autobiography and Other Writings

by Benjamin Franklin

This authoritative Bantam Classic edition presents readers with a wide-ranging selection of Benjamin Franklin’s most important writings, illuminating the complex and appealing character of this quintessential...


The Tell-Tale Heart

by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The...


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

by Victor Hugo

In the dark world of medieval Paris, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral heroically fights to save the life of a beautiful Gypsy girl about to be unjustly executed. Told with simple vocabulary and...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick is one of the great epics in all of literature. Captain Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's meditations on whales and whaling, on the sublime...


The Prince and the Pauper

by Mark Twain

Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, The Prince and the Pauper is a delightful satire of England’s romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparks the...


Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #7

by C.E. Lawrence, Arthur Conan Doyle & Marvin Kaye

The seventh issue of "Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine" is another fine selection of tales about Sherlock Holmes, or in the Sherlockian spirit.

Fiction:

The Dead House, by Bruce Kilstein

A Letter from Legrand,...


The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read and admired, The Awakening has...


The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The story of an unhappy little girl, her invalid cousin, and the healing power of friendship and love. Reading level: 4.8.  

From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Aeneid of Virgil

by Virgil & Allen Mandelbaum

Aeneas flees the ashes of Troy to found the city of Rome and change forever the course of the Western world--as literature as well.  Virgil's Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic of arms and...


The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

by Oscar Wilde

Flamboyant and controversial, Oscar Wilde was a dazzling personality, a master of wit, and a dramatic genius whose sparkling comedies contain some of the most brilliant dialogue ever written for the English...


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain & Gary Paulsen

The great American writer Ernest Hemingway, had this to say about Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: "All modern, literature, stems from this one book." In this quintessential American novel, Tom Sawyer's best friend,...