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The Refugees

by Arthur Conan Doyle

A brilliant adventure tale of life in the Court of Louis XIV and of Canada under French rule... and Huguenot persecution The Refugees is set in both 17th Century France and in the wilds of North America. When...


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...


Pardon My Body

by Dale Bogard

From the moment Dale's headlights hit the nyloned legs of lovely Julia Casson on that old Connecticut highway, trouble moved right in on him--and stayed there.

Gunmen, straight coppers and crooked coppers, luscious...


The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Volume Four: The Climax

by David Tod Roy

This is the fourth and penultimate volume in David Roy's celebrated translation of one of the most famous and important novels in Chinese literature. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei is an anonymous...


Paradise Lost and Other Poems

by John Milton

With the three works included in this volume--Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, and Lycidas--Milton placed himself next to Shakespeare, Dante, and Homer as one of the greatest literary genius in history.


The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald

by Bonnie Gaarden

The Christian Goddess examines the goddess-figures in the fantasies and fairy tales of George MacDonald. Bonnie Gaarden asserts that MacDonald, a Victorian Scot who wrote one of the first adult fantasy novels...


Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

An Austen Classic as You've Never Seen It Before!


The Red Badge of Courage and Four Stories

by Stephen Crane & James Dickey

Here is Stephen Crane's masterpiece, The Red Badge of Courage, together with four of his most famous short stories. Outstanding in their portrayal of violent emotion and quiet tension, these texts led the way...


The Shadow-Line: A Confession

by Joseph Conrad

The masterpiece of Joseph Conrad’s later years, the autobiographical short novel The Shadow-Line depicts a young man at a crossroads in his life, facing a desperate crisis that marks the “shadow-line”...


Captains Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks

by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling's 1897 novel Captains Courageous follows the adventures and subsequent growth of the spoiled young son of a railroad tycoon. Aboard a fishing boat after being washed off his transatlantic steamship,...


Washington Square

by Henry James

Washington Square by Henry James is the story of the gentle, dull Catherine Sloper who falls for the ambivalent Morris Townsend, who her father believes is a fortune hunter. When Catherine's father refuses to...


Kim

by Rudyard Kipling

The orphan Kim, whose father was an Irish soldier, makes his living by begging on the streets of Lahore and running errands. An aged Tibetan Lama is on a journey to find the mythical "River of the Arrow" and...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays by modern standards. Hinging on the courtship between the arrogant Petruchio and the "shrew" of the title Katherina, it is unclear...


The Communist Manifesto

by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Using the authorized English translation, edited and annotated by Engels, this edition features an extensive and provocative introduction by historian Martin Malia.


In Morocco

by Edith Wharton

American novelist and designer Edith Wharton traveled to Morocco after the end of World War I. Morocco is her account of her time there as the guest of General Hubert Lyautey. Her account praises Lyautey and...


The Rise of Silas Lapham

by William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells' 1885 novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham tells the story of its protagonist's materialistic aspirations; his rise from rags to riches. Despite making a fortune in business, Silas feels he lacks...


Rob Roy

by Sir Walter Scott

Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy follows a young Englishman, Frank Osbaldistone, to Scotland, where he travels to retrieve a debt. The story is set during the 1715 Jacobite Rising, and Frank becomes embroiled in...


The Last Man

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, wrote the apocalyptic novel The Last Man in 1826. Its first person narrative tells the story of our world standing at the end of the twenty-first century and - after...


Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy's final novel Jude the Obscure explores notions of class, religion, marriage and modernization through its protagonist Jude Fawley, a working-class man who dreams of being a scholar. Provocative...


The Female Quixote: Or, The Adventures of Arabella

by Charlotte Lennox

The Female Quixote completely inverts the adventures of Don Quixote. While the latter mistook himself for the hero of a Romance, Arabella believes she is the fair maiden. She believes she can fell a hero with...