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Embarrassments

by Henry James

Though American literary master Henry James was an ardent proponent of realistic story elements that readers could relate to, many of his works also deal with the question of perception and how our senses and...


The Coxon Fund

by Henry James

Tortured artist and brilliant conversationalist Frank Saltram has made a splash among the fashionable set in Wimbledon, and all of the society matrons are vying for his favor and lining up to offer their guest...


The Reverberator

by Henry James

In this lighthearted comedic novel from author Henry James, the august Proberts clan finds itself thrust into the unwelcome glare of the spotlight when tabloid newspaper The Reverberator publishes some of the...


The Tragic Muse

by Henry James

What is the true function of the artist in society? Do fame and acclaim help or hinder the artist's pursuit of creative expression? These are the timeless questions underpinning this classic novel from American...


The Spoils of Poynton

by Henry James

The novel The Spoils of Poynton represents a major turning point in the stylistic development of American literary master Henry James, as he eased into the tense, taut drawing-room dramas that would come to...


Eugene Pickering

by Henry James

One of Henry James' specialties is the longish short story that delves into philosophical questions via detailed character studies, and "Eugene Pickering" is a perfect example of this. In it, James compares...


The Outcry

by Henry James

Henry James' final novel, The Outcry is a light comedy that will come as a pleasant surprise to readers who associate the author's name with the dense, philosophically inclined fiction of his middle period....


Roderick Hudson

by Henry James

In this beautifully wrought novel from master of American fiction Henry James, a talented young sculptor is taken under the wing of a rich and powerful patron who attempts to help foster the full emergence of...


Erotica Romana: The Roman Elegies

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

German literary prodigy Johann Wolfgang von Goethe breaks ground again with this volume of sensual love poetry. Despite its titillating title, these poems -- though shockingly candid in the context of the early...


The Sacred Fount

by Henry James

If you associate Henry James with nothing but fussy, mannered drawing-room dramas, the novel The Sacred Fount will come as a pleasant surprise. During the course of what should be a relaxing weekend getaway...


The Sorrows of Young Werther

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, R. D. Boylan & Nathen Haskell Dole

The 1774 publication of the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther transformed its 24-year-old author, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, into a world-renowned literary sensation virtually overnight. The story...


The Ashiel Mystery: A Detective Story

by Mrs. Charles Bryce

What starts as a new beginning for British diplomat Sir Arthur Byrne soon turns into a tragedy with mysterious overtones. In the aftermath of his new wife's fatal illness, Byrne is prepared to accept responsibility...


The Blockade Runners

by Jules Verne

Science fiction master Jules Verne steers away from the fantastical realms limned in his most famous works with this thrilling historical adventure novel. Set in the American Civil War, The Blockade Runners...


The Underground City

by Jules Verne

Now widely lauded for his role as a key innovator in the genre of science fiction, French author Jules Verne broke new ground with the publication of titles such as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty...


Mrs. Vanderstein's Jewels

by Mrs. Charles Bryce

The society doyenne Mrs. Vanderstein is known far and wide for her vast collection of breathtaking jewelry. On one trip to the opera, she bedecks herself in a staggering array of finery in order to impress the...


The Waif of the "Cynthia"

by Jules Verne & Andre Laurie

Believed to be a collaboration between science fiction luminary Jules Verne and French writer Andre Laurie (the pen name of politician Paschal Grousset), The Waif of the Cynthia skillfully combines action-adventure...


The Pearl of Lima: A Story of True Love

by Jules Verne & Anne T. Wilbur

Though best remembered as an early innovator in science fiction who produced such masterworks as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne was a prolific storyteller...


Average Jones

by Samuel Hopkins Adams

What should a brilliant, independently wealthy young man with a predilection for solving problems do with his life? Adrian "Average" Jones decides to help people by going into business as an "Ad-Visor," a specialist...


The Flying Death

by Samuel Hopkins Adams

A group of house guests staying at a private retreat on Long Island are awakened one night by a horrifying cacophony. When they set off to investigate, they stumble across what appears to be the remnants of...


The Blue Envelope

by Roy J. Snell

Younger readers with a love for the great outdoors will adore Roy Snell's The Blue Envelope, which is set in the wilds of Alaska. Plucky heroines Marion and Lucile are faced with danger and deprivation, but...