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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...


The Way We Live Now

by Anthony Trollope

The Way We Live Now is a satirical novel by Anthony Trollope. In it he lashes out at the political, financial, commercial and moral dishonesty of the age, inspired particularly by the financial scandals of the...


Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River

by Joseph Conrad

A young Dutch trader, Kaspar Almayer, marries Captain Lingard's adopted Malay daughter in the hopes of one day inheriting the captain's wealth. He moves to Borneo to run Lingard's trading post there, but while...


The Swiss Family Robinson

by Johann David Wyss

The Swiss Family Robinson tells the story of a Swiss family who are shipwrecked in the East Indies. First published in 1812, Johann David Wyss intended the novel to teach his sons family values and and self-reliance....


Tom Sawyer, Detective

by Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer, Detective follows Twain's popular novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Tom Sawyer Abroad. In this novel, Tom turns detective, trying to solve a murder. Twain...


The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

by H. G. Wells

H.G. Wells' 1897 science fiction novella The Invisible Man tells the story of a scientist named Griffin who theory is this: if the refractive index of a person's body is adjusted to exactly that of air, then...


The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

by Henry Fielding

The foundling Tom Jones is found on the property of a benevolent, wealthy landowner. Tom grows up to be a vigorous, kind-hearted young man, whose love of his neighbor's well-born daughter brings class friction...


Joy: A Play on the Letter I, in Three Acts

by John Galsworthy

Joy: A Play on the Letter I, in Three Acts is a play by the Nobel Prize winning English writer John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933), best known for The Forsyte Saga and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter...


The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is an example of Conrad's later political writing, which moved away from his earlier, seafaring tales. The spy Mr. Verloc moves through London where he encounters anarchism, terrorism...


The Magic Story

by Frederick Van Rensselaer Day

The runaway bestseller "The Magic Story" was first published in 1900 in "Success Magazine". It has been constantly in print ever since. Those who read this parable are fabled to live a charmed life and enjoy...


The Shadow Line: A Confession

by Joseph Conrad

The Shadow Line is a novella by Joseph Conrad. A young man becomes captain of a ship in the Orient, and his experiences bring him to the threshold of his development into maturity: the shadow line. The story...


Mary Barton

by Elizabeth Gaskell

The first novel by English writer Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton was published in 1848. It tells of the plight of the lower class in Manchester during the 1830s and 1840s. Contrasting the gap between rich and...


Sister Carrie: A Novel

by Theodore Dreiser

A country girl moves to the big city and lives her own version of the American Dream by becoming mistress to the men of her choice and so working her way to fame as an actress.

Sinclair Lewis said of the novel...


Shirley

by Charlotte Bronte

Shirley was the second published novel by Charlotte Bronte, after Jane Eyre. It is a social novel set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in Yorshire after the Napoleonic Wars, particularly in the...


The Temptation of Saint Anthony: A Revelation of the Soul

by Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert spent his life working on and revising the book he considered his greatest work, before releasing this final version in 1874. Written in a play script form, The Temptation of Saint Anthony describes...


O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather

A Swedish family migrate to Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century. The daughter of the family inherits the land when her father dies, and the story follows her struggle to maintain it when many around her...


Uncle Tom's Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe, focuses on a slave named Uncle Tom to weave a portrayal of the cruelty of slavery, finding redemption in the idea that Christian love can...


Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There

by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, from 1871, is a children's novel that is often put in the genre "literary nonsense". Although its the sequel of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland it doesn't reference...


Much Ado about Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's comedy play Much Ado About Nothing pivots around the impediments to love for young betrothed Hero and Claudio when Hero is falsely accused of infidelity and the "lover's trap" set for the arrogant...


The Way of All Flesh

by Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler's The Way of All Flesh follows four generations of the Pontifex family. The novel is semi-autobiographical and attacks the hypocrisy that was characteristic in the Victorian era. It was written...