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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...


A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, includes the original illustrations by Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz). A Story of the French Revolution. Originally published in the periodical 'All the...


War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's...


The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells

The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 and later adapted into two feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book...


Five Weeks in a Balloon: Illustrated

by Jules Verne

Five Weeks in a Balloon: Illustrated with 78 original illustrations from Riou and Montaut (1867), from the english edition of 1869. Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen...


Silas Marner

by George Eliot

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1860) by George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans); Illustrated by Charles E. Brock., is in many respects the most admirable of all George Eliot's works. It is not a long story, but...


The War of the Worlds: Illustrated

by H. G. Wells

The War of the Worlds, Illustrated, by H. G. Wells. A science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist adventures in London and the countryside around London as Earth...


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...


The Knights of the Round Table

by William Henry Frost

There is really no need, perhaps, for me to tell you that all these stories have been told before. But, though you know it already, I like to say it again, because I can never say often enough how grateful I...


In the Name of Liberty

by Owen Johnson

IN SEARCH OF THE REVOLUTION In the month of August of the year 1792 the Rue Maugout was a distorted cleft in the gray mass of the Faubourg St. Antoine, apart from the ceaseless cry of life of the thoroughfare,...


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...