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A Daughter of the Vine: The Randolphs of Redwood

by Gertrude Atherton

In this emotionally engaging and richly detailed multi-generational epic, author Gertrude Atherton uses her own family history as a lens through which to trace the evolution of the fictional Randolph family,...

A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel A Distinguished Provincial at Paris is the second volume of Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions trilogy. In it, Balzac masterfully revisits one of his most commonly called-upon themes: the harsh realization...

Eve and David

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

The novel Eve and David is the third entry in Honore de Balzac's Lost Illusions trilogy, which in turn is part of his larger novel cycle, The Human Comedy. The story focuses on a pair of earnest, good-hearted...


by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's sweeping novel cycle The Human Comedy, Gobseck is a novella that recounts the social ascendancy of young Anastasie de Restaud. Born into a wealthy family, Anastasie marries...


by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

A heartbroken cavalry officer, Auguste de Maulincour, is strolling through a rather seedy section of Paris when he happens to spot the object of his unrequited love, a married young woman named Clemence. Even...

The Hated Son

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

The novella "The Hated Son" is a section from French writer Honore de Balzac's multi-volume masterwork, The Human Comedy. Set in the late 1500s and early 1600s, the tale follows a newly married woman who is...

The Jealousies of a Country Town: Les Rivalites

by Honore de Balzac, Katharine Prescott Wormeley & Ellen Marriage

This collection of loosely interwoven tales puts the unique talents of French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac on full display. In each, Balzac delves deeply into the eccentric characters and quaint...

Half-Hours with the Idiot

by John Kendrick Bangs

Part of John Kendrick Bangs' beloved Idiot series, based around the exaggerated exploits of the eponymous antihero, this collection features the Idiot's opinions on a number of diverse topics, including women,...

Mr. Bonaparte of Corsica

by John Kendrick Bangs

American author John Kendrick Bangs carved out a unique niche for himself in the literary pantheon by penning dozens of satirical works focusing on historical figures. In the ersatz biography Mr. Bonaparte of...

A Rebellious Heroine

by John Kendrick Bangs

Prolific novelist Stuart Harley has published many books, but wealth and popular acclaim have continued to elude him. In an attempt to help him secure his fortune, Harley's publisher recommends that he write...

The Enchanted Typewriter

by John Kendrick Bangs

American writer John Kendrick Bangs was an innovator who removed the ponderous solemnity from the typical ghost story and replaced it with his own trademark wit and imagination. The Enchanted Typewriter is part...

In the Midst of Alarms

by Robert Barr

In the late 1860s, typically peaceable Canada found itself under attack. The invaders were members of the Fenian Brotherhood, an Irish Republican group based in the U.S. In a series of raids that occurred over...

Jennie Baxter, Journalist

by Robert Barr

This charming mystery from Scottish-Canadian author Robert Barr focuses on the adventures of plucky, pretty journalist Jennie Baxter. Said to be based in part on the journalistic crusader Nellie Bly, Jennie...

Toppleton's Client: Or, A Spirit in Exile

by John Kendrick Bangs

If you prefer your ghost stories to have a stout dose of rollicking wit, add Toppleton's Client to your must-read list. A lawyer moves into a new office and soon discovers it is haunted -- and worse yet, the...

The Puritans

by Arlo Bates

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the chasm between religious faith and secular culture was more pronounced than ever before. That's the theme at the heart of Arlo Bates' novel The Puritans, which follows...


by Arlo Bates

In Albrecht, novelist Arlo Bates contemplates the transformative power of love via an entertainingly novel fantasy tale. Set against the backdrop of a traditional courtly romance, a wood sprite who was born...

The Philistines

by Arlo Bates

What happens when a bohemian artist finds himself thrust into the upper echelons of high society? Painter Arthur Fenton woos heiress Edith Caldwell with the express purpose of living the high life and turning...

The Sword Maker

by Robert Barr

Get set for exciting swashbuckling exploits in this medieval action-adventure tale from Scottish-Canadian novelist Robert Barr. Prince Roland, who is next in line for the throne, has been kidnapped by a band...

Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

by Edith Van Dyne

Under the pen name "Edith Van Dyne," Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum created the memorable character Mary Louise, a spirited teenager with a knack for solving mysteries and righting injustices. In Mary Louise...

Mary Louise in the Country

by Edith Van Dyne

This is the second book in a series of novels for younger audiences penned under a pseudonym by L. Frank Baum. Mary Louise in the Country takes up the issue of home rule for Ireland and features a co-starring...