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The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Usurped from this throne by his deceitful brother, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, conjures a tempest in order to lure his brother, Antonio, and Antonio’s co-conspirator, King Alonso, to the duke’s island hideaway....


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

Bianca, the daughter of local nobleman, is a beautiful and eligible woman of marriageable age, but her father has declared that no suitor can have her hand until her older, more disagreeable sister, Katherina,...


The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare

Sir John Falstaff has very little money upon his arrival in Windsor, and sets out to court two wealthy wives in the hopes of fattening his coin purse. The two clever wives—Mistress Page and Mistress Ford—discover...


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

The beautiful Portia has many suitors within Venetian society, among them the young nobleman Bassanio, who has squandered his fortune. Desperate to win Portia’s heart, Bassanio borrows money from Shylock,...


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

Identical twins separated at birth provides the foundation for humour in one of Shakespeare’s earlier plays. The young twin sons of Egeon, alongside another set of young twin boys, purchased as slaves, are...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

When Romeo, heartbroken and love-sick over Rosalind, meets Juliet, he falls in love almost instantly. Masked and unaware of her family origins, Romeo doesn’t realize that Juliet is a Capulet—sworn enemies...


King Lear

by William Shakespeare

King Lear is driven to the brink of madness by his own actions when he disinherits his youngest daughter, the lovely Cordelia, because of her inability to express her love for him. Having divided his realm between...


What Katy Did

by Susan Coolidge

Twelve-year-old Katy Carr is adventurous and mischievous, and although she has a good heart, she often finds herself in trouble for breaking the rules or losing her temper. With dreams of growing up to be someone...


The Plays of Oscar Wilde

by Oscar Wilde

Featuring the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s dramatic works, this collection demonstrates the author’s wide range, unerring wit, and unique perspective. Bringing together Wilde’s most famous plays, including...


Sonnets

by William Shakespeare

Among the most enduring poetry of all time, William Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets address such eternal themes as love, beauty, honesty, and the passage of time. Written primarily in four-line stanzas and iambic...


Fathers and Sons

by Constance Garnett, Ann Pasternak Slater & Elizabeth Cheresh Allen

When Fathers and Sons was first published in Russia, in 1862, it was met with a blaze of controversy about where Turgenev stood in relation to his account of generational misunderstanding. Was he criticizing...


Agnes Grey

by Anne Bronte & Barbara A. Suess

Concerned for her family’s financial welfare and eager to expand her own horizons, Agnes Grey takes up the position of governess, the only respectable employment for an unmarried woman in the nineteenth century....


Little Dorrit

by Charles Dickens

Upon its publication in 1857, Little Dorrit immediately outsold any of Dickens’s previous books. The story of William Dorrit, imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea Prison, and his daughter and helpmate, Amy, or...


The Necklace and Other Tales

by Guy de Maupassant & Joachim Neugroschel

Ranging from poignant scrutiny of social pretension, to wicked tales of lust and love, to harrowing stories of terror and madness, the genius of Guy de Maupassant, France’s greatest short-story writer, is...


North and South

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South is the second social novel and the fourth overall by English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. One of Gaskell's best known novels and produced two television...


The Great God Pan

by Arthur Machen

"I am glad you came, Clarke; very glad indeed. I was not sure you could spare the time." "I was able to make arrangements for a few days; things are not very lively just now. But have you no misgivings, Raymond?...


In Search of Lost Time, Volume VI: Time Regained (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Marcel Proust

'Proust is perhaps the last great historian of the loves, the society, the intelligence, the diplomacy, the literature and the art of the Heartbreak House of capitalist culture.' ------------EDMUND WILSON

The...


Mansfield Park

by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park shows the dark side of Jane Austen. Mansfield Park is built on the proceeds of the slave trade in the British home. Every literate person at the time of Austen knew the name of the most famous...


Emma: Complete 3 Volumes

by Jane Austen

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. The story of Miss Woodhouse—busybody, know-it-all, and general...


The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War

by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Ranks among the foremost literary achievements of the modern era. Taking place during the American Civil War, the story...