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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...


Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave, A True Story

by Aphra Behn

The bestselling story by a legendary female writer--a tale of love, slavery, and rebellion.

When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast...


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...


Savage Coast

by Muriel Rukeyser & Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

Never before published, this autobiographical novel captures the politics and passion of the Spanish Civil War.


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 Mill On The Floss

by George Eliot

“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.” – From The Mill on the Floss The Mill on the Floss, not only a fascinating study of a character, but also finely turning...


Sons and Lovers

by D. H. Lawrence

“Recklessness is almost a man's revenge on his woman. He feels he is not valued so he will risk destroying himself to deprive her altogether.” – from Sons and Lovers Initially titled “Paul Morel,”...


The Portrait of a Lady

by Henry James

“You wanted to look at life for yourself−but you were not allowed; you were punished for your wish. You were ground in the very mill of the conventional.” –from The Portrait of a Lady The Portrait of...


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...