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Pollyanna

by Eleanor H. Porter

The young orphan Pollyanna is sent to live with her stern Aunt in a dour New England town. Refusing to be cast down by her circumstances, Pollyanna begins teaching the town "the glad game", which her father...


Pierre and Jean

by Guy de Maupassant & Clara Bell

Pierre and Jean is a short realist novel by Guy de Maupassant. The relationship of two brothers to each other and to their mother begins to change when a family friend dies and leaves all his money to one brother,...


Wylder's Hand

by Sheridan Le Fanu

Wylder's Hand is a novel from Gothic and mystery writer Sheridan Le Fanu. "There was a little fair-haired child playing on the ground before the steps as I whirled by. The old rector had long passed away; the...


Under Fire

by Henri Barbusse & Fitzwater Wray

Henri Barbusse's Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (in the original French Le Feu: journal d'une escouade) was one of the first novels about World War I. Published at the end of 1916, it was based on Barbusse's...


The World Set Free

by H. G. Wells

The World Set Free is H. G. Wells' prophetic 1914 novel, telling of world war and the advent of nuclear weapons. Although Wells' atomic bombs only have a limited power of explosion, they keep on exploding for...


His Last Bow

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle's His Last Bow collects together eight Sherlock Holmes stories. Originally called Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes and not containing the title story His Last Bow, later editions of this book...


Notes from the Underground

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Notes from the Underground is Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1864 masterpiece following the ranting, slightly unhinged memoir of an isolated, anonymous civil servant. A dramatic monologue in which the narrator leaves himself...


The Beasts of Tarzan

Tarzan #3

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Return of Tarzan is Edgar Rice Burroughs' third novel in the series starring the man raised by apes. First serialized in 1914 in All-Story Cavalier magazine, it was published as a novel in 1916. After marrying...


Willa Cather: Four Great Novels¿O Pioneers!, One of Ours, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia

by Willa Cather & Maureen Howard

This volume contains four great works (O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, My Ántonia, and One of Ours) by the author who created the first autonomous and successful women’s heroes in American literature....


Great Novels of E. M. Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room with a View, Howards End

by E. M. Forster & Louis Auchincloss

A renaissance of E. M. Forster is certainly under way. The success of the many films based upon his novels demonstrates Forster’s appeal to the modern audience and his aptitude for entertaining a mass quantity...


A Raw Youth

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The novel follows the life of Arkady Dolgoruky, a young intellectual, a child of the controversial and womanizing landowner Versilov. A focus of the novel is the recurring conflict between father and son, particularly...


Sylvie and Bruno

by Lewis Carroll

Sylvie and Bruno is set in Victorian England and in Fairyland, each setting with their own narrative. The fairytale aspect of the novel is similar to Carroll's Alice stories, but the "real world" narrative is...


The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion

by Ford Madox Ford

Opening with the famous line "This is the saddest story I have ever heard", The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion is Ford Madox Ford's 1915 novel. Set at the dawn of World War I, it tells of the lives of two seemingly...


Lady Audley's Secret

by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Lady Audley's Secret was one of the first and most successful sensation novels of the late 19th century. A young gentleman of leisure, Robert Audley, is spurred into action when his friend Geroge Talboys goes...


The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid

by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928) was a naturalist and writer, whose fiction sits on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution and is filled with an imminent sense of nostalgia for the coming transformation of the British...


Selected Works of George Eliot: Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, Adam Bede, a

by George Eliot

George Eliot, a pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans, was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era, publishing seven major novels and several translations during her career. The Selected Works of George Eliot...


The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan

British writer John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps is the first of five adventure novels to star Richard Hannay, a man with a remarkable knack for getting out of sticky situations, and indeed getting into them...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely...


Siddhartha: An Indian Tale

by Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse wrote Siddhartha after he traveled to India in the 1910s. It tells the story of a young boy who travels the country in a quest for spiritual enlightenment in the time of Guatama Buddha. It is a...


The Professor

by Charlotte Bronte

The Professor was the first novel Charlotte Bronte wrote, but was only published posthumously. It follows the journey of William Crimsworth into maturity, showing his loves and the path to his eventual career...