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Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare may have written Julius Caesar as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar’s death at the hands of friends and fellow...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

Love and marriage are the concerns of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio’s marriage to Bianca is prompted by his idealized love of an apparently ideal woman. Petruchio's wooing of Katherine,...


Richard III

by William Shakespeare

In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on a moral holiday. The play draws us to identify with Richard and his fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. Not yet king at the start of the play,...


Master and Man

by Leo Tolstoy

A land owner named Vasili takes along one of his peasants, Nikita, for a short journey to the house of the owner of a forest. He is impatient and wishes to get to the town more quickly for business. They find...


Hadji Murad

by Leo Tolstoy

The story follows a separatist guerrilla Murat who falls out with his own commander and eventually sides with the Imperial Russian forces in hope of saving his family. Tolstoy collected material for this novel...


Tidings: A Novel

by Ernst Wiechert

One of Germany's literary giants, Ernst Emil Wiechert (1887-1950) was thrown into Buchenwald concentration camp for publicly backing anti-Nazi pastor Martin Niemöller. His final novel, published posthumously,...


Dig Here!

by Gladys Allen

“But this aunt of yours, Sandy, what’s she like?” Eve asked. She was parked on the couch in my room. Hattie May Lewis, my roommate, stood before the mirror, trying to arrange her straight, straw-colored...


A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family's meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become...


The Celestial Omnibus and Other Tales

by E.M. Forster

This compilation of short stories by one of the twentieth century's preeminent authors spotlights journal and magazine fiction from 1900 to 1911. These early tales exhibit the first traces of E. M. Forster's...


Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest

by W. H. Hudson

The curious call of an unseen bird lures a young European explorer deeper and deeper into the jungle, where he encounters the source of the siren song — a lovely, half-wild girl with mysterious powers. Thus...


The Tempest Thrift Study Edition

by William Shakespeare

Includes the unabridged text of Shakespeare's classic play plus a complete study guide that helps readers gain a thorough understanding of the work's content and context. The comprehensive guide includes scene-by-scene...


Childhood

by Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's first novel which he completed at the age of twenty three, and which immediately propelled him into the ranks of notable young writers winning favourable reviews from the established names of Russian...


A Message To Garcia (Rediscovered Books): With linked Table of Contents

by Elbert Hubbard

A Message to Garcia is one of the most widely read inspirational stories of all time. Since its publication it has sold more than 40 million copies. This is the touching story of an American soldier who must...


Outlaws of the Brasada: A Western Duo

by Les Savage

A Civil War veteran and widower struggles to keep his children alive in a pair of classic Western tales.

Things looked dark for Emery Bandine when he returned to Spanish Crossing from fighting in the Civil War....


Niels Lyhne

by Jens Peter Jacobsen, Tiina Nunnally & Eric Johannesson

Niels Lyhne is an aspiring poet, torn between romanticism and realism, faith and reason. Through his relationships with six women—including his young widowed aunt, a seductive free spirit, and his passionate...


The Song of the Lark

by Willa Cather

Driven by talent and ambition, Thea Kronborg leaves behind everyone and everything to fulfill her dreams of becoming an opera singer. Yet even as she achieves ever greater heights of success, Thea’s ambition...


The Monster and Other Stories

by Stephen Crane

The story is set in the small, fictional town of Whilomville, New York. An African-American coachman named Henry Johnson, who is employed by the town's physician, Dr. Trescott, becomes horribly disfigured after...


Last Words

by Stephen Crane

A collection of tales, sketches and stories by the master of American naturalism and realism Stephen Crane including: The Reluctant Voyagers, Spitzbergen Tales, Wyoming Valley Tales, London Impressions, New...


Such is Life: Text Classics

by Joseph Furphy & David Malouf

A classic of the Australian outback, Such Is Life is the farcical, tragic reminiscences of Tom Collins, philosopher and rogue.

As Tom drives his team across the plains of the Riverina and northern Victoria,...