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Against the Grain: A rebours

by J. K. Huysmans & John Howard

À rebours, Against the Grain or Against Nature in English, is an 1884 novel by Joris-Karl Huysmans. Anti-hero Jean Des Esseintes despises the bourgeois society he lives in and withdraws into the aesthetic and...


A Separate Peace

by John Knowles

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world...


Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen

Catherine, a seventeen year old girl, travels with her family to Bath and makes many new acquaintance, including two young men who pursue her. She is invited to visit the country estate of one, and makes the...


Early American Classics: The Last of the Mohicans, The Scarlet Letter and Others

by James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville & Washington Irving et al.

Experience the beginning of American literature with these classic stories from authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe. Early American Classics includes: The Scarlet...


The Beetle: A Mystery

by Richard Marsh

Richard Marsh's best-selling supernatural thriller The Beetle: A Mystery, was even more popular than Bram Stoker's Dracula when it was first released; both being published in the same year, 1897. Inflicting...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

“Call me Ishmael” is the iconic opening line of Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick. Ishmael is a seaman aboard the whaling vessel, Pequod, under the vengeful captain, Ahab. Maniacally seeking...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne takes readers back to the puritan days of the American colonies, into a society as unforgiving as its harsh New England winters. The story of Hester Prynne, who bears...


The Raven: Tales and Poems

by Edgar Allan Poe & Guillermo Del Toro

A new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin...


Petals of Blood

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Moses Isegawa

The puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this fervent, hard-hitting novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya. A deceptively simple tale, Petals of...


The White Feather

by P. G. Wodehouse

In the British tradition, a white feather has long been a symbol of cowardice or pusillanimity in battle or when facing adversity. In The White Feather, Wodehouse applies this metaphor to the dog-eat-dog world...


The Fitz-Boodle Papers

by William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray is lauded for his razor-sharp wit in satirical novels such as Vanity Fair. In this epistolary collection, Thackeray channels his jocularity into a series of pompous letters touching...


Round the Red Lamp

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Today, he is acclaimed as one of the most famous originators of the genre of detective fiction, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary talents were broad, and he dabbled in many styles and themes over the course...


A Phyllis of the Sierras

by Bret Harte

Though born in Albany, New York, American author Francis Bret Harte went on to become one of the foremost chroniclers of pioneer life in the American West, with a particular focus on California. "A Phyllis of...


Their Silver Wedding Journey: Complete

by William Dean Howells

Author of the beloved novel The Rise of Silas Lapham, William Dean Howells is known as one of the foremost practitioners of the literary style known as realism. In Their Silver Wedding Journey, Howells provides...


Abbeychurch: Or Self Control and Self Conceit

by Charlotte Mary Yonge

Written when the author was in her early twenties, and now regarded as Yonge's first serious work of fiction, Abbeychurch grapples with both serious theological issues pertaining to the schism between Broad,...


The History of Henry Esmond: A Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne

by William Makepeace Thackeray

Can't get enough historical fiction? Immerse yourself in this imaginative retelling of the events that led up to and followed the restoration of the British monarchy in the late seventeenth century. Thackeray's...


Ruth

by Elizabeth Gaskell

Fans of social realism will appreciate the surprisingly nuanced and multi-faceted perspective on Victorian era morals and mores offered in Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell's sweeping novel Ruth. The story follows...


The Inn of Tranquility: Studies and Essays

by John Galsworthy

One-time winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, John Galsworthy is best known as a prolific novelist and playwright who created the sweeping historical epic series known as the Forsyte Saga. The Inn of Tranquility...


Twice Told Tales

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The author of such short-fiction masterpieces as "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Minister's Black Veil," Nathaniel Hawthorne is regarded as one of the most significant American writers of the nineteenth century....


The Country House

by John Galsworthy

English novelist and playwright John Galsworthy was one of the most acclaimed writers of his time, and his fan base has continued to expand in the years since his death as new generations of readers discover...