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Life of Ma Parker

by Katherine Mansfield

Mrs. Parker has had a hard life, even the neighbours say so. As a girl in Stratford-on-Avon, she had never heard of Shakespeare. In her first position in London, she wasn’t allowed out of the cellar except...


Mr. and Mrs. Dove

by Katherine Mansfield

Before Reggie returns to his fruit farm in Rhodesia, he must propose to the woman he loves. At Colonel Proctor’s, Anne greets him at the door and, during a lull in their conversation, suggests Reggie say goodbye...


The Daughters of the Late Colonel

by Katherine Mansfield

It was all that Constantia and Josephine—the daughters of the late Colonel Pinner—could do to bury their father. Neither of them believed he wouldn’t be back to thump his stick on the floor and criticize...


At the Bay

by Katherine Mansfield

With their annual vacation coming to an end, the Burnells and the Trouts spend the day at the beach. While the children dig for treasures in the sand, the adults ponder the fleeting nature of life and the best...


Selected Novels of Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and Others

by Edith Wharton

Immerse yourself in the lives of the social elite with Edith Wharton’s timeless stories. The Selected Novels of Edith Wharton includes the best-known of the author’s works: The Age of Innocence, The House...


Selected French Classics: Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Other

by Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Gaston Leroux & Jules Verne

Immerse yourself in French history and culture with these five classic stories. Selected French Classics includes Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables and The...


His New Mittens

by Stephen Crane

As Horace walks home from school, his hands ensconced in a pair of new red mittens, boys from the neighbourhood entice him into a snowball fight. There’s just one problem—his mother has told him to come home...


A Watcher by the Dead

by Ambrose Bierce

In San Francisco, three physicians discuss man’s hereditary, and superstitious, fear of the dead. Dr. Mancher wonders if it is, indeed, universal. Dr. Helberson says it is; it is all a matter of circumstance....


Oil of Dog

by Ambrose Bierce

A young man works for his father at his dog-oil business whilst simultaneously helping his mother with her work as well. But when his duties for each of his parents overlap one day, the consequences are terrible...


The Eyes of the Panther

by Ambrose Bierce

When Irene Marlowe refuses a marriage proposal from the man she loves, he demands she tell him her reasons why. Irene indulges him by telling the tale of her tragic family history, speaking of the glowing eyes...


The Damned Thing

by Ambrose Bierce

William Harker is the only witness to the death of his friend, Hugh Morgan. Morgan’s body suggests that he has died traumatically, but when Harker tries to explain what he saw of his friend’s last moments,...


A Horseman in the Sky

by Ambrose Bierce

On a warm afternoon in the fall of 1861 Carter Druse is on picket duty on top of a cliff overlooking a valley where five regiments of the Union army are resting. The enemy is near, and the Union force means...


Candide

by Voltaire

A parody of eighteenth-century adventure-romance and a satire on Liebnizian optimism (“all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”), Candide follows the titular hero and his tutor, Dr. Pangloss,...


The Absentee

by Maria Edgeworth

Lord Colambre can see that his pretentious mother’s social ambitions earn her nothing but contempt from London’s fashionable society. And it’s come to his attention that his father’s finances have suffered...


Aesop's Fables

by Aesop

Aesop’s Fables is a collection of stories attributed to Aesop (c. 620-560 BCE), thought to have been a slave in ancient Greece. Aesop’s fables are generally short, feature animals talking and acting like...


Barnaby Rudge

by Charles Dickens

When Barnaby and his mother are harassed by a mysterious stranger, they flee to the capital, where they unwittingly become embroiled in an anti-Catholic protest that quickly becomes political. Swept up by events,...


The Confidence-Man

by Herman Melville

In Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, a group of steamboat passengers paddle to New Orleans on April Fool’s Day. As the Mississippi carries them down river, everyone is selling something:...


The Double

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Advised by his doctor to become more sociable, Golyadkin, a low-level bureaucrat, arrives uninvited at a birthday party his office manager is having for his daughter. After a number of socially awkward and increasingly...


Beowulf

by Anonymous

The epic poem Beowulf is the tale of the life and great deeds of Beowulf, hero of the Geats. The first half of the poem focuses on Beowulf’s aid to Hrothgar, king of the Danes, who has been terrorized by the...


Ivanhoe

by Walter Scott

In the aftermath of the Third Crusade, Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the son of a Saxon nobleman, is disinherited by his father when his allegiance to the Norman King Richard is revealed. At the same time, Ivanhoe’s...