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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

by Herman Melville

The name Herman Melville is synonymous with the pinnacle of American literary achievement, and many regard his novel Moby-Dick as the quintessential work of American fiction. In The Confidence-Man, Melville's...


Catherine: A Story

by William Makepeace Thackeray

Though he originally set out to depict criminals in as harshly accurate a light as possible, without the sentimentalization that he saw and disdained in Dickens' work, Thackeray's fictionalized account of the...


The Seven Poor Travellers: In Three Chapters

by Charles Dickens

Although he is now revered as the author of such long-form masterworks as Great Expectations, Charles Dickens' short stories ranked among his most popular creative endeavors during his lifetime. Like many of...


Ballads

by William Makepeace Thackeray

Though he is best remembered as the satirical novelist who penned nineteenth-century masterpieces such as Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray was also an accomplished poet. This volume collects some of...


Democracy

by Henry Adams

Originally published anonymously, it was later revealed that this classic work of political fiction was penned by Henry Brooks Adams, the renowned essayist and journalist best known for the autobiography The...


Effi Briest: Abridged, with Biographical Notes

by Theodor Fontane

Effi Briest, the classic German realist novel, follows a young woman through her life and marriage. She is an innocent when she is married to the social climbing Instetten, and longs for wordly things. When...


Indian Tales

by Rudyard Kipling

Even if you're a die-hard fan of the Disney animated classic The Jungle Book, you may not know that the tales upon which the popular movie was based comprised a significant proportion of British author Rudyard...


On the Eve

by Ivan Turgenev

On the eve of the Crimean war a young woman, Elena, is pursued by two men. She disappoints them and her affected, social-climbing family when she marries a Bulgarian revolutionary. Sickness and war intervene...


The Pastor's Wife: A Virago Modern Classic

by Elizabeth von Arnim

Ingeborg Bullivant, the put-upon daughter of the Bishop of Redchester, suddenly becomes possessed by the demon Rebellion and takes a week's tour to Lucerne. Constantly in the company of a ponderous German pastor,...


MR Skeffington: A Virago Modern Classic

by Elizabeth von Arnim

Beauty; beauty. What was the good of beauty, once it was over? It left nothing behind it but acid regrets, and no heart at all to start fresh.' Approaching the watershed of her fiftieth birthday, Fanny, having...


The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen: A Virago Modern Classic

by Elizabeth von Arnim

In 1901 the 'real' Elizabeth holidayed on the Baltic island of Rügen with just her maid, a coachman, a carriage piled with luggage, and a woman friend. From such unpromising beginnings Elizabeth weaves a captivating...


Love: A Virago Modern Classic

by Elizabeth von Arnim

A gentle romance begins innocently enough in the stalls of a London theatre where Catherine is enjoying her ninth and Christopher his thirty-sixth visit to the same play. He is a magnificent young man with flame-coloured...


Fraulein Schmidt and MR Anstruther: A Virago Modern Classic

by Elizabeth von Arnim

This enchanting novel tells the story of the love affair between Rose-Marie Schmidt and Roger Anstruther. A determined young woman of twenty-five, Rose-Marie is considered a spinster by the inhabitants of the...


Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters

by Edith Wharton & Hermione Lee

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

 

These three brilliantly wrought, tragic novellas explore the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the social milieu usually inhabited...


Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley, Guillermo Del Toro & Elizabeth Kostova

Part of 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...


Back STreet: Vintage Movie Classics

by Fannie Hurst

The bestselling story behind Ross Hunter’s classic melodrama starring Susan Hayward and John Gavin. 

 

When “fly girl” and gorgeous socialite Ray Schmidt first meets Walter Saxel in Cincinnati, their attraction...


Alice Adams: Vintage Movie Classics

by Booth Tarkington

The basis for George Stevens’s major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.

In a small Midwestern town in the wake of World War I, Alice Adams delightedly finds herself...


The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries

by Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry & Regina Barreca

Includes an Introduction by Anne Perry and a New Afterword by Regina Barreca.

Indisputably the greatest fictional detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes lives on-in films, on television, and of course through...


The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies

by Clark Ashton Smith & S. T. Joshi

A much-awaited collection of prose and poetry from one of the great cosmic masters of the supernatural

Not just any fantasy, horror, and science fiction author could impress H. P. Lovecraft into calling him "unexcelled...


Richard III

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

This timeless tragedy follows the bloody path of the "rudely stamped" Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who uses his murderous guile to achieve the throne of England.

This edition features an overview of Shakespeare's...