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Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Famed Victorian-era sleuth outwits a variety of unprincipled villains in "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-headed League," "The Final Problem," "The Adventure of the Empty House," and 2 other tales.


The Good Soldier

by Ford Madox Ford

Two married couples find their long, ongoing friendship is severely disrupted when one husband learns that his wife has been the mistress of his British friend for years.


Beowulf

by R. K. Gordon

Finest heroic poem in Old English celebrates the exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman of southern Sweden. Combines myth, Christian and pagan elements, and history into a powerful narrative. Genealogies.


Great Short Stories by American Women

by Candace Ward

Choice collection of 13 stories includes "Life in the Iron Mills" by Rebecca Harding Davis, Zora Neale Hurston's "Sweat," plus superb fiction by Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, many others.


Erewhon

by Samuel Butler

Erewhon (an anagram for "nowhere") is a faraway land where machinery is forbidden, sickness is a crime, and criminals receive compassionate medical treatment. Butler's brilliant Utopian novel is an entertaining...


The Odyssey

by Homer

Excellent prose translation of ancient epic recounts adventures of the homeward-bound Odysseus. Fantastic cast of gods, giants, cannibals, sirens, other supernatural creatures — true classic of Western literature....


Selected Short Stories

by D. H. Lawrence

Seven of the best Lawrence stories, each turning on some facet of sexual feeling, attitude, or convention: "The Prussian Officer," "The Shadow in the Rose Garden," "The White Stocking," "Daughters of the Vicar,"...


The Gold-Bug and Other Tales

by Edgar Allan Poe

Nine gripping tales by the undisputed master of the American Gothic horror story: "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," 6 others.


The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Seven charming tales explore relations between the sexes and offer witty insights from a feminist perspective. Includes the 1892 title classic, plus "Cottagette," "Turned," "Mr. Peebles' Heart," and more.


The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan

A young Scot stumbles upon a plot involving espionage, murder, and the future of Britain itself. This classic of suspense served as the basis for one of Hitchcock's most famous films.


Persuasion

by Jane Austen

Thwarted romance between Anne Elliot (Austen's sweetest, most appealing heroine) and Captain Frederick Wentworth. Finely drawn characters, gentle satire, genteel life in the English countryside.


Cranford

by Elizabeth Gaskell

A sensitive and moving portrait of life and manners in an English country village during the 1830s, Cranford recounts the events and activities in the lives of a group of spinsters and widows.


Under Western Eyes

by Joseph Conrad

Political turmoil convulses 19th-century Russia as an assassination, government intrigue, and betrayal force a young student to come to terms with accountability and human integrity.


The Enormous Room

by E.E. Cummings

A high-energy romp, the poet's prose memoir recounts his military service in World War I, when a comedy of errors led to his unjust arrest and imprisonment for treason.


The Adventure of the Dancing Men and Other Sherlock Holmes Stories

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Title story plus 3 others featuring the peerless sleuth and his faithful sidekick: "The Adventure of the Dying Detective," "The Musgrave Ritual" and "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans."


Poor Folk

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & Constance Garnett

An excellent introduction to Dostoyevsky's work, this epistolary novel recounts a blossoming romance amid St. Petersburg's slums between a middle-aged writer and a much younger seamstress.


A Pair of Silk Stockings

by Kate Chopin

Includes 9 masterful portraits of black and white inhabitants of Louisiana's bayou and urban areas. Written with grace, delicate humor, and a keen understanding of the female psyche.


The Blithedale Romance

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A group of Utopians, unhappy with a dissolute, mid-19th-century America, takes to the pastoral life; but instead of changing the world, they pursue self-centered paths, ultimately leading to tragedy.


The Master of Ballantrae

by Robert Louis Stevenson

A gripping tale of sibling rivalry and greed takes readers on a fast-paced adventure that encompasses everything from encounters with pirates to a shocking discovery in the American wilderness.


Joseph Andrews

by Henry Fielding

First English realistic novel depicts misadventures of Joseph and his old tutor, Parson Adams, and their travels — along the way exposing, through their own innocence and honesty, the hypocrisy and affectation...