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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...


The Vicar of Wakefield

by Oliver Goldsmith

An unworldly and generous vicar lives contentedly with his large family until disaster strikes. The ensuing havoc culminates with justice for all in this delightful lampoon of 18th-century literary conventions....


The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

by Edgar Allan Poe

From the author who introduced readers to chilling tales of murder comes a novella based on factual accounts of a haunting, mutinous high-seas adventure. For fans of Poe as well as maritime enthusiasts.


The Country of the Pointed Firs

by Sarah Orne Jewett

A classic of American fiction, memorializing the traditions, manners and dialect of Maine coast natives at the turn of the 20th century, and presenting a warm, humorous, and compassionate vision of New England...


The Little Regiment and Other Stories

by Stephen Crane

Seven vivid, sensitive tales by author of The Red Badge of Courage. Fine title story plus "Miraculous Soldiers," "A Mystery of Heroism," "A Gray Sleeve," 3 more.


The Secret Sharer and Other Stories

by Joseph Conrad

Three of Conrad’s most powerful stories of the sea — "Youth: A Narrative" (1898), "Typhoon" (1902) and "The Secret Sharer" (1910) — each probing deeply, suspensefully into the mysteries of human character....


Death in Venice

by Thomas Mann & Stanley Appelbaum

Celebrated novella of a middle-aged German writer's tormented passion for a Polish youth met on holiday in Venice, and its tragic consequences. New translation with extensive commentary.


O Pioneers!

by Willa Cather

In this landmark of American fiction, Cather tells the story of young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the Nebraska lands they have struggled to farm.


The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories

by Leo Tolstoy

Three great stories offer profound insights into human behavior and motivation. Title story plus "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" and "The Death of Ivan Ilych." Explanatory footnotes.


The Invisible Man

by H. G. Wells

One of the most famous scientific fantasies ever written, this highly imaginative tale focuses on a scientist, capable of making himself invisible, who unleashes a bizarre streak of terror on the inhabitants...