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Little Dorrit

by Charles Dickens

William Dorrit has been a resident of Marshalsea debtors' prison for so long that his three children - snobbish Fanny, idle Edward and Amy (Little Dorrit) - have all grown up there, although they are free to...


Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens

Paul Dombey, a wealthy owner of a shipping company always wanted to have a son to continue his business. When his son is born Dombey's wife dies shortly after giving birth. Dombey employs a wet nurse named Mrs...


The Iron Heel

by Jack London & Jonathan Auerbach

Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack London's The Iron Heel offers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe. Originally published...


The Spoils of Poynton

by Henry James & David Lodge

In this study of irreducible ambiguity, a family quarrel unfolds when a woman and her son disagree on whom he should marry, and one of the potential brides will not make her true feelings known.


Six Characters in Search of an Author

by Luigi Pirandello

Robert Brustein's highly acclaimed adaptation of Pirandello's masterpiece, a study in illusion and reality which follows a group of characters who try to fashion their life stories into acceptable drama. Plays...


The Satyricon

by Petronius

The adventures of Encolpius, a former gladiator and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. Set in the early days of the Roman Empire Encolpius has a hard time keeping his lover faithful to him...


The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

Set in New Orleans, the story follows Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's...


Martin Eden

by Jack London & Andrew Sinclair

The semiautobiographical Martin Eden is the most vital and original character Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively...


Great Expectations: (Movie Tie-In)

by Charles Dickens

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and starring Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, and Jeremy Irvine as Pip

A terrifying...


Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant...


Billy Budd and Other Stories

by Herman Melville & Frederick Busch

"Billy Budd, Sailor," a classic confrontation between good and evil, is the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself from wrongful accusations. Other selections include "Bartleby," "The Piazza,"...


Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert & Francis Steegmuller

For daring to peer into the heart of an adulteress and enumerate its contents with profound dispassion, the author of Madame Bovary was tried for "offenses against morality and religion." What shocks us today...


Emma: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Jane Austen & Jillian Tamaki

With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work, this Penguin Threads edition includes cover art by Jillian...


Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare & Stephen Orgel

With new editors who have incorporated the most up-to-date scholarship, this revised Pelican Shakespeare series will be the premiere choice for students, professors, and general readers well into the twenty-first...


Bunner Sisters

by Edith Wharton

The Bunner sisters were proud of the neatness of their shop and content with its humble prosperity. It was not what they had once imagined it would be, but though it presented but a shrunken image of their earlier...


Hira Singh: When India Came to Fight in Flanders

by Talbot Mundy

Along with the rest of his regiment, Sikh commander Ranjoor Singh is captured in the wake of a harrowing battle that unfolds in Flanders at the outset of World War I. The battlefield bravery of Singh and his...


Dorothy Dale's Great Secret

by Margaret Penrose

In this volume of the popular Dorothy Dale series, Dorothy and her beloved pal Tavia have completed their first term at a new boarding school. But instead of being able to enjoy her break with a carefree attitude,...


Dorothy Dale

by Margaret Penrose

Immerse yourself in a more innocent time in this enchanting tale about a sweet little girl named Dorothy. In spite of her guileless and kind demeanor, Dorothy often finds herself at the center of controversy...


Dorothy Dale's Queer Holidays

by Margaret Penrose

The Dorothy Dale series, published by the world-renowned Stratemeyer Syndicate under the pen name Margaret Penrose, was one of the first series marketed toward a young female audience. The series pairs strong...


The Boy Scouts' Mountain Camp

by John Henry Goldfrap

Tag along with a group of intrepid Boy Scouts as they spend some quality time in the great outdoors. In addition to plenty of mountain vistas, fresh air, and wildlife sightings, the crew stumbles across a confounding...