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Don Juan

by Lord Byron

Don Juan is a satiric poem by Lord Byron, based on the legend of Don Juan, which Byron reverses, portraying Juan not as a womanizer but as someone easily seduced by women. Don Juan lives in Seville with his...


Rilla of Ingleside

by Lucy Montgomery

In the continuing story of Anne Shirley, this book draws the focus back onto a single character, Anne and Gilbert's youngest daughter Bertha Marilla "Rilla" Blythe. It has a more serious tone, as it takes place...


The Merchant of Venice

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...


The Marrow of Tradition

by Charles W. Chesnutt & Eric Sundquist

This novel is based on a historically accurate account of the Wilmington, North Carolina, "race riot" of 1898, and is a passionate portrait of the betrayal of black culture in America, by an acclaimed African-American...


Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

by Kate Wiggin & Susan K. Harris

Hugely popular when it was first published in 1903 and admired by authors from Jack London to Mark Twain, this delightful novel introduced a heroine as irrepressible and fun-loving as Tom Sawyer, who would serve...


The Portable Henry James

by Henry James & John Auchard

Henry James wrote with an imperial elegance of style, whether his subjects were American innocents or European sophisticates, incandescent women or their vigorous suitors. His omniscient eye took in the surfaces...


Martin Chuzzlewit

by Charles Dickens

The last of Dickens' picaresque novels which exposes selfishness, portrayed in a satirical fashion using all the members of the Chuzzlewit family. The novel was written after taking a year off during which Charles...


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

by Charles Dickens

The final unfinished novel by Charles Dickens leaving the identity of the murderer unresolved. The story is set in Cloisterham, a disguised Rochester. Drood's uncle, John Jasper is in love with Rosa Bud. Miss...


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...