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The Souls of Black Folk

by W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk (1903), his most influential work, is a collection of fourteen beautifully written essays, by turns lyrical, historical,...


Sir Nigel and the White Company

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Perhaps the two best historical novels ever written about the Hundred Years War "[These two books] made an accurate picture of that great age, and that as a single piece of work they form the most complete,...


Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe is the fictional autobiography of the title character. As a young man, Crusoe sets out from England on a disastrous sea voyage. His passion for seafaring remains undiminished and so he sets out...


The Iron Heel

by Jack London

The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1908. Anthony Meredith, a scholar in about the year 2600 AD (or 419 B.O.M. - the Brotherhood of Man), annotates the "Everhard...


A Passage to India

by E. M. Forster

A Passage to India is a novel by English author E. M. Forster set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. It was selected as one of the 100 great works of English...


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham

The Moon and Sixpence is a fictional novel heavily influenced by the life of French painter Paul Gauguin. The novel is told first-person, dipping episodically into the mind of the artist. Charles Strickland...


The Children Tales of Beatrix Potter: Twenty Two Illustrated Tales

by Beatrix Potter

The Children Tales of Beatrix Potter: Twenty Two Illustrated Tales by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). Beatrix Potter created some of the best-loved children’s stories of all time, the first of which was published...


Return of Tarzan

Tarzan #2

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Return of Tarzan is Edgar Rice Burroughs' second novel in the series starring the man raised by apes, and the story picks up where Tarzan of the Apes left off. Tarzan finds himself back in the coastal jungle...


Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

An enchanting, romantic and thrilling story of one woman's struggle to overcome the suffocating social expectations of Victorian England to find happiness on her own terms.


Hard Times: For these Times

by Charles Dickens

First published in 1854, Hard Times is a profoundly moving, articulate and searing indictment of the life-reducing effects of the industrial revolution, and certain aspects of enlightenment thinking. Set in...


The Sea: Stories by English Authors

by Various

Set sail for some swashbuckling fun on the high seas with this volume of ripping good yarns, all penned by British writers and all dealing with some aspect of life at sea. Fans of nautical and maritime action-adventure...


The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, from 1895, popularized the idea of a vehicle that allows its user to travel intentionally and selectively across time, and indeed Wells is credited with coining the very term "time...


An Unsocial Socialist

by George Bernard Shaw

An Unsocial Socialist begins in an unruly girl's school, comically portraying their tricks and pranks. The narrative then moves to a seemingly ill-bred laborer, who is in fact a wealthy gentleman in disguise....


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Dive into the tragedy that many critics regard not only as Shakespeare's finest play, but also as one of the best literary works ever produced. Set in Denmark, Hamlet recounts the events that transpire after...


Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

by Joseph Conrad

Nostromo is a classic anti-hero, who lives in a fictitious mining village on the coast of a fictitious South American country. Many regard the imagined setting of the novel to be some of Conrad's finest work....


Persuasion

by Jane Austen

When she was young and beautiful Anne Elliot fell in love with a dashing, but poor naval officer. Her family considered him beneath her and persuaded her to break off the match. Eight years later, when the novel...


The Lady and the Pirate

by Emerson Hough

Swash-buckling adventure on the high seas, passionate romance between star-crossed lovers -- The Lady and the Pirate has it all. This popular novel from American writer Emerson Hough is a fun read for pirate...


North and South

by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South draws on Gaskell's own experiences of the poverty and hardship of life in the industrial north of England. Her heroine, Margaret Hale, is taken from the wealthy south by her nonconformist minister...


The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux

Christine is brought up by her itinerant musician father, whose death she mourns endlessly. She achieves a singing position in the Paris Opera line, where a mysterious voice teaches her to unleash her musical...


Emile: Or, On Education

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Rousseau wrote about the difficulty of being a good individual within an inherently corrupting collectivity: society. Emile deals specifically with education, and outlines a system which would allow for human...