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The Heavenly Christmas Tree and Other Stories

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Do we understand the true meaning of Christmas? Dostoyevsky invites us to follow the story of a 6 year old boy trying to survive on a cold winter day. Other stories in this collection include: The Peasant Marey,...


An Honest Thief and Other Stories

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

One day, a stranger enters the apartment and asks for someone who does not live there. He leaves when told to do so but returns the following day and boldly steals a coat from the front hallway. But there is...


Jurgen

by James Branch Cabell & Bob Blaisdell

Witty, compelling fantasy recounts a time-traveler's adventures through a supernatural dreamscape, his romances with famous women, and his confrontations with God and the Devil. Thirteen full-page illustrations...


Three Tales

by Gustave Flaubert & Arthur McDowall

This trio of short stories by the author of Madame Bovary consists of "A Simple Heart," "The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller," and "Herodias." Translated by Arthur McDowall.


Clotel or The President's Daughter

by William Wells Brown

The first novel by an African-American, this dramatic tale tells the fate of a child fathered by Thomas Jefferson with one of his slaves. The author, a former slave, powerfully depicts racial injustice.


Castle Rackrent

by Maria Edgeworth

When a long-time servant of the Rackrent family decides to write about family members whom he has served, the result is a stylishly entertaining exploration of master/servant relationships.


The Magnificent Ambersons

by Booth Tarkington

The lives and changing fortunes of three generations of a once-powerful and socially prominent family are chronicled in this vivid portrait of the corrupting influence of greed and materialism.


The Dream Life of Balso Snell

by Nathanael West

In this 1931 Dada-inspired work, the first novel of the author of Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust, the eponymous anti-hero climbs inside a Trojan Horse to find the dark side of the American dream....


Hope Leslie: or Early Times in Massachusetts

by Catharine Maria Sedgwick & John Matteson

Stirring novel of 17th-century New England features spirited female characters who defy Puritanical society, engaging in cross-cultural friendships, challenging bigotry, and providing a captivating portrait...


News from Nowhere

by William Morris

One of the most literary of utopian fantasies, this 1890 novel distills the author's attitudes toward politics, art, and society. A resonant critique of state socialism, it offers remarkably modern proposals...


McTeague

by Frank Norris

Inspired by an actual crime, this riveting tale of avarice, degeneration, and death chronicles the demise of an ignorant charlatan and his avaricious wife as they descend into moral corruption.


South Sea Tales

by Jack London

Includes 8 powerful short stories set against the natural beauty of the South Pacific and alive with the hazards of headhunters, sharks, storms, and disease.


Beautiful Chaos: German Romantic Tales 1797-1819

by Ludwig Tieck

The German Romantic Movement was the first to embrace chaos. Its first theorist was Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829); it was Schlegel who in 1795 expounded a philosophy of the fragment, claiming that the fragment...


Anyhow Stories

by Lucy Clifford

The ANYHOW?STORIES, written by Lucy Clifford for her own children in 1882 and published in 1885, stands among the most remarkable of all volumes in children's literature. Many of the stories have a dark and...


Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

The story of Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. With the author's own 1831 introduction....


My Antonia Thrift Study Edition

by Willa Cather

Includes the unabridged text of Cather's classic novel plus a complete study guide that features chapter-by-chapter summaries, explanations and discussions of the plot, question-and-answer sections, author biography,...


The Blue Lagoon

by Henry de Vere Stacpoole & Willy Pogany

Two children survive a shipwreck in the South Pacific and must learn to fend for themselves on a remote island, where their love blossoms amid a tropical paradise. Illustrations by Willy Pogány.


Stories of Red Hanrahan: with The Secret Rose and Rosa Alchemica

by William Butler Yeats

These stories center on schoolmaster Red Hanrahan and his supernatural experiences. Additional tales include The Secret Rose and Rosa Alchemica, featuring Yeats's personal interpretations of Celtic mythology...


Lady into Fox

by David Garnett & R.A. Garnett

A beloved wife is unaccountably transformed into a fox in this modern folktale. Humor, fantasy, allegory, and realism combine in a portrait of a husband's devotion and a woman's struggle to maintain her humanity....


Anthem

by Ayn Rand

The author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged recounts a brief, captivating tale of a dystopia in which all traces of individualism have been eliminated from every aspect of life.