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Short Stories

by Edith Wharton

Includes 7 superbly crafted tales of love and marriage, divorce and other topics: "Souls Belated," "The Pelican," "The Muse's Tragedy," "Expiation," "The Dilettante," "Xingu," and "The Other Two."


Short Stories

by Louisa May Alcott

Five poignant tales based in part on the author's experiences as a nurse during the Civil War: "Obtaining Supplies," "A Night," "My Contraband," "Happy Women," and "How I Went Out to Service."


Les Liaisons Dangereuses: or Letters Collected in a Private Society and Published for the Instruction of Others

by Choderlos de Laclos & Ernest Dowson

Daring, original, and highly erotic, this 18th-century novel explores the moral ambiguities of love and revenge in a series of letters that chronicle a ruthless game of seduction and betrayal.


Five Great Short Stories

by Anton Chekhov

Masterfully written tales by one of the greatest practitioners of the form. Stories include "The Black Monk," "The House with the Mezzanine," "The Peasants," "Gooseberries," and "The Lady with the Toy Dog."


The Prince and the Pauper

by Mark Twain

Two young look-alikes in 16th-century England decide to trade clothes and roles, a situation that drastically alters the lives of both. This timeless tale of transposed identities remains one of Twain's best-loved...


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...


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,...