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A Crystal Age

by William Henry Hudson

A Crystal Age is one of the earliest science-fiction novels which deals with a utopia of the distant future. The first-person narrator, a traveler and naturalist, wakes to find himself buried in earth and vegetation....


News from Nowhere: Or an Epoch of Rest, Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance

by William Morris

William Morris is most famous for his textile design, but he was also a passionate and active socialist. News From Nowhere explores his socialist ideals in soft science-fiction. A man returns from a socialist...


At the Back of the North Wind

by George MacDonald

At the Back of the North Wind is a children's story about a good, sweet boy called Diamond who rides the North Wind as she travels her familiar routes. They do good and wreak havoc, though everything seems to...


Brewster's Millions

by George Barr McCutcheon

Young Brewster inherits a million dollars from his grandfather. Soon afterwards, his rich uncle also dies, leaving him seven million dollars. His uncle, however, hated Brewster's grandfather and places a condition...


The Wood Beyond the World

by William Morris

Golden Walter leaves him homeland after his wife betrays him. Word reaches him that her family have killed his father, and all ties are broken with his old life. He is shipwrecked upon a foreign shore and begins...


Danger! and Other Stories

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Title story of this volume was written about eighteen months before the outbreak of the war, and was intended to direct public attention to the great danger which threatened this country. It is a matter...


Desperate Remedies

by Thomas Hardy

Desperate Remedies is Hardy's first book, which he published anonymously. It foreshadows many of Hardy's favorite themes including the predominant role played by nature in all of his work. It tells the story...


Three Men on the Bummel

by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men on the Bummel is the sequel to Three Men in a Boat, which Jerome K. Jerome originally wrote as a travel guide. As the humorous anecdotes took over the story, it eventually turned into a masterpiece...


The Aspern Papers

by Henry James

The Aspern Papers is a novella set in Venice. A young man travels to the city and takes lodgings with an old woman--the former lover of the dead American poet Aspern. The man believes the old woman still has...


The Return of the Native

by Thomas Hardy

Dip into a classic work of fiction that many critics regard as one of the novels that helped to usher in the modern era of literature. When it was originally published, Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native...


The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & Constance Garnett

What is free will? Is redemption possible? Can logic help us answer moral questions? Renowned Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky tackles all of these topics and many more in this remarkable novel, widely regarded...


The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home

by Charles Dickens

Tired of the materialistic cynicism and cheerless hustle and bustle that seem to taint the holiday season these days? Hearken back to a simpler time and celebrate the true virtues of the season with this classic...


The Gambler

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & C. J. Hogarth

Delve into the question of the morality of gambling in this brilliant novella from famed Russian fiction writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The author of Crime and Punishment tackles the perennially controversial topic...


Captain Blood: His Odyssey

by Rafael Sabatini

Captain Blood is an adventure story set during the end of the seventeenth century. Dr. Peter Blood is an ex-soldier and sailor whose work as a physician on the battlefield sees him convicted for treason and...


The Mill on the Floss

by George Eliot

George Eliot's novel The Mill on the Floss, orginally published in 1860 as three volumes, tells of the lives of brother and sister Tom and Maggie Tulliver as they grow up upon the River Floss.


The Monk

by M. G. Lewis

The Monk: A Romance tells of the spectacular downfall of a Spanish monk. Ambroio lusts for the woman Matilda, who is disguised as a monk, but once he has had her he becomes infatuated with the innocent Antonia....


Eugenie Grandet

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

A daughter inherits her father's miserliness, which stifles her relationship with her cousin, making love an unsatisfying experience. As with Balzac's other work, his characters in Eugenie Grandet are fully...


The Ghost Pirates

by William Hope Hodgson

According to the great horror writer H.P. Lovecraft "The Ghost Pirates . . . is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and...


Sweeney Todd: The String of Pearls

by Anonymous

The String of Pearls is the first installment of the Sweeney Todd penny part serial. It introduces the homicidal barber who became a staple of Victorian melodrama. In his barber shop on Fleet Street, Sweeney...


Flappers and Philosophers

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Flappers and Philosophers is a collection of short stories by America author F. Scott Fitzgerald, most famous for his novel The Great Gatsby. The collection was his first such publication and includes the stories...