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Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black

by Harriet E. Wilson

Seminal autobiographical novel describes the life and struggles of an orphaned mulatto, recounting her exploitation by employers and an opportunistic husband. Essential for students of African-American history...


The Last Day of a Condemned Man

by Victor Hugo, Arabella Ward & David Dow

In this profoundly moving classic by the author of Les Misérables, a condemned man facing the guillotine looks back on his life and writes of his anguish inside prison walls.


A Hero of Our Time

by Mikhail Lermontov, J. H. Wisdom & Marr Murray

Treachery and sexual intrigue abound in this gripping and influential Russian novel. Its picaresque tales trace a Byronic hero's exploits amid the rugged Caucasian frontier.


Kwaidan: Ghost Stories and Strange Tales of Old Japan

by Lafcadio Hearn, Yasumasa Fujita & Oscar Lewis

From America's great interpreter of all things Japanese — 20 supernatural tales teeming with undead samurais, man-eating goblins and other terrifying demons. Includes 22 illustrations.


The White Company

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This spirited account of the exploits of a crew of Saxon archers during the Hundred Years War features cameo appearances by historical figures such as Edward III and the Black Prince.


Ulysses

by James Joyce & Enda Duffy

Loosely based on the Odyssey, this landmark of modern literature follows ordinary Dubliners through an entire day in 1904. Captivating experimental techniques range from interior monologues to exuberant wordplay...


The Sorrows of Young Werther

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe addresses issues of love, death, and redemption in an influential portrayal of a character who struggles to reconcile his artistic sensibilities with the demands of the objective world.


The Blacker the Berry

by Wallace Thurman

The first novel to openly address color prejudice among black Americans, this moving tale unfolds amid the Harlem Renaissance in an enduringly relevant examination of racial, sexual, and cultural identity.


Favorite Tales from the Arabian Nights' Entertainments

by Richard F. Burton

Six enchanting tales told by an Arabian princess to delay her execution: "Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman;" "Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp;" "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," and 3 others.


Selections from Don Quixote: A Dual-Language Book

by Miguel de Cervantes [Saavedra]

How Don Quixote was knighted, his valiant battle with the windmills, and much more. English translations on facing pages of original Spanish text capture the flavor and romance of this literary masterpiece.


Selected Fables: A Dual-Language Book

by Jean de La Fontaine

Among the masterpieces of French literature: 75 Fables in original French with new English line-for-line literal translations. "The Cicada and the Ant," "The Fox and the Grapes," many more.


Candide: A Dual-Language Book

by Voltaire

Voltaire's brilliant satire on the follies of man, in the original French, with a new and exacting English translation on the opposing page. Weller's critical introduction illuminates the satire's enduring appeal....


A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Dickens unfolds his masterpiece of drama, adventure, and romance about a man falsely accused of treason. Excitement and derring-do in the shadow of the guillotine....


Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

One of the most universally loved and admired English novels, an effervescent tale of rural romance transformed by Jane Austen's art into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life.


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Join Huck and Jim as their boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River lead them into a world of excitement, danger, and self-discovery. Humorous narrative, lyrical descriptions of the Mississippi valley,...


A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary

by Kenneth Sisam & J. R. R. Tolkien

This highly respected anthology of medieval English literature features poetry, prose and popular tales from Arthurian legend and classical mythology. Includes notes on each extract, appendices, and an extensive...


Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen, Chris Hammond & Joseph Jacobs

This special hardcover gift edition of Austen's delightful comedy of manners concerning a pair of marriage-minded sisters features a dust jacket and more than 60 charming drawings.


Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel Defoe

The only survivor of a shipwreck endures 28 years of solitude on a Caribbean island and masters both his strange new world and himself. Brilliant, evocative details of Crusoe's struggles and exploits.


The War of the Worlds

by H. G. Wells

Imaginative, highly readable account of hostile invaders from Mars who use deadly heat rays to decimate all life in their path. Energetic, intense, and strikingly original.


Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

Delicious comedy of manners concerning two sisters, who appear to have been deserted by the young men they had intended to marry. Humor, perception, incomparable prose.