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The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

by Beatrix Potter

This is a Tale about a tail-a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin. He had a brother called Twinkleberry, and a great many cousins: they lived in a wood at the edge of a lake....


Moll Flanders

by Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders, born in Newgate, and during a life of continued variety was twelve year a whore, five times a wife (whereof once to her own brother), twelve year a thief, eight year a transported felon in Virginia,...


The Metamorphoses

by Kafka

A masterpiece of Western culture, this is the first attempt to link all the Greek myths in a cohesive whole to the Roman myths of Ovid?s day. Horace Gregory, in this modern translation, turns his own poetic...


Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant...


The White Company

by Conan Doyle

A historical adventure set during the Hundred Years' War in England, France, and Spain, in the years 1366 and 1367, against the background of the campaign of Edward, the Black Prince to restore Peter of Castile...


Three Lives

by Gertrude Stein

First published in 1909, Three Lives marks the beginning of an era of bold experimentation with literary form and language that has continued throughout our century. In these three stories, Gertrude Stein put...


Tarzan of the Apes

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

This 1914 novel gave birth to one of the most legendary characters in fiction, an ideal image of pure animalistic power at odds with the civilized world.


Italian Hours

by Henry James

James's essays on Italy are remarkable for their humanity. Traveling extensively throughout the country, including Venice, Rome, and Florence, he presents a portrait of a beautiful but impoverished country and,...


The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov

Chekhov's treatment of theatre and love against the background of a magical lake attempts to define the role of the artist in the modern world. Plays for Performance Series.


The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life

by George Washington Cable

Setting forth formidable arguments for racial equality, Cable's novel of feuding Creole families in early nineteenth-century New Orleans blends post-Civil War social dissent and Romanticism.


Tales of Terror and Mystery

by Conan Doyle

A selection of twelve stories from the creator of detective Holmes and Dr. Watson featuring: The Horror of the Heights, The Leather Funnel, The New Catacomb, The Case of Lady Sannox, The Terror of Blue John...


The Idiot

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Inspired by an image of Christ's suffering, Fyodor Dostoyevsky set out to portray "a truly beautiful soul" colliding with the brutal reality of contemporary society. Returning to St. Petersburg from a Swiss...


The Poison Belt

by Conan Doyle

Challenger sends telegrams asking his three companions from The Lost World - Edward Malone, Lord John Roxton, and Professor Summerlee - to join him at his home outside of London. The cryptic telegrams also instruct...


The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Leo Tolstoy

Ivan Ilyich, a high court judge, becomes seriously ill and faces a long and gruelling battle with death. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is more than a story about death, however. It leads the reader through a pensive,...


The Pit: A Story of Chicago

by Frank Norris

This classic literary critique of turn-of-the-century capitalism in the United States reveals Norris's powerful story of an obsessed trader intent on cornering the wheat market and the consequences of his unchecked...


Twelfth Night: or, What You Will

by William Shakespeare

Love, comedy, and false identities take the stage in this play about Orsino, Duke of Illyria; the countess he romantically pursues; and Viola--the woman disguised as a man who comes between them. This Signet...


Death in Venice

by Thomas Mann

Featuring his world-famous masterpiece, "Death in Venice," this new collection of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's stories and novellas reveals his artistic evolution. In this new, widely acclaimed translation that...


Summer

by Edith Wharton

A tale of forbidden sexual passion and thwarted dreams played out against the lush, summer backdrop of the Massachusetts Berkshires Edith Wharton called Summer her "hot Ethan." In their rural settings and their...


Victory

by Joseph Conrad

Axel Heyst, a dreamer and a restless drifter, believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others. Then he becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago,...


The House Behind the Cedars

by Charles W. Chesnutt

An early masterwork among American literary treatments of miscegenation, Chesnutt's story is of two young African Americans who decide to pass for white in order to claim their share of the American dream.