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The Encantadas and Other Stories

by Herman Melville

This collection features 14 of Melville's short stories reprinted from Harper's and Putnam's magazines, including "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles," a dramatic story set on the Galapagos Islands, plus "The...


The Marble Faun

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Murder and romance, innocence and experience dominate this sinister novel set in mid-19th-century Rome when a violent crime of passion irrevocably links the lives of 3 young American artists and their Italian...


Lilacs and Other Stories

by Kate Chopin

From the author of The Awakening comes this collection, which features 24 distinctive tales of Southern life, filled with fascinating characters, idiosyncratic customs, and sometimes shocking details.


Women in Love

by D. H. Lawrence

Steeped in an edgy eroticism, this compelling account of two couples' search for romantic fulfillment is set in an English coal-mining town and explores the disastrous effects of industrialization on the psyche....


Swann's Way

by Marcel Proust & C. K. Scott Montcrieff

The first volume of the 7-part masterpiece In Search of Lost Time, Swann's Way introduces the reader to Charles Swann, a wealthy connoisseur in 19th-century Paris and a victim of an agonizing romance.


The Ambassadors

by Henry James

Complex tale of self-discovery traces the path of an aging idealist from America to Paris, where his intentions of persuading his young charge to return home take an unexpected turn.


The Nibelungenlied

by D. G. Mowatt

Prose translation of epic tale, best known to modern audiences as source for Wagner's Ring cycle, recounts the life and death of Sifrid (Siegfried) and about the downfall of a royal house, the Burgundians, or...


Three Men in a Boat: (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

by Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome's comic masterpiece — and one of the best-known classics of English humor — follows the misadventures of 3 bungling, Victorian-era bachelors on a rowing excursion up the Thames.


The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

by Hilaire Belloc & J. Bédier

This immortal tale concerns the doomed love between a knight and a princess — one of the great romances of medieval literature, along with that of Lancelot and Guinevere.


A Journal of the Plague Year

by Daniel Defoe

Classic 1722 account of Great Plague of London that ravaged England nearly 60 years earlier. Defoe writes the story as an eyewitness report and the novel abounds in memorable, realistic details.


The Garden of Eden

by Ernest Hemingway

A sensational bestseller when it appeared in 1986, The Garden of Eden is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway, which he worked on intermittently from 1946 until his death in 1961. Set on the Côte...


The House of the Dead

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The harrowing, fictional memoir of a condemned murderer, this haunting and remarkable novel recounts, in part, the years Dostoyevsky spent in prison for suspected subversive activities.


Babbitt

by Sinclair Lewis

A personal crisis jars a middle-aged real estate agent from his complacency in this satire of middle-class American life. Sinclair Lewis' great novel offers a scathing portrait of the consequences of clinging...


The Sea-Wolf

by Jack London

A deranged and abusive sea captain perpetrates a shipboard atmosphere of increasing violence that ultimately boils into mutiny. This 1904 maritime classic depicts the clash of materialistic and idealistic cultures...


Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

Classic 1845 novel offered a powerful indictment of dehumanizing effects of industrialization. Thomas Gradgrind raises his children in strict observance of practicality, only to see them fall into lives of desperation...


The House of the Seven Gables

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Greedy Colonel Pyncheon builds his mansion on ill-gotten ground, setting the stage for generations of suffering. Years later, a country cousin and young boarder attempt to reverse the tide of misfortunes surrounding...


Winesburg, Ohio

by Sherwood Anderson

In a deeply moving collection of interrelated stories, this 1919 American classic illuminates the loneliness and frustrations — spiritual, emotional and artistic — of life in a small town.


A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Two bizarre tales: the first marks the beginning of the illustrious Holmes and Watson crime-solving partnership; the second leads the investigative pair on a terrifying mission to the dark heart of London.


The Overcoat and Other Short Stories

by Nikolai Gogol

Four outstanding works by great 19th-century Russian author: "The Nose," "Old-Fashioned Farmers," "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich," and "The Overcoat."


Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

An eccentric Englishman accepts a challenge to circle the globe with unprecedented speed. Exotic locales, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and comic relief provide a fantastic blend of adventure, entertainment,...