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Rain and Other South Sea Stories

by W. Somerset Maugham

The clash between a missionary and a prostitute, "Rain" is among this master storyteller's most famous tales. Additional selections include "Macintosh," "The Fall of Edward Barnard," "The Pool," and other compelling...


The Beast in the Jungle and Other Stories

by Henry James

One of James's finest moments, "The Beast in the Jungle" is a portrait of a man alienated from life and love. Also includes "The Jolly Corner" and "The Altar of the Dead." Note.


White Nights and Other Stories

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky & Constance Garnett

A collection of compelling tales, steeped in Dostoyevsky's characteristic themes of spiritual and psychological conflict, evokes life in Czarist Russia. Includes "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man," "An Honest Thief,"...


Detection by Gaslight

by Douglas G. Greene

Fourteen extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian crime stories by Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jacques Futrelle, G. K. Chesterton, and others — many never before published in book form.


Washington Square

by Henry James

A wealthy spinster receives a proposal from a dashing suitor and her father threatens her with disinheritance if she accepts. James masterfully explores the moral consequences of a tender heart's ruthless manipulation....


The Gambler

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Psychologically probing novel concerns the gambling episodes, tangled love affairs and complicated lives of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young gambler; Polina Alexandrovna, the woman he loves; a pair of French adventurers...


Kim

by Rudyard Kipling

An Irish orphan becomes the disciple of a Tibetan monk while learning espionage tactics from the British secret service in India. Kipling's final and most famous novel.


Dead Souls

by Nikolai Gogol

A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater community with a bizarre proposition for the local landowners: cash for their "dead souls," the serfs who have died in their service. A comic masterpiece.


Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Written in 1847, Jane Eyre tells the tale of an orphan girl's progress from the custody of cruel relatives to an oppressive boarding school and its culmination in a troubled career as a governess.


Lady Susan

by Jane Austen & R. W. Chapman

A beautiful, flirtatious widow seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself and pushes her long-suffering daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores, filled...


Eight Cousins

by Louisa May Alcott

A shy orphan blossoms among her spirited relatives in this captivating novel by the author of Little Women. Readers of all ages treasure its tales of friendship, kindness, and courage.


The Mayor of Casterbridge

by Thomas Hardy

A drunken laborer sells his wife and child and spends his life trying to atone for his wrongdoing — while clinging to his social status. A spellbinding portrayal of ambition, rivalry, revenge, and repentance....


The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins

Suspense, humor, and romance abound in this 1868 mystery, in which a gem stolen from a Hindu shrine resurfaces in an English country home — with a trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail.


Lady Chatterley's Lover

by D. H. Lawrence

An erotic celebration of life, this classic tale of love and discovery pits the paralyzed and callous Clifford Chatterley against his indecisive wife and her persuasive lover, the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors....


Mansfield Park

by Jane Austen

Dependent on the benevolence of her aristocratic relatives, young Fanny Price develops into the moral center of a family gone astray. An entertaining study of the interplay between manners, education, and ethics....


Not Without Laughter

by Langston Hughes

Poet Langston Hughes' only novel, a coming-of-age tale that unfolds amid an African-American family in rural Kansas, explores the dilemmas of life in a racially divided society.


At Fault

by Kate Chopin

Set in the rural post-Reconstruction South against a backdrop of economic devastation and simmering racial tension, Chopin's first novel explores two of the era's taboo subjects, divorce and alcoholism.


Moll Flanders

by Daniel Defoe

Brilliant, picaresque masterpiece of 18th-century realism recounts the scandalous facts of Moll's life — in prison, as a prostitute and a thief, her life as a "transported felon" in the American colonies,...


The Last of the Mohicans

by James Fenimore Cooper

Classic frontier adventure movingly recounts the relationship between a courageous woodsman and his loyal Native American friends during the French and Indian War. The most popular of James Fenimore Cooper's...


Agnes Grey

by Anne Bronte

Drawn from Brontë's own troubled life, this novel exposes the hardships of a governess's world and offers a rare opportunity to hear the voice of a 19th-century working woman.