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Demian

by Hermann Hesse

A brilliant psychological portrait of a troubled young man's quest for self-awareness, this coming-of-age novel reflects the author's preoccupation with the duality of human nature and the pursuit of spiritual...


The Tale of Genji

by Lady Murasaki & Arthur Waley

One of the world's oldest novels and the greatest single work of Japanese literature, this 11th-century romance offers a vast tapestry of court life, rich in poetry and subtle social, psychological observations....


Tales of Terror and Detection

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter" introduce C. Auguste Dupin, the first fictional detective. Also included: "William Wilson," "MS. Found in a Bottle" and "The Oblong Box."


Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Jules Verne

A geology professor mounts an expedition into a subterranean world — a living past that holds the secrets to the origins of human existence. Jules Verne's 19th-century action classic proves the journey is...


The First Men in the Moon

by H. G. Wells

In this 1901 classic, Wells's "first men in the moon" practice lunar locomotion, get lost in a moon jungle, and confront intelligent life in lunar caverns. A delightful tale that still stirs the imagination....


Daisy Miller

by Henry James

Famous novella, rich in psychological and social insight, chronicles a young American girl's willful yet innocent flirtation with a young Italian, and its unfortunate consequences.


Civil War Stories

by Ambrose Bierce

Sixteen dark and vivid tales by great satirist: "A Horseman in the Sky," "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Chicakamauga," "A Son of the Gods," "What I Saw of Shiloh," more. Note.


The Jungle

by Upton Sinclair

1906 bestseller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon...


Pudd'nhead Wilson

by Mark Twain

Reversed identities, an eccentric detective, a horrible crime, and a tense courtroom scene are major ingredients in Twain's witty, yet fierce condemnation of a racially prejudiced society that condoned the institution...


Great Ghost Stories

by John Grafton

Ten classics by masters of the macabre: Bram Stoker's "The Judge's House," "The Moonlit Road" by Ambrose Bierce, M. R. James's "The Rose Garden," Charles Dickens, and 7 others.


White Fang

by Jack London

A classic adventure novel centering on a ferocious and magnificent creature, half dog, half wolf, through whose experiences we feel the essential savagery of wilderness life among animals and men.


Through the Looking-Glass

by Lewis Carroll

In a fantastic land where everything is reversed, Carroll's inquisitive heroine finds herself a pawn in a bizarre chess game involving Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and other amusing nursery-rhyme...


Silas Marner

by George Eliot

Classic of English literature recounts the engrossing story of a lonely and embittered old man and the orphaned child who helps him find love and hope.


The Open Boat and Other Stories

by Stephen Crane

Four prized selections, "The Open Boat," based on a harrowing incident in the author's life; "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," and the novella Maggie: A Girl of the Streets.


Humorous Stories and Sketches

by Mark Twain

Eight delightfully entertaining pieces, including "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses," "Journalism in Tennessee," "About Barbers," "The Stolen White Elephant,"...


The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories

by Mark Twain

Includes 4 memorable selections spanning the career of famed American humorist: "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "The £1,000,000 Bank Note," "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," and "The Mysterious...


The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

by James Weldon Johnson

African-American writer's pioneering novel parallels his own life, probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white," and examines the American caste and class system. Major contribution to American literature....


Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Famed Victorian-era sleuth outwits a variety of unprincipled villains in "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-headed League," "The Final Problem," "The Adventure of the Empty House," and 2 other tales.


The Good Soldier

by Ford Madox Ford

Two married couples find their long, ongoing friendship is severely disrupted when one husband learns that his wife has been the mistress of his British friend for years.


Beowulf

by R. K. Gordon

Finest heroic poem in Old English celebrates the exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman of southern Sweden. Combines myth, Christian and pagan elements, and history into a powerful narrative. Genealogies.