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The Castle of Otranto

by Horace Walpole

In a realm where a villain reigns, mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophesy that spells doom for the ruler and justice for the rightful heir. One of the first, great Gothic novels.


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...


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.


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 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....


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.


Great Short Stories by American Women

by Candace Ward

Choice collection of 13 stories includes "Life in the Iron Mills" by Rebecca Harding Davis, Zora Neale Hurston's "Sweat," plus superb fiction by Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, many others.


The Odyssey

by Homer

Excellent prose translation of ancient epic recounts adventures of the homeward-bound Odysseus. Fantastic cast of gods, giants, cannibals, sirens, other supernatural creatures — true classic of Western literature....


Selected Short Stories

by D. H. Lawrence

Seven of the best Lawrence stories, each turning on some facet of sexual feeling, attitude, or convention: "The Prussian Officer," "The Shadow in the Rose Garden," "The White Stocking," "Daughters of the Vicar,"...


The Gold-Bug and Other Tales

by Edgar Allan Poe

Nine gripping tales by the undisputed master of the American Gothic horror story: "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," 6 others.


The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan

A young Scot stumbles upon a plot involving espionage, murder, and the future of Britain itself. This classic of suspense served as the basis for one of Hitchcock's most famous films.


Cranford

by Elizabeth Gaskell

A sensitive and moving portrait of life and manners in an English country village during the 1830s, Cranford recounts the events and activities in the lives of a group of spinsters and widows.