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The Country of the Pointed Firs

by Sarah Orne Jewett

A classic of American fiction, memorializing the traditions, manners and dialect of Maine coast natives at the turn of the 20th century, and presenting a warm, humorous, and compassionate vision of New England...


The Invisible Man

by H. G. Wells

One of the most famous scientific fantasies ever written, this highly imaginative tale focuses on a scientist, capable of making himself invisible, who unleashes a bizarre streak of terror on the inhabitants...


Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic adventure story of a perilous sea journey, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, and a lethal scramble for buried treasure — seen through the eyes of cabin boy Jim Hawkins.


The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells

Classic science-fiction novel recounts the adventures of a hypothetical Time-Traveler who journeys into the future.


Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

by Edwin A. Abbott

Classic of science (and mathematical) fiction — charmingly illustrated by the author — describes the adventures of A. Square, a resident of Flatland, in Spaceland (three dimensions), Lineland (one dimension),...


The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

First published in 1899, this controversial novel of a New Orleans wife's search for love outside a stifling marriage shocked readers. Today, it remains a first-rate narrative with superb characterization. New...


A Faint Heart and Other Stories

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Is it possible for someone who seems to have it all - a doting fiancée, impending marriage and a great life stretching out ahead of him to loose ability to enjoy life? For some reason, our hero can't cope with...


The Prairie: A Tale

by James Fenimore Cooper

The story opens with Ishmael, his family, Ellen and Abiram slowly making their way across the virgin prairies of the Midwest looking for a homestead, just two years after the Louisiana Purchase, and during the...


The Deerslayer: The First War Path

by James Fenimore Cooper

In the dead of night Hutter and March sneak into the camp of the besieging members of the Huron tribe in order to kill and scalp as many as they can. Their plan fails, and Tom Hutter and March are captured....


The Pathfinder: The Inland Sea

by James Fenimore Cooper

The Pathfinder shows Natty at his old trick of guiding tender damsels through the dangerous woods, and the siege at the blockhouse and the storm on Lake Ontario are considerably like other of Cooper's sieges...


The Ladies' Paradise

by Emile Zola

Denise comes to Paris to work as a saleswoman at the heart of retail innovation - a new department store which threatens the existence of all the neighbourhood shops. Octave, the owner of this successful megastore,...


The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757

by James Fenimore Cooper

The story is set in 1757, during the French and Indian War, when France and Great Britain battled for control of North America. During this war, the French depended on its Native American allies to help fight...


The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde

An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James.


The Pioneers: The Sources of the Susquehanna

by James Fenimore Cooper

The frontier of New York State is advancing rapidly. The story begins with an argument between the Judge Marmaduke Temple of Templeton and Natty Bumpo over who killed a buck. Leatherstocking and his closest...


The Human Comedy: Selected Stories

by Honore de Balzac, Linda Asher & Peter Brooks

An NYRB Classics Original

Characters from every corner of society and all walks of life—lords and ladies, businessmen and military men, poor clerks,  unforgiving moneylenders, aspiring politicians, artists,...


Nevermore

by Harold Schechter

Praised by Caleb Carr for his "brilliantly detailed and above all riveting" true-crime writing, Harold Schechter brings his expertise to a marvelous work of fiction. Superbly rendering the 1830s Baltimore of...


On the Eve

by Ivan Turgenev

An upper-class Russian woman falls for a Bulgarian revolutionary in the summer of 1853, the eve of the devastating war that set the Russian empire against the Ottoman, British and French empires. The Crimean...


The Diary of a Superfluous Man

by Ivan Turgenev

A diary by a man who has a few days left to live as he recounts incidents of his life. He is intelligent, well-educated, and informed but incapable, for reasons as complex as Hamlet's, of engaging in effective...


The Torrents of Spring

by Ivan Turgenev

The story follows a young Russian landowner named Dimitry Sanin who falls deliriously in love for the first time while visiting the German city of Frankfurt. It is widely held as one Turgenev's greatest novels...


First Love

by Ivan Turgenev

Turgenev is retelling an incident from his own life, his infatuation with a young neighbor in the country, Catherine Shakovskoy (the Zinaida of the novella), an infatuation that lasted until his discovery that...