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The Europeans

by Henry James

Henry James, the nineteenth-century American writer who was lauded for his skill with insightful, elegantly styled prose, was fascinated by the differences between Americans and their European counterparts....


The Faith of Men

by Jack London

Though best known for the novel The Call of the Wild, American author and activist Jack London was also a prolific short story writer. "The Faith of Men" is a tale packed with twists and turns that follows two...


Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

by Hans Christian Andersen

Danish author and poet Hans Christian Andersen is regarded as one of the most important figures in the genre of children's literature. With tales such as "The Ugly Duckling," "The Little Mermaid," "The Steadfast...


The Captain of the Polestar: And Other Stories

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of the brilliant fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, the author tried his hand at a number of different genres before perfecting the detective story....


Doctor Marigold

by Charles Dickens

Craving some feel-good fiction? Curl up with "Doctor Marigold," a heartwarming tale from the pen of beloved author Charles Dickens. The story follows the tragedies and triumphs of a street vendor who loses a...


Adventure

by Jack London

Though novelist Jack London is best known for the paean to natural wonder that is The Call of the Wild, he had an activist side, as well. In Adventure, London describes and skewers the plantation system of The...


Right Ho, Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse

In this, the second novel in P.G. Wodehouse's delightful Jeeves series, the family fumbles through a comedy of errors that is set in motion by a marriage proposal and a downward spiral of miscommunication and...


A Prefect's Uncle

by P. G. Wodehouse

Long before British humor master P.G. Wodehouse created the popular novel series based on the much-beloved character Jeeves, he sent up his native country's private school culture in A Prefect's Uncle. When...


Dead Men Tell No Tales

by Ernest William Hornung

An English author who gained fame with a series of novels about a raffish but lovable thief named Arthur J. Raffles, Ernest William Hornung also tried his hand at mystery and detective fiction, perhaps inspired...


A Dark Night's Work

by Elizabeth Gaskell

A writer of remarkably diverse talents, Elizabeth Gaskell produced fiction and non-fiction ranging from short stories that offered detailed cross-sections of Victorian life and society to a well-regarded biography...


The Secret Adversary

by Agatha Christie

A must-read for fans of stories from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, The Secret Adversary is Agatha Christie at her finest. In the midst of spinning an engrossing tale of adventure and international intrigue,...


The Return of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle

If you can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes, the cranky, brilliant, and above all, idiosyncratic detective created by Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle, add this collection of tales to your must-read list. These...


Main Street

by Sinclair Lewis

Carol Milford is an exuberant, liberal-hearted woman who marries a man from a small town. After they marry they settle in his home-town, Gopher Prairie, which Carol finds narrow and ugly. She throws herself...


A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

by Laurence Sterne

Sterne travelled through France and Italy three years prior to writing A Sentimental Journey, which he completed on his death bed. The protagonist is a thinly-disguised Sterne who recounts his - mostly amorous...


Free Air

by Sinclair Lewis

One of the earliest road-trip novels, Free Air tells the story of Claire Boltwood, who travels from New York City to the Pacific Northwest by automobile. She leaves her rich, snobbish family behind and falls...


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is semi-autobiographical, following Joyce's fictional alter-ego through his artistic awakening. The young artist Steven Dedelus begins to rebel against the Irish Catholic...


Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest

by William Henry Hudson

Green Mansions is an exotic and tragic romance about a young man who travels to Venezuela. He lives there with an Indian tribe, but his new-found life is shaken when he meets the "magical" forest-dweller, Rima....


A Crystal Age

by William Henry Hudson

A Crystal Age is one of the earliest science-fiction novels which deals with a utopia of the distant future. The first-person narrator, a traveler and naturalist, wakes to find himself buried in earth and vegetation....


News from Nowhere: Or an Epoch of Rest, Being Some Chapters from a Utopian Romance

by William Morris

William Morris is most famous for his textile design, but he was also a passionate and active socialist. News From Nowhere explores his socialist ideals in soft science-fiction. A man returns from a socialist...


At the Back of the North Wind

by George MacDonald

At the Back of the North Wind is a children's story about a good, sweet boy called Diamond who rides the North Wind as she travels her familiar routes. They do good and wreak havoc, though everything seems to...