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The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham

The Moon and Sixpence is a fictional novel heavily influenced by the life of French painter Paul Gauguin. The novel is told first-person, dipping episodically into the mind of the artist. Charles Strickland...


The Communist Manifesto

by Karl Marx

Commonly known as The Communist Manifesto, the Manifesto of the Communist Party (in German "Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei") has been one of the most influential political documents in the world, having...


Kidnapped

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Originally written as a boys' adventure novel, Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped has received praise from a range of writers, including Henry James and Jorge Luis Borges. Set around events in eighteenth century...


Return of Tarzan

Tarzan #2

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Return of Tarzan is Edgar Rice Burroughs' second novel in the series starring the man raised by apes, and the story picks up where Tarzan of the Apes left off. Tarzan finds himself back in the coastal jungle...


Sonnets from the Portuguese

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese is the collection of love poems written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the time leading up to her marriage to Robert Browning. Elizabeth hesitated in publishing the poems, as they...


Hard Times: For these Times

by Charles Dickens

First published in 1854, Hard Times is a profoundly moving, articulate and searing indictment of the life-reducing effects of the industrial revolution, and certain aspects of enlightenment thinking. Set in...


Creative Mind and Success

by Ernest Holmes

When we encounter the term "creativity," most of us think of artistic pursuits, such as painting or composing music. But in Creative Mind and Success, famed New Thought expert Ernest Holmes reminds readers that...


The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells' The Time Machine, from 1895, popularized the idea of a vehicle that allows its user to travel intentionally and selectively across time, and indeed Wells is credited with coining the very term "time...


Major Barbara

by George Bernard Shaw

Major Barbara is a 1905 play by George Bernard Shaw. Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy weapons trader, despises poverty believing "The greatest of our evils and the worst of our crimes is poverty ... our first duty,...


An Unsocial Socialist

by George Bernard Shaw

An Unsocial Socialist begins in an unruly girl's school, comically portraying their tricks and pranks. The narrative then moves to a seemingly ill-bred laborer, who is in fact a wealthy gentleman in disguise....


Your Word Is Your Wand

by Florence Scovel Shinn

Just as Jesus Christ and other spiritual leaders emphasized the transformative power of the word, men and women can begin instantly to change their circumstances and perceptions with language. In Your Word is...


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

Dive into the tragedy that many critics regard not only as Shakespeare's finest play, but also as one of the best literary works ever produced. Set in Denmark, Hamlet recounts the events that transpire after...


The Heritage of the Desert: A Novel

by Zane Grey

Zane Grey, renowned as an author for his portrayals of the rugged Wild West, completed his first Western, The Heritage of the Desert, in just four months in 1910. This compelling work which deals powerfully...


Creative Evolution

by Henri Bergson & Arthur Mitchell

French philosopher Henri Bergson's Creative Evolution was published in 1907 and translated into English in 1911. Very popular at the time, it gives an alternate mechanism for evolution - that it is motivated...


Self-Help: With Illustrations of Character and Conduct

by Samuel Smiles

Selling 20,000 copies in the first year after its publication in 1859, Samuel Smiles' Self-Help made its author an overnight celebrity and much sought-after guru for many. It had sold over a quarter of a million...


Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

by Joseph Conrad

Nostromo is a classic anti-hero, who lives in a fictitious mining village on the coast of a fictitious South American country. Many regard the imagined setting of the novel to be some of Conrad's finest work....


Persuasion

by Jane Austen

When she was young and beautiful Anne Elliot fell in love with a dashing, but poor naval officer. Her family considered him beneath her and persuaded her to break off the match. Eight years later, when the novel...


Don Juan

by Lord Byron

In his satiric poem Don Juan, Lord Byron refigures the legend as a man easily seduced by women, rather than as a dangerous womanizer. When the first two cantos were anonymously published in 1819, they were criticized...


The Praise of Folly

by Desiderius Erasmus & John Wilson

Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote the essay The Praise of Folly during a week at Sir Thomas More's estate in Bucklersbury. He later refined and extended the piece. In it he personifies Folly as a god, whose companions...


Historical Miniatures

by August Strindberg

Swedish polymath August Strindberg delivers a fascinating volume in Historical Miniatures. Just as the title implies, these are short vignettes drawn from history and presented in narrative form. You'll learn...