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The Holy Bible: King James Version

by Paul Gustave Dore & Richard Rothschild

The editors of Canterbury Classics have chosen to print the King James version of the Holy Bible, which contains both the Old and New Testaments. The Holy Bible was first copied by scribes and, because of its...


Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

First published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular and beloved British novels of all-time, maintaining its allure for contemporary readers everywhere and selling millions of copies worldwide!...


The Arabian Nights

by Richard Burton & Kenneth C. Mondschein

They are ancient stories, but they still enchant our imaginations today: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves—Sinbad the Sailor—Aladdin. These and the other Middle Eastern stories collected in Arabian Nights are...


The Brothers Grimm: 101 Fairy Tales

by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm & Margaret Hunt

They are the stories of characters we’ve known since childhood: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella. But the works originally collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s are not necessarily the...


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

One of the most popular books of all-time, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been both venerated and vilified since it was first published in 1885. The story of a young abused boy on the run and his friendship...


Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine is one of history’s most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions. The three works included, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason,...


Complete Works of William Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare & Michael A. Cramer

Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Hamlet, and Macbeth—the works of William Shakespeare still resonate in our imaginations four centuries after they were written. The timeless characters...


Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales

by Hans Christian Andersen, Jean P Hersholt & Kenneth C. Mondschein

All the best-loved fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, including “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelina,” “The Red Shoes,” “The Princess on the Pea,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” fill the...


Bulfinch's Mythology

by Thomas Bulfinch & Stephanie L. Budin

Can’t keep all your gods and goddesses straight? Wondering about mythological references in classic literature? Bulfinch’s Mythology offers approachable accounts of ancient legends in a compilation of the...


The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri & Paul Gustave Dore

Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso — the three fates of the deceased become the three pillars of an epic poem. The Divine Comedy, written by Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the fourteenth century, is considered...


The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

Dated to about fifth century BC, The Art of War is considered the oldest treatise on war in the world. Attributed to Sun Tzu of the Zhou dynasty, the book is composed of thirteen chapters, each addressing a...


The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

In a society where people “dreaded scandal more than disease,” passion was a force of ruin. Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence is set amidst the pre-World War I “Golden...


The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories

by Stephen Crane

The best-known work by famed American writer Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage is a compelling exploration of human emotion in the midst of battle. The book is revered for its pioneering style, and it...


The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers, by French writer Alexandre Dumas, was first released in serial form in 1844, a year before Dumas’ publication of The Count of Monte Cristo. The story was an instant success, largely due...


12 Years A Slave

by Solomon Northup

When Solomon Northup, born a free black man in Saratoga, New York, was offered a short-term job with a circus in Washington, D.C., in 1841, he jumped at the opportunity. But when he arrived, he was kidnapped...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Other Works

by Frederick Douglass

Born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass became a champion of the abolitionist movement after escaping to the North in 1838. Douglass later remarked upon his arrival in New York, “I...


Walden and Civil Disobedience

by Henry David Thoreau

The oft-quoted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau is best known for two works: Walden and Civil Disobedience. Walden, first published in 1854, documents the time Thoreau spent living with nature in a hand-built...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

“Call me Ishmael” is the iconic opening line of Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick. Ishmael is a seaman aboard the whaling vessel, Pequod, under the vengeful captain, Ahab. Maniacally seeking...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne takes readers back to the puritan days of the American colonies, into a society as unforgiving as its harsh New England winters. The story of Hester Prynne, who bears...


The Prince and Other Writings

by Niccolò|Marriott, W. K. Machiavelli

One of the foremost examples of modern philosophy, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is notorious for the morality it expounds, often summarized by the phrase, “The end justifies the means.” With The Prince...