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|Charles Dickens Book Club Set |
by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is a masterpiece of drama, adventure, and courage. In Great Expectations, an orphan is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dreams of becoming a gentleman.
by Mary Shelley
The story of Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. With the author's own 1831 introduction.
|The Scarlet Letter |
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
With stark power and emotional depth, Hawthorne's masterpiece explores sin, guilt, and redemption in a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
|The Metamorphosis and Other Stories |
by Franz Kafka
Excellent new English translations of title story (considered by many critics Kafka's most perfect work), plus "The Judgment," "In the Penal Colony," "A Country Doctor," and "A Report to an Academy." A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
|White Nights and Other Stories |
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett
A collection of compelling tales, steeped in Dostoyevsky's characteristic themes of spiritual and psychological conflict, evokes life in Czarist Russia. Includes "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man," "An Honest Thief," "Bobok," and 7 more.
|Great American Short Stories |
by Paul Negri
Features 19 gems in the American short-story tradition, including "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Bartleby" by Herman Melville, "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, plus stories by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, Twain, others.
|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), and Pointland (no dimensions).
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|Adventures of Huckleberry Finn |
by Mark Twain
Join Huck and Jim as their boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River lead them into a world of excitement, danger, and self-discovery. Humorous narrative, lyrical descriptions of the Mississippi valley, and memorable characters.
|The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes |
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Literature's greatest detective team investigates a dozen of their best-known cases, including "The Speckled Band," "The Red-Headed League," The Five Orange Pips," and "A Scandal in Bohemia."
|The Adventures of Tom Sawyer |
by Mark Twain
The classic novel of a mischievous boy's pranks and escapades in a 19th-century river town — whitewashing the fence, seeking buried treasure, trying to impress the adored Becky Thatcher, and more. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
|The Age of Innocence |
by Edith Wharton
Deeply moving study of the tyrannical and rigid requirements of New York high society in the late 19th century and the effect of those strictures on the lives of three people.
|Agnes Grey |
by Anne Bronte
Drawn from Brontë's own troubled life, this novel exposes the hardships of a governess's world and offers a rare opportunity to hear the voice of a 19th-century working woman.
|Alexander's Bridge |
by Willa Cather
Construction engineer Bartley Alexander is a troubled, middle-aged man torn between his cold American wife and an alluring mistress in London who has helped him recapture his youth and sense of freedom.
|Alice's Adventures in Wonderland |
by Lewis Carroll
Beloved classic about a little girl lost in a topsy-turvy land and her encounters with the White Rabbit, March Hare, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and other delightfully improbable characters. 42 illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
|Almayer's Folly |
by Joseph Conrad
Conrad's first novel recounts the struggles of a Dutch merchant whose dreams are undermined by his own greed and prejudice. It is the tale of a man's inability to escape his self-delusion and of the tragic results.
|The Ambassadors |
by Henry James
Complex tale of self-discovery traces the path of an aging idealist from America to Paris, where his intentions of persuading his young charge to return home take an unexpected turn.
|American Short Story Masterpieces |
by Clarence C. Strowbridge
Fourteen tales include "The Enormous Radio" by Cheever, Faulkner's "Dry September," Katherine Anne Porter's "He," "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, and tales by Hawthorne, Twain, Poe, Fitzgerald, Wharton, others.
|Anna Karenina |
by Leo Tolstoy, Louise and Aylmer Maude
A tumultuous tale of passion and self-discovery in 1870s Russia chronicles a society woman's adulterous affair and a landowner's unconventional quest for a meaningful existence.
|Around the World in Eighty Days |
by Jules Verne
An eccentric Englishman accepts a challenge to circle the globe with unprecedented speed. Exotic locales, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and comic relief provide a fantastic blend of adventure, entertainment, and suspense.
|The Aspern Papers |
by Henry James
In his quest for the personal papers of a deceased Romantic poet, an anonymous narrator finds himself faced with relinquishing his heart's desire or attaining it at an overwhelming price.
|At Fault |
by Kate Chopin
Set in the rural post-Reconstruction South against a backdrop of economic devastation and simmering racial tension, Chopin's first novel explores two of the era's taboo subjects, divorce and alcoholism.
|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 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 introductory Note.
by Sinclair Lewis
A personal crisis jars a middle-aged real estate agent from his complacency in this satire of middle-class American life. Sinclair Lewis' great novel offers a scathing portrait of the consequences of clinging to conventional values.
|Bartleby and Benito Cereno |
by Herman Melville
Two classics in one volume: "Bartleby," a disturbing moral allegory set in 19th-century New York, and "Benito Cereno," a gripping sea adventure that probes the nature of man's depravity.
|The Beast in the Jungle and Other Stories |
by Henry James
One of James's finest moments, "The Beast in the Jungle" is a portrait of a man alienated from life and love. Also includes "The Jolly Corner" and "The Altar of the Dead." Note.