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The Golden Bowl

by Henry James Standard Ebooks (October 26, 2019)

In The Golden Bowl, an impoverished Italian aristocrat comes to London to marry a wealthy American, but meets an old mistress before the wedding and spends time with her, helping her pick out a wedding gift....


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain Standard Ebooks (October 21, 2019)

The irrepressible Tom Sawyer drives his Aunt Polly to distraction; she can’t decide whether to cry or laugh at his antics. He fights, falls in love, and finds adventure with two of his friends, one of whom...


Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen Standard Ebooks (October 21, 2019)

Elinor and Marianne are two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John...


Up from Slavery

by Booker T. Washington Standard Ebooks (September 27, 2019)

Up from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his personal experiences in working to rise from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles...


The Valley of Fear

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (September 24, 2019)

The plot of the novel is based very loosely on the real-life activities of the Molly Maguires and, particularly, of Pinkerton agent James McParland.

The novel is divided into two parts: in the first, Holmes investigates...


Mr. Standfast

by John Buchan Standard Ebooks (September 19, 2019)

In this nail-biting adventure story, Hannay must outwit a foe far more intelligent than himself; muster the courage to propose to the lovely, clever Mary Lamington; and survive a brutal war. Although Mr. Standfast...


Brood of the Witch-Queen

by Sax Rohmer Standard Ebooks (September 11, 2019)

Perhaps best known for creating the character Fu-Manchu, Sax Rohmer is also known for his works involving the supernatural. This novel follows Robert Cairn, his father, Dr. Bruce Cairn, and their suspicion...


The Mystery of Orcival

by Emile Gaboriau Standard Ebooks (August 17, 2019)

The second mystery in the Monsieur Lecoq Series.


Les Misérables

by Victor Hugo Standard Ebooks (August 16, 2019)

Les Misérables (1862) is a novel by French author Victor Hugo, and among the best-known novels of the 19th century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty year period...


The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare Standard Ebooks (August 14, 2019)

First published in 1602 by William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor features the popular figure Sir John Falstaff, who first appeared in Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. Some speculate that Merry Wives was...


File No. 113

by Emile Gaboriau Standard Ebooks (July 18, 2019)

Also known as "The Blackmailers", this story is the third book in the Monsieur Lecoq series.


The Problems of Philosophy

by Bertrand Russell Standard Ebooks (July 17, 2019)

The Problems of Philosophy, published in 1912, is an introductory book for a beginner in philosophical studies. In this book, the author attempts to provoke a discussion by posing different problems.

The book...


Bulfinch’s Mythology

by Thomas Bulfinch Standard Ebooks (July 13, 2019)

Thomas Bulfinch was an American banker and Latin scholar. Bulfinch’s Mythology is a posthumous compilation of three volumes published by Bulfinch during his lifetime which were intended to introduce the general...


The Mystery of Orcival

by Emile Gaboriau Standard Ebooks (July 13, 2019)

The second mystery in the Monsieur Lecoq Series.


The Lerouge Case

by Emile Gaboriau Standard Ebooks (July 09, 2019)

The first of Gaboriau's detective novels introduces a young police officer, and amateur detective named Monsieur Lecoq.


The Way We Live Now

by Anthony Trollope Standard Ebooks (June 14, 2019)

Widely acknowledged to be the masterpiece of Trollope's prolific Victorian career, "The Way We Live Now" is the scathing satire he wrote upon returning to England after traveling abroad. In seeking to discuss...


Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton Standard Ebooks (June 13, 2019)

Ethan Frome is a young man whose nascent ambitions were thwarted by illness and privation. Now his daily toils wring only the most meager living from his fading farm, and his marriage is as frigid as the winter...


The Moon and Sixpence

by W. Somerset Maugham Standard Ebooks (June 12, 2019)

An uncompromising and self-destructive deserts his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. Shedding harsh light on an artist's ego, Maugham reveals the lengths to which one man will go to focus...


My Brilliant Career

by Miles Franklin Standard Ebooks (April 25, 2019)

Written by a teenager living in the Australian bush in the 1890s and originally published in 1901, Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career is a candid representation of the aspirations and frustrations of a young...


My Ántonia

by Willa Cather Standard Ebooks (April 02, 2019)

My Ántonia (first published 1918) is considered the greatest novel by American writer Willa Cather. My Ántonia — pronounced with the accent on the first syllable of "Ántonia" — is the final book of the...


Ghosts

by Henrik Ibsen Standard Ebooks (March 08, 2019)

Written in 1881, when melodrama and farce were still at their peak of popularity, Ibsen’s Ghosts is a three-act tragedy that explores uncomfortable, even forbidden themes. It is also a highly critical commentary...


The Conjure Woman

by Charles W. Chesnutt Standard Ebooks (March 01, 2019)

The Conjure Woman is a collection of fantastical stories narrated by Julius, a former slave, about life on the nearby plantations prior to the Civil War. Each involves an element of magic, be it a vine that...


Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw Standard Ebooks (February 28, 2019)

Pygmalion is a 5-act play by George Bernard Shaw. It was written in 1912 and first produced in 1913. The plot revolves around Professor Henry Higgins’ bet with a colleague over whether he can transform a low-class...


Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy Standard Ebooks (February 21, 2019)

Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to apply the name of Wessex to the landscape of south-west England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity as a novelist. When the beautiful...


The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

by Fergus Hume Standard Ebooks (February 19, 2019)

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, published in 1886, was the first novel by Fergus Hume. It begins with a sensational murder, as the body of a dead man is discovered in a hansom cab by the driver. Set in Melbourne,...


The Golden Triangle

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2019)

Captain Belval, learning of a threat to his beloved nurse Little Mother Coralie, rescues her from her would-be assailants and is promptly dragged into a plot involving her husband and millions of francs worth...


Our American Cousin

by Tom Taylor Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2019)

A rough American from a distant branch of the Trenchard family returns to England and quickly becomes embroiled in the family’s affairs.


Short Fiction

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2019)

H. G. Wells is probably best known for his imaginative longer works, such as his novels The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man; but he was also a prolific short story writer. This Standard Ebooks edition...


Short Fiction

by Nikolai Gogol Standard Ebooks (February 15, 2019)

Nikolai Gogol spent most of his literary career writing short stories, drawing inspiration from his childhood in Ukraine and his adult life in St. Petersburg. His stories are filled with larger than life yet...


Notes from Underground

by Fyodor Dostoevsky Standard Ebooks (February 13, 2019)

Notes from Underground is a fictional collection of memoirs written by a civil servant living alone in St. Petersburg. The man is never named and is generally referred to as the Underground Man. The “underground”...


Six Characters in Search of an Author

by Luigi Pirandello Standard Ebooks (February 12, 2019)

Six Characters in Search of an Author (Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore) is an Italian three-act play written by Luigi Pirandello in 1921, considered as one of the earliest examples of absurdist theatre. It’s...


The Murder on the Links

by Agatha Christie Standard Ebooks (February 10, 2019)

The Murder on the Links is Agatha Christie’s second Poirot novel, featuring the brilliant Belgian detective and his sidekick, Captain Hastings.

In this characteristic whodunit, Poirot is summoned to a seaside...


The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoevsky Standard Ebooks (February 06, 2019)

Dmitri Karamazov and his father Fyodor are at war over both Dmitri’s inheritance and the affections of the beautiful Grushenka. Into this feud arrive the middle brother Ivan, recently returned from Moscow,...


Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

by Ludwig Wittgenstein Standard Ebooks (February 02, 2019)

Ludwig Wittgenstein is considered by many to be one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. He was born in Vienna to an incredibly rich family, but he gave away his inheritance and spent his...


Major Barbara

by George Bernard Shaw Standard Ebooks (February 01, 2019)

Major Barbara is a three-act play that premiered at the Court Theatre in 1905, and was subsequently published in 1907. It portrays idealist Barbara Undershaft, a Major in the Salvation Army, and her encounter...


The Book of Tea

by Okakura Kakuzo Standard Ebooks (January 25, 2019)

The Book of Tea, one of the great English tea classics, is a long essay about the connection between teaism, Taoism, and the aesthetics of Japanese culture. It was written by Okakura Kakuz? in English and was...


Man and Wife

by Wilkie Collins Standard Ebooks (January 25, 2019)

Man and Wife is the ninth novel by Wilkie Collins, and was published in serial form in 1870. Like many of his other novels it has a complex plot and tackles social issues, in this case the then-lax state of...


Psmith in the City

by P. G. Wodehouse Standard Ebooks (January 24, 2019)

Mike Jackson is a rising cricket star who finds his dreams of studying and playing at Cambridge upset by news of his father’s financial troubles. He takes a job with the New Asiatic Bank in London. He arrives...


South!

by Ernest Shackleton Standard Ebooks (January 16, 2019)

South! tells one of the most thrilling tales of exploration and survival against the odds which has ever been written. It details the experiences of the the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition which set off...


The Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin Standard Ebooks (January 15, 2019)

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin must rank as one of the most influential and consequential books ever published, initiating scientific, social and religious ferment ever since its first publication in...


Nicomachean Ethics

by Aristotle Standard Ebooks (January 13, 2019)

Aristotle examines how best to live by looking at the nature of those virtues that characterize the most thriving human beings, and then at how to acquire and develop such virtues. This book is considered the...


The Red Badge of Courage

by Stephen Crane Standard Ebooks (January 13, 2019)

The Red Badge of Courage is an 1895 war novel by American author Stephen Crane. It is considered one of the most influential works in American literature. The novel, a depiction on the cruelty of the American...


The Son of the Wolf

by Jack London Standard Ebooks (January 13, 2019)

A collection of stories that highlight the trials and tribulations of life in the Yukon and Alaska during the gold rush. Greed, determination, compassion, competition, and survival dominate as native tribes...


Tess of the d’Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy Standard Ebooks (January 12, 2019)

Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable....


The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (December 29, 2018)

The gentleman-thief Arsène Lupin returns in this set of ten short stories to confess—or perhaps boast about—his crimes to the unnamed narrator. Mostly set around Lupin’s attempts to frustrate Chief-Inspector...


Moonfleet

by John Meade Falkner Standard Ebooks (December 28, 2018)

Moonfleet is a small village near the sea in the south of England, where village legend tells of the notorious Colonel John “Blackbeard” Mohune who is buried in a family crypt under the church. He is said...


The Created Legend

by Fyodor Sologub Standard Ebooks (December 28, 2018)

Hidden in the forest, the poet Trirodov attempts to secede from the troubled society of early twentieth century Russia to build his own utopia: a school for the quiet children he cares for. Nothing is ever that...


The Scarlet Pimpernel

by Baroness Orczy Standard Ebooks (December 14, 2018)

At the height of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror, a mysterious daredevil rescues French aristocrats from execution and smuggles them out of France. This secretive escape artist is known to the French...


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum Standard Ebooks (December 13, 2018)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the classic American children’s novel about the adventures of Dorothy, a young girl who along with her dog Toto is swept away by a cyclone to the magical Land of Oz. It was written...


Sybil

by Benjamin Disraeli Standard Ebooks (December 11, 2018)

Benjamin Disraeli was a remarkable historical figure. Born into a Jewish family, he converted to Anglican Christianity as a child. He is now almost certainly most famous for his political career. Becoming a...