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Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell Standard Ebooks (November 28, 2019)

Black Beauty is Anna Sewell's only novel, composed in the last years of her life between 1871 and 1877 while confined to her house as an invalid.

The story is told in the first person as an autobiographical memoir...


by George Eliot Standard Ebooks (November 26, 2019)

“George Eliot” was the pen-name of Mary Ann Evans, one of the greatest of English novelists of the Victorian era. Her long novel Middlemarch, subtitled A Study of Provincial Life, is generally considered...

The Frogs

by Aristophanes, ca.446-385 BCE Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Frogs / Aristophanes

Fruits of freedom

by Rose Mburu African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A village sets out to find independence.

Searching for the Spirit of Spring

by Mosa Mahlaba African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Nkanyezi can't wait for the Spring festival, but the people of Ndlovu have lost their spirit of celebration.

Butcher Bird

by Richard Kadrey Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he's saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful...

The Story of the Treasure Seekers

by Edith Nesbit Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

This is the story of the Bastable children and their attempts to help the family finances by searching for treasure. - LibriVox

With the Eyes Shut

by Edward Bellamy Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

No Description Available

The World Beyond

by Raymond King Cummings Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Out of nowhere came these grim, cold, black-clad men, to kidnap three Earth people and carry them to a weird and terrible world where a man could be a giant at will.

The Marriage Contract

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Le Contrat de mariage (English: A Marriage Contract or A Marriage Settlement) is an 1835 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) and included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel...

The Bunner Sisters

by Edith Wharton Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

The Bunner Sisters (1892) takes place in a shabby neighborhood in New York City. The two Bunner sisters, Ann Eliza the elder, and Evelina the younger, keep a small shop selling artificial flowers and small handsewn...

Against the Grain

by Joris-Karl Huysmans Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Because of his extreme sensitivity to the absurd and grotesque in human affairs, the protagonist of this masterpiece of decadence has estranged himself from society and savors the most bizarre aspects of human...

Operation Haystack

by Frank Herbert Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

It's hard to ferret out a gang of fanatics; it would, obviously, be even harder to spot a genetic line of dedicated men. But the problem Orne had was one step tougher than that!

Tarrano the Conqueror

by Raymond King Cummings Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

In Tarrano the Conqueror is presented a tale of the year 2430 A.D.--a time somewhat farther beyond our present-day era than we are beyond Columbus' discovery of America. My desire has been to create for you...

The Man Who Was Afraid

by Maxim Gorky Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

OUT of the darkest depths of life, where vice and crime and misery abound, comes the Byron of the twentieth century, the poet of the vagabond and the proletariat, Maxim Gorky. Not like the beggar, humbly imploring...

His Family

by Ernest Poole Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

In this 1918 Pulitzer Prize winning story, widower Roger Gale, struggles to deal with the way his children and grandchildren respond to the changing society. His family is the story of a sixty-year-old New York...

The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

There has been a ghost in the house for three hundred years, and LordCanterville's family have had enough of it. So Lord Canterville sells his grandold house to an American family. Mr Hiram B. Otis is happy...

The Centaur

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

One of the greatest "mystical" works by Blackwood, wherein he explores man's empathy with the unknown forces of the universe.

The Metropolis

by Upton Sinclair Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

With the same outraged sensibility that fueled his muckraking expos The Jungle , Sinclair turns a gimlet eye upon the jaded lifestyles of New York City's high society in this 1907 novel. Freshly arrived from...

The Patagonia

by Robert Ervin Howard Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Grace Mavis may be engaged to be married, but to say she has mixed feelings about the impending union would be putting it mildly. On the sea voyage to reunite with her betrothed, Grace is determined to have...

The Warlord of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Old acquaintances, made in the two other stories, reappear: Tars Tarkas, Tardos Mors and others. There is a happy ending to the story in the union of the Warlord, the title conferred upon John Carter, with Dejah...

In the Cage

by Henry James Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Long recognized as one of the most refined and insightful American writers of the nineteenth century, Henry James turns his keen powers of perception and observation to the case of a London telegraph operator...

The Damned

by Algernon Blackwood Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

No Description Available

The Jolly Corner

by Henry James Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Henry James (1843 - 1916) was one of the leaders in the school of realism in fiction. He is known for his series of novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe. James is considered to be...

The Abandoned Room

by Wadsworth Camp Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

Bobby Blackburn can remember the first part of the evening when his grandfather was murdered. The problem is, he cannot remember what happened the rest of the night, or how he ended up in the neighborhood of...


by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

They lowered their voices and walked away in order to talk more at their ease on some retired couch. Never was a more promising mine laid open to seekers after mysteries. No one knew from what country the Lanty...

Little Fuzzy

by Henry Beam Piper Open BookShelf (September 29, 2018)

The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it,...

The Dark World

by Henry Kuttner Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

World War II veteran Edward Bond's recuperation from a disastrous fighter plane crash takes a distinct turn for the weird when he encounters a giant wolf, a red witch, and the undeniable power of the need-fire,...

Ivan the Fool

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Ivan the Fool" is an 1886 short story by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. It describes the struggles of three brothers and a sister with the Old Devil. The name "Ivan the Fool" hints to a popular hero of Russian...

There are No Guilty People

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Alexander Ivanovich Volgin, a bachelor and a clerk in a Moscow bank at a salary of eight thousand Rubels a year, a man much respected in his own set, was staying in a country-house. His host was a wealthy landowner,...

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Randolph Carter dreams three times of a majestic sunset city, but each time he is abruptly snatched away before he can see it up close. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of the phantasmal...

The Magic City

by Edith Nesbit Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

An extremely unhappy ten-year-old magically escapes into a city he has built out of books, chessmen, candlesticks, and other household items.

The Curse of Capistrano (The Mark of Zorro)

by Johnston McCulley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Curse of Capistrano is a 1919 novella by Johnston McCulley and the first work to feature the fictional character Zorro (zorro is the Spanish word for fox). After the enormous success of the 1920 film adaptation,...

At the Mountains of Madness

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

At the Mountains of Madness is a novella by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in February/March 1931 and originally serialized in the February, March and April 1936 issues of Astounding Stories. It has...

Where Love is, There God is Also

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Where Love Is, God Is" is a short story about a shoemaker named Martin Avdeitch. The story begins with a background on Martin's life. He was a fine cobbler as he did his work well and never promised to do something...

Home of the Gentry

by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The novel's protagonist is Fyodor Ivanych Lavretsky, a nobleman who shares many traits with Turgenev. The child of a distant, Anglophile father and a serf mother who dies when he is very young, Lavretsky is...

Father Sergius

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

For some weeks Father Sergius had been living with one persistent thought: whether he was right in accepting the position in which he had not so much placed himself as been placed by the Archimandrite and the...

An Old Acquaintance

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A short story by Leo Tolstoy.

The Faith of Men & Other Stories

by Jack London Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Tales from the Klondike.

Hearts of Three

by Jack London Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Originally intended as a film scenario, this plot is an improbably adventure story that can't help but bring to mind the "Lost Ark" films of decades later!

The Mantooth

by Christopher Leadem Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Ten thousand years after nuclear holocaust, Earth has reverted to the savage garden, and Man to his Neanderthal roots. Yet a man-child is born, fully human, and a young woman wakes to find the world she knew...

The Descendant

by Howard Phillips Lovecraft Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Descendant" is a horror story fragment by American writer H. P. Lovecraft, believed to have been written in 1927. It was first published in the journal Leaves in 1938, after Lovecraft's death.

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The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'

by Joseph Conrad Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

No Description Available

The Czar's Spy

by William Le Queux Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

We could tell you what this book was about, but then we'd have to kill you.

The Imp and the Crust

by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A short story by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy.

Ruth Fielding at the War Front

by Alice B. Emerson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Ruth continues her work for the Red Cross and is soon transferred to a hospital that is on the war front. Ruth faces the very real danger of possible death but soon has a greater concern.

The Dragon Tamers

by Edith Nesbit Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)


"There was once an old, old castle--it was so old that its I walls and towers and turrets and gateways and arches had crumbled to ruins, and of all its old splendour there were only two little rooms...

A Changed Man and Other Tales

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A dozen minor novels that have been published in the periodical press collected together.

Off on a Comet

by Jules Verne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story starts with a comet that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. Some forty people of various nations and ages are condemned to a two-year-long journey on the comet.

The Man who bought London

by Edgar Wallace Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

An American, Kerry King, leads a syndicate of millionaire in an attempt to buy up large chunks of London in order to redevelop them for the benefit of the poorer inhabitants. His plan is threatened by the schemes...