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Persuasion

by Jane Austen Standard Ebooks (December 05, 2018)

Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finishedEmma and completed it in August 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817; Persuasion was published in December of that year (but...


The Voyage Out

by Virginia Woolf Standard Ebooks (November 06, 2018)

Miss Rachel Vinrace, aged twenty-four and previously interested only in music, is on a voyage both literal and metaphorical. An ocean cruise with her father leaves her for the summer at her Aunt’s villa in...


Sibyl

by Benjamin Disraeli Standard Ebooks (September 08, 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...


Kipps

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Kipps is the story of Arthur “Artie” Kipps, an illegitimate orphan raised by his aunt and uncle on the southern coast of England in the town of New Romney. Kipps falls in love with neighbor friend Ann Pornick...


Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes...


The Woodlanders

by Thomas Hardy Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Grace Melbury, daughter of a rich local wood-trader, has been raised beyond her family through years of expensive education. Coming home, she finds herself pulled between her love for her childhood friend Giles...


Ivanhoe

by Walter Scott Standard Ebooks (May 01, 2018)

Set in 12th-century England, Prince John rules while his brother King Richard is away during the Crusades. During his reign, Prince John and others of Norman nobility abuse their power over the Saxons, forcing...


The Huddlers

by William Campbell Gault Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

He was a reporter from Venus with an assignment on Earth. He got his story but, against orders, he fell in love—and therein lies this story.


The Gringos

by B.M. Bower Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A story of love and adventure on a ranch in California.


The Long Shadow

by B.M. Bower Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A vigorous Western story, sparkling with the free, outdoor, life of a mountain ranch. Its scenes shift rapidly and its actors play the game of life fearlessly and like men. It is a fine love story from start...


Between Friends

by Robert William Chambers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Between Friends by Robert William Chambers Lorraine Monk, Officer of the Order of Canada and founding Executive Director of the Canadian Museum of Photography was, from 1960 to 1980, the Executive Director of...


The Green Mouse

by Robert William Chambers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

To the literary, literal, and scientific mind purposeless fiction is abhorrent. Fortunately we all are literally and scientifically inclined; the doom of purposeless fiction is sounded; and it is a great comfort...


Mansfield Park

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. She gradually falls...


North and South

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

North and South is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in book form in 1855 originally appeared as a twenty-two-part weekly serial from September 1854 through January 1855 in the magazine Household...


The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Age of Innocence centers on one society couple's impending marriage and the introduction of a scandalous woman whose presence threatens their happiness. Though the novel questions the assumptions and mores...


Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Jane Austen’s first novel, Northanger Abbey—published posthumously in 1818—tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s...


Summer

by Edith Wharton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Summer is a novel by Edith Wharton published in 1917 by Charles Scribner's Sons. The story is one of only two novels by Wharton to be set in New England; Wharton was best known for her portrayals of upper class...


The Reef

by Edith Wharton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Set in and around London, "The Reef" is a story of complex morality and its intricately woven place in society. This narrative primarily follows George Darrow and Anna Leath, a young gentleman and a widowed...


Lady Susan

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Austen's "most wicked tale," Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen, possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871. Lady Susan is a selfish, attractive woman, who tries to trap the best...


Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Cymbeline is a play by William Shakespeare, based on an early Celtic British King. Although listed as a tragedy in the First Folio, modern critics often classify it as a romance. Like Othello, Measure for Measure,...


The Efficiency Expert

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Efficiency Expert, an often overlooked by Burroughs' fans, is a cracking tale of young Jimmy Torrance, an upstanding college graduate in post-World War I Chicago who inadvertently rubs shoulders with mobsters...


Bulfinch's Mythology

by Thomas Bulfinch Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Vol. 1 -- The age of fable ; Vol. 2 -- The age of chivalry ; Vol. 3 -- Legends of Charlemagne.


Our Mutual Friend

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected...


Middlemarch

by George Eliot Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A literary landmark in its groundbreaking approach, as well as a priceless document of its age One of the most ambitious narratives of nineteenth-century realism, "Middlemarch" tells the story of an entire town...


Tess of the d'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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....


Jude The Obscure

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared — marriage, religion, education — and the outrage following publication...


The American

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

During a trip to Europe, Christopher Newman, a wealthy American businessman, asks the charming Claire de Cintré to be his wife. To his dismay, he receives an icy reception from the heads of her family, who...


This Side of Paradise

by Francis Scott Fitzgerald Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Published in 1920, and taking its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive...


Little Dorrit

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Upon its publication in 1857, Little Dorrit immediately outsold any of Dickens’s previous books. The story of William Dorrit, imprisoned for debt in Marshalsea Prison, and his daughter and helpmate, Amy, or...


Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Jane Eyre, the story of a young girl and her passage into adulthood, was an immediate commercial success at the time of its original publication in 1847. Its representation of the underside of domestic life...


Women in Love

by David Herbert Lawrence Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920. It is a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun...


Persuasion

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finishedEmma and completed it in August 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817; Persuasion was published in December of that year (but...


Carmilla

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Carmilla" is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. First published in 1872, it tells the story of a young woman's susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. "Carmilla" predates...


Anna Karenina

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

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies...


Anne of the Island

by Lucy Maud Montgomery Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This is the continuing story of Anne Shirley and the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series. Anne attends Redmond College in Kingsport, where she is studying for her BA. The book is dedicated to "all...


Soldiers of Fortune

by Richard Harding Davis Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A romance of America's nascent imperial power recounting the adventures of Robert Clay, a mining engineer and sometime mercenary, and Hope Langham, the daughter of a wealthy American industrialist, as they become...


Framley Parsonage

by Anthony Trollope Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

1861. Prolific English writer of novels dealing with Victorian life. Framley Parsonage is one of the volumes of his Barsetshire series, which is for the most part set in the imaginary west country county of...


Desperate Remedies

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Described by Hardy as a tale of "mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity", his first published novel violated the literary decorum of its day with blackmail, murder, and romance. It relates the story...


A Pair of Blue Eyes

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Elfride finds herself caught in a battle between her heart, her mind and the expectations of her parents and society. The novel is notable for the strong parallels to Hardy and his first wife Emma Gifford. When...


Two on a Tower

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Published in 1882, his ninth novel, 'Two on a Tower' is Hardy's most complete and daring treatment of the theme of love between characters of different classes and ages. Viviette, the married lady of the manor,...


Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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...


The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a musketeer. D'Artagnan is not one...


Adam Bede

by George Eliot Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar...


Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

- WHEN Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, exten- ding upon...


The Trumpet-Major

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth-century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements. In The Trumpet Major, the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester...


Long Live the King!

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Ferdinand William Otto, crown prince of an unspecified European country, is next in line for the throne. But he's only a boy. Fleeing royal boredom for a life of fun and adventure, he remains unaware of the...


Quo Vadis

by Henryk Sienkiewicz Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Quo vadis is Latin for "Where are you going?" and alludes to a New Testament verse...


The U.P. Trail

by Zane Grey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Zane Grey, an author synonymous with the daring tales of the Wild West, delivers an exciting tale in this phenominal best-seller, The U.P. Trail. As the country changes around them, a group of Wyoming residents...


Riders of the Purple Sage

by Zane Grey Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The novel that set the pattern for the modern Western, Riders of the Purple Sage was first published in 1912, immediately selling over a million copies. In the remote border country of southern Utah, a man is...