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The Beggar's Opera

by John Gay HarperPerennial Classics (December 15, 2015)

When Polly Peachum, daughter to a local fence and thief-catcher, marries infamous highwayman Macheath, it sets off a comically dangerous chain of events as Polly’s father is determined to have his new son-in-law...


The Custom of the Country

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (December 15, 2015)

When Udine Spragg moves to New York from the Midwest with her family, she’s naïve to the ways of upper class society, but determined to climb the social ladder and live the kind of extravagant lifestyle that...


Kubla Khan

by Samuel Coleridge HarperPerennial Classics (December 15, 2015)

Though left uncompleted, “Kubla Khan” is one of the most famous examples of Romantic era poetry. In it, Samuel Coleridge provides a stunning and detailed example of the power of the poet’s imagination...


The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

by Howard Pyle HarperPerennial Classics (December 15, 2015)

Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men find themselves labeled as outlaws when their adventures land them on the wrong side of the law. Joining with his friends Friar Tuck, Little John, and the other members of...


The Life and Adventures and Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton

by Daniel Defoe HarperPerennial Classics (December 15, 2015)

After being kidnapped from his family as a child, Bob Singleton is raised by the gypsy who purchased him. As a young man, he quickly takes to life at sea, and begins a series of adventures, both on and off land,...


The Touchstone

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (October 20, 2015)

Desperate for money so that he may marry, Stephen Glennard sells the loves letters that a famous, recently deceased author penned to him, but when he is haunted by crippling guilt over the source of his fortune,...


Summer

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (October 20, 2015)

Bored with her life in a small town, eighteen-year-old Charity Royall enters into a relationship with an older man, only to find herself pregnant and abandoned when he reunites with his fiancée and leaves town....


The Wisdom of Father Brown

by G. K. Chesterton HarperPerennial Classics (October 13, 2015)

Clerical detective Father Brown encounters mysteries that force him to put his deductive abilities to the test in this collection of twelve short stories. From correcting the deductions of a famous consulting...


The Innocence of Father Brown

by G. K. Chesterton HarperPerennial Classics (October 13, 2015)

Clerical detective Father Brown is introduced for the first time in this collection of twelve stories. From catching international criminals to simpler wrongdoings, and saving lost souls along the way, Father...


The Man Who Was Thursday

by G. K. Chesterton HarperPerennial Classics (October 13, 2015)

A member of Scotland Yard’s secret anti-anarchist police corps, Gabriel Syme infiltrates the local European anarchist council only to discover that the group is not what it presents itself to be. Acting as...


Spirit of the Border

by Zane Grey HarperPerennial Classics (October 13, 2015)

Pioneer brothers Jim and Joe Downs experience love and loss in the newly-settled Ohio Valley. Although each has his own reasons for settling in the west—one led by his ministry, the other searching for adventure—they...


Betty Zane

by Zane Grey HarperPerennial Classics (September 15, 2015)

Beautiful and headstrong, Betty Zane has made a place for herself in the newly-settled territory of the Ohio Valley. When the delicate balance of her life on the frontier is interrupted by the arrival of Alfred...


Mr. Prohartchin

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky HarperPerennial Classics (September 08, 2015)

Mr. Prohartchin lives a miserable life. To his neighbors he is a man to be pitied, living in a bare apartment with little more than a mattress on the floor. His meals are sparse and frugal, and he is isolated...


The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky HarperPerennial Classics (September 08, 2015)

While contemplating his life and deeming himself ridiculous, a man on the verge of suicide is interrupted by a young girl begging for his help. In his dark mood, he brushes her away, but when he returns home...


The Peasant Marey

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky HarperPerennial Classics (September 08, 2015)

While serving time in a prison camp, a man witnesses the savage beating of another prisoner. A fellow inmate, who comes from wealth in his home country of Poland, comments on the brutality of the peasant prisoners,...


An Honest Thief

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky HarperPerennial Classics (September 08, 2015)

After his landlord experiences a break-in and theft, Astafy Ivanovich tells the man the tragic story of a man named Emelyan Ilyitch—an honest thief he once knew, and whose livelihood Astafy once found himself...


White Nights

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky HarperPerennial Classics (August 25, 2015)

A young, lonely man strolls the streets of St. Petersburg contemplating his solitude when he happens upon a young woman in tears. While escorting her home, the two strike up a conversation and soon become friends,...


The History of Emily Montague

by Frances Brooke HarperPerennial Classics (August 25, 2015)

The lives and loves of early Canadian settlers are captured through their letters. At a time of relative peace—after General Wolfe’s victory on the Plains of Abraham and before the American War of Independence—Miss...


The Rainbow Trail

by Zane Grey HarperPerennial Classics (August 11, 2015)

A decade after Jane Withersteen, Lassiter, and their adopted daughter, Fay Larkin, escape through Deception Pass, the family faces new trials when Fay is abducted for marriage by a local Mormon group. As Fay...


A Christmas Tree and a Wedding

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky HarperPerennial Classics (August 11, 2015)

After attending a wedding, a man is reminded of a Christmas party that he had been invited to years before. At the party, the man found himself isolated from most of the conversation, so began watching the other...


The Pioneers

by James Fenimore Cooper HarperPerennial Classics (August 11, 2015)

A disagreement over the killing of a buck during a hunting trip brings an elderly Natty Bumppo, known as Leatherstocking, into contact with a judge and his daughter. Staunchly defending his right to hunt in...


The Rescue

by Joseph Conrad HarperPerennial Classics (July 28, 2015)

Captain Tom Lingard, en route to assist with recapturing a friend’s stolen land, is waylaid by a distress call from a yacht stranded at The Shore of Refuge. But when Lingard falls in love with Mrs. Travers,...


Beauty and the Beast

by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont HarperPerennial Classics (July 21, 2015)

When the beautiful and kind Belle is sent to live in the enchanted palace of the Beast, she is surprised to find a kind and thoughtful creature. As their friendship grows, the Beast professes his love for Belle,...


Gooseberries

by Anton Chekhov HarperPerennial Classics (July 21, 2015)

After getting caught at a friend’s estate during a sudden storm, Ivan tells his friends the story of his brother who was determined to raise enough capital to buy himself a townhouse where he could plant gooseberry...


Peasants

by Anton Chekhov HarperPerennial Classics (July 21, 2015)

When Nikolay Tchikildyeev falls ill, he decides to return home to the countryside with his wife, Olga, and daughter, Sasha. However, when they arrive, his family’s hut is not the idyllic country retreat he...


An Artist's Story

by Anton Chekhov HarperPerennial Classics (July 21, 2015)

An idle artist meets a woman and her two daughters while traveling the Russian countryside. The eldest daughter, Lida, is strong-minded and purposeful, intent on her mission to better the lives of the local...


The Black Monk

by Anton Chekhov HarperPerennial Classics (July 21, 2015)

When Andrey Korvin returns to the home he grew up in, his former guardian Yegor welcomes him with enthusiasm, excited to share his life’s work—his expansive garden—with his former ward. Korvin soon begins...


Riders of the Purple Sage

by Zane Grey HarperPerennial Classics (July 14, 2015)

A Mormon from birth, Jane Withersteen nevertheless resists marriage to one of the local church leaders, Elder Tull and, following her adoption of a Christian child, grows increasingly disillusioned with the...


Roderick Hudson

by Henry James HarperPerennial Classics (July 14, 2015)

The lives of two men—Roderick Hudson, a gifted sculptor, and Rowland Mallet, Roderick’s benefactor—are tragically altered by love after they travel to Europe to further Hudson’s career. Mallet, a wealthy...


Rothschild's Fiddle

by Anton Chekhov HarperPerennial Classics (July 07, 2015)

Eaten away by illness, an elderly coffin maker named Yakov reflects on his life—in particular his indifferent relationship with his now-deceased wife, Marfa, and his antipathy towards Rothschild, the flutist...


The Bet

by Anton Chekhov HarperPerennial Classics (July 07, 2015)

At a banker’s party fifteen years ago, a young lawyer defends the position that life in prison is far less humane than capital punishment. The banker disagrees and proposes they bet—two million rubles in...


An Outcast of the Islands

by Joseph Conrad HarperPerennial Classics (July 07, 2015)

Peter Willems’s life enters a downward spiral when he is caught and, despite his motives, subsequently dismissed for embezzling from his employer. Saved from financial ruin once again by his benefactor, Captain...


Almayer's Folly

by Joseph Conrad HarperPerennial Classics (July 07, 2015)

Almayer, an immigrant living on the Malayan continent with his native wife and his daughter, Nina, dreams of riches, and so pursues hidden gold mines and begins construction on a mansion to impress the British...


The Refugees

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (June 16, 2015)

His sabbatical in Europe cut abruptly short by the opening hostilities of the First World War, Charlie Durand, a professor of romance languages, finds himself caught up with a wave of Belgian refugees fleeing...


After Holbein

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (June 16, 2015)

A pair of elderly New York socialites, Anson Warley and Evelina Jasper, reveal the tragedy of the decay that comes with old age. Believing that they are sharing an extravagant meal at a busy dinner party, Anson...


The Long Run

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (June 16, 2015)

Halston Merrick, a once vibrant and adventurous young man, has settled into a mundane life of conformity in his middle years. Upon meeting up with an old friend after a twelve year absence, Merrick reveals his...


Autres Temps

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (June 16, 2015)

Mrs. Lidcote, an American divorcée, returns to New York City from Florence to support her daughter through her own divorce and impending remarriage. Learning that divorce is no longer the societal death sentence...


Bunner Sisters

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (June 16, 2015)

Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner have never been apart. Unmarried, the sisters fill their days making hats in their millinery shop, located on the seedy side of New York City, and their evenings quietly in their...


The Rover

by Joseph Conrad HarperPerennial Classics (June 16, 2015)

As the Revolution rages in France, a seafarer named Peyrol comes to the end of a lifetime lived on the seas and seeks refuge in a remote farmhouse on the French Riviera. As he attempts to settle into a peaceful...


The Inheritors

by Joseph Conrad & Ford Madox Ford HarperPerennial Classics (June 16, 2015)

When Arthur, a writer-turned-journalist, meets a mysterious and alluring woman, he is drawn into the world of the Fourth Dimensionists, a societal faction that uses political power to break down traditional...


The Arrow of Gold

by Joseph Conrad HarperPerennial Classics (June 09, 2015)

During the Third Carlist War in Spain, a naïve, unnamed narrator becomes caught in a love triangle with the beautiful Dona Rita and Captain Blunt, a veteran of the American Civil War.

Having joined the forces...


Romance

by Joseph Conrad & Ford Madox Ford HarperPerennial Classics (June 09, 2015)

John Kemp, a young Englishman thirsting for adventure, journeys to the Caribbean where he meets an influential landowner and becomes entangled in the dangerous world of local pirates.

Romance was the final of...


Chance

by Joseph Conrad HarperPerennial Classics (May 19, 2015)

When Flora de Barral’s father is imprisoned, she finds herself alone and without resources. Reliant on the generosity of others, Flora navigates with sensitivity her benefactors’ intrigues before finding...


Fathers and Sons

by Ivan Turgenev HarperPerennial Classics (May 05, 2015)

As Arkady Kirsanov returns home after graduation, his father waits patiently for him—excited to see his much-loved son once again. But in returning home to a world that has remained static, Arkady and his...


The Secret Agent

by Joseph Conrad HarperPerennial Classics (May 05, 2015)

In a rough-and-ready shop in Soho in Victorian London, Mr. Verloc lives a humble existence sustaining himself, his wife, her infirm mother, and her disabled brother, Stevie. But all is not as it seems with Mr....


The Turn of the Screw

by Henry James HarperPerennial Classics (May 05, 2015)

A young governess turns up at a country estate in Essex to care for Miles and Flora, two young orphans left in care of their absentee uncle. Soon after her tenure begins, the governess begins to see strangers...


Fairy Tales

by Brothers Grimm HarperPerennial Classics (May 05, 2015)

Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm have delighted, terrified, and inspired generations of readers. Fairy Tales brings together many of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s best-known and loved works, including “Rapunzel,”...


Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton HarperPerennial Classics (May 05, 2015)

Ethan Frome, a lonely and downtrodden farmer, lives alone with his sickly, judgmental wife Zeena and her cousin Mattie, who helps around the house. Ethan and Mattie have feelings for one another, but are trapped...


A Study in Scarlet

by Arthur Conan Doyle HarperPerennial Classics (May 05, 2015)

Doctor John Watson is looking for a new place to live when he is introduced to Sherlock Holmes, a peculiar man who happens to be looking for a roommate. Watson soon finds himself fascinated by Holmes’ numerous...


Love and Friendship

by Jane Austen HarperPerennial Classics (May 05, 2015)

Love and Friendship and Other Early Works is a collection of juvenile writings by Jane Austen. It includes Love and Friendship and The History of England as well as a preface by G. K. Chesterton. Written as...