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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (May 08, 2018)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and illustrated by Sidney Paget.

These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short...


The Wonderful Visit

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (May 04, 2018)

The Wonderful Visit is an early work by H. G. Wells, published in the same year as The Time Machine. It takes a gentle, semi-comic approach to some of Wells’ social concerns by using the device of an angel...


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 Hollow Needle

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (April 27, 2018)

In this first full-length Arsène Lupin novel the gentleman-thief remains a shadowy figure for most of the novel, working two steps beyond the law with a hidden aim. To fight against this anti-hero, Leblanc...


King Solomon's Mines

by H. Rider Haggard Standard Ebooks (April 27, 2018)

King Solomon’s Mines was published in September 1885, becoming an immediate best seller by tapping into people’s excitement for the unknown: in this case, the unexplored regions of Africa.

Haggard wrote...


Nostromo

by Joseph Conrad Standard Ebooks (April 25, 2018)

Originally published as a serial, Nostromo is set in a fictional South American country where the outbreak of civil war puts the mining town of Sulaco in turmoil. Giovanni Battista Fidanza, known as Nostromo,...


The Great Impersonation

by E. Phillips Oppenheim Standard Ebooks (April 24, 2018)

It’s 1913, and war is on the horizon. The disgraced English aristocrat, Everard Dominey, is stumbling through East Africa when he comes across his old classmate and lookalike—the German Baron von Ragastein....


Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham Standard Ebooks (March 30, 2018)

Considered by many to be Maugham’s masterpiece, Of Human Bondage is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale. The novel follows Philip, a sensitive young man interested in literature and art, as he searches...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville Standard Ebooks (March 28, 2018)

Moby-Dick is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaling ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab...


The Inferno

by August Strindberg Standard Ebooks (March 21, 2018)

The narrator of The Inferno?—ostensibly August Strindberg himself?—has not had an easy recent past, and a move to Paris is not helping. As his mania overtakes his ability to function in the society of artists,...


Emma

by Jane Austen Standard Ebooks (March 21, 2018)

Emma has lived a pampered, protected life and consequently is somewhat unrealistic in her regard for herself and her own abilities.She befriends Harriet Smith, a young woman of dubious parentage and no money...


Right Ho, Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Right Ho, Jeeves is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, the second full-length novel featuring the popular characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, after Thank You, Jeeves. It also features a host of other recurring Wodehouse...


Father Goriot

by Honoré de Balzac Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Father Goriot, today considered one of Balzac’s most important works, is part of his novel sequence The Human Comedy. It’s the first of Balzac’s novels to feature recurring characters, a technique that...


Love Among the Chickens

by P. G. Wodehouse Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

P. G. Wodehouse once described his writing as “musical comedy without music,” and Love Among the Chickens is one of the earliest examples of his trademark style. The narrator, Jeremy Garnet, is a mild-mannered...


The Cosmic Computer

by H. Beam Piper Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Cosmic Computer is a 1963 science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper based on his short story “Graveyard of Dreams,” which was published in the February 1958 issue of Galaxy Magazine.

The action largely...


Beyond Good and Evil

by Friedrich Nietzsche Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Beyond Good and Evil, one of Nietzsche’s four “late period” works, is a philosophical treatise organized into nine parts and 296 short individual sections. In it he explores the concept of morality as...


The Man Who Was Thursday

by G. K. Chesterton Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Sometimes described as thrilling, sometimes as comic, and sometimes as metaphysical or spiritual, The Man Who Was Thursday is perhaps a little of each. The tale begins when an undercover policeman infiltrates...


Little Fuzzy

by H. Beam Piper Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Little Fuzzy is a science fiction novel set on the planet Zarathustra, a world rich in natural resources being exploited by a huge chartered company from Earth. Jack Holloway is a free-lance sunstone miner working...


Idylls of the King

by Alfred Lord Tennyson Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Idylls are a series of twelve long blank verse poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, telling the tale of Arthur and his round table. While some of them are stories of adventure and daring of the kind you’d expect...


North of Boston

by Robert Frost Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

North of Boston is Robert Frost’s second collection of poetry. It includes some of his more famous poems, like “Mending Wall,” “Home Burial,” and “After Apple-Picking.”


The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published as a serial in Lippencott’s Monthly Magazine, and the publishers thought it would so offend readers that they removed nearly 500 words without Wilde’s approval....


The King in Yellow

by Robert W. Chambers Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The King in Yellow is a fascinating, almost two-faced work. The first half consists of five legendary weird tales, loosely tied together by a fictional play—the eponymous King in Yellow—that drives those...


The Worst Journey in the World

by Apsley Cherry-Garrard Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

In 1910 famous explorer Robert Falcon Scott led the Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole. The expedition was part scientific and part adventure: Scott wanted to be the first to reach the pole.

The expedition...


The Duel

by Anton Chekhov Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Duel is one of Chekhov’s longest works, skirting the edge between novel and novella. Like many of Chekhov’s works, it was first published as a serial.

Laevsky is a womanizing drunkard, a slave to life’s...


The Wisdom of Father Brown

by G. K. Chesterton Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Father Brown, G. K. Chesterton’s crime-solving Catholic priest, is back in this second collection of Father Brown short stories. In this collection, Brown is joined by his sidekick, the former arch-criminal...


The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

by Washington Irving Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Initially published throughout 1819 and 1820, The Sketch-Book is a collection of 34 essays and short stories, collected and ordered according to the Author’s Revised Edition published in 1848. The Sketch-Book...


The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Wind in the Willows, the story of four animals and their adventures in the idyllic English countryside, started out as bedtime stories Grahame would tell his son. He eventually started writing them down,...


The Luck of Barry Lyndon

by William Makepeace Thackeray Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Luck of Barry Lyndon was first published as a serial in Fraser’s Magazine, then later as a complete volume entitled The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.—a title Thackeray disliked, but that was selected...


Space Viking

by H. Beam Piper Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Initially serialized in Analog magazine between 1962 and 1963, Space Viking takes place after the events of H. Beam Piper’s earlier serialization, The Cosmic Computer. Space Viking is a classic space opera:...


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the classic novella of split personality. Stevenson wrote it in just a few days while sick and bedridden, and famously burned the first draft after his wife suggested...


The Sorrows of Young Werther

by J. W. Von Goethe Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Most of "The Sorrows of Young Werther" is presented as a collection of letters written by Werther, a young artist of a sensitive and passionate temperament, to his friend Wilhelm. These give an intimate account...


The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

by Rudolph Erich Raspe Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Baron Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen, was an actual baron living in 18th-century Hanover famous for entertaining his guests with outrageously-embellished tales of his wartime exploits—so...


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu

by Sax Rohmer Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1913) is the first novel in the Dr. Fu Manchu (sometimes "Fu-Manchu") series by Sax Rohmer. It collates various short stories published the preceding year. The novel was also published...


Scaramouche

by Rafael Sabatini Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A romantic tale of a young aristocrat's adventures during the French Revolution. At one point the hero joins a theater troupe to portray ''Scaramouche''. He also becomes a lawyer, a politician, and a lover,...


Dialogues

by Seneca Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Seneca the Younger was a statesman and philosopher who lived in Rome around the dawn of the Common Era. Though he wrote a large amount of tragedies and other works, today he’s perhaps best known for his writing...


The Castle of Otranto

by Horace Walpole Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole. It is generally regarded as the first gothic novel, and it was indeed the first novel to describe itself by that term. Castle is thus generally credited...


The Red Room

by August Strindberg Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

August Strindberg’s novel The Red Room centers on the civil servant Arvid Falk as he tries to find meaning in his life through the pursuit of writing. He’s accompanied by a crew of painters, sculptors and...


Alice Adams

by Booth Tarkington Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Alice Adams is Booth Tarkington’s second novel to win a Pulitzer Prize, just three years after his novel The Magnificent Ambersons won it. The novel tells the story of Alice, a Midwestern girl who grows up...


The Magnificent Ambersons

by Booth Tarkington Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Magnificent Ambersons, winner of the 1919 Pulitzer prize, is considered by many to be Booth Tarkington’s finest novel and an American classic. The story is set in the Midwest, where George, the spoiled...


A Confession

by Leo Tolstoy Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Leo Tolstoy wrote this short meditation on sadness and the meaning of life when he was middle aged. He had already completed his masterworks, Anna Karenina and War and Peace, reared fourteen children, and gained...


A Voyage to Arcturus

by David Lindsay Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A stunning achievement in speculative fiction, A Voyage to Arcturus has inspired, enchanted, and unsettled readers for decades. It is simultaneously an epic quest across one of the most unusual and brilliantly...


Lost Face

by Jack London Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The first anthology of short stories by Jack London, Lost Face tells seven stories about the Klondike gold rush. In “Lost Face,” the fur thief Subienkow faces gruesome torture and execution by a tribe of...


Parnassus on Wheels

by Christopher Morley Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Parnassus on Wheels is Morley's first novel, about a fictional traveling book-selling business. The original owner of the business, Roger Mifflin, sells it to 39-year-old Helen McGill, who is tired of taking...


Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Treasure Island isn’t just one of the most famous coming-of-age tales in modern storytelling, it’s also the book that invented everything you know about pirates: Peg legs, parrots, treasure chests, tropical...


Sons and Lovers

by D. H. Lawrence Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The third published novel of D. H. Lawrence, taken by many to be his earliest masterpiece, tells the story of Paul Morel, a young man and budding artist. Richard Aldington explains the semi-autobiographical...


The Mysterious Island

by Jules Verne Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Mysterious Island tells the tale of five Americans who, in an attempt to escape the Civil War, pilot a hot-air balloon and find themselves crashed on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific. Verne had...


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Benjamin Franklin is a man who needs little introduction. He wore many hats over the course of his fascinating life, from that of a printer, to an inventor, to a scientist, to a politician, a founding father...


Short Fiction

by Algis Budrys Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Algis Budrys’ science fiction writing career is long and storied. This collection of seven of his early stories published in science fiction pulp magazines is a window into his imagination and style.


His Masterpiece

by Émile Zola Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

His Masterpiece, sometimes translated as “The Work” or “The Masterpiece,” is Zola’s 14th entry in his Rougon-Macquart series of novels. In it we see Claude Lantier, a painter with obvious talent, struggle...


The Religion of Nature Delineated

by William Wollaston Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Wollaston attempts to determine what rules for the conduct of life (that is, what religion) a conscientious and penetrating observer might derive simply from reasoning about the facts of the world around him,...