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Sartor Resartus

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Sartor Resartus was a strange and new book when it was first published in 1833, and in many ways it remains a strange and new book today. The bulk of the novel takes the form of the a commentary on the life...


The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

by Samuel Johnson Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Rasselas is a fable-like story, more apologue than novel, written by Johnson in 1759 to help pay for the costs of his recently-deceased mother’s funeral. While the plot is basic and the characters are thin,...


Nightmare Abbey

by Thomas Love Peacock Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Published in 1818, Peacock’s novella Nightmare Abbey is a gentle satire of the then-popular gothic movement in literature. He pokes fun at the genre’s obsessions and most of the book’s characters are caricatures...


The Warden

by Anthony Trollope Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Warden is concerned with the unassuming Rev. Septimus Harding, who has for many years been the Warden of Hiram’s Hospital in the fictional town of Barchester. This “hospital” is what we would today...


The Napoleon of Notting Hill

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

First published in 1904, this allegorical fantasy is, perhaps, Chesterton's most curious book, a futuristic satire on public apathy, the corruption of the ruling class, and the collapse of local tradition. Though...


Short Fiction

by Rog Phillips, André Norton & Philip K. Dick Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Philip K. Dick built an enduring literary reputation writing powerful science fiction in the pulp magazines of the 50s and beyond. This collection of several of his short works, arranged in chronological order...


Vanity Fair

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

Vanity Fair is perhaps Thackeray’s most famous novel. First serialized over the course of 19 volumes in Punch Magazine and first printed as a single volume in 1849, the novel cemented Thackeray’s literary...


A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

by Mark Twain Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is one of Mark Twain’s most enduring novels. During a stay at a modern-day English castle, the narrator meets a mysterious stranger. The stranger, Hank Morgan,...


A Room With a View

by E. M. Forster Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A Room With a View, perhaps E. M. Forster’s lightest novel, was also one long in gestation—he began it as early as 1901, and only published it in 1908.

In it we meet young Lucy Honeychurch and her cousin...


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...


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 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...


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...


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...


Something New

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

Something New is the first novel of what became known as the “Blandings Castle Saga” by P. G. Wodehouse and was published in the United States in 1915. Two Americans, Ashe Marson and Joan Valentine, endeavor...


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...


Candide

by Voltaire Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Candide, ou l'Optimisme (1759) is a French satire by the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire, English translations of which have been titled Candide: Or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: Or, The Optimist (1762);...


Three Men in a Boat

by Jerome K. Jerome Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Three Men in a Boat is one of the most popular English travelogues, having never been out of print since its publication in 1889 and causing its publisher to comment, “I cannot imagine what becomes of all...


Dead Souls

by Nikolai Gogol Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Dead Souls is Nikolai Gogol’s last novel, and follows the tale of Pavel Chichikov, a down-on-his-luck gentleman determined to improve his lot in life. The story charts his scheme to purchase dead souls—the...


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (often shortened to Huck Finn) is a novel written by American humorist Mark Twain. It is commonly used and accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is also one of...