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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...


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...


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 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 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...


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...


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...


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 Invisible Man

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Griffin, a scientist, has devoted his life to the study of optics. As his work progresses, he invents a method of making a person invisible. After testing the experiment on himself, he comes to realize that...


David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Like many of Dickens’ works, David Copperfield was published serially, then as a complete novel for the first time in 1850. Dickens himself thought of it as his favorite novel, writing in the preface that...


The Lost World

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Even though Doyle is most famous for his Sherlock stories, he was also a prolific novelist, and The Lost World is one of his more famous non-Sherlock novels. Like many novels of the day, it was first published...


The Book of Wonder

by Lord Dunsany Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Book of Wonder is one of Lord Dunsany’s many collections of fantasy short stories. While many of his collections were illustrated, this particular one is different—the illustrations were completed first...


Silas Marner

by George Eliot Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

In Silas Marner, author George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans) introduces an embittered linen weaver who withdraws from society after a betrayal of trust. He retreats to work his loom or count and re-count...


The Moon Pool

by Abraham Merritt Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

On the island of Ponape in the South Pacific, the cold light of a full moon washes over the crumbling ruins of an ancient, vanished civilization. Unleashed from the depths is the Dweller, a glittering, enigmatic...


A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

by James De Mille Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder is perhaps James De Mille’s most popular book; sadly, De Mille didn’t get to see this novel grow in popularity, as it was first serialized posthumously, in...


The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it...


No Name

by Wilkie Collins Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

No Name (1862) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century novel revolving around the issue of illegitimacy. The story begins in 1846, at Combe-Raven in West Somersetshire, the country residence of the happy Vanstone...


The Mysterious Affair at Styles

by Agatha Christie Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles isn’t just Agatha Christie’s first Poirot novel, it’s currently the only Poirot novel in the public domain. It was written on a bet that Christie couldn’t write a detective...


The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Hanney, an expatriated Scot, returns from a long stay in South Africa to his flat in London. One night he is buttonholed by an American who appears to know of an anarchist plot to destabilise Europe, and claims...


A Princess of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

In A Princess of Mars, John Carter is transported to a Mars inhabited by strange civilizations and embarks on various adventures on his quest home. Often held up as a seminal example of pulp science fiction,...


Uncle Silas

by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Uncle Silas is told from the account of Maud Ruthyn, an heiress living with her reclusive father, Austin Ruthyn. She learns about her uncle, Silas Ruthyn, and his past reputation marred by gambling and the apparent...


Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Mary Shelley (then Godwin) and Percy Bysshe Shelley were visiting their friend Lord Byron in Geneva one rainy summer. With the weather against them, they decided to spend their time writing ghost stories for...