Victor Hugo is not only known for his complex novels but also for his beautiful poetry. In his poems, Hugo touches a variety of subjects, from religion and royalism to nature and liberalism all striving to be spontaneous and sublime.
Varvara Dobroselova and Makar Devushkin are two very poor neighbors. They are in love with each other and write letters to one another. They also exchange books, but their condition cannot allow them to marry. Makar is determined to change this and starts saving money. Will he succeed?
Sir Harry is a wealthy man who has a son and a daughter. His fortune seems safe but when his son dies, his family title is under heavy threat. His only descendant is Emily who will inherit the estate yet lose the name Hotspur of Humblethwaite. There is a solution though: if Emily marries his cousin’s son, George Hotspur, the family title will survive. Is Sir Harry willing to take this deal?
Imagine turning 21 and being dragged into a fantasy world full of perils and creatures that want to kill you. Imagine overcoming these dangers, going from villain to hero and beyond, loving and being deceived, helping and being helpless. Imagine waking up and everybody saying you’re gone for 21 days, though it felt like 21 years. How would you change your life?
Squire Gregory Newton of Newton Priory owns an estate which will be eventually inherited by his nephew, Ralph Newton after his death. Gregory has an illegitimate son by the same name as his nephew but he’s not legally entitled to his estate. Who will end up with the small fortune: Ralph the Heir or Ralph the Illegitimate?
Aristotle's Poetics is the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory and outlines the foundation of the Western critical tradition.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a delightful children's novel in the vein of Anne of Green Gables. Written by Kate Douglas Wiggin, it tells the story of a young girl (Rebecca) who goes to live with her two dour aunts. Rebecca injects joy into their lives and finds a way to keep her impoverished family afloat.
Nigel Loring is at a crossroads: his family was ravished by the Black Death and now the local monks have set their eyes on his family’s welfare. To make a name for himself, he joins the army of King Edward III of England. Can he restore the family’s pride and wealth?
This is a novel about manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.
The Fernalds are scattered all across the land. So the elderly must face yet another lonely Christmas. But a son of theirs has other plans. He wants to bring them all together for Christmas and bring joy in their parent’s dull lives. How will he succeed?
Mark Twain's Speeches have delighted audiences for over one hundred years. Filled with wit and wry observation, these speeches are enjoyable to read and excellent examples of the way to entertain and persuade a crowd.
An interesting, semi-autobiographical novel, this is the story about a struggling young writer who thirsts for knowledge, self-improvement, and to join the upper ranks of the intelligent and cultured within his society.
Fanny Price is a young little lady who has the unique opportunity to escape her modest upbringing and live a wealthy life with her aunt and four cousins. She quickly finds out however that status isn’t everything. When Henry and Mary Crawford arrive at Mansfield Park, she starts to question the English aristocratic morality. What will she choose: a life of wealth or a life of happiness?
Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel, and tells the story of Anne Elliot who is persuaded not to marry the love of her life because he is poor and without connections. When she encounters him eight years later, he has become wealthy and is determined to marry anyone but Anne.
Although she was born in France, Marie spent almost all her life in England, at the royal court of King Henry II, in the 12th century. There she wrote a series of rhymed fairy tales known as Breton lai or lays inspired from the ancient Greeks and Romans. Medieval Lays and Legends of Marie de France are a collection of 12 such poems written to both instruct and entertain the reader.
Michael Strogoff, the brave courier, must warn the Governor-General of Siberia that the fierce Feofar-Khan is pouring his men into Siberia and fomenting rebellion. This is widely considered to be one of Verne's best novels.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by a former slave, Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. The text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) is a novel by Herman Melville considered an outstanding work of Romanticism and the American Renaissance. Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, a white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee. Although the novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, its reputation as a Great American Novel grew during the twentieth century.
Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft is a feminist novel set in 18th century England at a time when women were just mere assets to men. Having woken up in the wrong marriage, Maria tries to escape her husband, and instead is imprisoned in an asylum. There she meets warden Jemima, a woman abused as a child, and fellow inmate Henry Darnford, sane but living a chaotic life. Maria ends up falling in love with Henry preparing us for an open ending with many twists and turns.
Forced to move from the traditional south of England to the north to the industrialized Milton, Margaret Hale slowly but steadily learns the new ways of Victorian society. At first, she resents the town and its people. However, as time goes on, she gets more and more involved defending the working class and standing by them in their was against mill owner John Thornton, a member of the New Rich. Soon, the arguments between Margaret and John take an unusual turn.
Read the original adventures in Neverland! Join Peter, Wendy and all of the Lost Boys for J.M. Barrie's original adventure in Neverland.
Omoo is basically a fiction-driven adventure novel based on Herman Melville’s South Pacific seamanship experience. The novel is a sequel to Typee; this time, the action is set on the remote islands of Tahiti and includes mutiny, recruiting new members, facing cannibalistic local tribes and handling the mutineers. How will the story end?
Michael O’Halloran is the charming Gene Stratton-Porter novel of an orphaned newspaper seller who asks nothing of the world except to "be square". The book presents a vivid description of American life in 1914 and, though the characters suffer many hardships, the overall tone is so upbeat that it's easy to see why this book outsold "Pollyanna" in 1916. Stratton-Porter's skill as a naturalist make the country scenes especially vibrant. Her ear for dialog is unsurpassed showing the reader that, if life in America wasn't like this, it should have been. Readers of this book will be led to wonder if children and adults did speak this nicely to each other once upon a time, and if the world would be a better place if everyone could just "be square".
This is the story of Vasili Andreevich and his servant Nikita, trapped for the night in a snowdrift, struggling to survive against the gathering intensity of a storm.
After the death of his family at just five years of age, Louis de Conte is sent to a small village to live with a priest. There he meets Joan of Arc, a young peasant girl who would change French history forever. Enchanted by Joan, Louis de Conte becomes her servant and also her biographer.