The House of Mirth is a novel by Edith Wharton about a woman who is destroyed by the society that created her. It is the story of Lily Bart, a high-society, but penniless, young woman in turn-of-the-century New York.
Upon hearing a woman arguing that marriage should never be arranged and always be subject to love, Pozdnyshev asks: ‘What is love?’ He condemns the argument saying that love doesn’t last forever and can quickly turn into hatred. What is Pozdnyshev’s story? Why doesn’t he believe in love?
Griffin is a scientist who has developed the process to make a person invisible. He tests it out on himself, only to find that he cannot reverse the process.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is a collection of stories about the Indian jungle by the English author. Embraced by children for generations, the stories include tales of Mowgli the "man-cub" who is raised by wolves in the jungle. This volume also includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" about a mongoose who saves a family from a cobra, and "Toomai of the Elephants" about a young elephant handler.
Set in the late 21th century, The Last Man by Mary Shelley follows closely the life of Lionel who grew up isolated from society although he and his sister were meant to be raised by the Royal British family. Eventually, he becomes civilized and fond of the society of Men after meeting the heir of the British throne, Adrian. But how will he and the human society survive a deadly plague?
In The Life of Buddha and Its Lessons, readers can find practical applications for the tenets of Buddhism in this short essay. Learn about the life of the Buddha and how you can follow his example.
Two brothers by birth are also brothers in arms in the American Civil War. Their feelings are mixed: they want to destroy the enemy and at the same time, they desperately want to protect each other. Will they succeed?
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the 3rd crime novel featuring Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this case, Holmes solves an attempted murder and dispels the legend of a supernatural beast.
John Hare should have died… instead he is saved by a man with an adopted Indian daughter. He is also dragged into the light after experiencing the darkness of the West. But he isn’t quite ready to embrace it. First he must learn to love.
The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green is one of the very first mystery masterpieces of our modern times. Set in New York City, detective Ebenezer Gryce accepts to investigate the curious murder case of one very rich man, Horatio Leavenworth. Many clues lead to the two nieces but are they truly responsible for their uncle’s death? Maybe this is where “The butler did it” started or maybe, just maybe, Leavenworth’s private secretary had something to do with it.
First performed in 1895, the play is a satire of Victorian culture and social obligations. This play is witty and funny and is the most popular and enduring of Oscar Wilde's plays.
The Heart of Happy Hollow is a collection of 16 short stories that revolve around a small southern community named Sleepy Hollow. Witness the tense relationship between the former slaves and their masters, the young free African-American’s struggles and the way they see the leading white class.
When a Prince returns to Russia after years in a sanatorium, he finds himself scorned by the aristocracy because of his trusting nature and naiveté. Caught in a love triangle between a virtuous and pretty young girl and a mistress of the aristocracy, he finds his morals threatened in this psychological Russian thriller. The Idiot is one of Fyodor Dostoevsky's greatest works and often called one of the greatest Russian novels of all time.
Ten members depart on a journey to hunt the Snark, a fictional animal nobody can describe. The leader Bellman has a map, a blank paper that points to a strange land where the Snark can be found. They split up in their attempt to hunt the animal. But will they find it?
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot is a gothic novella in the vein of other Victorian horror stories like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. In The Lifted Veil, the unreliable narrator, Latimer, believes that he is cursed with an otherworldly ability to see into the future and the thoughts of other people. This leads to tragedy as his obsession with his brother's fiancee.
A world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens that features a giant white worm that can transform into a woman. The Lair of the White Worm is a chilling Victorian horror story.
In two long letters, Captain Avery tries to exonerate himself from the evil deeds he is accused of. He doesn’t enjoy killing and he isn’t interested in raping women; gold and jewels are all he actually wants. Witness his ‘honorable’ life from his humble beginnings to a true King of Pirates.
This story by Bram Stoker is about young man who helps the people of a small country in the Balkans in their struggle against their more powerful neighbors.
The Light of Western Stars is a western romance novel by Zane Grey. In this story, a New York society girl heads west and ends up with more adventure than she had bargained for.
Read an exciting collection of classic mystery and detective stories in the Lock and Key Library, collected by Julian Hawthorne.
This novel tells the story of two brothers who are hot on the trail of rustlers who have kidnapped a woman.
Buffalo Jones is one the last left of his own kind. He doesn’t kill animals for sport; instead he captures them and tames them in his attempt to raise new breeds. His adventures through the Wild West are numerous and amazing: from encountering Native Americans to chasing the musk oxen just to end up in the midst of a wolf attack.
The Jewel of Seven Stars is a novel that explores common fin-de-siecle themes such as imperialism, the rise of the New Woman and feminism, and societal progress.
Homer's Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem. This edition has been translated into prose by Samuel Butler to tell the story of the Trojan War. The Iliad mentions many Greek legends and is a prequel to the Odyssey.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of fairy tales gathered by the great Oscar Wilde. At the end of each story, there is always a lesson to be learned on how to be compassionate and forgiving with your peers