The Best American Humorous Short Stories is a collection of 19th-century and early 20th-century stories written by the likes of Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, George William Curtis, Bret Harte or O. Henry. These stories aren’t humorous in the sense of our modern understanding, they present a different kind of humor like jokes about men who don’t wear hats and ridiculous notions about the African-Americans and about women.
Miles Coverdale decides to live for a short time in the utopian community of Blithedale. There however, just like the author Nathaniel Hawthorne who joined Unitarian utopian Brook Farm in his early teens, he doesn’t find his answers he was searching for. Instead he gets ill and doubts the community philosophical views and way of life. He returns to the city as a changed man.
In his attempt to drift away from the character that defined his writings, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tries to experiment in the Tales of Terror and Mystery. This time, he takes the reader into a parallel, fantastic world where flying near-transparent monsters and man-eating large cats are causing terror in the human society. But with Sherlock Holmes gone, can anybody solve the seven mysteries?
This is a collection of thirty comic short stories that follow various periods of Twain’s writing career.
A revolutionary philosophical work, The Age of Reason was written by Thomas Paine as a Deist text which was well received in the United States in the late 18th century but seen as too incendiary in the United Kingdom. The Age of Reason challenges the idea of state religion and the legitimacy of the Bible.
In Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein played by her own rules; she dismissed the basic rules of the English language, dismantled the sentence and rearranged it as she pleased. The result? Free your mind and read!
Summa Theologica is an extensive five-volume masterpiece about the meaning of life and the presence of God in our everyday lives. Just like the universe, the compendium starts and ends with God; everything in between is related to God’s creation and how we as human beings can be saved.
A fun and carefree story of boyhood, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an American classic. Children and adults alike have enjoyed the antics of Tom, his friend Huckleberry Finn, and the other memorable characters in Mark Twain's most popular book.
An anonymous narrator arrives in Venice to retrieve Jeffrey Aspern’s - American poet and his idol - love letters. There he finds Juliana Bordereau and her aging niece who may or may not have the letters in question. To convince Juliana, the narrator tries to seduce the niece, Miss Tita but is he willing to pay the price?
Sherlock Holmes is up to something. He doesn’t believe Inspector Lestrade’s story that Miss Susan Cushing is a victim of a prank. She received a parcel with two human ears packed in a coarse salt. And what about the precarious cuts? Or the writing and the spelling correction from the parcel? Doesn’t these clues suggest something more than a prank made by a bunch of medical students?
Venture back in time to Victorian London to join literature's greatest detective team — the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his devoted assistant, Dr. Watson — as they investigate a dozen of their best-known cases. Originally published in 1892, this is the first and best collection of stories about the legendary sleuth. It's also the least expensive edition available.
The Age of Innocence was the first novel written by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Edith Wharton's novel centers around 1870's New York society, scandal and social structure.
Like a beast in the jungle, protagonist John Marcher waits for some catastrophic event to happen letting life and love pass by. Eventually he discovers that tragedy has already occurred: nobody can give his wasted time back to him. The other two stories, ‘The Jolly Corner’ and ‘The Altar of the Dead’ are another great examples of Henry James’ wonderful craft and knowledge of the human soul.
Sons and Lovers is D.H. Lawrence's masterpiece novel that has been listed as one of the top ten novels of the 20th century. The novel centers around the life of Paul Morel. Born into an unhappy marriage, Paul is determined to please his mother, even when it means destroying his own life in the process.
Some Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens is a collection of six short stories all revolving around the Christmas spirit. But these stories are first and foremost essays about life and about its struggles. Don’t expect a Christmas Carol-type of atmosphere. Instead expect some experimental Charles Dickens’ story creation.
Set off on a journey to Europe and Asia, and prepare to meet mad kings, fairies, dragons, Rajahs and other fantastic beings who try to put the world out of balance. Fortunately for all of us, there is always a hero ready to set things right and solve the villain’s puzzles and schemes.
A novel where the characters are put under heavy mental stress by fatal accidents and hostile environments, and their reactions become uncontrollable.
The American Crisis is a collection of articles that were written during the American Revolution arguing for Independence from England. The books were written so that even the common man could read and understand the meaning of the book.
This is the first volume of the famous masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. Using the involuntary memory technique, Marcel Proust travels back in time to his childhood where the reader meets Charles Swann, a friend of the family. The memories fade and reappear again in Proust’s mind this time telling the sad love story between Swann and Odette, an intriguing woman with an unusual style. What more can the narrator remember?
Raised in a small community by a highly-esteemed citizen, Charity Royall wants more for herself. So when Lucius Harney comes to town, she starts dreaming of escaping her status quo and living a happily-married life with the man she loves. But she soon finds out that there is a big difference between dreams and reality.
Tess sets out to clear her father's name after he is accused of murder.
Tao Te Ching is a classic text. This is a fundamental text for both the religions of Taoism and also the philosophical. It has also had a great impact on Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism.
The Ball and the Cross by G.K. Chesterton is a philosophical and religious novel that centers around two main characters with opposite views of the world: one is Professor Lucifer, a convinced atheist; and the other is Monk Michael, a Christian apologist. The two engage in a debate about God and materialism. Is there a right or wrong, a black or white?
Skyrider by B.M. Bower is the story of Johnny Jewel, a cowboy who becomes a pilot during World War II.
When a young woman moves from the country to Chicago, she falls from innocence and starts on a path that will bring her fame, but not happiness.