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
The Fall of the House of Usher is a Gothic novel by Edgar Allan Poe. The story tells of a mysterious house and an unnamed narrator's horrific experience with it.
Mark Twain’s short stories aren’t about his religious beliefs. In fact, the Diaries of Adam and Eve should be taken with a grain of salt as they are humorous and witty and describe in a unique way the relationship between two human beings, man and woman who eventually end up falling in love with each other.
The First Man in the Moon by H. G. Wells is a sci-fi novel that ignited the imagination of the 19th century society over what lies on the surface of the Moon and beneath it well before Neil Armstrong. Upon discovering a substance that could negate gravity, businessman Bedford and scientist Cavor set out on a journey to the natural satellite of our planet. There, they make an astounding discovery.
The book contains 423 verses in 26 categories, all verses spoken by the Buddha on various occasions. Most of the verses deal with ethics and spiritual thoughts.
The first section of Dante's Divine Comedy. In the first part of Divine Comedy, Dante, guided by the poet Virgil, plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God. By fusing humor and satire with intellect, an immortal Christian allegory of humankind’s search for self-knowledge and spiritual enlightenment was created.
Originally titled as The Saddest Story, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford tells the story of two couples seen by one of the four ‘halves’. The story is tragic criticizing the early 20th-century American and English hypocritical aristocracy. All four are incapable of loving one another and end up prisoners to their unbound lust and greed.
The book is about the life-threatening adventures of Captain Hatteras and his crew as they discover the truth about the polar terrain.
First published in 1910, The Happy Family (a sequel to "Chip of the Flying U”), continues the various funny and catchy happenings of the well-known interesting characters – Andy Green, Weary, Irish, Pink, Happy Jack, Big Medicine, and the rest - as the action takes place in the badlands, on the edge of the Rockies.
Daren Lane and his two friends, Maynard and Payson, return home to the United States after fighting for three long years in World War One. It’s a dream come true to see familiar ground again, but as they see the changes around them, the dream slowly turns into a never-ending nightmare. How can Lane call home a place he hardly recognize?
One newly-wed couple arrives at an inn to stay for the night. The next day, they check out and are never seen again, or are they? Several years later, the owner of the inn discovers a secret room with the body of the bride in it. How can this be when she saw the couple leave her inn with her own eyes?
The Golden Slipper is a collection of nine mysteries solved by Violet Strange, a young sleuth. Perfect for Nancy Drew fans, Violet Strange is a strong girl who can always figure out the truth.
The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness is the classic guide to gentlemanly behavior. The book is a mine of information and indispensable advice for aspiring gentlemen. Whether you've already bought your first can of mustache wax, or you're simply looking for an old-fashioned guide on how to treat a lady, this book offers insights you won't find in modern men's magazines.