Mark Twain portrays 19th-century America as seen by a steamboat pilot who dreams of becoming a writer. At the same time, it is a novel of change; soon after leaving behind his apprenticeship, the writing style changes and so does the author’s view. Twenty-five years later, the Mississippi River is different yet surprisingly familiar.
A play full of misunderstandings and deceptions in the high society world of Victorian London.
Lilith is a fantasy novel centered around a different reality where Adam and Eve are still part of the world. Lilith, Adam’s first wife and unworthy mother, also dwells in this imaginary kingdom.
Called one of the top 100 novels of the 20th century, it tells the story of the orphaned son of an Irish soldier who lives as a vagabond in India under British rule. This coming of age story explores themes of colonialism, eastern mysticism and Victorian childhood.
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne. It is the story of a German professor, his nephew and their guide travel through an Icelandic volcano into the center of the earth.
Japanese for ‘ghost stories’, Kwaidan is a collection of supernatural occurrences as told by the Japanese oral historians. Witness horror straight from the Masters of Horror and be prepared to meet fantastic characters like spirits, goblins and insects that mimic human behavior.
This autobiographical novel by London is about dealing with his enjoyment of drinking and struggles with alcoholism. First published in 1913, John Barleycorn is the first intelligent literary treatise on alcohol in American literature.
Learn about the classic approach to beekeeping from an expert. This was one of the first books about modern bee management and still proves an invaluable resource.
Read the stoic wisdom collected in one eBook. These letters illustrate the ideals admired by the Stoics and reveal how far in advance of his time were many of Seneca's ideas.
Lady Susan is a widowed woman who seeks her one true love: wealth. She wants the best possible suitor not only for her but also for her untamed teenage daughter. To fulfill her quest, using her intelligence, she tries to seduce every worthy man, no matter the consequences. How will she end up?
A collection of 15 essays that examine the inner spiritual life of Japan through the people that make Japan the unique place it is.
Jo's Boys is one of a series of books by Louisa May Alcott, and is a continuation of Little Men. It takes place ten years after Little Men. Jo's Boys is about the Plumfield boys - where their lifves has gone and the people around them.
Plato's last and longest dialogue, Plato's Laws is an exploration and explanation a number of basic issues in political and ethical philosophy as well as theology.
Friedrich Nietzsche viewed science as key to undercutting traditional metaphysics. In Human, All Too Human, the philosopher describes science as a crucial step in the emergence of free spirits who will be the avant-garde of culture.
Howard's End is an estate with a rich history and cultural heritage cherished by the Wilcoxes, a rich family with traditional ideas. However, the half-German Schlegeles – the new aristocracy – are not that impressed, yet Ruth Wilcox sees Margaret Schlegel as the ideal owner. That’s why on deathbed, Ruth leaves the house to Margaret in written note. The note is burnt by the husband Henry who grows fonder of Margaret with each passing day. Is Margaret bound to Howard's End? And what does all of this have to do with the struggling Basts?
A glance into the future via a short story published by Michel Verne, in the name of his father, which focuses on Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith, an extremely wealthy newspaper magnate who owns the Earth Chronicle (that has 80,000,000 subscribers).
When their plane crashes in the jungles of South America, the explorers find a hidden civilization that is more advance than their own. They look for the male leaders of the society and discover a utopian, all-woman civilization. In Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gillman is able to explore her ideas about gender, motherhood, community and sexuality in a science-fiction story that transcended the boundaries of late 19th century society.
A fascinating selection of Dickens' detective stories about the law officers and the circumstances in which they work.
Read the first-person narrative of Jane Eyre that revolutionized the art of fiction. It explores the themes of classicism, sexism, religion and proto-feminism and follows the experiences of Jane Eyre as she grows to adulthood and falls in love with Mr. Rochester.
Jacob’s Room is not your typical Victorian English novel. The fact that there is no real protagonist stands out the most. Jacob is not actually a character, only a collection of memories, feelings and sensations. His life is like a room seen through the eyes of other people.
With his unique brilliance, G.K. Chesterton is on a mission in Heretics to disband the trends of the early 20th century. He dismisses the notion of ‘art for art’s sake’ and gives his opinion on many religious matters. He also covers at length the ‘heretics’ of his time like Rudyard Kipling, Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells. Is anybody safe from Chesterton’s scrutiny?
Although he later rose to prominence as an innovative and controversial philosopher whose ideas influenced everyone from existentialist thinkers to the Nazi movement, Friedrich Nietzsche was trained in philology and published his earliest works on that topic. This essay takes a look at the use of mythology and language in the ancient Greek poet's most important works, The Iliad and The Odyssey.
A classic tale about courage and excitement adventures. Mary and Robert, the children of Captain Grant, launch a rescue expedition for their father.
In California in the 1920s, a young woman struggles to find her place in society. Two sisters must work through their relationship after their father's death.
This existential novel by Norwegian author, Knut Hamsun, is often compared to works by Dostoevsky or Émile Zola, two of his main influences. Hunger has been called the "literary opening of the 20th century" and is a psychological narrative of a man whose interior is in a state of decay. Knut Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for literature and Hunger is one of his finest novels.