Published in 1888, Looking Backward is the story of a young 19th-century American who wakes up in the eve of the 21st century, in the year 2000. Guided by Dr. Leete, Julian finds out all there is to know about this new utopian society marveling at the invention of credit cards and ‘cable telephone.’
When a young sailor's courage is tested for the first time, he fails and condemns himself for the rest of his life. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad is a tragic tale of a man's quest to redeem his fast and the crushing weight of guilt. This novel is a masterpiece of character exploration and powerful storytelling.
When a poor young boy saves an heiress' life, her father sends him to school where he studies the law. Years later, he returns to help the friends from his old life and wonders what has happened to the girl he once saved. When he finds her in danger again, he has the chance to find both love and happiness, but will he take the chance?
A shocking tale of one woman's quest to escape her boring marriage and provincial life. Emma Bovary seeks passion, love and glamour; everything she's missing her marriage to a stuffy doctor. This novel scandalized readers in nineteenth century France for it's unabashed portrayal of the adulterous heroine but its beautiful prose has made it a classic that speaks to audiences today.
Maggie is a young girl from the Bowery in New York City who is kicked out of her tenement. She eventually becomes a prostitute and dies in the streets. Maggie is a classic example of American fiction during the period of industrialization.
G. K. Chesterton's "Manalive" is the story of Innocent Smith, who upon arrival at Beacon House, a London boarding establishment, breathes new life into the residents of the establishment with his games and antics. However it is soon discovered that Smith is a suspected criminal who is to be brought up on charges of burglary, desertion of a spouse, polygamy, and attempted murder. The second half of the book deals with Smith's trial in which rather curious and hilarious explanations are given for the charges against Smith. In this funny and delightful story, Chesterton explores the idea of the 'holy fool', a popular theme in Chesterton's work that also notably is seen in Dostoyevsky's "The Idiot" and Cervantes' "Don Quixote".
In this classic adventure story beloved by children and adults for generations, David Balfor is kidnapped when his greedy uncle wants his inheritance. This is a tale of loyalty, courage and friendship.
Will the search lost diamond mine in the heart of Africa cost more than they bargained for? King Solomon's Mine's by H. Rider Haggard was the first British adventure novel set in Africa. In the story, three English adventures set off to find the legendary King Solomon Mine, and hopefully, a brother of one of the men who was lost in his search. When they encounter hostile natives and strenuous situations, they must use all of their wit, ingenuity and luck to survive.
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.
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a story about a young poor boy and his struggles with life when he finds out he is an heir to a fortune.
Inspired by the masterpiece Don Quixote de la Mancha, the satirical novel Joseph Andrews mocks the 18th-century English society and its high-praised heroic writings of the time by creating a dreamer and a naive much like Don Quixote. After being dismissed by the widow of his former master who tried to court him unsuccessfully, Andrews sets up on a journey to find the love of his life, Fanny. In his journey, he meets faithful friends as well as many shams, thieves and vile enemies.
Life in the Iron Mills is one of the first American novels that depicts the precarious state of the impoverished working class. Molly Wolfe is a member of this class working 12 hours a day, six days a week to earn a living. Because of his condition, he cannot develop his innate artistic talent. His cousin, Deborah tries to help him but the consequences are devastating.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Heidi is a classic novel for reading aloud or for independent readers. This novel by Johanna Spyri is about a girl named Heidi and her life with her grandfather in the mountains. Celebrating the way a child's love can transform a life, Heidi is a classic novel that should be a part of every childhood.
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.
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.