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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A brutal look at the human soul, this is a terrifying look at the savagery of human nature and a classic novel read in many high school and college English courses. In the novel, a young Englishman, Marlow, goes to Africa to seek his fortune and discovers horror in his journey both into the dark heart of Africa and the dark center of the human experience.
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.
Gorgias is dialogue written by Plato, based on a conversation between Socrates and a small group of sophists at a dinner gathering, where Socrates debates with the sophist seeking the true definition of rhetoric. It is a study of virtue founded upon an inquiry into the nature of rhetoric, art, power, temperance, justice, and good versus evil.
When a husband is stricken with grief over his wife's death, he kidnaps the twin children of the man he believes responsible. From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White is a suspenseful and chilling story about the power of resentment and two children's drive to survive.
A formerly secret text known only to the Samurai, Hagakure is a classic text on Bushido--the Way of the Warrior. More than just a handbook for battle, Hagakure is a text that filled with teachings that still apply in business, political and social situations today.