by Charles Dickens - The story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an
unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist.
by Charles Dickens - Dickens' haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and
development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his "great expectations".
- Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop’s Fables champion the value of
hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty. They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and
by Anonymous - Warriors must back up their mead-hall boasts with instant action, monsters
abound, and fights are always to the death.
of Benjamin Franklin - Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually
self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the
most successful diplomat in American history.
by Thomas Paine - Thomas Paine's clear and concise writings make him one of the greatest
political authors of his time.
by Henry James - The most exquisite refinement of his favorite theme: the collision of
American innocence with European experience.
by Henry James - A novel that plays upon the contrast between American and European society
that is common to James's work.
The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James - A tale of psychological horror as the governess struggles-and
ultimately fails-to protect the children from the 'corruption' that only she can conceive of but cannot name.
Hero and Leander
by Christopher Marlowe - A Greek myth in which Hero is a priestess of Aphrodite who
dwelt in a tower in Sestos.
by Henrik Ibsen - The story of its title character, Hedda, a self-centered manipulative
woman who has grown tired of her marriage. To escape her boredom she begins to meddle in the lives of others with truly tragic results.
The Master Builder
by Henrik Ibsen - The play explores the needs of the artist in relation to those of
society and the limits of artistic creativity.
by Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote, errant knight and sane madman, with the company of his
faithful squire and wise fool, Sancho Panza, together roam the world and haunt readers' imaginations as they have for nearly four hundred years.
by James Joyce - In Dubliners, Joyce's first attempt to register in language and fictive
form the protean complexities of the ;reality of experience, ; he learns the paradoxical lesson that only through the most rigorous economy, only by
concentrating on the minutest of particulars, can he have any hope of engaging with the immensity of the world.
by James Joyce - To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes
both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in a close-focus sort of way) suspenseful.
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce - The novel's rich, symbolic language and
brilliant use of stream-of-consciousness foreshadowed Joyce's later work.
Jude the Obscure
by Thomas Hardy - Jude Fawley, a poor stone carver with aspirations toward an academic
career, is thwarted at every turn and is finally forced to give up his dreams of a university education.
Far From the Madding of the Crowd
by Thomas Hardy - A young man falls victim to his own obsession with an
amorous farm girl in this classic novel of fate and unrequited love.
Twice Told Tales
by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Allegorical, supernatural and symbolic themes permeate these
The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne - A timeless tale of passion and revenge, guilt and grace, sin
and redemption. It cemented Nathaniel Hawthorne's reputation as America's greatest writer of fiction.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde - After Basil Hallward paints a beautiful, young man's
portrait, his subject's frivolous wish that the picture change and he remain the same comes true. Dorian Gray's picture grows aged and corrupt while
he continues to appear fresh and innocent.
Fan by Oscar Wilde - Set in London, the play's action is put in motion by Lady
Windermere's jealousy over her husband's interest in Mrs. Erlynne, a beautiful older woman with a mysterious past.
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce about mistaken identities,
secret engagements, and lovers’ entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance.
by Sir Walter Scott - The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps readers into Medieval
England and the lives of a memorable cast of characters.
The Lady of the Lake
by Sir Walter Scott - Widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest books of
by Upton Sinclair - One of the handful of books throughout all of history, perhaps, that have
encapsulated the crying voices of the oppressed.
by Upton Sinclair - Another classic tale by Sinclair.
The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper - The classic tale of Hawkeye-Natty Bumppo-the
frontier scout who turned his back on 'civilization', and his friendship with a Mohican warrior as they escort two sisters through the dangerous
wilderness of Indian country in frontier America.
by James Fenimore Cooper - This first of the Leather-Stocking Tales takes us to Lake
Otsego in the beginning of the French and Indian Wars. Natty Bumppo, now called Deerslayer, and the Mohican chief Chingachook fight against the
Iroquois and discover hidden identities.
by Louisa May Alcott - In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo,
beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.
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