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Title of Book
Author
Type
Summary
A Christmas Carol Dickens, Charles Fiction, Christmas

"Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!" With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience. It is the one book that every year will warm our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future -- and will remind us with laughter and tears how the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love.

A Master Hand

Dallas, Richard

Mystery, Fiction

Whether or not this be a "true story," as the preface states, it is good enough to need no apology for its existence. An unusually lucid and unsensational narrative of a murder and the final discovery of its perpetrator, it offers a study in the value of "circumstantial evidence" that students of the law and of human nature ought to find interesting. The story is told simply and compactly, without any of the trickery of the ordinary "detective story." A Master Hand has a professional touch.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Joyce, James
Autobiographical Fiction
Joyce's semi-autobiographical first novel follows Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family, his education, and his country by committing himself to the artist's life.
A Princess of Mars

Burroughs, Edgar Rice

Science Fiction

Forty-three million miles from the earth--a succession of the weirdest and most astounding adventures in fiction. John Carter, American, finds himself on the planet Mars, battling for a beautiful woman, with the Green Men of Mars, terrible creatures fifteen feet high, mounted on horses like dragons.

A Strange Disappearance Green, Anna Katharine Fiction, Mystery, Detective

First published in 1880, this second novel in the "Mr. Gryce" series lays out two apparently unrelated mysteries to which Mr. Gryce assigns Q to investigate. Green introduced "Q" in The Leavenworth Case as rather a shadowy character who gets the job done in spite of, or more likely because of, his strangeness. The Strange Disappearance, this time narrated by Q, involves a sewing woman who disappears from the household of Holman Blake.

A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, Charles Historical Fiction

With his sublime parting words, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done..." Sidney Carton joins that exhalted group of Dickensian characters who have earned a permanent place in the popular literary imagination. His dramatic story, set against the volcanic fury of the French Revolution and pervaded by the ominous rumble of the death carts trundling toward the guillotine, is the heart-stirring tale of a heroic soul in an age gone mad. A masterful pageant of idealism, love, and adventure -- in a Paris bursting with revolutionary frenzy, and a London alive with anxious anticipation -- "A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens's most energetic and exciting works.

A Thief in the Night

Hornung, E. W.

Mystery

These latest adventures of Raffles and Bunny are their most thrilling and exciting ones. The sentimental side of their story has never before been shown so dramatically and romantically, and the suggestion in this book of the final conclusion of their careers cannot but make these stories of the greatest interest to all readers.

A Voyage to Arcturus Lindsay, David Science Fiction

The Scottish writer David Lindsay first published this novel in 1920. The hero travels through several imaginary lands, each representing a state of mind. In each land he meets one or two people and learns something before the people he meets die. He realizes his death is near. Good and evil are developed through fantasy and the author uses each land to critique a philosophical system.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain, Mark Adventure, Fiction

A complex masterpiece that has spawned volumes of scholarly exegesis and interpretative theories, it is at heart a compelling adventure story. Huck, in flight from his murderous father, and Jim, in flight from slavery, pilot their raft thrillingly through treacherous waters, surviving a crash with a steamboat, betrayal by rogues, and the final threat from the bourgeoisie.

After London Jefferies, Richard Science Fiction

After some sudden and unspecified catastrophe has depopulated England, the countryside reverts to nature, and the few survivors to a quasi-medieval way of life. Beginning with a description of nature reclaiming England - fields becoming overrun by forest, domesticated animals running wild, roads and towns becoming overgrown, the hated London reverting to lake and poisonous swampland - the rest of the story is an adventure set many years later in the wild landscape.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Carroll, Lewis
Fantasy
aCuriouser and curiouser cried Alice . . Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for magical adventures in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Here, rabbits can talk and playing cards walk and cats can vanish at will. You will never meet a more baffling bunch or eat a more curious cake.
Andersen's Fairy Tales Andersen, Hans Christian Fairy Tales, Young Readers

A compilation of classic and timeless fairy tales from author Hans Christian Andersen, including: The Emperor's New Clothes, The Real Princess, The Snow Queen, The Little Match Girl, The Red Shoes and many more.

Anne Of Green Gables

Montgomery, Lucy Maud

Fiction

A skinny, red-haired, and freckled orphan girl is mistakenly sent to live with a shy, elderly bachelor and his spinster sister on the north shore of Canada's Prince Edward Island; The elderly siblings had asked to adopt a young boy who could work on the family farm, but the imaginitive and rambunctious Anne Shirley arrives instead, and becomes the center of a series of entertaining adventures.

Around the World in 80 Days Verne, Jules Adventure, Fiction

In this classic adventure story, a wealthy gentleman, Phileas Fogg, makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Fogg and his servant set off immediately, determined to win this race against time. Little do they know they aren't making the journey alone.... Fogg has been fingered as the culprit in a bank robbery, and a detective in hot pursuit is trailing them as they cross every continent.

Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ Wallace, Lew Fiction, Literature, Religion

Published in 1880, Ben-Hur is a fictionalization of the events of Christ's life, beginning with the Nativity and ending with the Crucifixion. The story uses a parallel structure to simultaneously explore the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a Hebrew prince who lived in the time of Christ. This remarkable work of historical fiction reshaped the landscape of American popular literature and prompted millions of readers to reevaluate their personal views of Christianity.

Between the Lines Cable, Boyd War, Non-Fiction

This book, all of which has been written at the Front within sound of the German guns and for the most part within shell and rifle range, is an attempt to tell something of the manner of struggle that has gone on for months between the lines along the Western Front, and more especially of what lies behind and goes to the making of those curt and vague terms in the war communiquis. I think that our people at Home will be glad to know more, and ought to know more, of what these bald phrases may actually signify, when, in the other sense, we read between the lines.

Beyond Good and Evil
Nietzsche, Friedrich
Ethics, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most scathing and powerful critiques of philosophy, religion, science, politics and ethics ever written. In it, Nietzsche presents a set of problems, criticisms and philosophical challenges that continue both to inspire and to trouble contemporary thought. In addition, he offers his most subtle, detailed and sophisticated account of the virtues, ideas, and practices which will characterize philosophy and philosophers of the future.
Black Beauty Sewell, Anna Fiction, Literature

Black Beauty is a sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Bravely he works as hard as he can, suffering at the hands of men who treat animals badly. But Black Beauty has an unbreakable spirit and will, and is determined to survive.

Captain Blood Sabatini, Rafael Adventure, Fiction

The sharp-witted Dr. Peter Blood, an Irish physician, is convicted of treason in the aftermath of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685, and enslaved on the Caribbean island of Barbados. After his daring escape he becomes a pirate, driven to revenge his enslavement and clear his name.

Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky, Fyodor Fiction, Mystery, Detective

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, commits a random murder, imagining himself to be a great man far above moral law. But as he embarks on a cat-and-mouse game with police, his conscience begins to torment him and he seeks sympathy and redemption from Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute.

David Copperfield Dickens, Charles Autobiographical Fiction

Intimately rooted in the author's own biography and written as a first-person narrative, this work charts a young man's progress through a difficult childhood in Victorian England to ultimate success as a novelist, finding true love along the way.

Dracula
Stoker, Bram
Horror, Fiction, Gothic
Since its publication in 1897, "Dracula" has continued to terrify readers with its depiction of a vampire possessing an insatiable thirst for blood, and the group of hunters determined to end his existence before he destroys a young womans soul.
Dubliners Dickens, Charles Fiction, Christmas

In these masterful stories, steeped in realism, Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization. Joyce compels attention by the power of its unique vision of the world, its controlling sense of the truths of human experience.

Emma Austen, Jane Fiction, Literature

Beautiful, smart, rich-and single-Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protégé, Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.

Fighting in Flanders Powell, Edward Alexander War, Non-Fiction

War correspondent’s view of the Zeppelin attacks on Antwerp and the flight from Louvain.

Frankenstein
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Science Fiction, Horror
"With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet... By the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs." And so the creature comes to life. Victor Frankenstein has animated matter. But instead of feeling a godlike euphoria, he is sickened at what he has done and shuns his creation. The monster, however, will not be ignored, and in its fury wreaks havoc on Frankenstein's life.
Great Expectations Dickens, Charles Fiction, Literature

The story of the orphan Pip, writing his life from his early days of childhood until adulthood and trying to be a gentleman along the way. The story can also be considered semi-autobiographical of Dickens, like much of his work, drawing on his experiences of life and people.

Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph Adventure, Fiction

A dark allegorical masterpiece based on the author's own traumatic experiences in the Belgian Congo, recounts the voyage of Marlow up the Congo River in search of the mysterious Mr. Kurtz - a white trader whose domination of the local natives had transformed him into a depraved and abominable tyrant.

Highway Pirates Avery, Harold Fiction, Literature

Highway Pirates is a story of adventures with well drawn characters. The hero is not overwhelmingly clever or lucky, and the school to which he goes is well described. The main incident of the book is the escape of some convicts from a coach, and the forced journey with them of the hero.

John Marsh's Millions

Klein, Charles and Hornblow, Arthur

Fiction

The struggle of a young girl, heiress to millions. Has many thrilling, dramatic situations.

Kidnapped Stevenson, Robert Louis Adventure, Historical Fiction

Young David Balfour, left in poverty when his father dies, goes to his uncle, Ebenezer, for assistance. He soon finds himself kidnapped and on board a ship, headed for a life of slavery. With the help of daring rebel Alan Breck David escapes, only to get mixed up in a desperate adventure, suspected of murder and hunted across the Scottish moors.

Little Women
Alcott, Louisa May
Fiction
Alcott recreates her own family's dramatic and sometimes comic experiences. First published in 1868, "Little Women" was a huge bestseller in its time, and its popularity continues today.
Metamorphosis
Kafka, Franz
Psychological Fiction
The Metamorphosis is one of Kafka's most famous works. The story begins when a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect. Curiously, his condition does not arouse surprise in his family, who merely despise it as an impending burden. As with all of Kafka's works, The Metamorphosis is open to a wide range of interpretations. Most obvious are themes relating to society's treatment of those who are different, the loneliness of isolation, and the absurdity of the human condition.
Moby Dick Melville, Herman Adventure, Fiction

Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest sea story ever told.

My Man Jeeves
Wodehouse, P. G.
Humor, Fiction
Where would Bertie Wooster be without his man Jeeves? The discerning butler knows all, sees all, and ultimately resolves all problems in this masterpiece of British comedy.

No Moss

Castlemon, Harry

Fiction

The popularity enjoyed by Harry Castlemon as a writer of interesting books for boys is second to none. His works are celebrated everywhere and in great demand.

Nostromo Conrad, Joseph Political Fiction

Nostromo offers an intensely pessimistic portrayal of morally empty politicians in a fictional South American nation called Costaguana. Wracked by greed and materialism, Conrad's characters have good intentions that give way to unchecked self-interest. It's monumental in scope, adventurous in spirit, and crammed with surprisingly progressive details and insights.

Persuasion
Austen, Jane
Psychological Fiction
Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot, intelligent daughter of a spendthrift baronet, and her love for Frederick Wentworth. She is persuaded to refuse his proposition of marriage and spends seven unhappy years until he re-enters her life.
Peter Pan
Barrie, J. M.
Children's Literature, Fantasy, Fiction
Barrie's tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up remains one of the most beloved children's books ever written.

Plashers Mead

Mackenzie, Compton

Fiction

Plashers Mead is an unusual sort of title; but then it belongs to a novel quite out of the ordinary. There is something both striking and delightful in the way this love story is told, although the incidents are trivial enough, and the persons more like ordinary living folk than the principals of most modern fiction. But with a sure hand and delicate touch, a remarkable sense of color, and a gift of imagination all his own, the author weaves page after page of lyrical prose into a tapestry that leaves the critic without opportunity for disparagement.

Pride and Prejudice
Austen, Jane
Fiction
For over 150 years, Pride And Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. It tells the story of Mrs. Bennet's attempts to marry off her five daughters. Excitement fizzes through the Bennet household when young, eligible Mr. Charles Bingley rents the house nearby. He may have sisters, but he also has male friends, and one of these -- the haughty, and even wealthier, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy -- who irks the vivacious Elizabeth Bennet. She annoys him. Which is how we know they must one day marry. The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and Darcy is a splendid rendition of civilized sparring. As the characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, Jane Austen's radiantly caustic wit and keen observation sparkle.

Second Treatise of Government

Locke, John

Political Science

As one of the early Enlightenment philosophers in England , John Locke sought to bring reason and critical intelligence to the discussion of the origins of civil society. Endeavoring to reconstruct the nature and purpose of government, a social contact theory is proposed. The Second Treatise sets forth a detailed discussion of how civil society came to be and the nature of its inception. Locke’s discussion of tacit consent, separation of powers, and the right of citizens to revolt against repressive governments, has made the Second Treatise one of the most influential essays in the history of political philosophy.

Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane

Fiction

Two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (Elinor representing ''sense'' and Marianne ''sensibility''), along with their mother and younger sister Margaret, are left impoverished after the death of their father, and the family is forced to move to a country cottage, offered to them by a generous relative.

Siddhartha
Hesse, Hermann
Fiction
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.
Sybil Disraeli, Benjamin Fiction, Literature

Sybil was written by Benjamin Disraeli, future Prime Minister of Great Britain. He was greatly concerned with the poverty of the working classes, and this novel, with its in-depth exploration of those conditions, expressed and circulated his ideas.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Mystery

This is a series of short stories about a detective Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant, Dr. Watson. The detective is at the height of his powers and the volume is full of famous cases, including 'The Red-Headed League, ' 'The Blue Carbuncle, ' and 'The Speckled Band.'

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Twain, Mark Adventure, Fiction

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer depicts the life of an imaginative, troublesome boy in the American West of the 1840s. Meet the boy who can find trouble without even looking. At school, at home, in church and outdoors, if there's mischief afoot, Tom Sawyer will be in the thick of it.

The Art of War
Tzu, Sun
Military Art and Science
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, "The Art of War " is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.
The Black Watch Cassells, Scout Joe World War

Here is a writing that conveys to the reader an almost paralyzing sense of wonder at the steadfastness of Britian's military traditions,put to an unexampled test. It shows how marvellously well a soldier may learn his business in advance when his business is to die. Concerning one of the most noteworthy accomplishments of the arms of Britain , there will survive in print no more compelling and convincing narrative than this, the utterance of one whose trade was fighting and not writing.

The Blind Man's Eyes
Balmer, Edwin and MacHarg, William
Fiction
Just after the turn of the 20th century our narrator wants to clear his father's name and needs to speak with the Blind Man. The Blind Man is an emensly powerful and wealthy old lawyer who organizes monopolies and trusts. The narrator follws the Blind man from Seattle to St Paul to Chicago by train, hoping to get an audience. Someone tries to kill the Blind Man. Who could it be? Suddenly our narrator is in danger, for he'll be suspect #1 if caught.

The Book of This and That

Lynd, Robert

Essays, Humor

A collection of brilliant essays by a talented Irishman.

The Call of the Wild
London, Jack
Adventure, Fiction
Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?
The Coming Race Lytton, Edward Bulwer Science Fiction

Underground explorers discover a buried Utopia.

The Communist Manifesto
Engels, Friedrich and Marx, Karl
Socialism
Originally published on the eve of the 1848 European revolutions, "The Communist Manifesto" is a condensed and incisive account of the worldview Marx and Engels developed during their hectic intellectual and political collaboration. Formulating the principles of dialectical materialism, they believed that labor creates wealth, hence capitalism is exploitive and antithetical to freedom.
The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas père, Alexandre Historical Fiction

Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantes, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue and paints a vision of France -- a dazzling, dueling, exuberant France -- that has become immortal.

The First Men in the Moon

Wells, H. G.

Science Fiction

The story of two men who travel to the moon only to discover a race, the "Selenites," already inhabiting it.

The Gray Mask Camp, Wadsworth Thriller, Pulp, Mystery/Detective

Ingenious complications that will make the most hardened reader of detective stories sit up.

The Hill of Dreams
Machen, Arthur
Autobiographical Novel
"The Hill of Dreams" is a semi-autobiographical work about Machen's battles with his inner demons. The novel recounts the life of a young man, Lucian Taylor, focusing on his dreamy childhood in rural Wales, in a town based on Caerleon. The Hill of Dreams of the title is an old Roman fort where Lucian has strange sensual visions, including ones of the town in the time of Roman Britain. Later it describes Lucian's attempts to make a living as an author in London, enduring poverty and suffering in the pursuit of art.
The House of the Seven Gables Hawthorne, Nathaniel Historical Fiction

In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive Pyncheon family. Mysterious deaths threaten the living. Musty documents nestle behind hidden panels carrying the secret of the family’s salvation— or its downfall.

The Indian Drum
Balmer, Edwin and MacHarg, William
Fiction
A mystery tale set on the Great Lakes written by William MacHarg
The Invisible Man Wells, H. G. Psychological Fiction, Science Fiction

The Invisible Man is a science fiction classic-and a penetrating, unflinching look into the heart of human nature. To its author, H. G. Wells, the novel was as compelling as "a good gripping dream." But to generations of readers, the terrible and evil experiment of the demented scientist, Griffin , has conveyed a chilling nightmare of believable horror.

The Iron Pincers Sue, Eugène Fiction, Literature

A tale of the Albigensian crusades.

The Island of Doctor Moreau Wells, H. G. Science Fiction

Edward Prendick is shipwrecked in the Pacific. Rescued by Doctor Moreau's assistant he is taken to the doctor's island home where he discovers the doctor has been experimenting on the animal inhabitants of the island, creating bizarre proto-humans.

The Jungle Sinclair, Upton Political Fiction

A vivid portrayal of life in the Chicago stockyards, with revelations so shocking one cannot read them without being filled with horror.

The Jungle Book Kipling, Rudyard Children's Literature

The Jungle Book from 1894 is a collection of Rudyard Kipling's stories that give moral lessons through the personification of animals. The most famous of the stories are the three detailing the adventures of Mowgli, the abandoned man cub who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. Also well-known is the tale of a heroic mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and the story of a young elephant handler in Toomai of the Elephants.

The King of Arcadia

Lynde, Francis

Mystery

A really good and well-written mystery story that will keep the reader excited to the end.

The Lone Star Ranger Grey, Zane Fiction, Western

In Zane Grey's only Western told from the first person perspective, a U.S. Deputy Marshall helps legendary Texas Ranger Vaugn Steele to clean up the lawless town of Fairfield. Though the town's mayor is in cahoots with a band of outlaws, Steele falls in love with his daughter and the Marshall falls in love with his niece.

The Lost World Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Adventure, Fiction

The Lost World is a fictional tale about swashbuckling explorer Professor Challenger, who travels to South America on a research expedition - and encounters an array of thought-to-be-extinct prehistoric creatures along the way.

The Man Who Was Thursday Chesterton, G. K. Fantasy, Fiction

The Supreme Anarchists Council is dedicated to overthrowing the world order. To keep their identities a secret, each of the members has been named after a day of the week. Gabriel Syme, an eccentric poet, is recruited by Scotland Yard to infiltrate the group. He tracks down the six other men and manages to win a place on the council. But after a bizarre twist of events, Syme quickly realizes that appearances are never what they seem in the dangerous world of the political underground.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Pyle, Howard Adventure, Fiction

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood retells the legends of the English outlaw Robin Hood, adapting the old ballads to be read by children. The story sees Robin become an outlaw and follows his adventures as he recruits Merry Men and outwits the local authorities. Pyle's stories set a precedent for much of the modern Robin Hood mythology and storytelling.

The Moonstone Collins, Wilkie Romance, Mystery, Detective

Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles Christie, Agatha Fiction, Mystery

The heiress of Styles has been murdered, dying in agony from strychnine slipped into her coffee. And there are plenty of people who would gain from her death: the financially strapped stepson, the gold-digging younger husband, and an embittered daughter-in-law. Monsieur Poirot comes out of retirement to figure out who would have the impudence--and the motive--to commit the crime. In this book Agatha Christie's eccentric and hugely popular detective, Hercule Poirot, was introduced to the world, launching her career as the most famous and best-loved of all mystery writers.

The Phantom of the Opera Leroux, Gaston Fiction

The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his wing.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilde, Oscar

Fiction

Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890.

The Prince Machiavelli, Niccolò History, Political Science

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor "The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. In "The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion. Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.

The Prisoner of Zenda Hope, Anthony Adventure, Fiction

The story of Rudolf Rassendyll, younger brother of the Earl of Burlesdon and a distant cousin of Rudolf V, the new King of Ruritania. King Rudolf is a hard-drinking, feckless playboy, unpopular with the common people, but supported by the aristocracy. When Rudolf is abducted and imprisoned on the order of the Duke of Streslau, Rassendyll has to impersonate the King at his coronation.

The Red Badge of Courage Crane, Stephen Historical Fiction

Following the experiences of 19-year-old Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War, the story is about the meaning of courage. One of the most influential American anti-war stories ever written.

The Republic Plato Classical Literature

Plato's Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation other questions are raised: what is goodness; what is reality; what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the role of both women and men as 'guardians' of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by 'philosopher kings'.

The Scarlet Letter Hawthorne, Nathaniel Historical Fiction

A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, "The Scarlet Letter" is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne's exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time.

The Scarlet Pimpernel Orczy, Baroness Adventure, Historical Fiction

In 1792, when the hated aristocrats were being mowed down in France by Madame Guillotine, an intrepid Englishman hid his identity under the nom-de-guerre of "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and headed a band of twenty noblemen whose object was to save as many of the French aristocracy as possible.

The Secret Adversary

Christie, Agatha

Fiction, Mystery

Detective duo Tommy and Tuppence Beresford apply their wits, charms, and adventurous spirits to a menacing mystery that spells certain poisonous death for a missing lady at the hands of dangerous unknown foe.

The Spoils of Poynton James, Henry Fiction, Social Realism

Mrs Gereth is convinced that Fleda Vetch would make the perfect daughter-in-law. Only the dreamy, highly-strung young woman can genuinely appreciate, and perhaps eventually share, Mrs Gereth's passion for her 'things' - the antique treasures she has amassed at Poynton Park in the south of England . Owen Gereth, however, has inconveniently become engaged to the uncultured Mona Brigstock. As a dramatic family quarrel unfolds, the hesitating Fleda is drawn in, yet she remains reluctant to captivate Owen, who seems as attracted to her as she is to him. Is she motivated by scruple or fear? In "The Spoils of Poynton", Henry James created a work of exquisite ambiguity in his depiction of three women fighting for the allegiance of one weak-willed man.

The Stillwater Tragedy Aldrich, Thomas Bailey Fiction, Mystery/Detective

The Stillwater Tragedy, is set in a small New England manufacturing town whose tranquility is disturbed first by the murder of one of its prominent citizens followed soon thereafter by a general strike of all the trades-unions. As the story develops, Richard Shackford, the murdered man's nephew, finds himself inextricably caught up in both these events.

The Time Machine
Wells, H. G.
Science Fiction
When the Time Traveler courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,000--and everything has changed. In another, more utopian age, creatures seemed to dwell together in perfect harmony. The Time Traveler thought he could study these marvelous beings--unearth their secret and then return to his own time--until he discovered that his invention, his only avenue of escape, had been stolen.

The Trial

Kafka, Franz

Fiction

Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka's nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

The Turn of the Screw James, Henry Psychological Fiction

Written in 1897, The Turn of the Screw remains one of the most suspenseful and fascinating ghost stories ever written. A governess arrives at an isolated English mansion to care for two seemingly angelic but rather strange young children, and the appearance of two evil phantoms leads her to question her sanity.

The Unknown Sea Housman, Clemence Fiction, Romance

In the unhappy and ascetic passion of Christian the fisherman for Diadyomene, the maiden of the sea, we may read obscurely the secular struggle of spirit and flesh. But the allegory may be what it will. The story is justified of itself, and has a certain palely imaginative quality that is of a strange delicacy.

The Valley of Fear Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Fiction, Mystery, Detective

The Valley of Fear is the last Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in book form in 1915. Loosely based on the activities of the secret Irish organization that was the Molly Maguires and of undercover Pinkerton agent James McParland, the novel is split into two parts. Firstly Holmes investigates a murder and finds that the body belongs to a different man. In the second part, the story of the man who was originally thought to have been the murder victim is given.

The War of the Worlds Wells, H. G. Science Fiction

H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel explores the possibilities of intelligent life from other planets. This book illustrates daring alien landings on English soil with themes of interplanetary imperialism, technological holocaust, chaos and mankind’s fight for survival.

The Wealth of Nations Smith, Adam Economics, Social Science

Published in 1776, in the same year as the Declaration of Independence, "The Wealth of Nations" has had an equally great impact on the course of modern history. Adam Smith's celebrated defense of free market economies was written with such expressive power and clarity that the first edition sold out in six months. While its most remarkable and enduring innovation was to see the whole of economic life as a unified system, it is notable also as one of the Enlightenment's most eloquent testaments to the sanctity of the individual in his relation to the state.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Baum, L. Frank Fantasy, Fiction

Open these pages and be whirled away with Dorothy, to the magical Land of Oz. Meet a talking scarecrow, a rusty tinman and a cowardly lion, and follow their amazing adventures as they search for their hearts desire.

Three John Silence Stories Blackwood, Algernon Fiction , Horror, Mystery

By his friends John Silence was regarded as an eccentric because he was rich by accident and by choice-a doctor. That a man of independent means should devote his time to doctoring chiefly doctoring folk who could not pay passed their comprehension entirely.

Through the Looking Glass
Carroll, Lewis
Fantasy
When Alice steps through the looking-glass, she enters a very strange world of chess pieces and nursery rhyme characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the angry Red Queen. Nothing is what it seems and, in fact, through the looking-glass, everything is distorted.
To Have and To Hold Johnston, Mary Romance, History, Fiction

Written from a distinctly Christian perspective, To Have and to Hold brings to life Americas birth, weaving a story of adventure and intrigue with providence and perseverance in colonial Jamestown, while outlining the trials endured by our forefathers as they built the New World.

Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters Appleton, Victor Adventure, Fiction

Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters is the 24th book in the original Tom Swift series. Every boy possesses some form of inventive genius. Tom Swift is a bright, ingenious boy and his inventions and adventures make the most interesting kind of reading. These spirited tales convey in a realistic way, the wonderful advances in land and sea locomotion and other successful inventions. Stories like these are impressed upon the memory and their reading is productive only of good. This series of adventure novels starring the genius boy inventor Tom Swift falls into the genre of invention fiction or Edisonade.

Tom Swift and His Undersea Search Appleton, Victor Adventure, Fiction

Tom Swift and His Undersea Search is the 23rd book in the original Tom Swift series. Every boy possesses some form of inventive genius. Tom Swift is a bright, ingenious boy and his inventions and adventures make the most interesting kind of reading. These spirited tales convey in a realistic way, the wonderful advances in land and sea locomotion and other successful inventions. Stories like these are impressed upon the memory and their reading is productive only of good. This series of adventure novels starring the genius boy inventor Tom Swift falls into the genre of invention fiction or Edisonade.

Treasure Island Stevenson, Robert Louis Fiction

Treasure Island: Since its publication in 1883, generations have enjoyed this captivating tale of young Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, the pirate rogue. This adventure of all adventures embodies the search for romance and excitement for which every heart yearns.

Walden Thoreau, Henry David Civil Disobedience

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Henry David Thoreau thus gave his reasons for retreating to the shores of Walden Pond from July 4,1845, to September 6, 1847. While there, he built a cabin, planted a small garden, put his book A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers into final shape, fished, swam, rowed on the pond, wrote in his journals, took notes on the plants and animals in the vicinity, and read poetry and philosophy. In July 1846, during his Walden sojourn, Thoreau spent a night in jail for refusing to pay a poll tax; he believed that paying the tax would show, falsely, that he supported the Mexican War. From this experience came the essay "Resistance to Civil Government," posthumously retitled "Civil Disobedience." It famously opens, "I heartily accept the motto, -- 'That government is best which governs least.'

Wieland Brown, Charles Brockden Fiction , Horror

Set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1760s and based on the true story of a religious fanatic who slaughtered his family, this Gothic milestone offers compelling reflections of the colonial era's social and political anxieties.

Wuthering Heights Bronte, Emily Psychological Fiction

Emily Bronte's only novel, this tale portrays Catherine and Heathcliff, their all encompassing love for one another, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them both, leading Heathcliff to shun and abuse society. First published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, Wuthering Heights is considered to be a classic of English literature.

 
 
 
 

 

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