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Poirot Investigates

by Agatha Christie Standard Ebooks (March 18, 2020)

Poirot Investigates is a classic collection of Agatha Christie’s short stories first published in 1924. It follows the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and his companion Arthur Hastings as they solve...


A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

by Henry David Thoreau Standard Ebooks (April 24, 2020)

In 1839, Thoreau and his brother took a small boat upriver and back. Some years later, while in his cabin at Walden Pond, he gathered his notes from that journey and other writings from his journals, and composed...


Short Fiction

by Leonid Andreyev Standard Ebooks (October 22, 2019)

Leonid Andreyev was a Russian playwright and author of short stories and novellas, writing primarily in the first two decades of the 20th century. Matching the depression he suffered from an early age, his writing...


The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Standard Ebooks (May 15, 2020)

The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester...


The Gods of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Standard Ebooks (May 24, 2020)

After the long exile on Earth, John Carter finally returns to his beloved Mars. But beautiful Dejah Thoris, the woman he loved, has vanished. Now he is trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars -- an Eden from which...


The Hairy Ape

by Eugene O’Neill Standard Ebooks (June 12, 2020)

Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape isn’t one of his best-known works, but it has gained popularity as an exploration of early American society. It was first produced in 1922 by the Provincetown Players in...


The Water of the Wondrous Isles

by William Morris Standard Ebooks (April 05, 2020)

The Water of the Wondrous Isles is a landmark in fantasy fiction. First published a year after Morris’s death in 1897 by Kelmscott Press—Morris’s own printing company—the novel follows Birdalone, a young...


The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

by Laurence Sterne Standard Ebooks (March 02, 2020)

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, also known as just Tristram Shandy, is a novel by Laurence Sterne. It was published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following...


Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy Standard Ebooks (May 22, 2020)

Anna Karenina is certainly somewhat unhappy in her life, but presents a strong and vivacious character when called in to smooth over a major crack that’s appeared in her brother’s marriage. Unfortunately,...


Kai Lung’s Golden Hours

by Ernest Bramah Standard Ebooks (July 03, 2019)

Ernest Bramah’s Kai Lung stories are set in a fantastical ancient China and written with an oblique, ornate prose style that serves to mimic that of Chinese folk tales. The titular character is an itinerant...


The Mayor of Casterbridge

by Thomas Hardy Standard Ebooks (May 20, 2020)

In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous...


At the Earth’s Core

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Standard Ebooks (June 14, 2020)

At the Earth's Core is a 1914 fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in his series about the fictional "hollow earth" land of Pellucidar. It first appeared as a four-part serial in All-Story Weekly...


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare Standard Ebooks (June 26, 2020)

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, suggested by "The Knight's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, written around 1594 to 1596. It portrays the adventures of...


The Iliad

by Homer Standard Ebooks (January 30, 2020)

One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his...


The Beetle

by Richard Marsh Standard Ebooks (May 14, 2020)

The Beetle was published in 1897, the same year as Dracula—and outsold it six to one that year. Like Dracula, the novel is steeped in the evil mysteries of an ancient horror: in this case, a mysterious ancient...


Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens Standard Ebooks (March 02, 2020)

Set in Victorian London, this is a tale of a spirited young innocent's unwilling but inevitable recruitment into a scabrous gang of thieves. Masterminded by the loathsome Fagin, the underworld crew features...


Herland

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Standard Ebooks (June 01, 2020)

Herland is a utopian novel from 1915, written by feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction)....


The Warlord of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Standard Ebooks (May 22, 2020)

The Warlord of Mars begins after the previous installment in the Martian series abruptly ends: John Carter’s beloved princess Dejah Thoris has been imprisoned in the Temple of the Sun, whose rooms only revolve...


The Pilgrim’s Progress

by John Bunyan Standard Ebooks (May 08, 2020)

This famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful...


The Night Land

by William Hope Hodgson Standard Ebooks (April 15, 2020)

The Sun has gone out: the Earth is lit only by the glow of residual vulcanism. The last few millions of the human race are gathered together in a gigantic metal pyramid, the Last Redoubt, under siege from unknown...


Villette

by Charlotte Brontë Standard Ebooks (June 17, 2020)

Charlotte Brontë’s last novel, Villette, is thought to be most closely modelled on her own experiences teaching in a pensionnat in Brussels, the place on which the fictional town of Villette is based. In...


Shirley

by Charlotte Brontë Standard Ebooks (April 09, 2020)

Shirley, published in 1849, was Charlotte Brontë’s second novel after Jane Eyre. Published under her pseudonym of “Currer Bell,” it differs in several respects from that earlier work. It is written in...


Islands of Space

by John W. Campbell Standard Ebooks (February 08, 2020)

Though better known as the editor for authors such as Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, John W. Campbell also wrote science fiction under both his own and various pen names. Islands of Space was the second in...


Idylls of the King

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Standard Ebooks (February 20, 2020)

The Idylls are a series of twelve long blank verse poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, telling the tale of Arthur and his round table. While some of them are stories of adventure and daring of the kind you’d expect...


Just William

by Richmal Crompton Standard Ebooks (February 21, 2020)

Just William, published in 1922, was the first of a long series of well-loved books about William Brown, an eleven-year old English schoolboy, written by Richmal Crompton. William is continually scruffy and...


School Stories

by P. G. Wodehouse Standard Ebooks (February 21, 2020)

School Stories is a collection of humorous short stories by P. G. Wodehouse that feature the trials, tribulations and adventures of the denizens of the turn-of-the-century English boarding school.

First published...


The Playboy of the Western World

by J. M. Synge Standard Ebooks (February 27, 2020)

A young man stumbles into a rural public house in western Ireland claiming to be on the run after having killed his father. He immediately becomes a source of awe and an object of adoration, and even love. But...


Short Fiction

by Herman Melville Standard Ebooks (March 10, 2020)

Melville’s pen ranges far and wide in this collection of his short stories and novellas, with subjects including a faraway mountain lodge, a magnificent rooster, a haunted table, and of course the inimitable...


Short Fiction

by O. Henry Standard Ebooks (March 24, 2020)

William Sydney Porter, known to readers as O. Henry, was a true raconteur. As a draftsman, a bank teller, a newspaper writer, a fugitive from justice in Central America, and a writer living in New York City,...


Tusculan Disputations

by Cicero Standard Ebooks (March 24, 2020)

Cicero composed these discourses while in his villa in Tusculum as he was mourning the death of his daughter, in order to convey his philosophy of how to live wisely and well. They take the form of fictional...


The Forsyte Saga

by John Galsworthy Standard Ebooks (March 26, 2020)

Between 1906 and 1921 John Galsworthy published three novels chronicling the Forsyte family, a fictional upper-middle class family at the end of the Victorian era: The Man of Property, In Chancery, and To Let...


Eugene Onegin

by Alexander Pushkin Standard Ebooks (March 26, 2020)

Eugene Onegin is bored: bored of the city, of parties, and of the superficial St. Petersburg social scene. So when a newly-deceased uncle leaves him his country mansion, he jumps at the chance to play the rural...


Discourses

by Epictetus Standard Ebooks (April 08, 2020)

Raised a slave in Nero’s court, Epictetus would become one of the most influential philosophers in the Stoic tradition. While exiled in Greece by an emperor who considered philosophers a threat, Epictetus...


Sinister Street

by Compton Mackenzie Standard Ebooks (April 24, 2020)

Michael Fane arrives in the thin red house in Carlington Road to his new family of Nurse, Cook, Annie the housemaid, his younger sister Stella, and the occasional presence of Mother. From here, the novel follows...


New Hampshire

by Robert Frost Standard Ebooks (April 25, 2020)

Robert Frost published New Hampshire, his fourth book of poetry, in 1923. The centerpiece is the long poem “New Hampshire,” an ode to the state. Endnotes on its lines point to shorter poems in the “Notes”...


Poetry

by William Shakespeare Standard Ebooks (April 25, 2020)

Though mostly known for his plays, Shakespeare also published poetry during his writing career. From 1592 to 1593, an outbreak of the bubonic plague swept through England, killing almost 20,000 people. In January...


The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers

by Diogenes Laertius Standard Ebooks (May 03, 2020)

These brief biographies of more than eighty philosophers of ancient Greece were assembled by Diogenes Laërtius in the early third century. He based these on a variety of sources that have since been lost. Because...


The Cream of the Jest

by James Branch Cabell Standard Ebooks (May 16, 2020)

The Cream of the Jest is a later entry in James Branch Cabell’s Dom Manuel series. The series as a whole is a fantasy series, and this entry takes a philosophical turn: after the first few chapters of standard...


A Passage to India

by E. M. Forster Standard Ebooks (May 24, 2020)

The setting of A Passage to India is the British Raj, at a time of racial tension heightened by the burgeoning Indian independence movement. Adela Quested, a young British subject, is visiting India to decide...


The Moon Pool

by A. Merritt Standard Ebooks (May 27, 2020)

The Moon Pool, in novel form, is a combination and fix-up of two previously-published short stories: “The Moon Pool,” and “Conquest of the Moon Pool.” Initially serialized in All-Story Weekly, Merritt...


The Country of the Pointed Firs

by Sarah Orne Jewett Standard Ebooks (June 01, 2020)

The Country of the Pointed Firs was first published in serial form in 1896 in The Atlantic, then later expanded into a novel.

The narrator, like Jewett, is a middle-aged female writer. She goes to the fictional...


Triplanetary

by E. E. Smith Standard Ebooks (June 10, 2020)

Hundreds of millions of years ago, two near-omnipotent alien races encountered each other, beginning a conflict that will shape the history of the entire universe. The benevolent Arisians covertly influence...


Nonsense Books

by Edward Lear Standard Ebooks (June 12, 2020)

Edward Lear began his career as an ornithological illustrator, becoming one of the first major artists to draw birds from living models. During this period he was employed to paint the birds from the private...


We

by Yevgeny Zamyatin Standard Ebooks (June 14, 2020)

D-503 is the Builder of the Integral, the United State’s first spaceship. A life of calculations and equations in the United State leaves little room for emotional expression outside of the pink slips that...


A Tangled Tale

by Lewis Carroll Standard Ebooks (June 24, 2020)

In the late 19th century, Lewis Carroll—better known these days as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—was also an established mathematician who had published many books and papers in the fields...


The Marvelous Land of Oz

by L. Frank Baum Standard Ebooks (June 24, 2020)

Four years after writing his immensely popular The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum returned to the Land of Oz in this second book of fourteen he wrote about the magical country. Like its predecessor, The...


The Time Traders

by André Norton Standard Ebooks (June 27, 2020)

The Time Traders is the first book in Andre Norton’s Time Traders series. First published in 1958 by World Publishing Co., The Time Traders is told from the perspective of Ross Murdock, a young criminal faced...