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A Romance of Two Worlds

by Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A Romance of Two Worlds was Marie Corelli's first novel, published in 1886. It referenced the contemporary debate between creationism and evolution, as well as supernatural themes, overlaid with elements of...


Wieland

by Charles Brockden Brown Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale, usually simply called Wieland, is the first major work by Charles Brockden Brown. First published in 1798, it distinguishes the true beginning of his career...


Hop-Frog, or the Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs

by Edgar Allen Poe Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"Hop-Frog" (originally "Hop-Frog; Or, the Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs") is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1849. The title character, a person with dwarfism taken from his...


Ligeia

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"Ligeia" is an early short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1838. The story follows an unnamed narrator and his wife Ligeia, a beautiful and intelligent raven-haired woman. She falls...


Old World Romances

by Edgar Allan Poe Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

This book contains a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s romances. Poe (1809–1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first...


The Land Ironclads

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"The Land Ironclads" is a short story by English writer H.G. Wells, which originally appeared in the December 1903 issue of the Strand Magazine. It features "land ironclads," 100-foot-long (30 m) armoured fighting...


What Was It?

by Fitz James O'Brien Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

What Was It? A Mystery tells of an encounter with an invisible being whose nature remains an enigma, although a plaster cast made while the creature is chloroformed reveals it as a hideous diminutive humanoid...


The Golden Ingot

by Fitz James O'Brien Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A sad story written by O'Brien on an alchemist, his daughter and a doctor who gets caught up with them. Here O'Brien style is appealing but at the same time his vocabulary is simple and accessible to everyone....


A Voyage to the Moon

by Cyrano de Bergerac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

In A Voyage to the Moon, the narrator, after an attempt to reach the moon using vials of dewdrops, finally finds himself in what appears to be the Garden of Eden, surrounded by Biblical patriarchs. After falling...


The Wondersmith

by Fitz James O'Brien Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"The Wonder Smith" is an early predecessor of robot rebellion, where toys possessed by evil spirits are transformed into living automatons who turns against their creators. This short story was written by Fitz...


The War in the Air

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The War in the Air, a military science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, written in four months in 1907 and serialised and published in 1908 in The Pall Mall Magazine, is like many of Wells's works notable for its...


The Tragedy of the Korosko

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A group of European tourists are enjoying their trip to Egypt in the year 1895. They are sailing up the River Nile in "a turtle-bottomed, round-bowed stern-wheeler", the Korosko. They intend to travel to Abousir...


The Disintegration Machine

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"The Disintegration Machine" is a science fiction short story by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in The Strand Magazine in January 1929. The story centers on the discovery of a machine...


The Lost World

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Lost World is a science fiction novel by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1912, concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals still survive....


The Ghost-Seer

by Friedrich Schiller Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The work is narrated in the first person by the 'Graf von O**' (Count of O**). It describes the story of a German prince visiting Venice at carnival time. Right at the start of the work, the Count stresses that...


The Captain of the “Pole-Star” and Other Tales

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales is a volume collecting ten short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle, including "The Man from Archangel," "That Little Square Box," and "John Huxford's Hiatus,"...


The Monk: A Romance

by Matthew Gregory Lewis Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Monk: A Romance is a Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, published in 1796. A quickly written book from early in Lewis's career (in one letter he claimed to have written it in ten weeks, but other correspondence...


Ursula

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Ursule is the legitimate daughter of the widower Dr Denis Minoret’s deceased illegitimate brother-in-law by marriage, Joseph Mirouët; not only is she the doctor’s niece, she is also his goddaughter and...


The Imaginary Mistress

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Clementine is a descendant of rich and noble families whose wealth has been dissipated. She married Count Laginski a Polish immigrant who is quite prosperous. They are a happy couple well set up in an attractive...


At the Sign of the Cat and Racket

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The artist Théodore de Sommervieux falls in love with Augustine Guillaume, the daughter of a conservative cloth merchant, whose house of business on the Rue Saint-Denis in Paris is known by sign of the Cat...


A Prince of Bohemia

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

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"Here, however, it is possible for a good-natured critic to put in the apology that the artist has tried something unto which he was not born, and failing therein, has apparently committed faults greater...


Ann Mellor’s Lover

by Bowen, Marjorie, 1885-1952 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A London bookseller finds himself drawn to the subject of a sketch found in a used book.


Laws

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Laws is Plato's last and longest dialogue. The conversation depicted in the work's twelve books begins with the question of who is given the credit for establishing a civilization's laws. (From Wikipedia)....


Eryxias

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Eryxias is a Socratic dialogue attributed to Plato, but which is considered spurious. It is set in the Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios, and features Socrates in conversation with Critias, Eryxias, and Erasistratus....


Menexenus

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Menexenus is a Socratic dialogue of Plato, traditionally included in the seventh tetralogy along with the Greater and Lesser Hippias and the Ion. The speakers are Socrates and Menexenus, who is not to be...


Philebus

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Philebus, is a Socratic dialogue written in the 4th century BC by Plato. Besides Socrates the other interlocutors are Philebus and Protarchus. Philebus, who advocates the life of physical pleasure, hardly...


The First Alcibiades

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The First Alcibiades or Alcibiades I is a dialogue featuring Alcibiades in conversation with Socrates. It is ascribed to Plato, although scholars are divided on the question of its authenticity. (from Wikipedia)...


The Second Alcibiades

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Second Alcibiades or Alcibiades II is a dialogue traditionally ascribed to Plato. In it, Socrates attempts to persuade Alcibiades that it is unsafe for him to pray to the gods if he does not know whether...


The Lesser Hippias

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Lesser Hippies, or Hippias Minor, or On Lying, is thought to be one of Plato's early works. Socrates matches wits with an arrogant polymath, who is also a smug literary critic.


The Seventh Letter

by Plato Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Seventh Letter of Plato is an epistle that tradition has ascribed to Plato. It is by far the longest of the epistles of Plato and gives an autobiographical account of his activities in Sicily as part of...


A Daughter of Eve

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Brought up in a gloomy house in the Marais, by a woman of narrow mind, a "devote" who, being sustained by a sense of duty, had fulfilled her tasks as a mother religiously, Marie-Angelique and Marie Eugenie de...


Pierrette

by Honoré de Balzac Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Pierrette Lorrain, a young orphan, lives happily with her grandmother until her two older cousins ??decide to become her guardians because they think Pierrette will inherit the money. Although her cousins ??are...


The Dead Man of Varley Grange

by Anonymous Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Dead Man of Varley Grange is a horror tale in which a man prepares to take advantage of a friend's vacant property, despite strange rumours about the house. (Source: RadioTimes)


A Book of Ghosts

by Sabine Baring-Gould Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Includes stories that are run-of-the-mill, horrifying, bizarre, humorous, and moralistic. As an example of the variety: "The White Flag" shows the need and power of forgiveness, even when it seems impossible,...


Round the Moon

by Verne, Jules, 1828-1905 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Round the Moon is the sequel to Jules Verne's 1865 novel, From the Earth to the Moon. It's a science fiction tale which continues the trip to the moon that was only begun in the first novel. Later English editions...


The Doings of Raffles Haw

by Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Doings of Raffles Haw / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Arthur Conan Doyle, best known as the author of Sherlock Holmes, brings us the mysterious Raffles Haw. Robert McIntyre and his sister Laura have fallen on hard...


Lumen

by Flammarion, Camille, 1842-1925 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Lumen / Camille Flammarion

"Lumen was first published by Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) in 1872 as part of the Stories of Infinity collection. Flammarion was a well-known French astronomer, writer and highly...


A Traveler from Altruria

by Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A Traveler from Altruria / William Dean Howells

"A Traveler from Altruria is a Utopian novel by William Dean Howells. It was first published in installments in The Cosmopolitan between November 1892 and October...


The Field of Ice

by Verne, Jules, 1828-1905 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Field of Ice / Jules Verne

"In this book Verne struck again the bolder note of imagination and creation. Here the daring explorers are represented as actually attaining the pole; and the bold inventions of...


Through the Eye of the Needle

by Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Through the Eye of the Needle / William Dean Howells

"Through the Eye of the Needle: A Romance is a 1907 Utopian novel written by William Dean Howells. It is the final volume in Howells's "Altrurian trilogy,"...


The Fur Country

by Verne, Jules, 1828-1905 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Fur Country / Jules Verne

"The Fur Country (French: Le Pays des fourrures) is an adventure novel by Jules Verne in The Extraordinary Voyages series, first published in 1873. The novel was serialized in Magasin...


Sirius

by Stapledon, Olaf, 1886-1950 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Sirius: A Fantasy of Love and Discord / Olaf Stapledon

"Sirius is a 1944 science fiction novel by the British philosopher and author Olaf Stapledon, whose title character is a dog named Sirius with humanlike...


The Last Miracle

by Shiel, M. P. (Matthew Phipps), 1865-1947. Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Last Miracle / M. P. Shiel

"This volume contains Matthew Phipps Shiel's 1906 novel, "The Last Miracle." This book is recommended for fans of supernatural and science fiction, and is a must-have for collectors...


The Sacred Fount

by James, Henry, 1843-1916 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Sacred Fount is a novel by Henry James, first published in 1901. This strange, often baffling book concerns an unnamed narrator who attempts to discover the truth about the love lives of his fellow guests...


Master Zacharius

by Verne, Jules, 1828-1905 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"Master Zacharius, or the clockmaker who lost his soul" (French: Maître Zacharius ou l'horloger qui avait perdu son âme) is an 1854 short story by Jules Verne. The story, an intensely Romantic fantasy echoing...


Sir Dominick’s Bargain

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A short story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Sir Dominick's Bargain was first published anonymously in 1872 in All the Year Round. It is a variation on a theme Le Fanu used first in 1838, in The Fortunes of Sir...


Stories of Lough Guir

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Stories of Lough Guir is a short story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Stories of Lough Guir was first published anonymously in the weekly journal All the Year Round in 1869–1870. (Source: Corpus of Electronic...


Dickon the Devil

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Dickon the Devil is a short story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. This early work by Sheridan Le Fanu was originally published in 1872. Born in Dublin in 1814, he came from a literary family of Huguenot origins;...


The Familiar

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Familiar is a short story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. In The Familiar, Captain Barton's death seems to be supernatural, but is not actually witnessed, and the ghostly owl may be a real bird. This technique...


Wicked Captain Walshawe, of Wauling

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Wicked Captain Walshawe, Of Wauling was written in the year 1869 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. This book is one of the most popular novels of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, and has been translated into several other...