Bestselling and famous Novels
- The Last Of The Mohicans. A Narrative Of 1757 | by James Fenimore Cooper
- It is believed that the scene of this tale, and most of the information necessary to understand its allusions, are rendered sufficiently obvious to the reader in the text itself, or in the accompanying notes. Still there is so much obscurity in the Indian traditions, and so much confusion in the Indian names, as to render some explanation useful...
- Jane Eyre. An Autobiography | by Charlotte Bronte
- A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. This updated edition features a new introduction discussing the novel's political and magical dimensions.
- Pride and Prejudice | by Jane Austen
- Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?
- Sense And Sensibility | by Jane Austen
- Jane Austen (1775-1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Her novels revolve around people, not events or coincidences. Miss Austen sets her novels in the upper middle class English country which was her own environment. Her novels have increased in stature over time. Her skills of writing, including a dry humor and a witty elegance of expression have attracted generations to her work.
- Old Saint Paul's. A Tale Of The Plague And The Fire | by William Harrison Ainsworth
- The portion of the ensuing Tale relating to the Grocer of Wood-street,
and his manner of victualling his house, and shutting up himself and his
family within it during the worst part of the Plague of 1665, is founded
on a narrative, which I have followed pretty closely in most of its
details, contained in a very rare little volume, entitled,
"Preparations against the Plague, both of Soul and Body", the
authorship of which I have no hesitation in assigning to Defoe. Indeed,
I venture to pronounce it his masterpiece. It is strange that this
matchless performance should have hitherto escaped attention, and that
it should not have been reprinted with some one of the countless
impressions of the ""History of the Plague of London"," to which it
forms an almost necessary accompaniment. The omission, I trust, will be
repaired by Mr. Hazlitt the younger, Defoe's last and best editor, in
his valuable edition of the works of that great novelist and political
writer, now in the course of publication. It may be added, that a case
precisely similar to that of the Grocer, and attended with the same
happy results, occurred during the Plague of Marseilles, in 1720.
- Windsor Castle | by William Harrison Ainsworth
- Amid the gloom hovering over the early history of Windsor Castle appear the mighty phantoms of the renowned King Arthur and his knights, for whom it is said Merlin reared a magic fortress upon its heights, in a great hall whereof, decorated with trophies of war and of the chase, was placed the famous Round Table. But if the antique tale is now worn out, and no longer part of our faith, it is pleasant at least to record it.
- A Window In Thrums | by J. M. Barrie
- When the English publishers read "A Window in Thrums" in manuscript they thought it unbearably sad and begged me to alter the end. They warned me that the public do not like sad books. Well, the older I grow and the sadder the things I see, the more do I wish my books to be bright and hopeful, but an author may not always interfere with his story, and if I had altered the end of "A Window in Thrums" I think I should never have had any more respect for myself. It is a sadder book to me than it can ever be to anyone else. I see Jess at her window looking for the son who never came back as no other can see her, and I knew that unless I brought him back in time the book would be a pain to me all my days, but the thing had to be done
- Robbery Under Arms; A Story Of Life And Adventure In The Bush And In The Australian Goldfields | by Rolf Boldrewood
- I dedicate this "ower true tale" of the wilder aspects of
Australian life to my old comrade R. Murray Smith, late Agent-General
in London for the colony of Victoria, with hearty thanks for the time
and trouble he has devoted to its publication. I trust it will do no
discredit to the rising reputation of Australian romance. But though
presented in the guise of fiction, this chronicle of the Marston
family must not be set down by the reader as wholly fanciful or
exaggerated. Much of the narrative is literally true, as can be
verified by official records. A lifelong residence in Australia may
be accepted as a guarantee for fidelity as to local colour and
descriptive detail. I take this opportunity of acknowledging the
prompt and liberal recognition of the tale by the proprietors of the
'Sydney Mail', but for which it might never have seen the light.
- The Woman in White | by Wilkie Collins
- A scheming nobleman, a beautiful heiress, and, of course, a mysterious woman in white confined to an asylum for the insane are just a few of the unforgettable characters in this marvelous tale of mistaken identities, locked rooms, and surprise revelations. Widely regarded as the finest work of Wilkie Collins.
- The Moonstone. A Romance | by Wilkie Collins
- "The first and greatest of English detective novels." --T. S. Eliot
- MoonChild | by Aleister-Crowley
- This is a novel by Crowley about a magical war between a white lodge ( led by Iff ) and a black lodge ( led by Douglas ) over an unborn child, the "moonchild" of the title, with the action moving between London, Paris and a villa in Naples. It was written in 1917 in New Orleans.