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The Hand of Ethelberta

de Thomas Hardy

At the beginning of the book, we are told that Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but, through her work as a governess, married well at the age of eighteen. Her husband died two weeks after the wedding...

Lady Susan

de Jane Austen

Austen's "most wicked tale," Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen, possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871. Lady Susan is a selfish, attractive woman, who tries to trap the best...

Botchan

de Natsume Sōseki

Botchan (坊っちゃん) is a novel written by Natsume Sōseki (real name: Kin'nosuke Natsume) in 1906. It is considered to be one of the most popular novels in Japan, read by most Japanese during their childhood....

The Mirror of Kong Ho

de Ernest Bramah Smith

A lively and amusing collection of letters on western living written by Kong Ho, a Chinese gentleman. These addressed to his homeland, refer to the Westerners in London as barbarians and many of the aids to...

The Way We Live Now

de Anthony Trollope

The Way We Live Now is a scathing satirical novel published in London in 1875 by Anthony Trollope, after a popular serialisation. It was regarded by many of Trollope's contemporaries as his finest work. One...

Gigolo

de Edna Ferber

Eight stories of tangy satire and sweet sentimentality. Filled with human drama, unfaltering reason, and extraordinary description.

R. Holmes & Co.

de John Kendrick Bangs

A collection of 10 short stories about the son of Sherlock Holmes and grandson of Raffles.

The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

de Robert Barr

The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (1906) brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial...

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

de Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Napoleon of Notting Hill is a novel written by G. K. Chesterton in 1904, set in a nearly-unchanged London in 1984. Though the novel deals with the future, it concentrates not on technology nor on totalitarian...

It Can't Happen Here

de Sinclair Lewis

It Can't Happen Here is a semi-satirical political novel by Sinclair Lewis published in 1935. It features newspaperman Doremus Jessup struggling against the fascist regime of President Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip,...

The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton

de Wardon Allan Curtis

A collection of 15 fantasy short stories, similar to the "Arabian Nights", set in Chicago.

Cabbages and Kings

de O. Henry

A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a...

Cheerful—By Request

de Edna Ferber

A collection of 12 short stories.

The Chronicles of Clovis

de Saki

One of Saki's best-known works. A collection of satirical short stories featuring Clovis.

Beasts and Super-Beasts

de Saki

Beasts and Super-Beasts is a collection of short stories, written by Saki (the literary pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro) and first published in 1914.Along with The Chronicles of Clovis, Beasts and Super-Beasts...

Password Incorrect

de Nick Name

25 short, sometimes funny and sometimes mean stories ideal to rediscover the joy of reading a book as shiny and beautiful as a brand new cell phone. A look from a distance at the absurdity of our present day...

Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice

de James Branch Cabell

Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice is a 1919 fantasy book by James Branch Cabell - the eighth among some fifty-two books written by this author - which gained fame (or notoriety, in the view of some) shortly after...

Erewhon, or Over The Range

A House-Boat on the Styx

de John Kendrick Bangs

The book begins with Charon, ferryman of the Styx startled--and annoyed--by the arrival of a house boat on his mystical river. At first afraid that the boat will put him out of business, he later finds out that...

The Missing Angel

de Erle Cox

A man trades his soul to the Devil -- and is happier for it.