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The Eighth Day

Thornton Wilder

This new edition of Thornton Wilder's renowned 1967 National Book Award-winning novel features a new foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder's unpublished letters, handwri...

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Published: Jan 2007

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

The only American edition of the cult classic novel.A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick's magnificent film of the same ti...

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Published: Apr 1995

Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers ...

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott’s little–known novella is an ingenious study of deception, betrayal, and the ruthless power of a woman scorned. Foreword by Doris Lessing. When demure Scottish governess Jean Muir arrives at a wealthy ho...

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Published: Feb 1997

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break...

Ruth Pennebaker

Joanie's ex-husband is having a baby with his new girlfriend. Joanie won't be having more babies, since she's decided never to have sex again. But she still has her teenaged daughter Caroline to care for. And thanks to the recession,...

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Published: Jan 2011

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

IThe Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby an...

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Published: Oct 2004

Prodigal Summer

Barbara Kingsolver

Set in Appalachia, Kingsolver's very pastoral novel tells the stories of three women who live close to the land. A wildlife biologist studying coyotes is fascinated by a young man with a passion for hunting. An intellectually inclined...

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Published: Oct 2001

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Perse...

Winifred Watson

'Why has it taken more than half a century for this wonderful flight of humor to be rediscovered?'-Guardian'The sweetest grown-up book in the world.'-Sunday Times'Everyone, no matter how poor or prim or neglected, has a second chance ...

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Published: Feb 2008

Classic Horror Stories: Sixteen Legen...

Charles A. Coulombe

Before electric lights and telephones, there were only candles and, at last, gas lights, to banish the darkness. And in that darkness might lurk - who knows? Ghosts, werewolves, vampires, witches, or even the Devil himself! Such st...

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Published: Sep 2003

The Foundling

Charlotte Bronte

Written when she was 17, The Foundling is a classic fairy tale set in the imagined kingdom of Verdopolis which will delight fans of Charlotte Brontë’s later work. Abandoned as a baby, Edward Sydney finds a “protector̶...

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Published: Mar 2005

Man and Wife (Oxford World's Classics...

Wilkie Collins

`This time the fiction is founded upon facts' stated Wilkie Collins in his Preface to Man and Wife (1870). Many Victorian writers responded to contemporary debates on the rights and the legal status of women, and here Collins questio...

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Published: Dec 1998

For Love of the Game

Michael Shaara

A baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career at the age of thirty-seven has one last chance to prove who he is and what he is capable of, and to win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years. Repri...

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Published: Sep 1999

Heaven's My Destination

Thornton Wilder

Drawing on such unique sources as the author's unpublished letters,business records, and obscure family recollections, Tappan Wilder'sAfterword adds a special dimension to the reissue of this hilarious tale about goodness in a fallen ...

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Published: Sep 2003

Great Short Works of Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Classic works of humor and criticism by a revered American masterBeloved by millions, Mark Twain is the quintessential American writer. More than anyone else, his blend of skepticism, caustic wit, and sharp prose defines a certain Ame...

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Published: Oct 2004

A Way of Life, Like Any Other

Darcy O'Brien

A young boy in Hollywood struggles to comprehend his parents, sadly aging ex-movie stars who haven't a clue about bringing up children, and to make his own way in a bizarre world. Originally published in 1977, the novel takes place in...

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Published: Aug 2001

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography o...

Robert Graves

Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A masterpiece.

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Published: Oct 1989

In the Land of Time: And Other Fantas...

Edward Dunsany

The first annotated edition of the Irish master of fantasy, 'who imagined colors, ceremonies and incredible processions that never passed before the eyes of Edgar Allan Poe or of De Quincey' (W. B. Yeats). Lord Dunsany has gained a cu...

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Published: Feb 2004

Three Classic African-American Novels...

William L. Andrews

'Examining the scope and richness of African-American literature, this landmark collection gathers the first three novels written by African Americans in the 1850s. Includes "The Heroic Slave" by Frederick Douglass, "Cl...

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Published: Jan 2003

Peter Camenzind

Hermann Hesse

Peter Camenzind, a young man from a Swiss mountain village, leaves his home and eagerly takes to the road in search of new experience. Traveling through Italy and France, Camenzind is increasingly disillusioned by the suffering he dis...

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Published: Dec 2003

Gone With the Wind: 75th Anniversary ...

Margaret Mitchell

An anniversary edition of Margaret Mitchell's timeless classic.

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Published: May 2011

Seize the Day

Saul Bellow

Although the different things in the book are by no means on the same level, the title story seems to me the most moving single piece of fiction that this young author has as yet written. It is all the more interesting because there i...

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Published: May 2003

Jane Eyre (Oxford World's Classics)

Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre (1847) has enjoyed huge popularity since first publication, and its success owes much to its exceptional emotional power. Jane Eyre, a penniless orphan, is engaged as governess at Thornfield Hall by the mysterious Mr Ro...

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Published: Jun 2008

The Miracle Worker

William Gibson

Helen Keller at age 12 was like a wild animal. Deaf, blind and utterly unable to communicate, she went through her young life alienated and terrified, struggling against all who tried to help her. Annie Sullivan was half-blind herself...

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Published: Jul 2002

An American Tragedy

Theodore Dreiser

The graded readers in this series aim to provide learners of English with a pleasurable reading experience. The series, which should appeal to a wide age range, exposes students to a variety of styles and kinds of English and the book...

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Published: Aug 2000

The Man Who Loved Children

Christina Stead

With an Introduction by Randall Jarrell. Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for each other. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak d...

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Published: Jul 2001

A Passage to India

E. m. Forster

Among the greatest novels of the twentieth century and the basis for director David Lean's Academy Award-winning film, A Passage to India tells of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite pros...

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Published: Mar 1965

Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Co...

Another Lady

Smart, beautiful and desperate for a husband, Charlotte Heywood must escape the clutches of two impossible suitors in order to claim the heart of a charming and fickle young man, in a story originally left unfinished at the author's d...

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Published: Oct 1998

Nick Adams Stories

Ernest Hemingway

The famous 'Nick Adams' stories show a memorable character growing from child to adolescent to soldier, veteran, writer, and parent -- a sequence closely paralleling the events of Hemingway's life.

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Published: Feb 1981

Sons (Good Earth Trilogy, Vol 2)

Pearl S. Buck

Second in the trilogy that began with The Good Earth, Buck's classic and starkly real tale of sons rising against their honored fathers tells of the bitter struggle to the death between the old and the new in China. Revolutions sweep ...

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Published: Jan 2005

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other ...

Oscar Wilde

'Flamboyant fin-de-siecle literary figure Oscar Wilde was a dazzling personality, a master of wit, and a dramatic genius whose sparkling comedies contain some of the most brilliant dialogue ever written for the English stage.Here in o...

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Published: Dec 1982

Amsterdam

Ian McEwan

On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current ...

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Published: Nov 1999

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