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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features a new foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder's unpublished letters, handwri...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

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

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

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Drawing on such unique sources as the author's unpublished letters,business records, and obscure family recollections, Tappan Wilder'sAfterword adds a special dimension to the reissue of this hilarious tale about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

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

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

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

The Optimist's Daughter

Eudora Welty

The Optimist's Daughter is a compact and inward-looking little novel, a Pulitzer Prize winner that's slight of page yet big of heart. The optimist in question is 71-year-old Judge McKelva, who has come to a New Orleans hospital fro...

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Published: Aug 1990

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

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

The Razor's Edge

W. Somerset Maugham

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancee Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong r...

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Published: Sep 2003

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

The Mysteries of Udolpho (Oxford Worl...

Ann Ward Radcliffe

Ann Radcliffe's orphaned heroine Emily St. Aubert finds herself imprisoned in her evil guardian Count Montoni's gloomy medieval fortress in the remote Apennines. Terror is the order of the day inside the walls of Udolpho, as Emily str...

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Published: Jul 1998

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

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

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

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

A House and Its Head

Ivy Compton-Burnett

A House and Its Head is Ivy Compton-Burnett's subversive look at the politics of family life, and perhaps the most unsparing of her novels. No sooner has Duncan Edgeworth's wife died than he takes a new, much younger bride whose wil...

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Published: Mar 2001

Napoleon

Felix Markham

A magnificent reconstruction of Napoleon's life and legend written by a distinguished Oxford scholar.

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Published: Sep 2010

Castle to Castle (French Literature)

Louis-Ferdinand Celine

It is Germany near the end of World War II, the Allies have landed and members of the Vichy France government have been sequestered in a labyrinthine castle, replete with secret passages and subterranean hideaways. The group of 1,400 ...

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Published: Mar 1997

The Confessions of Nat Turner

William Styron

Set in 1831, The Confessions Of Nat Turner tells--in his own words--of a black man who awaits death in a Virginia jail cell. His name is Nat Turner and he is a slave, a preacher, and the leader of the only effective slave revolt in th...

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Published: Nov 1992

Orlando (Annotated): A Biography

Virginia Woolf

Based on the life of Vita Sackville-West, a close friend of the author, this novel pays tribute to their passionate friendship. At the beginning of the book Orlando is a young, melancholic, poetry-writing nobleman in the Elizabethan A...

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Published: Jul 2006

Ivanhoe (Illustrated by Milo Winter w...

Sir Walter Scott

One of Sir Walter Scott's most popular and influential works, "Ivanhoe" is the story of one of the last remaining Saxon noble families. At the beginning of the novel we find its titular character, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who...

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Published: Apr 2018

To a God Unknown

John Steinbeck

As his father lies dying, Joseph Wayne decides to trade his Vermont farm for a new life in California. Once established on his ranch, he comes to revere a huge tree as the embodiment of his father's spirit. Joseph's brothers and thei...

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Published: Aug 1995

The Candy Country

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women. In the mid-1860s, Alcott wrote passionate, fiery novels and sensational stories. She also produced wholesome stories for children, and after th...

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Published: Mar 2018

Theatre

W. Somerset Maugham

In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham–the author of the classic novels Of Human Bondage and Up at the Villa–introduces us to Julia Lambert, a woman of breathtaking poise and talent whose looks have stood by her forty-six years. ...

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Published: Mar 2001

The Red and the Black: (translated wi...

Stendhal

First published in 1830, "The Red and the Black," is widely considered the masterpiece of 19th century French author Marie-Henri Beyle, known more commonly by his pen name, Stendahl. It follows the ambitions of Julien Sorel,...

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Published: Jun 2018

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

Joseph Heller

A fiftieth anniversary edition of Catch-22, one of the twentieth century's most revered novels.

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Published: May 2011

Good Man is Hard to Find and Other St...

Flannery O'Connor

The collection that established O’ Connor’ s reputation as one of the american masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, as well as “ The...

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Published: Aug 1977

The Bell

Iris Murdoch

The story of a lay community of mixed-up people encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns, follows the lives of Dora Greenfield, an erring wife who returns to her husband, and Michael Meade, who is confronted by...

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Published: Dec 2001

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