Literary Fiction

Emmeline, the Orphan of the Castle

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Charlotte Turner Smith

This book was written about 150 years ahead of its time. It tells the story of Emmeline Mobwray who grows up in a dysfunctional family and h…

My Life: The Story of a Provincial

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Anton Chekhov

A provincial youth of wealth and noble status refuses to employ himself in the typical occupations of the higher classes, thus acquiring a r…

Love Among the Artists

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George Bernard Shaw

Love Among the Artists was published in the United States in 1900 and in England in 1914, but it was written in 1881. In the ambience of chi…

The Siege of London

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Henry James

In this work, first published in 1883, James once again writes of an American trying to settle in England. The woman at the center, however,…


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Sigrid Undset

Jenny Winge is a Norwegian expatriate studying art in Rome, part of a Bohemian group of friends who explore the ancient City in an intoxicat…

Taras Bulba; a Tale of the Cossacks

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Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

Taras Bulba is a romanticised historical novella by Nikolai Gogol set in Russia’s equivalent of America’s wild frontier, what is today Ukrai…

Death in Venice

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Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann, author of Death in Venice (German: Der Tod in Venedig) was a winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. The main character in th…

The Hero

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W. Somerset Maugham

James Parsons comes home to Little Primpton after serving in the Boer War. The whole town is proud of their new hero, who was awarded the Vi…

A Hero of Our Time (Version 2)

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Mikhail Yurevich Lermontov

One of the iconic characters of all Russian literature, Grigori Aleksandrovich Pechorin is the ultimate “superfluous man.” An aristocratic r…

Under the Shadow of Etna: Sicilian Stories

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Giovanni Verga

The short stories of Giovanni Verga, one of the leading authors of Italian verismo, or realism, tell mostly of working-class characters in r…

The Flaw in the Crystal

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May Sinclair

One of May Sinclair’s “uncanny” stories, this novella explores many of Sinclair’s most treasured themes: the bounds of marriage, the conflic…

The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne

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Ann Radcliffe

Ann Radcliffe is the founder of the gothic novel. This novel is no exception. The wicked baron murdered the good earl's father twelve years …

Island Nights' Entertainments

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Robert Louis Stevenson

A marvelous depiction of two sides of South Sea Islands' life through three separate tales. One, the experience of the incoming British kee…


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Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth was one of the most popular writers of her time, a sharp and witty observer of society manners, and a favorite author for Ja…

Another Study of Woman

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

Honoré de Balzac

A series of tales -- told by men, of course -- about women. Though the book first appeared in 1842, Balzac later added to it as an addenfum …


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E. W. Hornung

How does a man who as committed a heavy sin — not a crime, but a sin with terrible consequences — atone for his behaviour? What if the man i…

1891 Collection

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A look at the year 1891 through literature and non-fiction essays first published that year, including works by Mary E Wilkins, Sir Arthur C…

The Papers

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Henry James

Today the world is awash with “celebrities” whose only accomplishment is being celebrated by the media in all its various forms. Henry James…

Sons of the Covenant: A Tale of London Jewry

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Samuel Gordon

Born in London's poverty-stricken and heavily Jewish East End, the Lipcott boys create their own successes in life and love. The brothers' c…

William, An Englishman

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Cicely Hamilton

William – an Englishman is a 1919 novel by Cicely Hamilton. The novel explores the effect of the First World War on a married couple during …

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