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Jo's Boys

Written by Louisa May Alcott


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1995
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21449-9 (0-553-21449-7)

Better known for her novels Little Women and Little Men, Louisa May Alcott continued the story of her feisty protagonist Jo in this final novel chronicling the adventures and misadventures of the March family. Entertaining, surprising, and overall a joy to read, Jo's Boys is nevertheless shaded by a bittersweet tone... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Little Women

Written by Louisa May Alcott
Introduction by Susan Cheever


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75672-6 (0-375-75672-8)

It is no surprise that Little Women, the adored classic of four sisters and their enduring devotion to and protection of one another, was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's own life. Alcott drew from her own personality to create a unique protagonist: Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of... Read more >

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Little Women

Written by Louisa May Alcott


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1983
Price: $3.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21275-4 (0-553-21275-3)

Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have... Read more >

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The Audubon Reader

Written by John James Audubon
Edited by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4369-9 (1-4000-4369-7)

This unprecedented anthology of John James Audubon’s lively and colorful writings about the American wilderness reintroduces the great artist and ornithologist as an exceptional American writer, a predecessor to Thoreau, Emerson, and Melville.

Audubon’s award-winning biographer, Richard Rhodes, has gathered excerpts from his journals, letters, and published works, and has organized them... Read more >

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Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself

Written by Robert Montgomery Bird
Introduction by Christopher Looby


Format: Trade Paperback, 472 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-229-2 (1-59017-229-9)

Sheppard Lee, By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic. Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe, this is the story of a young idler who goes in search of buried treasure and finds instead the power to transfer his... Read more >

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The American Transcendentalists
Essential Writings
Edited by Lawrence Buell


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7509-3 (0-8129-7509-X)

Transcendentalism was the first major intellectual movement in U.S. history, championing the inherent divinity of each individual, as well as the value of collective social action. In the mid-nineteenth century, the movement took off, changing how Americans thought about religion, literature, the natural world, class distinctions, the role of women, and... Read more >

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The Squatter and the Don

Written by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
Introduction by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7289-4 (0-8129-7289-9)

The Squatter and the Don, like its author, has come out a survivor,” notes Ana Castillo in her Introduction. “The fact that it has resurfaced after more than a century from its original publication is a testimony to its worthiness.” Inviting comparison to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Awakening and Selected Stories

Written by Kate Chopin
Edited by Nina Baym
Introduction by Kaye Gibbons


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78333-6 (0-679-78333-4)

The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and... Read more >

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The Awakening

Written by Kate Chopin


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-12-7 (1-935554-12-3)

Condemned as “sordid” and “immoral” on its publication in 1899, this story of a woman trapped in her marriage effectively ended Chopin’s career but was revived as a proto-feminist classic in the 1970s. What Newsweek calls Chopin's “prophetic psychology” insures its timeliness today. Read more >
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The Awakening

Written by Kate Chopin


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1985
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21330-0 (0-553-21330-X)

Here is the story of Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother. Edna experiences the first pangs of passion and desire--an awakening so intense that Edna compromises herself--changing her life forever. Chopin's portrayal of a woman's quest for freedom is considered a landmark in American fiction. Also includes: "Beyond the Bayou,"... Read more >
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The Ox-Bow Incident

Written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Introduction by Wallace Stegner


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 27, 2004
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7258-0 (0-8129-7258-9)

Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Deerslayer

Written by James Fenimore Cooper


Format: Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1991
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21085-9 (0-553-21085-8)

The deadly crack of a long rifle and the piercing cries of Indians on the warpath shatter the serenity of beautiful lake Glimmerglass. Danger has invaded the vast forests of upper New York State as Deerslayer and his loyal Mohican friend Chingachgook attempt the daring rescue of an Indian maiden imprisoned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Last of the Mohicans

Written by James Fenimore Cooper


Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1982
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21329-4 (0-553-21329-6)

Written in 1826 by James Fenimore Cooper who is today considered our first great American novelist.This famous adventure brings the wilds of the American frontier and the drama of the bloody conflict between the British and the French. Read more >

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The Red Badge of Courage

Written by Stephen Crane


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6884-7 (0-8041-6884-9)

Stephen Crane’s immortal masterpiece about the nightmare of war was first published in 1895 and brought its young author immediate international fame. Set during the Civil War, it tells of the brutal disillusionment of a young recruit who had dreamed of the thrill and glory of war, only to find himself...

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The Red Badge of Courage

Written by Stephen Crane


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1981
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21011-8 (0-553-21011-4)

First published in 1895, America's greatest novel of the Civil War was written before 21-year-old Stephen Crane had "smelled even the powder of a sham battle." But this powerful psychological study of a young soldier's struggle with the horrors, both within and without, that war strikes the reader with its undeniable... Read more >

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Blake
or; The Huts of America
Written by Martin R. Delany


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6419-1 (0-8070-6419-X)

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The Pocket Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson
Edited by Brenda Hillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-700-7 (1-59030-700-3)

A selection of authentic versions of the best poems of America’s most popular poet–in a beautiful miniature edition.

Emily Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the greatest of American poets. The aphoristic style and wit of much of her verse, its irregular rhymes, directness of expression, and startling imagery, have... Read more >

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Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 3, 1959
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09423-8 (0-385-09423-X)

This Anchor edition includes both poems and letters, as well as the only contemporary description of Emily Dickinson, and is designed for readers who want the best poems and most interesting letters in convenient form. An excellent introduction to the work of a poet whose originality of thought remains unsurpassed in... Read more >

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The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson
Introduction by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78335-0 (0-679-78335-0)

Emily Dickinson lived as a recluse in Amherst, Massachusetts, dedicating herself to writing a "letter to the world"--the 1,775 poems left unpublished at her death in 1886. Today, Dickinson stands in the front rank of American poets. This enthralling collection includes more than four hundred poems that were published between Dickinson's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Bondage and My Freedom

Written by Frederick Douglass
Introduction by John Stauffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7031-9 (0-8129-7031-4)

My Bondage and My Freedom,” writes John Stauffer in his Foreword, “[is] a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War.” As his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Sport of the Gods
and Other Essential Writings
Written by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin and David Bradley


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7279-5 (0-8129-7279-1)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872—1906) overcame racism and poverty to become one of the best-known authors in America, and the first African American to earn a living from his poetry, fiction, drama, journalism, and lectures. An author who achieved remarkable versatility, his work draws on language that is by turns folksy and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edited by Brooks Atkinson
Introduction by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78322-0 (0-679-78322-9)

The definitive collection of Emerson's major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life's work of a true "American Scholar."

As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual, emphasized independent thought, and prized "the splendid labyrinth of... Read more >
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Nature and Walking

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 1994
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1419-6 (0-8070-1419-2)

Together in one volume, Emerson’s Nature and Thoreau’s Walking, is writing that defines our distinctly American relationship to nature. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Damnation of Theron Ware or Illumination

Written by Harold Frederic
Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76035-8 (0-375-76035-0)

Published in 1896, The Damnation of Theron Ware or Illumination is a profound psychological portrait of the spiritual undoing of a guileless Methodist minister who is taken in by a rural townspeople’s various progressive ideas, from liberalism to bohemianism, only to be spurned by them for being too conventional. Described by... Read more >

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The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Introduction by Alexander Black


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78340-4 (0-679-78340-7)

"There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver."--Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), a leading figure in the women's movement of the early twentieth century, is a pillar of the American feminist canon. This edition of her work... Read more >
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