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6 Featured Titles

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Wieland
or, The Transformation: An American Tale and Other Stories
Written by Charles Brockden Brown
Introduction by Caleb Crain


Format: Trade Paperback, 412 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75903-1 (0-375-75903-4)

Called a “remarkable story” by John Greenleaf Whittier and described by John Keats as “very powerful,” Wieland, Charles Brockden Brown’s disturbing 1798 tale of terror, is a masterpiece involving spontaneous combustion, disembodied voices, religious mania, and a gruesome murder based on a real-life incident.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes Wieland’s... Read more >
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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
or, Gustavus Vassa, the African
Written by Olaudah Equiano
Edited by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76115-7 (0-375-76115-2)

Edited and with Notes by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr

“Equiano’s Narrative was so richly structured that it became the prototype of the nineteenth-century slave narrative.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a... Read more >
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April Morning

Written by Howard Fast


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1983
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27322-9 (0-553-27322-1)

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Common Sense

Written by Thomas Paine
Introduction by Diana Gabaldon


Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $3.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21465-9 (0-553-21465-9)

In 1776, America was a hotbed of enlightenment and revolution. Thomas Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution. His elegantly persuasive pieces spoke to the hearts and minds of those fighting for freedom. He was later outlawed in Britain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Promised Land
Thirteen Books That Changed America
Written by Jay Parini


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38618-2 (0-307-38618-X)

“These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and... Read more >
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The Algerine Captive
or, The Life and Adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill
Written by Royall Tyler
Introduction by Caleb Crain


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76034-1 (0-375-76034-2)

A predecessor of both the nativist humor of Mark Twain and the exotic adventure stories of Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Richard Dana, Royall Tyler’s The Algerine Captive is an entertaining romp through eighteenth-century society, a satiric look at a variety of American types, from the backwoods schoolmaster to the southern... Read more >
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