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Complete Shorter Fiction

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1997
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40068-1 (0-375-40068-0)

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Four Great American Classics

Written by Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Stephen Crane


Format: Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21362-1 (0-553-21362-8)

Includes: The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, Billy Bud, Sailor Read more >
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Moby Dick
The Graphic Novel
Written by Herman Melville
Adapted by Lance Stahlberg
Illustrated by Lalit Kumar


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-93-80028-22-4 (93-80028-22-9)

It was an obsession that would destroy them all...

On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition.

Later that same night, as Ishmael is... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Moby-Dick

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1981
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21311-9 (0-553-21311-3)

No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest sea story ever... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Moby-Dick
or, The Whale
Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick and Rockwell Kent


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78327-5 (0-679-78327-X)

First published in 1851, Melville's masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick's words, "the greatest novel in American literature." The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of... Read more >
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Tales, Poems, and Other Writings

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75712-9 (0-375-75712-0)

From short masterpieces like “Bartleby the Scrivener” and “Billy Budd” to more obscure, even completely unknown works like the epic poem “Clarel,” Melville’s stories and poems rank among his greatest and most gripping work. This unique anthology–the first of its kind in fifty years–gathers together all of Melville’s tales, as well... Read more >

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Typee
A Peep at Polynesian Life
Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by Robert Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75745-7 (0-375-75745-7)

A classic adventure and travel story, Typee recounts the exploits of Tom, a runaway sailor, on the South Seas island of Nukuheva, from his capture by Typees, by reputation “a fierce and unrelenting tribe of savages,” to his daring escape when he realizes they have no intention of ever letting him... Read more >

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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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Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: August 15, 1984
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-07407-0 (0-385-07407-7)

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Complete Tales & Poems

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Trade Paperback, 1040 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1975
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71678-7 (0-394-71678-7)

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime. He was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules... Read more >
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Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47477-3 (0-307-47477-1)

A new selection for the NEA’s Big Read program

A compact selection of Poe’s greatest stories and poems, chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program.

This selection of eleven stories and seven poems contains such famously chilling masterpieces of the storyteller’s art as “The Tell-tale Heart,” “The... Read more >
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Written by Edgar Allan Poe
Introduction by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64342-5 (0-679-64342-7)

Includes The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, and The Purloined Letter

Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with three mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept of applying reason to solving... Read more >
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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

Written by Edgar Allan Poe
Introduction by Jeffrey Meyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76007-5 (0-375-76007-5)

“It is Poe’s greatest work.”—Jorge Luis Borges

After reading an 1836 newspaper account of a shipwreck and its two survivors, Edgar Allan Poe penned his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, the story of a stowaway on a Nantucket whaleship who finds himself enmeshed in the dark... Read more >
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The Tell-Tale Heart

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1983
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21228-0 (0-553-21228-1)

Poe's major writings. Sixteen stories, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Pit and the Pendulum"; the prose poem "Silence: A Fable"; 15 poems, including "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee"; plus Poe's only full-length novel, The Narrative... Read more >
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Uncle Tom's Cabin
or, Life among the Lowly
Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Introduction by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75693-1 (0-375-75693-0)

When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment... Read more >
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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe


Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1982
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21218-1 (0-553-21218-4)

Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man... Read more >
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Walden
Introduction and Annotations by Bill McKibben
Written by Henry David Thoreau
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 15, 2004
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1425-7 (0-8070-1425-7)

First published in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s groundbreaking book has influenced generations of readers and continues to inspire and inform anyone with an open mind and a love of nature. With Bill McKibben providing a newly revised Introduction and helpful annotations that place Thoreau firmly in his role as cultural and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover, hardcover and a hardcover.

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Walden and Other Writings

Written by Henry David Thoreau
Edited by Brooks Atkinson
Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78334-3 (0-679-78334-2)

Naturalist, philosopher, champion of self-reliance and moral independence, Henry David Thoreau remains not only one of our most influential writers but also one of our most contemporary. This unique and comprehensive edition gathers all of Thoreau's most significant works (including his masterpiece Walden, reproduced in its entirety). Taken together, they reveal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47556-5 (0-307-47556-5)

Long cherished by readers of all ages, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is both a hilarious account of an incorrigible truant and a powerful parable of innocence in conflict with the fallen adult world.

The mighty Mississippi River of the antebellum South gives the novel both its colorful backdrop and its narrative... Read more >

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47555-8 (0-307-47555-7)

Mark Twain was one of the nineteenth century's greatest chroniclers of childhood, and of all his works his beloved novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer most enchantingly and timelessly captures the sheer pleasure of being a boy.

Tom Sawyer is as clever, imaginative, and resourceful as he is reckless and mischievous, whether... Read more >

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 18, 1997
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-91272-0 (0-449-91272-8)

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by George Saunders


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $7.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75737-2 (0-375-75737-6)

“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn,” Ernest Hemingway wrote. “It’s the best book we’ve had.” A complex masterpiece that has spawned volumes of scholarly exegesis and interpretative theories, it is at heart a compelling adventure story. Huck, in flight from his murderous father... Read more >

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 29, 1997
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1571-1 (0-8041-1571-0)

Lost for more than a century, the passages reinstated in this edition reveal a novel even more controversial than the version Twain published in 1885 and provide an invaluable insight into his creative process. A breakthrough of unparalleled impact, this comprehensive edition is the final rebuttal in the tireless debate over... Read more >

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21079-8 (0-553-21079-3)

Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark Twain's classic story about a young boy and his journey down the Mississippi was the first great novel to speak in a truly American voice. Influencing subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood Anderson to... Read more >

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Frank Conroy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75681-8 (0-375-75681-7)

This irresistible tale of the adventures of two friends growing up in frontier America is one of Mark Twain's most popular novels. The farcical, colorful, and poignant escapades of Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn brilliantly depict the humor and pathos of growing up on the geographic and cultural rim of... Read more >
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