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Cinderella

Written by C. S. Evans


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 1, 2014
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5394-2 (0-8041-5394-9)

The classical version of the most famous and beloved of all fairy tales is the one C.S. Evans adapted and then expanded in order to give his brilliant illustrator, Arthur Rackham, maximum opportunity to exercise his gifts. The product of their collaboration is one of the most wonderful editions we have... Read more >
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New Grub Street

Written by George Gissing
Introduction by Francine Prose


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76110-2 (0-375-76110-1)

Hailed as Gissing’s finest novel, New Grub Street portrays the intrigues and hardships of the publishing world in late Victorian England. In a materialistic, class-conscious society that rewards commercial savvy over artistic achievement, authors and scholars struggle to earn a living without compromising their standards. “Even as the novel chills us... Read more >
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King Solomon's Mines

Written by H. Rider Haggard
Introduction by Alexandra Fuller


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 10, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6629-9 (0-8129-6629-5)

Touted by its 1885 publisher as “the most amazing story ever written,” King Solomon’s Mines was one of the bestselling novels of the nineteenth century. H. Rider Haggard’s thrilling saga of elephant hunter Allan Quatermain and his search for fabled treasure is more than just an adventure story, though: As Alexandra... Read more >
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She
A History of Adventure
Written by H. Rider Haggard
Illustrated by Charles H.M. Kerr and Maurice Greiffenhagen
Introduction by Margaret Atwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75905-5 (0-375-75905-0)

A runaway bestseller on its publication in 1887, H. Rider Haggard’s She is a Victorian thrill ride of a novel, featuring a lost African kingdom ruled by a mysterious, implacable queen; ferocious wildlife and yawning abysses; and an eerie love story that spans two thousand years. She has bewitched readers from... Read more >
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The Distracted Preacher

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-111-9 (1-61219-111-8)

From the master of Victorian tragedy, the surprisingly comic adventures of a man caught between romance and religion.

When young Mr. Stockdale arrives in a small village to fill in for the Methodist minister, he finds himself pining for his comely new landlady. But she leads a mysterious life, keeping odd... Read more >
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Far from the Madding Crowd

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by Margaret Drabble


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 11, 2001
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75797-6 (0-375-75797-X)

Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy’s passionate tale of the beautiful, headstrong farmer Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors, firmly established the thirty-four-year-old writer as a popular novelist. According to Virginia Woolf, “The subject was right; the method was right; the poet and the countryman, the sensual man, the sombre reflective... Read more >
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Jude the Obscure

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by Rosellen Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75741-9 (0-375-75741-4)

Upon its first appearance in 1895, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure shocked Victorian critics and readers with a frank depiction of sexuality and an unbridled indictment of the institutions of marriage, education, and religion, reportedly causing one Angli-can bishop to order the book publicly burned. The experience so exhausted Hardy that... Read more >
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Jude the Obscure

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1985
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21191-7 (0-553-21191-9)

In 1895 Hardy's final novel, the great tale of Jude The Obscure, sent shockwaves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude... Read more >
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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1981
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21024-8 (0-553-21024-6)

The Mayor of Casterbridge, originally published in 1886, is Thomas Hardy's compelling exploration of Michael Henchard's attempts to atone for having sold his wife and daughter at a village fair. This atonement starts a chain of events leading to tragedy and Henchard's own ultimate destruction. The dramatic story and structural parallel... Read more >
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The Return of the Native

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by Alexander Theroux


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75718-1 (0-375-75718-X)

One of Thomas Hardy's most powerful works, The Return of the Native centers famously on Egdon Heath, the wild, haunted Wessex moor that D. H. Lawrence called "the real stuff of tragedy." The heath's changing face mirrors the fortunes of the farmers, inn-keepers, sons, mothers, and lovers who populate the novel... Read more >

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The Return of the Native

Written by Thomas Hardy


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1982
Price: $6.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-21269-3 (0-553-21269-9)

This fine novel sets in opposition two of Thomas Hardy's most unforgettable creations: his heroine, the sensuous, free-spirited Eustacia Vye, and the solemn, majestic stretch of upland in Dorsetshire he called Egdon Heath. The famous opening reveals the haunting power of that dark, forbidding moon where proud Eustacia fervently awaits a... Read more >

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles
A Pure Woman
Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by James Wood


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75679-5 (0-375-75679-5)

Etched against the background of a dying rural society, Tess of the d’Urbervilles was Thomas Hardy’s “bestseller,” and Tess Durbeyfield remains his most striking and tragic heroine. Of all the characters he created, she meant the most to him. Hopelessly torn between two men—Alec d’Urberville, a wealthy, dissolute young man who... Read more >
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Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Written by Thomas Hardy
Introduction by Robert B. Heilman


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1984
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21168-9 (0-553-21168-4)

Etched against the background of a dying rural society, Tess of the d'Urbervilles was Thomas Hardy's "bestseller," and Tess Durbeyfield remains his most striking and tragic heroine. Hopelessly torn between two men--Alec d'Urberville, a wealthy, dissolute young man who seduces her in a lonely wood, and Angel Clare, her provincial, moralistic... Read more >
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The Victorian Fairy Tale Book

Written by Michael Patrick Hearn


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71455-9 (0-375-71455-3)

From Robert Browning’s Pied Piper of Hamelin and William Makepeace Thackeray’s Rose and the Ring to Kenneth Grahame’s Reluctant Dragon and J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, here are seventeen classic stories and poems from the golden age of the English fairy tale. Some of them amuse, some enchant... Read more >
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Sidetracks
Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75771-9 (0-679-75771-6)

With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography.

When researching, Richard Holmes has often become captivated by figures peripheral to his main subject, literary forays that he couldn’t resist. These tales—he forbidden love of... Read more >
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Mortal Beauty, God's Grace
Major Poems and Spiritual Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Written by Gerard Manley Hopkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72566-1 (0-375-72566-0)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Gerard Manley Hopkins is one of English poetry’s most brilliant stylistic innovators, and one of the most distinguished poets of any age. However, during his lifetime he was known not as a poet but as a Jesuit priest, and his faith was essential to his work. His writings... Read more >

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Captains Courageous

Written by Rudyard Kipling


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1985
Price: $3.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21190-0 (0-553-21190-0)

The classic story of spoiled rich boy, Harvey Cheyne, who is lost overboard on a transatlantic crossing and saved by the men aboard a fishing boat. After much protest, Harvey finally learns what it means to work for a living. Read more >
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The Wish House and Other Stories

Written by Rudyard Kipling
Edited by Craig Raine
Introduction by Craig Raine


Format: Trade Paperback, 492 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6602-2 (0-8129-6602-3)

Rudyard Kipling, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1907, has long been considered an important and vibrant, even controversial, storyteller and poet. The Wish House and Other Stories is a collection of Kipling’s finest works, including the stories “In the House of Suddhoo,” “The Disturber of Traffic,” and “The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Benjamin Disraeli

Written by Adam Kirsch


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4249-2 (0-8052-4249-X)

A dandy, a best-selling novelist, and a man of political and sexual intrigue, Benjamin Disraeli was one of the most captivating figures of the nineteenth century. His flirtation with proto-Zionism, his ideas about power and empire, and his fantasies about the Middle East remain prophetically relevant today. How a man who... Read more >
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My Life in Middlemarch

Written by Rebecca Mead


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98476-0 (0-307-98476-1)

Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read... Read more >
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Ivanhoe
A Romance
Written by Sir Walter Scott
Introduction by Diana Gabaldon


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64223-7 (0-679-64223-4)

Hailed by Victor Hugo as 'the real epic of our age,' Ivanhoe was an immensely popular bestseller when first published in 1819. The book inspired literary imitations as well as paintings, dramatizations, and even operas. Now Sir Walter Scott's sweeping romance of medieval England has prompted a lavish new television production... Read more >
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Ivanhoe

Written by Sir Walter Scott


Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1988
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21326-3 (0-553-21326-1)

Ivanhoe was the first of Scott's novels to take place in the middle ages but it is far from being the fantastic, medievalist romance associated (in the critical imagination) with a visionary Britain that never was. This is the first novel in English to deal seriously with issues of race. Read more >
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Frankenstein
The Graphic Novel
Written by Mary Shelley
Adapted by Lloyd S. Wagner
Illustrated by Naresh Kumar


Format: Trade Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-93-80028-24-8 (93-80028-24-5)

Man has long had the power to take life, but what will happen when he learns to give it?

Intrigued by this question, young Victor Frankenstein - a devoted student of science - becomes obsessed with the idea of conjuring life out of ‘lifeless matter’. Using his formidable skills in chemistry... Read more >

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Frankenstein
Or, The Modern Prometheus
Written by Mary Shelley
Introduction by Wendy Steiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75341-1 (0-375-75341-9)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century Gothicism. While staying in the Swiss Alps in 1816 with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, Mary, then eighteen, began to concoct the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life by electricity. Written in... Read more >

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Frankenstein

Written by Mary Shelley


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1984
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21247-1 (0-553-21247-8)

After creating a life from the parts of dead humans, Dr. Frankenstein is turned upon and tormented by his monster. Disturbing and profoundly moving, Frankenstein has become part of our own mythology. Read more >
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