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One of Ours

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73744-5 (0-679-73744-8)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, in One of Ours, Willa Cather explores the destiny of a grandchild of the pioneers, a young Nebraskan whose yearnings impel him toward a frontier bloodier and more distant than the one that vanished before his birth. In doing so, Cather creates a canny... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Shadows on the Rock

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76404-5 (0-679-76404-6)

Cather wrote Shadows on the Rock immediately after her other historical masterpiece, Death Comes to the Archbishop. Like its predecessor, this novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to that new world even as they clung... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Song of the Lark

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1999
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70645-5 (0-375-70645-3)

"The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway."
--Leon Edel

In this portrait of the self-making of an artist, Willa Cather created one of her most extraordinary heroines. Thea Kronborg, a minister's daughter in a provincial Colorado town, whose path to the world stage leads her ever farther from a... Read more >

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Vintage Cather

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7746-5 (1-4000-7746-X)

Representing a wide spectrum of some of our most significant modern and contemporary authors, the Vintage Readers offer an attractive, accessible sampling of writing that matters.

“The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway.” —Leon Edel

A classic American writer in every sense, Willa Cather enjoyed both critical and commercial... Read more >
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The Big Sleep

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75828-2 (0-394-75828-5)

Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces Philip Marlowe, a 38-year-old P.I. moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. This classic case includes as characters a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, plus blackmail, murder, corrupt wealth, secret vices, family scandal, and more.

"Chandler [writes] like... Read more >
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The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 696 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41501-2 (0-375-41501-7)

The three early novels that established Chandler as a master of the art. The Big Sleep introduced Philip Marlowe—the essence of 1930s L.A. private detective—in a case of blackmail, murder, a paralyzed millionaire, and his two psychotic daughters. Farewell, My Lovely takes Marlowe inside the gambling circuit with three beautiful (and... Read more >

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Collected Stories

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 1336 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41500-5 (0-375-41500-9)

For the first time in one book—all of Raymond Chandler's short fiction, including stories long out of print. With an introduction by John Bayley.

Twenty-five stories in all, long and short, remind us again why Chandler's characters are among the most alluring and imitated in twentieth-century fiction.


“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt... Read more >

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Farewell, My Lovely

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75827-5 (0-394-75827-7)

Marlowe stumbles upon a murder in '30s L.A., taking in the city's gambling circuit and three deadly beauties en route Read more >
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The High Window

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75826-8 (0-394-75826-9)

Set in the California underworld where Philip Marlowe searches for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin dealer.  Marlowe seeks a priceless gold coin and becomes entangled in the shady dealings of a dead collector. Read more >
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The Lady in the Lake

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75825-1 (0-394-75825-0)

Philip Marlowe goes out of his usual city habitat into the mountains outside of Los Angeles in his strange search for a missing woman.  Dealing with a betrayed husband and missing wife--and Marlowe, impeded by a few vicious cops, takes on this maze-like trail. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Simple Art of Murder

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75765-0 (0-394-75765-3)

The Simple Art of Murder contains Chandler's essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of eight classic Chandler  mysteries.  This is the best of Chandler's pulp stories--plus his notorious attack on Britain's "Golden Age"                       eminences. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ox-Bow Incident

Written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Introduction by Wallace Stegner


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75702-0 (0-375-75702-3)

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 >
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The Deerslayer
or, The First War-Path
Written by James Fenimore Cooper
Introduction by Leslie Fiedler


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76087-7 (0-375-76087-3)

Set during the French and Indian Wars, The Deerslayer vividly captures the essence of both the murderous humanity and the natural beauty that distinguished America’s founding. The last of Cooper’s famous Leatherstocking Tales, it is first chronologically in the frontier adventures of the backwoods scout Natty Bumppo. Amid a terrain largely... Read more >
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Fifty Great Short Stories

Written by Milton Crane


Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1983
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27745-6 (0-553-27745-6)

50 Great Short Stories is a comprehensive selection from the world's finest short fiction. The authors represented range from Hawthorne, Maupassant, Poe, through Henry James, Conrad, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, to Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Faulkner, E.B. White, Saroyan and O'Connor. The variety in style and subject is enormous, but all... Read more >

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Maggie, a Girl of the Streets and Other New York Writings

Written by Stephen Crane
Introduction by Luc Sante


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75689-4 (0-375-75689-2)

This harrowing tale of a young girl in the slums is a searing portrayal of turn-of-the-century New York, and Stephen Crane's most innovative work. Published in 1893, when the author was just twenty-one, it broke new ground with its vivid characters, its brutal naturalism, and its empathic rendering of the lives... Read more >
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Maggie
A Girl of the Streets and Other Short Fiction
Written by Stephen Crane


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1986
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21355-3 (0-553-21355-5)

Crane's great short novel of life in turn-of-the-century New York published in its original form, along with four of Crane's best short stories: "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," "The Monster," and "The Open Boat."  Crane's first novel is the tale of a pretty young slum girl driven to... Read more >
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Two Years Before the Mast
A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
Written by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Introduction by Gary Kinder


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75794-5 (0-375-75794-5)

Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana is only nineteen when he... Read more >
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Sister Carrie

Written by Theodore Dreiser
Introduction by Andrew Delbanco


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 2, 1999
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75321-3 (0-375-75321-4)

This Modern Library paperback edition includes a Foreword by the author, an Introduction by Andrew Delbanco, and a Preface by H.L. Mencken. Sister Carrie is Dreiser's great American novel of seduction, a masterpiece of insight into appetite and innocence.

"Such a novel as Sister Carrie stands quite outside the brief traffic of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Absalom, Absalom!

Written by William Faulkner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73218-1 (0-679-73218-7)

This is Faulkner's epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi in the early 1830's to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him." Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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As I Lay Dying

Written by William Faulkner


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1991
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73225-9 (0-679-73225-X)

This is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in multiple first person narratives by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as people from the community, the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Big Woods

Written by William Faulkner


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75252-3 (0-679-75252-8)

The best of Faulkner's hunting stories are woven together brilliantly in Big Woods. First published in 1955, the volume includes Faulkner's most famous story, "The Bear" (in its original version), together with "The Old People," "A Bear Hunt," and "Race at Morning." Each story is introduced by a prelude, the final... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

Written by William Faulkner
Edited by James B. Meriwether


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7137-8 (0-8129-7137-X)

An essential collection of William Faulkner’s mature nonfiction work, updated, with an abundance of new material.

This unique volume includes Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, a review of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (in which he suggests that Hemingway has found God), and newly collected gems, such as the... Read more >
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Flags in the Dust

Written by William Faulkner


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94676-8 (0-307-94676-2)

The complete text of Faulkner’s third novel, published for the first time in 1973, appeared with his reluctant consent in a much cut version in 1929 as Sartoris. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Go Down, Moses

Written by William Faulkner


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73217-4 (0-679-73217-9)

Go Down, Moses is composed of seven interrelated stories, all of them set in Faulkner’s mythic Yoknapatawpha County. From a variety of perspectives, Faulkner examines the complex, changing relationships between blacks and whites, between man and nature, weaving a cohesive novel rich in implication and insight. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hamlet

Written by William Faulkner


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73653-0 (0-679-73653-0)

The first novel of Faulkner's Snopes trilogy, The Hamlet is both an ironic take on classical tragedy and a mordant commentary on the grand pretensions of the antebellum South and the depths of its decay in the aftermath of the war and Reconstruction. It tells of the advent and the rise... Read more >
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