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  • Details about A Princess of Mars : John Carter of Mars: book one

    A Princess of Mars : John Carter of Mars: book one

    Edgar Rice Burroughs.

    Let the adventures begin, as Captain John Carter finds himself transported to the alien landscape of Mars--where the low gravity increases his speed and strength exponentially. Taken prisoner by Martian warriors, he impresses them with his remarkable fighting skills, and quickly rises to a high-ranking chieftain. But the heroic Carter's powers thrust him right in the middle of a deadly war raging across the planet--and a dangerous romance with a divine princess.…more

  • Details about The thirty-nine steps

    The thirty-nine steps

    John Buchan.

    In this fast-paced spy thriller, a self-described "ordinary fellow" stumbles upon a plot involving not only espionage and murder but also the future of Britain itself. Richard Hannay arrives in London on the eve of World War I, where he encounters an American agent seeking help in preventing a political assassination. Before long, Hannay finds himself in possession of a little black book that holds the key to the conspiracy -- and on the run from both the police and members of a mysterious organ……more

  • Details about Ethan Frome

    Ethan Frome

    Edith Wharton ; with an introduction and notes by Elizabeth Ammons.

    Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeenie. But when Zeenie's vivacious cousin enters their household as a "hired girl," Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction's finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio toward their tragic destinies. Different in both tone and them……more

  • Details about Of human bondage

    Of human bondage

    W. Somerset Maugham. With an introduction by Benjamin DeMott ...

    From an orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous relationship that will change his life forever.…more

  • Details about Pygmalion : a romance in five acts

    Pygmalion : a romance in five acts

    Bernard Shaw ; definitive text under the editorial supervision of Dan H. Laurence ; introduction by Nicholas Grene.

    Shaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle--'an east-end dona with an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers'--for Mrs Patrick Campbell, with whom he had a passionate but unconsummated affair. From the outset the play was a sensational success, although Shaw, irritated by its popularity at the expense of his artistic intentions, dismissed it as a potboiler. The Pygmalion of legend falls in love with his perfect female statue and persuades Venus to bring her to life so that he can marry her.……more

  • Details about A portrait of the artist as a young man

    A portrait of the artist as a young man

    James Joyce.

    "I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning." James Joyce's supremely innovative fictional autobiography is also, in the apt phrase of the biographer Richard Ellmann, nothing less than "the gestation of a soul." For as he describes the sha……more

  • Details about Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    by J.M. Barrie ; compiled by Cooper Edens.

    More than the memorable adventures of a young boy, an elfin fairy, and a swarthy pirate who gives new meaning to the phrase "right hook," Peter Pan is an enduring tale that speaks of magic and innocence, fair play and personal virtue. The timeless artwork of such masters as F. D. Bedford (the original illustrator), Flora White, Alice Woodward, Mabel Lucie Atwell, Arthur Rackham, and Gwynedd Hudson captures the classic story's dreaminess as it follows the adventures of the boy who wouldn't grow u……more

  • Details about The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    by Frances Hodgson Burnett; illustrated by Tasha Tudor

    When orphaned Mary Lennox, lonely and sad, comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire moors, she finds it full of secrets. At night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. Outside, she meets Dickon, a magical boy who can charm and talk to animals. Then, one day, with the help of a friendly robin, Mary discovers the most mysterious wonder of all--a secret garden, walled and locked, which has been completely forgotten for years and years. Is everything in the ……more

  • Details about The metamorphosis

    The metamorphosis

    Franz Kafka ; translated and edited by Stanley Corngold.

    "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from  unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his  bed into a monstrous vermin." With this  startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first  sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The  Metamorphosis . It is the story of a  young man who, transformed overnight into a giant  beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to  his family, an outsider in his own home, a  quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though  absurd……more