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Royal Highness

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Thomas Mann


Royal Highness is the story of Prince Klaus Heinrich, a member of a struggling German duchy and an exotic American heiress who comes to live…

Ambassador Morgenthau's Story

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Henry Morgenthau


Ambassador Morgenthau’s memoirs of his years in the service of the United States in Constantinople, (today Istanbul), are an important prima…

Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An AutoBiography

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Walt Whitman


This story ran as a serial in 1852 in the New York Sunday Dispatch, and for more than 160 years was buried in obscurity, unknown to the worl…

Middlemarch (version 2)

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George Eliot


Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, later Marian Evans. It is her seventh n…

The Moneychangers

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Upton Sinclair


A story of white collar crime and intrigue told from the point of view of Montague, a member of the privileged class of New York. Montague w…

The Fruit of the Tree

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Edith Wharton


When published in 1907, this novel about the lives of a wealthy mill owner, her socially progressive husband and friends caused a stir due t…

Mistakes of Moses

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Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll was an extremely popular humanist orator in the late nineteenth century, and he wrote Mistakes of Moses after many bootl…

Bunner Sisters

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Edith Wharton


“Bunner Sisters,” like “The Age of Innocence” is set in 1870s New York, however the lives of Ann Eliza and Evelina Bunner reflect impoverish…

Eminent Victorians

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Giles Lytton Strachey


On Modern Library's list of 100 Best Non-Fiction books, "Eminent Victorians" marked an epoch in the art of biography; it also help…

Martyred Armenia

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Fa'Iz El-Ghusein


This is a first hand account of the Armenian Genocide written by a Syrian who had been a Turkish official for three and a half years. His ac…

Our Old Home

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Nathaniel Hawthorne


These essays, based on Hawthorne’s stay in England from 1853 to 1857 as American Consul in Liverpool, were first published in the form of a …

Contending Forces

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Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins


Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, despite an impressive record of productivity and creativity as a novelist, playwright, short fiction writer, edit…

Java Head

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Joseph Hergesheimer


Java Head is a novel of the American merchant marine at the beginning of the great clipper ship era. It is laid in Salem, when that city was…

Arthur Mervyn

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Charles Brockden Brown


Arthur Mervyn is the story of a young man from the country who arrives in a city stricken with Yellow Fever. He soon comes down with the ill…

Merton of the Movies

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Harry Leon Wilson


Merton of the Movies is a comedy that centers around Merton Gill, an aspiring dramatic artist from Simsbury, Illinois who makes his way to H…

Effi Briest (abridged)

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Theodor Fontane


Effi Briest is a classic of Prussian Realism, relatively unknown in the English speaking world, but widely taught in German schools. This tr…

Atlantis

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Gerhart Hauptmann


Frederick von Kammacher is a young doctor in Germany whose wife has gone insane, whose children are in a boarding school, and whose career h…

Futility: A Novel on Russian Themes

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William Alexander Gerhardi


From the preface written by Edith Wharton: Then I fell upon Futility. Some one said: “It's another new novel about Russia” –and every one of…

The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers Vol. 1

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Robert Henry Newell


These are a collection of humorous "letters" written by a fictional character to a relation in the north during the Civil War. The…

Blue Beard

In The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales (version 2)

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Charles Perrault


The Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. All stories we of course have heard many times. But these are retold…

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