Classic Fiction Titles

Classic Fiction Titles

Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

Filled with memorable characters like Thomas Gradgrind, Josiah Bounderby and Sissy Jupe, this is Dickens' examination of the life and mores in mid-19th century industrial Britain.

Price: $22.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-111-2

The House of the Seven Gables

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The dilapidated house carries a curse from the man from whom the house was taken by the ancestor of its current occupant. A complex tale of betrayals, secrets and concealed relationships that is considered one of Hawthorne's best novels.

Price: $23.95

Genre: General Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-013-9

Lo, Michael!

by Grace Livingston Hill

A homeless waif in New York saves the life of a young girl and is saved himself from poverty. Despite a fine education he cannot forget his roots in the slum--or the girl he saved so long ago.

Price: 21.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-102-0

Dracula

by Bram Stoker

Though Bram Stoker did not invent the vampire, this novel has had the greatest influence on the depiction of vampires in literature and is the classic story of possession and unreal love.

Price: $25.95

Genre: Romance

ISBN: 978-1-59688-136-5

The Scarlet Letter

9781596881570

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter is a romantic work of fiction in a historical setting. It is considered to be Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece. Set in 17th-century Puritan Salem, Massachusetts during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

Price: $21.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-157-0

Wuthering Heights

9781596881426

by Emily Bronte

Considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights was Emily Bronte’s only novel, published under a pseudonym. It is a highly original gothic tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between the orphan who became the wealthy master of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, and Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor. The unresolved passion between them survives her death, drives Heathcliff’s behavior and reshapes the lives of everyone around him.

Price: $23.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-142-6

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

9781596881464

by Thomas Hardy

Considered a great classic of English literature and Hardy’s best novel by many,  it is the story of Tess Durbeyfield, whose father is led to believe is descended from the D’Urbervilles. Described by Hardy as “a pure woman,” she finds herself caught between two men, Alec Stoke-D’Urberville, a libertine whose father had purchased the baronial title (not inherited it), and
Angel Clare, the son of a minister and the man she marries. Each man finds himself obsessed with Tess, and even after they separately leave her they find themselves drawn back to her until a tragedy finally resolves the conflict.
Price: $25.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-146-4

Jane Eyre

9781596881976

 

by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre follows the emotions and the experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalization of the action—the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility and all events are colored by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry—Jane Eyre changed the writing of  fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the “first historian of the private consciousness” and the literary ancestor of writers like James Joyce and Marcel Proust. The novel
contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the unique character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of the themes of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism. Published in September 2016.

Price: $28.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-197-6

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The Red Badge of Courage

9781596882034

by Stephen Crane

During the American Civil War, a young Union Army private, Henry Fleming, flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a “red badge of courage,” to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer and leads his men into battle. An American classic.

Published in June 2017

Price: $19.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-203-4

A Tale of Two Cities

9781596882096

by Charles Dickens

Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, this is the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to life in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met; Lucie’s marriage and the collision between her beloved husband and the people who caused her father’s imprisonment; and Monsieur and Madame Defarge, sellers of wine in a poor suburb of Paris. The story is set against the conditions that led to the French Revolution and Reign of Terror.

Published in September 2017

Price: $24.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-209-6

Lord Jim

9781596882171

by Joseph Conrad

Jim is a member of a crew that abandons a damaged passenger ship. He is publicly censured for this action and the novel follows his later attempts at coming to terms with himself and his past on a remote island where he comes to be known as Lord Jim for his good works. Published in March 2018.

Price: $23.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-217-1

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

9781596882195

by Anne Brontë

Framed as a series of letters from Gilbert Markham to his friend and brother-in-law about the events connected with the meeting of Helen, a widow at Wildfell Hall.  She tells of her husband’s alcoholic decline and her desperate attempts to save their son from his influence. Critics consider Brontë’s work to be one of the first feminist novels. Published in June 2018.

Price: $28.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-219-5

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

9781596882140

by James Joyce

James Joyce’s first novel, it traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, who comes to question and rebel against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from
Ireland to Europe. Named one of the best English-language novels of the 20th century by Modern Library. Published in June 2018.

Price: $23.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-214-0

O Pioneers!

9781596882232

by Willa Cather

O Pioneers!  is the first novel of Willa Cather’s Great Plains trilogy, followed by The Song of the Lark (1915) and My Ántonia (1918).  It tells the story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish-American immigrants in the farm country near the fictional[1] town of Hanover, Nebraska, at the turn of the 20th century. The main character, Alexandra Bergson, inherits the family farmland when her father dies, and she devotes her life to making the farm a viable enterprise at a time when many other immigrant families are giving up and leaving the prairie. Published in September 2018. My Ántonia is also available from us in large print.

Price: $22.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-223-2

The Castle of Otranto

9781596881372

by Horace Walpole

This is generally regarded as the first gothic novel, initiating a literary genre which would become extremely popular in the later 18th century and early 19th century. Thus, The Castle of Otranto is arguably the forerunner to such authors as Charles Robert Maturin, Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and Daphne du Maurier. It tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family. The book begins on the wedding-day of his sickly son Conrad and princess Isabella. Shortly before the wedding, however, Conrad is crushed to death by a gigantic helmet that falls on him from above. This inexplicable event is particularly ominous in light of an ancient prophecy “That the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it.” 

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-137-2

$18.95

Cranford

9781596882218 

by Elizabeth Gaskell

Cranford is one of the better-known novels of the 19th-century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published, irregularly, in eight installments, between December 1851 and May 1853, in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens.  In the years following Gaskell’s death, the novel became immensely popular. Cranford is less a novel than a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England. Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Gaskell’s affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms.Cranford is one of the better-known novels of the 19th-century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published, irregularly, in eight installments, between December 1851 and May 1853, in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens.  In the years following Gaskell’s death, the novel became immensely popular. Cranford is less a novel than a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England. Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Gaskell’s affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms.

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-221-8

$22.95

Frankenstein

9781596881525 

by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel about a failed artificial life experiment that has produced a monster. It was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, wife of the English Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. She started writing the story when she was eighteen, but the novel was not published until she was twenty-one. Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the English Romantic movement and is considered an early example of science fiction. It gained a wide audience with the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff as the monster.

Classic Fiction

ISBN 978-1-59688-152-5

$21.95

Far From the Madding Crowd

9781596881907

by Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success. The novel traces the lives and fortunes of Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman, and Gabriel Oak, a shepherd, in the villages of southwestern England that Hardy called Wessex. Bathsheba initially rejects Gabriel’s crude marriage proposal and is pursued by two other men before realizing in the end that the faithful Gabriel is her true love. A new film version was released in 2015.
Price: $25.95

Genre: Classic Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-59688-190-7

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