The Life of Mozart

In his timeless biography-written long before the significance of Mozart's work was fully realized-author Edward Holmes reveals the musician's character and genius, his struggles,...

Beau Geste

A column of French Legionnaires finds one of their fortresses manned by dead men. It looks like the sergeant was killed by one of his own troops. Who could have done it? A...

The Origin of Species

On December 27, 1831, the young naturalist Charles Darwin left Plymouth Harbor aboard the HMS Beagle. For the next five years, he conducted research on plants and animals from...

Three Men on the Bummel

Three Men on the Bummel is the story of a Victorian bicycle trip gone wrong-then wrong and wrong again! A trio of British gentlemen attempt a cycling expedition in Germany's Black...

Bleak House

Widely regarded as Dickens's masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which "whole families have inherited legendary...

Martin Chuzzlewit

This Charles Dickens classic is the powerful satiric novel of selfish hypocrisy and financial speculation as it bloomed in insular England and in the spacious but narrow minds of...

Misérables, Les

This is an Abridged EditionVictor Hugo began writing Les Misérables twenty years before its eventual publication in 1862. Les Misérables is primarily a great humanitarian work...

Religion and Science

"New truth is often uncomfortable," Bertrand Russell wrote, "but it is the most important achievement of our species." In Religion and Science (1961), his popular polemic against...

The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Stories

Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective fiction genre with his mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to...

The Story of Dr. Dolittle

No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric nineteenth-century physician Dr. Dolittle-who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his...

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