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Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
(1775-1817)
over 3h
  113,166 Words
Chapter 1 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good for...
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Chapter 1 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
A Modest Proposal For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on t... Jonathan Swift
(1667-1745)
30min
  3,153 Words
1729 It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel in the co...
A Modest Proposal For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland,... Jonathan Swift
1729 It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads and cabbin-doors crowded with beggars of the female sex,...
Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(1797-1851)
over 3h
  69,388 Words
Letter 1 St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17-- TO Mrs. Saville, England You will rejoice to hear t...
Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Letter 1 St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17-- TO Mrs. Saville, England You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such ...
Moby Dick; Or, The Whale Herman Melville
(1819-1891)
over 3h
  197,269 Words
Original Transcriber's Notes: This text is a combination of etexts, one from the now-defunct ERI...
Moby Dick; Or, The Whale Herman Melville
Original Transcriber's Notes: This text is a combination of etexts, one from the now-defunct ERIS project at Virginia Tech and one from Project Gutenberg's archives.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
(1850-1894)
2h
  23,888 Words
STORY OF THE DOOR Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never ligh...
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
STORY OF THE DOOR Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty,...
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)
over 3h
  127,234 Words
Book the First--Recalled to Life I. The Period It was the best of times, it was the worst o...
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Book the First--Recalled to Life I. The Period It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was...
A Doll's House : a play Henrik Ibsen
(1828-1906)
2h
  24,806 Words
DRAMATIS PERSONAE Torvald Helmer.
A Doll's House : a play Henrik Ibsen
DRAMATIS PERSONAE Torvald Helmer.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
(1859-1930)
over 3h
  97,696 Words
ADVENTURE I. A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA I. To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
ADVENTURE I. A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA I. To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman.
Dracula Bram Stoker
(1847-1912)
over 3h
  150,214 Words
CHAPTER I JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL (_Kept in shorthand._) _3 May. Bistritz._--Left Munich at...
Dracula Bram Stoker
CHAPTER I JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL (_Kept in shorthand._) _3 May. Bistritz._--Left Munich at 8:35 P. M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but tra...
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
(1832-1898)
2h
  25,176 Words
CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister o...
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
CHAPTER I. Down the Rabbit-Hole Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was r...
The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(1860-1935)
30min
  5,621 Words
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the s...
The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.
A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)
2h
  26,327 Words
PREFACE I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which sha...
A Christmas Carol in Prose; Being a Ghost Story of Christmas Charles Dickens
PREFACE I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.
The Iliad Homer
(-750--650)
over 3h
  188,032 Words
The Iliad of Homer Translated by Alexander Pope, with notes by the Rev.
The Iliad Homer
The Iliad of Homer Translated by Alexander Pope, with notes by the Rev.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving
(1783-1859)
1h
  11,327 Words
A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; ...
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving
A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, Forever flushing round a summer sky.
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1804-1864)
over 3h
  78,087 Words
[Illustration] LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
[Illustration] LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862)
over 3h
  107,527 Words
Contents =WALDEN= Economy Where I Lived, and What I Lived For Reading Sounds Solitude Vis...
Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau
Contents =WALDEN= Economy Where I Lived, and What I Lived For Reading Sounds Solitude Visitors The Bean-Field The Village The Ponds Baker Farm Higher Laws Brute Neighbors House-Warmi...
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
(1857-1924)
2h
  35,525 Words
I The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at r...
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
I The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
(1835-1910)
over 3h
  104,419 Words
CHAPTER I. Civilizing Huck.--Miss Watson.--Tom Sawyer Waits.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
CHAPTER I. Civilizing Huck.--Miss Watson.--Tom Sawyer Waits.
Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Charlotte Brontë
(1816-1855)
over 3h
  173,902 Words
Transcribed from the 1897 Service & Paton edition by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org JAN...
Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Charlotte Brontë
Transcribed from the 1897 Service & Paton edition by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org JANE EYRE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY CHARLOTTE BRONTE _ILLUSTRATED BY F. H. TOWNSEND_ London SERVICE & PAT...
Grimms' Fairy Tales Jacob Grimm
(1785-1863)
over 3h
  95,267 Words
FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm PREPARER'S NOTE The text is based on translations fro...
Grimms' Fairy Tales Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm PREPARER'S NOTE The text is based on translations from the Grimms' Kinder und Hausmarchen by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes.
Anthem Ayn Rand
(1905-1982)
1h
  17,819 Words
PART ONE It is a sin to write this.
Anthem Ayn Rand
PART ONE It is a sin to write this.
The Souls of Black Folk W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois
(1868-1963)
over 3h
  63,731 Words
chapter I have pointed out the slow rise of personal leadership, and criticized candidly the lead...
The Souls of Black Folk W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois
chapter I have pointed out the slow rise of personal leadership, and criticized candidly the leader who bears the chief burden of his race to-day.
Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
(1883-1924)
2h
  20,419 Words
Franz Kafka Translated by David Wyllie I One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled ...
Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka Translated by David Wyllie I One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.
The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900)
2h
  19,113 Words
Transcribed from the 1915 Methuen & Co.
The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People Oscar Wilde
Transcribed from the 1915 Methuen & Co.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
(1835-1910)
over 3h
  66,208 Words
CHAPTER I. Y-o-u-u Tom-Aunt Polly Decides Upon her Duty--Tom Practices Music--The Challenge--A Pr...
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
CHAPTER I. Y-o-u-u Tom-Aunt Polly Decides Upon her Duty--Tom Practices Music--The Challenge--A Private Entrance CHAPTER II. Strong Temptations--Strategic Movements--The Innocents Beguiled CHAPTER...
The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli
(1469-1527)
3h
  45,973 Words
by Nicolo Machiavelli Translated by W. K. Marriott Nicolo Machiavelli, born at Florence on 3rd...
The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli
by Nicolo Machiavelli Translated by W. K. Marriott Nicolo Machiavelli, born at Florence on 3rd May 1469.
Ulysses James Joyce
(1882-1941)
over 3h
  245,745 Words
Contents -- I -- [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] -- II -- [ 4 ] [ 5 ] ...
Ulysses James Joyce
Contents -- I -- [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] -- II -- [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ] [ 9 ] [ 10 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ] [ 13 ] [ 14...
Ion Plato
(-428--348)
30min
  6,053 Words
Translated by Benjamin Jowett INTRODUCTION.
Ion Plato
Translated by Benjamin Jowett INTRODUCTION.
The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories Kate Chopin
(1850-1904)
over 3h
  59,335 Words
With an Introduction by Marilynne Robinson Contents: The Awakening Beyond The Bayo...
The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories Kate Chopin
With an Introduction by Marilynne Robinson Contents: The Awakening Beyond The Bayou Ma'ame Pelagie Desiree's Baby A Respectable Woman The Kiss A Pair Of Silk...
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900)
over 3h
  73,641 Words
CHAPTER 1 The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind sti...
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
CHAPTER 1 The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, ...
The Republic Plato
(-428--348)
over 3h
  199,631 Words
and the one of which writers on philosophy are most apt to lose sight, the difference between wor...
The Republic Plato
and the one of which writers on philosophy are most apt to lose sight, the difference between words and things, has been most strenuously insisted on by him (cp.
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)
over 3h
  173,329 Words
Chapter I My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue c...
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Chapter I My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Frederick Douglass
(1818-1895)
3h
  37,999 Words
CHAPTER I CHAPTER II CHAPTER III CHAPTER IV CHAPTER V CHAPTER VI CHAPTER VII CHAPTE...
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Frederick Douglass
CHAPTER I CHAPTER II CHAPTER III CHAPTER IV CHAPTER V CHAPTER VI CHAPTER VII CHAPTER VIII CHAPTER IX CHAPTER X CHAPTER XI APPENDIX A PARODY PREFACE In the month of ...
Peter Pan J. M. (James Matthew) Barrie
(1860-1937)
3h
  44,530 Words
All children, except one, grow up.
Peter Pan J. M. (James Matthew) Barrie
All children, except one, grow up.
War and Peace Tolstoy, Leo, graf
(1828-1910)
over 3h
  522,573 Words
War and Peace Tolstoy, Leo, graf
Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
(1588-1679)
over 3h
  197,173 Words
1651 LEVIATHAN OR THE MATTER, FORME, & POWER OF A COMMON-WEALTH ECCLESIASTICAL AND CIVILL Thom...
Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
1651 LEVIATHAN OR THE MATTER, FORME, & POWER OF A COMMON-WEALTH ECCLESIASTICAL AND CIVILL Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury Printed for Andrew Crooke, at the Green Dragon in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1...
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790)
over 3h
  70,602 Words
Appendix Electrical Kite 327 The Way to W...
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
Appendix Electrical Kite 327 The Way to Wealth 331 The Whistle ...
Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Mary White Rowlandson
(-1711)
2h
  18,869 Words
By Mrs. Mary Rowlandson The sovereignty and goodness of GOD, together with the faithfulness of...
Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Mary White Rowlandson
By Mrs. Mary Rowlandson The sovereignty and goodness of GOD, together with the faithfulness of his promises displayed, being a narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson,...
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
(1850-1894)
over 3h
  64,249 Words
PART ONE--The Old Buccaneer 1 The Old Sea-dog at the Admiral Benbow SQUIRE TRELAWNEY, Dr. ...
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
PART ONE--The Old Buccaneer 1 The Old Sea-dog at the Admiral Benbow SQUIRE TRELAWNEY, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about T...
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
(1859-1930)
over 3h
  55,710 Words
Chapter 1. Mr. Sherlock Holmes Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings,...
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
Chapter 1. Mr. Sherlock Holmes Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table.
Dubliners James Joyce
(1882-1941)
over 3h
  63,098 Words
THE SISTERS THERE was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke.
Dubliners James Joyce
THE SISTERS THERE was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke.
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(1821-1881)
over 3h
  190,806 Words
CHAPTER I On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in wh...
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
CHAPTER I On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge.
Emma Jane Austen
(1775-1817)
over 3h
  147,434 Words
CHAPTER I Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposi...
Emma Jane Austen
CHAPTER I Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years...
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African Written ... Olaudah Equiano
(1745-1797)
over 3h
  77,029 Words
_WRITTEN BY HIMSELF._ _Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afrai...
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Va... Olaudah Equiano
_WRITTEN BY HIMSELF._ _Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
(1878-1968)
over 3h
  138,840 Words
Chapter 1 It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
Chapter 1 It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.
Essays of Michel de Montaigne — Complete Michel de Montaigne
(1533-1592)
over 3h
  494,771 Words
ESSAYS OF MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE Translated by Charles Cotton Edited by William Carew Hazlitt 1877...
Essays of Michel de Montaigne — Complete Michel de Montaigne
ESSAYS OF MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE Translated by Charles Cotton Edited by William Carew Hazlitt 1877 CONTENTS OF VOLUME 1. Preface The Life of Montaigne The Letters of Montaigne ...
The War of the Worlds H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
(1866-1946)
over 3h
  55,228 Words
by H. G. Wells [1898] But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited?
The War of the Worlds H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
by H. G. Wells [1898] But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited?
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
(1832-1888)
over 3h
  174,312 Words
CONTENTS PART 1 ONE PLAYING PILGRIMS TWO A MERRY CHRISTMAS THREE...
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
CONTENTS PART 1 ONE PLAYING PILGRIMS TWO A MERRY CHRISTMAS THREE THE LAURENCE BOY FOUR BURDENS FIVE BEING NEIGHBORLY SIX BETH FINDS ...
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
(1877-1962)
3h
  36,519 Words
FIRST PART To Romain Rolland, my dear friend THE SON OF THE BRAHMAN In the shade of the hou...
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
FIRST PART To Romain Rolland, my dear friend THE SON OF THE BRAHMAN In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the sha...
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself Harriet A. (Harriet Ann) Jacobs
(1813-1897)
over 3h
  77,754 Words
Proofreaders [Transcriber's note: The spelling irregularities of the original have been reta...
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself Harriet A. (Harriet Ann) Jacobs
Proofreaders [Transcriber's note: The spelling irregularities of the original have been retained in this etext.] Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
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