Classic Literature for K12 Students

A modern web app helps students read and study classic books. It presents each book in two ways. The first is for ordinary reading, which offers a flexible word or phrase search, and some include audio/video materials. The second is for studying by chapters or sections, which provides interactive features like looking up unknown words, noting, sharing data on desktop, tablet, and mobile, and printing out notes as homework.
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Classic literature is an excellent resource for K12 students to study language, culture, and other social subjects. Here we collect more than 100 works. You may find them online at dozens of websites; however, we offer you different experiences to enjoy these masterpieces. This web app will give you much more than common leisure reading.

It shows each book in two ways:

One is designed to read, listen, and search. It loads all contents of the book together; in addition to online reading, it also provides flexible searching and related audio or video materials. It's a handy tool for students to dig out the details and secrets of a classic book, which a paper book or simple webpage can never have.

Another is to help students study, understand, and get classic literature; it has a built-in note feature and lets students add/edit their notes for unknown words or items. You can organize notes under chapters, sync them to the cloud or different devices, and even print them out as homework.
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A Doll's HouseA Doll's House - Search   A Doll's House - Note  A Doll's House By  Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House is a three-act play written by Henrik Ibsen. It is for the way that deals with the fate of a married woman, who lacked reasonable opportunities for self-fulfillment in a male-dominated world. It aroused a great sensation at the time and caused a controversy that went beyond the theatre.
Adventures of Huckleberry FinnAdventures of Huckleberry Finn - Search   Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Note   Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By  Mark Twain
It is a novel by Mark Twain, a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism.
The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Search   The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Note   The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By  Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. It contains the earliest short stories featuring the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. The only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson and all are related in first-person narrative from Watson's point of view.
The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Search   The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Note  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By  Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived.
The AeneidThe Aeneid - Search   The Aeneid - Note  The Aeneid By  Virgil
The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem Virgil wrote between 29 and 19 BC. The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas' wanderings from Troy to Italy. The poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed.
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandAlice's Adventures in Wonderland - Search   Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Note   Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland By  Lewis Carroll
It tells of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults and children. Its narrative course and structure have been enormously influential in popular culture and literature.
Andersen's Fairy TalesAndersen's Fairy Tales - Search   Andersen's Fairy Tales - Note   Andersen's Fairy Tales  Andersen's Fairy Tales By  Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen is a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories called "fairy-tales" in English, express themes that transcend age and nationality.
Animal FarmAnimal Farm - Search   Animal Farm - Note   Animal Farm  Animal Farm By  George Orwell
Animal Farm is an allegorical and dystopian novel by George Orwell, published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was an outspoken critic of Joseph Stalin and, especially after experiences with the NKVD and the Spanish Civil War, he was actively opposed to the controversial ideology of Stalinism.
Anna Karenina 1Anna Karenina 1 - Search   Anna Karenina 1 - Note  Anna Karenina 1 By  Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. It deals with themes of betrayal, faith, family, marriage, and desire. The story centers on an extramarital affair between Anna and Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles and forces them to flee to Italy, but after they return to Russia, their lives further unravel.
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AnthemAnthem - Search   Anthem - Note  Anthem By  Ayn Rand
Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking, and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Search   A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Note  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By  James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a novel by James Joyce. It traces the intellectual and religious and philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, who questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, and culminates with his self-exile from Ireland in Europe.
Arms and the ManArms and the Man - Search   Arms and the Man - Note  Arms and the Man By  George Bernard Shaw
Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, whose title comes from the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid: Arms and the man I sing. The play takes place during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War. Its heroine, Raina Petkoff, is a young Bulgarian woman engaged to Sergius Saranoff, one of the heroes of that war, whom she idolizes.
A Study In ScarletA Study In Scarlet - Search   A Study In Scarlet - Note   A Study In Scarlet  A Study In Scarlet By  Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature.
The AwakeningThe Awakening - Search   The Awakening - Note  The Awakening By  Kate Chopin
The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes.
Between the ActsBetween the Acts - Search   Between the Acts - Note  Between the Acts By  Virginia Woolf
Between the Acts is the final novel by Virginia Woolf. It describes a play and its story takes place in a country house somewhere in England, just before the Second World War, over the course of a single day. Since the play is inside the story, much of the novel is written in verse, and it is thus one of Woolf's most lyrical works.
The Call of the WildThe Call of the Wild - Search   The Call of the Wild - Note  The Call of the Wild By  Jack London
The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London, set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck, stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska.
CandideCandide - Search   Candide - Note  Candide By  Voltaire
Candide is a French satire first published by Voltaire. It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with optimism by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment.
A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol - Search   A Christmas Carol - Note  A Christmas Carol By  Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens. It recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.
The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo - Search   The Count of Monte Cristo - Note  The Count of Monte Cristo By  Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas completed in 1844. It is one of the author's most famous works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.
Crime and PunishmentCrime and Punishment - Search   Crime and Punishment - Note  Crime and Punishment By  Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, the second full-length novel following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. It follows the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in Saint Petersburg who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money.
David CopperfieldDavid Copperfield - Search   David Copperfield - Note  David Copperfield By  Charles Dickens
David Copperfield is the common name of the eighth novel by Charles Dickens, first published as a novel in 1850. The story follows the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. It is a young man's adventures from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist.
Dead SoulsDead Souls - Search   Dead Souls - Note  Dead Souls By  Nikolai Gogol
Dead Souls is a novel by Nikolai Gogol. The purpose of the novel was to demonstrate the flaws and faults of the Russian mentality and character. Gogol masterfully portrayed those defects through Paul Ivanovitch Chichikov and the people whom he encounters in his endeavors, who are typical of the Russian middle-class.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus LiviusDiscourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius - Search   Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius - Note  Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By  Niccolo Machiavelli
It is a work of Niccolò Machiavelli. It comprises three books. The first book discusses things that happened inside of Rome as the result of public counsel, the second, decisions made by the Roman people to the increase of its empire, and the third, how the actions of particular men made Rome great.
DraculaDracula - Search   Dracula - Note  Dracula By  Bram Stoker
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
DublinersDubliners - Search   Dubliners - Note  Dubliners By  James Joyce
Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.
Ethan FromeEthan Frome - Search   Ethan Frome - Note  Ethan Frome By  Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome is a novel published in 1911 by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Edith Wharton. It is set in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. The novel was adapted into a film, Ethan Frome, in 1993.
Fathers and ChildrenFathers and Children - Search   Fathers and Children - Note  Fathers and Children By  Ivan Turgenev
Fathers and Sons, or Fathers and Children, is a novel by Ivan Turgenev. The story starts with Arkady Kirsanov, who has just graduated from the University of Petersburg. He returns with a friend, Bazarov, to his father's modest estate in an outlying province of Russia. His father, Nikolay, gladly receives the two young men.
FrankensteinFrankenstein - Search   Frankenstein - Note  Frankenstein By  Mary Shelley
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty.
Gone With The WindGone With The Wind - Search   Gone With The Wind - Note  Gone With The Wind By  Margaret Mitche
Gone with the Wind is a novel by Margaret Mitchel. It depicts the experiences of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to come out of the poverty she finds herself in. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations - Search   Great Expectations - Note  Great Expectations By  Charles Dickens
Great Expectations is Charles Dickens' thirteenth novel. It is his second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861.
The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby - Search   The Great Gatsby - Note  The Great Gatsby By  F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.
Grimms' Fairy TalesGrimms' Fairy Tales - Search   Grimms' Fairy Tales - Note   Grimms' Fairy Tales  Grimms' Fairy Tales By  Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Grimms' Fairy Tales, originally known as the Children's and Household Tales, is a German collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm. They believed that the most natural and pure forms of culture were linguistic and based in history. Their work influenced other collectors to collect more tales.
Gulliver's Travels 1Gulliver's Travels 1 - Search   Gulliver's Travels 1 - Note  Gulliver's Travels 1 By  Jonathan Swift
Gulliver's Travels was published by Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift in 1726. Three centuries later, it remains in full force. This famous satirical novel is both an adventure story and a devious philosophical reflection on the constitution of modern societies. It's Swift's best-known full-length work and a classic of English literature.
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HamletHamlet - Search   Hamlet - Note  Hamlet By  William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is Shakespeare's longest play. It sets in Denmark and depicts Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, who has murdered Hamlet's father to get his throne and marry Hamlet's mother. It was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime.
Hard TimesHard Times - Search   Hard Times - Note  Hard Times By  Charles Dickens
Hard Times is the novel by Charles Dickens. The book surveys English society and satirizes the social and economic conditions of the era. The story is set in the fictitious Victorian industrial Coketown, in some ways similar to Manchester, though smaller. Coketown may be partially based on 19th-century Preston.
Heart of DarknessHeart of Darkness - Search   Heart of Darkness - Note  Heart of Darkness By  Joseph Conrad
Dark allegory describes the narrator's journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad's finest, most enigmatic story.
The Hound of the BaskervillesThe Hound of the Baskervilles - Search   The Hound of the Baskervilles - Note   The Hound of the Baskervilles  The Hound of the Baskervilles By  Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. It is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin.
House of MirthHouse of Mirth - Search   House of Mirth - Note  House of Mirth By  Edith Wharton
The House of Mirth is a novel by Edith Wharton. It tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City's high society. Wharton creates a portrait of a stunning beauty who, though raised and educated to marry well both socially and economically, is reaching an age when her youthful blush is drawing to a close.
The Importance of Being EarnestThe Importance of Being Earnest - Search   The Importance of Being Earnest - Note  The Importance of Being Earnest By  Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain a fictitious person in order to escape burdensome social obligations. It sets in late Victorian London and satire of Victorian ways.
The Inspector GeneralThe Inspector General - Search   The Inspector General - Note  The Inspector General By  Nikolai Gogol
The Inspector General, or The Government Inspector, is a satirical play by Nikolai Gogol. By the story of its main character Khlestakov, who personifies irresponsibility, light-mindedness, and absence of the measure, we see a comedy of errors, satirizing human greed, stupidity, and extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia.
IvanhoeIvanhoe - Search   Ivanhoe - Note  Ivanhoe By  Walter Scott
Ivanhoe is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott published in 1820 and set in 12th-century England. It is the story of one of the remaining Anglo-Saxon noble families at that time. It follows the Saxon protagonist, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favour with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king Richard the Lionheart.
Jane EyreJane Eyre - Search   Jane Eyre - Note   Jane Eyre  Jane Eyre By  Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë.The novel contains elements of social criticism and is with a strong sense of morality. It's a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic characters. In English world, this is a well-known and one of the most popular books.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Search   Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Note  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By  Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.
Julius CaesarJulius Caesar - Search   Julius Caesar - Note  Julius Caesar By  William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a historical play and tragedy by William Shakespeare. Although the play is named Julius Caesar, the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus, who joins a conspiracy led by Cassius to murder Julius Caesar, to prevent Caesar from becoming a tyrant.
The JungleThe Jungle - Search   The Jungle - Note  The Jungle By  Upton Sinclair
The Jungle is a book written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair. Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. Many readers were most concerned with his exposure of health violations in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century.
King LearKing Lear - Search   King Lear - Note  King Lear By  William Shakespeare
King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The story is based on the mythological Leir of Britain, who relinquishes his power and land to two of his daughters. In the play, King Lear is elderly and wants to retire from the duties of the monarchy, but finally becomes destitute and insane.
Lady Chatterley's LoverLady Chatterley's Lover - Search   Lady Chatterley's Lover - Note  Lady Chatterley's Lover By  D H Lawrence
Lady Chatterley's Lover is a novel by D. H. Lawrence. The story concerns a young married woman, the former Constance Reid (Lady Chatterley), whose upper-class Baronet husband, Sir Clifford Chatterley, described as a handsome, well-built man, is paralyzed from the waist down because of a Great War injury.
The Last of the MohicansThe Last of the Mohicans - Search   The Last of the Mohicans - Note  The Last of the Mohicans By  James Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 is a historical romance written by James Fenimore Cooper. It is set in 1757, during the French and Indian War, when France and Great Britain battled for control of North America. During this war, both the French and the British used Native American allies, but the French were particularly dependent.
Les Misérables 1Les Misérables 1 - Search   Les Misérables 1 - Note  Les Misérables 1 By  Victor Hugo
Les Miserables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on ex-convict Jean Valjean.
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Little WomenLittle Women - Search   Little Women - Note  Little Women By  Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March - detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.
MacbethMacbeth - Search   Macbeth - Note  Macbeth By  William Shakespeare
Macbeth, The Tragedie of Macbeth, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, who wrote during the reign of James I. Its topic is about political ambition. Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright's relationship with his sovereign. It was first published in 1623 and is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.
Main StreetMain Street - Search   Main Street - Note  Main Street By  Sinclair Lewis
Main Street: The Story of Carol Kennicott is a satirical novel written by Sinclair Lewis, and published in 1920. Carol Milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in the metropolis of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She marries Will Kennicott, a doctor, who is a small-town boy at heart.
Mansfield ParkMansfield Park - Search   Mansfield Park - Note  Mansfield Park By  Jane Austen
Mansfield Park is the third published novel by Jane Austen. It tells the story of Fanny Price, starting when her overburdened family sends her at the age of ten to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and uncle and following her development into early adulthood. By 1970s, Mansfield Park was considered Austen's most controversial novel.
The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesThe Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Search   The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Note   The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes  The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By  Arthur Conan Doyle
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is the last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle had decided that these would be the last collection, and intended to kill him off in "The Final Problem".
The Merchant of VeniceThe Merchant of Venice - Search   The Merchant of Venice - Note  The Merchant of Venice By  William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice is written by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice named Antonio defaults on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender, Shylock. It is classified as a comedy, but it touches some serious topics deeply, such as humanity and the quality of mercy.
MetamorphosisMetamorphosis - Search   Metamorphosis - Note  Metamorphosis By  Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a large, monstrous insect-like creature.
A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream - Search   A Midsummer Night's Dream - Note  A Midsummer Night's Dream By  William Shakespeare
It is a comedy written by William Shakespeare, set in Athens, and consists of five interconnecting plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, which are set simultaneously in the woodland and in the realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon.
Moby DickMoby Dick - Search   Moby Dick - Note  Moby Dick By  Herman Melville
Moby Dick, or The Whale, is the sixth book by American writer Herman Melville. The work is an epic sea story of Captain Ahab's voyage in pursuit of Moby Dick, a great white whale. It's the greatest book of the sea ever written and is considered one of the great American novels and a leading work of American romanticism.
My AntoniaMy Antonia - Search   My Antonia - Note  My Antonia By  Willa Cather
My Antonia is a novel published by Willa Cather, considered one of her greatest works. It tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Antonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century.
The Narrative of the LifeThe Narrative of the Life - Search   The Narrative of the Life - Note  The Narrative of the Life By  Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, written by himself to prove his identity and to bring his eloquent indictment of slavery to a wider audience. It describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States.
Nineteen Eighty-FourNineteen Eighty-Four - Search   Nineteen Eighty-Four - Note  Nineteen Eighty-Four By  George Orwell
1984 is a novel about communist society by a once communist George Orwell published in 1949, which follows the life of Winston Smith, a member of 'the communist Party.' Although it's not totally fake in the author's age, it is becoming more and more real after the author passed away, not in all the world, but part of the world.
Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey - Search   Northanger Abbey - Note  Northanger Abbey By  Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey is a coming-of-age novel written by Jane Austen. It was the first of her novels completed in full but was published posthumously in 1817 with Persuasion. The story concerns Catherine Morland, the naive young protagonist, and her journey to a better understanding of herself and of the world around her.
Notes from the UndergroundNotes from the Underground - Search   Notes from the Underground - Note  Notes from the Underground By  Feodor Dostoevsky
Notes from Underground is a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg.
The OdysseyThe Odyssey - Search   The Odyssey - Note  The Odyssey By  Homer
The Odyssey (Greek: Ὀδύσσεια, Odýsseia) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. It is believed to have been composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia.
Oliver TwistOliver Twist - Search   Oliver Twist - Note  Oliver Twist By  Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy's Progress, is the novel by Charles Dickens. The story is about an orphan, Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets.
OthelloOthello - Search   Othello - Note  Othello By  William Shakespeare
Othello, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, set in the contemporary Ottoman–Venetian War fought for the control of the Island of Cyprus. Due to its enduring themes of passion, jealousy, and race, Othello is still topical and popular for students to read and discuss in classrooms.
PersuasionPersuasion - Search   Persuasion - Note  Persuasion By  Jane Austen
Persuasion is the last novel by Jane Austen. The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of twenty-seven years, whose family moves to lower their expenses and reduce their debt by renting their home to an Admiral and his wife. The novel was well-received in the early 19th century, but its greater fame came later in the century and continued into the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray - Search   The Picture of Dorian Gray - Note  The Picture of Dorian Gray By  Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde. Its story is around a portrait of Dorian Gray by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfillment are the only things worth pursuing in life.
Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice - Search   Pride and Prejudice - Note   Pride and Prejudice  Pride and Prejudice By  Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.
The PrinceThe Prince - Search   The Prince - Note  The Prince By  Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise written by Niccolo Machiavelli as an instruction guide for new princes and royals. The general theme of The Prince is of accepting that the aims of princes – such as glory and survival – can justify the use of immoral means to achieve those ends.
PygmalionPygmalion - Search   Pygmalion - Note  Pygmalion By  George Bernard Shaw
Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after the Greek mythological figure. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian-era British playwrights. The play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the 1938 film Pygmalion.
The Red Badge of CourageThe Red Badge of Courage - Search   The Red Badge of Courage - Note  The Red Badge of Courage By  Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by Stephen Crane. Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice.
Return of the NativeReturn of the Native - Search   Return of the Native - Note  Return of the Native By  Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native is a novel by Thomas Hardy. It takes place entirely in the environs of Egdon Heath. The narrative begins on Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn is slowly crossing the heath with his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its residents.
The Return of Sherlock HolmesThe Return of Sherlock Holmes - Search   The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Note   The Return of Sherlock Holmes  The Return of Sherlock Holmes By  Arthur Conan Doyle
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in The Final Problem. Doyle had come under intense pressure to revive the character. The first story, set in 1894, has Holmes returning in London.
Romeo And JulietRomeo And Juliet - Search   Romeo And Juliet - Note  Romeo And Juliet By  William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. It is written by William Shakespeare about two young Italian lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular play list. Now the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
The Scarlet LetterThe Scarlet Letter - Search   The Scarlet Letter - Note  The Scarlet Letter By  Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter is a romantic fiction by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, 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.
The Sea-WolfThe Sea-Wolf - Search   The Sea-Wolf - Note  The Sea-Wolf By  Jack London
The Sea-Wolf is a novel by Jack London. The book's protagonist, Humphrey Van Weyden, is a literary critic who is a survivor of an ocean collision and who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. It tells the story of a soft, domesticated man forced to become tough and self-reliant.
The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden - Search   The Secret Garden - Note   The Secret Garden  The Secret Garden By  Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is considered to be a classic of English children's literature. It sets a story at the turn of the 20th century, Mary Lennox is a neglected and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in British India to wealthy British parents who never wanted her and made an effort to ignore her.
Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility - Search   Sense and Sensibility - Note  Sense and Sensibility By  Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen. it's a work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners. It is set in southwest England between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged.
The Souls of Black FolkThe Souls of Black Folk - Search   The Souls of Black Folk - Note  The Souls of Black Folk By  W. E. B. Du Bois
The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches is a work by W. E. B. Du Bois, who wrote from his own experiences as an African-American in the American society. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology and a cornerstone of African-American literature. The book also holds an important place in social science.
A Tale of Two CitiesA Tale of Two Cities - Search   A Tale of Two Cities - Note  A Tale of Two Cities By  Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is an 1859 historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris, and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met.
The Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew - Search   The Taming of the Shrew - Note  The Taming of the Shrew By  William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio "tames" her with various psychological torments until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride.
The TempestThe Tempest - Search   The Tempest - Note  The Tempest By  William Shakespeare
The Tempest is one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote alone. It takes place on a ship at sea during a tempest at first, the rest of the story is set on a remote island. The play contains music and songs that evoke the spirit of enchantment and explores many themes, including magic, betrayal, revenge, and family.
Tess of the d'UrbervillesTess of the d'Urbervilles - Search   Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Note  Tess of the d'Urbervilles By  Thomas Hardy
Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a novel by Thomas Hardy. The novel is set in impoverished rural England during the 1870s. Tess is the oldest child of John and Joan Durbeyfield, uneducated peasants. However, John is given the impression that he may have noble blood as the family name Durbeyfield.
The Three MusketeersThe Three Musketeers - Search   The Three Musketeers - Note  The Three Musketeers By  Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.
The Time MachineThe Time Machine - Search   The Time Machine - Note  The Time Machine By  H. G. Wells
The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells. The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle or device to travel purposely and selectively forward or backward through time. The term "time machine", coined by Wells from the book.
Treasure IslandTreasure Island - Search   Treasure Island - Note  Treasure Island By  Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, telling the story of "buccaneers and buried gold". It is considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It has had a significant influence on depictions of pirates in popular culture.
The TrialThe Trial - Search   The Trial - Note  The Trial By  Franz Kafka
The Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka. It tells the story of Josef K., a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. The Trial was never completed, although it does include a chapter that appears to bring the story to an intentionally abrupt ending.
Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom's Cabin - Search   Uncle Tom's Cabin - Note  Uncle Tom's Cabin By  Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, is an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It had a profound effect on attitudes toward slavery and is said to have helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. The novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome slavery.
Up From Slavery: An AutobiographyUp From Slavery: An Autobiography - Search   Up From Slavery: An Autobiography - Note  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography By  Booker T. Washington
Up from Slavery is the autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his experiences in working to rise from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, the difficulties he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, and his work establishing vocational schools, the most notably the Tuskegee Institute.
War and Peace 1War and Peace 1 - Search   War and Peace 1 - Note  War and Peace 1 By  Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is a literary work mixed with chapters on history and philosophy by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families.
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The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds - Search   The War of the Worlds - Note  The War of the Worlds By  H. G. Wells
The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells. It is one of the earliest stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race.[3] The novel is the first-person narrative of both an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and of his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians.
White FangWhite Fang - Search   White Fang - Note  White Fang By  Jack London
White Fang is a novel by Jack London, and the name of the book's eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. The story details White Fang's journey to domestication. Much of the book is written from the viewpoint of the titular canine character to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans.
The Wind in the WillowsThe Wind in the Willows - Search   The Wind in the Willows - Note  The Wind in the Willows By  Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows is a children's book by the British novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternatingly slow-moving and fast-paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphized animals: Mole, Rat (a European water vole), Toad, and Badger. They live in a pastoral version of Edwardian England.
Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights - Search   Wuthering Heights - Note  Wuthering Heights By  Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë, which was her first and only published novel. The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte's novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily's death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published.