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Classic Ebooks: Literary

  • Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman

      by Mary Wollstonecraft   Wollstonecraft’s philosophical and gothic novel revolves around the story of a woman imprisoned in an insane asylum by her husband. It focuses on the societal rather than the individual "wrongs of woman" and criticizes what Wollstonecraft viewed a…

    CONKMay 22, 2017
  • Tender Buttons

      by Gertrude Stein   Tender Buttons is a 1914 book by American writer Gertrude Stein consisting of three sections titled "Objects", "Food", and "Rooms".

    CONKJanuary 23, 2017
  • The Iron Woman

      by Margaret Deland   The Iron Woman is a novel of manners by the American writer Margaret Deland set in the 19th century fictional locale of Mercer, an Ohio River community that represents Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    CONKJanuary 19, 2016
  • An American Tragedy

      by Theodore Dreiser   An American Tragedy is a novel by the American writer Theodore Dreiser.

    CONKJanuary 5, 2016
  • Sylvia’s Lovers

      by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell   The novel begins in the 1790s in the coastal town of Monkshaven (modeled on Whitby, England) against the background of the practice of impressment during the early phases of the Napoleonic Wars.

    CONKJanuary 15, 2015
  • The Fortune of the Rougons

      by Emile Zola   The novel is partly an origin story, with a huge cast of characters swarming around – many of whom become the central figures of later novels in the series – and partly an account of the December 1851 coup d’état that created the French Second Emp…

    CONKDecember 9, 2014
  • A Child of the Jago

      by Arthur Morrison   The novel recounts the brief life of Dicky Perrott, a child growing up in the "Old Jago", a fictionalisation of the Old Nichol, a slum in the East End of London.

    CONKJuly 4, 2014
  • Poor Jack

      by Frederick Marryat   It tells the story of Thomas Saunders, a sailor’s son and neglected street urchin struggling to survive in Greenwich, London in the early 19th century. ("Poor Jack" was the title given by the waterfront boys, or mudlarks, to their chief.) In a rag…

    CONKJuly 4, 2014
  • The Three Clerks

      by Anthony Trollope   The Three Clerks is a novel by Anthony Trollope, set in the lower reaches of the Civil Service. It draws on Trollope’s own experiences as a junior clerk in the General Post Office, and has been called the most autobiographical of Trollope’s novels.

    CONKJuly 3, 2014
  • The Nether World

      by George Gissing   The Nether World is a novel written by the English author George Gissing. The plot concerns several poor families living in the slums of 19th century London.

    CONKJune 26, 2014
  • The Odd Women

      by George Gissing   The Odd Women is an 1893 novel by the English novelist George Gissing. Its themes are the role of women in society, marriage, morals and the early feminist movement.

    CONKJune 26, 2014
  • Esther Waters

      by George Moore   Set in England from the early 1870s onward, the novel is about a young, pious woman from a poor working-class family who, while working as a kitchen maid, is seduced by another employee, becomes pregnant, is deserted by her lover, and against all …

    CONKJune 26, 2014
  • The Head of the House of Coombe

      by Frances Hodgson Burnett   The Head of the House of Coombe follows the relationships between a group of pre–World War One English nobles and commoners. It also offers both some interesting editorial commentary on the political system in prewar Europe that Burnett feels bear…

    CONKJune 23, 2014
  • Night and Day

      by Virginia Woolf   Set in Edwardian London, Night and Day contrasts the daily lives and romantic attachments of two acquaintances, Katharine Hilbery and Mary Datchet. The novel examines the relationships between love, marriage, happiness, and success.

    CONKMarch 21, 2013
  • Bel-Ami

      by Guy de Maupassant   The story chronicles journalist Georges Duroy’s corrupt rise to power from a poor ex-NCO to one of the most successful men in Paris, most of which he achieves by manipulating a series of powerful, intelligent, and wealthy mistresses.

    CONKMarch 8, 2013
  • Jacob’s Room

      by Virginia Woolf   The novel centres, in a very ambiguous way, around the life story of the protagonist Jacob Flanders, and is presented entirely by the impressions other characters have of Jacob (except for those times when we do indeed get Jacob’s perspective).

    CONKMarch 1, 2013
  • The Voyage Out

      by Virginia Woolf   Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father’s ship and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage. The mismatched jumble of passengers provide Woolf with an opportunity to satirize Edwardian life.

    CONKMarch 1, 2013
  • The Secret City

      by Sir Hugh Walpole   No Description Available

    CONKFebruary 14, 2013