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Pride and prejudice book Pride and prejudice

Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
FIC AUSTEN

Acclaimed by one reviewer to be the greatest novel ever written, the story of Mrs. Bennett's search for husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature.



Go tell it on the mountain book Go tell it on the mountain

Baldwin, James, 1924-1987.
FIC BALDWIN

First published in 1953 when James Baldwin was nearly 30, Go Tell It on the Mountain is a young man's novel, as tightly coiled as a new spring, yet tempered by a maturing man's confidence and empathy. It's not a long book, and its action spans but a single day--yet the author packs in enough emotion, detail, and intimate revelation to make his story feel like a mid-20th-century epic. Using as a frame the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a Saturday night service in a Harlem storefront church, Baldwin lays bare the secrets of a tormented black family during the depression. John's parents, praying beside him, both wrestle with the ghosts of their sinful pasts--Gabriel, a preacher of towering hypocrisy, fathered an illegitimate child during his first marriage down South and refused to recognize his doomed bastard son; Elizabeth fell in love with a charming, free-spirited young man, followed him to New York, became pregnant with his son, and lost him before she could reveal her condition. Baldwin lays down the terrible symmetries of these two blighted lives as the ironic context for John's dark night of the soul. When day dawns, John believes himself saved, but his creator makes it clear that this salvation arises as much from blindness as revelation: "He was filled with a joy, a joy unspeakable, whose roots, though he would not trace them on this new day of his life, were nourished by the wellspring of a despair not yet discovered."



The good earth book The good earth

Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973.
FIC BUCK

A poignant tale about the life and labors of a Chinese farmer during the sweeping reign of the country¹s last emperor.



The Canterbury tales book The Canterbury tales

Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400.
821.1 CHAUCER

A selection of eight stories with some words from the host and from Chaucer: The Miller's Tale, The Reeve's Tale, The Franklin's Tale, The Words of the Host, The Pardoner's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Friar's Tale, The Clerk's Tale, Chaucer's Farewell.



The last of the Mohicans book The last of the Mohicans

Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
FIC COOPER

Set in 1757 amidst the French and Indian War, the novel tells the story of frontier scout Hawkeye and his efforts to conduct two daughters of a fort commander to safety.



The red badge of courage book The red badge of courage

Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900.
FIC CRANE

First published in 1895, America's greatest novel of the Civil War was written before 21-year-old Stephen Crane had "smelled even the powder of a sham battle." But this powerful psychological study of a young soldier's struggle with the horrors, both within and without, that war strikes the reader with its undeniable realism and with its masterful descriptions of the moment-by-moment riot of emotions felt by me under fire. Ernest Hemingway called the novel an American classic, and Crane's genius is as much apparent in his sharp, colorful prose as in his ironic portrayal of an episode of war so intense, so immediate, so real that the terror of battle becomes our own ... in a masterpiece so unique that many believe modern American fiction began with Stephen Crane.



Two years before the mast and other voyages book Two years before the mast and other voyages

Dana, Richard Henry, 1815-1882.
910.45 DANA

This volume collects three sea-going travel narratives by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., that span 25 years of maritime history, from the age of sail to the age of steam.



Oliver Twist Teen Book Oliver Twist

Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
TEEN DICKENS

Oliver, an orphan in 19th-century London, falls into a den of thieves, but is finally rescued by Mr. Brownlow, a wealthy benefactor. In each of Barron’s Graphic Classics, an English literary classic is transformed into a dramatic graphic novel with superb, atmospheric color illustrations and a finely-paced narrative. The tale—chosen from among important novels in the literary canon— will keep young readers fascinated from first page to last.



The hound of the Baskervilles book The hound of the Baskervilles

Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930.
FIC DOYLE

In this, one of the most famous of Doyle's mysteries, the tale of an ancient curse and a savage ghostly hound comes frighteningly to life. The gray towers of Baskerville Hall and the wild open country of Dartmoor will haunt the reader as Holmes and Watson seek to unravel the many secrets of the misty English bogs.



The three musketeers book The three musketeers

Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.
FIC DUMAS

First published in 1844, The Three Musketeers is the most famous of Alexandre Dumas’s historical novels and one of the most popular adventure novels ever written. Dumas’s swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of d’Artagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long, he finds treachery and court intrigue—and also three boon companions, the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together the four strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady.



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