Influential and innovative, James Joyce (1882 - 1941) led the vanguard of 20th-century fiction. Sooner or later, most undergraduates encounter him, and many scholars devote their entire careers to his exuberantly eloquent prose. Joyce's experimental use of language and stream-of-consciousness techniques continues to captivate modern readers and writers, and this anthology offers a first-rate introduction to the Irish author's fiction and poetry.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", Joyce's coming-of-age novel, appears here in its entirety. Readers will also find the complete texts of the ...|
Originally launching his writing career merely to supplement his teaching salary, H. G. Wells quickly became one of the most prolific and visionary authors of all time. This crucial collection includes his most influential novels - "The War of the Worlds", "The Time Machine", "The Island of Dr. Moreau", and "The Invisible Man" - as well as five famous short stories, including "The Stolen Bacillus", the first work dealing with bio-terrorism. ...|
Knighted for his service as a field doctor during the Boer War, Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) is best remembered as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. In addition to his ever-popular tales of the Baker Street sleuth, Conan Doyle wrote many works of history and science fiction, as well as plays, poetry, and stories that reflected his interest in the occult.
This anthology offers an excellent selection of tales from throughout the Scottish author's career. Sherlock Holmes's adventures include the novels "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "A Study in Scarlet", plus the stories "The Final ...|
Two centuries after their initial publication, the novels of Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) continue to enchant modern readers. Like many of her heroines, the author inherited a respectable pedigree but no wealth, which doubtless enhanced her insights into the lives of impoverished gentlewomen. Rich in memorable characters, Austen's compelling tales of love and marriage combine engrossing narratives with sparkling dialogue and psychological depth.
This anthology focuses on Austen's preoccupation with the domestic sphere and the limitations imposed upon women of her era. In addition to excerpts from her personal ...|
Fluent from birth in French as well as his native Polish, Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924) learned his third language, English, as an adult. And it was in English that he wrote his evocative stories and novels, drawing upon his experiences in the British and French navies to portray the struggles of humanity amid the world's vast indifference.
This anthology offers readers the essential Joseph Conrad, including his debut novel, "Almayer's Folly". Other features include his political thriller, "The Secret Agent", along with his most famous novel, "Heart of Darkness", and a related account ...|
One of the twentieth century's most admired and influential authors, G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936) created an enduring body of work that encompasses journalism, poetry, plays, history, biography, apologetics, and detective fiction. Chesterton's thought-provoking writings have profoundly affected countless readers, including C. S. Lewis, Michael Collins, and Mahatma Gandhi.
This anthology features two unabridged works of fiction: Chesterton's thriller, "The Man Who Was Thursday", and his short story collection, "The Club of Queer Trades". The book also includes six tales from the ever- ...|
Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) wrote sparkling comedies that were the toast of London's West End in the 1890s. The master of the witty epigram who could resist anything except temptation, Wilde was imprisoned by an unjust society and died in obscurity, but his enduring works continue to enchant readers and audiences.
The Irish author's only novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", appears in this splendid showcase of his philosophy and wit. Additional selections include Wilde's ever-popular comedies "The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband"; his essay on ...|