By: Daniel Defoe (1661?-1731)
|Tour through Eastern Counties of England, 1722
|From London to Land's End and Two Letters from the "Journey through England by a Gentleman"
|The History of the Remarkable Life of John Sheppard Containing a Particular Account of His Many Robberies and Escapes
|The Complete English Tradesman (1839 ed.)
|An American Robinson Crusoe
|The True-Born Englishman A Satire
|The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner, Volume 1
|The Consolidator or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon
|And What if the Pretender should Come? Or Some Considerations of the Advantages and Real Consequences of the Pretender's Possessing the Crown of Great Britain
|A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs. Veal The Next Day after Her Death, to one Mrs. Bargrave
|Military Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton
|Of Captain Mission
|Augusta Triumphans Or, the Way to Make London the Most Flourishing City in the Universe
|An Answer to a Question that Nobody thinks of, viz., But what if the Queen should Die?
|The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campell A Gentlen, who, tho' Deaf and Dumb, Writes down any Stranger's name at first Sight;
|The Lay-Man's Sermon upon the Late Storm Held forth at an Honest Coffee-House-Conventicle
|An Humble Proposal to the People of England, for the Increase of their Trade, and Encouragement of Their Manufactures Whether the Present Uncertainty of Affairs Issues in Peace or War
|An Appeal to Honour and Justice, Though It Be of His Worst Enemies. Being A True Account of His Conduct in Public Affairs.
|Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718)
|A New Voyage Round the World by a Course Never Sailed Before
|Second Thoughts are Best: Or a Further Improvement of a Late Scheme to Prevent Street Robberies
|A Vindication of the Press
|A Seasonable Warning and Caution against the Insinuations of Papists and Jacobites in favour of the Pretender Being a Letter from an Englishman at the Court of Hanover
|Reasons against the Succession of the House of Hanover with an Enquiry How far the Abdication of King James, supposing it to be Legal, ought to affect the Person of the Pretender
By: Johann David Wyss (1743-1818)
The Swiss Family Robinson
A beautiful story about survival, the Robinson family shows that one does not have to have the usual comforts of life in order to be comfortable and happy. It is also a story about family relations. The book showcases a family of six that has to start all over without the basic amenities that make life easier in the eyes of society. The idea of being in an island with no human neighbors is daunting to say the least. The family was shipwrecked and everyone else on the ship perished when they deserted the ship...
By: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A novel that disturbs you 160 years after it first appeared in print, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, has so much relevance and resonance even today. Dorian Gray is a strikingly handsome young man whose beauty attracts a debauched aristocrat Sir Henry Wotton. Dorian's picture has been painted by a talented artist Basil Hallward and Sir Henry becomes desperate to meet Dorian, though Basil himself is against it. Sir Henry persuades Dorian to pose for a picture painted by Basil and during the painting sessions, Henry “educates” the young and impressionable Dorian about life...
Wilde’s literary reputation has survived so much that I think it proof against any exhumation of articles which he or his admirers would have preferred to forget. As a matter of fact, I believe this volume will prove of unusual interest; some of the reviews are curiously prophetic; some are, of course, biassed by prejudice hostile or friendly; others are conceived in the author’s wittiest and happiest vein; only a few are colourless. And if, according to Lord Beaconsfield, the verdict of a continental nation may be regarded as that of posterity, Wilde is a much greater force in our literature than even friendly contemporaries ever supposed he would become...
The Canterville Ghost
An American diplomat's family moves into an ancient stately mansion. They're warned by the owner that it is haunted by a most horrifying and gruesome spirit who had once cruelly murdered his own wife. The story progresses with creaking floor boards, mysterious passages, dark attics, clanking chains, and weird howling. Yet, the reader is totally unprepared for Oscar Wilde's brand of tongue in cheek humor as he takes all the ingredients of a traditional ghost story and turns it on its head, and creates a hilarious parody instead of a morbid saga! The Canterville Ghost was the first of Oscar Wilde's short stories to be published...
The Importance of Being Earnest
A wealthy philanthropist adopts an abandoned baby he finds in a railway station waiting room. The child grows into a fine, upstanding young man. When his benefactor dies, he is made the guardian of the old man's lovely young daughter. But unknown to everyone, he leads a double life that even his best friend knows nothing about... If you thought that this has all the makings of a most sinister and diabolical plot, you couldn't be more mistaken. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a light as a feather confection, full of mischief, fun and laughter! Written in 1894, this was Wilde's last play...
An Ideal Husband
This story opens at a fashionable dinner party in Sir Robert Chiltern's home in the heart of London's stylish Grosvenor Square. One of Lady Chiltern's old school-friends, Mrs. Cheveley, a woman with a dubious past, accosts Sir Robert and threatens to expose a financial crime that he had once participated in, unless he agrees to finance a fraudulent construction project that she's promoting. Lady Chiltern is astounded when her husband who had been the severest critic of this project suddenly begins to speak in its favor...