The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson had already written two masterpieces of psychological horror, The Bird’s Nest (1954) and The Sundial (1954), when she took on what would become generally regarded as her finest work, The Haunting of Hill House (1959). According to Jackson herself, the inspiration came from an article she read concerning […]
The Queen of Air and Darkness by Poul Anderson (1971) In this story, the planet Roland has been settled for many years, but large portions of its interior have never been mapped let alone visited. There have been persistent rumors of sightings of unusual, nonhuman lifeforms called the Outlings, but there is no objective evidence […]
Kiss Me Deadly Frank Morrison “Mickey” Spillane had already established himself as a comic book and pulp writer (he helped develop the characters of Captain Marvel and Captain America) when he created his most celebrated (and notorious) character, detective Mike Hammer in I, the Jury in 1947. Ten more Hammer adventures followed, the cycle ending […]
Porgy Novel The novel Porgy (1925), by the white Charlestonian DuBose Heyward, was the first major southern novel to portray African Americans in an honest, straightforwardway, rather than hew to the nineteenthcentury stereotypes of shiftless darkies or faithful servitors. The novel caused a sensation in the South, where many readers reacted negatively to Heyward’s progressive […]
The Lord of the Rings is a high fantasy epic written by philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier, less complex children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937), but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and […]
Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley about an experiment that generates a monster. Shelley began writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel 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
A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It is a love triangle novel. The novel depicts the plight of […]
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical novel by James Joyce, first serialised in the magazine The Egoist from 1914 to 1915, and published first in book format during 1916 by B. W. Huebsch, New York. The first English edition was published by the Egoist Press during February 1917. The […]
Download Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness Theatrical Trailer Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad. prior to its 1903 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood’s Magazine. It was onsidered by the Modern Library website editors as one of the “100 best novels” and part of the Western canon.