19th Century American Novel and Short Story
Paperback ISBN: 0062870629
One of the most cherished books in American literature, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is the coming-of-age story of the beloved March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—and the trials and hardships they face in smalltown New England during the Civil War. A celebration of family, friendship, and womanhood, it continues to enchant audiences of every generation, and is now available as a limited Olive Edition from HarperPerennial. Olive Editions are exclusive small format editions of some of our bestselling and celebrated titles, featuring beautiful and unique hand-drawn cover illustrations. All Olive Editions are available for a limited time only.
Paperback ISBN: 1984854364
A new edition of Kate Chopin’s controversial masterpiece, an essential novel in the canon of early feminism—with an introduction by Carmen Maria Machado, award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties. “Whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.” With its forthright treatment of sex and depression, The Awakening, first published in 1899,was so shocking to turn-of-the-century readers that it was neglected for decades. Rediscovered in the 1960s, this brief, beautiful novel is considered a landmark of early feminism. It is the story of Edna Pontellier, a twenty-eight-year-old wife and mother of two who—with devastating consequences—rejects her conventional married life for a transgressive path of self-discovery. Edna is vacationing with her husband and children on the Louisiana Gulf Coast when she meets and falls in love with the passionate, impulsive Robert Lebrun. Afterward, Edna can no longer find meaning and satisfaction in her comfortable domestic life and moves out, alone. Her tragic quest for personal, creative, and erotic freedom is at the heart of this now-classic novel which captures women’s desires with extraordinary frankness, sympathy, and intensity. The Modern Library Torchbearers series features women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance.
The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta
The Celebrated California Bandit
Paperback ISBN: 0143132652
"An action-packed blend of folk tale, romance, epic, and myth, The Life and Adventures of Joaqun Murieta tells the story of the Gold Rush-era bandit Joaquâin Murieta, whose efforts to find fortune and happiness are thwarted by white settlers who murderhis family and drive him off his land. In retaliation, Murieta organizes a band of more than 2,000 outlaws--including the sadistic "Three-Fingered Jack"--who take revenge by murdering, stealing horses, and robbing miners, all with the ultimate goal of reconquering California."--Provided by publisher.
The Age of Innocence
Paperback ISBN: 1631065041
Initially serialized in the Pictorial Review in 1920, The Age of Innocence is a stylistic and intimate portrayal of upper class life in New York City during the Gilded Age. Lawyer and socialite Newland Archer is about to enter a loveless marriage with a well-to-do bride, when her cousin, the exotic Ellen Olenska, enters the picture. Olenska is stuck in a bad marriage with a Polish count, and Archer finds himself in the awkward position of persuading her to save her family’s reputation by staying with her husband, even though Archer himself has fallen in love with her. Combining a romantic tragedy with artful descriptions of aristocratic life in New York City, Edith Wharton’s twelfth novel is now available as an elegantly designed clothbound edition with an elastic closure and a new introduction.
Edgar A. Poe
Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance
Paperback ISBN: 0060923318
A look at the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe traces his life from his childhood as an adopted son, to his experiences in the U.S. Army, to his career as a journalist, editor, and writer, and discusses his influence on literature
Herman Melville Redburn His 1st Voyage
White-Jacket or the World in a Man of War : Moby Dick or the Whale
Hardcover ISBN: 0940450097
Three novels concern a young man's adventures at sea, the harsh conditions of life on a warship, and Captain Ahab's hunt for a huge whale