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1800-1899

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Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10681-4

A new collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader
 
This compact volume offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass, letting us hear once more a necessary historical figure whose guiding voice is needed now as urgently as ever. Edited by renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Pulitzer Prize–nominated historian John Stauffer, The Portable Frederick Douglass includes the full range of Douglass’s...

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Written by MARK TWAIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $10.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87310-6

Mark Twain’s satiric novel about two boys who trade places in Tudor England—written “for young people of all ages”—was his first foray into historical fiction. 

Set in 1547, The Prince and the Pauper brings together Tom Canty, an impoverished urchin who lives with his abusive father in London’s filthiest streets, and pampered Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII. Noticing their uncanny resemblance, the two boys trade clothes on a whim. While Tom lives in the lap of luxury and finds he...

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Written by MARK TWAIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $12.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87311-3

Mark Twain’s darkest novel—about a master and slave switched at birth—combines a courtroom drama with a provocative fable about race and identity.

Twain’s plot is set in motion when a slave named Roxy exchanges her light-skinned son Chambers with her master’s baby, Tom. Roxy’s child, now known as Tom, grows up as a spoiled, privileged white man, who is horrified when Roxy tells him the truth. He nearly gets away with a vicious crime, but his downfall comes in the form of a clever, eccentric...

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Written by STEPHEN CRANE

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $8.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-16884-7

Stephen Crane’s immortal masterpiece about the nightmare of war was first published in 1895 and brought its young author immediate international fame. Set during the Civil War, it tells of the brutal disillusionment of a young recruit who had dreamed of the thrill and glory of war, only to find himself fleeing the horror of a battlefield. Shame over his cowardice drives him to seek to redeem himself by being wounded—earning what he calls the “red badge of courage.” Praised for its...

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A CIVIL WAR COMMEMORATION: POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, PAST AND PRESENT

Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34397-0

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets created especially for this volume.

Includes previously unpublished poetry by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Steve Scafidi, Jr., Michael Schmidt, Dave Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and C. D. Wright. Also includes...

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OR, SKETCHES FROM THE LIFE OF A FREE BLACK

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/20/2011

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47745-3

With a New Introduction and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis

A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and tribulations of Frado, a mulatto girl abandoned by her white mother after the death of the child’s black father, who grows up as an indentured servant to a white family in...

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Written by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/11/2011

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74121-9

Twenty-four of the best short stories by one of the early masters of the form, in the definitive collection edited by acclaimed scholar Newton Arvin.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest American writers of the nineteenth century, and some of his most powerful work was in the form of fable-like tales that make rich use of allegory and symbolism. The dark beauty and moral force of his imagination are evident in such enduring masterpieces as "Young Goodman Brown," in which a young man...

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Written by SARAH ORNE JEWETT

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/31/2010

Price: $10.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-55410-3

A writer comes one summer to Dunnet Landing, a Maine seacoast town, where she follows the lonely inhabitants of once-prosperous coastal towns. Here, lives are molded by the long Maine winters, rock-filled fields and strong resourceful women.

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Written by KATE CHOPIN

Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/31/2010

Price: $10.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-55412-7

Condemned as “sordid” and “immoral” on its publication in 1899, this story of a woman trapped in her marriage effectively ended Chopin’s career but was revived as a proto-feminist classic in the 1970s. What Newsweek calls Chopin's “prophetic psychology” insures its timeliness today.

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THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
Written by HERMAN MELVILLE
Adapted by LANCE STAHLBERG
Illustrated by LALIT KUMAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages

Publisher: Campfire

On Sale: 07/27/2010

Price: $11.99

ISBN: 978-9-380-02822-4

It was an obsession that would destroy them all...

On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition.

Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the start of what will become the greatest adventure of his life.

The next day, Ishmael joins the crew of a ship known as the...

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Written by MARK TWAIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/06/2010

Price: $9.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47555-8

Mark Twain was one of the nineteenth century's greatest chroniclers of childhood, and of all his works his beloved novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer most enchantingly and timelessly captures the sheer pleasure of being a boy.

Tom Sawyer is as clever, imaginative, and resourceful as he is reckless and mischievous, whether conning his friends into painting a fence, playing pirates with his pal Huck Finn, witnessing his own funeral, or helping to catch a murderer. Twain’s novel glows with...

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Written by MARK TWAIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/06/2010

Price: $9.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47556-5

Long cherished by readers of all ages, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is both a hilarious account of an incorrigible truant and a powerful parable of innocence in conflict with the fallen adult world.

The mighty Mississippi River of the antebellum South gives the novel both its colorful backdrop and its narrative shape, as the runaways Huck and Jim—a young rebel against civilization allied with an escaped slave—drift down its length on a flimsy raft. Their journey, at times rollickingly...

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