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  1. The Physiology of Marriage
    or, The Musings of an Eclectic Philosopher on the Happiness and Unhappiness of Married Life
    Honore de Balzac • 1829 • 115,000 Words
  2. The Chouans by
    Honore de Balzac • 1829 • 110,000 Words
  3. The Red and the Black
    A Chronicle of 1830
    Stendhal • 1830 • 195,000 Words
  4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood
    Victor Hugo • 1831 • 184,000 Words
  5. The Magic Skin
    Honore de Balzac • 1831 • 98,000 Words
  6. Eugénie Grandet
    Honore de Balzac • 1833 • 65,000 Words
  7. Ferragus, Chief of the Dévorants
    Translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley
    Honore de Balzac • 1833 • 45,000 Words
  8. Seraphita
    Honore de Balzac • 1834 • 51,000 Words
  9. The Girl with the Golden Eyes
    Honore de Balzac • 1835 • 28,000 Words
  10. The Lily of the Valley
    Honore de Balzac • 1835 • 102,000 Words
  11. Père Goriot
    Honore de Balzac • 1835 • 103,000 Words
  12. Droll Stories
    Collected from the Abbeys of Touraine
    Honore de Balzac • 1837 • 171,000 Words
  13. Scenes from a Courtesan's Life
    Honore de Balzac • 1838 • 195,000 Words
  14. Letters of Two Brides
    Honore de Balzac • 1842 • 85,000 Words
  15. The Mysteries of Paris
    Eugene Sue • 1843 • 562,000 Words
  16. The Wandering Jew
    A Novel
    Eugene Sue • 1845 • 525,000 Words
  17. The Count of Monte Cristo
    Alexandre Dumas • 1845 • 460,000 Words
  18. Catherine De Medici
    Honore de Balzac • 1850 • 113,000 Words
  19. The Black Tulip
    Alexandre Dumas • 1850 • 73,000 Words
  20. Madame Bovary
    Gustave Flaubert • 1857 • 117,000 Words
  21. Salammbô
    Gustave Flaubert • 1862 • 106,000 Words
  22. Theresa Raquin
    Emile Zola • 1867 • 71,000 Words
  23. From the Earth to the Moon
    and, Round the Moon
    Jules Verne • 1870 • 90,000 Words
  24. Around the World in Eighty Days
    Jules Verne • 1873 • 63,000 Words
  25. Michael Strogoff
    or, The Courier of the Czar
    Jules Verne • 1876 • 94,000 Words
  26. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
    Jules Verne • 1881 • 94,000 Words
  27. Bel Ami; or, The History of a Scoundrel
    A Novel
    Guy de Maupassant • 1885 • 52,000 Words
  28. The Ladies' Paradise
    Emile Zola • 1886 • 162,000 Words
  29. Piping Hot!
    A Realistic Novel
    Emile Zola • 1887 • 138,000 Words
  30. Off on a Comet
    or, Hector Servadac
    Jules Verne • 1887 • 101,000 Words
  31. Les Misérables
    Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood
    Victor Hugo • 1887 • 568,000 Words
  32. Pierre and Jean
    Guy de Maupassant • 1888 • 46,000 Words
  33. Complete Original Short Stories
    Guy de Maupassant • 1890 • 494,000 Words
  34. A Cardinal Sin
    Eugene Sue • 1892 • 43,000 Words
  35. The Three Cities
    Lourdes, Rome, Paris
    Emile Zola • 1897 • 667,000 Words
  36. Envy--Indolence
    The Seven Cardinal Sins
    Eugene Sue • 1899 • 124,000 Words
  37. Luxury--Gluttony
    Two of the Seven Cardinal Sins
    Eugene Sue • 1899 • 96,000 Words
  38. Pride
    One of the Seven Cardinal Sins
    Eugene Sue • 1899 • 180,000 Words
  39. The Silver Cross
    or, The Carpenter of Nazareth
    Eugene Sue • 1899 • 40,000 Words
  40. Avarice--Anger
    Two of the Seven Cardinal Sins
    Eugene Sue • 1899 • 94,000 Words
  41. Four Short Stories
    Emile Zola • 1900 • 211,000 Words
  42. The Knight of Malta
    Eugene Sue • 1900 • 112,000 Words
  43. The Gold Sickle
    or, Hena, The Virgin of the Isle of Sen - A Tale of Druid Gaul
    Eugene Sue • 1904 • 25,000 Words
  44. The Pilgrim's Shell
    or, Fergan the Quarryman - A Tale from the Feudal Times
    Eugene Sue • 1904 • 91,000 Words
  45. The Infant's Skull
    or, The End of the World - A Tale of the Millennium
    Eugene Sue • 1904 • 19,000 Words
  46. The Iron Trevet
    or, Jocelyn the Champion - A Tale of the Jacquerie
    Eugene Sue • 1905 • 84,000 Words
  47. The Poniard's Hilt
    or, Karadeucq and Ronan - A Tale of Bagauders and Vagres
    Eugene Sue • 1907 • 84,000 Words
  48. The Brass Bell
    or, The Chariot of Death
    Eugene Sue • 1907 • 36,000 Words
  49. The Carlovingian Coins
    or, The Daughters of Charlemagne - A Tale of the Ninth Century
    Eugene Sue • 1907 • 43,000 Words
  50. The Abbatial Crosier
    or, Bonaik and Septimine - A Tale of a Medieval Abbess
    Eugene Sue • 1908 • 42,000 Words
  51. The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden:
    A Tale of the Northman Invasion
    Eugene Sue • 1908 • 36,000 Words
  52. The Branding Needle
    or, The Monastery of Charolles
    Eugene Sue • 1908 • 37,000 Words
  53. The Casque's Lark
    or, Victoria, the Mother of the Camps - A Tale of the Frankish Invasion of Gaul
    Eugene Sue • 1909 • 78,000 Words
  54. The Executioner's Knife
    or, Joan of Arc
    Eugene Sue • 1910 • 102,000 Words
  55. The Blacksmith's Hammer
    or, The Peasant Code: A Tale of the Grand Monarch
    Eugene Sue • 1910 • 72,000 Words
  56. The Pocket Bible
    or, Christian the Printer: A Tale of the Sixteenth Century
    Eugene Sue • 1910 • 164,000 Words
  57. The Sword of Honor
    or, The Foundation of the French Republic - A Tale of the French Revolution
    Eugene Sue • 1910 • 166,000 Words
  58. The Galley Slave's Ring
    or, The Family of Lebrenn - A Tale of The French Revolution of 1848
    Eugene Sue • 1911 • 53,000 Words
  59. Swann's Way
    Remembrance Of Things Past, Volume One, Translated From The French By C. K. Scott Moncrieff
    Marcel Proust • 1922 • 197,000 Words
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Remembrance Of Things Past, Volume One, Translated From The French By C. K. Scott Moncrieff
For a long time I used to go to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not even time to say "I'm going to sleep." And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me;... Read More
or, The Family of Lebrenn - A Tale of The French Revolution of 1848
With this story, The Galley Slave's Ring; or, The Family of Lebrenn, closes the series of the nineteen historic novels comprised in Eugene Sue's monumental work The Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages. They who have read the preceding eighteen stories will agree that from the moment they... Read More
or, The Foundation of the French Republic - A Tale of the French Revolution
Most persons know the French Revolution as a tremendous outburst in human affairs. Many know it as one of the race's great steps forward. That, however, it was the revolution which carried into power the then rising bourgeois, now capitalist, class; that this class, while appealing for and using the help of the working class,... Read More
or, Christian the Printer: A Tale of the Sixteenth Century
The epoch covered by this, the 16th story of Eugene Sue's dramatic historic series, entitled The Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages, extends over the turbulent yet formative era known in history as the Religious Reformation. The social system that had been developing since the epoch initiated by... Read More
or, The Peasant Code: A Tale of the Grand Monarch
Bulwer Lytton observes of fiction that, when aspiring at something higher than mere romance, it does not pervert, but elucidates the facts of the times in which the scene is placed; hence, that fiction serves to illustrate those truths which history is too often compelled to leave to the tale-teller, the dramatist and the poet.... Read More
or, Joan of Arc
Whether one will be satisfied with nothing but a scientific diagnosis in psychology, or a less ponderous and infinitely more lyric presentation of certain mental phenomena will do for him; whether the student of history insist on strict chronology, or whether he prize at its true value the meat and coloring of history; whether a... Read More
or, Victoria, the Mother of the Camps - A Tale of the Frankish Invasion of Gaul
The first four stories of Eugene Sue's series of historic novels—The Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages—are properly introductory to the wondrous drama in which, as indicated in the preface to the first story of the series, "one family, the descendants of a Gallic chief named Joel, typifies... Read More
or, The Monastery of Charolles
Semiramis, Brunhild, Catherine of Medicis constitute a trinity of historic women unique in their greatness. Their ambition was boundless, their intellectual powers matchless, the depths of their immorality unfathomable. As such they were the scourges of their respective ages. Queen Brunhild, a central figure in this superb story, may be said to be the Sixth... Read More
A Tale of the Northman Invasion
The invasion of the Normans, or Northmen, or Norsemen—called throughout this brilliant story the Northmans—bears characteristics that distinguish it markedly from all the other European invasions. With all the others the migrations were brought on by home changes of soil and waterways that drove the invaders westward. War was only a means, the goal was... Read More
or, Bonaik and Septimine - A Tale of a Medieval Abbess
The turbulent epoch that rocked the cradle of the Carlovingian dynasty, the dynasty from which issued the colossal historic figure of Charlemagne, is the epoch of this touching story—the eighth of the series of Eugene Sue's historic novels known collectively under the title "The Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family Across... Read More
or, The Daughters of Charlemagne - A Tale of the Ninth Century
The Age of Charlemagne is the watershed of the history of the present era. The rough barbarian flood that poured over Western Europe reaches in that age a turning point of which Charlemagne is eminently the incarnation. The primitive physical features of the barbarian begin to be blunted, or toned down by a new force... Read More
or, The Chariot of Death
The Brass Bell; or, The Chariot of Death is the second of Eugene Sue's monumental serial known under the collective title of The Mysteries of the People; or History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages. The first story—The Gold Sickle; or, Hena, the Virgin of the Isle of Sen—fittingly preludes the grand drama conceived... Read More
or, Karadeucq and Ronan - A Tale of Bagauders and Vagres
The invasion of Gaul by Clovis introduced feudalism in France, which is equivalent to saying in Europe, France being the teeming womb of the great historic events of that epoch. It goes without saying that so vast a social system as that of feudalism could not be perfected in a day, or even during one... Read More
or, Jocelyn the Champion - A Tale of the Jacquerie
Etienne Marcel, John Maillart, William Caillet, Adam the Devil and Charles the Wicked, King of Navarre, are the five leading personages in this story. Their figures and actions, the virtues and foibles of the ones, the vices of the others, the errors of all, are drawn with strict historic accuracy, all the five being historic... Read More
or, The End of the World - A Tale of the Millennium
Among the historic phenomena of what may be called "modern antiquity," there is none comparable to that which was witnessed on the first day of the year 1000, together with its second or adjourned catastrophe thirty-two years later. The end of the world, at first daily expected by the Apostles, then postponed—upon the authority of... Read More
or, Fergan the Quarryman - A Tale from the Feudal Times
In my introduction to "The Silver Cross; or, The Carpenter of Nazareth," I said: "Eugene Sue wrote in French a monumental work—the Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family. It is a 'work of fiction'; yet it is the best universal history extant. Better than any work, avowedly on history, it graphically... Read More
or, Hena, The Virgin of the Isle of Sen - A Tale of Druid Gaul
The Gold Sickle; or, Hena the Virgin of the Isle of Sen, is the initial story of the series that Eugene Sue wrote under the collective title of The Mysteries of the People; or, History of a Proletarian Family Across the Ages. The scheme of this great work of Sue's was stupendously ambitious—and the author... Read More
The travellers who now sail along the picturesque coasts within the district of the Bouches-du-Rhone—the peaceable inhabitants of shores perfumed by the orange-trees of Hyères, or the curious tourists, whom steamboats are continually transporting from Marseilles to Nice or to Gênes—are perhaps ignorant of the fact that two hundred years ago, under the flourishing administration... Read More
At nine o’clock in the evening the body of the house at the Theatres des Varietes was still all but empty. A few individuals, it is true, were sitting quietly waiting in the balcony and stalls, but these were lost, as it were, among the ranges of seats whose coverings of cardinal velvet loomed in... Read More
Two of the Seven Cardinal Sins
The narrow street known for many long years as the Charnier des Innocents (the Charnel-house of the Innocents), near the market, has always been noted for the large number of scriveners who have established their booths in this densely populated part of Paris. One fine morning in the month of May, 18—, a young girl... Read More
or, The Carpenter of Nazareth
Eugene Sue wrote in French a monumental work: "The Mysteries of the People," or "History of a Proletarian Family." It is a "work of fiction;" yet it is the best universal history extant: better than any work, avowedly on history, it graphically traces the special features of the several systems of class-rule as they have... Read More
One of the Seven Cardinal Sins
Elle avait un vice, l'orgueil, qui lui tenait lieu de toutes les qualités.[A] Commander Bernard, a resident of Paris, after having served under the Empire in the Marine Corps, and under the Restoration as a lieutenant in the navy, was retired about the year 1830, with the brevet rank of captain. Honourably mentioned again and... Read More
Two of the Seven Cardinal Sins
The palace of the Élysée-Bourbon,—the old hôtel of the Marquise de Pompadour,—situated in the middle of the Faubourg St. Honoré, was, previous to the last revolution, furnished, as every one knows, for the occupancy of foreign royal highnesses,—Roman Catholic, Protestant, or Mussulman, from the princes of the German confederation to Ibrahim Pacha. About the end... Read More
The Seven Cardinal Sins
IN the year 1828 any tourist who was on his way from Blois to the little town of Pont Brillant to visit—as travellers seldom fail to do—the famous castle of that name, the magnificent feudal abode of the Marquises Pont Brillant, would have been obliged to pass a farmhouse standing near the edge of the... Read More
Lourdes, Rome, Paris
BEFORE perusing this work, it is as well that the reader should understand M. Zola’s aim in writing it, and his views—as distinct from those of his characters—upon Lourdes, its Grotto, and its cures. A short time before the book appeared M. Zola was interviewed upon the subject by his friend and biographer, Mr. Robert... Read More
On a beautiful, bright morning of the month of May, 18—, a young girl of eighteen years or thereabouts, whose pale, melancholy face reflected only too plainly the wretchedness and privations of her daily life, was wending her way, timidly and with hesitating steps, through that populous quarter of the city known as the Charnier... Read More
Translated by ALBERT M. C. McMASTER, B.A. A. E. HENDERSON, B.A. MME. QUESADA and Others “I entered literary life as a meteor, and I shall leave it like a thunderbolt.” These words of Maupassant to Jose Maria de Heredia on the occasion of a memorable meeting are, in spite of their morbid solemnity, not an... Read More
“Tschah!” exclaimed old Roland suddenly, after he had remained motionless for a quarter of an hour, his eyes fixed on the water, while now and again he very slightly lifted his line sunk in the sea. Mme. Roland, dozing in the stern by the side of Mme. Rosemilly, who had been invited to join the... Read More
Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood
So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of the century—the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption of woman... Read More
or, Hector Servadac
“Nothing, sir, can induce me to surrender my claim.” “I am sorry, count, but in such a matter your views cannot modify mine.” “But allow me to point out that my seniority unquestionably gives me a prior right.” “Mere seniority, I assert, in an affair of this kind, cannot possibly entitle you to any prior... Read More
A Realistic Novel
One day, in the middle of a long literary conversation, Théodore Duret said to me: “I have known in my life two men of supreme intelligence. I knew of both before the world knew of either. Never did I doubt, nor was it possible to doubt, but that they would one day or other gain... Read More
DENISE had walked from the Saint-Lazare railway station, where a Cherbourg train had landed her and her two brothers, after a night passed on the hard seat of a third-class carriage. She was leading Pépé by the hand, and Jean was following her, all three fatigued after the journey, frightened and lost in this vast... Read More
A Novel
After changing his five-franc piece Georges Duroy left the restaurant. He twisted his mustache in military style and cast a rapid, sweeping glance upon the diners, among whom were three saleswomen, an untidy music-teacher of uncertain age, and two women with their husbands. When he reached the sidewalk, he paused to consider what route he... Read More
THE MAN who held in his hand the document of which this strange assemblage of letters formed the concluding paragraph remained for some moments lost in thought. It contained about a hundred of these lines, with the letters at even distances, and undivided into words. It seemed to have been written many years before, and... Read More
or, The Courier of the Czar
“SIRE, a fresh dispatch.” “Whence?” “From Tomsk?” “Is the wire cut beyond that city?” “Yes, sire, since yesterday.” “Telegraph hourly to Tomsk, General, and keep me informed of all that occurs.” “Sire, it shall be done,” answered General Kissoff. These words were exchanged about two hours after midnight, at the moment when the fete given... Read More
Mr. Phileas Fogg lived, in 1872, at No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens, the house in which Sheridan died in 1814. He was one of the most noticeable members of the Reform Club, though he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage, about whom little was known, except that he was a polished... Read More
and, Round the Moon
During the War of the Rebellion, a new and influential club was established in the city of Baltimore in the State of Maryland. It is well known with what energy the taste for military matters became developed among that nation of ship-owners, shopkeepers, and mechanics. Simple tradesmen jumped their counters to become extemporized captains, colonels,... Read More
This volume, “Therese Raquin,” was Zola’s third book, but it was the one that first gave him notoriety, and made him somebody, as the saying goes. While still a clerk at Hachette’s at eight pounds a month, engaged in checking and perusing advertisements and press notices, he had already in 1864 published the first series... Read More
It was at Megara, a suburb of Carthage, in the gardens of Hamilcar. The soldiers whom he had commanded in Sicily were having a great feast to celebrate the anniversary of the battle of Eryx, and as the master was away, and they were numerous, they ate and drank with perfect freedom. The captains, who... Read More
To Marie-Antoine-Jules Senard Member of the Paris Bar, Ex-President of the National Assembly, and Former Minister of the Interior Dear and Illustrious Friend, Permit me to inscribe your name at the head of this book, and above its dedication; for it is to you, before all, that I owe its publication. Reading over your magnificent... Read More
On the 20th of August, 1672, the city of the Hague, always so lively, so neat, and so trim that one might believe every day to be Sunday, with its shady park, with its tall trees, spreading over its Gothic houses, with its canals like large mirrors, in which its steeples and its almost Eastern... Read More
To Monsieur le Marquis de Pastoret, Member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts. When we think of the enormous number of volumes that have been published on the question as to where Hannibal crossed the Alps, without our being able to decide to-day whether it was (according to Whittaker and Rivaz) by Lyon, Geneva, the Great... Read More
On the 24th of February, 1815, the look-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the three-master, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples. As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Château d’If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgiou and Rion island. Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort... Read More
A Novel
A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR OF The Wandering Jew EUGENE SUE (1804-1857) Time and again physicians and seamen have made noteworthy reputations as novelists. But it is rare in the annals of literature that a man trained in both professions should have gained his greatest fame as a writer of novels. Eugene Sue began his... Read More
It was on a cold and rainy night, towards the end of October, 1838, that a tall and powerful man, with an old broad-brimmed straw hat upon his head, and clad in a blue cotton carter's frock, which hung loosely over trousers of the same material, crossed the Pont au Change, and darted with a... Read More
To George Sand Your name, dear George, while casting a reflected radiance on my book, can gain no new glory from this page. And yet it is neither self-interest nor diffidence which has led me to place it there, but only the wish that it should bear witness to the solid friendship between us, which... Read More
To His Highness Prince Alfonso Serafino di Porcia. Allow me to place your name at the beginning of an essentially Parisian work, thought out in your house during these latter days. Is it not natural that I should offer you the flowers of rhetoric that blossomed in your garden, watered with the regrets I suffered... Read More
Collected from the Abbeys of Touraine
When, in March, 1832, the first volume of the now famous Contes Drolatiques was published by Gosselin of Paris, Balzac, in a short preface, written in the publisher’s name, replied to those attacks which he anticipated certain critics would make upon his hardy experiment. He claimed for his book the protection of all those to... Read More
Mme. Vauquer (nee de Conflans) is an elderly person, who for the past forty years has kept a lodging-house in the Rue Nueve-Sainte-Genevieve, in the district that lies between the Latin Quarter and the Faubourg Saint-Marcel. Her house (known in the neighborhood as the Maison Vauquer) receives men and women, old and young, and no... Read More
Felix de Vandenesse to Madame la Comtesse Natalie de Manerville: I yield to your wishes. It is the privilege of the women whom we love more than they love us to make the men who love them ignore the ordinary rules of common-sense. To smooth the frown upon their brow, to soften the pout upon... Read More