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Old Herbaceous

By: Arkell, Reginald

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: 1951

Seller ID: kb010958

Condition: Fair


160 pages; ex-library with usual markings; heavy edge wear, rubbing, boards have numerous chips; front pastedown has the dj flap pasted-in; "Old Herbaceous" is a classic of British gardening literature, with a title character as outsized and unforgettable as the butler Jeeves. View more info

Northanger Abbey

By: Austen, Jane

Price: $2.00

Publisher: New York, Magnum: 1968

Seller ID: kb012300

Condition: Good


350 pages; spine creasing, edge wear; A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen?s ?Gothic parody.? Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.The story?s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, N... View more info

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The Little Minister

By: Barrie, James M.

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, A. L. Burt Company: c1940

Seller ID: kb014707

Condition: Good


454 pages; corners bumped, some edge wear to boards; jacket is in tatters. RKO-Radio Picture edition with clean, nice b&w photos of a young Katherine Hepburn in the beginning of the book. "The Little Minister" by J. M. Barrie was first published in Good Words Magazine, spanning the months January to December 1891. Reckoned to be Barrie's best work, it is one of several novels about the fictional village of Thrums, said to be modeled on Barrie's home town of Kirriemuir. In 1840's Scotland, a young Scottish pastor falls in love with an educated, radiant gypsy girl, who turns out to be... View more info

Humboldt's Gift

By: Bellow, Saul

Price: $2.49

Publisher: New York, Avon: 1976

Seller ID: kb010691

ISBN: 0380508729

Condition: Good


471 pages; spine creasing, some edge wear; In Saul Bellow's tragicomic HUMBOLDT'S GIFT (1975), the main character, Charlie Citrine, is a successful writer who is tortured by a feeling of emptiness and by his troubling memories. Through his friend (and sometime mentor), the poet Von Humboldt Fleischer, Citrine learns the importance of the spiritual; and, through the unlikely figure of a gangster named Cantabile, Charlie is reawakened to his responsibilities. The question he grapples with is "how to be a man" in the materialist and antihuman society in which he lives--and then how to f... View more info

The Way of All Flesh

By: Butler, Samuel

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1957

Seller ID: kb015418

Condition: Good


399 pages; Great Illustrated Classics edition - "with illustrations of the author, his environment and the setting of the book, together with an introduction and captions by Louis B. Salomon" Ernest Pontifex, son of a bullying clergyman, leads a life of disarray. Ernest struggles with orthodoxy, lives in the slums, is thrown into prison, and marries the vulgar Ellen. Saved by the discovery that Ellen is already married, Ernest receives an inheritance, and is able to devote his life to literature, finally winning some success. ex-library with usual markings, heavy edge wear, corners b... View more info

Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer

By: Conrad, Joseph

Price: $2.20

Publisher: New York, Signet Classics: 1997

Seller ID: kb008385

ISBN: 0451526570

Condition: Good


168 pp; edge wear, spine crease; n HEART OF DARKNESS, Conrad's most existential hero, Marlow, is the commander of a riverboat looking for ivory to trade in the Belgian Congo. His journey into the heart of the Congo is both a thrilling adventure and a symbolic excursion into the depths of the human psyche to confront the evil that exists there. Marlow's encounter with the mysterious and corrupted Kurtz, who dies proclaiming the "horror" of what he found in the Congo, is the novel's defining moment, when Marlow recognizes his kinship with Kurtz's corruption. This insight enables Marlow... View more info

Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer

By: Conrad, Joseph

Price: $1.94

Publisher: New York, Bantam Books: 1969

Seller ID: kb008916

ISBN: 0553041347

Condition: Good


238 pages; Bantam Critical Edition NC4134; spine creasing, edge wear, some notes inside cover; In HEART OF DARKNESS, Conrad's most existential hero, Marlow, is the commander of a riverboat looking for ivory to trade in the Belgian Congo. His journey into the heart of the Congo is both a thrilling adventure and a symbolic excursion into the depths of the human psyche to confront the evil that exists there. Marlow's encounter with the mysterious and corrupted Kurtz, who dies proclaiming the "horror" of what he found in the Congo, is the novel's defining moment, when Marlow recognizes ... View more info

The Red Badge Of Courage; with Reader's Guide

By: Crane, Stephen

Price: $3.99

Publisher: New York, Amsco School Publications: 1971

Seller ID: kb009038

ISBN: 0877208379

Condition: Good


268 pages; boards and edges scuffed, corners and top of spine bumped, foxing to page ends; interior text block is near fine, no blemishes; THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, the harrowing tale of a young soldier in battle during the Civil War, is a masterpiece of 19th-century naturalism. Crane attended a military prep school and was obsessed with war all his life, but he wrote the novel without ever having witnessed a battle--a fact he was always slightly defensive about. Before he began to write, however, he read extensively about the Civil War, particularly the memoirs of survivors that were popul... View more info

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Soldiers of Fortune

By: Davis, RIchard Harding

Price: $4.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: 1897

Seller ID: kb011244

Condition: Good


364 pages plus ads; From "The Peoples Library" Issued Monthly by The American News Company; binding is shaken, tan cloth soiled somewhat, rubbed in places, corners bumped, page ends soiled; In the stifling jungles of a small South American country, Robert Clay works as a civil engineer at a mine. But he also has a secret history as a mercenary, fighting for whichever side will pay him most. Clay finds himself in love with Alice Langham, the daughter of the wealthy American owner of the mine. His rival is Reggie King, also from a powerful family. Together, these characters find thems... View more info

Barnaby Rudge

By: Dickens, Charles

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Dood, Mead, and Company: 1944

Seller ID: kb011180

Condition: Good


574 pages; ex-library with discard stamps, spine cocked, some edge wear to boards, corners bumped; illustrated with 16 full-page illustrations. Great Illustrated Classics Titan edition. One of Dickens's most socially conscious novels, BARNABY RUDGE dramatizes the conflict between apprentice and master that resulted in violence in both public and private. Set in 1780 during the Gordon "No Popery" riots, the plot involves a murder that occurred 20 years earlier, as well as the results of the anti-Catholic mob violence. One of Dickens's two historical novels, BARNABY RUDGE includes an ... View more info

David Copperfield

By: Dickens, Charles

Price: $3.00

Publisher: New York, Washington Square Press: 1966

Seller ID: kb012782

Condition: Good


880 pagesl Reader's Enrichment series # RE706; faint spine crease, light edge wear; I really think I have done it ingeniously and with a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction. So wrote Dickens of David Copperfield (1850), the novel he called his 'favourite child'. Through his hero Dickens draws openly on his own life, as David Copperfield recalls his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth and Uriah Heep are among the characters who focus the hero's sexual and emotional drives, and Mr Micawber, a portra... View more info

Crime and Punishment

By: Dostoevsky, Fyodor

Price: $1.49

Publisher: New York, Bantam Books: 1971

Seller ID: kb010696

Condition: Fair


472 pages; spine and edge wear, cover taped; ostoevsky's great fictional study of the criminal mind, in the character of the student Raskolnikov, who murders an aged pawnbroker. Initially, Raskolnikov believes that the killing was entirely justified, but as the novel proceeds he becomes tortured by his guilt, and begins to question all his most passionately held beliefs. Eventually, while the wily police inspector Porfiry Petrovich simply waits, Raskolnikov--prompted by Sonia, a prostitute who is devoted to him--breaks down and confesses. Despite its bleak subject matter, the novel holds out... View more info

Ellen Foster

By: Gibbons, Kaye

Price: $0.99

Publisher: New York, Vintage: 1997

Seller ID: kb008937

ISBN: 0375703055

Condition: Good


144 pages; light edge wear, small stain on front and back covers; An 11-year-old girl narrates this award-winning first novel. Ellen witnesses her beloved mother's suicide and is forced to live with her alcoholic father. Unable to stand his behavior, she runs away to live with her art teacher. A painful story of a young girl's search for identity and love. View more info

The Human Factor

By: Greene, Graham

Price: $1.99

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: 1978

Seller ID: kb011863

Condition: Good


243 pages; corners bumped, wear to board edges, spine tips; front hinge broken; Maurice Castle is a high-level operative of the British Secret Service in London. Happily married to a black woman, Castle reluctantly allows himself to act as a double agent so as to help his in-laws in South Africa, and eventually starts passing information to the Soviets. In order to evade detection, Castle allows his assistant to be wrongly identified as the source of the leaks, but suspicions remain, and Castle eventually flees to Moscow, forced to leave his wife and son behind. View more info

The Return of the Native

By: Hardy, Thomas

Price: $2.00

Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston: 1964

Seller ID: kb011416

Condition: Good


481 pages; Rinehart edition. edited and with an introduction by Albert J. Guerrard. considerable wear to front cover, taped tear, creasing, edge wear to book; good reading copy; In THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, the story turns on that staple of Victorian literature, a love triangle. Clym Yeobright, the "native" of the title, returns to the countryside where he was born--much as Hardy himself, after a stint in London, returned to his native Dorsetshire to write. Clym falls in love with his cousin, the beautiful but cold Eustacia Vye, who is fatally attracted to the faithless, irrespons... View more info

Twice-Told Tales

By: Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, David McKay: 1889

Seller ID: kb012379

Condition: Very Good


464 pages; some rubbing to extremities, corners lightly bumped; front and rear pastedowns have a library/Sunday school stamp on them but there are no other ex-library markings or associated trauma to the book; top-edge gilt; Hawthorne's short stories "rivet the attention [of the reader]. The style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective?wild, plaintive, thoughtful, and in full accordance with his themes.? We look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth." ?Edgar Allan Poe, The Broadway Journal View more info

The History of Rasselas Prince of Abyssinia

By: Johnson, Samuel; Kolb, Gwin (editor)

Price: $4.00

Publisher: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts: 1962

Seller ID: kb015143

ISBN: 0390226556

Condition: Good


112 pages; some edge wear, occasional highlighting in the text; Bored by the endless contentment of 'the happy valley', Prince Rasselas escapes with his sister. They rove the world searching for the secret of happiness and the ideal way to live. Repeatedly the pleasures they glimpse dissolve on closer acquaintance, and the great men they admire prove flawed. Where, then, are happiness and purpose to be found? View more info

Babbitt

By: Lewis, Sinclair

Price: $0.99

Publisher: Garden City, N A L: 1961

Seller ID: kb009563

ISBN: 0451510976

Condition: Very Good


327 pages; hinge crease, edge wear; 'Zenith is the finest example of American life and prosperity to be found anywhere.' Zenith is the Midwestern city where George F. Babbitt lives and works. A successful real estate agent, his business provides all the material trappings and comfort he thinks he ought to have. He is a member of all the right clubs, and unquestioningly shares the same aspirations and ideas as his friends and fellow Boosters. Yet even complacent, conformist Babbitt dreams of romance and escape, and when his best friend does something to throw his world upside down, he rebels,... View more info

The Estate

By: Singer, Isaac Bashevis

Price: $1.49

Publisher: New York, Dell: 1971

Seller ID: kb010710

Condition: Good


328 pages; spine creasing, edge wear, some cover soiling; Portrays the difficulties encountered by traditionalist Jews coming to terms with the convulsive social changes that rocked Poland in the late 19th-century. Isaac Bashevis Singer won the Nobel Prize for Literature View more info

Bless the Beasts and Children

By: Swarthout, Glendon

Price: $0.99

Publisher: New York, Pocket Books: 1970

Seller ID: kb009162

ISBN: 0671726447

Condition: Very Good


192 pages; light edge wear; This novel is set in an Arizona summer camp for teenagers, where the "no-good-at-anything" dead-beats are put together in one cabin. Bolshie Cotton becomes their leader, leading them in skirmishes against other cabins until he decides on a mission to outdo all their rivals - to set free a herd of buffalo about to be killed. View more info