16 September 2019 | By George Orwell | Filed in: modern classics.

Alternate cover edition of ASIN B003JTHWKU For previous cover edition see here Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty Four is a rare work that grows haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes real Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell

The Great Gatsby

16 September 2019 | By F. Scott Fitzgerald | Filed in: modern classics.

Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0743273567 ISBN13 9780743273565 The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby a

The Catcher in the Rye

16 September 2019 | By J.D. Salinger | Filed in: modern classics.

The hero narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days The boy h

Animal Farm

16 September 2019 | By George Orwell | Filed in: modern classics.

Librarian s note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality Thus the stage is set for one of the

Lord of the Flies

16 September 2019 | By William Golding | Filed in: modern classics.

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want Anything They attempt to forge their own society,

Fahrenheit 451

16 September 2019 | By Ray Bradbury | Filed in: modern classics.

Guy Montag is a fireman In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden Montag never questions th

The Handmaid's Tale

16 September 2019 | By Margaret Atwood | Filed in: modern classics.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes h

Of Mice and Men

16 September 2019 | By John Steinbeck | Filed in: modern classics.

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world Drifters in search of work, George and his simple minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream a dream that one day they will have some land of their own Eventually they find

The Bell Jar

16 September 2019 | By Sylvia Plath | Filed in: modern classics.

Sylvia Plath s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under maybe for the last time In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath bri

Brave New World

16 September 2019 | By Aldous Huxley | Filed in: modern classics.

Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932 Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technol


16 September 2019 | By Vladimir Nabokov | Filed in: modern classics.

Humbert Humbert scholar, aesthete and romantic has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady s gum snapping, silky skinned twelve year old daughter Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance bu


16 September 2019 | By Kurt Vonnegut | Filed in: modern classics.

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse Five, an American classic, is one of the world s great antiwar books Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives

Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)

16 September 2019 | By Joseph Heller | Filed in: modern classics.

The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944 It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S Army Air Forces B 25 bombardier Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy T

A Clockwork Orange

16 September 2019 | By Anthony Burgess | Filed in: modern classics.

In Anthony Burgess s influential nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, a teen who talks in a fantastically inventive slang that evocatively renders his and his friends intense reaction against their society Dazzl

Notes on Camp

16 September 2019 | By Susan Sontag | Filed in: modern classics.

The ultimate Camp statement it s good because it s awful These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between high and low culture, and made Susan Sontag a literary sensation Penguin Modern fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the

Four Russian Short Stories

16 September 2019 | By Gazdanov & Others | Filed in: modern classics.

In these stories, four writers all exiles from revolutionary Russia explore four deaths in a world in which old certainties have crumbled.

Till September Petronella

16 September 2019 | By Jean Rhys | Filed in: modern classics.

I knew he was imagining a really lovely girl all curves, curls, heart and hidden claws In stories that span the course of a lifetime from childhood in the Caribbean to adolescent modelling in Paris and from lonely adulthood to old age and beyond here are women adrift, at sea, down but not quite o

Don't Look Now

16 September 2019 | By Daphne du Maurier | Filed in: modern classics.

Now, ill lit, almost in darkness, the windows of the houses shuttered, the water dank, the scene appeared altogether different, neglected, poor, and the long narrow boots moored to the slippery steps of cellar entrances looked like coffins A slow burning masterpiece of horror recounting a grievin