She saved France when she was fourteen . . . She was burned at the stake for her efforts . . . Meet the girl who captured Mark Twain’s heart.
A forgotten masterpiece from one of America’s greatest authors—and the last full-length novel he ever wrote—Joan of Arc follows the Savior of France from her childhood in Domrémy, to her campaigns throughout the French countryside, to her demise at the hands of the English and Burgundians.
Mark Twain was sarcastic, witty, and oft-irreverent, but he had a soft spot for the Maid of Orléans. (As will you after you read this book!) He spent twelve years in research, two in writing, including multiple visits to the National Archives in Paris, and proclaimed Joan of Arc the “best of all my books!”
If you love well-written classics of stunning historical figures, then this is the book for you.
Sink your teeth into the cult classic that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Fear sweeps the countryside as people fall victim to a strange illness.
After a peculiar accident, beautiful Mircalla becomes a ward at Laura’s family home.
Soon, friendship blooms between the mysterious Mircalla and curious Laura.
Love is in the air, but so is something deadly.
Will Mircalla’s secret cost Laura her life?
Carmilla, first published in 1872, is one of the first vampire novels ever written, predating Dracula by 26 years. Carmilla, with its themes of vampirism and homosexuality, shocked the standards and stereotypes for women set in the Victorian era. Today, Carmilla is considered the original archetype of female and LGBTQ vampires and Le Fanu’s influence is seen throughout vampire fiction.
...there was the village of Erl and the Kingdom of Elfland.
Considered formative to the development of the fairy tale and high fantasy subgenres, The King of Elfland’s Daughter follows Alveric, who leaves home on a quest with a few basic instructions: locate the Princess Lirazel in Elfland, convince her to return to Erl and marry him, and together produce the first magical Lord of Erl.
But what happens when a village gets exactly what it asked for?
How does an elf learn to live as a human?
Is love lost once, lost forever?
The people of Erl are about to find out.
Take a walk through the fields we know and see if you can spot the pale-blue peaks of the Elfland Mountains. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Neil Gaiman will adore Lord Dunsany’s influential 1924 classic as much as those authors themselves did.
Delve into the works and mystery of an LGBTQ+ author whom historians are still trying to unravel over 200 years later.
Previously known only as a quiet but intelligent wallflower friend of renowned author Mary Shelley, Mary Diana Dods is far from an ordinary 1700s daughter of an Earl.
Throughout their life, they lived under three identities. First was their birth name, Mary Diana Dods. Due to the negative opinions of women authors during this time, they adopted the pseudonym, David Lyndsay, which was the pen name under which they published the majority of their work. Most intriguing of all, they fully transitioned to an additional male identity of scholar and diplomat, Walter Sholto Douglas, for the latter part of their personal life.
Until Mary Shelley expert Betty T. Bennett’s research in 1991, it was believed that Dods, Lyndsay, and Sholto Douglas were all separate individuals. By studying a series of letters sent to Shelley, Bennett discovered that all correspondents were in fact the same person. Since this research, historians have been working tirelessly to uncover the truth behind the life of this groundbreaking author whom society has forgotten.
For the first time, David Lyndsay’s 1825 fairy tale collection, Tales of the Wild and the Wonderful, and their acclaimed fantasy work for Blackwood’s Magazine is published in one compendium under their birth name, Mary Diana Dods.