Melville House Art of the Novella Series

The Pathseeker

The Pathseeker

Imre Kertesz

The acclaimed Hungarian Holocaust survivor Imre Kertesz continues his investigation of the malignant methodologies of totalitarianism in a major work of fiction. In a mysterious middle-European country, a man identified only as...

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Lucinella

Lucinella

Lore Segal

A brilliant and scathing look at the New York literary scene which was a sensational hit when first released and has remained a cult classic ever since. Fresh as ever, the witty and whimsical novella follows poet Lucinella in her...

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The Union Jack

The Union Jack

Imre Kertesz

An unnamed narrator recounts a simple anecdote, his sighting of the Union Jack the British Flag during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, in the few days preceding the uprising's brutal repression by the Soviet army. In the...

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The Duel

The Duel

Heinrich Von Kleist, Annie Janusch

One of the few novellas written by the master German playwright, The Duel was considered by Thomas Mann and others to be one of the great works of German literature. The story of a virtuous woman slandered by a nobleman, it is a...

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A Simple Heart

A Simple Heart

Gustave Flaubert

One of 60 low-priced classic texts published to celebrate Penguin's 60th anniversary. All the titles are extracts from Penguin Classics titles.

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Jacob's Room

Jacob’s Room

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf's third novel, Jacob's Room, marked a radical, new departure in her style: the most experimental of all her novels, it enacts the 'smashing and crashing' of form that Woolf called for in the modernist movement.

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The Duel

The Duel

Aleksandr Kuprin, Josh Billings

An absorbing saga about the brutalities of military life. Stranded at a distant outpost, young Romashov finds himself obliged to fight a duel over something he realises is meaningless. As the novel hurtles toward a startling...

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The Awakening

The Awakening

Kate Chopin

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...

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May Day

May Day

F. Scott Fitzgerald

ALL CROWDS HAVE TO HOWL
Although F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for the kind of subtle,
polished social commentary found in his masterpiece The Great
Gatsby, his little-known novella May Day is unique in that it is
the...

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Tales Of Belkin

Tales Of Belkin

Alexander Pushkin, Josh Billings

Written over a short period in the autumn of 1830, and sometimes referred to as 'the little parodies', the five stories reflect a number of the key interests of European writers of the time, such as the Byronic hero, the Gothic...

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Rasselas, Prince Of Abyssinia

Rasselas, Prince Of Abyssinia

Samuel Johnson

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson.

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The Duel

The Duel

Giacomo Casanova, James Marcus

In this autobiographical tale, a young dandy is forced to flee his hometown after falling foul of the authorities. Sheltering in the royal court, he is confronted with treachery and insult and is eventually driven into a...

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Parnassus On Wheels

Parnassus On Wheels

Christopher Morely

Originally published: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1917.

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A Sleep And A Forgetting

A Sleep And A Forgetting

William Dean Howells

A major figure in nineteenth-century letters, Howells influenced a generation of American writers. In this tale, a young doctor abroad is asked to heal a beautiful woman who has mysteriously lost her memory. He must explore the...

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The Death Of Ivan Ilych

The Death Of Ivan Ilych

Leo Tolstoy

This novella tells the story of the death, at age 45, of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia. Living what seems to be a good life, his dreadful relationship with his wife notwithstanding, Ivan Ilyich Golovin injures his side...

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Freya Of The Seven Isles

Freya Of The Seven Isles

Joseph Conrad

First published in The New York metropolitan magazine and London magazine in January 1912 and July 1912, respectively; collected in Twixt land and sea.

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Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Mark Twain

This last, greatest attempt by Twain to outdo Joanthan Swift is disproving the notion that people of this republic are inherently more virtuous than others.

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How The Two Ivans Quarrelled

How The Two Ivans Quarrelled

Nikolai Gogol

We all came out from under Gogol's Overcoat.'-Fyodor Dostoevsky From the father of modern Russian fiction comes a hilarious look at holding a grudge. Gogol's classic story about friendship gone bad highlights the fierce wit and...

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The Horla

The Horla

Guy de Maupassant, Charlotte Mandell

Part of the The Art of the Novella Series , this is a tale of one man's descent into madness.

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The Eternal Husband

The Eternal Husband

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A rich and idle man confronts his dead mistress' husband. This novel offers an exploration of love, guilt, and hatred.

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Michael Kohlhaas

Michael Kohlhaas

Heinrich Von Kleist, Martin Greenberg

A minor tax dispute intensifies explosively, until the eponymous hero finds the forces of an entire kingdom, and even the great Martin Luther, gathered against him. But soon, even Luther comes to echo the growing army of peasants...

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The Lemoine Affair

The Lemoine Affair

Marcel Proust

It is surprising but true: a polished, mature work by Marcel Proust that is unavailable in English translation-until now. In this overlooked comedic gem based on a true story, the author considered one of the most important...

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Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance

Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance

Sholem Aleichem

First published in 1888 in Folksbibliothek; first publication in English was by Methuen & Co. (London, 1913). --T.p. verso.

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Mathilda

Mathilda

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Shelley's Mathilda, the story of one woman's existential struggle after learning of her father's desire for her, has been identified as Shelley's most important work after Frankenstein. This new edition encourages a critical...

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The Nice Old Man And The Pretty Girl

The Nice Old Man And The Pretty Girl

Italo Svevo

Detailing an old man's sexual obsessions with a young woman, Italo Svevo's 'The Nice Man and the Pretty Girl' follows the man's vacillations and tortuous self-justifications to their tragi-comic end.

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The Dialogue Of The Dogs

The Dialogue Of The Dogs

Miguel de Cervantes

The first talking-dog story in Western literature from the writer generally acknowledged, alongside William Shakespeare, as the founding father of modern literature, no less? Indeed, The Dialogue of the Dogs features, in a...

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