Melville House Art of the Novella Series

The Pathseeker

The Pathseeker

Imre Kertesz

Original and chilling.-The New York Review of Books The new Contemporary Art of the Novella series launches with this stunning work from Nobel Prizewinner Imre Kertsz, author of Kaddish for an Unborn Child and Fatelessness, In a...

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The Union Jack

The Union Jack

Imre Kertesz

In this haunting, never-before-translated autobiographical novella, an unnamed narrator recounts a simple anecdote, his sighting of the Union Jack during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in the few days preceding the uprising's...

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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

First published in 1922, this work centers around the life story of the protagonist Jacob Flanders and is told mainly through the perspectives of the women in Jacob's life.

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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

Includes the unabridged text of Chopin's classic novel plus a complete study guide that features chapter-by-chapter summaries, explanations and discussions of the plot, question-and-answer sections, author biography, historical...

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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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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Mark Twain

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories

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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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Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance

Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance

Sholem Aleichem

This funny tale of a fiddler whose music stirs villagers to the heights of romantic frivolity supposedly inspired Chagall's famous fiddler on the roof painting. A classic, it is the humorous and touching saga of shtetl life and...

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Mathilda

Mathilda

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Shelley's Matilda - suppressed for over a century - tells the story of a woman alienated from society by the incestuous passion of her father.

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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

Ever since I could chase a bone, I've longed to talk.... The first talking-dog story in Western literature--from the writer generally acknowledged, alongside William Shakespeare, as the founding father of modern literature, no...

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