Thursday, July 19, 2012

3 Free Kindle Books in Classics

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

• Includes all 104 original illustrations by Sidney Paget done for the Strand Magazine
• A brief introduction
• Biography and selected bibliography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

After Arthur Conan Doyle introduced Sherlock Holmes in the novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887, he wrote a series of twenty-four short mysteries featuring the detective and his colleague, Dr. Watson, in the pages of the Strand Magazine from 1891 to 1893.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES collects the first twelve of these tales—including “A Scandal in Bohemia” (which introduces Irene Adler), “The Red-Headed League,” “The Five Orange Pips,” and “The Speckled Band”—some of the greatest stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon.


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

This edition of GREAT EXPECTATIONS Includes:

• More than 30 b&w and color illustrations, at full size
• The original ending, included as an addendum at the end of the book
• Author biography
• Introduction

GREAT EXPECTATIONS is Charles Dickens’s beloved, autobiographical tale of a poor boy haunted by a dark secret and harboring grand hopes for his future as a gentleman. Pip, the story’s narrator, takes us through his early life—from his brush with an escaped convict on the marshes of southeast England to his exposure to genteel society through the warped old Miss Havisham and her icy protégé, the alluring young Estella. Apprenticed to the blacksmith, the tender-hearted Joe, Pip’s  fortunes change dramatically thanks to a mysterious benefactor, and he must figure out what is real and what is false as he navigates his new world, while never quite escaping his old. Considered by many to be Dickens’s greatest work, GREAT EXPECTATIONS will transport you, move you, and stay with you forever.

Beautifully yet simply formatted, carefully edited, and featuring more than 30 illustrations from the artists who realized the first serialized chapters and many of the early book editions of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, this is the definitive digital version of the Dickens classic.

Includes a short biography of Charles Dickens and an addendum of his originally conceived ending.


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe


• Includes 28 beautiful color plates by N.C. Wyeth, Elenore Plaisted Abbott, and others.
• Includes another 17 black-and-white illustrations by artists from editions published from the 18th to the early 20th century.
• Also features an introduction and author bio.

Considered by many to be the first true English novel, ROBINSON CRUSOE is the original castaway story—one man shipwrecked on a desert island with little but his wits and the available resources to sustain him. Written in 1719 by Daniel Defoe and based in part on the true-life accounts of actual marooned sailors of his day, the book was an immediate success and spawned a new form of storytelling.

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