Eternal Reader - 100 best classic novels in each genre

Best 100 classic genre books!

Welcome to the classic era of genre fiction! Eternal Reader has the best Mysteries, SF, Romances, and Westerns of the golden age of popular fiction. Extensive bibliographies of select authors, summaries and links to online texts for your enjoyment. 890 links and counting!

On this page is the cream of the crop - authors whose work I liked so much that I gave them separate pages of their own.And for even more stories, click on the genre links above.

The Innocence of Father Brown, by G K Chesterton: A series of stories starring the small priest called Father Brown. In the first story, The Blue Cross, Aristide Valentin, the head of the Paris police, follows a track of strange happenings, which leads him straight to the arch-criminal Flambeau.

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More works by G K Chesterton.

 The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle: The novel traces the story of Sir Henry Baskerville, the heir to a large estate after the death of Sir Charles Baskerville of a heart attack. Due to a West Country legend about a huge demon dog seeking an ancient vengeance against the Baskervilles, locals are convinced Sir Charles' death was no accident.
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Martin Hewitt Investigator by Arthur Morrison: In the wake of the unprecedented success of Sherlock Holmes, there were a whole slew of other detectives who popped up in the pages of the British popular magazines of the time, all hoping to cash in. One of the best was Martin Hewitt, a lawyer who discovered he had extraordinary deductive abilities. And so he decided to become a private detective, with offices close to the Strand, near Charing Cross station. More works by Arthur Morrison

She, by H Rider Haggard: Ayesha is She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, a 2,000-year-old queen who rules a fabled lost city deep in a maze of African caverns. She has the occult wisdom of Isis, the eternal youth and beauty of Aphrodite, and the violent appetite of a lamia. 

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 The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey: Zane Grey's gritty tales of law and disorder have earned him the reputation of a great American storyteller. Buck Duane was accused of every unsolved crime in the territory. He was just too busy ducking lead to clear his name. But he sees his chance when he rides out alone to bring in the vicious Cheseldine gang.

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Scaramouche, by Rafael Sabatini: The story of a young lawyer during the French Revolution, whose closest friend is murdered by a nobleman. In his quest for revenge, he becomes by turns an actor, revolutionary, politician, and fencing-master.

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Rose in Bloom, by Louisa May Alcott: Rose comes back with Phoebe from Europe to find her seven cousins totally changed. The boys have grown up - Archie into a businessman, Charlie into an idler, Mac into a social hermit and Steve into a dandy. Charlie falls in love with Rose, but can he keep off the drink and prove worthy of her?

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Arsene Lupin: By Maurice Leblanc When French entrepreneur M. Gournay-Martin receives a note from master thief, Arsene Lupin, stating Lupin's intent to rob Gournay-Martin blind, Gournay-Martin's future son-in-law, the Duke of Charmerace, gladly swings into action. More Arsene Lupin novels and stories here


The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: Rachel inherits an Indian diamond on her 18th birthday from her uncle, a corrupt English army officer. Later that night, the diamond is stolen from Rachel's bedroom. A precursor of the classic mystery story, the novel introduces the following tropes: A country house robbery, an "inside job", bungling local constabulary, false suspects, a "locked room" murder, and a final twist in the plot.

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Ronicky Doone: By Max Brand Ronicky Doone (1921) is a hero of the west, respected by the law-abiding citizen and hated by bushwhacking bandits. Bill Gregg is a man in love, not about to be deflected from meeting his lady love for the first time, and willing to stand up to the living legend to reach her. This initial meeting leads to a friendship between the two and they travel east to New York City on the trail of the girl. When they find the girl, Caroline Smith, and she refuses to leave, Ronicky must discover the secret that holds her. More Max Brand novels here

Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw: Raina Petkoff is a young Bulgarian woman engaged to Sergius Saranoff, one of the heroes of that war. One night, a Swiss voluntary soldier bursts through her bedroom window and begs her to hide him. Raina complies, though she thinks the man a coward, especially when he tells her that he does not carry pistol cartridges, but chocolates.
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Pellucidar is a fictional Hollow Earth milieu invented by Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. In a notable crossover event between Burroughs’ series, there is a Tarzan story in which the Ape Man finds his way into Pellucidar. 

More Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, including his Tarzan series 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Excitement fizzes through the Bennet household at Longbourn in Hertfordshire when young, eligible Mr. Charles Bingley rents the fine house nearby. He may have sisters, but he also has male friends, and one of these, the haughty, and even wealthier, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, irks the vivacious Elizabeth Bennet, the second of the girls.
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Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster Jerusha Abbott has grown up in the John Grier Home for orphans. As the oldest, she is in charge of the younger children. An anonymous benefactor on the Board decides to send her to college.

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Room 13 (1924), by Edgar Wallace: Recently released from prison, John Gray visits his old friend Peter Kane. Although it is the day of his daughter's wedding, Kane agrees to an audience with Emanuel Legg, the criminal and cop-killer with whom he has some business. Gray wanders into the garden and a tornado of fury sweeps through him. The debonair Major Floyd, the new husband to whom Kane has entrusted his precious daughter, is a fraudster of the most sinister kind. More books by Edgar Wallace

The Red Thumb Mark (1907) by Austin Freeman: John Hornby is the proud owner of a diamond business. A consignment of diamonds is entrusted to the nephews who place it in a safe overnight. But come the morning, the diamonds are missing and the safe left untouched, all except for two blood smeared thumb prints. Will Dr Thorndyke, the erudite master of insight solve the enigma of the red thumb mark? 

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The Amateur Gentleman, A romance of the Regency. March 1913. By Jeffrey Farnol. The story of Barnabas Barty, son of John Barty, former champion boxer of England and landlord of a pub in Kent. At the start of the tale Barnabas comes into possession of a vast fortune and determines to become a gentleman. His father objects, they quarrel, and settle their differences in a round of fisticuffs which Barnabas wins fair and square, whereupon Barnabas sets off for London to make his place in society -- and discover romance!

Works by Jeffrey Farnol

Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontĂ«: The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centers (as an adjective, Wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them. 

Works by the Bronte sisters

Psmith in the City (1910)
Mike Jackson, cricketer and scion of a cricketing clan, finds his dreams of studying and playing at
Cambridge upset by news of his father's financial troubles, and must instead take a job with the
"New Asiatic Bank". On arrival there, Mike finds his friend Psmith is also a new employee, and
together they strive to make the best of their position, and perhaps squeeze in a little cricket from
time to time.

More books by P G Wodehouse 

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