Classic English Novels Abridged: free ebooks.

This is a collection of famous novels which have been shortened and slightly simplified for the general reader.

These are not summaries; each is half to two-thirds of the original length. I've selected works that people often find daunting because of their density or complexity: the aim is to make them easier to read, while keeping the style intact. It's hoped they will also appeal to students of English who are not quite ready to tackle the originals.

There are currently nine books in the series:

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
George Eliot's Daniel Deronda
Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy
W.M.Thackeray's Vanity Fair
Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South
Charlotte Bronte's Shirley
Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now
Charles Dickens's Bleak House


and one non-fiction book:
The Plague of 1665: Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, abridged, and other contemporary accounts


There are also Omnibus Editions for Kindle.

You can download the books below. All are free.

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Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Abridged

Emily Bronte's complex book has at its heart the famous story of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff, but also contains a great deal more.

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Jane Austen's Mansfield Park Abridged

Timid young Fanny Price finds that life is not easy in the house of her grand relations. Jane's Austen's most serious novel is regarded by some as her greatest.

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George Eliot's Daniel Deronda Abridged

Two very different people influence each other's lives: the beautiful, worldly Gwendolen Harleth, and the idealistic Daniel Deronda, whose parentage is a mystery to him.

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Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy Abridged

An 'autobiography' in which the narrator seldom gets much beyond his own birth, instead producing a bewildering bundle of anecdotes, musings and entertainment.

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W.M.Thackeray's Vanity Fair Abridged

Thackeray's sweeping novel follows various families through the battle of Waterloo and beyond, all described with a satirical yet compassionate eye.

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Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South Abridged

A great novel of the Industrial Revolution; southerner Margaret finds herself at loggerheads with stern northern mill-owner John Thornton. Includes an appendix on the book's social context.

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Charlotte Bronte's Shirley Abridged

Two young women (one based on Emily Bronte) question their roles in a restrictive society.

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Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now Abridged

Trollope's longest yet highly readable novel depicts a society in which money and ambition rule.

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Charles Dickens's Bleak House Abridged

Orphan Esther Summerson encounters mystery and intrigue amidst a host of vivid characters, as she finds her path in life.

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The Plague of 1665: Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, abridged, and other contemporary accounts

Daniel Defoe's journalistic account of London's last great plague is followed by summaries and extracts from ten more contemporary sources: doctors, diarists and others.

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There is an extended Kindle edition of this book, with material from 23 sources in all, for sale at Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

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Omnibus Editions

You can buy omnibus editions of most of these ebooks at the Amazon Kindle Store - learn more here.

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To download the full, unabridged texts of these and other classic novels for free, try these websites:
Project Gutenberg
Feedbooks
Manybooks
University of Adelaide ebook library

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free ebook The Plague of 1665: Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year and other contemporary accounts