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Free Vintage Novels 1700s-1900s - Classic Books to Download

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Century Past has a wide variety of fiction books, including thousands that were published recently. You can find them at Fiction in the top-of-page menu.

Vintage Novel Collections

Action and Adventure Fiction – Collection

Over 200 titles, mostly fiction, published from the 1800s to the 1970s, and said to be “Action and Adventure Fiction”.

See the Menu at the top of every page for Directories of Free Online Fiction and NonFiction Books, Magazines, and more, on 400 pages like this at Century Past

Early Gothic & Horror Fiction – Collection

More than 200 novels, published from 1778 to the early 20th Century, said to be “early Gothic and Horror fiction”.

World War I Fiction – Collection

This collection with 529 entries was compiled at the site Hathi Trust. All are works of fiction about World War I, published between 1917 and 1923. Some titles have multiple entries.

Irish Vintage Fiction – Collection

Collection of about 110 titles, published from 1810 to 1920, said to be Irish.

Australian Literature – Collection

About 130 books, published from 1873 to 1922, said to be “Australian Literature”.

American Late 19th Century Fiction – Collection

About 245 selected works of American fiction, published from 1875 to 1900.

See our post about Historical Novels set in the American South

Labor Fiction – Collection

About 120 novels published from 1883 to 1919, said to be “labor fiction”.

Historical Fiction – Collection

About 480 novels published from 1809 to the 1940s, said to be works of Historical Fiction. Only a fraction of the books published after 1925 are accessible.

Campus Novels, Late 19th to mid-20th Century – Collection

There are 116 novels in this collection on Hathi Trust. About half are freely accessible.

College Girl Fiction – Collection

Collection of 66 selected books on the Hathi Trust site. “Fictional accounts of life at women’s colleges from approximately 1870 to 1930. This list also includes some contemporary nonfiction about women’s colleges and women’s education, as well as more recent secondary sources.” – Compiler. Five of the books can not be read online.

Free Librivox Audio Book Collection of Fiction

Free Librivox Audio Book Collection at Internet Archive

These audio books are in the public domain.


Individual Titles of Vintage Novels

Find entries with brief descriptions and links at our Century Past pages. Many titles also have free Audio versions.

Fiction: Authors A & B

Adams, Andy The Log of a Cowboy; a Narrative of the Old Trail Days
Adams, Henry Democracy, an American Novel
Adams, Samuel Success
Alcott, Louisa May Little Women
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey Story of a Bad Boy
Allen, James Choir Invisible
Altsheler, Joseph Alexander In Circling Camps; a Story of the Civil War
Altsheler, Joseph Alexander A Soldier of Manhattan, and his Adventures at Ticonderoga and Quebec
Altsheler, Joseph Alexander The Sun of Saratoga; a Romance of Burgoyne’s Surrender
Anderson, Sherwood Winesburg, Ohio
Atherton, Gertrude Franklin The Conqueror; a dramatized Biography of Alexander Hamilton
Atherton, Gertrude Franklin The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California
Aubert de Gaspe, Philippe Cameron of Lochiel
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice
Balzac, Honore Eugenie Grandet
Banning, Margaret Culkin Spellbinders
Barbusse, Henri Under Fire; the Story of a Squad
Barnes, James Midshipman Farragut
Baroja, Pio City of the Discreet
Barr, Amelia Edith Huddleston Remember the Alamo
Barr, Amelia Edith Huddleston Trinity Bells; a Tale of Old New York
Barres, Maurice Colette Baudoche; the Story of a Young Girl of Metz
Barrie, Sir James Matthew Peter and Wendy
Baum, L. Frank The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Bazin, Rene Children of Alsace
Beach, Rex The Spoilers
Beer, Thomas The Fair Rewards
Belden, Jessie Perry Van Zile Antonia
Bellamy, Edward The Duke of Stockbridge; a Romance of Shay’s Rebellion
Bellamy, Edward Looking Backward, 2000-1887
Bennett, Arnold Buried Alive
Benson, Robert Hugh Come Rack! Come Rope!
Birmingham, George A. Spanish Gold
Black, William Judith Shakespeare; her love affairs and other adventures
Blackmore, Richard Doddridge Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor
Blackwood, Algernon The Bright Messenger
Bottome, Phyllis A Servant of Reality
Bowen, Marjorie I Will Maintain
Boyles, Kate and Boyles, Virgil Langford of the Three Bars
Brady, Cyrus Townsend The Patriots; the Story of Lee and the Last Hope
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights
Buchan, John Prester John
Bunyan, John Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come
Burroughs, Edgar Rice Jungle Tales of Tarzan
Bynner, Edwin Lassetter The Begum’s Daughter

Fiction: Authors C

Cable, George Washington The Grandissimes; a Story of Creole Life
Cable, George Washington John March, Southerner
Canfield, Chauncey L., ed. The Diary of a Forty-niner
Carpenter, Edward Childs Captain Courtesy
Carpenter, Edward Childs The Code of Victor Jallot
Carroll, Lewis Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there
Cather, Willa Sibert My Antonia
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de Life and Exploits of that Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote de la Mancha
Chambers, Robert William Special Messenger
Chekov, Anton Pavlovich Stories of Russian Life

Chesterton, Gilbert Keith The Wisdom of Father Brown
Churchill, Winston The Crisis
Churchill, Winston The Crossing
Churchill, Winston Richard Carvel
Cleghorn, Sarah N. A Turnpike Lady; Beartown, Vermont, 1768-1796
Coffin, Charles Carleton Daughters of the Revolution and their Times, 1769-1776. A Historical Romance
Comfort, Will Levington Routledge Rides Alone
Connolly, James Brendan The Crested Seas
Connor, Ralph The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail
Conrad, Joseph Lord Jim
Conrad, Joseph Youth, and Two Other Stories
Conway, Moncure Daniel Pine and Palm
Cooke, Grace MacGowan Return; a Story of the Sea Islands in 1739
Cooke, John Esten Henry St. John, Gentleman of “Flower of Hundreds” in the County of Prince George, Virginia. A Tale of 1774-’75
Cooke, John Esten My Lady Pokahontas; a True Relation of Virginia. Writ by Anas Todkill, Puritan and Pilgrim
Cooke, John Esten Stories of the Old Dominion; from the Settlement to the End of the Revolution
Cooke, Rose Terry Steadfast; the Story of a Saint and a Sinner
Cooper, James Fenimore The Deerslayer; or, The first War-path
Cooper, James Fenimore Last of the Mohicans
Cooper, James Fenimore The Spy; a Tale of the Neutral Ground
Crane, Stephen Red Badge of Courage
Crowley, Mary Catherine A Daughter of New France; with some Account of the Gallant Sieur Cadillac and his Colony on the Detroit
Cummings, Ariel Ivers, M.D. The Factory Girl: or Gardez la Coeur
Cummins, Geraldine D The Land they Loved

Fiction: Authors D, E & F

Defoe, Daniel Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
DeLand, Margaret Wade C. The Rising Tide
De La Roche, Mazo Explorers of the Dawn
Devereux, Margaret Plantation Sketches
Dickens, Charles David Copperfield
Dickson, Harris The Black Wolf’s Breed; a Story of France in the Old World and the New, happening in the Reign of Louis XIV
Dillon, Mary (Mary C. Johnson) Miss Livingston’s Companion; a Love Story of Old New York
Dillon, Mary (Mary C. Johnson) The Patience of John Morland
Disraeli, Benjamin Lothair
Dix, Beulah Marie The Making of Christopher Ferringham
Dixon, Thomas Jr. The Clansman; an Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan
Dodge, Mary Mapes Hans Brinker, or the Silver SkatesDostoevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Driscoll, Clara In the Shadow of the Alamo
Dumas, Alexandre Three Musketeers
Edgeworth, Maria Castle Rackrent and the Absentee
Edwards, Amelia Ann Blanford Debenham’s Vow
Eggleston, George Cary A Carolina Cavalier; a Romance of the American Revolution
Eliot, George Mill on the Floss
Embree, Charles Fleming A Dream of a Throne; the Story of a Mexican Revolt
Ewart, Wilfrid Way of Revelation; a Novel of Five Years
Farnol, Jeffery The Amateur Gentleman
Fielding, Henry The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary
Flaubert, Gustave Salammbo; a Romance of Ancient Carthage
Forster, Edward Morgan A Room with a View
Fraser, Mrs. Hugh In the Shadow of the Lord; a Romance of the Washingtons
Frederic, Harold The Copperhead, and other Stories of the North during the American War
French, Allen The Colonials; Being a narrative of events chiefly connected with the Siege and Evacuation of the town of Boston in New England

Fiction: Authors G & H

Gale, Zona Miss Lulu Bett; an American Comedy of Manners
Gale, Zona Romance Island
Galsworthy, John The Forsyte Saga
Garland, Hamlin The Moccasin Ranch; a Story of Dakota
Gibbs, Philip The Middle of the Road
Glasgow, Ellen Anderson G. The Battle-Ground; a romance of the war of the rebellion
Goldsmith, Oliver Vicar of Wakefield
Goodwin, Maud Wilder Sir Christopher; a Romance of a Maryland Manor in 1644
Goodwin, Maud Wilder White Aprons; a Romance of Bacon’s Rebellion: Virginia 1676
Grey, Zane Desert Gold
Grey, Zane The Short-Stop
Grimshaw, Beatrice Guinea Gold
Haggard, Sir Henry Rider King Solomon’s Mines
Hale, Edward Everett Man without a Country
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the D’Urbervilles, a Pure Woman Faithfully Presented
Harris, Frank The Bomb
Harte, Bret The Luck of Roaring Camp and other Sketches
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Blithedale Romance
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
Hay, John The Bread-winners
Henry, O. Selected Stories from O. Henry
Herbert, Sir Alan Patrick The Secret Battle
Hergesheimer, Joseph The Three Black Pennys
Hewlett, Maurice The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay
Holland, Josiah Gilbert The Bay-path: a Tale of New England Colonial Life
Hope, Anthony Prisoner of Zenda
Hough, Emerson 54-40 or Fight
Hough, Emerson The Purchase Price, or, The Cause of Compromise
Howells, William Dean Rise of Silas Lapham
Hudson, William Henry Green Mansions
Hughes, Thomas Tom Brown’s School-days
Hugo, Victor Marie Notre Dame de Paris
Hurt, Walter The Scarlet Shadow; a Story of the Great Colorado Conspiracy

Fiction: Authors I, J, K & L

Irving, Washington The Adventures of Captain Bonneville
Isham, Frederic Stewart Black Friday
Jackson, Helen Hunt Ramona
Jacobsen, Jens Peter Marie Grubbe; a Lady of the Seventeenth Century
James, Henry Daisy Miller
Jerome, Jerome K. All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jesse, Fryniwyd Tennyson Secret Bread
Jewett, Sarah Orne Country Doctor
Jewett, Sarah Orne Tales of New England
Johnston, Mary The Long Roll
Johnston, Mary The Old Dominion
Johnston, Mary To Have and to Hold
Kaye-Smith, Sheila Joanna Godden
Kendall, Oswald The Romance of the Martin Connor
Kennedy, John Pendleton Horse-Shoe Robinson: a Tale of the Tory Ascendency
Kennedy, Sara Beaumont Cicely; a Tale of the Georgia March
Kester, Vaughan The Prodigal Judge
King, Charles Between the Lines; a Story of the War
Kingsley, Charles Westward Ho! or, The voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the county of Devon, in the Reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
Kipling, Rudyard “Captains Courageous,” a story of the Grand Banks
Kipling, Rudyard Kim
Laut, Agnes Christina Heralds of Empire; being the story of one Ramsay Stanhope, Lieutenant to Pierre Radisson in the Northern Fur Trade
Lawrence, David Herbert Sons and Lovers
Lewis, Alfred Henry The Throwback; a Romance of the Southwest
Lewis, Sinclair Main Street
Lincoln, Joseph Crosby Extricating Obadiah
Locke, William John The Glory of Clementina
London, Jack Call of the Wild
Lynde, Francis The Real Man

Fiction: Authors M, N & O

Macaulay, Rose Dangerous Ages
MacDonald, Alexander The White Trail; a Story of the Early Days of Klondike
Mackenzie, Compton The Altar Steps
Mackie, Pauline Bradford The Washingtonians
Major, Charles When Knighthood was in Flower
Mansfield, Katherine Garden Party and other Stories
Marryat, Frederick The King’s Own and The Pirate
Mathewson, Christopher Won in the Ninth
Maugham, William Somerset Of Human Bondage
McFee, William Command
McKenna, Stephen Sonia, Between two Worlds
McLaws, Lafayette The Welding
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Miller, Alice Duer Come out of the Kitchen!
Mills, Weymer Jay The Van Rensselaers of Old Manhattan, a Romance
Mitchell, Silas Weir Far in the Forest
Mitchell, Silas Weir Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker; Sometime Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on the Staff of his Excellency General Washington
Mitford, Mary Russell Our Village
Montgomery, Lucy Maud Anne of Green Gables
Morier, James Justinian The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan
Morris, William News from Nowhere, or An Epoch of Rest. Being some chapters from a Utopian Romance
Morrow, Honore McCue Willsie Still Jim
Mott, Lawrence Jules of the Great Heart; “Free” Trapper and Outlaw in the Hudson Bay Region in the Early Days
Orcutt, William Dana Robert Cavelier; The Romance of the Sieur de La Salle and His Discovery of the Mississippi River
Otis, James Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus
Overton, Gwendolen The Heritage of Unrest

Fiction: Authors P, Q & R

Page, Thomas Nelson The Burial of the Guns
Page, Thomas Nelson John Marvel, Assistant
Parker, Gilbert The Money Master; Being the Curious History of Jean Jacques Barbille, his Labours, his Loves, and his Ladies
Parker, Gilbert The Pomp of the Lavilettes
Paulding, James Kirke The Dutchman’s Fireside
Peterson, Henry Dulcibel; a Tale of Old Salem
Poe, Edgar Allan Tales of Imagination
Pollard, Alfred W. The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table
Poole, Ernest The Harbor
Porter, Eleanor Hodgman Pollyanna
Prouty, Olive Higgins Bobbie, General Manager
Pyle, Howard The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown, in Nottinghamshire
Quick, Herbert Vandemark’s Folly
Quiller-Couch, Arthur Thomas The Splendid Spur; being Memoirs of the Adventures of Mr John Marvel, written by himself
Raine, William MacLeod Man-Size
Rayner, Emma Doris Kingsley, Child and Colonist
Rayner, Emma Free to Serve; a Tale of Colonial New York
Reach, Angus Bethune Leonard Lindsay, or, The Story of a Buccaneer
Read, Opie Percival By the Eternal
Reade, Charles The Cloister & the Hearth or Maid, Wife, and Widow. A Matter-of-Fact Romance
Rinehart, Mary Roberts The Truce of God
Rives, Hallie Erminie Hearts Courageous
Robins, Elizabeth Magnetic North
Ryan, Marah Ellis For the Soul of Rafael

Fiction: Authors S

Sabatini, Rafael Captain Blood; His Odyssey
Sabatini, Rafael The Sea Hawk
Schreiner, Olive Story of an African Farm
Scott, John Reed The Impostor; a Tale of Old Annapolis
Scott, Sir Walter Ivanhoe
Sedgwick, Anne Douglas Adrienne Toner
Shaw, Adele Marie The Coast of Freedom; a Romance of the Adventurous Times of the First Self-made American
Sidgwick, Ethel Duke Jones
Sienkiewicz, Henryk Quo Vadis; a Tale of the Time of Nero
Sinclair, May The Creators; a Comedy
Sinclair, Upton Beall Jr. The Jungle
Smith, Constance I. Ten Hours
Smith, Francis Hopkinson Kennedy Square
Spearman, Frank Hamilton Whispering Smith
Stacpoole, H. De Vere The Blue Lagoon
Standish, Burt L. Lefty O’ the Bush
Steel, Flora Annie Webster On the Face of the Waters
Stephens, Robert Neilson Philip Winwood; a Sketch of the Domestic History of an American Captain in the War of Independence
Stevenson, Robert Louis Kidnapped, Being memoirs of the adventures of David Balfour in the year 1751 written by Himself
Stevenson, Robert Louis Works of R. L. Stevenson
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher The Minister’s Wooing
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s cabin; or, Life among the Lowly
Strunsky, Simeon Professor Latimer’s Progress
Surghnor, Mrs. M. F. Uncle Tom of the Old South; A Story of the South in Reconstruction Days
Sylvester, Herbert Milton Olde Cascoe; Ye Romance of Casco Bay

Fiction: Authors T, U & V

Tagore, Rabindranath The Home and the World
Tarkington, Booth The Magnificent Ambersons
Thackeray, William Makepeace Vanity Fair, a Novel without a Hero
Thompson, Daniel Pierce The Green Mountain Boys; a Historical Tale of the Early Settlement of Vermont
Unknown Thousand and One Nights; or, the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments
Thruston, Lucy Meacham Called to the Field; a Story of Virginia in the Civil War
Thruston, Lucy Meacham Mistress Brent; a Story of Lord Baltimore’s Colony in 1638
Tolstoi, Lev Nikolaevich War and Peace
Trollope, Anthony The Warden
Tourgee, Albion Winegar Button’s Inn
Turner, John Hastings A Place in the World
Twain, Mark Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Twain, Mark A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Tyson, John Aubrey The Scarlet Tanager
Vachell, Horace Annesley John Charity
Van Loan, Charles Emmett Score by Innings
Verne, Jules Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas
Verne, Jules Around the World in 80 Days
Vorse, Mary Heaton The Prestons

Fiction: Authors W, X, Y & Z

Wallace, Lewis Ben-Hur
Walpole Hugh The Duchess of Wrexe; her Decline and Death – a Romantic Commentary
Ward, Mary Augusta Lady Rose’s Daughter
Wasserman, Jacob The World’s Illusion
Watts, Mary The Boardman Family
Wells, Herbert George War of the Worlds
Wentworth, Patricia A Marriage Under the Terror
West, Rebecca Return of the Soldier
Weyman, Stanley John My Lady Rotha; a Romance
Wharton, Edith Newbold Age of Innocence
White, Stewart Edward Gold
White, Stewart Edward The Silent Places
Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Wilde, Oscar Fingall Picture of Dorian Gray
Williamson, Charles Norris The Lightning Conductor; the Strange Adventures of a Motor-Car
Wilson, Harry Leon The Boss of Little Arcady
Winn, Mary Polk & Hannis, M. The Law and the Letter: a Story of the Province of Louisiana
Wister, Owen The Virginian; a Horseman of the Plains
Woolson, Constance F. Anne
Yeats, William Butler Stories of Red Hanrahan, The Secret Rose, Rosa Alchemica
Zangwill, Israel Children of the Ghetto; a Study of a Peculiar People
Zola, Emile The Downfall

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