Lit Classics editions

Classic literature for the modern book lover. E-book editions of classic books with new study guides, annotations, essays and more.

Deciphering T.S. Eliot’s poem for today

First published in 1922, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land is widely regarded as one of the most influential works of modern literature. Since its publication, the poem has been praised and pilloried, but 100 years later, its influence on literature endures.

This 100th anniversary edition of “The Waste Land” includes:

  • Complete unabridged text from 1922 publication, including Eliot’s notes

  • Difficult to define, then and now – Historical context, analysis and explanations of themes

  • An Anatomy of Melancholy – Original review of the poem, full of criticism and praise

  • Free audio book and other resources

Some lines especially resonate more than 100 years later. “April is the cruellest month” (the first line of the poem), “Shantih shantih shantih” (the last line of the poem) and “I will show you fear in a handful of dust” (used in many TV shows and movies).

An ancient guide to happiness and the good life today

Aristotle lived more than 2,000 years ago but his writings in “Nicomachean Ethics” help the modern world deal with timeless questions: What makes a person happy? What is the true limit to the number of a person's friends? What makes up a good life?

Aristotle examines these and more in the ten books of “Nicomachean Ethics.” The work is the foundation upon which almost the entire Western conception of ethics has been built and has influenced every thinker on the subject from ancient times to today.

This edition of Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” includes:

  • Complete unabridged text from 1915 translated publication, including annotated footnotes

  • Study guides and chapter-by-chapter summaries, analysis and notes

  • The philosophy of human affairs – historical context

  • The life of Aristotle

This classic work tackles topics the modern world still faces and wouldn’t be out of place in any contemporary self-help bookshelf.

Timeless perspective on politics today

First published in 1926, Notes on Democracy is a critique of democracy. Cultural critic and journalist H.L. Mencken places political leaders into two categories: the demagogue, whom "preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots" and the demaslave, "who listens to what these idiots have to say and then pretends that he believes it himself." It's political satire and commentary that holds relevance today.

This edition of "Notes on Democracy" includes:

  • Explanations of historical context, including critics and controversy (then and now)

  • Complete unabridged text from 1926 publication

  • Study guide