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Uncle Tom's cabin or, Life among the lowly

by:Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eludes the hirded slave catchers and is aided by the underground railroad. Another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale and ultimately endures a martyr's death under the whips of Simon Legree's overseers.

Editions:3694  Date:1800 - 2021  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Political fiction, Political fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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Anna Karenina

by:Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness. While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This award-winning team's authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for generations to come.

Editions:3050  Date:1800 - 2021  Genre(s):Romance fiction, Love stories, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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The picture of Dorian Gray

by:Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900

An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.

Editions:2673  Date:1846 - 2022  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Fables, Fables

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

A ne'er-do-well exploits his gentle daughter's beauty for social advancement in this masterpiece of tragic fiction. Hardy's 1891 novel defied convention to focus on the rural lower class for a frank treatment of sexuality and religion. Then and now, his sympathetic portrait of a victim of Victorian hypocrisy offers compelling reading.

Editions:2018  Date:1891 - 2021  Genre(s):Pastoral fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Pastoral fiction

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Far from the madding crowd

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

Thomas Hardy first met with literary success with this book, Far from the Madding Crowd. Set in the fictional south-west English county of 'Wessex', based on the author's own experiences in Dorset, the story follows a young shepherd, Gabriel Oak.

Editions:1344  Date:1817 - 2021  Genre(s):Love stories, Pastoral fiction, Didactic fiction, Romance fiction, Romance fiction

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Return of the native

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

Eustacia Vye criss-crosses the wild Egdon Heath, eager to experience life to the full in her quest for 'music, poetry, passion, war'. She marries Clym Yeobright, native of the heath, but his idealism frustrates her romantic ambitions and her discontent draws others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

Editions:1158  Date:1600 - 2021  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Love stories, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction

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Jude the obscure

by:Hardy, Thomas 1840-1928

Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul?' Jude Fawley, poor and working-class, longs to study at the University of Christminster, but he is rebuffed, and trapped in a loveless marriage. He falls in love with his unconventional cousin Sue Bridehead, and their refusal to marry when free to do so confirms their rejection of and by the world around them. The shocking fate that overtakes them is an indictment of a rigid and uncaring society. Hardy's last and most controversial novel, Jude the Obscure caused outrage when it was published in 1895. This is t.

Editions:988  Date:1894 - 2021  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Love stories, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Romance fiction

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The old curiosity shop

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

Beautiful, honest Nell Trent lives with her devoted Grandfather in his Old Curiosity Shop, an enchanting shop of odds and ends. Desperate to make a better life for his Nell, Grandfather secretly gambles and gets deeply into debt with the unscrupulous Quilp. When what little money they have is lost in a game of cards, Quilp claims The Old Curiosity Shop as payment for the loans. Released in installments from 1840 to 1841, Charles Dicken's The Old Curiosity Shop caused such a ...

Editions:1398  Date:0001 - 2021  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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Adam Bede

by:Eliot, George

Arthur's seduction of an innocent, young country girl results in remorse, suffering, and regret.

Editions:1375  Date:0001 - 2021  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Love stories, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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Sister Carrie

by:Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945

The story of a young woman from Wisconsin who goes to Chicago, becomes an actress, marries and moves to New York, and when her husband loses his job, returns to the stage.

Editions:780  Date:1850 - 2021  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction

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