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A tale of two cities

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

Editions:3243  Date:1800 - 2021  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, War stories, Historical fiction, Historical fiction

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As you like it

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

As You Like It has sometimes seemed a subversive play that exposes the instability of gender roles and traditional values. In other eras it has been prized - or derided - as a reliable celebration of conventional social mores. The play's ability to compass these extremes tells an interesting story about changing cultural and theatrical practices. This edition provides a detailed history of the play in production, both on stage and on screen. The introduction examines how changing conceptions of gender roles have affected the portrayal of Rosalind, one of Shakespeare's greatest comic heroines. The striking differences between the British tradition and the freer treatment the play has received abroad are discussed, as well as the politics of court versus country. The commentary, printed alongside the New Cambridge edition of the text, draws on primary sources to illuminate how costuming, stage business, design, and directorial choices have shaped the play in performance.--Publisher description.

Editions:2678  Date:0601 - 2508  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Pastoral drama, Pastoral drama, Pastoral drama

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by:Austen, Jane, 1775-1817

Emma Woodhouse imagines that she dominates those around her in the small town of Highbury, but her inept matchmaking creates problems for herself and others.

Editions:2817  Date:1800 - 2021  Genre(s):Love stories, Humorous fiction, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Humorous fiction

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The tempest

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

‡bShakespeare's valedictory play is also one of his most poetical and magical. The story involves the spirit Ariel, the savage Caliban, and Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, now a wizard living on a remote island who uses his magic to shipwreck a party of ex-compatriots.

Editions:3003  Date:1611 - 2022  Genre(s):Drama, Tragicomedies, Tragicomedies, Drama

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King Lear

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

‡bKing Lear, one of Shakespeare's darkest and most savage plays, tells the story of the foolish and Job-like Lear, who divides his kingdom, as he does his affections, according to vanity and whim. Lears failure as a father engulfs himself and his world in turmoil and tragedy.

Editions:2599  Date:1606 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama), Drama

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Silas Marner

by:Eliot, George, 1819-1880

In rural nineteenth-century England, a weaver, lonely and embittered at the unjust treatment he has received from people he considered to be his friends, finds his only solace in money until he inadvertently becomes the guardian of an orphaned little girl.

Editions:1928  Date:1800 - 2021  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction

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To kill a mockingbird

by:Lee, Harper

The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

Editions:1076  Date:1930 - 2020  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Legal stories


The portrait of a lady

by:James, Henry, 1843-1916

An American heiress traveling in Europe seeks out her own destiny, rejecting two suitors but becomes captivated by a third only to face a tragic choice in the end.

Editions:1093  Date:1880 - 2021  Genre(s):Love stories, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Romance fiction, Romance fiction

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The winter's tale

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

This romance revolves around a theme that occupied Shakespeare later in life: reconciliation. Wrongs committed by one generation, here a wife unjustly accused of adultery, are made right by the next generation.

Editions:1646  Date:1611 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Tragicomedies, Drama, Tragicomedies

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Father Goriot

by:Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850

Annotation‡bFather Goriot is one of French novelist Honore de Balzac's most important pieces of writing. Three lives intertwine in Paris: an old man, a criminal and a law student. The novel evokes an unstable period in France, when many were desperate to climb the social ladder into the upper classes, and it questions social institutions such as marriage. The city is an important presence in this work. Balzac was both praised and censured for his realistic portrayal of city life.

Editions:2229  Date:1800 - 2020  Genre(s):History, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Domestic fiction

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