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A doll's house

by:Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906

Ibsen's seminal play, which changed modern drama, is a searing view of a male-dominated and authoritarian society, presented with a realism that elevates theatre to a level above mere entertainment. The reverberations of Nora's slamming the door as she leaves Torvald continue to the present day.

Editions:984  Date:1877 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Drama

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The voyage out

by:Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941

Annotation‡bThe first novel in what would be a remarkable but tragically curtailed creative career, Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out recounts the tale of Rachel Vinrace's literal and metaphorical journey. En route to South America on one of her father's ships, Rachel undertakes her own voyage of self-discovery as she interacts with a motley crew of passengers, through whom Woolf takes the opportunity to savagely satirize the bourgeois mores of Edwardian England.

Editions:426  Date:1900 - 2099  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans

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The awakening

by:Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904

In the summer of her 28th year, Edna Pontellier and her children, along with the wives and families of other prospective businessmen, spend the summer in an idyllic coastal community away from their husbands and the sweltering heat of 1890s' New Orleans. Aware of deep yearnings that are unfulfilled by marriage and motherhood, Edna plunges into an illicit liaison that reawakens her long dormant desires, inflames her heart, and eventually blinds her to all else.

Editions:367  Date:1878 - 2021  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Love stories, Romance fiction

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The yellow wallpaper

by:Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935

Annotation‡bCharlotte Perkins Gilman's 1892 short story, The Yellow Wallpaper is a valuable piece of American feminist literature that reveals attitudes toward the psychological health of women in the nineteenth century. Diagnosed with "temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency" by her physician husband, a woman is confined to an upstairs bedroom. Descending into psychosis at the complete lack of stimulation, she starts obsessing over the room's yellow wallpaper: "It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw - not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. But there is something else about that paper - the smell! ... The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell."

Editions:226  Date:1892 - 2021  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Sources, Feminist fiction

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The law and the lady

by:Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889

Valeria Woodville in The Law and the Lady (1875) must unravel the secrets of her husband's earlier life; she takes the law into her own hands and becomes one of the first woman detectives in fiction.

Editions:202  Date:1800 - 2021  Genre(s):Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction

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The awakening and selected short stories

by:Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904

The Awakening (1899) appears in this collection of short stories. Upon publication of the story Chopin's writing was highly praised, but the public was outraged by the content and only one edition was printed. The Awakening was rediscovered in the 1960s, when Chopin was praised for raising feminist questions. The story follows the personal discovery of a married woman of the things she did not even realize she was missing.

Editions:104  Date:1899 - 2020  Genre(s):Love stories, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Short stories, American

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The odd women

by:Gissing, George, 1857-1903

One of the acknowledged masterpieces of Victorian-era literary realism, George Gissing's novel The Odd Women portrays the plight of unmarried women in nineteenth-century England, probing the question of the financial and psychological well-being of those who were not able to find suitable matches. Recognized by critics as an early feminist text, this novel is a must-read for fans of historical -- and socially significant -- fiction.

Editions:181  Date:1892 - 2021  Genre(s):History, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction

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Pride & prejudice

by:Wright, Joe, 1972-

Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family's future happiness and security is dependant on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love is soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness.

Editions:231  Date:1900 - 2019  Rating:MPAA rating: PG; for some mild thematic elements.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Romantic plays, Romantic plays, Feature films

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The evil genius

by:Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889

Today, divorces are a dime a dozen. In the nineteenth century, however, the implosion of a family unit was a much rarer event, and the implications of such an occurrence often spread far beyond the small group of people who were directly involved. Settle in for this juicy domestic drama from Wilkie Collins, friend and protege of Charles Dickens.

Editions:154  Date:1800 - 2021  Genre(s):Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Mystery fiction, History

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Fried green tomatoes

by:Avnet, Jon, 1949-

A chance encounter in a nursing home leads to an unexpected friendship between a dowdy housewife and a spry octagenarian who tells her the story of a fiercely independent woman half a century ago, inspiring the housewife to change her life, often with hilarious results.

Editions:132  Date:1990 - 2017  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Film adaptations, Film adaptations, Feature films

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