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The charterhouse of Parma

by:Stendhal, 1783-1842

The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starred amorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion.

Editions:1939  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Political fiction, Political fiction, Love stories, Historical fiction

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The sun also rises

by:Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961

A group of American and English expatriates living on Paris' Left Bank in the 1920's, travels to Pamplona, Spain, to experience the bullfighting and the annual running of the bulls.

Editions:715  Date:1926 - 9340  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction


The idiot

by:Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881

After fifteen years of treatment for epilepsy in a Swiss institution, Prince Mishkin returns to St. Petersburg to find a jaded mid-19th century social world. At first the kindly, almost childlike prince is taken for an idiot. But the two most beautiful women in town are soon competing for his affections in a duel that grows increasingly dangerous.

Editions:1143  Date:1868 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, History

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by:Morrison, Toni

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story ... read it and tremble. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future.

Editions:481  Date:1985 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Novels, Novels


The ambassadors

by:James, Henry, 1843-1916

A fiftyish American is dispatched to Europe by a rich widow on a mission to bring back her wayward son who is enraptured by a French woman.

Editions:626  Date:1881 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction

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The good earth

by:Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973

Wang Lang, a simple peasant farmer, takes as a wife a battered slave girl who becomes an indomitable, loyal woman. Working the land together, they prosper and increase their holdings, yet Wang eventually betrays his family and neglects the earth he had worshiped.

Editions:528  Date:1900 - 2017  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, History, Historical fiction


East of Eden

by:Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. "A strange and original work of art."--New York Times Book Review.

Editions:821  Date:1900 - 2017  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction


The tenant of Wildfell Hall

by:Brontë, Anne, 1820-1849

The mysterious new tenant of Wildfell Hall is a strong-minded woman who keeps her own counsel. Helen 'Graham' - exiled with her child to the desolate moorland mansion, adopting an assumed name and earning her living as a painter - has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Narrated by her neighbour Gilbert Markham, and in the pages of her own diary, the novel portrays Helen's eloquent struggle for independence at a time when the law and society defined a married woman as her husband's property.

Editions:678  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Love stories, Mystery fiction, Historical fiction

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by:Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962

Thomas Wayne presents a contemporary take on Hesse's classic story, so apt today, of the lone individual lost in the ironic good fortune and security of bourgeois banality and cultural conformity. Harry Haller has all the insight, all the leisure, all the material goods he needs, yet he is not at peace with his life. A potent combination of Eastern and Western insights into the human search for meaning is given new life in a fresh translation.

Editions:1445  Date:0001 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Historical fiction, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans


Resurrection : a novel in three parts

by:Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910

A rich, visual record of the vices of petty officialdom, Tolstoy's novel of spiritual regeneration recounts the sins of a young Russian nobleman and his attempts in later life to redress those transgressions. A panoramic view of Russian social life at the end of the 19th century, Resurrection pointedly articulates the author's contempt for the social injustices of the world in which he lived.

Editions:1333  Date:1870 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Historical fiction, Novels, Novels

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