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Doctor Zhivago

by:Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, 1890-1960

Comprehensive picture of pre revolutionary upper-class Russian society and the revolutionary transition. Deals with the life of an intellectual and his heroic effort to preserve his capacity for reflection.

Editions:1491  Date:1900 - 2017  Genre(s):History, Epic fiction, Historical fiction, Didactic fiction, Love stories


The idiot

by:Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881

After fifteen years of treatment for epilepsy in a Swiss institution, Prince Mishkin returns ot 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:1629  Date:1868 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, History

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The last of the Mohicans : a narrative of 1757

by:Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851

The tale of a Mohican brave's struggle to protect two English girls from an evil Huron.

Editions:877  Date:1757 - 2017  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Adventure fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction

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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.

Editions:854  Date:1900 - 2017  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction



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. 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:470  Date:1985 - 2016  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 - 2017  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction

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The sun also rises

by:Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961

Published in 1926 to explosive acclaim, The Sun Also Rises stands as perhaps the most impressive first novel ever written by an American writer. A roman ̉clef about a group of American and English expatriates on an excursion from Paris's Left Bank to Pamplona for the July fiesta and its climactic bull fight, a journey from the center of a civilization spiritually bankrupted by the First World War to a vital, God-haunted world in which faith and honor have yet to lose their currency, the novel captured for the generation that would come to be called "Lost" the spirit of its age, and marked Ernest Hemingway as the preeminent writer of his time.

Editions:767  Date:1926 - 9340  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction


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 worshipped.

Editions:622  Date:1900 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, History, Historical fiction


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:1894  Date:1870 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction

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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:720  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Love stories, Mystery fiction, Historical fiction

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