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The black tulip

by:Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870

Overview: Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. His only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, who helps him concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. As Robin Buss explains in his informative introduction, Dumas infuses his story with elements from the history of the Dutch Republic (including two brutal murders) and Holland's seventeenth-century "tulipmania" phenomenon.

Editions:859  Date:1000 - 2018  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Allegories, Biographical fiction

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by:Haley, Alex

This poignant and powerful narrative tells the dramatic story of Kunta Kinte, snatched from freedom in Africa and brought by ship to America and slavery, and his descendants. Drawing on the oral traditions handed down in his family for generations, the author traces his origins back to the seventeen-year-old Kunta Kinte, who was abducted from his home in Gambia and transported as a slave to colonial America. In this account Haley provides an imaginative rendering of the lives of seven generations of black men and women.

Editions:218  Date:1973 - 2018  Genre(s):Biography, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Nonfiction novels, Novels


The moon and sixpence

by:Maugham, W. Somerset

As a fictionalized account of the tumultuous career of Paul Gauguin, W. Somerset Maugham's classic story captured the hearts of a generation. First published in 1919, it provided just the exotic antidote a war-weary world desired. At first, Charles Strickland's life was unremarkable. A stock broker in London, he dwelled quietly with his wife and two children. All who knew him described him as zvery dull.y How shocking it was, then, when he abandoned this respectable identity to wander the world, make a home in Tahiti, and become an unconventional artist who captured passionate images of primitive life. Soon after the publication of The Moon and Sixpence, hordes of young men fell prey to the dreams and wanderlust of its hero. They, too, would leave comfortable middle-class lives for the lure of far off, exotic lands.

Editions:337  Date:1825 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction

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Rob Roy

by:Scott, Walter, (1771-1832)

When Frank Osbaldistone, goes to the Scottish Highlands to collect a debt owed to his father, he falls in love and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite politics of the time.

Editions:1122  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction

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Schindler's list

by:Keneally, Thomas

A stunning novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory direktor Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden-Schindler's Jews-to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.

Editions:327  Date:1982 - 2018  Genre(s):War stories, War fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction


Girl with a pearl earring

by:Chevalier, Tracy

A maid becomes a model for the 17th century Dutch painter, Vermeer. The woman, an artisan's daughter with a strong power of observation, describes his manner of work, his household and life of the day, including the rigid class system and religious bigotry. A debut in fiction.

Editions:280  Date:1999 - 2019  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction


The general in his labyrinth

by:García Márquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014

Recounts the turbulent life of the great Simon Bolivar.

Editions:272  Date:1985 - 2015  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction


The confessions of Nat Turner

by:Styron, William, 1925-2006

"In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery. The revolt was led by a remarkable Negro preacher named Nat Turner, an eductated slave who feldt himself divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region" --dust jacket.

Editions:221  Date:1957 - 2017  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Novels, History


Alias Grace

by:Atwood, Margaret, 1939-

A fictionalized account of Grace Marks, a maid who murdered her employer and his mistress in Canada in 1843. A stablehand who was her accomplice and who claimed she put him up to it was hanged for the crime, while she ended up in a lunatic asylum. The novel analyzes the question: was she actually less guilty, crazy, or smarter?

Editions:227  Date:1996 - 2018  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction


The invention of wings

by:Kidd, Sue Monk ( 1948- )

"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Editions:110  Date:2014 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction


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