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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:1099  Date:1000 - 2018  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Allegories, Biographical fiction

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The moon and sixpence

by:Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965

Based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin, this book relates the life of a Paris stockbroker who abandons his home, family, and business to live as an artist in Tahiti.

Editions:797  Date:1825 - 2018  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Biographical fiction, 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:427  Date:1970 - 2018  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Novels, Nonfiction novels


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:1155  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction

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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.

Editions:300  Date:1389 - 2017  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction


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:322  Date:1900 - 2016  Genre(s):War stories, War fiction, War fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction


The confessions of Nat Turner

by:Styron, William, 1925-2006

"The Confessions of Nat Turner is a masterpiece of storytelling, revealing in unforgettable human terms the agonizing essence of slavery. The outcome of twenty years' research, it is a novel of impaling readability, a sweeping evocation of the Deep South of the nineteenth century, and of the total experience of being a Negro in that era. It searches the depths of frustration and degradation that caused this extraordinary black man to rise up out of the early mists of American history and strike down those who had held his people in bondage"--Dust jacket.

Editions:264  Date:1957 - 2017  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, History, Historical fiction


The general in his labyrinth

by:García Márquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014

Recounts the turbulent life of the great Simon Bolivar.

Editions:303  Date:1985 - 2017  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction, Biographical fiction


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 hung 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:230  Date:1996 - 2018  Genre(s):Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction


The invention of wings

by:Kidd, Sue Monk

"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:104  Date:2014 - 2018  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Historical fiction, Historical fiction, Biographical fiction


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