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Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Life among the lowly

by:Stowe, Harriet Beecher- 1811-1896

Uncle Tom's Cabin charts the progress from slavery to freedom of fugitives who escape the chains of slavery, and of a martyr who transcends all earthly ties. This edition firmly locates the novel within the context of African-American writing, the issues of race, and the role of women. Its appendices include the most important contemporary African-American literary responses to the glorification of Uncle Tom's Christian resignation as well as excerpts from popular slave narratives, quoted by Stowe in her justification of the dramatization of slavery, Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Editions:2542  Date:1800 - 2025  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Political fiction, Political fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts

by:Tolstoj, Lev Nikolaevič

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the vast and rich background of nineteenth century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on life and family happiness.

Editions:2056  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Love stories, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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The picture of Dorian Gray

by:Wilde, Oscar (Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills), 1854-1900

An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.

Editions:2232  Date:1846 - 2019  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Fables, Fables

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The Brothers Karamazov : the Constance Garnett translation

by:Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

The story of three very different brothers following the murder of their barbaric father.

Editions:1463  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles : an authoritative text ; Hardy and the novel ; criticism

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

A ne'er-do-well exploits his gentle daughter's beauty for social advancement in this masterpiece of tragic fiction. Hardy's novel defied convention to focus on the rural lower class for a frank treatment of sexuality and religion. His sympathetic portrait of a victim of Victorian hypocrisy offers compelling reading.

Editions:1648  Date:1891 - 2019  Genre(s):Pastoral fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Pastoral fiction

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Far from the madding crowd

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

Bathsheba Everdene is courted by three young men: an adventurer, a young farmer who becomes bailiff of the farm she inherits, and a neighboring farmer.

Editions:1202  Date:1817 - 2019  Genre(s):Love stories, Pastoral fiction, Didactic fiction, Romance fiction, Pastoral fiction

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The return of the native

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

Beautiful Eustacia is torn between two suitors--one who would help her escape her routine life in nineteenth-century rural England, and another who would make their home the Wessex heath where he was raised.

Editions:1054  Date:1600 - 2018  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Love stories, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction

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Jude the obscure

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

Jude Fawley's aspirations to the dignity and rewards of life are continually thwarted by tragic obstacles of fate.

Editions:874  Date:1894 - 2019  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Love stories, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Romance fiction

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The old curiosity shop

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

The sensational bestselling story of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, seems to belong less to the history of the Victorian novel than to folklore, fairy tale, or myth. The sorrows of Nell and her grandfather are offset by Dickens's creation of a dazzling contemporary world inhabited by some of his most brilliantly drawn characters-the eloquent ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller; the hungry maid known as the "Marchioness"; the mannish lawyer Sally Brass; Quilp's brow-beaten mother-in-law; and Quilp himself, the lustful, vengeful dwarf, whose demonic energy makes a vivid counterpoint to Nell's purity. Annotation. The story of 'Little Nell' gripped the nation when it first appeared. Described as a 'tragedy of sorrows', it tells of Nell uprooted from a secure and innocent childhood and cast into a world where evil takes many shapes, the most fascinating of which is the stunted, lecherous Quilp. He is Nell's tormenter and destroyer, and it is his demonic energy that dominates the book.

Editions:1299  Date:0001 - 2018  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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Little Dorrit

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

Little Dorrit grows up in Marshalsea prison, where her father is confined for his debts, and she helps to feed the family with her needlework until her father receives an inheritance when she is in her teens, and more problems ensue.

Editions:1302  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Love stories, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Didactic fiction, Romance fiction

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