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The picture of Dorian Gray

by:Wilde, Oscar, 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:2286  Date:1846 - 2020  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Fables, Fables

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Anna Karenina : a novel in eight parts

by:Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910

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 a vast and richly textured canvas 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 love and family happiness. While previous versions have softened the robust, and sometimes shocking, quality of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation true to his powerful voice. This award-winning team's authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes. Beautiful, vigorous, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina will be the definitive text for generations to come.

Editions:2361  Date:1800 - 2020  Genre(s):Love stories, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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

by:Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eludes the hirded slave catchers and is aided by the underground railroad. Another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale and ultimately endures a martyr's death under the whips of Simon Legree's overseers.

Editions:2215  Date:1800 - 2025  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Political fiction, Political fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic 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 1891 novel defied convention to focus on the rural lower class for a frank treatment of sexuality and religion. Then and now, his sympathetic portrait of a victim of Victorian hypocrisy offers compelling reading.

Editions:1814  Date:1891 - 2020  Genre(s):Pastoral fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Pastoral fiction

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The secret garden

by:Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Editions:1588  Date:1007 - 2020  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, History, Didactic fiction

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Far from the madding crowd

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

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

Editions:1247  Date:1817 - 2020  Genre(s):Love stories, Pastoral fiction, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Didactic 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:1105  Date:1600 - 2019  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:1010  Date:1894 - 2020  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:1323  Date:0001 - 2020  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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Adam Bede

by:Eliot, George, 1819-1880

Adam Bede follows the lives of a fictional rural community. The life and expectations of the good carpenter Adam Bede are disrupted when the local lord takes liberties below his station and his conscience. The novel is a discussion of class and education and also of religion, with the female Methodist preacher Dinah Morris coming to the fore as the novel progresses.

Editions:1328  Date:0001 - 2019  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Love stories, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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