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The picture of Dorian Gray : an annotated, uncensored edition

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:3220  Date:1846 - 2018  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, History, 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:2764  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Love stories, Romance fiction, Romance fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction

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The Brothers Karamazov : the Constance Garnett translation

by:Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881

The violent lives of three sons are exposed when their father is murdered and each one attempts to come to terms with his guilt.

Editions:2210  Date:1520 - 2018  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 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:1972  Date:1891 - 2018  Genre(s):Pastoral fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Pastoral 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 hired slave catchers and is aided by the undeground 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:3358  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Political fiction, Political fiction

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by:Eliot, George, 1819-1880

Enter the provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830, where the individual destinies of tradespeople, middle classes, and country gentry shape and are shaped by the community.

Editions:1244  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Didactic fiction, Love stories

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Far from the madding crowd

by:Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928

Bathsehba Everdene, the young mistress of Weatherbury Farm, falls victim to her amorous caprices.

Editions:1250  Date:1817 - 2018  Genre(s):Love stories, Pastoral fiction, Didactic fiction, Romance fiction, Romance 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:1098  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 a scholarly life are continually thwarted by tragic obstacles of fate.

Editions:1043  Date:1894 - 2018  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Love stories, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Romance 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:1446  Date:1800 - 2017  Genre(s):Love stories, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Didactic fiction

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