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The vicar of Wakefield : a tale supposed to be written by himself

by:Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774

Details the romantic intrigues in the family of a country vicar in eighteenth century England.

Editions:3397  Date:1728 - 2019  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Pastoral 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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The wind in the willows

by:Grahame, Kenneth, 1859-1932

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

Editions:1257  Date:1900 - 2019  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Nature stories, Pastoral fiction, Action and adventure fiction, Action and adventure 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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Silas Marner

by:Eliot, George, 1819-1880

A miser finds redemption through caring for and abandoned child.

Editions:1236  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Criticism, interpretation, etc, Pastoral fiction, Pastoral fiction

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by:Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865

In the village of Cranford, decorum is maintained at all times. Despite their poverty, the ladies are never vulgar about money (or their lack of it), and always follow the rules of propriety. But this discretion and gentility does not keep away tragedy; and when the worst happens, the Amazons of Cranford show the true strength of their honest affections.

Editions:1026  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Pastoral fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Pastoral fiction, Pastoral fiction

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Main Street

by:Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951

A young woman has difficulty adjusting to life in a small town.

Editions:532  Date:1850 - 2018  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Satire, Pastoral fiction

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The woodlanders

by:Hardy, Thomas

Set in the secluded forest community of Little Hintock, Thomas Hardy's The Woodlanders inextricably links the dramatic English landscape with the story of a woman caught between two rivals of radically different social statures. Grace Melbury is promised to her longtime companion, Giles Winterborne, a local woodlander and a gentle, steadfast man. When her socially motivated father pressures her to wed the ambitious doctor Edred Fitzpiers, Grace's loyalties shift -- and her decision leads to tumultuous consequences. With its explorations of class and gender, lust and betrayal, The Woodlanders is one of Hardy's most vivid and powerful works.

Editions:557  Date:1886 - 2019  Genre(s):Pastoral fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Love stories

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The story of an African farm

by:Iron, Ralph

The novel details the lives of three characters, first as children and then as adults - Waldo, Em and Lyndall - who live on a farm in the Karoo region of South Africa. The story is set in the middle- to late-19th century - the First Boer War is alluded to, but not mentioned by name.

Editions:481  Date:1800 - 2018  Genre(s):Bildungsromans, Historical fiction, Pastoral fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction

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Silas Marner : the weaver of Raveloe

by:Eliot, George, 1819-1880

"George Eliot's tale of a solitary miser gradually redeemed by the joy of fatherhood, [this book] is edited with an introduction and notes by David Carroll in Penguin Classics. Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of Eppie, the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past. [This book], George Eliot's favorite of her novels, combines humor, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life. This text uses the Cabinet edition, revised by George Eliot in 1878. David Carroll's introduction is complemented by the original Penguin Classics edition introduction by Q.D. Leavis. Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator, and later editor, of the Westminster Review. In 1857, she published Scenes of Clerical Life, the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda."

Editions:534  Date:1800 - 2017  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, History, Pastoral fiction

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