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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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Animal farm

by:Orwell, George, 1903-1950

Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal.

Editions:1806  Date:1900 - 2021  Genre(s):Satire, Political fiction, Political fiction, Fables, Fables


The jungle

by:Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968

Story of Jurgis Rudkus, a young immigrant who comes to America for a better life. Instead, he is confronted with the horrors of the Chicago slaughterhouses, barbarous working conditions, crushing poverty, disease, and despair.

Editions:760  Date:1900 - 2019  Genre(s):Political fiction, Political fiction, Novels, Social problem fiction, Proletarian fiction

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Hard times

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

Whimsy, imagination, and sentiment have been banned in the Gradgrinds' upper-class household, but in Coketown, whose working class inhabitants fight for their very survival, the ban becomes a merciless creed. There, all that matters are the grinding wheels of production. Hard Times reflects a harsh world of grueling labor and pitiless relationships. But it is also a story of hope, of something elemental in the human spirit that rises above its bleak surroundings.

Editions:1507  Date:1800 - 2020  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Political fiction, Domestic fiction, Political fiction, Satire

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Brave new world

by:Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963

Six hundred years into the future, humans are bred by cloning, and "mother" and "father" are forbidden words. Originally published in 1932, Huxley's terrifying vision of a controlled and emotionless future "Utopian" society is truly startling in its prediction of modern scientific and cultural phenomena, including test-tube babies and rampant drug abuse.

Editions:1569  Date:1900 - 2020  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Dystopias, Political fiction, Science fiction


Fahrenheit 451

by:Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012

In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.

Editions:990  Date:1950 - 2020  Genre(s):Science fiction, Political fiction, Political fiction, Satire, Science fiction


The charterhouse of Parma

by:Stendhal, 1783-1842

The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starred amorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion.

Editions:1781  Date:1800 - 2020  Genre(s):Political fiction, Political fiction, Love stories, Historical fiction, Romance fiction

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by:Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924

"Conrad's pessimistic worldview colors this novel depicting the brutality of Latin American politics and the tragedies that inevitably ensue."

Editions:873  Date:1900 - 2020  Genre(s):Sea stories, Political fiction, Political fiction, Sea stories

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Doctor Zhivago

by:Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, 1890-1960

Comprehensive picture of pre revolutionary upper-class Russian society and the revolutionary transition. Deals with the life of an intellectual and his heroic effort to preserve his capacity for reflection.

Editions:969  Date:1900 - 2019  Genre(s):History, Political fiction, Historical fiction, Epic fiction, Romance fiction


Barnaby Rudge

by:Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

Set at the time of the Gordon anti-Catholic riots of 1780, this is Dickens's powerful, atmospheric novel of madness, murder, and lurid mob violence. It is also a tale of love thwarted by the designs of Geoffrey Haredale and the villain Sir John Chester, and the heroism of Edward Chester in rescuing the innocent Emma.

Editions:1237  Date:1800 - 2020  Genre(s):Historical fiction, Political fiction, Political fiction, History, Mystery fiction

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