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Wuthering Heights

by:Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848

Against a background of English moors in the 18th century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff.

Editions:3023  Date:1460 - 3992  Genre(s):Love stories, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction

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Moby Dick

by:Melville, Herman, 1819-1891

Its famous opening line, Call me Ishmael, dramatic in its stark simplicity, begins an epic that is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written by an American. Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey. When Melville's father died in 1832, the young man's financial security went too. For a while he turned to school-mastering and clerking, but failed to make a sustainable income. In 1840 he signed up on the whaler, Acushnet, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was just 21. A whaler's life turned out to be both arduous and dangerous, and in 1842, Melville deserted ship. Out of this experience and a wealth of printed sources, Melville crafted his masterpiece.

Editions:3135  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Sea stories, Adventure fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Action and adventure fiction

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The scarlet letter

by:Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864

Set in an early New England colony, this novel explores the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne, the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale, and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.

Editions:2628  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):History, Historical fiction, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Historical fiction

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Dracula

by:Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912

After discovering the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.

Editions:2225  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Horror fiction, Horror fiction, Horror fiction, Psychological fiction, Gothic fiction

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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. Illustrated sidebar notes provide historical background to the text.

Editions:2246  Date:1846 - 2019  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Fables, Psychological fiction

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Crime and punishment

by:Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881

Raskolnikov commits murder. He then must deal both with the police, and his own guilty conscience. Determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammelled individual will, Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the Tsars, commits an act of murder and theft and sets into motion a story which, for its excrutiating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its profundity of characterization and vision, is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world. The best known of Dostoevsky's masterpieces, Crime and Punishment can bear any amount of rereading without losing a drop of its power over our imagination.

Editions:796  Date:1866 - 2019  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction

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Lord Jim

by:Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924

The story of a would-be hero who deserts what he thinks is a sinking ship and thereafter is haunted by shame and the need to explain himself.

Editions:1757  Date:1850 - 2020  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Sea stories

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Persuasion

by:Austen, Jane, 1775-1817

The last novel completed by Jane Austen before she died, unmarried, in her early forties, Persuasion is often thought to be the story of the author's own lost love.

Editions:1398  Date:1800 - 2019  Genre(s):Love stories, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Romance fiction, Romance fiction

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The portrait of a lady

by:James, Henry, 1843-1916

When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy her freedom, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. Then she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond. Charming and cultivated, Osmond sees Isabel as a rich prize waiting to be taken. In this portrait of a 'young woman affronting her destiny.

Editions:1022  Date:1880 - 2018  Genre(s):Love stories, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Romance fiction, Domestic fiction

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The great Gatsby

by:Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940

Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. Bathtub gin, flappers and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale, a startling portrait of Gatsby's search for meaning in his opulent world.

Editions:1564  Date:1925 - 2019  Genre(s):Love stories, Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Romance fiction, Romance fiction

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