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By Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin. 1996
The brilliant adventuress Ethelberta disguises her humble origins and brings her family to London, installing them incognito in her town… house as servants, happily exploiting the attentions of four different suitors in a plot rich in schemes. 1996, c1876.
By Marcel Proust. 1920
Recollections of life in France at the time of the Dreyfus case. Sequel to "Within a budding grove" (DC31598). Followed… by "The cities of the plain" (DC31600). 1920. (In search of lost time ; 3)
By Émile Zola, Douglas Parmě. 1980
This novel measures the agricultural seasons against the human cycle of birth, marriage and death. Describes the harsh struggles of… a farming community to look after their land and control their sometimes wayward society. 1980. Uniform title: Terre.
By Anthony Trollope, Hermione Lee. 1991
Plantagenet Palliser, Duke of Omnium and Prime Minister of England, attempts as a widower to launch his grown children into… life. All three of the high-spirited children come near to breaking their father's heart. Sequel to "The Prime Minister". Sixth and last in the series of Palliser novels. 1991.
By Jack Kerouac. 1958
In 1955 two young men search for Truth the Zen way in their dissolute wanderings on America's West Coast. A… story that celebrates the freedom of those who have opted out of conventional society. 1986, c1958.
By Émile Zola, Leonard William Tancock. 1972
The story is set against the background of the political and military events that ended the reign of Napoléon III… and the Second Empire in 1870, in particular the Franco-Prussian War, the Battle of Sedan and the Paris Commune. 1972.
By Geoffrey Chaucer, Peter Ackroyd. 2011
Based on Geoffrey Chaucer's immortal work, this retelling of "The Canterbury Tales" follows a party of travelers as they tell… stories amongst themselves about love and chivalry, saints and legends, travel and adventure. Through allegory, satire, and humour, the tales help pass the time during their journey. 2011.
By Franz Kafka. 1954
An allegory of man's struggle against an illogical bureaucracy. A land surveyor, known only as K, is constantly frustrated in… his attempts to gain entrance into a mysterious castle, which is administered by an extraordinarily complicated and inaccessible bureaucratic hierarchy. 1969, c1926. Uniform title: Das Schloss.
By Henry James. 1986
Julianna and her niece are marking time in a villa in Venice. A literary editor obsessed with the work of… a long-dead poet, Jeffrey Aspern, comes into their lives to try to ferret out his papers. 1986.
By Mordecai Richler. 1959
By Henry James. 1987
Nineteen-year-old Nanda Brookenham is about to be introduced to London society by her forty-year-old mother. Nanda soon finds herself in… love with thirty-four-year-old Vanderbank, who happens to be Mrs. Brook's lover. She is further caught between her respect for maintaining the ideals of her elders and her desire to get away from the confines of society, most of all from its restrictions on women. 1987.
By Douglas Parmee, Émile Zola. 1984
By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Andrew Sanders. 1982
In a rough whaling-port in Yorkshire, Sylvia grows from a wilful, imaginative girl into an alert woman who has been… matured through suffering. 1982 (Text follows the one-volume fourth edition, published in December 1863)
By Charles Dickens, Dennis Walder. 1995
Dickens' first book, published when he was a twenty-four-year-old reporter at the House of Commons, contains a rich mixture of… reportage, observation, fancy, and fiction centred on the great metropolis of London in the 19th century. 1995.
By Theodore Dreiser, James L. W West, Neda M Westlake. 1981
Now regarded as an American classic, the story of a naive young girl who seeks her fortune in Chicago. She… stays with her sister and brother-in-law, but seeks an escape from the drabness of their existence. The author portrays her helplessness against the forces that shape her future. 1981.
By Washington Irving. 1993
Two stories from the Catskill Mountains: one featuring a man who sleeps for twenty years, waking to a much-changed world;… and the other, a superstitious schoolmaster who encounters a headless horseman. 1993.
By Daphne Du Maurier. 1993
By Daphne Du Maurier. 1992
Rebecca, the glamorous mistress of a great English estate, died eight months before Maxim de Winter brought a young and… frightened second wife to live there. Mystery, intrigue, and violence eventually reveal the circumstances surrounding Rebecca's death. 1992.
By Anthony Trollope, P D Edwards. 1988
A love story set in and around a small town in the South Hams of Devonshire which, despite the idyllic… surroundings, provides citizens as implacably factious as any of the author's social groups. The zest and intensity of their religious, political, commercial and class warfare make it a lively comedy. 1988.
By Susan Manning, Walter Scott. 1992
The young Scottish adventurer, Quentin Durward, embarks on a dangerous journey through the forest of the Ardennes, seeking a name,… a partner and a position in the world. Meanwhile, the Machiavellian King Louis XI of France manoeuvres his realm out of the hands of the feudal barons, and into the centralised control that Scott believed to characterise the modern state. 1992.