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By Daniel Defoe, David Blewett. 1989
Born in Newgate prison and abandoned, Moll's drive to find a secure place in society propels her through incest, adultery,… bigamy, prostitution and a career as a thief before she is apprehended and returned to Newgate. Moll is an embodiment of the virtues and vices of her eighteenth-century contemporaries. 1722, 1989. Uniform title: Fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders
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 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 Thomas Hardy, Susan Hill. 1979
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 Thomas Hardy, Madeleine Rolland. 1981
Jeune paysanne innocente placée dans une famille, Tess est séduite puis abandonnée par Alec d'Urberville, un de ses jeunes maîtres.… L'enfant qu'elle met au monde meurt en naissant. Dans la puritaine société anglaise de la fin du XIXe siècle, c'est là une faute irrémissible, que la jeune fille aura le tort de ne pas vouloir dissimuler. Dès lors, son destin est une descente aux enfers de la honte et de la déchéance. 1981, c1891.
By Alessandro Manzoni, Bruce Penman. 1972
Set in the Milan area in the early 17th century. Follows the fate of Lucia and Renzo, two peasant lovers… cruelly separated by the machinations of a lecherous Spanish nobleman. First published in the 18th century. 1972.
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 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 Henry James, Geoffrey Moore. 1986
Roderick Hudson is an exceptionally gifted but obscure sculptor who is transported to Rome and the aesthetic adventure of Europe… by Rowland Mallett, a rich man of fine appreciative sensibilities, who intends to give Roderick the scope to develop his genius. Together they seem like twins or lovers, opposing halves of what should have been an ideal whole. 1986.
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 Jane Austen, Isabelle De Montolieu. 1996
Premier roman de l'auteure publié en 1811 qui reflète le milieu dans lequel elle a vécu: la bourgeoisie et la… noblesse terrienne de l'Angleterre. Une jeune femme tentée de céder à la passion se résigne à un mariage de raison. 1996, c1811.
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.
By Henry James. 1881