Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

D. H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley’s Lover was originally printed privately in Florence, Italy. It wasn’t printed openly in the U.K until 1960, when Penguin published it, were taken to the High Court for obscenity, and won the case. The book is notorious for its story of the physical and emotional relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class…

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The Mysteries of Udolpho

The Mysteries of Udolpho

Ann Radcliffe

Includes all 4 volumes. The Mysteries of Udolpho is a quintessential Gothic romance, replete with incidents of physical and psychological terror; remote, crumbling castles; seemingly supernatural events; a brooding, scheming villain; and a persecuted heroine. Emily St. Aubert is the only child of a landed rural family whose fortunes are now in decline. Emily and her father share an especially close bond, due to their shared…

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A Pair of Blue Eyes

A Pair of Blue Eyes

Thomas Hardy

A Pair of Blue Eyes describes the love triangle of a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Stephen Smith is a socially inferior but ambitious young man who adores her and with whom she shares a country background. Henry Knight is the respectable, established, older man who represents…

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Persuasion

Persuasion

Jane Austen

Persuasion is Jane Austen’s last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma and completed it in August 1816. More than eight years before the novel opens, Anne Elliot, then a lovely, thoughtful, warm-hearted 19-year old, accepted a proposal of marriage from the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth. He was clever…

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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment…

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