Benita, An African Romance

Benita, An African Romance

H. Rider Haggard

This all-but-forgotten work by the master of the “lost race” adventure story has just about everything a reader could possibly hope for in a book: a treasure hunt, battles between savage African tribes, a plucky heroine, a shipwreck, an insane Jewish villain, the ghost of a 17th century Portuguese woman, mesmerism and even a nice romantic love story.

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The Broken Wings

The Broken Wings

Kahlil Gibran

A novel written by Khalil Gibran and first published in Arabic in 1912. It is a tale of tragic love, set in turn-of-the-century Beirut. A young woman, Selma Karamy is betrothed to a prominent religious man’s nephew. The protagonist, a young man, falls in love with this woman. They begin to meet in secret, however they are discovered, and Selma is forbidden to leave her house, breaking their hopes and hearts. The book highlights many…

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The Cavalier

The Cavalier

George Washington Cable

This swashbuckling romance follows the fortunes of Miss Charlotte Durand, a Confederate patriot. She falls in love with and marries Captain Oliver only to learn, much to her surprise, that Captain Oliver is not the Confederate officer she believed him to be, but, rather, a Yankee spy.

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand

Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army, is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted, joyful poet and is also shown to be a musician. However, he has an extremely large nose, which is the reason for his own self-doubt…

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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 London society. Although the two are friends, Knight is not aware of Smith’s previous liaison with Elfride…

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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, confident, and ambitious, but poor and with no particular family connections…

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The Rescue, A Romance of the Shallows

The Rescue, A Romance of the Shallows

Joseph Conrad

The Rescue, A Romance of the Shallows is one of Joseph Conrad’s works contained in The Lingard Trilogy, a group of novels based on Conrad’s experience as mate on the steamer Vidar. Although it was the last of the three novels to be published, after Almayer’s Folly (1895) and An Outcast of the Islands (1896), the events related in the novel precede those. The story follows Captain Tom Lingard, the recurring protagonist of The…

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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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