Category: Biographical

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte’s only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes from the manor on which the story centers. Wuthering Heights has given rise to many adaptations, including several films, radio, […]

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, […]

The Odyssey

Homer was an ancient Greek epic poet. The ancient Greeks generally believed that Homer was a historical individual, but some modern scholars are skeptical: no reliable biographical information has been handed down from classical antiquity. He is traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey. They are commonly […]

Heart of Darkness

The story details an incident when Marlow, an Englishman, took a foreign assignment as a ferry-boat captain on what readers may assume is the Congo River, in the Congo Free State, a private colony of King Leopold II; the country is never specifically named. Though his job is transporting ivory downriver. Heart of Darkness is […]

Don Quixote – Part I

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, is considered a founding classic of Western literature and regularly figures among the best novels ever written. He has been dubbed el Principe de los Ingenios – the Prince of Wits. In 1585, he published a pastoral novel, […]

The Count of Monte Cristo: Vol I

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for ‘father’, akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (1802-1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of […]

The Count of Monte Cristo: Vol II

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for ‘father’, akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (1802-1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of […]

Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

Joseph Conrad, born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, (1857-1924) was a Polish-born novelist who spent most of his adult life in Britain. He is regarded as one of the greatest English novelists, which is even more notable because he did not learn to speak English well until he was in his 20s. He is recognized as […]

The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: Vol I

John Payne (1842 – 1916) was an English poet and translator, from Devon. Initially he pursued a legal career, and associated with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Later he became involved with limited edition publishing, and the Villon Society. He is now best known for his translation of Boccaccio’s Decameron and The Arabian Nights. Amongst his other […]

The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: Vol II

John Payne (1842-1916) was an English poet and translator, from Devon. Initially he pursued a legal career, and associated with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Later he became involved with limited edition publishing, and the Villon Society. He is now best known for his translation of Boccaccio’s Decameron and The Arabian Nights. Amongst his other works are […]

The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: Vol III

John Payne (1842-1916) was an English poet and translator, from Devon. Initially he pursued a legal career, and associated with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Later he became involved with limited edition publishing, and the Villon Society. He is now best known for his translation of Boccaccio’s Decameron and The Arabian Nights. Amongst his other works are […]

The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: Vol IV

John Payne (1842-1916) was an English poet and translator, from Devon. Initially he pursued a legal career, and associated with Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Later he became involved with limited edition publishing, and the Villon Society. He is now best known for his translation of Boccaccio’s Decameron and The Arabian Nights. Amongst his other works are […]

Youth: A Narrative

Joseph Conrad, born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, (1857-1924) was a Polish-born novelist who spent most of his adult life in Britain. He is regarded as one of the greatest English novelists, which is even more notable because he did not learn to speak English well until he was in his 20s. He is recognized as […]

A Yellow God: An Idol of Africa

Sir Henry Rider Haggard KBE (1856-1925) was a Victorian writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations. After failing his army entrance exam he was sent to a private ‘crammer’ in London to prepare for the entrance exam for the British Foreign Office, for which he never sat. Haggard’s father sent him to Africa in […]

The Works of Lucian of Samosata – Volume II

Lucian of Samosata (c125AD-c200AD) was an Assyrian rhetorician and satirist who wrote in the Greek language. He was one of the first novelists in occidental civilization and is noted for his witty and scoffing nature. The first printed edition of a selection of his works was issued at Florence in 1499. In A True Story, […]

The Works of Lucian of Samosata – Volume III

Lucian of Samosata (c125AD-c200AD) was an Assyrian rhetorician and satirist who wrote in the Greek language. He was one of the first novelists in occidental civilization and is noted for his witty and scoffing nature. The first printed edition of a selection of his works was issued at Florence in 1499. In A True Story, […]

The Works of Lucian of Samosata – Volume I

Lucian of Samosata (c125AD-c200AD) was an Assyrian rhetorician and satirist who wrote in the Greek language. He was one of the first novelists in occidental civilization and is noted for his witty and scoffing nature. The first printed edition of a selection of his works was issued at Florence in 1499. In A True Story, […]

Workers in the Dawn – Volume I

George Gissing (1857-1903) was an English novelist, who wrote twenty-three novels between 1880 and 1903. Although his early works are naturalistic, he developed into one of the the most accomplished realists of the late-Victorian era. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, to lower-middle class parents, Gissing went on to win a scholarship to Owens College, the present […]

Workers in the Dawn – Volume II

George Gissing (1857-1903) was an English novelist, who wrote twenty-three novels between 1880 and 1903. Although his early works are naturalistic, he developed into one of the the most accomplished realists of the late-Victorian era. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, to lower-middle class parents, Gissing went on to win a scholarship to Owens College, the present […]

Workers in the Dawn – Volume III

George Gissing (1857-1903) was an English novelist, who wrote twenty-three novels between 1880 and 1903. Although his early works are naturalistic, he developed into one of the the most accomplished realists of the late-Victorian era. Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, to lower-middle class parents, Gissing went on to win a scholarship to Owens College, the present […]

The Will

Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) was an Anglo-Irish novelist. She was born at Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, the second child of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, a well-known author and inventor. On her father’s second marriage in 1773, she went with him to Ireland, where she eventually was to settle on his estate, Edgeworthstown, in County Longford. She acted as […]

The Wild Irish Girl: A National Tale

Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) (1776-1859) was an Irish novelist. She was one of the most vivid and hotly discussed literary figures of her generation. She began her career with a precocious volume of poems. The Novice of St. Dominick (1806) was praised for its qualities of imagination and description, but the book which made her […]

What Love Costs an Old Man

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His Magnum Opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815. Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered […]

Wessex Tales

1888 collection of short stories from the famous English novelist, short story writer, and poet of the naturalist movement, who was awarded the Order of Merit in 1910.

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