Category: Romance

Emma

Jane Austens Emma (1815) explores the life of women in Regency England, combining romance with some aspects of the comedy of manners. The story centers around the eponymous character who, unlike Austens other popular heroines, is an upper middle-class young woman with no pecuniary concerns. Emma Woodhouse is rather a strong-headed, beautiful young woman who […]

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, […]

Persuasion

Eight years ago, Anne Elliot fell in love with poor but ambitious naval officer Captain Frederick Wentworth — a choice which Anne’s family was dissatisfied with. Lady Russell, friend and mentor to Anne, persuaded the younger woman to break off the match; now, on the verge of spinsterhood, Anne re-encounters Frederick Wentworth as he courts […]

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина) is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy first published in periodical installments from 1875 to 1877. The novel first appeared as a serial in the periodical Ruskii Vestnik (Russian: “Русский Вестник”, “Russian Messenger”) — but Tolstoy clashed with its editor Mikhail Katkov over issues that arose in the final […]

The Younger Brother; or, The Amorous Jilt

Aphra Behn, née Johnston (1640-1689) was a Restoration poet, novelist, playwright, feminist and spy, considered by many to be the first English professional female writer. Unappreciated for years, she is now rightly regarded as a highly talented, innovative and prolific author. Her most famous work is a novel, Oroonoko (1688) which tells the tragic love […]

Young Lucretia and Other Stories

Mary Eleanor Wilkins-Freeman (1852-1930) was a prominent female American writer known for her short stories and novels of life in New England villages. Freeman began writing stories and verse for children while still a teenager to help support her family and was quickly successful. She produced more than two dozen volumes of published short stories […]

A Young Man in a Hurry and Other Short Stories

Robert William Chambers (1865-1933) was an American artist and writer. He entered the Art Students League at around the age of twenty, studied at the Ecole des Beaux- Arts, and at Academie Julian, in Paris. On his return to New York, he succeeded in selling his illustrations to Life, Truth, and Vogue magazines. Then, for […]

Yorkshire Tales, Third Series

John Hartley (1839-1915) was an English poet who worked in the Yorkshire dialect. He wrote a great deal of prose and poetry – often of a sentimental nature – dealing with the poverty of the district. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Hartly wrote and edited the Original Illuminated Clock Almanack from 1866 to […]

The Works of Guy De Maupassant, Volume V: Une Vie and Other Stories

Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. As a protege of Flaubert, his short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless denouement. In 1880 he published his first masterpiece, Boule de Suif, which […]

Wolfert’s Roost and Miscellanies

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author of the early nineteenth century. Best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle, he was also a prolific essayist, biographer and historian. He spoke fluent Spanish, which served him well in his writings on that country, and he could read several […]

The Wizard’s Daughter and Other Stories

Margaret Collier Graham (1850-1910) was the author of: The Withrow Water Right (1892), Idy (1893), Alex Randall’s Conversion (1893), Stories of the Foot-Hills (1895), At the Foot of the Trail (1901), The Wizards Daughter and Other Stories (1905), Gifts and Givers: A Sermon for all Seasons (1906) and Do They Really Respect Us? and Other […]

The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was an American naturalist and essayist. He played an important role in the evolution of the U. S. conservation movement. According to biographers at the American Memory project at the Library of Congress, John Burroughs was the most important practitioner after Thoreau of that especially American literary genre, the nature essay. By […]

A Winter Amid the Ice and Other Thrilling Stories

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828-1905) was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air and underwater travel before air travel […]

Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XVII

John Mackay Wilson (1804-1835) was a Scottish writer famous for the six volume Tales of the Borders. He was born in Tweedmouth, on the border between Scotland and England. Towards the end of his life, he suffered from alcoholism. Two of his plays were The Gowrie Conspiracy (1829) and Margaret of Anjou. His other works […]

Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXII

John Mackay Wilson (1804-1835) was a Scottish writer famous for the six volume Tales of the Borders. He was born in Tweedmouth, on the border between Scotland and England. Towards the end of his life, he suffered from alcoholism. Two of his plays were The Gowrie Conspiracy (1829) and Margaret of Anjou. His other works […]

Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXIII

John Mackay Wilson (1804-1835) was a Scottish writer famous for the six volume Tales of the Borders. He was born in Tweedmouth, on the border between Scotland and England. Towards the end of his life, he suffered from alcoholism. Two of his plays were The Gowrie Conspiracy (1829) and Margaret of Anjou. His other works […]

The Wigwam and the Cabin – Volume I

William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was a poet, novelist and historian from the American South whose novels achieved great prominence during the 19th century, with Edgar Allan Poe pronouncing him the best novelist America had ever produced. He first wrote poetry at the age of eight, and in his 19th birthday he produced a monody on […]

The Wigwam and the Cabin – Volume II

William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was a poet, novelist and historian from the American South whose novels achieved great prominence during the 19th century, with Edgar Allan Poe pronouncing him the best novelist America had ever produced. He first wrote poetry at the age of eight, and in his 19th birthday he produced a monody on […]

The Wife of Chino and Other Stories

Benjamin Franklin Norris (1870-1902) was an American novelist during the Progressive Era, writing predominantly in the naturalist genre. Although he did not support socialism as a political system, his work nevertheless has evinced a socialist mentality and influenced socialist/ progressive writers such as Upton Sinclair. Like many of his contemporaries, he was profoundly influenced by […]

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