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The Fortune of the Rougons

Les Rougon-Macquart #1

by Emile Zola

The novel is partly an origin story, with a huge cast of characters swarming around - many of whom become the central figures of later novels in the series - and partly an account of the December 1851 coup d'état...

Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

by Henri Murger

This book by Henry Murger was the source of the plot used by Puccini in his opera "La Bohème".

A Child of the Jago

by Arthur Morrison

The novel recounts the brief life of Dicky Perrott, a child growing up in the "Old Jago", a fictionalisation of the Old Nichol, a slum in the East End of London.

Poor Jack

by Frederick Marryat

It tells the story of Thomas Saunders, a sailor's son and neglected street urchin struggling to survive in Greenwich, London in the early 19th century. ("Poor Jack" was the title given by the waterfront boys,...

Rodney Stone

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rodney Stone is a Gothic mystery and boxing novel by Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in 1896.

The Three Clerks

by Anthony Trollope

The Three Clerks is a novel by Anthony Trollope, set in the lower reaches of the Civil Service. It draws on Trollope's own experiences as a junior clerk in the General Post Office, and has been called the most...

The Nether World

by George Gissing

The Nether World is a novel written by the English author George Gissing. The plot concerns several poor families living in the slums of 19th century London. Rich in naturalistic detail, the novel concentrates...

The Odd Women

by George Gissing

The Odd Women is an 1893 novel by the English novelist George Gissing. Its themes are the role of women in society, marriage, morals and the early feminist movement.

Esther Waters

by George Moore

Set in England from the early 1870s onward, the novel is about a young, pious woman from a poor working-class family who, while working as a kitchen maid, is seduced by another employee, becomes pregnant, is...

The Million Pound Bank Note

by Mark Twain

The story takes place in Victorian London, where two very rich, eccentric brothers give the penniless story protagonist, Henry Adams, one million pounds of money in the form of a single peerless bank note. Henry...

The Head of the House of Coombe

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Head of the House of Coombe follows the relationships between a group of pre–World War One English nobles and commoners. It also offers both some interesting editorial commentary on the political system...

The Diary of a Provincial Lady

by E. M. Delafield

It was thus in 1930 that Delafield's most popular and enduring work _The Diary of a Provincial Lady_ was born. This largely autobiographical novel substituted the names of "Robin" and "Vicky" for her own children,...

The Double

by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad. It deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double...

The Blazing World

by Margaret Cavendish

The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World, better known as The Blazing World, is a 1666 work of prose fiction by English writer Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. It has been described...

De Profundis

by Oscar Wilde

De Profundis (Latin: "from the depths") is an epistle written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas.

The Girl of the Golden West

by David Belasco

Based on the 1905 eponymous play.

Carmen

by Prosper Mérimée

Carmen is a novella by Prosper Mérimée, written and first published in 1845. It has been adapted into a number of dramatic works, including the famous opera by Georges Bizet.

Mary Barton

by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester between 1839 and 1842, and deals with the difficulties faced by the Victorian...

Chronicles of Avonlea

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of short stories by L. M. Montgomery, related to the Anne of Green Gables series. It features an abundance of stories relating to the fictional Canadian village of Avonlea,...

What Katy Did at School

Katy #2

by Susan Coolidge

What Katy Did at School is a compelling tale of the intrigues of life at the New England girls boarding school which Katy attends. Her trials and adventures are all interwoven with a sense of fun and gently...