In this classic portrait of life in a quiet English village of the early nineteenth century, Elizabeth Gaskell writes with wit and affection of the foibles, follies and endearing eccentricities of its occupants as they struggle to maintain standards in their genteel poverty. This witty and poignant come ...Show more
A cruel joke at a country fair goes too far when a drunken laborer auctions off his wife and child to the highest bidder. So begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy's gripping tale of a man's rise and fall amid the natural beauty and human brutality of a rural English community.First published se ...Show more
The Well-Beloved completes the cycle of Hardy's great novels, reiterating his favourite themes of man's eternal quest for perfection in both love and art, and the suffering that ensues. Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary Well-Beloved - in s ...Show more
During England's wars with Napoleon, lovely Anne Garland is pursued by an ardent trio: the cowardly but wealthy Festus Derriman; the wayward sailor Bob Loveday; and Bob's brother John, trumpet-major in a British regiment. This 1880 novel has the brothers follow Wellington and Nelson into battle and--i ...Show more
For this edition of the Norton Critical Edition of Hard Times the text has been considerably improved by the addition of new explanatory notes and marginal line numbers for easy reference. The textual notes and Dickens' working plans have also been revised.
Martin Chuzzlewit is Charles Dickens' comic masterpiece about which his biographer, Forster, noted that it marked a crucial phase in the author's development as he began to delve deeper into the 'springs of character'. Old Martin Chuzzlewit, tormented by the greed and selfishness of his family, effectiv ...Show more
Charles Dickens's first published work, "The Pickwick Papers" was an instant success that captured the public imagination with its colourful characters and farcical plot. This "Penguin Classics" edition of Charles Dickens's is edited with notes and an introduction by Mark Wormald. Few first novels have ...Show more
Written in the 1880's and not published until 1903 after Butler's death, the semiautobiographical story of the Pontifex family savages the bourgeois Victorian family and its values.
This collection of Kate Chopin's works includes her novel The Awakening and eight of her most well-known short stories. The Awakening was condemned by most critics when it was first published in 1899 but now is celebrated for its early feminist views. Chopin advocates for women's rights in this novel, c ...Show more
A group of young men and women decide to escape to the country from the Black Death which is ravaging their native Florence. To while away their voluntary exile, they resort to story-telling. Many of the tales were straightforward narratives, but some of the stories were saucy and suggestive.
The second novel in the Clayhanger series, Hilda Lessways (1911) is told from the point of view of Edwin's Clayhanger's wife, Hilda. It describes her coming of age, her work as a shorthand clerk and in a lodging house in London and Brighton, her relationship with George Cannon, which ends in a pr ...Show more