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The Mayor of Casterbridge (version 2)

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Thomas Hardy


Irritated and drunken, an itinerant farm-worker sells his wife and child to a stranger. Thus begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, set in rural …

Eugénie Grandet

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Honoré de Balzac


Eugénie Grandet, first published in 1833, is one of Honoré de Balzac's finest novels, and one of the first works in what would…

Cousin Betty

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Honoré de Balzac


Cousin Betty (La Cousine Bette), published in serial format in 1846, was one of the last and greatest of Balzac's works. It was part of his …

The Lifted Veil

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George Eliot


The Lifted Veil is a novella by George Eliot, first published in 1859. Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The…

The Man from Glengarry

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Ralph Connor


With international book sales in the millions, Ralph Connor was the best-known Canadian novelist of the first two decades of the Twentieth C…

Scenes of Clerical Life

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George Eliot


Scenes of Clerical Life, which appeared in book form in 1858 (after serial publication in the previous year), was the first published fictio…

Father Goriot (version 2)

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Honoré de Balzac


Father Goriot (Le Père Goriot), published in 1835, is widely considered to be Balzac's finest and most popular novel. It is set in Pa…

Lost Illusions: A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

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Honoré de Balzac


A Distinguished Provincial at Paris (Un grand homme de province à Paris, 1839) is the second book in Balzac’s Lost Illusions trilogy,…

Lost Illusions: Two Poets

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Honoré de Balzac


Two Poets (1837) is the first book in Balzac’s Lost Illusions trilogy, which is part of his sweeping set of novels collectively titled La Co…

Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

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Honoré de Balzac


Scenes from a Courtesan's Life is one of the last great works completed by Balzac for his huge novel series entitled The Human Comedy. Sect…

Lost Illusions: Ève and David

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Honoré de Balzac


Ève and David (1843) is the final book in Balzac’s Lost Illusions trilogy, which is part of his sweeping set of novels collectively t…

The Absentee

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Maria Edgeworth


Published in 1812, “The Absentee” by Maria Edgeworth examines social injustice in 19th-century Britain. At that time, the management of man…

Cousin Pons

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Honoré de Balzac


Cousin Pons is one of the final works in Balzac's long novel series titled The Human Comedy. It was published in 1847, along with Cousin Bet…

Glengarry School Days

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Ralph Connor


With international book sales in the millions, Ralph Connor was the best-known Canadian novelist of the first two decades of the Twentieth C…

The Canadians of Old

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Philippe Aubert De Gaspé


In his mid-70s, Philippe Aubert de Gaspé took on the project of recording the culture and heritage of French Canada, especially that …

Maria Chapdelaine (version 2)

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Louis Hémon


The novel Maria Chapdelaine portrays life in rural Quebec at the beginning of the 20th century. Published first in French in 1913, it is a f…

Armand Durand

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Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon


Armand Durand, published in 1868, was written by Rosanna Leprohon, an English-speaker with an insider’s knowledge of French Canada, thanks t…

Book 2 Chapter 15

In Anna Karenina, Book 2

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Leo Tolstoy


In Part 2, Kitty’s health deteriorates from regret and heartbreak, while Levin retreats to his country estate. Anna and Vronsky continue to …

Book 2 Chapter 16

In Anna Karenina, Book 2

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Leo Tolstoy


In Part 2, Kitty’s health deteriorates from regret and heartbreak, while Levin retreats to his country estate. Anna and Vronsky continue to …

Book 2 Chapter 27

In Anna Karenina, Book 2

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Leo Tolstoy


In Part 2, Kitty’s health deteriorates from regret and heartbreak, while Levin retreats to his country estate. Anna and Vronsky continue to …

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