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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Brothers Karamazov (version 3)

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Originally published in serial form in 1879-80, “The Brothers Karamazov” is recognized as one of the very greatest masterpieces of world lit…

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…

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…

A Superfluous Woman

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Emma Francis Brooke


Published anonymously in 1894, “A Superfluous Woman” quickly became one of the most widely read of the “New Woman” novels that appeared at t…

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…

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…

The Untempered Wind

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Joanna E. Wood


Upon publication of “The Untempered Wind” in 1894, Joanna Wood quickly rose to international prominence, becoming in the next few years the …

A Daughter of Today

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Sara Jeannette Duncan


The Canadian author Sara Jeannette Duncan (aka Mrs. Everard Cotes) is today best known for her 1904 novel of Ontario life, “The Imperialist”…

Over Prairie Trails

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Frederick Philip Grove


When Frederick Philip Grove settled in a remote area of Manitoba in the early years of the 20th century, he found work teaching in a school …

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…

The Imperialist

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Mrs. Everard Cotes and Sara Jeannette Duncan


“The Imperialist,” a novel by Sara Jeannette Duncan, published in 1904, is a portrait of life in small-town Ontario at the beginning of the …

The Story of a Modern Woman (Version 2)

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Ella Hepworth Dixon


“The Story of a Modern Woman” (1894) is a work of feminist social realism. In its time it was one of the most famous and influential novels …

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…

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