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Emma

Author:

Jane Austen

Synopsis:

Emma Woodhouse, spoilt and self-willed, is convinced she knows what is right for other people, especially in matters of the heart. She is, of course, invariably wrong. Wrong about Robert Martin and the pretty, empty-headed Harriet; about Harriet and the young vicar; about rich Frank Churchill and poor Jane Fairfax. While scheming and flirting, Emma nearly loses the one person who has always loved her, and it is a very contrite heroine who thankfully accepts his proposal.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708982587

Published:

01-05-1985

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Mansfield Park

Author:

Jane Austen

Synopsis:

This Regency drawing-room comedy follows the development of sweet, honest and courageous Fanny Price from the shy little poor girl into the woman who marries her cousin, the goody-goody clergyman Edmund Bertram. Fanny could be looked upon as almost insufferably good, virtuous and dull, if she were not presented with such imagination and placed among the many diverse and interesting people who frequent the house of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram at Mansfield Park.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708985045

Published:

01-01-1988

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Northanger Abbey

Author:

Jane Austen

Synopsis:

In this classic novel full of spirit and wit, Jane Austen introduces the delightfully gullible Catherine Morland. Catherine arrives into eighteenth century Bath society bursting with freshness, integrity and a passion for wildly fantastic and macabre Gothic novels. When Henry Tilney invites her to his ancestral home, Northanger Abbey, Catherine sees a mystery unfold before her very eyes. With her head full of defenceless maidens, sinister castles and heroes charging on white horses, Catherine is convinced her fantasies are coming true. Will her chance of love be destroyed?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708988763

Published:

01-09-1995

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Persuasion

Author:

Jane Austen

Synopsis:

Published in 1818, after the author's death, this novel re-affirms her belief that true love is the only acceptable basis for matrimony. Eight years ago pretty Anne Eliot was persuaded to break her engagement to impecunious Frederick Wentworth. Now he re-appears, rich and successful, and Anne is twenty-seven. In striving for their eventual reconciliation Anne must overcome many hazards, not least of which is the affection that Frederick develops for Henrietta and Louisa, two lively young charmers...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708985342

Published:

01-01-1990

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Pride And Prejudice

Author:

Jane Austen

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Mr. Bennet's five eligible daughters will never inherit their father's money. Neither will their scatterbrained mother. The family fortunes are destined, in the absence of a male heir, to pass to a cousin, William Collins, a pompous parson. Should one of the daughters marry him? Or is there a chance for the rich empty-headed bachelor Charles Bingley? And what about the aristocratic and supercilious Fitzwilliam Darcy? Yet both these men seem less exciting than the handsome young militia officer George Wickham - a man as profligate as he is poor.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708982280

Published:

01-12-1984

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Sense And Sensibility

Author:

Jane Austen

Synopsis:

This engaging story of two attractive and mutually devoted sisters was first published in 1811. Romantic Marianne with her unrestrained enthusiasms, which lead to disillusionment and despair, makes a perfect foil to the unselfish Elinor, who brings a quiet self-control to her own heartbreak. The sentimental education of the two heroines is conducted with a fine regard for all the varying shades of romantic attraction, and in the end it is Marianne who makes a prudent marriage and Elinor who is united to the man she has loved from the beginning.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708982464

Published:

01-03-1985

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The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall

Author:

Anne Bronte

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THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL is a classic and sometimes violent tale of love and betrayal, separation and reconciliation. It is narrated by a youthful gentleman farmer, Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with his new neighbour, Helen Graham, said to be a widow who, together with her young son, Arthur, has rented Wildfell Hall from a Mr Frederick Lawrence. Her youth, beauty and lack of a satisfactory explanation of her past, soon cause gossip which verges on scandal after visits from her landlord are discovered. In a fit of jealous rage Gilbert then violently assaults Lawrence. This incident causes Helen to reveal the secrets of her past in a diary.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708989517

Published:

01-04-1997

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Jane Eyre

Author:

Charlotte Bronte

Synopsis:

This novel was first published in October 1847. The author's first novel, THE PROFESSOR, had been rejected and Charlotte concluded that the publishers preferred the "wild, wonderful and thrilling" to the "plain and homely". JANE EYRE certainly contains elements of the "thrilling" which recall the Gothic novels. It was welcomed by the public and has sold tens of thousands of copies. Its originality lay partly in the choice of a small, plain governess as its heroine: partly in the skilful manipulation of the first person narrative. Jane's childhood experiences evoke sympathy, and part of the fascination of the novel's later progress is the convergence of the developing and mature character of Jane.

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Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708980156

Published:

01-04-1997

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Wuthering Heights

Author:

Emily Bronte

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WUTHERING HEIGHTS is the wild, passionate story of intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley, and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708989500

Published:

01-04-1997

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author:

William Shakespeare

Synopsis:

Written in 1595, A Midsummer Night's Dream concerns the marriage of three pairs of lovers and the magical influences of the fairies. Hermia loves Lysander, but is ordered to marry Demetrius, who in turn is loved by Helena. Puck, servant of Oberon, the King of the Fairies, weaves his mischievous magic with disastrous, comical consequences. Ultimately, a happy ending and order is restored by Oberon. This magical play is steeped in poetry, and it is for this reason that Shakespeare is successful in portraying a dream on stage, something few playwrights have been able to accomplish.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708945032

Published:

01-09-1991

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As You Like It

Author:

William Shakespeare

Synopsis:

It is typical of the brilliant nonsense that fills this comedy, written in approximately 1599, that Jaques's wise and witty speech on the seven ages of man should be put into the mouth of a man whom even the heroine, Rosalind, derides for his 'melancholy'. In the play, folly, greed and malice bring no evil consequences. But Shakespeare is none the less laughing at the romancing he heard in London about the charms of country life, the insignificance of wordly wealth and the uselessness of a sound education.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708945100

Published:

01-06-1994

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Hamlet

Author:

William Shakespeare

Synopsis:

Written in approximately 1601, Hamlet is the story of a royal court destroyed by suspicion, treason and murder. When Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his dead father his suspicions about Claudius, the new king, are confirmed. His promise of vengeance and his impetuosity destroys not only the kingw, but himself and those dear to him. The longest of Shakespeare's plays, it contains the largest and most expressive vocabulary, and was emotionally draining. After writing Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote no more for two years.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Classic

ISBN:

9780708945001

Published:

01-09-1991

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