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Book cover: The Wet ParadeThe Wet Parade
by - Farrar & Rinehart ,
In the early 20th Century, with the Prohibition Era approaching, two families come undone over the evils of alcohol. The drinking of Roger Chilcote costs him everything, including his family's money after gambling it away. Chilcote commits suicide...
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Book cover: The House on the BeachThe House on the Beach
by ,
A young woman is forced by conscience to become inappropriately engaged to a far older man, who threatens to reveal the secret that her father was previously a deserter. Although written in 1877, Meredith had started the story 15 years prior.
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Book cover: Beauchamp's CareerBeauchamp's Career
by - Chapman & Hall ,
This novel portrays life and love in upper-class Radical circles and satirises the Conservative establishment. Meredith himself was inclined to think it his best novel, and the character Renee de Croisnel was his favourite of his creations.
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Book cover: A Deal with The DevilA Deal with The Devil
by - Bliss, Sands and Foster ,
Before my grandpa, Daniel Dolphin, comes down to breakfast on the morning of his hundredth birthday, I may tell you something about him. He has been married three times; he has buried all his wives and all his children. There were five of the latter.
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Book cover: Dreamy HollowDreamy Hollow
by - World Syndicate Company, Inc. ,
Drury Villara suddenly retired and went to live in Dreamy Hollow, the home he built for the girl he was to marry, with hopes that the spirit of her dead body would be hovering around it. He is thoroughly convinced that 'there is no death' ...
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Book cover: The Demi-godsThe Demi-gods
by - The Macmillan company ,
A group of ancient heroes in the form of winged angels show up one night in the camp of wandering Mac Canns. The little group wanders around rural Ireland: telling stories, creating mischief and running into some familiar yet often unwelcome faces.
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Book cover: Last PostLast Post
by - Duckworth ,
Novel is set on a single post-war summer's day. Through their differing perspectives, Ford explores the tensions between his characters in a changing world, haunted by the experience of war, facing an insecure future for themselves and for England.
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Book cover: You Can't Go Home AgainYou Can't Go Home Again
by - Harper & Brothers ,
A twentieth-century classic, Wolfe's magnificent novel is both the story of a young writer longing to make his mark upon the world and a sweeping portrait of America and Europe from the Great Depression through the years leading up to World War II.
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Book cover: Wounds in the RainWounds in the Rain
by - Frederick A. Stokes Company ,
These tales are episodic, reports of isolated instances -- the humorous experiences of correspondents, the magnificent courage of signalmen under fire, the forgotten adventure of a converted yacht -- but all are instinct with the red fever of war.
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Book cover: War in HeavenWar in Heaven
by ,
Williams gives a contemporary setting to the traditional story of the Search for the Holy Grail. Examining the distinction between magic and religion, this book graphically portrays a metaphysical journey through the crevices of the human mind.
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Book cover: A Man and His MoneyA Man and His Money
by - The Bobbs-Merrill Company ,
The hero is a young man who voluntarily gives up his millions to start at the bottom. For Horatio Heatherbloom -- which, as you may guess, was not really his name -- wealth had formed a handicap. So he went to work with his hands and his brain.
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Book cover: The Everlasting WhisperThe Everlasting Whisper
by - C. Scribner's Sons ,
This is the story of a strong man's struggle against savage nature and humanity, and of a beautiful girl's regeneration from a spoiled child of wealth into a courageous strong-willed woman. The book was first published in 1922.
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Book cover: The Unlit LampThe Unlit Lamp
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
The story of Joan Ogden, a young girl who dreams of setting up a flat in London with her friend Elizabeth (a so-called Boston marriage) and studying to become a doctor, but feels trapped by her manipulative mother's emotional dependence on her.
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Book cover: The Unbearable BassingtonThe Unbearable Bassington
by - John Lane Co. ,
In the staid British society of 1900, the irresponsible Comus Bassington is always getting into trouble. What can be done with him? Ship him to the Colonies, where he can no longer embarrass his mother or break the hearts of girls...
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Book cover: The Web of LifeThe Web of Life
by - ManyBooks ,
A realistic, and to a great extent, a philosophic study of modern American life: the scene is Chicago, and the writer gives searching views of society there. Robert Welch Herrick was a novelist who was part of a new generation of American realists.
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Book cover: The Isle of UnrestThe Isle of Unrest
by - Smith, Elder & Co. ,
The afternoon sun was lowering towards a heavy bank of clouds hanging still over the Mediterranean. A mistral was blowing. The last rays shone fiercely upon the towering coast of Corsica, and the windows of the village of Olmeta glittered like gold.
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Book cover: Redburn: His First VoyageRedburn: His First Voyage
by - Harper & Brothers ,
Widely believed to be among Melville's most popular works, the book follows the young Wellingborough Redburn on his first journey at sea. A boy on the verge of manhood, Redburn's decision to become a sailor is at odds with his gentle upbringing.
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Book cover: A Traveler from AltruriaA Traveler from Altruria
by - Harper & Brothers Publishers ,
A utopian novel, set during the early 1890s in a fashionable summer resort somewhere on the East Coast. The social differences in America are shown by having the rich staying at a luxurious resort near the farms of workers in a lower class.
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Book cover: Guy and PaulineGuy and Pauline
by - London M. Secker ,
The slow train puffed away into the unadventurous country; and the bees buzzing round the wine-dark dahlias along the platform were once again audible. The last farewell that Guy Hazlewood flung over his shoulder to a parting friend was casual ...
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Book cover: Through the Eye of the NeedleThrough the Eye of the Needle
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
Utopian Classic! Aristides Homos writes a series of letters home to his friend Cyril. Homos is now located in the densely urban environment of NY, where he confronts the contrasts between America and his own pastoral and agrarian Utopianism.
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Book cover: The Tower of OblivionThe Tower of Oblivion
by - The Macmillan Company ,
An extravaganza based on the juvenating gland and its endless possibilities. A novel of topsy-turviness in man's aging process, so original in its conception that it would be a pity to summarize it for you - written with distinction of manner.
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Book cover: Some Do Not...Some Do Not...
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
Christopher and Valentine are on the verge of becoming lovers until he must return to his WWI regiment. An unforgettable exploration of the tensions of a society confronting catastrophe, sexuality, power, madness, and violence.
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Book cover: The Sorrows of SatanThe Sorrows of Satan
by - Feedbooks ,
The Sorrows of Satan is an 1895 faustian novel by the British novelist Marie Corelli. Roundly condemned by critics for Corelli's moralistic and prosaic style, it is widely regarded as one of the world's first bestsellers.
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Book cover: A Sicilian RomanceA Sicilian Romance
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
On the northern shores of Sicily stands a lonely castle, the home of an aristocratic family. The marquis of Mazzini has remarried and gone away to live with his new wife, abandoning his two daughters to wander the labyrinthine corridors alone.
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Book cover: ShirleyShirley
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
Set during the Napoleonic wars, Shirley is a passionate depiction of conflict among classes, sexes, and generations. Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore considers marriage to the wealthy Shirley Keeldar, yet his heart lies with Caroline ...
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Book cover: JuggernautJuggernaut
by - Fords, Howard & Hulbert ,
Edgar Braine was never so blithe in all his life as on the morning of his suicide. Years after, in the swirl of his extraordinary career, the memory of that June morning, and of the mood in which he greeted it, would rush upon him as a flood.
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Book cover: The Last StoicThe Last Stoic
by - Smashwords ,
This is a story about appetite and fear, both modern and ancient. Half of the story's narrative occurs in the time and place of the ancient Roman Empire; the other half occurs in the present-day United States, alternating from chapter to chapter.
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Book cover: Men in WarMen in War
by - ManyBooks ,
An Austrian officer pictures war as a sickening horror and an exploitation of the poor. Its sordidness being entirely unrelieved by any ideal of patriotism, it may tend to leave an impression of the utter unjustifiability of either side of the war.
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Book cover: What Lies BuriedWhat Lies Buried
by - Smashwords ,
A story of family secrets and misunderstandings, and the way in which they impact down the generations. The notion of things being buried is a metaphor for all kinds of issues including, art fraud, family feuds, and holocaust survival.
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Book cover: Sartor ResartusSartor Resartus
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
An introduction to a strange history of clothing by the German Professor of Things in General, Diogenes Teufelsdrockh; its deeper concerns are social injustice, the right way of living in the world, and large questions of faith and understanding.
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Book cover: Jimmie HigginsJimmie Higgins
by - ManyBooks ,
Jimmie Higgins is the fellow who does the hard work in the job of waking up the workers. Jimmie hates war -- all war -- and fights against it with heart and soul. But war comes, and Jimmie is drawn into it, whether he will or not.
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Book cover: The Way of All FleshThe Way of All Flesh
by - Feedbooks ,
An autobiographical novel that attacks Victorian hypocrisy as it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. Butler dared not publish it during his lifetime, but when it was published, it was a part of the general revulsion against Victorianism.
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Book cover: Sergeant Back AgainSergeant Back Again
by - PTSD PRESS ,
A gripping drama of the psychological trials and tribulations of a talented Army medic serving in a besieged surgical field hospital at the height of the Vietnam War. Insightful novel depicting the early signs, symptoms and origins of PTSD.
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Book cover: The Conquest of CanaanThe Conquest of Canaan
by - ManyBooks ,
The Conquest of Canaan is the story of social pariah Joe Louden, who as a young man is the subject of much gossip and malignment in the small Midwestern city of Canaan. After much opposition, he wins the respect of the townspeople ...
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Book cover: Caleb WilliamsCaleb Williams
by - Feedbooks ,
A tale of gripping suspense and psychological power, the novel creates a searing depiction of the intolerable persecution meted out to a good man in pursuit of justice. Written to expose the corrupt hierarchies its author saw in the world around him.
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Book cover: The Rise of Silas LaphamThe Rise of Silas Lapham
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
About the materialistic rise of Silas Lapham from rags to riches. Silas earns a fortune in the paint business, but he lacks social standards, and morals, which he tries to attain through his daughter's marriage to an aristocratic Corey family.
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Book cover: Martin EdenMartin Eden
by - Feedbooks ,
This is a novel by American author Jack London, about a struggling young writer. This book is a favorite among writers, who relate to Martin Eden's speculation that when he mailed off a manuscript, there was no human editor at the other end.
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Book cover: A Sentimental Journey Through France and ItalyA Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
by - Project Gutenberg ,
Celebrated in its own day as the progenitor of 'a school of sentimental writers', A Sentimental Journey has outlasted its many imitators. Setting out to journey to France and Italy he gets little further than Lyons but finds much to appreciate.
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Book cover: Rasselas, Prince of AbyssiniaRasselas, Prince of Abyssinia
by - Project Gutenberg ,
Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, leaves the easy life of the Happy Valley, accompanied by his sister. Johnson's tale is not only a satire on optimism, but also an expression of truth about the human mind and its infinite capacity for hope.
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Book cover: The Evil GeniusThe Evil Genius
by - Project Gutenberg ,
The story of divorce and remarriage, unfaithfulness, and children battered helplessly on the storms of their parents' passions. Collins' boldness in drawing sympathetic portraits of both the wife and 'the other woman' is astonishingly modern.
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Book cover: The AwakeningThe Awakening
by - H. S. Stone & company ,
The Awakening is a short novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. It so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. This brief novel is widely considered to be a proto-feminist precursor to American modernism.
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Book cover: Of Human BondageOf Human Bondage
by - George H. Doran Company ,
From an orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous relationship that will change his life forever.
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Book cover: The Moon and SixpenceThe Moon and Sixpence
by - Heinemann ,
A complex story of Charles Strickland, a man who abandons his secure life as an English businessman to pursue an uncertain existence as an artist, from Paris slums to the lush fertility of Tahiti, and into the glory of the creative wilderness.
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Book cover: The Good SoldierThe Good Soldier
by - The Bodley Head ,
A veteran of service in India, Captain Edward Ashburnham appears to be the ideal 'good soldier' and the embodiment of English upper-class virtues. But for his creator, Ford Madox Ford, he also represents the corruption at society's core
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Book cover: Agnes GreyAgnes Grey
by - Pennsylvania State University ,
Bronte's daring first novel was hailed as the most perfect prose narrative in English literature. Originally quite scandalous and drawing from the author's own life, this biting social commentary exposes the hardships of a governess's life.
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Book cover: The JungleThe Jungle
by - Grosset & Dunlap ,
A vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's contribution to literature and social reform.
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Book cover: Jacob the UnicornJacob the Unicorn
by ,
Jacob is a young man who is seeking his path in the world. He comes from an abusive upbringing and seeks to escape from his misfortunes. Much of the story is set in Jacob's internal world where he fantasizes the good life, unicorns, and love.
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Book cover: Hillary MaloneHillary Malone
by - Novelmaker ,
A tragic novel about an American ingenue who lives among the misfits and artists in Paris in the 1920s, looking to have impact on them, only to be, as one of the liberated American women, abused by the men from whom she sought stimulation or solace.
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