Victorian Sampler (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Overview

An ideal gift: nine memorable novels, a whole shelf-full of first-class British literary fiction:
Bleak House Often adjudged to be Dickens' finest work, this novel written in his latter years blends elements of social commentary, detective fiction, romance, melodrama, and satire.
David Copperfield To create this story of a young orphan's struggles, Charles Dickens drew on details of his own troubled ...
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Overview

An ideal gift: nine memorable novels, a whole shelf-full of first-class British literary fiction:
Bleak House Often adjudged to be Dickens' finest work, this novel written in his latter years blends elements of social commentary, detective fiction, romance, melodrama, and satire.
David Copperfield To create this story of a young orphan's struggles, Charles Dickens drew on details of his own troubled childhood. This edition contains the illustrations by Phiz that helped make it so beloved.
Wuthering Heights This powerful, stark novel by Emily Brontë is not just a classic; an authoritative poll honored it as the greatest romantic novel of all time.
The Woman in White. Like the novel's main character, readers of Wilkie Collins' masterpiece are drawn in by the spell of the plaintive woman in white. Though first published in book form in 1860, this mystery story still excites the imagination of modern readers.
Middlemarch George Eliot's realistic novel about an intellectual, idealistic woman has won recognition as one of the 10 Greatest Books of All-Time.
Jane Eyre Written in the form of an autobiography, Charlotte Brontë's novel about a poor young woman's struggles with matters of the heart has earned a reputation as one of the most resilient novels of all time.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy's penetrating look at the sexual hypocrisy of Victorian society attracted strong barbs (and numerous readers) when first published. Today it is revered for its subtle character portraits and resonant symbolism.
Vanity Fair Featuring Becky Sharp, one of the most memorable characters in world fiction, this mid-19th century novel by William Makepeace Thackeray appears now in a sparkling new edition that contains more than 100 illustrations by the author himself.
Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Gaskell's final novel focuses on two very different stepsisters who become love rivals for the affections of a Squire's sons. Popular and critically acclaimed in its own day, then neglected, this delicately crafted novel has been rediscovered only recently as the substantial work it is.

The Barnes & Noble Classics series offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics series:
• New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
• Biographies of the authors
• Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
• Footnotes and endnotes
• Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
• Comments by other famous authors
• Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
• Bibliographies for further reading
• Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594163817
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Sales rank: 503,863
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 14.20 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Brontë (1818-1848) published Wuthering Heights, her only novel, under the pseudonym of Ellis Bell in 1847—just a year before her death at the age of thirty. She also published a volume of poetry under that pseudonym, together with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was a versatile, remarkably prolific writer whose satirical writings have had more lasting fame than his more staid defenses of Victorian values.

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) published her first novel, Mary Barton (1848) anonymously, but her fame as a writer spread rapidly. Her best-known novels include Cranford (1853), North and South (1854), and Wives and Daughters (1865)

Victorian novelist and poet Thomas Hardy focused much of his work -- including classics like Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) and Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) on man's futile struggle against unseen forces. Of his rather unromantic outlook on life, Hardy once said, "Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed."

If you think Victorian literature is quaint, you haven t read anything by Wilkie Collins. Often considered the father of the English detective novel, Collins has thrilled readers with suspenseful gothic tales such as The Woman in White and The Moonstone.

Charles Dickens is probably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life -- along with his memorable characters -- have made him beloved by readers the world over. In Dickens' books live some of the most repugnant villains in literature, as well as some of the most likeable (and unlikely) heroes.

Charlotte Brontë once wrote, "It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it." Though she led a quiet life (and died young), Brontë indeed created action in her sweeping, passionate novels, such as the gothic drama Jane Eyre.

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