The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) is a novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River, set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg. Tom Sawyer is more than a boyhood adventure story, it is a tale of maturing, a novel whose principal subject is the moral, psychological, and intellectual development of a youthful main character.
So begins H. G. Wells' classic novel in which Martian lifeforms take over planet Earth. As the Martians emerge, they construct giant killing machines - armed with heatrays - that are impervious to attack. Advancing upon London they destroy everything in their path. Everything, except the few humans they collect in metal traps.Victorian England is a place in which the steam engine is state-of-the-art technology and powered flight is just a dream. Mankind is helpless against the killing machines from Mars, and soon the survivors are left living in a new stone age.
The War of the Worlds (1898) is a science fiction novel, telling about a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel has been both popular and influential, spawning half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, a record album, various comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors.
A short, sharp shot of royal revenge. More than four hundred years ago, seven people - five of them women - were beheaded in the Tower of London. Three had been queens of England. The others were found guilty of treason. Why were such important people put to death? Alison Weir's gripping book tells their stories: from the former friend betrayed by a man set on being king, to the young girl killed after just nine days on the throne. Alison Weir is a wonderful storyteller. Through her vivid writing, Alison Weir brings history alive.
The plot of the novel The Lost World (1912) describes an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin where prehistoric animals still survive, led by a charismatic leading character Professor Challenger. The novel also describes a war between indigenous people and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures.
Featuring 37 essays by distinguished literary scholars, A Companion to the American Novel provides a comprehensive single-volume treatment of the development of the novel in the United States from the late 18th century to the present day. Represents the most comprehensive single-volume introduction to this popular literary form currently available Features 37 contributions from a wide range of distinguished literary scholars Includes essays on topics and genres, historical overviews, and key individual works, including The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Beloved, and many more.
Thomas Hardy was an English novelist and poet. A Pair of Blue Eyes - third published novel, but not his third novel. This is because the very first novel he completed, he never published, and in fact he destroyed the manuscript. This is the story about the love triangle of a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds.
James Fenimore Cooper was a prolifi c and popular American writer of the fi rst half of the 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature.Satanstoe is novel is the fi rst of a three novel cycle, followed by The Chainbearer and The Redskins. The novel is a fi ctional autobiography which explores the 18th century colony of New York.
Novel Characters offers a fascinating and in-depth history of the novelistic character from the “birth of the novel” in Don Quixote, through the great canonical works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to the most influential international novels of the present day An original study which offers a unique approach to thinking about and discussing character Makes extensive reference to both traditional and more recent and specialized academic studies of the novel Provides a critical vocabulary for understanding how the novelistic conception of character has changed over time. Examines a broad range of novels, cultures, and periods Promotes discussion of how different cultures and times think about human identity, and how the concept of what a character is has changed over time
Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard is a 1904 novel by Joseph Conrad, set in the fictitious South American republic of "Costaguana". The events described in the novel are typical for political life in underdeveloped countries. The author takes up the problem of imperialism and its corrupting action even on the best people, which is the main character of the novel - the sailor Nostromo.
Robinson Crusoe, a novel, first published in 1719, tells the story of a castaway who spends thirty years on a remote tropical island, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers, before being rescued. Despite its simple narrative style the novel was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre.