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My Lustful Adventures
Looking to add a titillating title to your reading list? Check out My Lustful Adventures, a naughty tome published anonymously by a randy writer posing under the nom de plume 'Ramrod.' His account of his apprenticeship in the ways of amorousness combines hilarious frankness and plenty of tawdry details.
Best known as the creator of the Mapp and Lucia series, E.F. Benson was a prolific fiction writer and memoirist who produced a wide range of works over the course of his career. Daisy's Aunt is a rollicking comedy of manners in which a young socialite's plans for marriage are thwarted by a scheming aunt. Does she have Daisy's best interests at heart? Dip into this entertaining read to find out.
Pioneering Western writer Bertha Muzzy Bower was herself the wife of a Montana rancher for a time, so she brings a wealth of personal experience and psychological insight to this gripping narrative that follows protagonist Valeria as she enters into marriage and struggles with the often-harsh reality of rural life.
Marriage - DOC
When it came to holy matrimony, writer H.G. Wells had a rather interesting personal history. He married his first cousin, soon left her for one of his students, and then had multiple affairs (and children) with important female thinkers and writers over the course of the rest of his lifetime. With that in mind, Wells brings a unique twist to this relatively straightforward take on Edwardian morals and mores in marriage.
Prolific Western writer Bertha Muzzy Bower penned dozens of novels detailing the difficulty and unique beauty of ranch life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Quirt centers on a struggling ranch of the same name and the travails and triumphs of the extended family that fights to keep it afloat.
Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky is regarded by scholars and critics as one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century. His deeply philosophical novels present a nuanced look at some of the psychological struggles that men and women face. This novel, set against the backdrop of the initial rumblings of revolution in Imperial Russia, delves into the motivations that inspire extreme political ideologies.
Rose in Bloom
Today's readers may instantly associate the name Louisa May Alcott with Little Women, but the Massachusetts-born writer composed a vast number of novels over the course of her career, many of which are just as engaging as the beloved story of the four March sisters. Rose in Bloom is a sequel to an earlier Alcott novel, Eight Cousins; it follows the protagonist Rose as she makes the transition to adulthood and broaches the turbulent waters of courtship and marriage.
The Girl with the Golden Eyes
Settle in for a titillating tale of illicit passion, romantic entanglement, and murder. Honore de Balzac's novella The Girl With the Golden Eyes highlights the French writer's skillful ability to convey truths about the darker nature of humanity through perfectly wrought details and observations. A must-read for fans of classic European literature, or for readers who love a healthy dose of psychological complexity with their mysteries.
Set against the backdrop of the Inquisition, this Gothic romance from British novelist Ann Radcliffe is sure to please fans of the genre. Protagonists Vincentio di Vivaldi and Ellena di Rosalba fall in love at first sight and attempt to escape the siege of religious persecution and marry. Will they succeed, or will their romance fall prey to the hysteria and senseless destruction that defines the era?
The Range Dwellers
Early writer of Westerns Bertha Muzzy Bower was one of the most prominent female contributors to the early era of the genre. The Range Dwellers adds an interesting perspective to the traditional Western narrative arc, including a spunky female protagonist.
The Great Boer War
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his name and cemented his literary reputation as the master of detective fiction with the Sherlock Holmes tales, but his wide-ranging interests led him to produce a remarkable array of books over the course of his career. This is his meticulously researched account of England's war with the Boers in South Africa, which he wrote while the conflict was still underway.
The Head of Kay's
Like many of Wodehouse's most popular works, The Head of Kay's is set among the British upper class; in this instance, the backdrop of the novel is a boarding school for boys. One dorm that is overseen by the much-maligned Mr. Kay has developed a reputation for hijinks — and with good reason. This good-humored novel is the perfect read with which to while away a lazy afternoon.
Beloved as the creator of the series of novels known as the Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy also dabbled in fictional forms that were less epic in scope. This collection of sketches and short works of fiction offer a less intimidating introduction to Galsworthy for confirmed fans and curious new readers alike.
The House of the Whispering Pines
A posh clubhouse deserted for the winter is the scene of a chilling crime in The House of the Whispering Pines, a mystery masterpiece from early detective fiction pioneer Anna Katherine Green. When the local police department can't make any headway in the case, a crack detective from New York is called in — and his discoveries lead the investigation down a completely unexpected path.
Philosophically minded science fiction fans will rejoice in this novel from H.G. Wells, the author regarded as one of the originators of the genre who wrote classic gems such as The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. Though more grounded in realism than some of his other works, Tono-Bungay offers an interesting look into the morality of scientific discovery.
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