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Eternal youth and beauty is a temptation hard to resist. But at what price? .The subject of a painting and admired for his beauty, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Amidst a lifestyle of hedonism and secret lives, he nonetheless manages to maintain the persona of a very proper gentleman in the eyes of society. But his portrait tells a very different story.... Brilliant. Very interesting reading.
Generally regarded as the masterpiece of his early writing The Portrait of a Lady has young American Isabel inheriting a large amount of money and gaining freedom to travel the continent. Here she falls under the influence of two expatriate Americans who want her money. The work has met continuing critical acclaim and remains the most popular of James' longer works.
Considered to be one of the first feminist novels. Originally published in 1848, it challenged the prevailing morals of the time; a critic went so far as to pronounce it "utterly unfit to be put into the hands of girls". It is concerned with the story of a woman who leaves her abusive, dissolute husband, and who must then support herself and her young son.
First impressions can so often be wrong. And impressions are so often influenced by prevailing social perceptions. What happens when a series of identities in a murder case cannot be assured? How can others determine your identity when you can't even identify your own? The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson is a detective story that explores these issues in a time before the American Civil War in a Missouri town along the Mississippi River. Complex. Compelling. Classic.
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The trip has been recreated many times since most recently in 2005 for the BBC. Quotes and references turn up regularly, ranging from references in Robert A. Heinlein's 1958 Have space suit will travel through to the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean.
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