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This novel is considered both a satire on human nature and a parody of traveller's tales. It is an indisputable classic of English literature, and Swift's most celebrated work. George Orwell reckons it to be one of the six indispensable books in world literature. The novel's main themes are; a satirical view of government and religious differences, an exploration of man being inherently corrupt or simply corruptible, and ancients vs. moderns conflict.
Widely seen as Eliot's greatest work, it is almost unanimously acclaimed as one of the great Victorian era novels. George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans) interweaves the diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community to create a richly nuanced and moving drama. Hailed by Virginia Woolf in The Times Literary Supplement, 1919 as 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'.
The first major writing to gain recognition for Ivan Turgenev these short stories reflect his own observations of the abuse of the peasants and the injustice of the Russian system. The publication of the stories led to his house arrest, and contributed to the abolishment of serfdom.
Written in 1792 it is one of the earliest works on "the woman question". The controversial life of its author caused the earliest feminists to distance themselves from the work. Some major themes include education for girls, the debased position of women in society, the necessary equality of men and women, and the right of women to work.
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