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Following the death of his wife in childbirth, Phineas Finn re-enters a career in English politics renewing friendships and hostilities along the way. When the murder of an opposition member of parliament and a well-known bitter foe makes him a suspect, Finn's life quickly falls apart. First published in 1873, this is the fourth book in Trollope's "Palliser" series of books, political intrigue at its powerful best.
Shaw uses a re-telling of Ovid's classical tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his statue of the perfect woman to promote his feminist views and satirize the British class system. In the play Professor Higgins plans to present the cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a duchess. Pygmalion both delighted and scandalised Edwardian audiences in 1914. The actress who played the role of Eliza was considered to have risked her career by speaking the line "Not bloody likely!". Later used as the basis for the film MyFair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn.
An extraordinary story of love and hope set in the early years of the 19th century. Silas Marner is wrongly accused and expelled from his community. He becomes a recluse who lives only to work and hoard his meagre pay. He seems trapped in this small dark life until the arrival of a young orphan sets in motion changes with unknowable consequences. The story was adapted by Steve Martin in his 1994 movie A Simple twist of Fate.
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