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The 1817 novel tells the story of Frank Osbaldistone sent to the Scottish Highlands to recover a debt owed to his father. While there he encounters Rob Roy MacGregor, the Scottish Robin Hood. Whilst based around an historical figure the story itself is pure fiction. The book was hugely successful when published and has spawned a number of film adaptations.
Regarded by many as one of the first European novels and a classic of its era. Published anonymously in March 1678, and set in the royal court of Henry II of France a century earlier, it tells the story of the unspoken and unrequited love between Mme de Cleves and the irresistible Duc de Nemours. It recreates that era with remarkable precision as a backdrop for a poignant study of the human heart.
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.
Vanity Fair was the first work that Thackeray published under his own name. Extremely well-received at the time, it is now remembered as a classic of English literature. While the novel satirizes society in early 19th-century England, Thackeray meant the book to be not only entertaining but also instructive.
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