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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.
When first published in 1899 the work received a mixed critical reception; praise for its outstanding writing style and condemnation for it's frank presentation of the limits of a woman's role and its sexual openness. At the time the book only had one printing. After it's rediscovery in 1969 the book has been praised for its treatment of issues facing women and its wonderful style.
The Bleak House is Dickens' satire of a decaying society. Its story draws together a group of disparate people through the interminable suit of Jarndyce vs Jarndyce at the Court of Chancery. Often described as a savage, though also comic, critique of Victorian society.
The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They were published in New York City newspapers beginning in October 1787 and outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government. According to historian Richard Morris, they are an "incomparable exposition of the Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer."
The discovery of Cavorite, a substance with anti-gravity properties, by an English scientist during Victorian times makes possible one of mankind's oldest dreams - travel to the moon. But a journey into the unknown brings with it all sorts of mysterious risks. Captured by aliens on the moon, the humans need to escape and thwart their abductors from conquering earth. Another brilliant H.G. Wells sci-fi story.
An influential classic and one of the earliest scholarly works of history. Enthusiastically embraced by the author's contemporaries and immediate successors. History gives an account of the war fought between the Peloponnesian League (led by Sparta) and the Delian League (led by Athens) in Ancient Greece. Unlike the many appearances the Gods make in the writings of Herodotus and the poems of Homer, Thucydides sees history as being caused by the choices and actions of human beings.
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