This booklet is a wealthy collection of writing that has prompted the 20 th century and past. With 100 of the simplest titles absolutely reviewed and another suggested, youвЂ™ll speedy set out on a trip of discovery. The ebook additionally helps you to browse by means of topic and comprises вЂњa readerвЂ™s fast-guide to the classics,вЂќ earlier award-winners, and ebook membership recommendations.
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, originally published as Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, begins when the heroine of the title, out on a picnic, tumbles down a rabbit hole into a world turned upside down. Different potions make her grow and shrink in size. She meets with a baby that metamorphoses into a pig, animals that are more human than most humans and playing cards that come to life and play croquet. Surreal before the word was invented, these fantasies of a shy Oxford mathematics don have become classics of children’s literature.
One described the genre as ‘unspeakably disgusting’ and castigated its ‘ravenous appetite for carrion’. The bestknown purveyor of ‘sensation fiction’ was Wilkie Collins. Collins was the son of a well-known landscape painter and his first literary work was a life of his father but, encouraged by his friend >> Charles Dickens, he began publishing fiction in the 1850s. The Woman in White, published in 1860, is a melodramatic and complicated tale of a conspiracy to dispossess an heiress of her money, filled with dark secrets of lunacy, illegitimacy and mistaken identities and made memorable by the suave and sinister Italian, Count Fosco.
Hetty’s flighty flirtatiousness, eventually punished by her arrest and trial for the supposed murder of her child, is contrasted with the steady moral virtue of the Methodist preacher, Dinah Morris, who provides comfort in their troubles for both Adam and Hetty. George Eliot’s first full-length novel, inspired by an account her aunt gave her of spending the night with a young woman condemned to die for infanticide, is a major work of Victorian realism, an example of her belief that the lives of the poor and the obscure deserved the attention of novelists as much as those of the rich and powerful.