Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters, from oldest to youngest: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. A romance, a quest, a family drama that validates virtue over wealth. The start of the story is set at Christmastime, where Jo, the second eldest of the March sisters, grumbles that Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents. The four girls discuss the upcoming holiday and sigh as they long for pretty things that they can’t have because of money constraints
Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist. She grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott’s best work includes her novel Little Women (ISBN: 9781909904422) which she wrote upon request of her publisher and its sequels Little Men (ISBN: 9781909904439) and Jo’s Boys (ISBN: 9781909904446). Alcott’s family suffered severe financial difficulties and Louisa worked to help support the family from an early age.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, EBK EIN/ISBN: 9781909904422, Sovereign, 468pp. Download Ebook: Kobo
When Beale and Ida Farange are divorced, the court decrees that their only child, the very young Maisie, will shuttle back and forth between them, spending six months of the year with each. The parents are immoral and frivolous, and they use Maisie to intensify their hatred of each other.
Henry James, an American-born writer, one of the key representatives of 19th century literary realism. He is primarily known for the series of novels in which he portrays the encounter of Americans with Europe and Europeans. His style of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception.
What Maisie Knew by Henry James, ISBN: 9781909676145, Sovereign, 262pp, Download ebook from KOBO
Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.
Thomas Hardy, an English novelist and poet. He trained as an architect and worked in London and Dorset for ten years. His novels Tess of the D’Urberville, and Jude the Obscure, challenged society’s norms of the day and received negative reviews upon publication. Hardy was criticised for being too pessimistic and preoccupied with sex. He left fiction writing for poetry, and published eight collections. Hardy is now recognised as one of the most influential English writers.
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, ISBN: 9781910343920, Sovereign, 354 pp
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