Tag: Historical Fictions

The Short Reign of Pippin IV

The Short Reign of Pippin IV

Author: John Steinbeck The Short Reign of Pippin IV: Steinbeck’s only work of political satire turns the French Revolution on its head, as amateur astronomer Pippin Heristal is drafted in to rule the unruly French. Enchanting comedy ensues as Steinbeck creates the most hilarious royal court ever around the brief, bold reign of the corduroy-clad…

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The Pastures of Heaven

The Pastures of Heaven

Author: John Steinbeck The Pastures of Heaven: Each of these delightful interconnected tales is devoted to a family living in a fertile valley on the outskirts of Monterey, California, and the effects that one particular family has on them all. Steinbeck tackles two important literary traditions here; American naturalism, with its focus on the conflict…

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Cup of Gold

Cup of Gold

Author: John Steinbeck Cup of Gold: From the mid-1650s through the 1660s, Henry Morgan, a pirate and outlaw of legendary viciousness, ruled the Spanish Main. He ravaged the coasts of Cuba and America, striking terror wherever he went. Morgan was obsessive. He had two driving ambitions: to possess the beautiful woman called La Santa Roja…

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David Copperfield

David Copperfield

Author: Charles Dickens David Copperfield: David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend…

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Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Bleak House: Bleak House opens in the twilight of foggy London, where fog grips the city most densely in the Court of Chancery. The obscure case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, in which an inheritance is gradually devoured by legal costs, the romance of Esther Summerson and the secrets of her origin, the…

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Author: Mark Sullivan Beneath a Scarlet Sky: Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Skyis the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with…

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Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra: Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North’s translation of Plutarch’s Life of Marcus Antonius and follows the relationship between Cleopatra…

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables: As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery…

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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities: ‘Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; — the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!’  After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men,…

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Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Author: Christina Baker Kline Orphan Train: The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence…

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