Buck, Pearl S     
The good earth
Wang Lang, a simple peasant farmer, takes as a wife a battered slave girl who becomes an indomitable, loyal woman. Working the land together, they prosper and increase their holdings, yet Wang eventually betrays his family and neglects the earth he had worshipped.

Cather, Willa     
Death comes for the archbishop
Considered Cather's greatest work, this experimental novel is based on the real-life experiences of two French missionaries in New Mexico and shows the author's empathy for nature in its unspoiled beauty.

Cooper, James Fenimore     
The last of the Mohicans
Caught up in the bitter conflict of the French and Indian Wars, two innocent sisters become the prize in a life-and-death contest between Magua, their cunning, ruthless captor, and the one man with a chance to save them--the woodsman known as Hawkeye.

Crane, Stephen     
The red badge of courage
As he faces battle in the Civil War for the first time, a young Union soldier gains maturity and some peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war. Includes pictoral credits.

Dickens, Charles     
A tale of two cities
The classic tale of a young Englishman who gives up his life during the French Revolution to save the husband of the woman he loves.

Dumas, Alexandre     
The man in the iron mask
Adventurers in 15th century Paris test their nerves to rescue a man whose face is covered by a hideous mask.

Eliot, George     
Set in a fictional Midlands town, the novel chronicles nineteenth-century English provincial life through its precisely delineated characters, weaving many stories into one richly textured tapestry.

Hardy, Thomas     
The mayor of Casterbridge
This is the story of a common field laborer, Michael Henshard, who becomes a leader in a small market town and then through his own failure sinks back miserably to his humble beginnings.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel     
The scarlet letter
Hester Prynne, a young woman in seventeenth century Massachusetts, is condemned by Puritan law to wear a scarlet "A" as the symbol of the sin she committed.

Hurston, Zora Neale     
Their eyes were watching God
Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930's, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance.

Kipling, Rudyard     
Captains courageous
After being washed overboard from an ocean liner, a spoiled millionaire's son is rescued by New England fishermen who put him to work on their boat.

Llewellyn, Richard     
How green was my valley
The youngest son of a Welsh coal-mining family recalls the tender and tragic experiences of his youth at the turn of the century with his courageous and loving parents and brothers and sisters.

London, Jack     
The call of the wild, White Fang, and other stories
Two classic tales of dogs, one part wolf and one a Saint Bernard/Scotch shepherd mix that becomes leader of a wolf pack, as they have adventures in the Yukon wilderness with both humans and other animals.

Melville, Herman     
Moby Dick, or, The whale
A young seaman joins the crew of the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.

Mitchell, Margaret     
Gone with the wind
After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.

Morrison, Toni     
Beloved : a novel
Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is persistently haunted by the ghost of her dead baby girl.

Nordhoff, Charles     
Mutiny on the Bounty
Based on the famous mutiny carried out by the crew of the "Bounty," a British war vessel, in 1787.

Orczy, Emmuska Orczy     
The scarlet pimpernel
In 1792, during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, an English aristocrat known to be an ineffectual fop is actually a master of disguises who, with a small band of dedicated friends, undertakes dangerous missions to save members of the French nobility from the guillotine.

Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich     
Doctor Zhivago
The epic novel of post-revolutionary Russia focuses on the torments and dreams of a doctor-poet who attempts to avoid the struggles of his turbulent era.

Remarque, Erich Maria     
All quiet on the western front
Records the experiences of a group of bewildered young German soldiers fighting and suffering through the barbaric chaos of those last desperate days of the First World War.

Scott, Walter     
Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe returns home to England from the Third Crusade to claim his inheritance and the love of the lady Rowena.

Tolstoy, Leo     
War and peace
An epic novel featuring the Russian role in the Napoleonic wars and providing a complex panorama of the life of the time.

Walker, Alice     
The color purple : a novel
Set in the period between the world wars, this novel tells of two sisters, their trials, and their survival.

Wharton, Edith     
The age of innocence
An elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870's, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. Before their engagement is announced, he meets May's cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York after a long absence.

Wilder, Thornton     
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Set in 18th century Lima, Peru, a rickety bridge which has spanned a deep gorge for ages suddenly breaks, and five people plunge to their deaths. A priest who is deeply affected by the catastrophe decides to make an investigative study of the lives of the victims to determine if he can find some clue to God's intention in casting five dis-associated mortals into eternity at precisely the same moment.

Wister, Owen     
The Virginian : a horseman of the plains
A novel of the American West describing the life of cowboys and the Virginian, a foreman, on a large ranch in Wyoming.

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