- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Austen's timeless romantic classic, follows the lives of the five Bennett sisters, who live in a time where an advantageous marriage and social status are considered a fundamental for any woman to stand a fair chance at life. Set at the turn of the 19th century, Pride and Prejudice catches a perfect glimpse not only of a time when women were socially and economically dependent solely on their marital status, but also as an age of enlightenment and witness of the French Revolution.
- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A romantic and witty novel that has weathered time to remain one of America's classic pieces. In the shadows of the great Gatsby is another brilliant novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book is evidence to Fitzgerald's literal genius because it was written by the author in his twenties to mirror his experiences at the time. It paints a picture of what it was like to be a young man or woman in the 20th century and in the wake of the First World War. The book is set on a foundation of socialist principles. The protagonist is a young man in his twenties and his emotions and intellectual ideas are affected by the issues of social class. Fitzgerald's style of writing is sharp, clever and funny. The book is episodic in structure and the plot is set into motion by Amory's thoughts and ideas about his progression in his emotional and intellectual faculties.
- Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. "A Tale of Two Cities" was first published in 1859. Charles Dickens tells a gripping story about the nature of torture, power and love.
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