Published before 1800

The Blazing World

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Margaret Cavendish, Duchess Of Newcastle and Margaret Lucas Cavendish

The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish is, all at once, a satire, a treatise on natural philosophy, a work of proto-science fiction, and a …

The Fortunate Foundlings

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Eliza Haywood

A story of love and adventure, following the fortunes of a young man and woman each trying to make their way in the wide world. Horatio and …

The Adventures of Roderick Random

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Tobias Smollett

I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels…

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (Volume I)

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Tobias Smollett

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle is a picaresque novel by the Scottish author Tobias Smollett (1721 – 1771), first published in 1751, and …

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Vol. 3

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Laurence Sterne

This is volume 3 of 4.The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or, more briefly, Tristram Shandy) is a novel by Laurence Sterne.…

Manon Lescaut

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Abbé Prévost

Published in 1731, Manon Lescaut (on which the Puccini opera is based) takes as its themes passionate, tragic love, and redemption through s…

The Coquette, Or The History of Eliza Wharton

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Hannah Webster Foster

The classic early American epistolary novel about the seduction and ruin of a passionate young woman. Based on the true story of Elizabeth W…

The Female Quixote Vol. 2

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Charlotte Lennox

Second Volume of the novel that formally inverts Don Quixote: as the don mistakes himself for the knightly hero of a Romance, so Arabella mi…

Erec and Enide

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Chrétien De Troyes

A medieval romance in which Erec goes through many trials until he is sure of Enide’s loyalty and true love (Summary by M. J. Boyle)

Arthur Mervyn

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Charles Brockden Brown

Arthur Mervyn is the story of a young man from the country who arrives in a city stricken with Yellow Fever. He soon comes down with the ill…

The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

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Tobias Smollett

You can call me Dr. Fathom. Or Count Fathom. But I'm not who I say I am. And can you blame me? My mother was a soldiers' harlot who pocketed…

Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten ist eine Erzählungssammlung von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, erschienen (1795). Das Konzept der…

Mary: A Fiction (version 2)

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Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary: A Fiction, published in 1788, is a tragic story that decries marriages not based on love. It can be considered an example of feminist …

Mary: A Fiction

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Mary Wollstonecraft

Eliza, Mary's mother, is obsessed with novels, rarely considers anyone but herself, and favours Mary's brother. She neglects her daughter, w…

Regrets sur ma vieille robe de chambre

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Denis Diderot

Regrets sur ma vieille robe de chambre fut écrit suite à une offre de Marie-Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin d'une nouvell…

The Barnaby's in America: Final sequel to The Widow Barnaby

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Frances Milton Trollope

I scruple not to confess that with all her faults, and she has some, I love her dearly : I owe her many mirthful moments, and the deeper ple…

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (Volume II)

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Tobias Smollett

Volume II continues the story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle. The novel is written as a series of…

Legenden von Rübezahl aus "Volksmärchen der Deutschen"

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Johann Karl August Musäus

In fünf umfangreichen Legenden führt uns der Autor auf die Spur des weit über das böhmische Riesengebirge hinaus bekannt…

The Fiend's Delight

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Ambrose Bierce

This book, the fiend’s delight, was published in 1873, during the lifetime of author Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914, pseudonym Dod Grile. It is a…

The Heptameron of the Tales of Margaret, Queen of Navarre, Volume 4

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Marguerite Of Navarre

THE HEPTAMERON (here Volume 4 of 5), first published posthumously in 1558, is divided into seven complete days containing 10 stories each, a…

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