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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

See below for a selection of the latest books from Classic fiction (pre c 1945) category. Presented with a red border are the Classic fiction (pre c 1945) books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Classic fiction (pre c 1945) books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Sunset Song

Sunset Song

Author: Lewis Grassic Gibbon Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Faced with a choice between a harsh farming life and the world of books and learning, Chris Guthrie chooses to remain in her rural community, bound by her intense love of the land. But everything changes with the arrival of the First World War and Chris finds her land altered beyond recognition. In lyrical prose, Sunset Song evokes village life in the early twentieth century and offers a powerful portrait of a land and people in turmoil.

Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

Author: Charles Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Dickens exposes the corrupting power of money in his last complete novel, Our Mutual Friend, with its expansive cast of characters and interweaving plots. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition has an afterword by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and original illustrations by Marcus Stone. John Harmon made his fortune collecting `dust'. On his death his estranged son is due to inherit his wealth on the condition that he marry Bella Wilfer, a young woman who he has never even met. But when his son is presumed dead, John's riches pass to his servants Mr. and Mrs. Boffin and they in turn take Bella into their own home. They hire a secretive young man, John Rokesmith, to be Mr. Boffin's secretary - but what is this man's real identity and what is his interest in Bella?

The Voyages of Dr Dolittle

The Voyages of Dr Dolittle

Author: Hugh Lofting Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. After rescuing an injured squirrel, Tommy Stubbins is directed to the offices of Doctor John Dolittle and is amazed to discover a house full of exotic creatures. Under the tutelage of Polynesia the parrot, Tommy becomes the Doctor's assistant, learning how to understand animals and accompanying the Doctor on an adventurous voyage. The motley band of naturalists sets sail for Spidermonkey Island, traversing rough seas and mountainous lands, and encountering warring tribes of Popsipetels and Bagjagderags, as well as a host of sparrows, porpoises, unusual insects and rare sea snails along the way. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was published in 1922 as the sequel to Lofting's much-loved classic The Story of Doctor Dolittle. Full of warmth and charm, it has been lauded as a successor to Lewis Carroll in its vibrant depiction of animals, and will delight younger and mature audiences alike.

The Warden

The Warden

Author: Anthony Trollope, Margaret Drabble Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

The Warden introduces us to the lives of some of the most beloved characters in all literature. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition has an introduction by Margaret Drabble and illustrations by F. C. Tilney. Scandal strikes the peaceful cathedral town of Barchester when Septimus Harding, the warden of charitable foundation Hiram's Hospital, is accused of financial wrongdoing. A kindly and naive man, he finds himself caught between the forces of entrenched tradition and radical reform amid the burgeoning materialism of Britain in the 1850s. The deeply insightful portrayals of figures such as the booming Archdeacon Grantly and the beautiful Eleanor Harding are at the heart of this moving and deliciously comical tale. The Warden launched the enduringly popular Barsetshire Chronicles series of six novels and won Anthony Trollope a seat in the pantheon of great literary figures.

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Bleak House is not only a love story and a tightly plotted murder mystery, but also a condemnation of the corruption at the heart of English society. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition has an afterword by David Stuart Davies and original illustrations by H. K. Browne. The inheritance case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has been going on for generations involving myriad characters from all walks of life. There's Esther Summerson, Dickens' feisty heroine; Sir Leicester and Lady Dedlock, cocooned in their stately home in Lincolnshire; and Jo, the penniless crossing sweeper. We are drawn in and fascinated by the complex relationships. Indeed in none of Charles Dickens' other novels is the canvas broader, the sweep more inclusive, the linguistic texture richer and the gallery of comic grotesques more extraordinary.

Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Now you can live a day in the life of a young woman in 1920s London. Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows one day of upper-class housewife Clarissa Dalloway's life as she plans and hosts a dinner party at her house. Along the way she meets with people from both her past-a former suitor whose proposal she rejected and whom she no longer gets along with-and her present-her distant husband, Richard; her daughter, Elizabeth; and her daughter's teacher, Miss Kilman, whom she despises (and who feels the same towards Clarissa). Along the way, we separately meet a young veteran who was once a poet and a romantic before experiencing the horrors of war and becoming suicidal. He is diagnosed with mental illness and is being forced to separate from his wife and go to a mental asylum. Enter the world of Clarissa Dalloway and enjoy the writings of one of the most prolific female authors of the 20th century with this beautifully rejuvenated edition of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.

Heart of Darkness (Legend Classics)

Heart of Darkness (Legend Classics)

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Beau Geste

Beau Geste

Author: Percival Christopher Wren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Zuleika Dobson

Zuleika Dobson

Author: Max Beerbohm Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Zuleika Dobson, great beauty and second-rate conjurer, leaves a trail of broken hearts behind her wherever she goes. When she arrives at Oxford to stay with her grandfather, the Warden of Judas College, the entire student population is immediately smitten - including the proud and impossibly noble Duke of Dorset. But disaster looms for the fatally lovelorn undergraduates in Beerbohm's brilliant satire on the strange and enchanting world of Oxford before the wars.

The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Robinson Crusoe, an adventure tale that fascinated such thinkers as John-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf, and J. M. Coetze, has been an international best-seller for three hundred years. An adventure tale involving cannibals, pirates, and shipwrecks, it embodies economic, social, political, and philosophical themes that continue to be relevant today. Moreover, the notion of isolation on a deserted island and a fascination with survival continue to be central to countless popular cinema and television programs. This edition of the novel with its introduction, line notes, and full bibliographical notes provides a uniquely scholarly presentation of the novel. There has been no other edition like it.

We

We

Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel We, written in the early 1920s as the new government of the Soviet Union was beginning to show its authoritarian character, is one of the great classics of dystopian fiction. It presents a chilling vision of the future of the Soviet experiment and presents as well a broader picture of mechanization and conformity coming to dominate modern life as whole.Kirsten Lodge has newly translated the novel for this edition. In addition to the text itself, she provides an informative introduction and a range of background materials that help set the novel in its historical context.

Return of the Spirit

Return of the Spirit

Author: Tawfiq al-Hakim, Alaa Al-Aswany Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

First published in Arabic in 1933, Return of the Spirit follows a patriotic young Egyptian and his extended family as they grapple with the events leading up to the 1919 Egyptian revolution. This is a trail-blazing political novel that illustrates the way one man's spiritual awakening ties in with the political awakening of a nation.