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Clarissa, the History of a Young Lady, Volume 6, 7, 8 and 9

Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady is an epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, published in 1748. It tells the tragic story of a heroine whose quest for virtue is continually thwarted by her family, and is one of the longest novels in the English language. Samuel Richardson (1689 - 1761) was an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748). Clarissa Harlowe, the tragic heroine of Clarissa, is a beautiful and virtuous young lady whose family has become wealthy only recently and now desires to become part of the aristocracy. Their original plan was to concentrate the wealth and lands of the Harlowes into the possession of Clarissa's brother James Harlowe, whose wealth and political power will lead to his being granted a title. Clarissa's grandfather leaves her a substantial piece of property upon his death, and a new route to the nobility opens through Clarissa marrying Robert Lovelace, heir to an earldom. James's response is to provoke a duel with Lovelace, who is seen thereafter as the family's enemy. James also proposes that Clarissa marry Roger Solmes, who is willing to trade properties with James to concentrate James's holdings and speed his becoming Lord Harlowe. The family agrees and attempts to force Clarissa to marry Solmes, whom she finds physically disgusting as well as boorish. In this book: Clarissa, the History of a Young Lady Volume 6, 7, 8 and 9

TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (British Classics Series)

A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented (Historical Romance Novel)

The Able McLaughlins: A Library of America eBook Classic

The riveting Pulitzer Prize?winning novel, available as an e-book for the first time.Wully McLaughlin returns to his family?s Iowa homestead at the end of the Civil War to find his sweetheart, Chirstie McNair, alone and in distress, her mother dead and her wayward father gone. Perplexed by a new aloofness in Chirstie, Wully soon discovers that she has been raped and is pregnant. To the shock of his parents and the tight-knit Scottish community in which they live, he marries Chirstie and claims the child, and the shame of its early birth, as his own. But the lingering presence of Chirstie?s attacker sets in motion a series of events that pit the desire for revenge against a reluctance to perpetuate the cycle of violence.?Often compared to Willa Cather?s?One of Ours?and Edna Ferber?s?So?Big?for its earthy realism, its portrait of an immigrant community, and its depiction of Midwestern farm life, Margaret Wilson?s provocative debut novel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 1924, is ripe for rediscovery. In a recent reappraisal Judy Cornes commends the novel?s ?feeling for time and place: a sense of the unrelenting forces that both history and nature impose on the individual. . . .?The Able McLaughlins?remains an engrossing story with characters who constantly engage our attention.?