Parables from Nature. Mrs. GATTY.
This is one of the great children's books of the world. It was a classic in our grandmothers' time, and possesses that imperishable charm which makes it as attractive to-day as when it was first written.
Lavengro. GEORGE BORROW.
The greatest romance of the road in English literature, telling of all the byways and humours of that older England which is fast disappearing.
Little Women. LOUISA M. ALCOTT.
This delightful book has become a possession of childhood and youth. It has captured the affections of millions of young people in two continents, and is certainly the finest piece of work in the whole range of Miss Alcott's breezy, hopeful, genial, and tender writings.
Pride and Prejudice. JANE AUSTEN.
Sense and Sensibility. JANE AUSTEN.
Sir Walter Scott was among the earliest to detect the merits of Miss Austen's work, and of recent years her humour and her keen insight into human nature have been abundantly recognized, so that to-day she is probably the most read novelist of her period. In Sir Walter Scott's phrase she possesses "the exquisite touch which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting."
Toilers of the Sea. VICTOR HUGO.
The Laughing Man. VICTOR HUGO.
Les Miserables—I. VICTOR HUGO.
Les Miserables—II. VICTOR HUGO.
'Ninety-Three. VICTOR HUGO.
Victor Hugo took the romantic novel as invented by Sir Walter Scott and gave it a new and philosophic interest. All his great romances have a purpose. "Les Miserables" exposes the tyranny of human laws; "The Toilers of the Sea" shows the conflict of man with nature; "The Laughing Man" expounds the tyranny of the aristocratic ideal as exemplified in England. But being a great artist as well as a great thinker, he never turned his romances into pamphlets. Drama is always his aim, and no novelist has attained more often the supreme dramatic moment.
The Heir of Redclyffe. C. M. YONGE.
This is a reprint of Miss Yonge's most famous tale. It has been said of her that she domesticated the historical romance, which owed its origin to Sir Walter Scott, and her characters were for long the ideal figures of most English households.
Wild Wales. GEORGE BORROW.
This book was the result of Borrow's wanderings after the publication of "Lavengro" and "The Romany Rye." He tramped on foot throughout the country, and the work is a classic of description, both of the scenery and people.
The Cloister and the Hearth. CHARLES READE.
There are many who think this the greatest of all historical novels, and it is certain that there are few better. It is not a story so much as a vast and varied transcript of life. It is also a delightful romance, and Gerard and Margaret are among the immortals of fiction.
Romola. GEORGE ELIOT.
This is the only novel of George Eliot's in which the scene is laid outside her own country. It is a story of Florence during the time of the Renaissance, a marvellous picture of the intellectual and moral ferment which the New Learning created. With amazing learning and insight the author portrays the souls of men and women, and her study of a weak man and a strong woman has rarely been surpassed in English literature for dramatic power and moral truth.
Silas Marner. GEORGE ELIOT.
This, the shortest and the most exquisite of George Eliot's tales, represents her great powers at their best. In the picture of the hero she shows a profound understanding of human nature, and the feelings which were then moving rural and industrial England.
The Abbot. Sir WALTER SCOTT.
One of the Waverley novels which has always been deservedly popular.
Bride of Lammermoor. Sir WALTER SCOTT.
The story is a tragedy on the lines of Greek drama, and the ending has been pronounced by great critics to be the most moving in prose literature. In the Master of Ravenswood, Scott has drawn perhaps his greatest tragic figure, and in Caleb Balderstone one of his most humorous creations.
The Black Tulip. ALEXANDRE DUMAS.
This was the last of Dumas' great stories. It is a veritable tour de force, for in it the reader follows with consuming interest the vicissitudes of a tulip, and the human element in the story is quite subsidiary. Nevertheless, it contains such strongly-drawn characters as Cornelius van Baerle, the guardian of the tulip, and Rosa, the jailer's daughter.
Tom Cringle's Log. MICHAEL SCOTT.
A brilliant story of West Indian life by an author who combined abundant personal experience with keen observation, sprightly temper, and delightful humour. "Tom Cringle's Log" has been many times reprinted, and has lost nothing of its popularity and power to please.
Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare.
Tens of thousands of readers have been led to Shakespeare by the charmingly told stories which Charles and Mary Lamb, about a hundred years ago, extracted from the plays of the greatest dramatist of all time. Though produced by Lamb at the very outset of his literary career, these stories betray that unique and finished art, that delightful freshness and rare sympathy, which are the characteristics of his mature work.
The Scarlet Letter. NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE.
This is one of the most powerful and affecting stories ever conceived. On its first appearance, in 1850, it immediately leaped high into public favour, and attained the distinction of an unmistakable classic. The tragedy of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale is wrought out in the midst of an austere Puritan community, which exacts the bitterest expiation for sin.
THE NELSON CLASSICS.
Uniform with this Volume and Same Price.
1. A Tale of Two Cities. 2. Tom Brown's Schooldays. 3. The Deerslayer. 4. Henry Esmond. 5. Hypatia. 6. The Mill on the Floss. 7. Uncle Tom's Cabin. 8. The Last of the Mohicans. 9. Adam Bede. 10. The Old Curiosity Shop. 11. Oliver Twist. 12. Kenilworth. 13. Robinson Crusoe. 14. The Last Days of Pompeii. 15. Cloister and the Hearth. 16. Ivanhoe. 17. East Lynne. 18. Cranford. 19. John Halifax, Gentleman. 20. The Pathfinder. 21. Westward Ho! 22. The Three Musketeers. 23. The Channings. 24. The Pilgrim's Progress. 25. Pride and Prejudice. 26. Quentin Durward. 27. Villette. 28. Hard Times. 29. Child's History of England. 30. The Bible in Spain. 31. Gulliver's Travels. 32. Sense and Sensibility. 33. Kate Coventry. 34. Silas Marner. 35. Notre Dame. 36. Old St. Paul's. 37. Waverley. 38. 'Ninety-Three. 39. Eothen. 40. Toilers of the Sea. 41. Children of the New Forest. 42. The Laughing Man. 43. A Book of Golden Deeds. 44. Great Expectations. 45. Guy Mannering. 46. Modern Painters (Selections) 47. Les Miserables—I. 48. Les Miserables—II. 49. The Monastery. 50. Romola. 51. The Vicar of Wakefield. 52. Emma. 53. Lavengro. 54. Emerson's Essays. 55. The Bride of Lammermoor. 56. The Abbot. 57. Tom Cringle's Log. 58. Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare. 59. The Scarlet Letter. 60. Old Mortality. 61. The Romany Rye. 62. Hans Andersen. 63. The Black Tulip. 64. Little Women. 65. The Talisman. 66. Scottish Life and Character. 67. The Woman in White. 68. Tales of Mystery. 69. Fair Maid of Perth. 70. Parables from Nature. 71. Peg Woffington. 72. Windsor Castle. 73. Edmund Burke. 74. Ingoldsby Legends. 75. Pickwick Papers.—I. 76. Pickwick Papers.—II. 77. Verdant Green. 78. The Heir of Redclyffe. 79. Wild Wales. 80. Two Years Before the Mast. 81. Jane Eyre. 82. David Copperfield.—I. 83. David Copperfield.—II. 84. Hereward the Wake. 85. Wide Wide World. 86. Michael Strogoff.
THOMAS NELSON AND SONS.
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