Seattle Picks: British Classics

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice By Austen, Jane Book - 2005 FIC AUSTEN 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:In this sparkling satire of love and matrimony, all five Bennett sisters require suitable husbands, to the chagrin of their harried parents, and all available suitors seem somehow deficient.

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre By Brontë, Charlotte Book - 1991 FIC BRONTE 1991 Available in some locations

Annotation:After accepting a position as governess in Edward Rochester's home and falling in love with him, Jane begins to suspect that all is not what it seems, and that Thornfield Hall is haunted by a dreadful secret.

Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights By Brontë, Emily Book - 1991 FIC BRONTE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 11 copies

Annotation:When Lockwood is forced to shelter with his unsociable landlord, he learns the tragic story of Heathcliff's passionate love affair with Catherine, and why her ghost still haunts the bleak Yorkshire moors.

Canterbury Tales
Canterbury Tales By Chaucer, Geoffrey Book - 1992 821.1 CHAUCER 1992 Available in some locations

Annotation:Rich portrayals of 14th century English life narrated in the richly descriptive, bawdy style Chaucer is famous for, these character sketches transcend time.

The Moonstone
The Moonstone By Collins, Wilkie Book - 2008 FIC COLLINS 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 4 copies

Annotation:In the first police mystery, the disappearance of the Moonstone diamond on Rachel Verinder's birthday spurs an investigation by the dogged Sergeant Cuff, who uncovers more than simple theft.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist By Dickens, Charles Book - 1992 FIC DICKENS 1992 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:By turns hilarious and terrifying, this tale of a young man determined to escape the life of a common pickpocket and to better his chances in the world features truly unforgettable characters.

Middlemarch By Eliot, George Book - 2003 FIC ELIOT All copies in use Availability details Holds: 10 on 6 copies

Annotation:The panorama of nineteenth-century provincial society comes to life in a multi-faceted story of its inhabitants who, like Dorothea Brooks, search for happiness in love and significant lives.

The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling
The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling By Fielding, Henry Book - 1994 FIC FIELDIN 1994 Available in some locations

Annotation:Young Tom takes readers on a roller coaster ride through eighteenth century British life, after his sexual exploits get him into trouble with his adoptive family and force him to seek his fortune in the world.

A Passage to India
A Passage to India By Forster, E. M. Book - 1992 FIC FORSTER 1992 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:Three English newcomers to Chandrapore eagerly form a friendship with the educated Indian, Dr. Aziz, but jeopardize international relations when one of them accuses him of sexual assault.

I, Claudius
I, Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 By Graves, Robert Book - 1989 FIC GRAVES 1989 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 7 copies

Annotation:The fictional lost autobiography of Emperor Tiberius Claudius reveals his intelligence and political savvy, amidst a decadent, cruel and superficial society that thinks him a stuttering idiot.

The Heart of the Matter
The Heart of the Matter By Greene, Graham Book - 2004 FIC GREENE 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Disaster looms beneath the thin veneer of civilized good cheer in British West Africa, when a scrupulously honest native police official jeopardizes his honor for the love of a woman.

King Solomon's Mines
King Solomon's Mines By Haggard, H. Rider Book - 2002

Annotation:When a fellow explorer goes missing, Allan Quartermain and his daring companions embark on a perilous search that leads them to ancient treasure in the heart of darkest Africa in this ultimate adventure yarn.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Tess of the D'Urbervilles By Hardy, Thomas Book - 1998 FIC HARDY 1998 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:While working in her wealthy cousin's house, Tess succumbs to his sexual advances. Will she bear alone the shame of childbirth and the condemnation of the man she loves?

Dubliners By Joyce, James Book - 1991 FIC JOYCE Available in some locations

Annotation:Both social critique and loving portrait of the everyday lives of urban dwellers at the dawn of the last century, these fifteen stories reflect the inherent self-sufficiency and strength of the Irish people.

Sons and Lovers
Sons and Lovers By Lawrence, D. H. Book - 2006 FIC LAWRENC 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Paul Morel's domineering mother runs life up into his early manhood, and threatens to doom him forever unless he disconnects from her neediness and recreates himself as a man.

Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage By Maugham, W. Somerset Book - 1999 FIC MAUGHAM 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:Philip Carey's search for freedom and self-actualization goes tragically awry when he his dreams and his heart are shattered by a destructive sexual obsession.

The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel By Orczy, Emmuska Orczy Book - 2000 FIC ORCZY Available in some locations

Annotation:Madame la Guillotine hovers menacingly over innocents in French prisons until their timely rescue by a swashbuckling masked avenger, known to the world and even his wife as an ignoble and foppish Englishman.

Ivanhoe By Scott, Walter Book - 2000 FIC SCOTT Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 13 copies

Annotation:While the dastardly King John threatens to usurp King Richard's throne, Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to reclaim his inheritance, save a maiden in distress and team up with Robin Hood to defeat the Normans.

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus
Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus By Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Book - 2003 FIC SHELLEY 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 8 copies

Annotation:Fascinated by the quest for eternal life, Victor plays God when his unnatural experiments with cadavers bring forth a new being into the world, and then forsakes his own creation, with horrifying results.

Dracula By Stoker, Bram Book - 2001 FIC STOKER Available in some locations

Annotation:Eyewitness news reports and diary excerpts lend eerie credence to this nightmarish story of a shadowy man hunter who stalks London by night in search of fresh blood. Jack the Ripper, eat your heart out.

Barchester Towers
Barchester Towers By Trollope, Anthony Book - 2003 FIC TROLLOP 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:With wry humor and quirky characters, the author reveals the dangers of evangelical infighting as the incompetent new bishop, Dr. Proudie and the slimy curate, Slope, struggle for control of Barchester diocese.

Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder By Waugh, Evelyn Book - 2012 FIC WAUGH 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:Lord Sebastian Flyte, worldly scion of the aristocratic Marchmain clan, indulges in the mad decadence of the 1920's only to endure the mordant hangover of the 30's and the ageless ennui of alienated privilege.

The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man A Grotesque Romance By Wells, H. G. Book - 2002 SCI-FIC WELLS Available in some locations

Annotation:Already uneasy about the mysterious bandage-wrapped newcomer Mr. Griffin, citizens of the town of Iping, wind up defenseless and petrified when his vengeful wrath takes murderous form.

Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway By Woolf, Virginia Book - 1993 FIC WOOLF 1993 Available in some locations

Annotation:One day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares to host a society party, proves to be fertile ground for fond remembrances, recriminations and musings on the life's splendid futility.

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