Saracinesca (1887) is a novel by Francis Marion Crawford. Originally serialized in Blackwood’s Magazine, Saracinesca became the first in a series of four novels. Followed by Sant’Ilario (1889), Don Orsino (1892), and Corleone (1897), Saracinesca is an epic tale of history, family, and romance set in Rome during a time of immense cultural change. “In the year 1865 Rome was still in a great measure its old self. It had not then acquired that modern air which is now beginning to pervade it.” In this city of living history, church and state vie for control of a people divided on the basis of class. Against this sociopolitical backdrop, Don Giovanni Saracinesca proves an unusual character. Against the expectations of his friends and family, he remains unmarried in his early thirties and refuses to adhere to aristocratic tradition. In reality, he is deeply in love with a married woman, the Duchessa Corona d’Astrardente, who married the Duca—a much older man—when she was young. Although she feels strongly for Giovanni, she knows that her station in life will not allow an affair. Despite this, the two continue to meet, risking both life and reputation for the sake of love. Saracinesca is the first in a series of novels set in Italy by Francis Marion Crawford, a master of romance with a talent for detailed historical research. Although his reputation as a novelist has largely faded in recent years, Crawford was a bestselling author in his time and received glowing reviews for many of his novels and stories. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Francis Marion Crawford’s Saracinesca is a classic of American literature reimagined for modern readers.
Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's office and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend, Jane.
Jane has recently married a writer who is on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie, as they call him. Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signalling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be happy with that arrangement.
Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives at the house- beautiful Veronica Leslie-Jones-and Dorothy finds herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal dramas and wreckage of a militant suffragette march, Dorothy finds her voice as a writer.
“Pellucidar“ is a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, an American fiction writer, who created such great characters as Tarzan and John Carter of Mars.
Pellucidar is a fantasy novel, the second in his series about the fictional "hollow earth" land of Pellucidar.
The stories initially involve the adventures of mining heir David Innes and his inventor friend Abner Perry after they use an "iron mole" to burrow 500 miles into the Earth's crust. Later protagonists include indigenous caveman Tanar and additional visitors from the surface world, notably Tarzan, Jason Gridley, and Frederich Wilhelm Eric von Mendeldorf und von Horst.
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