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Pride and Prejudice was first published January 28, 1813 and is the most famous of Jane Austen’s novels and one of the first “romantic comedies” in the history of the novel.  The book is Jane Austen’s second published novel.  Its manuscript was initially written between 1796 and 1797 in Steventon, Hampshire, where Austen lived in the rectory.  Called First Impressions, it was never published under that title, and, following revisions, it was retitled Pride and Prejudice.  


The Picture of Dorian Gray is considered one of the last works of classic gothic horror fiction with a strong Faustian theme.  It deals with the artistic movement of the decadents, and homosexuality, both of which caused some controversy when the book was first published. However, in modern times, the book has been referred to as "one of the modern classics of Western literature."


Dorian faces his portrait in the 1945 movie.


Frankenstein is a novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818.  The title of the novel refers to a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. In modern popular culture, people have tended to refer to the creature as "Frankenstein" (especially in films since 1931), despite this being the name of the scientist. Frankenstein is a novel infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement.  The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is arguably considered the first fully realized science-fiction novel. The novel raises many issues that can be linked to today's society.


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"Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

"Fanny Hill ~ Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" by John Cleland
"Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
"At the Earth's Core" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
"Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D. H. Lawrence
"The Theory of Social Revolutions" by Brooks Adams
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
"Fairy Tales" by the Grimm Brothers
"Two Years Before the Mast" by Richard Henry Dana

"The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling

"Old Greek Stories" by James Baldwin

"Beyond Good and Evil" by Friedrich Nietzsche