In an account of the collision of two cultures, an English widow on a grand tour of the continent surprises her stodgy relatives by marrying a penniless Italian.
Enter the provincial town of Middlemarch, circa 1830, where the individual destinies of tradespeople, middle classes, and country gentry shape and are shaped by the community.
A forerunner of psychological fiction, and considered a landmark work for its innovative use of narrative devices, Sterne’s topsy-turvy novel was both celebrated and vilified when first published. Originally released in nine separate volumes, it is in effect an exercise about the difficulties of writing.
A rich and colorful portrait of Elizabethan life draws on historical sources to provide a speculative portrait of Christopher Marlowe, following the life of the enigmatic playwright in context to the life and work of William Shakespeare and its enduring literary legacy.