These nine novels are the best of the bestgreat writing by some of the most brilliant literary minds of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Samuel Johnson’s biography of Richard Savage raises the life of a scoundrel to the level of great art; George Eliot profoundly influenced Henry James with her horror story The Lifted Veil; Le Fanu writes a sinister but gracious” supernatural gothic; Joseph Conrad draws from his life as a sea captain in The Secret Sharer; Nightmare Abbey is Thomas Love Peacock’s satire on his friends, the romantic poets Shelley, Coleridge, and Byron.
These, with the other short novels in this collection, represent the pinnacle of achievement in their genre.
Life of Richard Savage, by Samuel Johnson Castle Rackrent, by Maria Edgeworth The Room in the Dragon Volant, by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Cousin Phillis, by Elizabeth Gaskell The Lifted Veil, by George Eliot The Secret Sharer, by Joseph Conrad The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper, by George Meredith Nightmare Abbey, by Thomas Love Peacock Liber Amoris, by William Hazlitt
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