The Curiosities of Heraldry
This book is a helpful companion guide to define symbols, nuances and details with regards to signets and devices used to trace noble family lines. The illustrations help depict subtle nuances and... More > help the reader determine if in fact their own family crest has solid roots or if they have gone to seed. Many family historians will appreciate the age of the text giving it far more validity than current references that often uses documents like this one to reference too.< Less
Jude the Obscure
Hardy's masterpiece traces a poor stonemason's ill-fated romance with his free-spirited cousin. No Victorian institution is spared — marriage, religion, education — and the outrage... More > following publication led the embittered author to renounce fiction. Modern critics hail this novel as a pioneering work of feminism and socialist thought.
Includes a biography of the Author< Less
When Allan Montague arrives in New York, he is swept into the lifestyle of the fashionable. They know him through his father who was a General in the war. The longer he stays in New York, the more he... More > realizes that there is a huge disparity between the classes. When an injustice befalls the poor, Allan is the first to fight for what is right. But as he continues his lawsuit, he begins to realize that the very people he's fighting with are the very people who rule New York. He must be wily and careful if he is to survive this pursuit of justice.
Upton Sinclair is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Dragon's Teeth." His best known work is "The Jungle," a novel about the abhorrent practices of the meat packing industry at the time.< Less
Carol Milford is a liberal, free-spirited young woman, reared in the metropolis of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She marries Will Kennicott, a doctor, who is a small-town boy at heart.
When they marry,... More > Will convinces her to live in his home-town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota (a town modeled on Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the author's birthplace). Carol is appalled at the backwardness of Gopher Prairie. But her disdain for the town's physical ugliness and smug conservatism compels her to reform it.
She speaks with its members about progressive changes, joins women's clubs, distributes literature, and holds parties to liven up Gopher Prairie's inhabitants. Despite her friendly, but ineffective efforts, she is constantly derided by the leading cliques.
She finds comfort and companionship outside her social class. These companions are taken from her one by one.
In her unhappiness, Carol leaves her husband and moves for a time to Washington, D.C., but she eventually returns.< Less