1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Two slaves struggle mightily: one for her liberty, the other for his integrity.
1854, Henry David Thoreau
A philosopher and naturalist returns from the woods to deliver a message: Wake Up! Think! Live Meaningfully!
1923, Dorothy L. Sayers
A financier goes missing and a lookalike is found dead in a bathtub. The easygoing Lord Peter Wimsey searches for the connection.
1840-1849, Matthew Arnold
A man of intellect and of spiritual sensitivity contemplates the purpose of life and its struggles.
7th-6th centuries BC, Sappho
The tenth muse expresses beauty, love, and the contents of her heart.
97-109 AD, Pliny the Younger
A wealthy lawyer reveals his personality and attitudes, and the way of life in Imperial Rome.
1865-1890, Mark Twain
A champion of common sense and nonsense casually delivers his colorful yarns, witty satires, and twisty dramas.