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The novel follows Georges Duroy's corrupt rise to power. With assistance from a series of powerful mistresses Duroy quickly rises from a lowly returned serviceman to one of the most influential men of Paris.
The best known of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels. Cranford is the small rural town which serves as the backdrop for a series of episodes in the lives of Mary Smith and her friends, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two spinster sisters.
Daniel Deronda is the ward of wealthy Englishman, Sir Hugo Mallinger. He falls for the beautiful Gwendolen but a reversal in her family's fortunes sees her marry another and binds her to a different life. Meanwhile, Deronda saves a young Jewish woman, Mirah, and becomes involved in her search for lost family and identity. But a dramatic revelation threatens Deronda's own sense of identity. Romance and realism intertwine in this beautiful book.
Evelina, the title character, is the unacknowledged daughter of a dissipated English aristocrat. She is raised in seclusion and when she grows into a beautiful and intelligent young woman she travels to London to be introduced into society. The novel then follows her growth through a series of sometimes harrowing episodes. Some critics see the novel as autobiographical. Burney originally published the work anonymously in 1778 and only acknowledged authorship when the book became wildly successful.
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