Classic Novels D – Fiction by Authors Whose Names Start with D, E, or F

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Fiction: Authors D, E & F

Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

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Defoe, Daniel (1661-1731)

A great tale of shipwreck and ingenious adaptation to circumstances, founded on the actual experiences of one Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years on the island of Juan Fernandez in the early eighteenth century.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Rising Tide

DeLand, Margaret Wade Campbell (1857-1945)

Frederica Peyton, ardent and undisciplined, is carried away on the rising tide of revolt against the restrictions which have bound women in the past. Having a boundless enthusiasm for humanity in general, she utterly lacks sympathy for the individual and needs the lesson of an overwhelming disappointment to clarify her vision. A story in which the characters are finely individualized and the questions involved are treated with a spirit of friendly, if somewhat satiric, neutrality.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Explorers of the Dawn

De La Roche, Mazo (1879-1961)

Charmingly related adventures of three little English boys aged five, eight and nine, left in charge of the redoubtable Mrs. Handsomebody, while their father goes to South America. They adopt a dog and a grandfather, fall in love with the Bishop’s small niece and find buried treasure. There is a Golden Ace glamour about this youthful trio that should endear them to young and old.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Plantation Sketches

Devereux, Margaret

Ten in all, written for her grandchildren by a lady who had spent her life on a N. Carolina plantation, picturing realistically the manners and feelings of the old Southerners.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

David Copperfield

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

A semi-autobiographical novel following the fortunes of David from his cruelly unhappy childhood through various adventures to maturity and his very happy second marriage. Among the lovable minor characters are the Micawbers and Peggoty. The story of Steerforth and little Emily is a minor theme.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Black Wolf’s Breed; a Story of France in the Old World and the New, happening in the Reign of Louis XIV

Dickson, Harris (1868-1946)

1710-20. Principal scene, Biloxi, Louisiana. Characters are Bienville, governor of Louisiana, his brother, the Duke of Orleans, King Louis XIV, and lesser persons of the Court. The main action is the capture, by French and Indians, of Pensacola from the Spaniards. An excellent idea is given of frontier life in a new European settlement among the Indians.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Miss Livingston’s Companion; a Love Story of Old New York

Dillon, Mary (Mary C. Johnson)

Semi-historical novel. Washington Irving, the Livingstons, Hamilton, Burr and other New York notables enter into the narrative of the adventures of a young titled Englishman in America.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

The Patience of John Morland

Dillon, Mary (AKA Johnson, Mary C.)

1830s. A political novel of Washington. Kitty McCabe is really Margaret O’Neill who married General John Henry Eaton of Tennessee, Secretary of War in Jackson’s cabinet. Andrew Jackson, Clay, Calhoun, Monroe, D. Webster and Martin Van Buren appear.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Lothair

Disraeli, Benjamin (1904-1881)

A dazzling picture of the highest society of England. Lothair, heir to immense possessions, is object of conspiracy to make him a Roman convert, and of protestant intrigues. The late Marquis of Bute has been pointed out as original of Lothair; Mazzini and Garibaldi appear in the Italian episodes.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

The Making of Christopher Ferringham

Dix, Beulah Marie (1876-1970)

1652-54. The Massachusetts Bay Colony, Cape Cod and the Barbados. The background of the book is a carefully studied presentation of social conditions in the most Puritan of the colonies – the attitude of the Puritan founders toward Quakers and witches, petty malefactors and non-churchgoers, their use of the stocks for misdemeanants, and of forced labour for debtors.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

The Clansman; an Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan

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Dixon, Thomas Jr. (1864-1946)

1866-69. The first of three novels describing the period of Reconstruction in the South, and the doings of the Ku Klux Klan who banded themselves together to protect White interests; beginning at the assassination of Lincoln and ending with the dissolution of the Klan.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates

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Dodge, Mary Mapes (1831-1905)

Crime and Punishment

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Dostoevsky, Fyodor (1821-1881)

Powerful psychological study revolving about one incident, the murder of an old woman money lender by a student whose mind has been obsessed by the deed for so long that he is forced to commit it. The story of his remorse, confession, and regeneration follows.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan (1859-1930)

A series of detective stories that form the life history of the amateur detective who first appeared in A study in Scarlet. A man of almost superhuman powers of observation and inductive sagacity, he is the prince of detectives.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

In the Shadow of the Alamo

Driscoll, Clara

Stories of the San Antonio Valley, illustrating Texas history from the Spanish conquest to the end of the 19th century.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Three Musketeers

Volume 2

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Dumas, Alexandre (1802-1870)

The author’s most popular romance. The central figure, D’Artagnan, was a historical personage and his three friends also have counterparts in history, much of the material for the novel having been drawn from D’Artagnan’s Memoirs.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Castle Rackrent and the Absentee

Edgeworth, Maria (1767-1849)

Picture of the varieties of recklessness and misconduct which in the course of a generation or two ruined or crippled most of the landlords of Ireland.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Debenham’s Vow

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Edwards, Amelia Ann Blanford (1831-1892)

1861-65. Gives an excellent description of blockade running into Charleston harbour.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

A Carolina Cavalier; a Romance of the American Revolution

Eggleston, George Cary (1839-1911)

1779-80. A story of actual incidents based on old papers of the historic Rutledges. Deals chiefly with the work of the guerilla bands.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Mill on the Floss

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Eliot, George (pseud.) Evans, Mary Ann (1819-1880)

The Tullivers, father and mother, son and daughter, are among the author’s best drawn characters. Maggie, who inherits her father’s intelligence, does not fit into the traditional place designed for women, any more than Tom, the plodding and practical, is adapted for the scholarly career his father’s ambition craves for him. Affection between brother and sister holds the place usually allotted to romantic love.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

A Dream of a Throne; the Story of a Mexican Revolt

Embree, Charles Fleming (1874-1905)

1845-46. The Mexican War.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Way of Revelation; a Novel of Five Years

Ewart, Wilfrid (1892-1922)

Narrative of what happened to a group of English men and women between 1914 and 1919. Deals entirely with members of the upper social stratum and has a fine air of authenticity, whether it concerns itself with their attitude towards life before the breaking of the storm or with their actions and reactions upon the bloody battlefields of Ypres and the Somme.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

The Amateur Gentleman

Farnol, Jeffery (1878-1952)

A fascinating romance of England in the early nineteenth century whose hero, young Barnabas Barty, stalwart, high-souled son of an ex-prize-fighting innkeeper, having inherited a fortune, goes up to London to become a gentleman.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time

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Fern, Fanny

Fanny Fern was the pen name of Sara Payson Willis (1811-1872), a hugely popular novelist in the mid-nineteenth century, By 1855 she was reportedly also the nation’s highest paid journalist, receiving $100 per week for her column in the New York Ledger. Ruth Hall, a fictional autobiography based on Fern’s own life, was published in 1854 and is still her best-known work.

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Volume 2

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Fielding, Henry (1707-1754)

Complete and unexpurgated history of a young man of strong natural impulses, a good disposition, and no overpowering sense of morality. Life in country and town in the year 174s. Squire Western and Partridge are comic gems of the finest quality. Of the highest importance in the history of literature, as indicating the lines on which the modern novel of manners was to be written.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Madame Bovary

Volume 2

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Flaubert, Gustave (1821-1880)

It is generally assumed that with this novel the author established the school of modern realism in fiction. It is an unpleasant and powerful study of the steps by which a married woman sinks to sin, bankruptcy and suicide and is the author’s protest against the romanticism which throws a glamour over illicit relationships.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Salammbo; a Romance of Ancient Carthage

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Flaubert, Gustave (1821-1880)

Salammbo is Hannibal’s sister, the scene being laid in Carthage at the close of the first Punic war. The enormous genius which can thus reconstruct—or invent, if you will—a world so different from the world we know, yet coherent, consistent, possible even, and tallying well with the few known facts of the matter, the absolutely unsurpassed excellence of the descriptions, the power and art of the thing grow on one strangely.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

A Room with a View

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Forster, Edward Morgan (1879-1970)

Scenes laid in England and Italy. The plot concerns the changes wrought in a girl’s life by a chance meeting in an Italian pension with two men, father and son. Demands careful reading.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

In the Shadow of the Lord; a Romance of the Washingtons

Fraser, Mrs. Hugh (Mary Crawford Fraser) (1851-1922)

1730-54. A character study and biography of Mary Washington, mother of the great general, from the third year before her marriage to the resignation of her son’s commission of colonel in the colonial militia.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

The Copperhead, and other Stories of the North during the American War

Frederic, Harold (1856-1898)

1860-65. A sketch of the animosities and violent revenges that characterized the life of stay-at-home people during the Civil War.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

The Colonials; Being a narrative of events chiefly connected with the Siege and Evacuation of the town of Boston in New England

French, Allen (1870-1946)

1772-1776. Part 1 – In the forest near Detroit, a study of Indian life in winter. Part 1 – In Boston, from the evening of the Tea-Party to the evacuation, including the retreat from Concord, the battle of Bunker Hill, and the siege. Joseph Warren, General Gage and Washington appear.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

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