Charlotte Brontë, a woman whose life was steeped in stifled near-romance, refused to write love as ruly, predictable, or safe.
The often explicit letters James Joyce wrote to Nora Barnacle contain the same mass of contradictions as his famous literary works, like Ulysses.
Smoldering glances? Romantic letters? Forbidden love? Why Persuasion may be the most seductive of Jane Austen's novels.
For white, middle-class women in the 19th century U.S., courtship and marriage offered less emotional intimacy than their friendships with other women.
How romance novels—despite their decided lack of cultural clout—became big business for the publishing industry.
New books and scholarship from Stanford University Press, University of Minnesota, and MIT Press.
In the 19th century, more working class readers started partaking in contemporary fiction. Modernist literature, however, was specifically not for them.
The dark, absurdist humor of Samuel Beckett's work was directly informed by his time in the French Resistance during World War II.
New books and scholarship from Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, and the University Press of Colorado.
Poetry about all kinds of travel—from grand adventures to family vacations—by Elizabeth Bishop, Rita Dove, and more.