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The Cloister and the Hearth (1861)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159224923X, Hardcover)"The Cloister and the Hearth" is Charles Reade's greatest work--and, I believe, the greatest historical novel in the language. . . . "One can only say that this great writer--there is no greater praise--paints women as they are, men as they are, things as they are. What we call genius is first the power of seeing men, women, and things as they are--most of us, being without genius, are purblind--and then the power of showing them by means of "invention"--by the grafting of "invention" upon fact. No man has shown greater power of grasping fact and of weaving invention upon it than Charles Reade." -- from Walter Besant's introduction (Jacketless library hardcover.)
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Set at the time Europe was moving out of the Middle Ages into the new world of humanism and science, it tells the story of the star-crossed lovers Gerard and Margaret.
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