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May, Nadia

Overview
Works: 330 works in 1,932 publications in 1 language and 35,468 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Poetry  Romance fiction  History  Personal narratives‡vDutch  Psychological fiction  Biography  Drama  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Narrator, Performer
Classifications: PR4034, 823.7
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Most widely held works by Nadia May
Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen( )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first of Jane Austen's novels to be published, Sense and sensibility marked the debut of England's primary novelist of manners. Convinced that "3 or 4 families in a country village is the very thing to work upon," Austen created a brilliant tragicomedy of flirtation and folly. Genteel dinner parties at a stately manor and romantic walks through luxuriant Devonshire draw two attractive sisters into the manipulations of landed gentry determined to marry well
Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen( )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Called "the greatest novel ever written" by Malcolm Muggeridge, Pride and prejidice captures the affections of class-conscious 18th-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy( )

19 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband -- and Russian high society -- would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life -- a mirror of Tolstoy's own spiritual crisis -- Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens( )

25 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the publication of this fiercely comic second novel, Charles Dickens's eminent literary reputation was firmly established. "Oliver Twist" was, according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a champion." Set against London's seedy back street slums, Oliver Twist is the story of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust into a den of thieves, where some of Dickens's most infernal villains preside: the impudent Artful Dodger, the barbarous bully Bill Sikes, and the odious Jew Fagin. Yet the unsullied goodness of the orphan Oliver presents allegorically Dickens's belief in "the principle of Good surviving in every adverse circumstance, and triumphing at last."
Howards End by E. M Forster( Recording )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Howard's End is a charming country house in Hertfordshire which becomes the object of an inheritance dispute between the Wilcox family and the Schlegel sisters. Through romantic entanglements, disappearing wills, and sudden tragedy, the conflict over the house emerges as a symbolic struggle for England's very future. A clear, vibrant portrait of life in Edwardian England, Howard's End deals with personal relationships and conflicting values
Persuasion by Jane Austen( )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last novel completed by Jane Austen before she died in her early forties, Persuasion is often thought to be the story of the author's own lost love. The book's heroine, Anne Elliot, encounters Frederick Wentworth, the man to whom she was once engaged when he was a young naval officer. Now a captain, Wentworth is courting the rash young Louisa Musgrove. The happy ending is not one in which Austen would ever play a part
Emma by Jane Austen( )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1816 and considered one of Jane Austen's finest works, Emma is a humorous portrayal of a heroine whose injudicious interferences in the life of a young parlour-boarder in a neighboring village often lead to substantial mortification. Austen brings to life a myriad of engaging characters and presents a mixture of social classes as she did in Pride and Prejudice. Her two greatest comic characters are part of Emma's machinations-the eccentric Mr. Woodhouse and the quintessential bore, Miss Bates. Delightfully funny, Emma displays the shrewd wit and delicate irony which made Jane Austen a master of the English novel. Although Austen thought that only she would like her witty, fanciful, self-deluded heroine, Emma has gained the affection of generations of readers
Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim( Recording )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four very diverse women, all seeking revitalization from the dreary February rains of 1920s London, rent the small medieval castle of San Salvatore, nestled high above the bay of Portofino, Italy. Arriving at San Salvatore, they find it awash with the scent of flowers, its olive groves terracing down to the sun-warmed sea. Each has her reasons for desiring escape. Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot are glad to leave behind their insipid duties and unresponsive husbands. The elderly Mrs. Fisher wishes only to sit in the sun and replay her youthful memories, and the bewitchingly beautiful Lady Caroline Dester desires to have seclusion from all her adoring suitors. Amid the canopies of fragrant wisteria, in the sweet sunshine and melodious silence, fate has some surprises in store for all of them
The Iliad by Homer( )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So much has been written about Homer that the legendary blind bard might just as well himself be included among the great pantheon of Greek gods about whom he wrote so well. The Odyssey is concerned with Odysseus' difficulties in returning home after the Trojan War, which was won by the Greeks. It is unquestionably one of the great epic masterpieces of Western literature and a storehouse of Greek folklore and myth. With its wise and always magnificent hero and its romantic theme, The Odyssey has established itself as perhaps the greatest adventure story of all time
The hiding place by Corrie Ten Boom( Recording )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of how Corrie and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in a specially built room in their house and aiding their escape from the Nazis
The Divine comedy : [the Carlyle-Wicksteed translation] by Dante Alighieri( )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No words can describe the greatness of this work, a greatness both of theme and artistry. The theme that Dante treats is universal; it involves the greatest concepts which man has ever attained. Only a genius could find the loftiness of tone and the splendor and variety of images and scenes that are presented in The Divine Comedy
What was she thinking? : [notes on a scandal] by Zoë Heller( )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schoolteacher Barbara Covett follows a solitary lifestyle until a new teacher, Sheba Hart, draws her into a touching confidence. But unbeknownst to their colleagues, Sheba begins an affair with an underage male student. When the facts come to light, Barbara comes to her friend's defense, revealing Sheba's secrets and her own as well
The guns of August by Barbara W Tuchman( Recording )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed--and how horrible it became. Tuchman masterfully portrays this transition from 19th to 20th century, focusing on the turning point in the year 1914: the month leading up to the war and the first month of the war. With fine attention to detail, she reveals how and why the war started, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't, managing to make the story utterly suspenseful even when we already know the outcome
A distant mirror : the calamitous 14th century by Barbara W Tuchman( )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague. Barbara Tuchman reveals both the great rhythms of history and the grain and texture of domestic life as it was lived. Here are the guilty passions, loyalties and treacheries, political assassinations, sea battles and sieges, corruption in high places and ay earning for reform, satire and humor, sorcery and demonology, and lust and sadism on the stage. Here are proud cardinals, beggars, feminists, university scholars, grocers, bankers, mercenaries, mystics, lawyers and tax collectors, and, dominating all, the knight in his valor and "furious follies," a "terrible worm in an iron cocoon."
Whose body? : a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Dorothy L Sayers( )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sayers's most renowned amateur detective, the engaging and amusing Lord Peter Wimsey, sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a nude corpse, wearing a golden pince-nez, in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation. Dorothy L. Sayers, long considered one of the top mystery authors of our day, has excelled herself in this delightfully macabre tale, a truly rare find for anyone interested in top-flight crime fiction
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë( )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicling the life of Jane Eyre, this first-person narrative follows Jane from her time as a young orphan through her eventual marriage. With an abusive childhood spent in the hands of a hateful adopted family, and a tortured adolescence spent under the tutelage of a hypocritical headmaster, Jane eventually finds happiness and satisfaction in her marriage to the ugly yet passionate Rochester
Silas Marner by George Eliot( Recording )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silas Marner is a gentle linen weaver who is wrongly accused of a heinous theft that was committed by his best friend. After going into reclusion, he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth issuing from his unselfish love of an abandoned child who mysteriously appears one day in his cottage
Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter( Recording )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of eighteen tales about Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tittlemouse, and the others
Middlemarch by George Eliot( Recording )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dorothea Brooke is a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man whom she believes is setting this example, she unwittingly traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a visionary young doctor from the city, whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine to the village is complicated by his love for the wrong woman. Featuring a panoply of complex, brilliantly drawn characters from every walk of life, Eliot's masterpiece is a rich and teeming portrait of provincial life in Victorian England. Yet her characters' struggles to retain their moral integrity in the midst of temptation and tragedy are strikingly modern in their painful ironies. The incomparable psychological insight of Middlemarch was pivotal in the shaping of twentieth-century literary realism
Alexander the Great and his time by Agnes Savill( Recording )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander was trained by Aristotle in every branch of human learning, conquered much of Asia, and was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. He was unquestionably one of the most brilliant and commanding generals of all time. He greatly influenced the spread of Hellinism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development
 
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