A romance is a love affair or emotional attachment. In literature, the story of a romance between the hero and heroine is often idealized. Read classic romances, inclding: "Gone with the Wind," "Jane Eyre," "Lady Chatterley's Lover," "Pride and Prejudice," "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and "Wuthering Heights." Discover classic romances!
Books About How to Say "I Love You"
Literature is filled with unrequited love, affairs, romances, the process of finding love, courtship, and discovering there are ways to live on even when a love is lost. But, how do the characters say "I love you" and what can we learn from the greatest writers in literary history. Read more about how to say "I love you."
Classic Erotic Poems
Erotic poems discuss sexual love and desire, and they can be found down through literary history in cultures around the world. These collections include Egyptian love songs, Chinese classics from the Ming Dynasty, Indian love poems, and Goethe's erotic poems. Read more about these classic erotic poems.
Abelard and Heloise
Abelard and Heloise are one of the most celebrated couples of all time, known for their love affair ... and for the tragedy that separated them.
Is it love, sex, or adultery? Some of the greatest novels in literature involve forbidden love, but what consequences do the characters face? Does the marriage last after the infidelity is over? Read these novels about adultery, and find out what happens after the passion has ended. Discover "The Scarlet Letter," "Madame Bovary," "The Canterbury...
Books About First Loves in Literature
A person's first love is unforgettable... Read what classic writers have written about the first time characters fall in love.
Books About Love Literature
There's a great deal of poetry and other literature that has love as a theme or focus. Take a look at these works to learn more about the literature of love. Enjoy!
Game of Love: Restoration Comedy
A comedy is usually a light, rather amusing, play that deals with contemporary life and manners. Such a drama often has a satirical slant, but ends happily.
Love and Other Dangerous Affairs
One of the greatest literary artists of all time — Gustave Flaubert — was prosecuted for "offenses against public morals" for "Madame Bovary"...
Love and the Brownings: Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
As we study literature, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning appear as one of most romantic literary couple from the Victorian period. After reading her poems for the first time, Robert wrote to her: "I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett--I do, as I say, love these verses with all my heart." Read more about the Brownings.
Love is ...
Do you really know what love is? Some of the greatest writers in history talk about it...
Of Love - Francis Bacon
In "Of Love," Francis Bacon writes, "The stage is more beholding to love, that the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies, and now and then of tragedies; but in life it doth much mischief; sometimes like a siren, sometimes like a fury."
The Story of Launcelot: The Lady of Shalott - Bulfinch
Read "The Story of Launcelot: The Lady of Shalott," by Thomas Bulfinch.