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Top 7 Romance Classics


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, including: Gone with the Wind, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Wuthering Heights. Discover classic romances!

1. Gone with the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell. Gone with the Wind was first published in 1936, and it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. This Civil War novel has been criticized for its melodramatic plot and flat characterization, but the novel has endured as one of the classic romance novels.
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2. Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë. This novel was published 1847, as Charlotte Brontë's first novel. Jane Eyre is a young orphan, who moves from one bad situation to another until she meets and falls in love with her Byronic hero, Mr. Rochester. Jane Eyre is a coming-of-age story that is also a popular romantic classic.
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3. Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is about the relationship of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, as arrogance, misunderstanding, and class all work to keep the couple apart. The novel has been called Jane Austen's best/finest novel, and it's also a romantic classic, set in 18th-century England.
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4. Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë. Wuthering Heights was the only work published by Emily Brontë. Passion is the over-riding force that drives the characters in this novel against the Gothic, wind-swept landscape. A passion between Heathcliff causes far-reaching repercussions. Read this Gothic romance.
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5. Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux. The Phantom of the Opera is a classic French thriller about a ghostly man who emerges form the hidden passageways of the Paris Opera House to express his obsessive love for Christine Daae. Read about the romance in this classic work.
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6. The Tale of Genji

by Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translator). The Tale of Genji, which has been called the world's first novel, is about the love of Prince Genji, the son of the emperor. This edition is also illustrated with woodcuts.
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7. Scarlet Pimpernel

by Baroness Orczy. This classic novel, set during the French Revolution, features romance, dangerous missions and disguise. The name of the hero is Scarlet Pimpernel, and his antics embarrass the French authorities by rescuing the French nobles from the guillotine.
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