Kate Middleton’s Classic Books | Marie Claire Australia

Based on the books identified, it would appear that the Duchess of Cambridge has a penchant for classical novels, with the selection featuring literature from the Victorian era (seven out of 12 books date from this time). Jane Austen appears three times, but her most famous romance, Pride and Prejudice, is oddly absent.

The eclectic range of genres is also quite remarkable and forms the basis of a great playlist, spanning murder mysteries, romances, epic adventures, and dark morality tales.

Consider taking your quarantine reading any clues from the Duchess? Want to revise some classic literature?

Scroll down to see all of the books featured in the rare photo of Kate Middleton at Kensington Palace.

Books by Kate Middleton

A Christmas carol and other Christmas writings by Charles Dickens

After reading Christmas Carol, the notoriously reclusive Thomas Carlyle was “seized with a perfect hospitality convulsion” and organized not one but two Christmas dinners. The impact of history may not always have been so dramatic, but, along with other Dickensian Christmas writings, it has had a lasting and significant influence on our ideas about the Christmas spirit and on the season as a moment of celebration, of charity and of Memory.

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The sonnets and the complaint of a lover by William Shakespeare

When this volume of Shakespeare’s poems first appeared in 1609, he had already written most of the great plays that made him famous. The 154 sonnets — all but two of which are addressed to a handsome young man or a traitorous “black woman” —contain some of the most exquisite and haunting poems ever written, and deal with eternal subjects such as love and love. infidelity, memory and mortality. , and the destruction caused by Time. Is also included A lover’s complaint, originally published with the sonnets, in which a young woman is heard lamenting that she was betrayed by a heartless seducer.

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Sense and sensitivity by Jane Austen

A classic Austen with timeless charm, Sense and sensitivity tells the story of Marianne Dashwood who wears her heart on her sleeve. When she falls in love with dashing but misfit John Willoughby, she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile, Elinor, always sensitive to social conventions, struggles to hide her own disappointment in love, even from those close to her. Through their parallel experience of love – and its threatened loss – the sisters learn that meaning must mingle with sensitivity if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money rule the rules of love. love.

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Northanger Abbey Jane austen

During a hectic season in Bath, the young and naive Catherine Morland experiences for the first time the joys of fashionable society. She’s delighted with her new acquaintances: the flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine’s love for gothic romance and horror, and the sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father’s mysterious home, Northanger Abbey. . There, her imagination influenced by sensational novels and intrigue, Catherine imagines the terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and its irrepressible heroine, it is the youngest and most optimistic of the works of Jane Austen.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Pulled out of the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price was raised with her wealthy cousins ​​in Mansfield Park, well aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her only ally. During his uncle’s absence in Antigua, the Crawfords arrive in the neighborhood, bringing with them the glamor of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen’s first mature work and, with its low-key heroine and subtle examination of social standing and moral integrity, one of its deepest.

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Tess des D’Urberville by Thomas Hardy

When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urberville and seek part of the family fortune, meeting her “cousin” Alec turns out to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.

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Walking middle by George Eliot

George Eliot’s nuanced and moving novel is a masterful evocation of connected lives, changing fortunes and human frailties in a provincial community. Populating its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her to a disastrous marriage with the pedantic scholar Casaubon; Dr Lydgate, whose pioneering medical methods, combined with a reckless marriage to spendthrift beauty Rosamond, threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding outrageous crimes from his past.

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Dorian Gray’s photo by Oscar Wilde

Captivated by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a scandal success and the book was then used as evidence against Wilde at Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the wild Devon heathlands with the footprints of a giant dog nearby, the fault lies with a family curse. It is up to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the ghost dog before Sir Charles’ heir meets an equally gruesome end.

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The Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

As night falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to take shelter in the eerie and sinister house in Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn Cathy’s story: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she loved since she was young. How his choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge – and continues to plague those of the present. How love can transgress authority, conventions, even death.

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The odyssey by Homer

One of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature is the epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year return journey after the Trojan War. Faced with natural and supernatural threats – shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the relentless enmity of the sea god Poseidon – Odysseus must use his native wit and cunning if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome obstacles that, even there, waiting for him.

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dark house by Charles Dickens

As the interminable Jarndyce and Jarndyce case weaves its way through the Court of Chancellery, it unites a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose legacy is gradually eaten away by legal costs; Esther Summerson, ward of the court, whose parentage is a source of deepening of the mystery; the lawyer threatening Tulkinghorn; the determined detective, Inspector Bucket; and even Jo, the helpless little sweeper.

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