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Vintage Novels P – Fiction by Authors Whose Names Start with P, Q or R

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Authors P, Q & R

The Burial of the Guns

Audio Book

Page, Thomas Nelson (1853-1922)

1860s. Six tales depicting the South of the days before and after the war, with deep affection for the old patriarchal society but without blindness to its darker side. Title-story a gallant, pathetic episode of the closing Civil War. The others contain some very tender and affectionate sketches of character.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

John Marvel, Assistant

Page, Thomas Nelson (1853-1922)

The common interests of three young men of a northern town—a lawyer from the South, a Christian preacher and a Jewish socialist—in a civic reform movement, and their love for the daughter of a magnate, give unity to a rambling but interesting story.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The Money Master; Being the Curious History of Jean Jacques Barbille, his Labours, his Loves, and his Ladies

Parker, Gilbert (1862-1932)

Against the charmingly sketched background of a little French-Canadian town, the author traces with pathos, yet with whimsical humor, the development of the character of Jean Jacques Barbille, miller and money master, whom many misfortunes sadden but cannot discourage.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

The Pomp of the Lavilettes

Parker, Gilbert (1862-1932)

1837. A Canadian village story of the time of Papineau’s abortive insurrection.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

The Dutchman’s Fireside

Paulding, James Kirke (1778-1860)

A thoroughly native and local novel, and patriotic too, in its eulogy of Yankee character. The portraiture of Dutch settlers and Indian braves is incisive and racy.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Dulcibel; a Tale of Old Salem

Audio Book

Peterson, Henry (1818-1891)

The trials and executions of twenty-four persons in Salem.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tales of Imagination

Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849)

Contains “The Gold Bug”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Mask of the Red Death”, “The Tell Tale Heart”, and 13 other stories.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Romance of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table

Pollard, Alfred W. (1859-1944)

Abidiged from Malory’s Morte D’Arthur

Vintage fiction arranged by authors, names M-N-O

The Harbor

Audio Book

Poole, Ernest (1880-1950)

Using the harbor of New York both as the physical background of his story and as a symbol. Mr. Poole tells the story of the life of a young man from childhood to the hour when he becomes converted to the need of the reorganization of society so as to secure social justice. A story which strikes the prevailing note of social unrest, but which is hopeful in tone.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)


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Porter, Eleanor Hodgman (1868-1920)

A little orphan girl who through her ‘glad game,’ taught her by her home-missionary father, brought happiness to a whole community. Popular with all ages despite its sentimentality.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Bobbie, General Manager

Prouty, Olive Higgins (1882-1974)

Wholesome, pleasing chronicle of an eldest daughter’s everyday experiences in managing her motherless family of six, from her girlhood till after her marriage.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Vandemark’s Folly

Quick, Herbert (1861-1925)

A chronicle of pioneering along the Erie Canal, westward to Iowa, in the forties and sixties, with many interesting sidelights on claim-jumpers, frontier law, the underground railway, etc. The story is chiefly concerned with Jacob Vandemark’s long search for his mother, his reclamation of an Iowa farm and his love for a persecuted Southern girl.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

The Splendid Spur; being Memoirs of the Adventures of Mr John Marvel, written by himself

Quiller-Couch, Arthur Thomas, Sir (1863-1944)

Royalist romance of the great civil war, particularly strong on the history of the campaign in Cornwall and the west of England generally (1642-43).
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904


Raine, William MacLeod (1871-1945)

A stirring tale of the mounted police on a desperate man-hunt for a whiskey runner and kidnapper. The Scottish traders half-Indian daughter plays an important role. Mr. Raine knows his setting and period, the Canadian Northwest in early days.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

Doris Kingsley, Child and Colonist

Rayner, Emma

1718-40. A chapter in the history of the English colony of Georgia, founded by James Oglethorpe for Protestants fleeing from religious persecution in Germany and for poor English debtors. Oglethorpe tries to make this southernmost colony a barrier against Spanish encroachment from Florida, and the story ends with his brave but unsuccessful siege of St. Augustine, which did not drive the Spaniards out of Florida but won the colonists two years’ peace.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Free to Serve; a Tale of Colonial New York

Rayner, Emma

1701-05. A well-born English girl finds herself in the startling position of a bond-servant in the colony, which is English in name but largely Dutch in character. Her life in a Dutch manor-house gives scope for the portrayal of manners and customs of a distinctly Dutch type. Local events are worked into the romance.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Vintage fiction arranged by authors, names S

Leonard Lindsay, or, The Story of a Buccaneer

Reach, Angus Bethune (1821-1856)

1672-ca.1700. Adventures of a Scottish sailor in the West Indies from 1672 onwards. Exploits of a party of English buccaneers, or brethren of the coast, in Santo Domingo, Jamaica, etc., opposing the Spaniards and searching for buried treasure. Good descriptions of the operations of the true buccaneers.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

By the Eternal

Read, Opie Percival (1852-1939)

An adventure story of New Orleans at the beginning of the 19th century, with General Andrew Jackson as central figure. Based to some extent on unpublished documents.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

The Cloister & the Hearth or Maid, Wife, and Widow. A Matter-of-Fact Romance

Reade, Charles (1814-1884)

Based on exhaustive study of medieval history and literature; a vivid reconstruction of the whole life of the time. Hero said to be the father of Erasmus, and his story to be true in the main. Filled from beginning to end with rapid adventure, with brilliant and diversified scenes of life.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1904

The Truce of God

Rinehart, Mary Roberts (1876-1958)

Hearts Courageous

Rives, Hallie Erminie (1874-1956)

Scene laid in the colony of Virginia during the momentous days of determination for independence and the formation of the new Republic, with character-sketch of Patrick Henry.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

Vintage fiction arranged by authors, names W-X-Y-Z

Magnetic North

Robins, Elizabeth (1862-1952)

A tale of unsuccessful gold-seekers in the Klondike. Grim, gaunt, vivid, and interesting.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

For the Soul of Rafael

Ryan, Marah Ellis (1866-1934)

ca. 1850. A devout Catholic, daughter of a noble and wealthy Spanish family, her fickle husband and the lover whom she renounces. A drama staged in the times after the war for California when American exploiters were pushing out the old families. Scene in and about an old mission near Los Angeles.
— Baker, E. A., A Guide to Historical Fiction (1914)

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