Unit 8 Exercise 1

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Who wrote the most famous stories in English Literature?

Do you like love stories? What about horror stories, crime novels or science fiction? Or do you prefer a good adventure novel?

The most famous love story in English literature is probably ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. She was born in the south of England in 1775 and died in 1817, aged 41. She wrote six famous novels, including ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 1813. It is set in early 19th century England. Elizabeth Bennett meets a man called Darcy.

The most famous detective in English literature is probably Sherlock Holmes in the short stories by Conan Doyle. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1859 and died in 1930, aged 71. Doyle wrote the Holmes stories between 1887 and 1927. They are set in Victorian England.

Perhaps the most famous horror story in English literature is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. She was born in London in 1797 and died in 1851, aged 54. She wrote Frankenstein in 1818. It is set in the 19th century, in Germany, Switzerland and England. A scientist called Dr Frankenstein makes a man from parts of dead people. He brings it to life with electricity.

Perhaps the most famous science fiction story in English literature is The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. He was born in the south of England in 1866 and died in 1946, aged 79. He wrote The Time Machine in 1895. The novel is set in Victorian England. A scientist, called The Time Traveller, makes a machine.

The most famous adventure story in English literature could be ‘Tom Sawyer’ by Mark Twain. He was born in the south of the United States in 1835 and died in 1910, aged 74. He wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’ between 1874 and 1875. It is set in Missouri, Twain’s home state, in about 1845.