Books About Love

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Romantic love is a compelling theme in the world of literature, poetry and song. Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in the 16th century, but every culture has a similar legend. Love stories are a perennial favourite. Here are some titles that have stood the test of time.

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. 5. Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
  6. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  7. 7. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  10. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

From the 20th century onwards, the new discipline of psychology led to the study of romantic love. Clinical studies have been conducted to understand the emotional impulses that operate when people ‘fall in love’. Many books have been written on the subject, a selection of which is listed below.

  1. Essays in Love by Alain de Botton
  2. Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love by Helen Fisher
  3. Falling in Love: Why we Choose the Lovers we Choose by Ayala Malach Pines
  4. 4. A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, Richard Lannon
  5. The Passion Principle by Donna LeBlanc
  6. Love Letters of Famous Men and Women of the Past and Present Century, Vol. 1 compiled by J.T. Merydew
  7. Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy by John Armstrong
  8. The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  9. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work– John M. Gottman
  10. Love Secrets Revealed by Allen Berger Ph.d

There is a dedicated readership for romance novels, and a plethora of choices is available. Mills and Boon are the most famous publishers of romance novels which are written by various authors. The readers are usually women. Both sexes have contributed to the success of famous books like the examples given below.

  1. Love Story by Erich Segal
  2. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  4. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  6. P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
  7. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  8. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  10. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye

Authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Julia Quinn regularly write love stories. Nora Roberts, who also writes as J.D. Robb, combines romance with crime. Additionally, there are book series like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, in which romantic love figures prominently. Both of the above mentioned series have been successfully adapted for television.

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