The French Lieutenant's Woman Author:John Fowles The Library of Congress Catalog Card # 77-86616 Second Printing, 1969
In this contemporary, Victorian-style novel Charles Smithson, a nineteenth-century gentleman with glimmerings of twentieth-century perceptions, falls in love with enigmatic Sarah Woodruff, who has been jilted by a French lover.
Fowles' contemporary Victorian romance isn't a far stretch from novels written long ago. The novel is also leaps and bounds better than the movie, which I found to be quite a bore. The detail in the novel seems to be unmatched and no substitute for Fowles' writing can be found.