"Zuleika Dobson" is a satirical novel set at Oxford University, where the beautiful Zuleika, a conjurer by profession, arrives and captivates the male population, including the Duke of Dorset. The Duke falls madly in love with her, but she remains indifferent to his feelings. In a tragic twist, the Duke decides to commit suicide to prove his love, starting a chain reaction among other male students. The novel is a critique of Edwardian Oxford and the foolishness of falling victim to unrequited love.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 59th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
- 88th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
- 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
- Harold Bloom's The Western Canon (The Western Canon (Book) by Harold Bloom)