According to Encyclopedia Britannica, more than one Christian martyr was named Valentine, but a priest killed about 270 AD by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus probably gave the day its name. As legend has it, the priest fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and signed a letter to her, “from your Valentine.”
Celebrating the coming of spring, the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February, also contributed to the day’s origins. The festivities included fertility rites and a lottery to match women and men.
In the 5th century, a pope changed the name from Lupercalia to St. Valentine’s Day and by the 14th century, the day became associated with love. Formal Valentine cards made their appearance in the 16th century, and became commercially printed in the United States in the mid-1800s; these often depicted Cupid, the winged Roman god of love.
And so, in celebration for the month of love, some love stories:
The garden of Eden / Ernest Hemingway.
813.52 H488g 1986
The mistress of spices / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
813.54 D618m 1998
Cold mountain / Charles Frazier.
813.54 F848c 1997
Pigs in heaven : a novel / by Barbara Kingsolver
813.54 K55p 1994
How Stella got her groove back / Terry McMillan.
Close range : Wyoming stories / Annie Proulx.
813.54 P968c 2003
The bridges of Madison County / Robert James Waller
813.54 W198b 1992
American knees / Shawn Wong.
813.54 W872a 1996
Persuasion / by Jane Austen ; edited by William Galperin.
823.7 A933p 2008
Pride and prejudice / Jane Austen ; with an afterword by Joann Morse.
823.7 A933p 1980
Jane Eyre, an authoritative text, backgrounds, criticism, edited by Richard J. Dunn.
823.8 B869cjzd 1971
Wuthering Heights : complete, authoritative text with biographical and historical contexts, critical history, and essays from five contemporary critical perspectives / edited by Linda H. Peterson.
823.8 B869ewzp 1992
Wives and daughters / Elizabeth Gaskell.
823.8 G248w 2001
The end of the affair / Graham Greene
823.912 G799e 1961
The remains of the day / Kazuo Ishiguro.
823.914 I79r 1990
The reader / Bernhard Schlink ; translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
833.92 S344r 1998
Enemies, a love story / Isaac Bashevis Singer.
A very long engagement / Sébastien Japrisot ; translated by Linda Coverdale.
Long dimanche de fiançailles. English
843.914 J35v 2004
Like water for chocolate : a novel in monthly installments, with recipes, romances, and home remedies / Laura Esquivel ; translated by Carol Christensen and Thomas Christensen.
Como agua para chocolate. English
863 E77L 1992
Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman ; with an introduction by Nicholas Shakespeare.
Amor en los tiempos del cólera. English
863.64 G216Lo 1997
Double happiness [videorecording] / Fine Line Features ; First Generation Films and New Views ; produced by Stephen Hegyes, Rose Lam Waddell ; written and directed by Mina Shum.
791.4372 D7271 1995
Eat drink man woman [videorecording] / Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; the Samuel Goldwyn Company ; [presented by] Central Motion Pictures in association with Ang Lee Productions and Good Machine ; screenplay by Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, Ang Lee ; produced by Li-Kong Hsu ; directed by Ang Lee.
791.4372 E14 1998
Emma [videorecording] / Miramax Films ; Matchmaker Films ; Haft Entertainment ; produced by Steven Haft and Patrick Cassavetti ; written for the screen and directed by Douglas McGrath.
791.4372 E541 1998
Mississippi masala [videorecording] / SCS Films Inc. presents, in association with Odyssey/Cinecom International and Film Four International ; a Mirabai Films Production, in association with MovieWorks and Black River Productions ; produced by Michael Nozik, Mira Nair ; directed by Mira Nair ; written by Sooni Taraporevala.
791.4372 M67863 1992
Pride and prejudice [videorecording] / a co-production of BBC Television and BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. in association with A & E Network.
791.4372 P9476 2005
William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet [videorecording] / [presented by] Twentieth Century ; produced by Gabriella Martinelli and Baz Luhrman ; screenplay by Craig Pearce & Baz Luhrman ; directed by Baz Luhrman.
Romeo and Juliet.
791.4372 R7633 1997
Shakespeare in love [videorecording] / Miramax Films/Universal Pictures/the Bedford Falls Company ; produced by David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman ; written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard ; directed by John Madden.
791.4372 S527 1998
Singin’ in the rain [videorecording] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; produced by Loew’s Incorporated ; produced by Arthur Freed ; story and screenplay by Adolph Green and Betty Comden ; directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.
Singin’ in the rain (Motion picture)
791.4372 S617 2002
Slumdog millionaire [videorecording] / Fox Searchlight Pictures ; Warner Bros. Pictures ; Celador Films ; Film4 ; directed by Danny Boyle ; co-director, Loveleen Tandan ; screenplay by Simon Beaufoy ; produced by Christian Colson ; executive producers, Paul Smith, Tessa Ross ; director of photography, Anthony Dod Mantle.
791.4372 S6349 2009
History & Criticism
Seventeenth-century English romance [electronic resource] : allegory, ethics, and politics / Amelia A. Zurcher.
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Women and romance [electronic resource] : a reader / edited by Susan Ostrov Weisser.
The first love stories : from Isis and Osiris to Tristan and Iseult / Diane Wolkstein.
Love in a green shade [electronic resource] : idyllic romances ancient to modern / Richard F. Hardin.
Twentieth-century romance and gothic writers / preface, Kay Mussell ; editor, James Vinson ; associate editor, D.L. Kirkpatrick.
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