| January 29, 2013

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and who doesn't enjoy a good love story? 

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From the snow-swept landscape of Pasternak's early-20th century Russia, to the bustling streets of Tokyo during World War II, tales of true love have been told across the ages and have won over the hearts of readers everywhere.

We asked Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of collections development at the New York Public Library, to narrow the field down to the greatest love stories in all of literature:

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
A physician poet is torn between two women in this epic tale set during the Russian Revolution.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Capturing the essence of the Jazz Age, this grand American classic tells a tragic story of unrequited love.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
A wistful Tita finds solace and passionate expression through cooking.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
True love is patient. Spanning fifty years, this beautifully told novel is chock-full of passion and romance.

The Lover by Marguerite Duras
A French teenage girl’s affair with an older Chinese man is the subject of this lyrical autobiographical novel set in 1930s Indochina.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
This captivating story set in Kyoto, Japan, chronicles a young woman’s development as a geisha.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Romantic play and mischief abounds in this classic comic romp.

Possession by A. S. Byatt
In this romantic mystery, two scholars investigate the private lives of two Victorian writers.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
An aging English butler reflects on a life of missed opportunities in this hauntingly, understated novel.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This spellbinding story chronicles the relationship between a librarian with a rare genetic disease and his artist wife.

Have you read any? Which was your favorite?