Love stories have played an integral role in the appeal of literature since its very inception. From The Iliad (Helen and Paris), to Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), to Wuthering Heights (Catherine and Heathcliff), many of our most beloved stories detail the obstacles separating passionate young lovers and thwarting their union.
In our youth, we yearn for love affairs to rival these stories, unconsciously measuring each real-life relationship against the grandeur of its fictional counterparts. In old age, we often guage our happiness on the success we have had in achieving such intimate unions; and for those who have allowed their soulmates to slip away, the regret is palpable.
Here, you will find a collection of some of the greatest love stories from world literature. Some of these romances are tragic, some are humorous, and some are simply, well, romantic. Enjoy!