Valentine's Day: 12 classic love stories

Which is the greatest love story of all time? Your own, of course! But just in case you're looking to share Valentine's Day with any of literature's runners-up, here's our list of 12 of the best love stories to be found between the covers of a book.

By , Monitor contributor

1. "Romeo and Juliet," by William Shakespeare

Chorus:
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.

It's funny how we forget that the whole story gets summed up in the first five minutes of the play.

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