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The Trial

By: Franz Kafka

Chapter I. Arrest - Conversation with Mrs. Grubach - Then Miss B?rstner Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested. Every day at eight in the morning he was brought his breakfas

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Wuthering Heights

By: Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848; Brontë, Anne, 1820-1849

Wellesley College Library ; Wellesley College Library ; Boston Library Consortium

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Ben-Hur

By: Lewis Wallace
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Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience

By: Henry David Thoreau

Excerpt: When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again.

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Faust

By: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von, 1749-1832; Hayward, Abraham, 1801-1884
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The Origin of Species

By: Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
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The Scarlet Letter

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE was already a man of forty-six, and a tale writer of some twenty-four years’ standing, when The Scarlet Letter appeared. He was born at Salem, Mass., on July 4th, 1804, son of a sea-captain. He led there a shy and rather sombre life; of few artistic encouragements, yet not wholly uncongenial, his moody, intensely meditative temperament being considered. Its colours and shadows are marvelously reflected in his Twice-Told Tales and other short stories, ...

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The Lost Continent

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Since earliest childhood I have been strangely fascinated by he mystery surrounding the history of the last days of wentieth century Europe. My interest is keenest, perhaps, not so much in relation to known facts as to speculation upon the unknowable of the two centuries that have rolled by since human intercourse between the Western and Eastern Hemispheres ceased -- the mystery of Europe’s state following he termination of the Great War -- provided, of course, that he war had been terminated.

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The tragedy of Julius Caesar

By: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Baker, Franklin T. (Franklin Thomas), 1864-1949
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The Odyssey

By: Homer

Excerpt: The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

By: James Joyce
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Story of the Door. Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner fac...

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The Arabian Nights

By: Sir Richard Burton
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The Turn of the Screw

By: Henry James

?I quite agree?in regard to Griffin?s ghost, or whatever it was?that its appearing first to the little boy, at so tender an age, adds a particular touch. But it?s not the first occurrence of its charming kind that I know to have involved a child. If the child gives the effect another turn of the screw, what do you say to TWO children???

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The Grapes of Wrath

By: Steinbeck, John
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The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

By: T. E. Lawrence

INTRODUCTION. Foundations of Revolt, CHAPTERS I TO VII: Some Englishmen, of whom Kitchener was chief, believed that a rebellion of Arabs against Turks would enable England, while fighting Germany, simultaneously to defeat her ally Turkey. Their knowledge of the nature and power and country of the Arabic?speaking peoples made them think that the issue of such a rebellion would be happy: and indicated its character and method. So they allowed it to begin, having obtained f...

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The Idiot

By: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881
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The Scarlet Pimpernel

By: Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Excerpt: A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. The hour, some little time before sunset, and the place, the West Barricade, at the very spot where, a decade later, a proud tyrant raised an undying monument to the nation?s glory and his own vanity. During the greater part of the day the guillotine had been ...

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Tartuffe

By: Jean Baptiste Poquelin

Excerpt: Jean Baptiste Poquelin, better known by his stage name of Moliere, stands without a rival at the head of French comedy. Born at Paris in January, 1622, where his father held a position in the royal household, he was educated at the Jesuit College de Clermont, and for some time studied law, which he soon abandoned for the stage. His life was spent in Paris and in the provinces, acting, directing performances, managing theaters, and writing plays. He had his share...

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To Have and to Hold

By: Mary Johnston

THE work of the day being over, I sat down upon my doorstep, pipe in hand, to rest awhile in the cool of the evening. Death is not more still than is this Virginian land in the hour when the sun has sunk away, and it is black beneath the trees, and the stars brighten slowly and softly, one by one. The birds that sing all day have hushed, and the horned owls, the monster frogs, and that strange and ominous fowl (if fowl it be, and not, as some assert, a spirit ?

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