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Crime and Punishment

By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A few words about Dostoevsky himself may help the English reader to understand his work. Dostoevsky was the son of a doctor. His parents were very hardworking and deeply religious people, but so poor that they lived with their five children in only two rooms. The father and mother spent their evenings in reading aloud to their children, generally from books of a serious character.

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A Tale of Two Cities

By: Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: I do not find it easy to get sufficiently far away from this Book, in the first sensations of having finished it, to refer to it with the composure which this formal heading would seem to require. My interest in it, is so recent and strong; and my mind is so divided between pleasure and regret?pleasure in the achievement of a long design, regret in the separation from many companions?that I am in danger of wearying the reader whom I love, with personal confidences, and private emotions.

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Oliver Twist

By: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870; Lea & Blanchard. (1839)
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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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Moll Flanders

By: Daniel Defoe

The world is so taken up of late with novels and romances, that it will be hard for a private history to be taken for genuine, where the names and other circumstances of the person are concealed, and on this account we must be content to leave the reader

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An Ideal Husband

By: Oscar Wilde
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War and Peace

By: Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy

Excerpt: BOOK ONE: 1805 Chapter One. ?Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don?t tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist? I really believe he is Antichrist? I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my ?faithful slave,? as you call yourself! But how do you do? I see I have frightened you? sit d...

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Heidi

By: Johanna Spyri

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: Universal Library Collection; Additional Collection; A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid

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Mrs. Dalloway

By: Virginia Woolf

Fiction

Excerpt: Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumpelmayer's men were coming. And then, thought Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning--fresh as if issued to children on a beach.

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The Man in the Iron Mask

By: Pere Alexandre Dumas

Excerpt: THE man to whom we have just alluded walked along with a firm step, although he was no longer in his early prime. His dark cloak and long sword outlined beneath the cloak plainly revealed a man seeking adventures; and judging from his curling mustaches, his fine and smooth skin, as seen under his sombrero, the gallantry of his adventures was unquestionable. In fact, hardly had the cavalier entered the house, when the clock of St. Gervais struck eight; and ten mi...

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The Wind in the Willows

By: Grahame, Kenneth, 1859-1932

Books ; Bibliography ; German literature ; German literature

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Pygmalion

By: George Bernard Shaw

I had better explain why, in this little piece d'occasion, written for a performance in aid of the funds of the project for establishing a National Theatre as a memorial to Shakespear, I have identified the Dark Lady with Mistress Mary Fitton. First, let me say that I do not contend that the Dark Lady was Mary Fitton, because when the case in Mary's favor (or against her, if you please to consider that the Dark Lady was no better than she ought to have been) was complete...

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The Portrait of a Lady

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Chapter One. Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. There are circumstances in which, whether you partake of the tea or not? some people of course never do? the situation is in itself delightful. Those that I have in mind in beginning to unfold this simple history offered an admirable setting to an innocent pastime. The implements of the little feast had been disposed...

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The Wings of the Dove

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Book First, Chapter One. She waited, Kate Croy, for her father to come in, but he kept her unconscionably, and there were moments at which she showed herself, in the glass over the mantel, a face positively pale with the irritation that had brought her to the point of going away without sight of him. It was at this point, however, that she remained; changing her place, moving from the shabby sofa to the armchair upholstered in a glazed cloth that gave at once ? ...

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Bel-Ami. Illus. De Ferdinand Bac; Gravures sur Bois de G. Lemoine

By: Maupassant, Guy De, 1850-1893
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The Raven

By: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849; Dore, Gustave, 1832-1883; Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908; Vedder, Elihu, 1836-1923
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The Taming of the Shrew

By: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
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Hamlet

By: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

By: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939
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