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The Jungle

By: Upton Sinclair

Excerpt: Chapter One. It was four o?clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive. There had been a crowd following all the way, owing to the exuberance of Marija Berczynskas. The occasion rested heavily upon Marija?s broad shoulders ? it was her task to see that all things went in due form, and after the best home traditions; and, flying wildly hither and thither, bowling every one out of the way, and scolding and exhorting all day with her tremendo...

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The Jungle

By: Upton Sinclair

Excerpt: Chapter One. It was four o?clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive. There had been a crowd following all the way, owing to the exuberance of Marija Berczynskas. The occasion rested heavily upon Marija?s broad shoulders ? it was her task to see that all things went in due form, and after the best home traditions; and, flying wildly hither and thither, bowling every one out of the way, and scolding and exhorting all day with her tremendo...

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Sons and Lovers

By: D.H. Lawrence

Excerpt: Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence.

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Sons and Lovers

By: D. H. Lawrence

This intimate portrait of a coal-miner's family fastens on each member in turn: Walter Morel, the collier; Gertrude, his wife; and the children: William, Annie, Arthur, and Paul. When Mrs. Morel begins to be estranged from her husband because of his poor financial sense and his drinking habits, she comes to inhabit the lives of her children - most particularly, her sons. She is determined that they will grow to be something more than men that come home blackened with coa...

Fiction

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Sons and Lovers

By: D. H. Lawrence

THE BOTTOMS succeeded to Hell Row. Hell Row was a block of thatched, bulging cottages that stood by the brookside on Greenhill Lane. There lived the colliers who worked in the little gin-pits two fields away. The brook ran under the alder trees, scarcely soiled by these small mines, whose coal was drawn to the surface by donkeys that plodded wearily in a circle round a gin. And all over the countryside were these same pits, some of which had been worked in the time of Ch...

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Women in Love

By: D. H. Lawrence

URSULA AND GUDRUN Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father's house in Beldover, working and talking. Ursula was stitching a piece of brightly-coloured embroidery, and Gudrun was drawing upon a board which she held on her knee. They were mostly silent, talking as their thoughts strayed through their minds. `Ursula,' said Gudrun, `don't you really want to get married?' Ursula laid her embroidery in her lap and looked up. Her face was calm and considerate....

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Women in Love

By: D. H. Lawrence

Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920. It is a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula. Gudrun Brangwen, an artist, pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, an industrialist. Lawrence contrasts this pair with the love that develops between Ursula and Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual who articulates many opinions associat...

Literature, Fiction

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The Time Machine

By: H.G. Wells

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Time Machine, The (Version 4)

By: H. G. Wells

The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 for the first time and later adapted into at least two feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book adaptations. It indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in many media. This 32,000 word story is generally credited with the popularisation of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully...

Science fiction

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Dell Four Color : H. G. Wells' the Time Machine : Issue 1085

By: Alex Toth

Description: Four Color, also known as Four Color Comics and One Shots, was a long-running American comic book anthology series published by Dell Comics between 1939 and 1962. The title is a reference to the four basic colors used when printing early twentieth-century comic books: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. More than 1,000 issues were published, usually with multiple titles released every month. An exact accounting of the actual number of unique issues produced is ...

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The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling

By: Henry Fielding

The introduction to the work, or bill of fare to the feast. Chapter II?A short description of squire Allworthy, and a fuller account of Miss Bridget Allworthy, his sister. Chapter III?An odd accident which befel Mr. Allworthy at his return home. The decent behavior of Mrs. Deborah Wilkins, with some proper animadversions on bastards.

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History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, The

By: Henry Fielding

Tom Jones is considered one of the first prose works describable as a novel. The novel is divided into 18 smaller books. Tom Jones is a foundling discovered on the property of a very kind, wealthy landowner, Squire Allworthy. Tom grows into a vigorous and lusty, yet honest and kind-hearted, youth. He develops affection for his neighbor's daughter, Sophia Western. On one hand, their love reflects the romantic comedy genre popular in 18th-century Britain. However, Tom's st...

Historical Fiction

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Wuthering Heights

By: Emily Bronte

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Wuthering Heights

By: Emily Brontë

A tale of passion set in the bleak Yorkshire moors in mid 19thC, far from the Victorian uprightness, Wuthering Heights depicts the mutual love of Catherine and Heathcliff till destruction rends the narration; yet cruelty is only to be met with forgiveness in the following generations. Romantic, impassioned and wild, it is also a dark journey in the human soul. (Summary by Lady Maria).

Romance

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Wuthering Heights

By: Emily Brontë

1801. I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society. A perfect misanthropist's heaven: and Mr. Heathcliff and I are such a suitable pair to divide the desolation between us. A capital fellow! He little imagined how my heart warmed towards him when I beheld h...

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The OEdipus Rex of Sophocles, Chiefly According to the Text of Bru...

By: Sophocles, John Brasse

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: American Libraries Collection; Historical Literature

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Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King)

By: Sophocles

The play begins years after Oedipus has taken the throne of Thebes. The Theban chorus cries out to him for salvation from the plague sent by the gods in response to Laius's murder. Oedipus searches for the murderer, unaware that he himself is guilty of that crime. The blind prophet Teiresias is called upon to aid the search, but, after his warning against following through with it, Oedipus oppugns him as the murderer, even though he is blind and aged. In response, an ang...

Myths/Legends, Play, Literature, Poetry

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Moby Dick; Or the Whale

By: Herman Melville

Excerpt: Moby Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville.

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Moby Dick, or the Whale

By: Herman Melville

Few things, even in literature, can really be said to be unique — but Moby Dick is truly unlike anything written before or since. The novel is nominally about the obsessive hunt by the crazed Captain Ahab of the book’s eponymous white whale. But interspersed in that story are digressions, paradoxes, philosophical riffs on whaling and life, and a display of techniques so advanced for its time that some have referred to the 1851 Moby Dick as the first “modern” novel. (Summary by Stewart Wills)

Adventure, Sea stories

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Moby-Dick or the Whale

By: Herman Melville

Excerpt: Etymology (SUPPLIED BY A LATE CONSUMPTIVE USHER TO A GRAMMAR SCHOOL.); The pale Usher --threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain; I see him now. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world. He loved to dust his old grammars; it somehow mildly reminded him of his mortality.

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