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Count of Monte Cristo, The

By: Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo ) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is often considered, along with The Three Musketeers , as Dumas's most popular work. The writing of the work was completed in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical eve...

Romance, Adventure

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The Three Musketeers

By: Alexandre Dumas

Preface: In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names? ending in os and is, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them.

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Three Musketeers, The

By: Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a musketeer. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis -- inseparable friends who live by the motto, One for all, and all for one. The Three Musketeers was first published in serial form in the magazine Le Siècle between March and July 1844...

Adventure, Romance

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The Three Musketeers

By: John P. Roberts III

The Three Musketeers: In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names? ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them.

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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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Man in the Iron Mask, The

By: Alexandre Dumas

In this, the last of the Three Musketeers novels, Dumas builds on the true story of a mysterious prisoner held incognito in the French penal system, forced to wear a mask when seen by any but his jailer or his valet. If you have skipped the novels between The Three Musketeers and this, a few notes will bring you into the story: On one side – Aramis, now a bishop and secretly the Captain-General of the Jesuit Order, who believes he has found a path to a higher honor – the...

Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literature, Romance

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The Man in the Iron Mask

By: Maquet, Auguste, 1813-1888

Description: Written in collaboration with Auguste Lévy

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Les Misérables

By: Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885

Description: v. 1. Fantine -- v. 2. Cosette -- v. 4. The Idyll and the epic

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Misérables, Les Vol. 1

By: Victor Hugo

An ex-convict breaks parole and starts a new life as a righteous man, but is pursued by a police inspector. Along the way, the ex-convict joins a revolution, adopts a daughter, and beats people up. Hooray. (Summary by smileyman457)

Romance, Fiction

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Notre-Dame de Paris Aka the Hunchback of Notre Dame

By: Victor Hugo

A few years ago, while visiting or, rather, rummaging about Notre-Dame, the author of this book found, in an obscure nook of one of the towers, the following word, engraved by hand upon the wall: -- ~ANArKH~. These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ag...

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Hunchback of Notre Dame, The

By: Victor Hugo

One of the great literary tragedies of all time, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features some of the most well-known characters in all of fiction - Quasimodo, the hideously deformed bellringer of Notre-Dame de Paris, his master the evil priest Claude Frollo, and Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy condemned for a crime she did not commit. (Summary by Mark Nelson)

Fiction

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

How happy I am that I am gone! My dear friend, what a thing is the heart of man! To leave you, from whom I have been inseparable, whom I love so dearly, and yet to feel happy! I know you will forgive me. Have not other attachments been specially appointed by fate to torment a head like mine? Poor Leonora! and yet I was not to blame. Was it my fault, that, whilst the peculiar charms of her sister afforded me an agreeable entertainment, a passion for me was engendered in h...

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Sorrows of Young Werther, The

By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Sorrows of Young Werther (German, Die Leiden des jungen Werther, originally published as Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774. The story follows the life and sorrows of Werther after he falls desperately in love with a young woman who is married to another. A climactic scene prominently features Goethe's own German translation of a portion of James Macpherson's Ossia...

Epistolary fiction, Literature, Tragedy

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Excerpt: The Sorrows of Young Werther by J.W. von Goethe, translated by R.D. Boylan, ed. Nathan Haskell Dole.

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Faust

By: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von, 1749-1832; Hayward, Abraham, 1801-1884
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Faust I

By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend; a highly successful scholar, but also dissatisfied with his life, and so makes a deal with the devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts. It is Goethe's most famous work and considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature. This first part of Faust is not divided into acts, but is structured as a sequ...

Literature, Play, Tragedy, Myths/Legends

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Faust

By: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von, 1749-1832
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Siddhartha

By: Hermann Hesse

THE SON OF THE BRAHMAN. In the shade of the house, in the sunshine at the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the shade of the fig tree is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahman. The sun tanned his light shoulders during bathing, the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings at the banks of the river. In the mango grove, shade poured into his black eyes, wh...

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Siddhartha

By: Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha is one of the great philosophical novels. Profoundly insightful, it is also a beautifully written story that begins as Siddhartha, son of an Indian Brahman, leaves his family and begins a lifelong journey towards Enlightenment. On the way he faces the entire range of human experience and emotion: he lives with ascetics, meets Gotama the Buddha, learns the art of love from Kamala the courtesan, and is transformed by the simple philosophy of the ferryman Vasudev...

Fiction

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Siddhartha

By: Hermann Hesse

Im Schatten des Hauses, in der Sonne des Flussufers Booten, im Schatten des Salwaldes, im Schatten genbaumes wuchs Siddhartha auf, der schoene Brahmanen, der junge Falke, zusammen mit seinem Freunde, dem Brahmanensohn. Sonne ?braeunte seine lichten Schultern am Flussufer, beim Bade, bei den heiligen Waschungen, bei den heiligen Opfern. Schatten floss in seine schwarzen Augen im Mangohain, bei den Knabenspielen, beim Gesang der Mutter, bei den heiligen Opfern, bei den Leh...

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