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Madame Bovary

By: Gustave Flaubert

The new fellow, standing in the corner behind the door so that he could hardly be seen, was a country lad of about fifteen, and taller than any of us. His hair was cut square on his forehead like a village chorister's; he looked reliable, but very ill at ease. Although he was not broad-shouldered, his short school jacket of green cloth with black buttons must have been tight about the arm-holes, and showed at the opening of the cuffs red wrists accustomed to being bare. ...

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Madame Bovary

By: Gustave Flaubert

Published in book form in April 1857, the novel focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was notoriously perfectionist about his writing and claimed to always be searching for le mot juste (the right word). (Summary from Wikipedia).

Literature, Fiction, Romance, Tragedy

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Madame Bovary

By: Gustave Flaubert

Excerpt: PART I. Chapter One. We were in class when the head-master came in, followed by a ?new fellow,? not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and every one rose as if just surprised at his work. The head-master made a sign to us to sit down. Then, turning to the class-master, he said to him in a low voice-- ?Monsieur Roger, here is a pupil whom I recommend to your care; he?ll be in the second. If h...

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Sentimental Education; The Story of a Young Man

By: Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880; Ranous, Dora Knowlton, 1859-1916
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Candide

By: Voltaire

Excerpt: Chapter 1. HOW CANDIDE WAS BROUGHT UP IN A MAGNIFICIENT CASTLE AND HOW HE WAS DRIVEN THENCE In the country of Westphalia, in the castle of the most noble Baron of Thunder?ten?tronckh, lived a youth whom Nature had endowed with a most sweet disposition. His face was the true index of his mind. He had a solid judgment joined to the most unaffected simplicity; and hence, I presume, he had his name of Candide. The old servants of the house suspected him to have been...

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Candide

By: François Marie) Voltaire (Arouet

A sparkling 18th century satire by Voltaire

Fantasy

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The Prince

By: Nicolo Machiavelli

Introduction: Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.

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Prince, The (Version 2)

By: Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince (Italian: Il Principe) is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. The descriptions within The Prince have the general theme of accepting that ends of princes, such as glory, and indeed survival, can justify the use of immoral means to achieve those ends.

Advice, Instruction, Politics

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The Prince

By: Niccolo Machiavelli

Introduction: Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

By: Baroness Orczy

3 I. PARIS: SEPTEMBER, 1792 II. DOVER: THE FISHERMAN’S REST III. THE REFUGEES IV. THE LEAGUE OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL V. MARGUERITE VI. AN EXQUISITE OF ’92 VII. THE SECRET ORCHARD VIII. THE ACCREDITED AGENT IX. THE OUTRAGE X. IN THE OPERA BOX XI. LORD GRENVILLE’S BALL XII. THE SCRAP OF PAPER XIII. EITHER...

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Scarlet Pimpernel, The (dramatic reading)

By: Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Baroness Emma (Emmuska) Orczy (September 23, 1865 – November 12, 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel. Some of her paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

Adventure

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Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated: Scarlet Pimpernel: Issue 1

By: D.S. Publishing
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The Laughing Cavalier

By: Baroness Orczy

For the past eight years now— ever since the true story of The Scarlet Pimpernel was put on record by the present author— these gentle, kind, inquisitive friends have asked me to trace their descent back to an ancestor more remote than was Sir Percy, to one in fact who by his life and by his deeds stands forth from out the distant past as a conclusive proof that the laws which govern the principles of heredity are as unalterable as those that rule the destinies of the un...

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The Divine Comedy : Inferno

By: Alighieri, Dante, 1265-1321

Inferno: Canto I. Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very thought renews the fear. So bitter is it, death is little more; But of the good to treat, which there I found, Speak will I of the other things I saw there. I cannot well repeat how there I entered, So full was I of slumber at the mome...

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The Divine Comedy

By: Alighieri Dante ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh and impenetrable that wood was, so that thinking of it recreates the fear. It is scarcely less bitter than death: but, in order to tell of the good that I found there, I must tell of the other things I saw there. I cannot rightly say how I entered it. I was so full of sleep, at that point where I abandoned the...

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Divine Comedy, The

By: Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance. A culmination of the medieval world-view of the afterlife, it establishes the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard, and is seen as one of...

Poetry

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The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of la Mancha : Volume 2

By: Cervantes Saavedra; Miguel De, 1547-1616; Watts, Henry Edward, 1826-1904

Includes index

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Beyond Good and Evil

By: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Preface: SUPPOSING that Truth is a woman what then? Is there not ground for suspecting that all philosophers, in so far as they have been dogmatists, have failed to understand women that the terrible seriousness and clumsy importunity with which they have usually paid their addresses to Truth, have been unskilled and unseemly methods for winning a woman? Certainly she has never allowed herself to be won; and at present every kind of dogma stands with sad and discouraged ...

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Beyond Good and Evil

By: Friedrich Nietzsche

First published in 1886 at Nietzsche’s own expense, the book was not initially considered important. In it, Nietzsche denounced what he considered to be the moral vacuity of 19th century thinkers. He attacked philosophers for what he considered to be their lack of critical sense and their blind acceptance of Christian premises in their considerations of morality and values. Beyond Good and Evil is a comprehensive overview of Nietzsche’s mature philosophy. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Philosophy

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The Travels of Marco Polo

By: Marco Polo, Hugh Murray
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