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Cyrano de Bergerac

By: Edmond Rostand

The Characters: Cyrano De Bergerac Christian De Neuvillette Count De Guiche Ragueneau Le Bret Carbon De Castel-Jaloux The Cadets Ligniere De Valvert A Marquis Second Marquis Third Marquis Montfleury Bellerose Jodelet Cuigy Brissaille The Doorkeeper A Lackey A Second Lackey A Bore A Musketeer Another A Spanish Officer A Porter A Burgher His Son A Pickpocket A Spectator A Guardsman Bertrand The Fifer A Monk Two Musicians The Poets The Pastry Cooks Roxane Sister Martha Lise...

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The Confessions

By: J.J. Rousseau

Introduction: Among the notable books of later times-we may say, without exaggeration, of all time--must be reckoned The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau. It deals with leading personages and transactions of a momentous epoch, when absolutism and feudalism were rallying for their last struggle against the modern spirit, chiefly represented by Voltaire, the Encyclopedists, and Rousseau himself--a struggle to which, after many fierce intestine quarrels and sanguinary w...

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Confessions, volumes 1 and 2

By: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Thus I have acted; these were my thoughts; such was I.” Rousseau’s lengthy and sometimes anguished dossier on the Self is one of the most remarkable and courageous works of introspection ever undertaken. Some readers may be repelled by his tendency to revel in embarrassing accounts of humiliation and fiasco, as if he were striving too hard to achieve an ultimate nakedness, a nakedness of the soul perhaps. Others may recall the compulsive self-searching of the narrator o...

Memoirs, Literature, Psychology

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The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau

By: Jean Jacques Rousseau
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Hunger

By: Knut Hamsun

Since the death of Ibsen and Strindberg, Hamsun is undoubtedly the foremost creative writer of the Scandinavian countries. Those approaching most nearly to his position are probably Selma Lagerloef in Sweden and Henrik Pontoppidan in Denmark. Both these, however, seem to have less than he of that width of outlook, validity of interpretation and authority of tone that made the greater masters what they were.

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Hunger

By: Knut Hamsun

Hunger (Norwegian: Sult) is a novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun and was published in its final form in 1890. The novel has been hailed as the literary opening of the 20th century and an outstanding example of modern, psychology-driven literature. It hails the irrationality of the human mind in an intriguing and sometimes humorous novel. Written after Hamsun's return from an ill-fated tour of America, Hunger is loosely based on the author's own impoverished life b...

Literature

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Hunger

By: Knut Hamsun

Excerpt: Since the death of Ibsen and Strindberg, Hamsun is undoubtedly the foremost creative writer of the Scandinavian countries. Those approaching most nearly to his position are probably Selma Lagerloef in Sweden and Henrik Pontoppidan in Denmark. Both these, however, seem to have less than he of that width of outlook, validity of interpretation and authority of tone that made the greater masters what they were. His reputation is not confined to his own country or th...

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Pan

By: Knut Hamsun

Excerpt: Knut Hamsun: From Hunger to Harvest Between ?Hunger? and ?Growth of the Soil? lies the time generally allotted to a generation, but at first glance the two books seem much farther apart. One expresses the passionate revolt of a homeless wanderer against the conventional routine of modern life. The other celebrates a root?fast existence bounded in every direction by monotonous chores. The issuance of two such books from the same pen suggests to the superficial vi...

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Pan

By: Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun: From Hunger to Harvest Between ?Hunger? and ?Growth of the Soil? lies the time generally allotted to a generation, but at first glance the two books seem much farther apart. One expresses the passionate revolt of a homeless wanderer against the conventional routine of modern life. The other celebrates a root-fast existence bounded in every direction by monotonous chores. The issuance of two such books from the same pen suggests to the superficial view a comp...

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Bel Ami

By: Henri Rene Guy De Maupassant

Excerpt: Chapter 1. POVERTY After changing his five?franc piece Georges Duroy left the restaurant. He twisted his mustache in military style and cast a rapid, sweeping glance upon the diners, among whom were three saleswomen, an untidy music?teacher of uncertain age, and two women with their husbands. When he reached the sidewalk, he paused to consider what route he should take. It was the twenty?eighth of June and he had only three francs in his pocket to last him the r...

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Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel

By: Guy de Maupassant

“He had faith in his good fortune, in that power of attraction which he felt within him - a power so irresistible that all women yielded to it.” Though firmly set in 1880s Paris, Maupassant's gripping story of an amoral journalist on the make could, with only slight modifications of detail, be updated to the 1960s, to the Reagan-Thatcher years, or maybe to the present day. Anti-hero Georges Duroy is a down-at-heel ex-soldier of no particular talent. Good-looking but some...

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Bel Ami

By: Henri Rene Guy de Maupassant

CHAPTER I. POVERTY After changing his five-franc piece Georges Duroy left the restaurant. He twisted his mustache in military style and cast a rapid, sweeping glance upon the diners, among whom were three saleswomen, an untidy music-teacher of uncertain age, and two women with their husbands. When he reached the sidewalk, he paused to consider what route he should take. It was the twenty-eighth of June and he had only three francs in his pocket to last him the remainder ...

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Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

By: Rainer Maria Rilke ; Translated by A.S. Kline

Classic Literature

Excerpt: Love-Song. How shall I hold my soul so it does not touch on yours. How shall I lift it over you to other things? Ah, willingly I?d store it away with some lost thing in the dark, in some strange still place, that does not tremble when your depths tremble. But all that touches us, you and me, takes us, together, like the stroke of a bow, that draws one chord out of the two strings. On what instrument are we strung? And what artist has us in their hand? O sweet song.

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Selections from the Writings of Kierkegaard

By: Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855; Hollander, Lee Milton, 1880
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The Queen of Spades

By: Alexander Pushkin

Excerpt: There was a card party at the rooms of Naroumoff, of the Horse Guards. The long winter night passed away imperceptibly, and it was five o?clock in the morning before the company sat down to supper. Those who had won ate with a good appetite; the others sat staring absently at their empty plates. When the champagne appeared, however, the conversation became more animated, and all took a Part 1n it. ?And how did you fare, Souirin?? asked the host. ?Oh, I lost, as ...

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Queen of Spades

By: Edward P. Roe

Picnicking in December would be a dreary experience even if one could command all the appliances of comfort which outdoor life permitted. This would be especially true in the latitude of Boston and on the bleak hills overlooking that city and its environing waters. Dreary business indeed Ezekiel Watkins regarded it as he shivered over the smoky camp-fire which he maintained with difficulty. The sun was sinking into the southwest so early in the day that he remarked irrit...

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The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, Score Chr Aah

By: I. Gollancz and H. Morten

Description: Some have it that romantic love was an invention of the Middle Ages. If so, then the true story of Pierre Abelard and Heloise is one of the templates of this narrative. Both Abelard and Heloise were prominent intellectuals of twelfth century

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Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, The

By: Pierre Abelard ; Heloise

Heloise was a strong-willed and gifted woman who was fluent in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and came from a lower social standing than Abelard. At age 19, and living under her uncle Fulbert's roof, Heloise fell in love with Abelard, who she was studying under. Not only did they have a clandestine affair of a sexual nature, they had a child, Astrolabe, out of wedlock. Discovered by the Fulbert (who was a Church official), Abelard was assaulted by a hired thug and castrated, a...

Romance

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Abelard and Heloise; The Love Letters, A Poetical Rendering

By: Abelard, Peter, 1079-1142; Tomoyé Press. (1907); Paul Elder and Company. (1907); Héloïse, 1101-1164; Bennett, Ella C; Nash, John Henry, 1871-1947; Nash, John Henry, 1871-1947
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The Man Who Was Thursday : A Nightmare

By: Chesterton, Gilbert Keith, 1874-1936

It is very difficult to classify THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY. It is possible to say that it is a gripping adventure story of murderous criminals and brilliant policemen; but it was to be expected that the author of the Father Brown stories should tell a detective story like no-one else. On this level, therefore, THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY succeeds superbly; if nothing else, it is a magnificent tour-de-force of suspense-writing.

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