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The Scarlet Letter

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Excerpt: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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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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Heart of Darkness

By: Joseph Conrad

Excerpt: The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor with-out a flutter of the sails, and was at rest. The flood had made, the wind was nearly calm, and being bound down the river, the only thing for it was to come to and wait for the turn of the tide.

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The Secret Garden

By: Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924
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The Grapes of Wrath

By: Steinbeck, John
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Secret Garden, The

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox is a spoiled, middle-class, self-centred child who has been recently orphaned. She is accepted into the quiet and remote country house of an uncle, who has almost completely withdrawn into himself after the death of his wife. Mary gradually becomes drawn into the hidden side of the house: why does she hear the crying of a unseen child? Why is there an overgrown, walled garden, its door long locked? (Summary by Peter)

Children

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The Brothers Karamazov

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov ALEXEY Fyodorovitch Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his gloomy and tragic death, which happened thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place. For the present I will only say that this ?landowner?for so we used to call him, although he hardly spent a day of his life on his own estate...

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

By: Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

By: Joyce, James, 1882-1941

Slocum and Cahoon

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Lord Fauntleroy is a sentimental children's novel by American (English-born) author Frances Hodgson Burnett, serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1885. It was a runaway hit for the magazine and was separately published in 1886. The book was a commercial success for its author, and its illustrations by Reginal Birch set fashion trends. Little Lord Fauntleroy also set a precedent in copyright law in 1888 when its author won a lawsuit over the rights to theatrical ...

Children, Teen/Young adult

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1984

By: George Orwell

Chapter One : It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night : A Plain and Literal ...

By: Sir Richard Francis Burton

?To the pure all things are pure? (Puris omnia pura) -- Arab Proverb. ?Niuna corrotta mente intese mai sanamente parole.? -- ?Decameron? - conclusion. ?Erubuit, posuitque meum Lucretia librum Sed coram Bruto. Brute! reced, leget. -- Martial. ?Miculx est de ris que de larmes escripre, Pour ce que rire est le propre des hommes.? -- Rabelais. ?The pleasure we derive from perusing the Thousand and One Stories makes us regret that we possess only a comparatively small part of...

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Jane Eyre

By: Charlotte Bronte

Preface: A preface to the first edition of Jane Eyre being unnecessary, I gave none: this second edition demands a few words both of acknowledgment and miscellaneous remark. My thanks are due in three quarters. To the Public, for the indulgent ear it has inclined to a plain tale with few pretensions. To the Press, for the fair field its honest suffrage has opened to an obscure aspirant. To my Publishers, for the aid their tact, their energy, their practical sense and fra...

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The Thousand and One Nights; Or, The Arabian Nights Entertainments

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Vanity Fair

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

Excerpt: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.

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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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Walden Or, Life in the Woods

By: Henry David Thoreau

Excerpt: WHEN I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months. At present I am a sojourner in civilized life again. I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquiries had not been m...

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Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus

By: M. W. Shelley

Description: From the imagination of 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley, wife of renowned poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, came perhaps the most celebrated monster in history. Created by the Mary Shelley’s fictional Victor Frankenstein, the creature has inhabited nightmares, new editions, and movie screens for nearly two centuries. Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the daughter of politically radical philosophers, friend of literary figures such as Lord Byron, and mis...

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Swann's Way

By: Marcel Proust

Excerpt: OVERTURE FOR a long time I used to go to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not even time to say ?I'm going to sleep.? And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me; I would try to put away the book which, I imagined, was still in my hands, and to blow out the light; I had been thinking all the time, while I was asleep, of what I had just been reading, but my thoughts...

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The Odyssey

By: Homer

Excerpt: The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler.

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