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The Last of the Mohicans, A Narrative of 1757

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Excerpt: The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 by James Fenimore Cooper.

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Mansfield Park

By: Jane Austen

Excerpt: Chapter I; ABOUT thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet?s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income. All Huntingdon exclaimed on the greatness of the match, and her uncle, the lawyer, himself, allowed her to be at least three thousa...

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Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

By: Jules Verne

Excerpt: A SHIFTING REEF. THE year 1866 was signalized by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumors which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the Governments of sever...

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The Call of the Wild

By: London, Jack, 1876-1916
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The Idiot

By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Towards the end of November, during a thaw, at nine o?clock one morning, a train on the Warsaw and Petersburg railway was approaching the latter city at full speed. The morning was so damp and misty that it was only with great difficulty that the day succ

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A Christmas Carol

By: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders: Also, Th...

By: Daniel Defoe

Excerpt: Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu?d Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia ...

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Christmas Carol, A (dramatic reading)

By: Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman & Hall on 17 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

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Northanger Abbey

By: Jane Austen

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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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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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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

By: Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900; Common, Thomas; Förster Nietzsche, Elisabeth, 1846-1935
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Democracy in America

By: Alexis De Tocqueville

Excerpt: In the eleven years that separated the Declaration of the Independence of the United States from the completion of that act in the ordination of our written Constitution, the great minds of America were bent upon the study of the principles of government that were essential to the preservation of the liberties which had been won at great cost and with heroic labors and sacrifices. Their studies were conducted in view of the imperfections that experience had deve...

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By: Mark Twain
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By: Oscar Wilde

CHAPTER I: The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as usual, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-colored blossoms of the laburn...

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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 Pilgrim's Progress

By: Bunyan, John, 1628-1688
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The Portrait of a Lady

By: Henry James

Excerpt: CHAPTER 1; Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. There are circumstances in which, whether you partake of the tea or not--some people of course never do--the situation is in itself delightful. Those that I have in mind in beginning to unfold this simple history offered an admirable setting to an innocent pastime. The implements of the little feast had been disposed u...

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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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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

By: Mark Twain

Preface: The ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical. It is not pretended that these laws and customs existed in England in the sixth century; no, it is only pretended that inasmuch as they existed in the English and other civilizations of far later times, it is safe to consider that it is no libel upon the sixth century to suppose them to have been in practice in that day ...

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