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A Study Of Poetry

My confidence that the genetic method is the natural way of approaching the subject has been shared by many lovers of poetry. I hope, however, that I have not allowed my insistence upon the threefold process of “impression, transforming imagination, and expression” to harden into a set formula. Formulas have a certain dangerous usefulness for […]

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (1859-1930) was a Scottish author. He is most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, […]

The Science of Getting Rich

The 100th anniversary edition of The Science of Getting Rich, brings Wallace D. Wattles classic masterpiece into the 21st century. The Science of Getting Rich is a practical guide to the mental and spiritual approach on how to become rich. The author writes that the poverty-stricken (and even the middle class) should be the ones […]

How to Attract Success

This book is a short, but in depth explantation on the laws of success which the author states is really the law of harmonious attraction. Under this law, things come to us because they want to come and not because we make them come; they remain with us because they want to do so. This […]

First And Last Things

First And Last Things

Recently I set myself to put down what I believe. I did this with no idea of making a book, but at the suggestion of a friend and to interest a number of friends with whom I was associated. We were all, we found, extremely uncertain in our outlook upon life, about our religious feelings […]

The Descent Of Man And Selection In Relation To Sex

The Descent Of Man And Selection In Relation To Sex

Charles Darwin’s Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871) was the single most important European or American nineteenth-century statement that man is an integral part of the animal kingdom. As a work of science, Descent of Man mattered more, and was more coherent, rigorous, and in tune with scientific opinion than that […]

As a Man Thinketh

“As a Man Thinketh” is a literary essay by James Allen, published in 1902. The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs.” The full passage, taken from the King James Version, is as follows: Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire […]

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a book by the Scottish empiricist philosopher David Hume, published in 1748. It was a revision of an earlier effort, Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature, published anonymously in London in 1739-40. Hume was disappointed with the reception of the Treatise, which “fell dead-born from the press,” as he […]

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was a British writer, mainly of the sort of fiction and fantasy written for children but enjoyed equally if not more by adults. He is most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children’s literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon, which was much later adapted […]

War and Peace. Part I

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer – novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher – as well as pacifist Christian anarchist and educational reformer. He was the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His first publications were three autobiographical novels, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth […]

War and Peace. Part II

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer – novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher – as well as pacifist Christian anarchist and educational reformer. He was the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His first publications were three autobiographical novels, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth […]

War and Peace. Part III

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910) commonly referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer – novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher – as well as pacifist Christian anarchist and educational reformer. He was the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His first publications were three autobiographical novels, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth […]

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The Sonnets compiles 154 Sonnets written by Shakespeare on all manner of themes from love and fidelity to politics and lineage. Many of the sonnets – in particular the first 17, commonly called the procreation sonnets – were commissioned, a fact which calls a simple, romantic reading into question. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English […]

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter published in 1850, is a Gothic American romance novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne; generally considered to be his masterpiece. Set in Puritan New England (specifically Boston) in the seventeenth century, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery, refuses to name the father, and struggles to create […]

Othello

The most striking difference between Othello and Shakespeare’s other tragedies is its more intimate scale. Because the play focuses on personal rather than public life, Othello’s private descent into jealous obsession is especially chilling to behold. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through […]

Little Women

It was based on Alcott’s own experiences as a child in Concord, Massachusetts. After much demand, Louisa May Alcott wrote a sequel, Good Wives, which was published in 1869 and is often published together with Little Women as if it were a single work. Good Wives picks up three years after the events in the […]

The Aeneid

Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BCE-19 BCE), later called Virgilius, and known in English as Virgil or Vergil, was a classical Roman poet. He was the author of epics in three modes: the Bucolics or Eclogues (37 BC), The Georgics (29 BC) and the substantially completed The Aeneid (19 BC), the last being an epic poem […]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Published in 1885. With one hundred and seventy-four illustrations. Accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It was also one of the first major American novels ever written using Local Color Realism or the vernacular, or common speech, being told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, best friend of […]

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte’s only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes from the manor on which the story centers. Wuthering Heights has given rise to many adaptations, including several films, radio, […]

The Woman in White

William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and writer of short stories. He was hugely popular in his time, and wrote 27 novels, more than 50 short stories, at least 15 plays, and over 100 pieces of non-fiction work. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1860), The Moonstone (1868), Armadale (1866) […]

The Way We Live Now, Volume 1

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. He wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day. In 1867 Trollope left his position in the British Post Office to run for Parliament as a Liberal candidate in 1868. After […]

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