Category: Literary


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 […]

The Way of the Spirit

Sir Henry Rider Haggard KBE (1856-1925) was a Victorian writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations. After failing his army entrance exam he was sent to a private ‘crammer’ in London to prepare for the entrance exam for the British Foreign Office, for which he never sat. Haggard’s father sent him to Africa in […]

Vautrin’s Last Avatar

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His Magnum Opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comedie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815. Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered […]

The Uninhabited House

Charlotte Riddell (1832-1906) who also wrote under the pseudonym F. G. Tafford, was one of the most popular and influential writers of the Victorian period. She was born Charlotte Eliza Lawson Cowan in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland. The author of 56 books, novels and short stories, she was also part owner and editor of the […]

Under Fire: A Tale of New England Village Life

Frank Andrew Munsey (1854-1925) was an American newspaper and magazine publisher and author. The village of Munsey Park, New York is named for him. Munsey is credited with the idea of using new highspeed printing presses to print on inexpensive, untrimmed, pulp paper to mass produce affordable (typically ten cent) magazines, chiefly filled with various […]

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, based on the short story “Of Apolonius and Silla” by Barnabe Rich. It is named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season. It was written around 1601 and first published in the First Folio in 1623. The main title is believed […]

Treatises on Friendship and Old Age

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) was a Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, philosopher, and Roman constitutionalist. He is widely considered one of Rome’s greatest orators and prose stylists. He is generally perceived to be one of the most versatile minds of ancient Rome. He introduced the Romans to the chief schools of Greek philosophy […]

The Third Miss Symons

Flora MacDonald Mayor (1872 -1932) was an English novelist and short story writer who published under the name F. M. Mayor. Flora Mayor read history at Newnham College, Cambridge, before becoming an actress. She later turned to writing. In 1903 she became engaged to a young architect, Ernest Shepherd, who died in India of typhoid […]

The Tempest

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610-11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place, using illusion […]

Somehow Good

William Frend de Morgan (1839-1917) was an English potter and tile designer. His tiles are often based on medieval designs or Persian patterns. At the age of twenty he entered the Royal Academy schools, but he was swiftly disillusioned with the establishment. In 1872, de Morgan set up a pottery works in Chelsea where he […]


René Tardiveau, dit René Boylesve (1867-1926) est un écrivain français. En 1888, il publie sa première nouvelle dans une revue tourangelle dirigée par Auguste Chauvigné et, vers la fin de l’année, rencontre Jane Avril. Jusqu’en 1896, il publie sous plusieurs pseudonymes dans des revues telles que La Plume ou L’Ermitage qu’il co-dirigera a la demande […]

Rose D’Amour

Alfred Assollant, parfois écrit Assolant, né a Aubusson (Creuse) le 20 mars 1827 et mort a Paris le 3 mars 1886, était un romancier Français, auteur de romans pour la jeunesse. Licencié ès Lettres, après avoir enseigné l’histoire, il s’attire les foudres de son recteur, pour ses opinions républicaines. Il entreprend alors un voyage aux […]


Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a play written (at least in part) by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected works despite some questions over its authorship, as it was not included in the First Folio. Many modern editors believe that Shakespeare is responsible for the main portion of the play after […]

Paula Monti; Ou, L’Hotel Lambert, Tome I

Eugène Sue (1804-1857), né a Paris, est un écrivain français. Il est principalement connu pour deux de ses romans-feuilletons a caractère social: Les Mystères de Paris (1842/43) et Le Juif Errant (1844/45). Il étudia au lycée Condorcet. Jeunesse dorée pour le futur écrivain qui va pourtant se révéler un élève médiocre et turbulent, puis un […]

An Obscure Apostle

Eliza Orzeszkowa (1841-1910) a Polish novelist, was born near Hrodna (now Belarus), to the noble Pawowski family. In her sixteenth year she married Piotr Orzeszko, a Polish nobleman, who was exiled to Siberia after the January 1863 Uprising. She wrote a series of powerful novels and sketches dealing with the social conditions of her country. […]

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. First published in 1600, it is likely to have been first performed in the autumn or winter of 1598-1599, and it remains one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and exhilarating plays on stage. Stylistically, it shares numerous characteristics with modern romantic comedies including the two pairs […]

Merely Mary Ann

Israel Zangwill (1864-1926) was an English-born humourist and writer. He dedicated his life to championing the cause of the oppressed. He wrote a very influential novel Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People (1892). The use of the metaphorical phrase melting pot to describe American absorption of immigrants was popularised by Zangwill’s […]

Memoir of the Proposed Territory of Arizona

Sylvester Mowry (1830-1871) was an American soldier, explorer, miner, politician and author. In 1852, he was graduated from the United States Military Academy. In 1858 he resigned from the Army at Fort Yuma, and was twice elected as delegate to Washington for the proposed territory of Arizona, but Congress, not recognizing Arizona as an organized […]

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604. It was originally classified as a comedy, but is now also classified as one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. The play deals with the issues of mercy, justice, truth and their relationship to pride and humility: “Some rise […]

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