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Robinson Crusoe

By: Daniel Defoe

Excerpt: Chapter 1. -- Start in Life I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York, from whence he had married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson, a very good family in that country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corrupti...

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Robinson Crusoe

By: Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner (1719) is considered by many the first English novel. Based on the real-life experiences of the castaway Alexander Selkirk, the book has had a perrenial appeal among readers of all ages-–especially the young adult reading public–-who continue to find inspiration in the inventive resourcefulness of its hero, sole survivor of a shipwreck who is marooned on an uninhabited island. E...

Adventure

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Gulliver's Travels

By: Jonathan Swift

Excerpt: My knowledge of this book foreran the sort of personal acquaintance which I made with it when I came to read it for it was one of the great books in different literatures which my father told me of and taught me to love from his own love of them.

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Gulliver's Travels

By: Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the travelers' tales literary sub-genre. It is widely considered Swift's magnum opus and is his most celebrated work, as well as one of the indisputable classics of English literature. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Satire, Fantasy, Adventure

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Gulliver's Travels.

By: Jonathan Swift
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William Tell

By: Fink, Joanne, 1954-; Fromm, Hieronimus, Ill; Schiller, Friedrich, 1759-1805. Wilhelm Tell
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Pride and Prejudice

By: Jane Austen

Excerpt: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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Pride and Prejudice

By: Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is the most famous of Jane Austen’s novels, and its opening is one of the most famous lines in English literature - “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Its manuscript was first written between 1796 and 1797, and was initially called First Impressions , but was never published under that title. Following revisions it was published on 28 January 1813 by the same Mr. Ege...

Romance

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Pride and Prejudice

By: Jane Austen

Excerpt: Chapter I; IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. ?My dear Mr. Bennet,? said his lady to him one day, ?have you heard that Net...

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Emma

By: Jane Austen

Excerpt: Emma Woodhouse. Handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

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Emma (version 5)

By: Jane Austen

A cautionary tale about the evils of interference, matchmaking and good intentions turned awry, Emma is the study of a young woman raised without sufficient discipline or occupation. Handsome, clever and rich, Emma is the epitome of what a young woman should be in Regency England, except for the fact that her indulgent father and lack of a mother have left her spoiled and used to getting her own way. Emma's only true critic and voice of reason is Mr. Knightley, a gentlem...

Romance, Fiction

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Sense and Sensibility

By: Jane Austen

Excerpt: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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Sense and Sensibility (version 3)

By: Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first published novel, focuses on the lives and loves of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. The sensible Elinor and the sensitive Marianne both fall for men whose affections are otherwise engaged. The novel includes a wonderful cast of colorful supporting characters, as well as Austen's trademark dry wit and ironic narration. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Romance, Literature

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Sense and Sensibility

By: Jane Austen

Excerpt: Chapter 1; THE family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner, as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. The late owner of this estate was a single man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who for many years of his life, had a constant companion and housekeep...

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Eugene Onegin

By: Alexander Pushkin; Tony Kline, Translator

Eugene Onegin in rhyming verse translation.

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Eugene Onéguine

By: Alexander Pushkin

Eugene Oneguine is a classic of Russian literature, and its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of Russian literary heroes (so-called superfluous men). It was published in serial form between 1825 and 1832. The first complete edition was published in 1833, and the currently accepted version is based on the 1837 publication. Almost the entire work is made up of 389 stanzas of iambic tetrameter with the unusual rhyme scheme AbAbCCddEffEgg, where the ...

Poetry, Fiction, Literature, Romance

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The Comedy of Human Life

By: H. de Balzac
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The Flowers of Evil

By: Baudelaire, Charles, 1821-1867; Scott, Cyril, 1879-1970
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A Tale of Two a Tale of Two Cities

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present...

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Tale of Two Cities, A

By: Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens; it is moreover a moral novel strongly concerned with themes of guilt, shame, redemption and patriotism. The plot centers on the years leading up to French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobin Reign of Terror. It tells the story of two men, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, who look very alike but are entirely different in character.(Summary from wikipedia)

Historical Fiction

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