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Dubliners

By: Joyce, James, 1882-1941
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Dubliners

By: James Joyce

Masterful short stories about life in Dublin at the turn of the century, by James Joyce. (Summary by Hugh McGuire)

Short stories, Literature, Fiction

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Where Angels Fear to Tread

By: E. M. Forster

On a journey to Tuscany with her young friend and traveling companion Caroline Abbott, widowed Lilia Herriton falls in love with both Italy and a handsome Italian much younger than herself, and decides to stay. Furious, her dead husband's family send Lilia's brother-in-law to Italy to prevent a misalliance, but he arrives too late. Lilia marries the Italian and in due course becomes pregnant again. When she dies giving birth to her child, the Herritons consider it both t...

Literature

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Where Angels Fear to Tread

By: E. M. Forster

The good-natured young man hurried away, and Philip, taking his place, flooded her with a final stream of advice and injunctions?where to stop, how to learn Italian, when to use mosquito-nets, what pictures to look at. ?Remember,? he concluded, ?that it is only by going off the track that you get to know the country. See the little towns?Gubbio, Pienza, Cortona, San Gemignano, Monteriano. And don?t, let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy?s only a muse...

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A Room with a View

By: E.M. Forster

Excerpt: A Room with a View by E.M. Forster.

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Room with a View, A

By: E. M. Forster

When Lucy Honeychurch travels to Italy with her cousin, she meets George Emerson, a bohemian and an atheist who falls in love with her. Upon her return to England, she is forced to choose between free-spirited George and her more conventional fiancé, Cecil Vyse. The story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. (Summary from wikipedia)

Romance, Fiction, Literature

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A Room with a View

By: E. M. Forster

The Signora had no business to do it,? said Miss Bartlett, ?no business at all. She promised us south rooms with a view close together, instead of which here are north rooms, looking into a courtyard, and a long way apart. Oh, Lucy!?

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Countess Julie

By: August Strindberg

Excerpt: JEAN. I went to the station with the Count and coming back I went in to the barn and danced and then I discovered Miss Julie there leading the dance with the gamekeeper. When she spied me, she rushed right toward me and asked me to waltz, and then she waltzed so?never in my life have I seen anything like it! Ah?she is crazy tonight.

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Countess Julie

By: August Strindberg

August Strindberg's naturalistic one-act drama has only three characters: Julie, a passionate young noblewoman; Jean, her father's ambitious valet; and Kristin, the cook, who is also Jean's fiancee. The play is set on Midsummer Eve, when everyone is reveling, and Julie and Jean get a bit too intimate - with tragic results. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) Characters: Julie - http://amingledyarn.wordpress.com/ Elizabeth Klett Jean - /newcatalog/people_public.php?peopleid=1492...

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Indiana

By: Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin, Baronne Dudevant (George Sand)

INTRODUCTION: I wrote Indiana during the autumn of 1831. It was my first novel; I wrote it without any fixed plan, having no theory of art or philosophy in my mind. I was at the age when one writes with one's instincts, and when reflection serves only to confirm our natural tendencies. Some people chose to see in the book a deliberate argument against marriage. I was not so ambitious, and I was surprised to the last degree at all the fine things that the critics found to...

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Indiana

By: George Sand

This is George Sand's first novel. Her real name was Amantine (or Amandine) Lucile Dupin, and she later became baroness Dudevant. As an aristocratic woman living in 19th century France, she chose her first novel to be, above all, a realistic work. Indiana is trapped since the age of 16 in a loveless marriage with a rich, much older, man. Her only real friend is her cousin, sir Ralph, who, sometimes, just does things which are- logically- the best for her but- mentally- t...

Fiction, Romance

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The Devil's Pool

By: George Sand

Some of these writings were first printed in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, Chicago. Permission to reprint is by courtesy of that publication. The writer wishes to thank Harriet Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson, editors of Poetry, and William Marion Reedy, editor of Reedy's Mirror, St. Louis, whose services have heightened what values of human address herein hold good.

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Devil's Pool, The

By: George Sand

George Sand (the pen name of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin 1804-1876) is famous for flaunting the convertions of behaviour expected of women of her standing in France at the time and for her numerous romantic liaisons including her long standing affair with Frederic Chopin. The Devil’s Pool (published in 1846 as La Mare au Diable) is one of several short pastoral novels drawn from her childhood experiences in the rural French region of Berri. It tells the story of a young...

Literature

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Tartuffe

By: Molière, 1622-1673

Jean Baptiste Poquelin, better known by his stage name of Moliere, stands without a rival at the head of French comedy. Born at Paris in January, 1622, where his father held a position in the royal household, he was educated at the Jesuit College de Clermont, and for some time studied law, which he soon abandoned for the stage. His life was spent in Paris and in the provinces, acting, directing performances, managing theaters, and writing plays. He had his share of appla...

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Tartuffe

By: Molière

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known works is Tartuffe or The Hypocrite , written in 1664. Though Tartuffe was received well by the public and even by Louis XIV, its popularity was lessened when the Archbishop of Paris issued an edict threatening excommunication for anyone who watched, performed in, or read ...

Satire, Comedy

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Tartuffe; Comedy in Five Acts, 1669

By: Moliere
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Pinocchio

By: C. Collodi

Excerpt: Of course you know that in the good old once upon-a-time tales of people who live in the sea the strangest things always happen. So you will not be surprised at the strange things that happened to Pinocchio for his is one of the once-Upon-a-Time stories too.

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Babbitt

By: Sinclair Lewis

Excerpt: Chapter 1. The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods. They were neither citadels nor churches, but frankly and beautifully office-buildings.

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Babbitt

By: Sinclair Lewis

(Summary by Mike Vendetti) Sinclair Lewis’ George F. Babbitt is a complicated and conflicted character. When you think you have his next move figured out he surprises you. As you begin to like him, he does something to evoke the “what a rat” response. Male menopause wasn’t a pre Great Depression term, but I would say George has all the symptoms. At a pudgy balding forty six he looks at his life, wife, family and business. He sees himself as a pretty successful business m...

Historical Fiction, Humor, Satire

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Babbitt

By: Sinclair Lewis

BABBITT. THE towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods. They were neither citadels nor churches, but frankly and beautifully office-buildings.

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