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Introduction to Robert Browning

By: Hiram Corson

PREFACE: The purpose of the present volume is to afford some aid and guidance in the study of Robert Browning's Poetry, which, being the most complexly subjective of all English poetry, is, for that reason alone, the most difficult. And then the poet's favorite art-form, the dramatic, or, rather, psychologic, monologue, which is quite original with himself, and peculiarly adapted to the constitution of his genius and to the revelation of themselves by the several dramati...

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Lost in the Backwoods

By: Catherine Parr Traill

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?The morning had shot her bright streamers on high, O?er Canada, opening all pale to the sky, Still dazzling and white was the robe that she wore, Except where the ocean wave lashed on the shore? Jacobite Song There lies, between the Rice Lake and the Ontario, a deep and fertile valley, surrounded by lofty wood?crowned hills, clothed chiefly with groves of oak and pine, the sides of the hills and the alluvial bottoms display a variety of noble timber ...

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La Bete Humaine

By: Emile Zola

Excerpt: I En entrant dans la chambre, Roubaud posa sur la table le pain d'une livre, le pate et la bouteille de vin blanc. Mais, le matin, avant de descendre a son poste, la mere Victoire avait du couvrir le feu de son poele, d'un tel poussier, que la chaleur etait suffocante. Et le sous?chef de gare, ayant ouvert une fenetre, s'y accouda.

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Work : A Story of Experience

By: Louisa May Alcott; 1832-1888

Christie emphasized her speech by energetic demonstrations in the bread-trough, kneading the dough as if it was her destiny, and she was shaping it to suit herself; while Aunt Betsey stood listening, with uplifted pie-fork, and as much astonishment as her placid face was capable of expressing. As the girl paused, with a decided thump, the old lady exclaimed...

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Seaton's Aunt

By: Walter De La Mare

Excerpt: I had heard rumours of Seaton?s Aunt long before I actually encountered her. Seaton, in the hush of confidence, or at any little show of toleration on our part, would remark, ?My aunt,? or ?My old aunt, you know.?

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The Bhagavad-Gîtâ

By: Sir Edwin Arnold

Dhritirashtra. Ranged thus for battle on the sacred plain- On Kurukshetra- say, Sanjaya! say What wrought my people, and the Pandavas? Sanjaya. When he beheld the host of Pandavas, Raja Duryodhana to Drona drew, And spake these words: Ah, Guru! see this line, How vast it is of Pandu fighting-men, Embattled by the son of Drupada, Thy scholar in the war! Therein stand ranked Chiefs like Arjuna, like to Bhima chiefs, Benders of bows; Virata, Yuyudhan, Drupada, eminent upon ...

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From a Roman Notebook

By: Henry James

Excerpt: DECEMBER 28, 1872. In Rome again for the last three days?that second visit, which, if the first is not followed by a fatal illness in Florence, the story goes that one is doomed to pay. I didn?t drink of the Fountain of Trevi when I was here before; but I feel as if I had drank of the Tiber itself. Nevertheless, as I drove from the station in the evening, I wondered what I should think of Rome at this first glimpse if I didn?t know it. All manner of evil, I am a...

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Miscellaneous Poems

By: George Crabbe

Excerpt: ?SIR EUSTACE GREY.? Scene. A MADHOUSE. Persons. VISITOR, PHYSICIAN, AND PATIENT. ?Veris miscens falsa.? SENECA. VISITOR. I?ll know no more; the heart is torn By views of woe we cannot heal; Long shall I see these things forlorn, And oft again their griefs shall feel, As each upon the mind shall steal; That wan projector?s mystic style, That lumpish idiot leering by, That peevish idler?s ceaseless wile, And that poor maiden?s half?form?d smile, While struggling f...

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A Landscape Painter

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Do you remember how, a dozen years ago, a number of our friends were startled by the report of the rupture of young Locksley?s engagement with Miss Leary? This event made some noise in its day.

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The Epistles of Cyprian

Excerpt: EPISTLE I.(1) TO DONATUS. Argument. Cyprian had promised Donatus that he would have a discourse with him concerning things divine, and now being reminded of his promise, he fulfils it. Commending at length the grace of God conferred in baptism, he declares how he had been changed thereby; and, finally, pointing out the errors of the world, he exhorts to contempt of it and to reading and prayer.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By: Mark Twain

Preface: MOST of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual ? he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture.

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Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

By: William Morris

CHAPTER I. OF THE KING OF OAKENREALM, AND HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILD. Of old there was a land which was so much a woodland, that a minstrel thereof said it that a squirrel might go from end to end, and all about, from tree to tree, and never touch the earth: therefore was that land called Oakenrealm.

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Under the Andes

By: Rex Stout

The scene was not exactly new to me. Moved by the spirit of adventure, or by an access of ennui which overtakes me at times, I had several times visited the gaudy establishment of Mercer, on the fashionable side of Fifth Avenue in the Fifties. In either case I had found disappointment; where the stake is a matter of indifference there can be no excitement; and besides, I had been always in luck. But on this occasion I had a real purpose before me, though not an important...

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The Awakening of the Negro

By: Booker T. Washington

Excerpt: WHEN a mere boy, I saw a young colored man, who had spent several years in school, sitting in a common cabin in the South, studying a French grammar. I noted the poverty, the untidiness, the want of system and thrift, that existed about the cabin, notwithstanding his knowledge of French and other academic subjects. Another time, when riding on the outer edges of a town in the South, I heard the sound of a piano coming from a cabin of the same kind. Contriving so...

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The Python

By: Maxwell Grant

A SALLOW, leering face gloated as it studied the prone, limp figure stretched upon a rickety cot. Ratlike features surveyed the closed eyes of a drawn, bloodstained countenance. Such was the scene that showed beneath the glare of a single electric-light bulb, which provided the sole illumination of a windowless, stone-walled room. The leering man was short and stocky. The malicious ugliness of his thick lips and pudgy profile was increased by a scar that crossed his sloping forehead.

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The Second Jungle Book

By: Rudyard Kipling

The Law of the Jungle -- which is by far the oldest law in the world -- has arranged for almost every kind of accident that may befall the Jungle People, till now its code is as perfect as time and custom can make it. You will remember that Mowgli spent a great part of his life in the Seeonee Wolf-Pack, learning the Law from Baloo, the Brown Bear; and it was Baloo who told him, when the boy grew impatient at the constant orders, that the Law was like the Giant Creeper, b...

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The Ocean

By: Leonid Andreyev

Excerpt: Chapter One. A misty February twilight is descending over the ocean. The newly fallen snow has melted and the warm air is heavy and damp. The northwestern wind from the sea is driving it silently toward the mainland, bringing in its wake a sharply fragrant mixture of brine, of boundless space, of undisturbed, free and mysterious distances.

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The Book of Snobs, By One of Themselves

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

Excerpt: (The necessity of a work on Snobs, demonstrated from History, and proved by felicitous illustrations: I am the individual destined to write that work My vocation is announced in terms of great eloquence I show that the world has been gradually preparing itself for the WORK and the MAN Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science, and are a part of the Beautiful (with a large B). They pervade all classes Affecting instance of Colonel Snobley.) We...

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Der Neffe Als Onkel

By: Johann Christoph Friedrich (Friedrich Schiller) von Schiller

Excerpt: Personen. Oberst von Dorsigny. Frau von Dorsigny. Sophie, ihre Tochter. Franz von Dorsigny, ihr Neffe. Frau von Mirville, ihre Nichte. Lormeuil, Sophiens Braeutigam. Valcour, Freund des jungen Dorsigny. Champagne, Bedienter des jungen Dorsigny. Ein Notar. Zwei Unterofficiere. Ein Postillon. Jasmin, Diener in Dorsigny?s Hause. Drei Lakaien. Erster Aufzug. Erster Auftritt. Valcour tritt eilfertig herein, und nachdem er sich ueberall umgesehen, ob Niemand zulegen, ...

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Major Barbara

By: George Bernard Shaw

Excerpt: FIRST AID TO CRITICS BEFORE dealing with the deeper aspects of Major Barbara, let me, for the credit of English literature, make a protest against an unpatriotic habit into which many of my critics have fallen. Whenever my view strikes them as being at all outside the range of, say, an ordinary suburban churchwarden, they conclude that I am echoing Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Ibsen, Strindberg, Tolstoy, or some other heresiarch in northern or eastern Europe. I conf...

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