Published before 1800

Candide ou L'optimisme

Read by Bernard


Voltaire


Candide vivait paisible et innocent chez le baron de Thunder-ten-tronckh, en Westphalie. Dans son château, le précepteur Panglo…

Utopia (Burnet translation)

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Thomas More


This book is all about the fictional country called Utopia. It is a country with an ‘ideal’ form of communism, in which everything really do…

Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)

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Murasaki Shikibu


The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the …

La vida es sueño

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Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Pedro Calderón De La Barca


La vida es sueño es una obra de teatro de Pedro Calderón de la Barca estrenada en 1635 y perteneciente al movimiento literario…

The Female Quixote Vol. 1

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Charlotte Lennox


The novel formally inverts Don Quixote: as the don mistakes himself for the knightly hero of a Romance, so Arabella mistakes herself for the…

The Vicar of Wakefield

Read by Martin Clifton


Oliver Goldsmith


Published in 1766, 'The Vicar of Wakefield' was Oliver Goldsmith's only novel. It was thought to have been sold to the publisher for £…

Las Amistades Peligrosas, Volumen I

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Pierre Choderlos De Laclos


La marquesa de Merteuil y el vizconde de Valmont, amantes en otro tiempo, aprovechan cualquier ocasión para ridiculizar la sociedad p…

Zadig ou la destinée

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Voltaire


Cette oeuvre parait quelques mois après la découverte de la nébuleuse de l'Aigle qui en est manifestement l'inspiration…

The Wisdom of the Ancients, A Series of Mythological Fables

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Francis Bacon and Sir Francis Bacon


"Now I suppose most people will think I am but entertaining myself with a toy, and using much the same kind of licence in expounding th…

The Blazing World

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Margaret Cavendish, Duchess Of Newcastle and Margaret Lucas Cavendish


The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish is, all at once, a satire, a treatise on natural philosophy, a work of proto-science fiction, and a …

The Fortunate Foundlings

Read by Helen Taylor


Eliza Haywood


A story of love and adventure, following the fortunes of a young man and woman each trying to make their way in the wide world. Horatio and …

The Adventures of Roderick Random

Read by Arthur Krolman


Tobias Smollett


I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels…

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (Volume I)

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Tobias Smollett


The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle is a picaresque novel by the Scottish author Tobias Smollett (1721 – 1771), first published in 1751, and …

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Vol. 3

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Laurence Sterne


This is volume 3 of 4.The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or, more briefly, Tristram Shandy) is a novel by Laurence Sterne.…

Manon Lescaut

Read by Mary Bard


Abbé Prévost


Published in 1731, Manon Lescaut (on which the Puccini opera is based) takes as its themes passionate, tragic love, and redemption through s…

The Coquette, Or The History of Eliza Wharton

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Hannah Webster Foster


The classic early American epistolary novel about the seduction and ruin of a passionate young woman. Based on the true story of Elizabeth W…

The Female Quixote Vol. 2

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Charlotte Lennox


Second Volume of the novel that formally inverts Don Quixote: as the don mistakes himself for the knightly hero of a Romance, so Arabella mi…

Erec and Enide

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Chrétien De Troyes


A medieval romance in which Erec goes through many trials until he is sure of Enide’s loyalty and true love (Summary by M. J. Boyle)

Arthur Mervyn

Read by Margaret Espaillat


Charles Brockden Brown


Arthur Mervyn is the story of a young man from the country who arrives in a city stricken with Yellow Fever. He soon comes down with the ill…

The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

Read by Arthur Krolman


Tobias Smollett


You can call me Dr. Fathom. Or Count Fathom. But I'm not who I say I am. And can you blame me? My mother was a soldiers' harlot who pocketed…

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