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The Art of Fiction

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Henry James

A lecture on the art of fiction, given by the English critic Walter Besant on April 25, 1884, and an answer to the lecture by American write…

Chapter 08

In Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Book 1

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Lew Wallace

Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ "Book 1" gives a sideline view of events taking pace around the days of Christ. Book 1…

The Pomegranate Seed (Part 2)

In Tanglewood Tales

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

All mythology and/or Hawthorne lovers unite! Here is a delightful collection of charming stories from Greek Mythology. This collection featu…

Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Godwin

In Famous Affinities of History: The Romance of Devotion

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Lyndon Orr

"Famous Affinities of History" is a book of passion-filled accounts of the most famous love affairs of history. The stories of Cle…

Chapter 01-02

In The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Vol. 2

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Laurence Sterne

This is volume 2 of 4. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or, more briefly, Tristram Shandy) is a novel by Laurence Sterne…

1-18 - The Borgias: Chapter 10, Part 1

In Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 1: The Borgias and The Cenci

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Alexandre Dumas [pere] and Alexandre Dumas

Dumas's 'Celebrated Crimes' was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language--has minced no words--to describe the violent …

01 I. Poland: Youthful Ideals

In Chopin: the Man and His Music

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James Huneker

A biography of the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin and a critical analysis of his work by American music …