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Twilight in Italy

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D. H. Lawrence


This is one of the author's "travel books", recounting his walking journeys in and around the Lago di Garda in Northern Italy. Eve…

The Late Mattia Pascal

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Luigi Pirandello


Mattia Pascal grew up in a small Italian town not dissimilar to that of the author's upbringing. Pascal leads a somewhat feckless boyhood, a…

A Short History of Greek Philosophy

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John Marshall


History of Ancient Greek philosophy from pre-Socratics to Aristotle and on to the Sceptics and the Stoics. - Summary by Peter Tucker

Virgin Soil Volume 1

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Ivan Turgenev


Turgenev's last and longest novel presents the story of a group of young people in late nineteenth century Russia, who because of disillusio…

The Bagpipers

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George Sand


A story of two sets of lovers and the development of their relationships, set in rural France in the mid 19th century. - Summary by PeterTuc…

The Captives

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Hugh Walpole


A story of alienation from the society which holds one captive, told from the standpoint of a young woman whose life is suddenly disrupted, …

Prometheus Illbound

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André Gide


There is a witty and absurdist character to this contemporary setting of the plight of Prometheus, in which Zeus appears as a tremendously w…

The Major Symptoms of Hysteria

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Pierre Janet


In this series of lectures delivered in English by the author while visiting the USA, Janet summarises the (at the time) cutting edge perspe…

Metamorphoses (Howard Version)

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Publius (Ovid) Ovidius Naso


Translated from Latin into English blank verse, this classic Roman text gives an account of a series of fabulous episodes from creation thro…

Virgin Soil Volume 2

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Ivan Turgenev


The second volume of Turgenev's last novel sees social change bubbling up into conflict with the established order and interacting with the …

The Last Days of Pekin

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Pierre Loti


The author was an officer in the French navy. This book is a compilation of his experiences when stationed in China in 1900 during and immed…

Discourse on Metaphysics

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


This is a relatively short treatise by the highly influential and admired philosopher and polymath Leibniz. It presents his views on metaphy…

Dreams of a Spirit-Seer

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Immanuel Kant


Analysis of the writings of Kant's contemporary, the spiritualist religious philosopher Swedenborg, whose ideas still have a following in pr…

Neoplatonism

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Charles Bigg


This monograph focusses predictably on the theories and teachings of Plotinus but precedes this with a review of foregoing schools of philos…

The Improvement of Human Reason

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Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Malik Ibn Tufail and Muhammad Ibn 'Abd Al-Malik Ibn Tufail


The story revolves around Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān, a little boy who grew up on an island in the Indies under the equator, isolated from the people, …

Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Volume 1

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The novel is in eight books. The eponymous hero undergoes a journey of self-realization. The story centers upon Wilhelm's attempt to escape …

Canto 1

In The Story of Rimini

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Leigh Hunt


A long poem telling the tragic story of Francesca da Rimini, the duped and adulterous bride, inspired by the character in Dante's Inferno. P…

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