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A Defence of Idealism

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May Sinclair


The philosophy of Idealism, revived in eighteenth-century Europe by George Berkeley, argued against philosophical materialism by maintaining…

Agamemnon (Morshead Translation)

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Aeschylus


The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus concerning the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The name derives f…

The Romantic

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May Sinclair


As a simple story told, "The Romantic" is one of Sinclair’s tightest and most compelling. Charlotte Redhead, a young British secre…

Eskimo Folk-Tales

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Knud Rasmussen


Quote:"No man is better qualified to tell the story of Greenland, or the stories of its people. Knud Rasmussen is himself partly of Esk…

Prometheus Bound (Browning Translation)

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Aeschylus


Whether or not it was actually written by Aeschylus, as is much disputed, "Prometheus Bound" is a powerful statement on behalf of …

The Tysons

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May Sinclair


Another frank May Sinclair exploration of fin de siècle English love and sex, marriage and adultery, "The Tysons" is the st…

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp

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William Henry Davies


The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp is an autobiography published in 1908 by the Welsh poet and writer W. H. Davies (1871–1940). A large part…

The Persians (version 2)

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Aeschylus


The earliest of Aeschylus' plays to survive is "The Persians" (Persai), performed in 472 BC and based on experiences in Aeschylus'…

Winds of Doctrine: Studies in Contemporary Opinion

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George Santayana


Even before the Great War turned the world upside down, Western civilization was being revolutionized at all levels: intellectually, philos…

Aino Folk-Tales

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Basil Hall Chamberlain


Not for the squeamish or for children, these folk-tales are from the Ainu, the somewhat mysterious indigenous people of Japan, thousands of …

A Woman's Experiences in the Great War

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Louise Mack


An eye-witness account of the fall of Antwerp to the Germans in the opening months of World War I, Mack’s story has passages of extraordinar…

Electra (Murray Translation)

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Euripides


Electra (the Unmated One) is eaten up with hatred of her mother Clytemnestra and stepfather Aegisthus for their murder of her father Agamemn…

A Common Story

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Ivan Goncharov


Alexander Fedoritch Adouev is the naïve, pampered son of Anna Pavlovna, a provincial landowner. He decides to go off to Saint Petersbur…

A Journal of Impressions in Belgium

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May Sinclair


In 1914, at the age of 51, the novelist and poet May Sinclair volunteered to leave the comforts of England to go to the Western Front, joini…

Prometheus Bound (Thoreau Translation)

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Aeschylus


Whether or not it was actually written by Aeschylus, as is much disputed, "Prometheus Bound" is a powerful statement on behalf of …

Childhood (version 2)

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Leo Tolstoy


Childhood is the first published novel by Leo Tolstoy, released under the initials L. N. in the November 1852 issue of the popular Russian l…

Life and Death of Harriett Frean

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May Sinclair


Harriett Frean is a well-to-do, unmarried woman living a life of meaningless dependency, boredom, and unproductivity as she patiently cares …

The Life-Story of a Russian Exile

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Marie Sukloff


Hero or assassin? Victim or criminal? Marie Sukloff fits no easy category. A young peasant woman who became a political radical and activ…

An Anonymous Story

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Anton Chekhov


In "An Anonymous Story," Chekhov continues to explore his favorite themes of superfluous men, ironic rakes, exploited women, and t…

A Journal from Japan

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Marie Stopes


Marie Stopes was a highly controversial scientist and activist in her era, campaigning for radical new views of love-based marriage, birth c…

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