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The French Revolution: A History. Volume 1: The Bastille (Version 2)

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Thomas Carlyle


Subtitled "The Bastille", Volume 1 of Thomas Carlyle's three volume "The French Revolution: A History" was first publish…

Lord Jim (version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


While it's not often described as such, "Lord Jim" can be viewed as a kind of love story whose real theme is the close bond which …

The Charterhouse of Parma

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Stendhal


In an astounding act of literary improvisation, Stendhal dictated this complex and innovative novel, combining political and psychological r…

Chance (version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


"You are the expert in the psychological wilderness," the nominal narrator of this engaging tale says at one point to Marlow, who …

The Red and the Black

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Stendhal


It is a brave author indeed who gives his hero as many flaws as Stendhal bestows upon young Julien Sorel, an ambitious young carpenter's son…

Tales of Hearsay

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Joseph Conrad


In the time of Napoleon, a thoughtful and romantic young Russian officer finds himself asked to do something unthinkable. In 1868, a Polish …

The Rover (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


Possessed "of a passion weary of itself", elderly ex-privateer Peyrol is driven by "a sudden impulse of scorn, of magnanimity…

Almayer's Folly (Version 3)

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Joseph Conrad


Joseph Conrad was born in former Poland, spent part of his childhood exiled in Russia because of his father's Polish nationalist political a…

The Nigger of the "Narcissus" (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


Today, we're likely to react to the title of this novella, on whose 'sincerity of expression' Conrad was willing to stake his artisitic repu…

A Personal Record

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Joseph Conrad


Conrad began dictating the series of loose autobiographical sketches that would become 'A Personal Record' in 1911, when he was half way thr…

Typhoon and Other Stories

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Joseph Conrad


An impossibly imperturbable old sea captain, with two hundred Chinese labourers aboard his steamship, faces a terrifying typhoon for the fir…

Within The Tides

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Joseph Conrad


A self-important English philosopher and his haughty, beautiful daughter sail to the South Pacific in hope of locating the daughter's wrongl…

Last Post

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Ford Madox Ford


This is the last novel in Ford Madox Ford's "Parade's End" tetralogy. Its predecessors "Some Do Not", "No More Para…

Lavengro: The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest

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George Borrow


This unusual narrative by eccentric self-taught English linguist, traveller and one-time bible salesman George Borrow combines elements of a…

A Set of Six

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Joseph Conrad


Each of the stories in this collection is spun from a simple, if typically wry and bleak, idea. In "Gaspar Ruiz", a South American…

'Twixt Land and Sea

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Joseph Conrad


While the central figures in each of the three stories in this collection are sailing captains, the main action in two of them takes place o…

The Mirror of the Sea (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


"Here speaks the man of masts and sails, to whom the sea is not a navigable element, but an intimate companion. The length of passages,…

The Rescue

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Joseph Conrad


"The Rescue" is the third of Conrad's novels to feature Captain Tom Lingard, an independent buccaneer operating in the Malayan arc…

An Outcast of the Islands (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad


This, Conrad's second, novel serves as an illuminating prequel of his first, 'Almayer's Folly', teasing out the origins of the factional ten…

Some Do Not...

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Ford Madox Ford


Set immediately before and during the Great War, Some Do Not... is a tale of social cruelty among the English upper classes that pits real h…

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