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Armadale

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Armadale

Wilkie Collins

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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When the elderly Allan Armadale makes a terrible confession on his death-bed, he has little idea of the repercussions to come,... [more]

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Four Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

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Four Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare plays; Shakespeare studies & criticism; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The theme of the great Shakespearean tragedies is the fall from grace of a great man due to a flaw in his nature. This title... [more]

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Human, All Too Human

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Human, All Too Human

Friedrich Nietzsche

Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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A series of 638 aphorisms and discourses on subjects ranging from art, arrogance and boredom to passion, science, vanity,... [more]

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The Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister

Anthony Trollope

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The penultimate novel in the Palliser series. As Plantagenet Palliser, Duke of Omnium, supported by Lady Glencora, presides... [more]

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The Essays

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The Essays

Michel Montaigne

Literary essays; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write.... [more]

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The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music

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The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music

Friedrich Nietzsche

Literary studies: general; Philosophy: aesthetics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Presents an argument for the necessity for art in life. This book is based on the author's enthusiasms for Greek tragedy,... [more]

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Essays

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Essays

Michel Montaigne

Literary essays; Philosophy

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Revealing the author's thoughts on sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and other unexpected themes, this work includes... [more]

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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One is

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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One is

Friedrich Nietzsche

Biography: general; History of Western philosophy; Psychological theory & schools of thought; Popular psychology; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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An autobiography completed days before Nietzsche's mental collapse and in every way his last testament. It is a summary of... [more]

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Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

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Either/Or: A Fragment of Life

Soren Kierkegaard

Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Published in 1843, this is one of the earliest of Kierkegaard's major works. The author plays devil's advocate putting forward... [more]

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Early Writings

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Early Writings

Karl Marx

Literary essays; Political science & theory; Marxism & Communism; Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies

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Reveals the author's mind which was on the brink of one of the most revolutionary ideas in human history - the theory of Communism.... [more]

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The Art of Rhetoric

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The Art of Rhetoric

Aristotle

Public speaking guides; Semantics; Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500

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This text examines Aristotle's Rhetoric as a classic treatise on the arts of public speaking and persuasion which played... [more]

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Natural History

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Natural History

Pliny the Elder

Literary essays

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A work that ranges from astronomy to art and from geography to zoology. Mingling acute observation with often wild speculation,... [more]

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The Enneads

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The Enneads

Plotinus

Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500

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This massive work of synthesis is one of the classics of Western mysticism. Plotinus was the main expositor of neo-platonism,... [more]

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Arthurian Romances

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Arthurian Romances

Chretien de Troyes

Poetry by individual poets; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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The Arthurian Romances contains prose translations of all five of Chretien's verse romans - Erec and Enide , Cliges... [more]

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The Small House at Allington

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The Small House at Allington

Anthony Trollope

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor entrenched in the Great House at Allington. His sister-in-law... [more]

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Ecclesiastical History of the English People: With Bede's Letter to Egbert and Cuthbert's Letter on the Death of Bede

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Ecclesiastical History of the English People: With Bede's Letter to Egbert...

the Venerable Saint Bede, David Dumville

The Early Church; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Written in AD 731, Bede's work opens with a background sketch of Roman Britain's geography and history. It goes on to tell... [more]

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Sketches from a Hunter's Album

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Sketches from a Hunter's Album

Ivan Turgenev

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Short stories; Fiction in translation; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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First published in 1852, Sketches from a Hunter's Album is a loose series of lyrical stories of rural life under serfdom.... [more]

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The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine

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The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine

Bishop of Caesarea Eusebius

General & world history; Ancient history: to c 500 CE; The Early Church

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Presents a historical record of the Church during its crucial first 300 years. Tracing the history of the Church from the... [more]

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Conversations of Socrates

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Conversations of Socrates

Xenophon

Literary essays

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After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and,... [more]

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The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition of Edification and Awakening by Anti-Climacus

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The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition of Edification...

Soren Kierkegaard

Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900; Phenomenology & Existentialism; Philosophy of religion; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Explores the concept of 'despair', alerting readers to the diversity of ways in which they may be described as living in this... [more]

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Poor Folk and Other Stories

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Poor Folk and Other Stories

F. M. Dostoevsky

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Short stories; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Presents the story of a tragic relationship between an impoverished copy clerk and a young seamstress, told through their... [more]

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Classic fiction (pre c 1945); Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Charlotte.... [more]

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Agnes Grey

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Agnes Grey

Anne Bronte

Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

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When her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess... [more]

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Lives of the Artists

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Lives of the Artists

Giorgio Vasari

Painting & paintings; Individual artists, art monographs; Biography: general; Literature, Poetry & Criticism

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Through character sketches and anecdotes the author depicts Piero di Cosimo shut away in his derelict house, living only to... [more]

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The Iliad

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The Iliad

Homer

Poetry by individual poets

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A story that centres on the critical events in four days of the tenth and final year of the war between the Greeks and the... [more]

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