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The Waves
Virginia Woolf's most overtly experimental and perhaps most challenging work, The Waves traces the lives of six characters from childhood through old age, presenting them through their own interwoven voices. The voices, always placed in quotations and introduced with the name of the person speaking, fall somewhere between spoken soliloquy and an interior monologue. The tension between these two things, between the spoken and the unspoken, is, in part, what gives the novel so much of its emotiona... more info>>
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The Well of the Saints
A J. M. Synge classic.
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The Yates Pride
Opposite Miss Eudora Yates's old colonial mansion was the perky modern Queen Anne residence of Mrs. Joseph Glynn. Mrs. Glynn had a daughter, Ethel, and an unmarried sister, Miss Julia Esterbrook. All three were fond of talking, and had many callers who liked to hear the feebly effervescent news of Wellwood. This afternoon three ladies were there: Miss Abby Simson, Mrs. John Bates, and Mrs. Edward Lee.
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The Years
A stirring, straightforward work written near the end of her luminous career, Virginia Woolf's The Years is a portrait of the Pargiters, a staid London family presided over by Colonel Abel Pargiter. In some ways, "portrait" is not an entirely appropriate word, because Woolf's subject in this novel (and an abiding concern in all of her works) is fluidity and flux: the movement of the seasons and years, the experience of maturing and growing old, and the pain of change, passing, and loss. Although... more info>>
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Thirty-Nine Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Thirty-nines tales by the consummate and prolific early 19th century American author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864). Originally published between 1830 and 1852, then reissued as collections of short stories, these tales include twenty-one from "Twice-Told Tales" (1837, 1841), twelve from "Mosses from an Old Manse" (1846, 1854), and six from "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales" (1851).
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Those Extraordinary Twins
The conglomerate twins were brought on the the stage in Chapter I of the original extravaganza. Aunt Patsy Cooper has received their letter applying for board and lodging, and Rowena, her daughter, insane with joy, is begging for a hearing of it.
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Three Brontes
Three noteworthy works by the remarkable mid-19th Century British sisters Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronte: Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte, 1847), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte, 1847), and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Bronte, 1848).
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Three Christmas Tales
A lawyer argues for love in "The Christmas Eve Suit." A young woman must choose between two men who go to fight with General Putnam in the Revolutionary War in "Suzie Rolliffe's Christmas." And in the final tale, the author draws from his own experience in "A Civil War Christmas" the story of a soldier's return.
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Three Later Austen Works
Three later works by the prominent late 18th/early 19th Century British writer Jane Austen (1775-1817): Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816), and Persuasion (1817).
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Three Thanksgiving Kisses: A Short Story
Elsie ran to give her brother a welcome home kiss. Imagine her surprise when she draws back to find she has kissed instead a friend of her brother's from college. Will she ever live down her error? Will Elsie's embarrassment turn to love?
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To the Lighthouse
One of the most important works of art of the twentieth century, To the Lighthouse is a profound, stirring, and ambitious novel written by an artist at the height of her extraordinary powers. Like all great works of art, To the Lighthouse is rich with meaning and implication. On the simplest level, it is about the Ramsay family, their vacation home on the Hebrides Islands in Scotland, and the guests who come to stay with them there. On a deeper level, the novel is a meditation on time, on how it... more info>>
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Tom Sawyer, Detective
A Mark Twain classic.
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Tono Bungay
Most people in this world seem to live in character; they have a beginning, a middle and an end, and the three are congruous one with another and true to the rules of their type. You can speak of them as being of this sort of people or that. They are, as theatrical people say, no more (and no less) than character actors. They have a class, they have a place, they know what is becoming in them and what is due to them, and their proper size of tombstone tells at last how properly they have played ... more info>>
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Treasure Island
Enchanted by the idea of locating treasure buried by Captain Flint, Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey with the boy, Jim Hawkins, charter a sailing voyage to a Caribbean island. Unfortunately, a large number of Flint's old pirate crew are aboard the ship, including Long John Silver
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True Iron
This is a wonderful old world of ours, the one we live in. It is wonderful to think how it has grown, day by day, year by year, century by century, and by each step of Time just a little better worth living in. It is like a beautiful fairy story, with the great advantage of being true.
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Two Plays: Creditors and Pariah
This is one of the three plays which Strindberg placed at the head of his dramatic production during the middle ultra-naturalistic period, the other two being The Father and Miss Julia. It is, in many ways, one of the strongest he ever produced. Its rarely excelled unity of construction, its tremendous dramatic tension, and its wonderful psychological analysis combine to make it a masterpiece.
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Two Years Before the Mast
In 1834, a Harvard student enlisted as a common seaman--the result was this adventure classic. Crackling with realism, it offers memorable views of a dangerous voyage, vividly describing storms, whales, an insane captain, excruciating hardships, and magical beauty, as well as fascinating historical detail, including a portrait of California before the gold rush.
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Typee
This true adventure tells of Mellville's experiences in the Marquesas Islands after he was shipwrecked there. A best-seller in it's day, Typee explored themes of free love. Melville thought he was in paradise until he realized that all his new and helpful friends were also cannibals.
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Understood Betsy
At the turn of the last century, an orphan from the city finds herself living on a farm with her country cousins in Vermont. Follow Betsy, as she experiences a new kind of life and a new kind of school. Written by the woman who introduced the Montessori system of education to the U.S.
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Virgin With Butterflies
She's a smooth blonde with enough real glamour not to need makeup--especially when she's in tight white satin. She's honest and sort of naive, but she knows how to get a man or get rid of a wolf. She's a cigarette girl in a spot just off Chicago's loop, but she's about to start really going places. As she goes, she collects an Indian raja, an amorous sheikh and a mysterious gentleman reputed to be the Rockefeller of Burma. These gents are after something, chasing the gal around the world to get... more info>>
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What is Coming--A Forecast of Things after the War
Prophecy may vary between being an intellectual amusement and a serious occupation; serious not only in its intentions, but in its consequences. For it is the lot of prophets who frighten or disappoint to be stoned. But for some of us moderns, who have been touched with the spirit of science, prophesying is almost a habit of mind.
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When the Sleeper Wakes
One afternoon, at low water, Mr. Isbister, a young artist lodging at Boscastle, walked from that place to the picturesque cove of Pentargen, desiring to examine the caves there. Halfway down the precipitous path to the Pentargen beach he came suddenly upon a man sitting in an attitude of profound distress beneath a projecting mass of rock. The hands of this man hung limply over his knees, his eyes were red and staring before him, and his face was wet with tears.
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Wildfire
A cowboy tracks a wild Mustang through a prairie fire, then is hurt before he can show anyone what he has. Finally, he finds a young girl who can ride him and perhaps he finds love along with her.
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Works of Charles Dickens: 1855-1857
Five works by the great mid-19th Century British writer Charles Dickens (1812-1870): "The Holly-Tree" (short story, 1855), "The Wreck of the Golden Mary" (short story, 1856), "The Perils of Certain English Prisoners" (short story, 1857), "The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices" (1857), and"Little Dorrit" (1855-57), plus "Reprinted Pieces, 1850-59" (25 brief writings).
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You Never Know With Women
Veda Rux, a beautiful blonde, known professionally as a stripper, steals a priceless Cellini dagger from the safe in millionaire Lindsay Brett's home. Her agent, Cornelius Gorman, approaches Floyd Jackson, a private investigator and first-rate blackmailer, and asks him to return the dagger before the theft is discovered. Jackson should have known there was something wrong with the whole situation, but, blinded by the beauty of Veda and more money than he had ever seen, he agreed to the proposit... more info>>
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