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The Odyssey

By: Samuel Butler

Preface: This translation is intended to supplement a work entitled ?The Authoress of the Odyssey, which I published in 1897. I could not give the whole ?Odyssey? in that book without making it unwieldy, I therefore epitomised my translation, which was already completed and which I now publish in full. I shall not here argue the two main points dealt with in the work just mentioned; I have nothing either to add to, or to withdraw from, what I have there written. The poin...

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)

By: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By: Mark Twain

Chapter I. ?TOM!? No answer. ?TOM!? No answer. ?What?s gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!? No answer. The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and looked out under them. She seldom or never looked THROUGH them for so small a thing as a boy; they were her state pair, the pride of her heart, and were built for ?style,? not service?she could have seen through a pair of stove-lids just as well. She looked perplexed...

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1984

By: George Orwell

Chapter One : It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

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The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana

By: Sir Richard Francis Burton

Preface: IN the literature of all countries there will be found a certain number of works treating especially of love. Everywhere the subject is dealt with differently, and from various points of view. In the present publication it is proposed to give a complete translation of what is considered the standard work on love in Sanscrit literature, and which is called the ?Vatsyayana Kama Sutra?, or Aphorisms on Love, by Vatsyayana. While the introduction will deal with the ...

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Ulysses

By: James Joyce

Excerpt: [1] Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: Introibo ad altare Dei. Halted, he peered down the dark winding stairs and called out coarsely: Come up, Kinch! Come up, you fearful jesuit! Solemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest. He faced about a...

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The Prince

By: Nicolo Machiavelli

Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.

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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

By: Arthur Conan Doyle
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Animal Farm

By: George Orwell

Excerpt: Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin...

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The Grapes of Wrath

By: Steinbeck, John
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Catch 22 a Novel

By: Joseph Heller
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Leaves of Grass

By: Walt Whitman

Come, said my soul, Such verses for my body let us write, (for we are one,) that should I after return, or, long, long hence, in other spheres, there to some group of mates the chants resuming.

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Les Miserables

By: Victor Hugo

Excerpt: VOLUME I. FANTINE. Preface So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of the century ? the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption of woman through hunger, the crippling of children through lack of light ? are unsolved; so long as social asp...

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Dubliners

By: Joyce, James, 1882-1941
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Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

By: Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745; Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939, Illustrator

In his adventures into several fantastic lands, Gulliver meets giants, little people, men who live on an island floating in the air, and other creatures; In his adventures into several fantastic lands, Gulliver meets giants, little people, men who live on an island floating in the air, and other creatures

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The Awakening

By: Kate Chopin

A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That's all right! He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mocking-bird that hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence. Mr. Pontellier, unable to read his newspaper with any degree of comfort, arose with an expression...

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The Essays of Michel de Montaigne; Translated by Charles Cotton. E...

By: Montaigne, Michel De, 1533-1592; Cotton, Charles, 1630-1687
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The Essays of Michel de Montaigne : Volume 2

By: Montaigne, Michel De, 1533-1592; Cotton, Charles, 1630-1687
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Paradise Lost

By: John Milton

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful seat, Sing, Heavenly Muse, that, on the secret top Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire That shepherd who first taught the chosen seed In the beginning how the heavens and earth Rose out of Chaos: or, if Sion hill Delight thee more, and Siloa's brook that flowed Fast ...

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The Call of the Wild

By: London, Jack, 1876-1916; Mitchill, Theodore Clarence, 1866
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