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Download The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings (Bantam by Oscar Wilde PDF

By Oscar Wilde

Is the cost of everlasting adolescence worthy a man's soul? The enormously good-looking Dorian grey is a model—and the muse—for a tender artist, Basil Hallward. via Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, who values purely the pleasant issues in lifestyles without regard for morality.

He makes Dorian discover that sooner or later his famed good looks will fade, and he'll be left with not anything. Dorian makes a decision to promote his soul in order that a portrait of him will age in his place.

As he indulges in each vice and egocentric whim, his portrait grows more and more hideous. yet will he research the real fee of his corruption in time to alter his methods?

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Download Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand PDF

By Ayn Rand

This can be the tale of a guy who acknowledged that he might cease the motor of the world—and did. was once he a destroyer or the best of liberators? Why did he need to struggle his conflict, now not opposed to his enemies, yet opposed to those that wanted him such a lot, and his toughest conflict opposed to the lady he enjoyed? what's the world’s motor—and the intent strength of each guy? you'll understand the reply to those questions in the event you observe the explanation in the back of the baffling occasions that play havoc with the lives of the characters during this story.

Tremendous in its scope, this novel offers an excellent landscape of human life—from the efficient genius who turns into a valueless playboy—to the nice metal industrialist who doesn't understand that he's operating for his personal destruction—to the thinker who turns into a pirate—to the composer who offers up his occupation at the evening of his triumph—to the girl who runs a transcontinental railroad—to the bottom music employee in her Terminal tunnels.

You has to be ready, in the event you learn this novel, to examine each premise on the root of your convictions. this can be a secret tale, no longer concerning the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit. it's a philosophical revolution, informed within the kind of an motion mystery of violent occasions, a ruthlessly terrific plot constitution and an impossible to resist suspense. Do you assert this is often very unlikely? good, that's the first of your premises to check.

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Download The Harbor (Penguin Classics) by Ernest Poole PDF

By Ernest Poole

Ernest Poole's bestselling, muckraking vintage concerning the plight of the employee.

The best-known novel through the winner of the 1st Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Ernet Poole's The Harbor used to be released in 1915 to speedy acclaim and continues to be his most crucial booklet. on the center of the tale is Billy, an aspiring author who struggles to reconcile his sympathy for employees together with his middle-class allegiance to capitalist development. As Billy comes of age at the manhattan waterfront, an eyewitness to explosive tensions among hard work and capital that culminate in a violent strike, he learns to embody socialism because the way to the harbor's seething injustices. This novel, one of many such a lot direct literary remedies of sophistication conflict, is a necessary social historical past and a strong testomony to Poole's mythical expertise.

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Download Roman Lives: A selection of eight Roman Lives (Oxford by Plutarch PDF

By Plutarch

'I deal with the narrative of the Lives as a type of mirror...The adventure is like not anything loads as spending time of their corporation and dwelling with them: I obtain and welcome each one of them in flip as my guest.'

In the 8 lives of this assortment Plutarch introduces the reader to the key figures and sessions of classical Rome. He portrays virtues to be emulated and vices to be kept away from, yet his goal is usually implicitly to teach and warn these in his personal day who wielded strength. In prose that's wealthy, based and sprinkled with discovered references, he explores with a rare measure of perception the interaction of personality and political motion. whereas drawing mainly on historic resources, he brings to biography a common story-teller's ear for an outstanding anecdote. during the a while Plutarch's Lives were valued for his or her historic price and their allure. This new translation will introduce new generations to his urbane erudition. the main complete choice to be had, it truly is followed by means of a lucid advent, explanatory notes, bibliographies, maps and indexes.

Readership: 6th shape and undergraduate classes in Roman background and Classical reviews.

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Download Netochka Nezvanova (Penguin Classics) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky PDF

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Translated with an creation by way of Jane Kentish

"Netochka Nezvanova - A anonymous Nobody" - tells the tale of a adolescence ruled by means of her stepfather, Efimov, a failed musician who believes he's a ignored genius. The younger woman is unusually attracted to this drunken smash of a guy, who exploits her and drives the relations to poverty. but if she is rescued by way of an aristocratic family members, the abuse opposed to Netochka's gentle psyche keeps in a extra refined approach, condemning her to stay an interloper - a solitary spectator of a glittering society. Conceived as a part of a singular on a grand scale, "Netochka Nezvanova" remained incomplete after Dostoyevsky was once exiled to Siberia for 'revolutionary activities' in 1849. With its depiction of the discomfort, loneliness, insanity and sin that impact either wealthy and negative in St Petersburg, it includes the nice subject matters that have been to dominate his later novels.

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Download Là-Bas: A Journey into the Self by Joris-Karl Huysmans, Brendan King PDF

By Joris-Karl Huysmans, Brendan King

Translated with an creation and notes by way of Brendan King and an afterword and chronology through Robert Irwin

Cult curio approximately satanism in fin-de-siecle Paris. day out The vintage story of satanism and sexual obsession in nineteenth-century Paris, in an enticing new edition...

Strong meat for diseased imaginations (Murrough O'Brien within the self reliant on Sunday)

This really good new translation by way of Brendan King vividly remembers the allusive, proto-expressionist vigor of the original.

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Download Hojas de hierba by Walt Whitman PDF

By Walt Whitman

«Camarada, esto no es un libro; quien toca esto toca a un hombre». Así outline Walt Whitman (1819-1892) una obra que construyó a lo largo de casi cuarenta años. Fruto de una época y de un lugar -la Norteamérica del siglo XIX-, este gran poema épico nace y crece con l. a. intención de definir al hombre y a los angeles nación americana frente al dominio cultural anglosajón. Su polémica ruptura, formal y conceptual, con el canon poético tradicional fue tal, que se cube que toda los angeles poesía norteamericana posterior es un continuo diálogo con Whitman; incluso buena parte de l. a. poesía occidental, desde el español García Lorca hasta el caribeño Walcott, bebe de esta fuente de inspiración. Este volumen ofrece por primera vez íntegra l. a. mítica Primera edición de 1855, y una selección de los mejores poemas que engrosaron las sucesivas ediciones.

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Download 300 Chinese Poems by Xu Yuanchong PDF

By Xu Yuanchong

The 3 Hundred Tang Poems is an anthology of poems from the chinese language Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) first compiled round 1763 through solar Zhu (1722-1778), the Qing Dynasty student. a number of later versions additionally exist. All versions comprise over three hundred poems: for this reason, 300 skill now not precisely three hundred yet refers to an estimative quantification; the 10, twenty, or extra additional poems symbolize a kind of an excellent good fortune bonus, analogous to the "baker's dozen" within the West. much more, the quantity three hundred (or extra precisely 305) used to be a vintage quantity for a poetry assortment a result of impact of the vintage of Poetry (Shijing 詩經), which was once generally called the 3 Hundred Poems.

Dissatisfied with the anthology Poems via 1000 Masters (Qianjiashi 千家詩) compiled through Liu Kezhuang within the overdue Southern tune, and prompted through Ming Dynasty poetry anthologies, solar chosen the poems according to their acceptance and academic worth. the gathering has been well known ever considering and will be present in many chinese language families. for hundreds of years, basic scholars memorized the poems and used them to benefit to learn and write. It includes poems via Du Fu, Li Bai, Wang Wei, Li Shangyin, Meng Haoran, Han Yu, Du Mu, Bai Juyi, Liu Changqing, Cen Shen, Wang Changling, Wei Yingwu, and extra. Li he's one outstanding Tang poet absent from the compilation.

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Download The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins PDF

By Wilkie Collins

"The Moonstone is a page-turner," writes Carolyn Heilbrun. "It catches one up and unfolds its striking tale in the course of the recountings of its numerous narrators, them all engaging and singular." Wilkie Collins's spellbinding story of romance, robbery, and homicide encouraged a highly renowned genre--the detective secret. Hinging at the robbery of an incredible diamond initially stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel positive aspects the cutting edge Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious condo steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.

This sleek Library Paperback vintage is decided from the definitive 1871 edition.

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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Download The Captive, The Fugitive (In Search of Lost Time, Volume 5) by Marcel Proust PDF

By Marcel Proust

Because the unique prewar translation there was no thoroughly new rendering of the French unique into English. This translation brings to the fore a extra sharply engaged, comedian and lucid Proust. "In seek of misplaced Time" is likely one of the maximum, so much unique interpreting reports in any language. because the nice tale unfolds from its magical beginning scenes to its devastating finish, it's the Penguin Proust that makes Proust available to a brand new iteration. every one quantity is translated by means of a unique, wonderful translator operating below the overall editorship of Professor Christopher Prendergast, college of Cambridge.

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