The Devil’s Pool By George Sand

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George Sand (the pen name of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin 1804-1876) is famous for flaunting the conventions of behavior expected of women of her standing in France at the time and for her numerous romantic liaisons including her long standing affair with Frédéric Chopin. The Devil’s Pool (published in 1846 as La Mare au Diable) is one […]




The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. Wilde later revised this edition, making several alterations, and adding new chapters; the amended version was published by Ward, Lock, […]




The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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“The Metamorphosis” is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915 and one of his best known works. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a horrible verminous creature. Terrifying in its banal simplicity, it became one of the seminal works of the twentieth century. This […]




The Ultimate Weapon John W. Campbell

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The star Mira was unpredictably variable. Sometimes it was blazing, brilliant and hot. Other times it was oddly dim, cool, shedding little warmth on its many planets. Gresth Gkae, leader of the Mirans, was seeking a better star, one to which his “people” could migrate. That star had to be steady, reliable, with a good […]




Anthem By Ayn Rand

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At some unspecified future date, Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Anthem is a dystopic science fiction story. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur, if at all) and the concept of individuality has been […]




The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

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There comes a time in the course of battle when a participant casts his fate to the gods of war, and carries on without question, the task at hand. Living, dying, right or wrong, can be contemplated later. The spirit of the bayonet takes over and carries the youth through the crucible of battle to […]


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