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Charles Dickens

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G. K. Chesterton


G. K. Chesterton was a great admirer of Charles Dickens, and wrote a noted critique of Dickens' works expressing his opinion in his own inim…

Robert Browning

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G. K. Chesterton


There is an old anecdote, probably apocryphal, which describes how a feminine admirer wrote to Browning asking him for the meaning of one of…

Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

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G. K. Chesterton


“These papers were originally published as prefaces to the separate books of Dickens in one of the most extensive of those cheap libraries o…

Margaret of Angoulême, Queen of Navarre

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Agnes Mary Frances Robinson


Margaret of Angoulême, Queen of Navarre (Marguerite de Navarre), (1492-1549), was the sister of Francis I, King of France. She was hig…

Prejudices, First Series

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H. L. Mencken


Mencken sharpens his pen and in a collection of short essays delivers acerbic opinions on issues and persons of the time. Among his targets…

The Tale of Terror: A Study of the Gothic Romance

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Edith Birkhead


A seminal essay on the development of horror as a genre, highly influential on later writers. - Summary by Timothy Ferguson

Ein Vade mecum für den Hrn. Sam. Gotth. Lange Pastor in Laublingen

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


Lessings Kritik an der Horazübersetzung des seinerzeit bekannten Pastors Lange ist unerbittlich und von fast brutaler Genauigkeit. Aus …

The Raven and The Philosophy Of Composition

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Edgar Allan Poe


Poe’s famous narrative poem and the author’s reflections on its composition. (David Wales)

Emily Brontë

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Agnes Mary Frances Robinson


Emily Brontë (1818-1848) is best known for her only novel, "Wuthering Heights." She was born in Yorkshire, northern England, …

Elizabethan Demonology

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Thomas Alfred Spalding


Elizabethan Demonology: An Essay in Illustration of the Belief in the Existence of Devils, and the Powers Possessed By Them, as It Was Gene…

Über die Iphigenie auf Tauris

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Friedrich Schiller


Dieser dritte Band der Goethischen Werke … In griechischer Form, deren er sich ganz zu bemächtigen gewußt hat, die er bis zur h&…

Portraits of Russian Poets

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Ilya Ehrenburg


«Портреты русских поэтов»: Ахматова, Бальмонт, Балтрушайтис, Блок, Брюсов, Белый, Волошин, Есенин, Иванов, Мандельштам, Маяковск…

A Brief History of English and American Literature

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Henry A. Beers


Henry Augustin Beers, native of Buffalo, NY and professor of English at Yale, with the help of John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903), Methodist bi…

Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3

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Isaac D'Israeli


This is the third and final volume of Isaac D'Israeli's monumental work Curiosities of Literature. It covers a great range of diverse topics…

Egyptian Tales, translated from the Papyri, Series Two : XVIIIth to XIXth Dynas…

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William Matthew Flinders Petrie


Egyptian stories translated from ancient, often incomplete, documents. - Summary by Timothy Ferguson

The American Language

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H. L. Mencken


"It was part of my daily work, for a good many years, to read the principal English newspapers and reviews; it has been part of my work…

The Secret of Charlotte Brontë

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Frederika Richardson Macdonald


Twenty years ago, now, I attempted (but was not especially successful in the task) to establish upon the personal knowledge that my own resi…

Stage Land

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Jerome K. Jerome


A comic look at the curious habits and customs of the inhabitants of 'Stage Land'. Dedicated to 'that highly respectable but unnecessarily r…

An Essay on Criticism (version 2)

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Alexander Pope


The title, An Essay on Criticism hardly indicates all that is included in the poem. It would have been impossible to give a full and exact i…

Appreciations, with an Essay on Style

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Walter Pater


Appreciations, with an Essay on Style, is a collection of Walter Pater's previously-published essays on literature. The collection was well …

Essays and Literary Studies

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Stephen Leacock


A collection of wry looks at literature, education, and other social phenomena by Canadian humourist and economics professor, Stephen Leacoc…

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