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The Art of Fiction

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Henry James


A lecture on the art of fiction, given by the English critic Walter Besant on April 25, 1884, and an answer to the lecture by American write…

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

The Welsh And Their Literature

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George Borrow


Originally an article in the US Edition of the London Quarterly Review, George Borrow offers a sweeping history of Welsh literature, beginni…

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…

Old and New Masters

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Robert Lynd


Jane Austen, WB Yeats, Chesterton, Shaw... these are personal and intelligent short essays on a selection of great (and great-ish) writers: …

Portraits of Russian Poets

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Ilya Ehrenburg


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

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…

The Novels of Jane Austen

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George Henry Lewes


An 1859 essay by the prominent philosopher and literary critic, G. H. Lewes, who was an enthusiastic promoter of the novels of Jane Austen a…

Über Matthissons Gedichte

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Friedrich Schiller


Wenn man unter Poesie überhaupt die Kunst versteht, „uns durch einen freien Effekt unserer produktiven Einbildungskraft in bestimmte Em…

English Literature: Its History and Its Significance for the Life of the English…

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William J. Long


This book, which presents the whole splendid history of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the close of the Victorian Era, has thr…

Essays on Modern Novelists

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William Lyon Phelps


A collection of essays on 19th century novelists, both famous ones and those largely forgotten now. Among the writers presented most wrote i…

Madame de Staël

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Bella Duffy


Madame Germaine de Staël (1766-1817) was the daughter of the Swiss banker and statesman, Jacques Necker. Her mother hosted a popular Pa…

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

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William Matthew Flinders Petrie


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

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…

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…

The Quintessence of Ibsenism (Version 2)

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George Bernard Shaw


InThis is an essay providing an extended analysis of the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and of Ibsen's critical reception in Eng…

Ars Poetica and Carmen Saeculare

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Quintus Horatius Flaccus


The Ars Poetica, by Horace, also known as Epistula ad Pisones, is a treatise on poetry written in the form of a letter, and published around…

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