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Short Stories (Version 2)

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky


This is a collection of short stories written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Dostoevsky), who is arguably better-known for his lengthy, contemplativ…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 8: Part 1: The Marquise de Brinvilliers

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Alexandre Dumas


The crimes of the Marquise of Brinvilliers, a French aristocrat during the reign of Louis XIV, included some of the most famous murders, sca…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 5: Part 2: La Constantin

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Alexandre Dumas


Dumas chronicles the court intrigues that led to the execution of Marie La Roux Constantin. La dame Constantin was known by French nobility …

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 6: Part 3: Martin Guerre

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Alexandre Dumas


Martin Guerre was a French peasant that, during a long absence, was famously impersonated in the 16th century. Although the real Martin Guer…

The d'Artagnan Romances, Vol 3, Part 1: The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years La…

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Alexandre Dumas


Volume 3 of The d'Artagnan Romances is divided into three parts. The first begins in 1660, ten years after Volume 2, with d’Artagnan as Lieu…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 7: Part 3: Murat

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Alexandre Dumas


Amidst the political winds from Napoleon’s downfall, this tale turns our attention to the flight of a former French marshal and King of Napl…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 8: Part 3: The Marquise de Ganges

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Alexandre Dumas


The assassination of Diane de Joannis de Chateaublanc (the Marquise de Ganges) is a fitting tale to conclude Dumas’ celebrated crimes series…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 8: Part 2: Vaninka

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Alexandre Dumas


The story of Vaninka, generally regarded as the most fictionalized of Dumas’ Celebrated Crimes series, occurs during the short and eccentric…

A Christmas Carol (Version 11)

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Charles Dickens


The classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley an…

The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 1: Balsamo, The Magician

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Alexandre Dumas


This is the first volume of Dumas' Marie Antoinette Romances (also called "The Memoirs of a Physician"). This historical fiction c…

The d'Artagnan Romances, Vol 3, Part 3: The Man in the Iron Mask (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


Volume 3 of The d'Artagnan Romances is divided into three parts. In this, the final part, d’Artagnan’s fortune is near its height; having be…

Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (version 2) (includes annotatio…

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Friedrich Nietzsche


The modern British philosopher, Anthony M. Ludovici, said that this text “is unquestionably Nietzsche’s opus magnum.” However, he warns the …

Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus (Version 4)

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Mary Shelley


This is a classic (gothic) horror story, and one of the earliest examples of science fiction. The main characters are Dr. Frankenstein and h…

The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 2: The Mesmerist's Victim

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Alexandre Dumas


This 2nd volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances continues the intrigues of "Balsamo, The Magician" and adds to them the schemes o…

The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 3: The Queen's Necklace (Version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


This 3rd volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins a decade after the close of "The Mesmerist’s Victim” and is based on a real sca…

The Borgias: Chapter 8

In Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 1: The Borgias and the Cenci (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


Dumas's 'Celebrated Crimes' was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language--has minced no words--to describe the violent …

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