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Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 4: Karl-Ludwig Sand (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


This is the fourth volume of Alexandre Dumas' studies of celebrated crimes and their perpetrators. This volume is concerned with the story o…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 3: Mary Stuart (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


The contents of these volumes of 'Celebrated Crimes', as well as the motives which led to their inception, are unique. They are a series of …

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 4: Part 3: Nisida

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Alexandre Dumas


This story details the many crimes (attempted rape, assault, filicide, etc.) surrounding a significant historical confrontation between a fi…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Birth of Tragedy; or, Hellenism and Pessimism (Version 2)

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Friedrich Nietzsche


This is one of Nietzsche's early academic writings - a scholarly theory about Ancient Greek theatre, specifically tragedies. In a nutshell, …

Some Short Christmas Stories

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Charles Dickens


Here are some classic, short Christmas stories from Charles Dickens, who, one may easily argue, was the greatest Christmas storyteller to da…

Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 4: Taking the Bastile

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Alexandre Dumas


This 4th volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins several years after the close of "The Queen’s Necklace.” It describes the event…

The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 5: The Countess of Charny

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Alexandre Dumas


This 5th volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins after the fall of the Bastille and the March on Versailles, which forced Louis XVI a…

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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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