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The Odyssey

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Homer


The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly…

Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

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E. M. Berens


This is a comprehensive collection of all the major and minor gods of Rome and Greece, with descriptions of festivals and retellings of majo…

Dracula (version 2 dramatic reading)

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Bram Stoker


Bram Stoker did not invent the vampire story, but he popularized it with his classic 1897 novel. In form Dracula is an epistolary novel, to…

The Art of Public Speaking

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Joseph Berg Esenwein


The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie and Joseph B. Esenwein is a manual for people who have to speak in public, and it is still in us…

Beyond Good and Evil

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Friedrich Nietzsche


First published in 1886 at Nietzsche’s own expense, the book was not initially considered important. In it, Nietzsche denounced what he cons…

Dream Psychology

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Sigmund Freud


Not a few serious-minded students, [...], have been discouraged from attempting a study of Freud's dream psychology. The book in which he or…

How to Speak and Write Correctly

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Joseph Devlin


This is a 1910 guide for those who wish to learn how to correctly (though maybe not "properly") create sentences, use figures of s…

The Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft

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H. P. Lovecraft


H. P. Lovecraft’s name is synonymous with horror fiction. His major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incom…

Dracula

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Bram Stoker


The classic vampire story by Bram Stoker revolves around a struggle between good and evil, tradition and modernity, and lust versus chastity…

The Iliad (Pope Translation)

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Homer


Homer’s Iliad is the first great work of Western literature. Composed in twenty-four books of Greek hexameter poetry, it portrays the events…

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Version 2)

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Jules Verne


Professor Pierre Aronnax is an academic whose thirst for knowledge carries him out of his ivory tower and on the trail of a mysterious sea b…

The Lost World

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


The Lost World is a 1912 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau (native name is Tepuyes) in South America (Venezu…

Tales of Terror and Mystery

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his detective stories, he also wrote other short stories which are masterpieces of mystery a…

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (version 2 dramatic reading)

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Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley's 1818 novel presents the Faustian story of a man who aspires to create life out of death, with disastrous results. The novel i…

The Prince

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Niccolò Machiavelli


ll Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine writer Niccolò Machiavelli, originally called “De Principatibus” (…

The Picture of Dorian Gray (version 2 dramatic reading)

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Oscar Wilde


The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian's beauty …

The Antichrist

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Friedrich Nietzsche


Save for his raucous, rhapsodical autobiography, Ecce Homo, The Antichrist is the last thing that Nietzsche ever wrote, and so it may be acc…

Buddhist Writings

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Varioustranslated Byhenry Clarke Warren


An anthology of Buddhist scriptures, appropriate as an introduction to its vast literature, or as a sampler for those who want to better und…

The Meditations

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Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius wrote Meditations in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. The…

The Brothers Karamazov

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky


The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Братья Карамазовы) is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is generally considered …

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