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Relativity: The Special and General Theory

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Albert Einstein


This is an introduction to Einstein’s space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, written by the master himself. Special and Genera…

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…

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 …

How to Analyze People on Sight Through the Science of Human Analysis: The Five …

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Elsie Lincoln Benedict


In this popular American book from the 1920s, accomplished public speaker and self-help charlatan Elsie Lincoln Benedict outlines her pseudo…

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…

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…

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 Divine Comedy

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Dante Alighieri


The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened "Divina" by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 an…

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…

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 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…

Paradise Lost

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John Milton


Paradise Lost is the first epic of English literature written in the classical style. John Milton saw himself as the intellectual heir of Ho…

Little Women

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Louisa May Alcott


Little Women is the classic story of The March family, which consists of Mr. and Mrs. March and their four girls--Practical, yet fashion con…

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 Call of the Wild

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Jack London


In this novel (often mistakenly classified a children’s book) the main protagonist Buck, a St. Bernard/Collie mix, is abducted and sold to a…

Buddhist Writings

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Various


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

Grimms' Fairy Tales

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Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm


A classic collection of oral German folklore, brought together for posterity by the scholarly brothers Grimm in the 1800s, this epitome of f…

The Island of Doctor Moreau

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H. G. Wells


The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, addressing ideas of society and community, human nature…

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