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Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave

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Aphra Behn


Aphra Behn was the first woman writer in England to make a living by her pen, and her novel Oroonoko was the first work published in English…

The Machine Stops (version 3)

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E. M. Forster


"The Machine Stops" is a science fiction short story by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Revie…

Madame de Treymes

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Edith Wharton


Edith Wharton's 1907 novella explores the milieu of Americans living abroad in Paris. New Yorker John Durham travels to Paris to woo an old…

The Custom of the Country (version 2)

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Edith Wharton


Edith Wharton's 1913 novel is a devastating critique of American upward mobility, told through the journey of Undine Spragg from fictional M…

Shakespeare's Sonnets (version 4)

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William Shakespeare


Shakespeare's sequence of 154 sonnets deals with such themes as love, time, death, immortality, lust, and sex. The poems follow but also dep…

The Princess

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson


The Princess is a serio-comic blank verse narrative poem, written by Alfred Tennyson, published in 1847. The poem tells the story of an hero…

Olalla

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Robert Louis Stevenson


"Olalla" was a "shilling shocker" written for the Christmas season in 1885, just before the publication of Stevenson's D…

The Island

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George Gordon, Lord Byron


Written late in his career, Byron's narrative poem The Island tells the famous story of the mutiny on board the Bounty, and follows the muti…

Quicksand

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Nella Larsen


Quicksand is a 1928 novel by Nella Larsen, a writer of the Harlem Renaissance. It focuses on Helga Crane, a mixed-race woman who is a school…

The Return of the Soldier

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Rebecca West


In 1916 on an isolated country estate just outside London, Captain Chris Baldry, a shell-shocked captain suffering from amnesia, makes a bit…

Sanctuary (version 2)

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Edith Wharton


Edith Wharton's early novella focuses on Kate Orme, who begins the story happily in love with her fiance, only to discover that he hides a t…

Crucial Instances

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Edith Wharton


This is Edith Wharton's second published collection of short stories (1901). One of these seven stories, "Copy: A Dialogue," is w…

Goblin Market and Other Poems

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Christina Rossetti


Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) is British writer Christina Rossetti's first book of poetry. The title poem is her most famous work: a …

News From Nowhere

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William Morris


News from Nowhere (1890) is a classic work combining utopian socialism and soft science fiction written by the artist, designer and socialis…

The Greater Inclination

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Edith Wharton


This is Edith Wharton's earliest published collection of short stories (1899). Like much of her later work, they touch on themes of marriag…

Life in the Iron Mills

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Rebecca Harding Davis


This 1861 novella was the first published work by Rebecca Harding Davis: writer, social reformer, and pioneer of literary realism. It tell…

In Memoriam A.H.H.

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson


In Memoriam is Tennyson's elegiac tribute to his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died in 1833 at the age of 22. Tennyson wrote this long poe…

Moving the Mountain

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman


Moving the Mountain is a feminist utopian novel written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It was published serially in Perkins Gilman's periodica…

Maude

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Christina Rossetti


Maude is a novella by Christina Rossetti, written in 1850 but published posthumously in 1897. Considered by scholars to be semi-autobiograph…

Ophelia, the Rose of Elsinore

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Mary Cowden Clarke


This story is from Mary Cowden Clarke's multi-volume work The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines, in which she imagined the early lives of c…

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