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An Anonymous Story

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Anton Chekhov


In "An Anonymous Story," Chekhov continues to explore his favorite themes of superfluous men, ironic rakes, exploited women, and t…

The Persians (version 2)

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Aeschylus


The earliest of Aeschylus' plays to survive is "The Persians" (Persai), performed in 472 BC and based on experiences in Aeschylus'…

The Flaw in the Crystal

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May Sinclair


One of May Sinclair’s “uncanny” stories, this novella explores many of Sinclair’s most treasured themes: the bounds of marriage, the conflic…

My Life: The Story of a Provincial

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Anton Chekhov


A provincial youth of wealth and noble status refuses to employ himself in the typical occupations of the higher classes, thus acquiring a r…

The Quintessence of Ibsenism

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George Bernard Shaw


George Bernard Shaw, a playwright with a few bones to pick of his own, undertakes a surgical analysis of the social philosophies underlying …

The Duel (version 2)

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Anton Chekhov


Known for his plays and short stories, Anton Chekhov also wrote a series of novellas, astonishing for their psychological complexity and com…

Agamemnon (Browning Translation)

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Aeschylus


The play Agamemnon details the homecoming of Agamemnon, King of Argos, from the Trojan War. Waiting at home for him is his wife, Clytemnestr…

A Journal from Japan

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Marie Stopes


Marie Stopes was a highly controversial scientist and activist in her era, campaigning for radical new views of love-based marriage, birth c…

The Trojan Women (Coleridge Translation)

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Euripides


Described by modern playwright Ellen McLaughlin as "perhaps the greatest antiwar play ever written," "The Trojan Women,"…

A Hero of Our Time (Version 2)

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Mikhail Yurevich Lermontov


One of the iconic characters of all Russian literature, Grigori Aleksandrovich Pechorin is the ultimate “superfluous man.” An aristocratic r…

The Furies (Morshead Translation)

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Aeschylus


The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus concerning the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The name derives f…

The Libation-Bearers (Morshead Translation)

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Aeschylus


The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus concerning the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The name derives f…

The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

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Henry Murger and Henri Murger


As much as any other work of literature, Henri Murger’s 1851 collection of witty sketches Scènes de la vie de bohème shaped th…

William, An Englishman

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Cicely Hamilton


William – an Englishman is a 1919 novel by Cicely Hamilton. The novel explores the effect of the First World War on a married couple during …

The Acharnians (Billson Translation)

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Aristophanes


Loaded with cryptic, nearly indecipherable inside jokes and double entendres, this early comedy of Aristophanes has a simple, anti-war premi…

Philoctetes (Campbell Translation)

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Sophocles


Philoctetes is a play by Sophocles (Aeschylus and Euripides also each wrote a Philoctetes but theirs have not survived). The play was writte…

Audrey Craven

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May Sinclair


In May Sinclair’s remarkable first novel, Audrey Craven is a beautiful young woman who has by her idiosyncracies acquired a thoroughly undes…

The Suppliant Maidens (Morshead Translation)

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Aeschylus


The Suppliants, also called The Suppliant Maidens, or The Suppliant Women, is a play by Aeschylus. It was probably first performed sometime …

Jenny

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Sigrid Undset


Jenny Winge is a Norwegian expatriate studying art in Rome, part of a Bohemian group of friends who explore the ancient City in an intoxicat…

Two Sides of a Question

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May Sinclair


Here are two gemlike novellas in one volume, written in May Sinclair’s clearest and cleverest prose and exploring the many ways in which a w…

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