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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…

Drum-Taps

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Walt Whitman


Drum Taps is the next collection of poems published by Walt Whitman after his famous Leaves of Grass. This collection is a direct response …

Medea (Way Translation)

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Euripides


Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BCE. The plot cente…

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…

Trachiniai (Campbell Translation)

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Sophocles


Women of Trachis (Ancient Greek: Τραχίνιαι, Trachiniai; also translated as The Trachiniae or The Trachinian Maidens) is an Athenian tragedy …

The Coast of Bohemia

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William Dean Howells


William Dean Howells is at his iconoclastic best in this exploration of bourgeois values, particularly in the clash between respectable soci…

Electra (Storr Translation)

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Sophocles


Electra or Elektra is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Its date is not known, but various stylistic similarities with the Philoctetes (409 BC) …

The Cellar-House of Pervyse

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Mairi Chisholm


Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker were two British nurses and ambulance drivers whose staggeringly heroic efforts during World War I saved co…

The House of Dust: A Symphony

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Conrad Aiken


The House of Dust is a poem written in the four-movement format of a classical symphony. Hauntingly beautiful despite its bleak post-World …

If All These Young Men

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Florence Roma Muir Wilson


Another remarkable World War I novel by Romer Wilson, "If All These Young Men" is a character study of a group of young 20-somethi…

The Nō Plays of Japan

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Noh (Nō), or Nogaku—derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or "talent"—is a major form of classical Japanese mu…

The Steel Flea

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Nikolai Leskov


An 1881 comic story by Nikolai Leskov, presented in the form of a traditional skaz or folk-tale, but entirely of Leskov's invention. It tell…

The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (Markham translation)

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Unknown


A whimsical collection of stories about a wandering street urchin, Lazarillo de Tormes is a classic of the Spanish Golden Age, even paid hom…

Iphigenia in Aulis (Way translation)

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Euripides


Iphigenia in Aulis (Ancient Greek: Ἰφιγένεια ἐν Αὐλίδι) is the last extant work of the playwright Euripides. Written between 408, after the …

Brand

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Henrik Ibsen


Inflamed by what he saw as his Norwegian homeland's shocking betrayal of Denmark after the Prussian invasion of Danish territory, Ibsen wrot…

The Outcast

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For many nineteenth-century Christians, the new biological and geological discoveries of that era brought on severe crises of faith. Winwood…

Seven Against Thebes (Way Translation)

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Aeschylus


Seven against Thebes is the third play in an Oedipus-themed trilogy produced by Aeschylus in 467 BC. The trilogy is sometimes referred to …

The Last Ditch

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Violet Hunt


An amusing but deeply poignant story, “The Last Ditch” describes the wartime experiences of a British aristocratic family who gradually real…

The Priest and His Disciples (Shaw Translation)

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Hyakuzō Kurata


At the age of twenty-six (at the height of the Great War in Europe), the religious pilgrim and maverick Kurata Hyakuzō wrote a profoundly ph…

The Combined Maze

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May Sinclair


Ranny Ransome is an idealistic young man, devoted to exuberant gymnastic exercises and to fighting “flabbiness” in his own life, body and so…

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