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The Idiot (Part 01 and 02)

Read by Martin Geeson


Fyodor Dostoyevsky


The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin, confined for several years in a Swiss sanatorium suffering from severe epilepsy, returns to Ru…

The Soul of Man

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Oscar Wilde


“(T)he past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.” Published originall…

The Greek View of Life

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Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson


“With the Greek civilisation beauty perished from the world. Never again has it been possible for man to believe that harmony is in fact the…

Phaedrus

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Plato


“For there is no light of justice or temperance, or any of the higher ideas which are precious to souls, in the earthly copies of them: they…

Confessions, volumes 1 and 2

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau


“Thus I have acted; these were my thoughts; such was I.” Rousseau’s lengthy and sometimes anguished dossier on the Self is one of the most …

The Mabinogion, Volume 1

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Anonymous


Sample a moment of magic realism from the Red Book of Hergest:On one side of the river he saw a flock of white sheep, and on the other a flo…

A Problem in Modern Ethics

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John Addington Symonds


“Society lies under the spell of ancient terrorism and coagulated errors. Science is either wilfully hypocritical or radically misinformed.”…

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

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Thomas De Quincey


“Thou hast the keys of Paradise, O just, subtle, and mighty Opium!”Though apparently presenting the reader with a collage of poignant memori…

The Diary of a Superfluous Man

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Ivan Turgenev


Turgenev's shy hero, Tchulkaturin, is a representative example of a Russian archetype - the "superfluous man", a sort of Hamlet no…

First Love

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Ivan Turgenev


The title of the novella is almost an adequate summary in itself. The "boy-meets-girl-then-loses-her" story is universal but not, …

An Essay on Man

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Alexander Pope


Pope’s Essay on Man, a masterpiece of concise summary in itself, can fairly be summed up as an optimistic enquiry into mankind’s place in th…

Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel

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Guy de Maupassant


“He had faith in his good fortune, in that power of attraction which he felt within him - a power so irresistible that all women yielded to …

Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions

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Frank Harris


Consumers of biography are familiar with the division between memoirs of the living or recently dead written by those who "knew" t…

Farewell

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Honoré de Balzac


In his startling and tragic novella Farewell (‘Adieu’), Balzac adds to the 19th century’s literature of the hysterical woman: sequestered, c…

The Girl with the Golden Eyes

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Honoré de Balzac


Listeners who like to plunge straight into a story would do well to skip the lengthy preamble. Here, Balzac the virtuoso satirist depicts th…

The Trespasser

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D. H. Lawrence


Brief Encounter meets Tristan und Isolde - on the Isle of Wight, under a vast sky florid with stars. The consequence is tragic indeed for on…

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

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Samuel Johnson


In this enchanting fable (subtitled The Choice of Life), Rasselas and his retinue burrow their way out of the totalitarian paradise of the H…

Confessions, volumes 5 and 6

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau


"She was more to me than a sister, a mother, a friend, or even than a mistress, and for this very reason she was not a mistress; in a w…

Oscar Wilde: Art and Morality

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Stuart Mason


“Who can help laughing when an ordinary journalist seriously proposes to limit the subject-matter at the disposal of the artist?”“We are dom…

A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

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Laurence Sterne


After the bizarre textual antics of "Tristram Shandy", this book would seem to require a literary health warning. Sure enough, it …

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