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Adam Bede

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George Eliot


Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans), was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously,…

Zapiski iz podpolya (Notes from the Underground)

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a sophisticated novell with extremely hard to comprehend philosophical ideas lying on the bor…

The Greater Inclination

Read by Elizabeth Klett


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…

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Vol. 1

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Laurence Sterne


The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (or, more briefly, Tristram Shandy) is a novel by Laurence Sterne. It was published in n…

King Coal

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Upton Sinclair


King Coal is a book by Upton Sinclair, first published in 1917, that exposes the dirty working conditions in the coal mining industry in the…

Sister Carrie

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Theodore Dreiser


Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American author of the naturalist school, known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. Sister Carr…

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Read by Julie Pandya


E. M. Forster


On a journey to Tuscany with her young friend and traveling companion Caroline Abbott, widowed Lilia Herriton falls in love with both Italy …

Through the Looking-Glass (version 3)

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Lewis Carroll


Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a work of children's literature by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson),…

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

Read by Martin Geeson


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…

Die Judenbuche (Version 2)

Read by Hans Hafen


Annette Von Droste-Hülshoff


"Die Judenbuche – Ein Sittengemälde aus dem gebirgichten Westfalen" ist eine Novelle von Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, di…

Persuasion (version 5)

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Jane Austen


Persuasion is a regency Cinderella-esque tale of a young woman, the beautiful Anne Elliot, who is persuaded from marrying the Naval officer …

Daisy Miller: A Study in Two Parts

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Henry James


Daisy Miller is an 1878 novella by Henry James. It portrays the confused courtship of the eponymous American girl by Winterbourne, a compatr…

The Regent

Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


Arnold Bennett


'The Regent' is, if not a sequel to 'The Card', then a 'Further Adventures of' the eponymous hero of that novel.Denry Machin is now forty-th…

The Rainbow

Read by Debra Lynn


D. H. Lawrence


The Rainbow is a 1915 novel by British author D.H. Lawrence. It follows three generations of the Brangwen family, particularly focusing on t…

Hunger

Read by Greg W.


Knut Hamsun


Hunger (Norwegian: Sult) is a novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun and was published in its final form in 1890. The novel has been hail…

King Henry IV, Part 2

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William Shakespeare


Henry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy, prec…

The Aspern Papers

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


One of James’s favorite short novels, the Aspern Papers tells of the efforts of the nameless narrator to procure the papers of a famous, bu…

Dangerous Connections (Les liaisons dangereuses)

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Choderlos De Laclos and Pierre Choderlos De Laclos


A translation of 'Les Liaisons dangereuses' alternative title 'Dangerous Liasons' Everyone probably has Glenn Close and John Malkovich in …

Literary Taste: How to Form It

Read by Timothy Ferguson


Arnold Bennett


Arnold Bennett describes a method for enjoying literature, and suggests the contents of a comprehensive library. Chapters 1-10 and 14 descri…

The Price of Love

Read by Christine Blachford


Arnold Bennett


Rachel Louise Fleckring works for the elderly Mrs Maldon, and although with the woman for only a short time, she is taken into the heart of …

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