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Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus (Version 4)

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Mary Shelley


This is a classic (gothic) horror story, and one of the earliest examples of science fiction. The main characters are Dr. Frankenstein and h…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 7: Part 2: Countess de Saint-Geran

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Alexandre Dumas


This story details the crimes and trial surrounding the unexpected pregnancy and subsequent childbirth of the Countess de Saint-Geran in 164…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 6: Part 1: Joan of Naples

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Alexandre Dumas


The celebrated crimes committed during the life of Joan (Joanna I) of Naples span from personal misdeeds (adulteries and mariticide) to regi…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 6: Part 2: The Man in the Iron Mask

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Alexandre Dumas


In the late 1600s a man was doubly-imprisoned: his body in an iron cell and his face in an iron mask. Who the “man in the iron mask” was, wh…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 8: Part 1: The Marquise de Brinvilliers

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Alexandre Dumas


The crimes of the Marquise of Brinvilliers, a French aristocrat during the reign of Louis XIV, included some of the most famous murders, sca…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 4: Part 3: Nisida

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Alexandre Dumas


This story details the many crimes (attempted rape, assault, filicide, etc.) surrounding a significant historical confrontation between a fi…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 4: Karl-Ludwig Sand (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


This is the fourth volume of Alexandre Dumas' studies of celebrated crimes and their perpetrators. This volume is concerned with the story o…

A Christmas Carol (Version 11)

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Charles Dickens


The classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley an…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 3: Mary Stuart (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


The contents of these volumes of 'Celebrated Crimes', as well as the motives which led to their inception, are unique. They are a series of …

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 5: Part 2: La Constantin

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Alexandre Dumas


Dumas chronicles the court intrigues that led to the execution of Marie La Roux Constantin. La dame Constantin was known by French nobility …

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 6: Part 3: Martin Guerre

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Alexandre Dumas


Martin Guerre was a French peasant that, during a long absence, was famously impersonated in the 16th century. Although the real Martin Guer…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 8: Part 3: The Marquise de Ganges

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Alexandre Dumas


The assassination of Diane de Joannis de Chateaublanc (the Marquise de Ganges) is a fitting tale to conclude Dumas’ celebrated crimes series…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 7: Part 3: Murat

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Alexandre Dumas


Amidst the political winds from Napoleon’s downfall, this tale turns our attention to the flight of a former French marshal and King of Napl…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 8: Part 2: Vaninka

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Alexandre Dumas


The story of Vaninka, generally regarded as the most fictionalized of Dumas’ Celebrated Crimes series, occurs during the short and eccentric…

Some Short Christmas Stories

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Charles Dickens


Here are some classic, short Christmas stories from Charles Dickens, who, one may easily argue, was the greatest Christmas storyteller to da…

The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 2: The Mesmerist's Victim

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Alexandre Dumas


This 2nd volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances continues the intrigues of "Balsamo, The Magician" and adds to them the schemes o…

Early Greek Philosophy & Other Essays (Version 2)

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Friedrich Nietzsche


“The essays contained in this volume treat of various subjects. With the exception of perhaps one we must consider all these papers as fragm…

The Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 3: The Queen's Necklace (Version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


This 3rd volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins a decade after the close of "The Mesmerist’s Victim” and is based on a real sca…

Marie Antoinette Romances, Vol 4: Taking the Bastile

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Alexandre Dumas


This 4th volume of the Marie Antoinette Romances begins several years after the close of "The Queen’s Necklace.” It describes the event…

On the Future of Our Educational Institutions (Version 2)

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Friedrich Nietzsche


These are lectures on the education system of Nietzsche's day. He states that "This book is intended for calm readers, for those who ha…

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