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The New Life (La vita nuova)

Read by Mary J


Dante Alighieri


One of Dante's earliest works, La vita nuova or La vita nova (The New Life) is in a prosimetrum style, a combination of prose and verse, and…

La Vita Nuova

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Dante Alighieri


In quella parte del libro della mia memoria dinanzi alla quale poco si potrebbe leggere, si trova una rubrica la quale dice Incipit Vita Nov…

The Sonnets of Michael Angelo Buonarroti and Tommaso Campanella

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Michelangelo Buonarroti


Michael Angelo and Campanella represent widely sundered, though almost contemporaneous, moments in the evolution of the Italian genius. Mich…

Under the Shadow of Etna: Sicilian Stories

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Giovanni Verga


The short stories of Giovanni Verga, one of the leading authors of Italian verismo, or realism, tell mostly of working-class characters in r…

Chapter III - Our Queen of Hearts

In The Queen of Hearts

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Wilkie Collins


The elderly Brothers Owen, Morgan and Griffith live a quiet, retired life in the countryside, which is turned upside-down by Griffith's ward…

Biographical Sketch, part 1

In Essays and Dialogues

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Giacomo Leopardi


"We would no more choose to feed the minds of our countrymen and women with the despairing utterances of the pessimist poet, than we wo…

Elbert Hubbard II

In Little Journeys to the Homes of Famous Women

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Elbert Hubbard


Elbert Hubbard describes the homes of authors, poets, social reformers and other prestigious people, reflecting on how their surroundings m…

Question 2 - OF THOSE THINGS IN WHICH MAN'S HAPPINESS CONSISTS (In Eight Articl…

In Summa Theologica - 06 Pars Prima Secundae, On the Last End, On Human Acts

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Saint Thomas Aquinas


The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written between 1265–1274) is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas, eve…

00 - Dramatis Personae and Translator's Preface

In Crime and Punishment (Version 4 Dramatic Reading)

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky


The story tells of the inner turmoil of Rodion Raskolnikov, a student in St. Petersburg who commits murder. His psychological and moral agit…