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The Imperialist

Read by Bruce Pirie


Mrs. Everard Cotes and Sara Jeannette Duncan


“The Imperialist,” a novel by Sara Jeannette Duncan, published in 1904, is a portrait of life in small-town Ontario at the beginning of the …

The Story of a Modern Woman (Version 2)

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Ella Hepworth Dixon


“The Story of a Modern Woman” (1894) is a work of feminist social realism. In its time it was one of the most famous and influential novels …

Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

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Honoré de Balzac


Scenes from a Courtesan's Life is one of the last great works completed by Balzac for his huge novel series entitled The Human Comedy. Sect…

Lost Illusions: Ève and David

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Honoré de Balzac


Ève and David (1843) is the final book in Balzac’s Lost Illusions trilogy, which is part of his sweeping set of novels collectively t…

Ormond

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Maria Edgeworth


Maria Edgeworth was one of the most popular writers of her time, a sharp and witty observer of society manners, and a favorite author for Ja…

The Lifted Veil

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George Eliot


The Lifted Veil is a novella by George Eliot, first published in 1859. Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The…

Lost Illusions: A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

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Honoré de Balzac


A Distinguished Provincial at Paris (Un grand homme de province à Paris, 1839) is the second book in Balzac’s Lost Illusions trilogy,…

The Canadians of Old

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Philippe Aubert De Gaspé


In his mid-70s, Philippe Aubert de Gaspé took on the project of recording the culture and heritage of French Canada, especially that …

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In The Life Of Charlotte Brontë Volume 2

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


Charlotte Bronte was a British author, the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters who have become standards of English literature. She is…

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In Les Misérables, Volume 3

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Victor Hugo, transl. Hapgood and Victor Hugo


This is book 3 of 5.An ex-convict breaks parole and starts a new life as a righteous man, but is pursued by a police inspector. Along the wa…

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