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The Wolf-Leader

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Alexandre Dumas


Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 2: The Massacres of the South

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Alexandre Dumas


Dumas's 'Celebrated Crimes' was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language--has minced no words--to describe the violent …

Marguerite de Valois

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Alexandre Dumas


A historical fiction novel set in Paris (1572) during Charles IX's reign and the French Wars of Religion. Marguerite de Valois, daughter of …

Chicot the Jester

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Alexandre Dumas


This sequel to Dumas' “Marguerite de Valois” begins four years after the sudden death of King Charles IX and succession of his brother Henry…

Moral letters to Lucilius (Epistulae morales ad Lucilium)

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Seneca the Younger’s letters to his friend, Lucilius Junior, appear to have been written with a broad audience in mind. These letters introd…

Candide (version 3)

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Voltaire


Ever since 1759, when Voltaire wrote "Candide" in ridicule of the notion that this is the best of all possible worlds, this world …

The Forty-Five Guardsmen

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Alexandre Dumas


The sequel to "Chicot the Jester" and final book of the "Valois Romances." This story begins six years after the famed &…

The d'Artagnan Romances, Vol 2: Twenty Years After (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


Volume 2 of The d'Artagnan Romances begins twenty years after "The Three Musketeers." Since then, d'Artagnan's career has stagnate…

The House on the Borderland (Version 2)

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William Hope Hodgson


This story helped propel 19th Century gothic fiction in the direction of “cosmic” horror. In fact, H.P. Lovecraft lists it as among his grea…

The d'Artagnan Romances, Vol 1: The Three Musketeers (version 3)

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Alexandre Dumas


The d'Artagnan Romances are six volumes that intertwine exciting events (real and fictionalized) from 17th-century Europe and the life of th…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 5: Part 1: Desrues

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Alexandre Dumas


This story chronicles the crimes of Antoine-Francois Desrues (also called "Derues") from his childhood to his execution. Desrues c…

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 1: The Borgias and the Cenci (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


Dumas's 'Celebrated Crimes' was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language--has minced no words--to describe the violent …

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 4: Part 2: Urbain Grandier (version 2)

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Alexandre Dumas


This is the dramatic story of Urbain Grandier, a catholic priest, who had a reputation to rival that of Casanova, which ultimately led to hi…

Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (version 2) (includes annotatio…

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Friedrich Nietzsche


The modern British philosopher, Anthony M. Ludovici, said that this text “is unquestionably Nietzsche’s opus magnum.” However, he warns the …

Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 7: Part 1: Ali Pacha

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Alexandre Dumas


Ali Tepeleni, Pacha of Janina, rose to power during the early 1800s in one of the Ottoman Empire’s most unruly territories (Albania). His fe…

Short Stories (Version 2)

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky


This is a collection of short stories written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Dostoevsky), who is arguably better-known for his lengthy, contemplativ…

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…

The d'Artagnan Romances, Vol 3, Part 1: The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years La…

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Alexandre Dumas


Volume 3 of The d'Artagnan Romances is divided into three parts. The first begins in 1660, ten years after Volume 2, with d’Artagnan as Lieu…

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…

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