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Elective Affinities

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Elective Affinities (Die Wahlverwandtschaften) was Goethe's third novel. It depicts human relationships in a Romantic crucible, and is the s…

The Memoirs of Chateaubriand Volume IV

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François-René de Chateaubriand


After the extinction of Napoleon's comet on St Helena, Chateaubriand covers the Bourbon Restoration in this volume, meeting a dazzling array…

Centuries of Meditations

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Thomas Traherne


Thomas Traherne's best known work is a collection of paragraphs, divided into what he called "Centuries", meditating in a particul…

The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1664

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Samuel Pepys


Pepys continues to live life to the hilt, juggling extra-marital shenanigans with a complicated homelife, difficulties with staff, power str…

The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1663

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Samuel Pepys


Another jam-packed year for Pepys, making provisions for Tangier, indulging his passion for the theatre, always thoroughly engaged in his re…

The Memoirs of Chateaubriand Volume III

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François-René de Chateaubriand


The third volume of Teixeira de Mattos' translation of Chateaubriand's Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb covers the spectacular fall, exile, and …

Brief Lives Volume I

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John Aubrey


A collection of sparkling gossipy biographical pieces of Aubrey's contemporaries, including Bacon, Jonson and Shakespeare, Brief Lives' glim…

Brief Lives Volume II

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John Aubrey


Volume 2 of Aubrey's sparkling gossipy biographical pieces on his contemporaries, including Bacon, Jonson and Shakespeare, Brief Lives' glim…

Biographia Literaria

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Nominally an autobiography, Biographia Literaria ranges widely across the realms of philosophy, poetry and memoir, in Coleridge's trademark …

Colonel Chabert

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Honoré de Balzac


Colonel Chabert is a soldier, who goes missing during the Napoleonic wars, and then returns from the dead, most inconveniently for his wife,…

Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady - Volume 9

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Samuel Richardson


In Volume 9 Clarissa hastens to her fate and the various culprits reap the consequences of their crimes of indifference, cruelty and neglect…

The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia

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Sir Philip Sidney


Arcadia is a prose work by Sir Philip Sidney, a classic of the Renaissance pastoral and a work of high romance, a fleeting vision of a lost …

Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady - Volume 8

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Samuel Richardson


In Volume 8 Clarissa continues to decline towards her pitiful end, while Lovelace remains defiant, even as his nemesis Colonel Morden finall…

The Memoirs of Chateaubriand Volume II

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François-René de Chateaubriand


Volume II of Chateaubriand's Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb, translated by Teixeira de Mattos. This volume covers the period from his return t…

The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1665

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Samuel Pepys


Pepys' diary continues with his trademark engaging frankness, as he jockeys for favour, criticises his colleagues on the Navy Board for thei…

Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady - Volume 4

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Samuel Richardson


Volume 4 continues the story in epistolary form of the despoliation of Clarissa, as all the forces of society and the personal nefariousness…

Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady - Volume 5

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Samuel Richardson


Volume 5 continues the story in epistolary form of the despoliation of Clarissa, as all the forces of society and the personal nefariousness…

The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1660

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Samuel Pepys


Samuel Pepys was the first Secretary to the Admiralty during the reign of Charles II, instrumental in developing the Royal Navy and witness …

The Diary of Samuel Pepys 1661

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Samuel Pepys


Samuel Pepys was the first Secretary to the Admiralty during the reign of Charles II, instrumental in developing the Royal Navy and witness …

Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady - Volume 7

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Samuel Richardson


In Volume 7, the degradation and humiliation of Clarissa continue, from all the forces of society and the personal nefariousness of the devi…

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