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Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field

Read by Peter Tucker


Sir Walter Scott


Marmion is an epic poem in six cantos, written in emulation of the ancient Scottish minstrel style which was of such great interest to Scott…

Madame Chrysantheme

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Pierre Loti


Pierre Loti (a nom de plume) was for many years an officer in the French Navy, giving him the opportunity to sample and analyze different na…

Discourse on Metaphysics

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


This is a relatively short treatise by the highly influential and admired philosopher and polymath Leibniz. It presents his views on metaphy…

The Late Mattia Pascal

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Luigi Pirandello


Mattia Pascal grew up in a small Italian town not dissimilar to that of the author's upbringing. Pascal leads a somewhat feckless boyhood, a…

Là-bas

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Joris-Karl Huysmans


The plot of Là-Bas concerns the novelist Durtal, who is disgusted by the emptiness and vulgarity of the modern world. He seeks relief…

Evolution Creatrice

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Henri Bergson


Creative Evolution (French: L'Évolution créatrice) is a 1907 book by French philosopher Henri Bergson. Its English translation…

The Fortune of the Rougons

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Émile Zola


The Fortune of the Rougons (French: La Fortune des Rougon), originally published in 1871, is the first novel in Émile Zola's monument…

The Lay of the Last Minstrel

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Sir Walter Scott


An aging minstrel seeks who hospitality at Newark Castle and in recompense tells a tale of a sixteenth-century Border feud. In the poem, Lad…

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

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George Gordon, Lord Byron


Childe Harold's Pilgrimage is a lengthy narrative poem in four parts written by Lord Byron. It was published between 1812 and 1818 and is de…

A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (Version 2)

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George Berkeley


A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (commonly called Treatise when referring to Berkeley's works) is a 1710 work, in Eng…

The Cathedral

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Joris-Karl Huysmans


It is the third of Huysmans' books to feature the character Durtal, a thinly disguised portrait of the author. He had already featured the c…

The Bagpipers

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George Sand


A story of two sets of lovers and the development of their relationships, set in rural France in the mid 19th century. - Summary by PeterTuc…

Virgin Soil Volume 2

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Ivan Turgenev


The second volume of Turgenev's last novel sees social change bubbling up into conflict with the established order and interacting with the …

The Improvement of Human Reason

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Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Malik Ibn Tufail and Muhammad Ibn 'Abd Al-Malik Ibn Tufail


The story revolves around Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān, a little boy who grew up on an island in the Indies under the equator, isolated from the people, …

An Abstract of Mr Locke's Essay on Human Understanding

In Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 098

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Jeffrey Gilbert


"The moment a man attempts to tell the truth as he not only thinks but feels it, what he says becomes charged with that man himself.&qu…

Introduction and Dedication

In Poems 1817

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John Keats


Early poems of this famous English lyric poet, in which he openly expresses indebtedness to, and reverence for, his poetic predecessors, esp…

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