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Botchan

By: Sōseki Natsume

Botchan is the story of a young math teacher from Tokyo whose first assignment takes him to a middle school in the country side. His arrival there is not very lucky: The pupils are bound to test his perseverance and cheerily comments every one of his perceived missteps. In the teacher's room, he soon finds himself in the middle of an intrigue between the jovial Porcupine and the fat Hubbard Squash on one side, and the effeminate Red Shirt and his follower Clown on the ot...

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Ilias

By: Homer

Ilias von Homer (vermutlich gegen Ende des 8. Jahrhunderts v. Chr.) Translated by: Johann Heinrich Voß (1751-1826) Language: German (Deutsch) Ein herrliches Epos, welches viele Erkenntnisse über die menschliche Natur beinhaltet. Gilt als das älteste erhaltene Werk der abendländischen Literatur. Voß übersetzte das den Streit zwischen Agamemnon und Achilleus im Trojanischen Krieg erzählende Werk 1793 aus dem Altgriechischen ins Deutsche. (Zusammenfassung von redaer)

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Wives and Daughters (solo version)

By: Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel was serialized in Cornhill Magazine from 1864 to 1866, and completed by her editor posthumously. It looks at English life in the 1830s through the experiences of Molly Gibson, the daughter of a widowed doctor growing up in the provincial town of Hollingford. When Mr. Gibson decides to marry again, Molly is forced to contend with a pretentious stepmother, but consoled by a close friendship with Cynthia, her new stepsister. The girls' relatio...

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Guilty River, The

By: Wilkie Collins

After his father’s death Gerard Roylake returns from Germany to take up his inheritance at Trimley Deen. On one evening he meets his childhood friend, Cristel Toller. They fall in love, but there is a crux. A deaf man, called The Lodger is obsessed with Cristel. He invites Gerard to tea with evil intentions… and Gerard accepts the invitation. The book is written in the first person and tells the story from Gerard's point of view. (Summary by Diana Majlinger)

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Overdrukken

By: Charles Dickens

Vertaling van 'Reprinted Pieces' uit 1861. Een verzameling van journalistieke artikelen geschreven door de journalist Charles Dickens. In sommige artikelen, zoals bijvoorbeeld 'De geschiedenis van een armen man die een octrooi verlangde' zien we onderwerpen besproken die later ook in romans (in dit geval Kleine Dorrit) terugkomen. (Introductie door Marcel Coenders)

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Ehestandstragödie, Eine

By: Wilkie Collins

Eine reiche Witwe heiratet einen Gentleman ohne Vermögen. Bald schon kommt es zum Streit zwischen den Eheleuten und der Mann verschwindet spurlos. Die Aussage der Kammerzofe ruft die Ermittlungsbehörden auf den Plan. Die Erzählung ist im Original unter dem Titel A Plot in Private Live in The Queen of Heart's erschienen. (Zusammenfassung von Hokuspokus)

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Charlotte Temple

By: Susanna Rowson

Charlotte Temple, a cautionary tale for young women, follows the unfortunate adventures of the eponymous heroine as she is seduced by a dashing soldier, Montraville. Influenced by both her lover and an unruly teacher at her boarding school, she is persuaded to run away to America, where she is eventually abandoned by Montraville after he becomes bored, leaving her alone and pregnant. First published in England in 1791, it went on to become America's bestselling novel, on...

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ספר הקבצנים Fishke the Lame (The Book of Beggars)

By: מנדלה מוכר ספרים Mendele Mocher Sforim ; Sholem Yakov שלום יעקב אברמוביץ Abramovich

Mendele Mocher Sforim (Literary name for Shalom Jacob Abramovitsch) (1835 - 1917, b. Kapulye, Belorussia), one of the first modern Jewish writers, wrote in both Hebrew and Yiddish throughout his career. In his work he described with sharp satirical criticism the traditional life in small Jewish towns, as well as tendencies for assimilation of learned Jews at the time. He was regarded as the grandfather of Yiddish literature, but the Hebraic-Zionist atmosphere in Odessa i...

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Sister Carrie

By: Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American author of the naturalist school, known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. Sister Carrie (1900) is his first novel and tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city (Chicago) where she starts realizing her own American Dream by first becoming a mistress to powerful men and later as a famous actress. Dreiser and his wife significantly altered the original manuscript to make it more palatable to the ...

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Custom of the Country, The

By: Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was a novelist of manners of late 19th Century New York Society, who spent much of her life in France. In this novel she tells the story of Undine Sprague, the thrice- (or more) married, upwardly mobile beauty from Apex City, transplanted to New York, and finally to France, leaving the dead and wounded in the wake of her experiments in happiness. (Summary by Karen Merline)

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Metamorphosis, The, Version 2

By: Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915 and one of his best known works. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a horrible verminous creature. Terrifying in its banal simplicity, it became one of the seminal works of the twentieth century. This Translation is by Ian Johnston. (Summary by David Richardson)

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Monsieur Lecoq

By: Emile Gaboriau

Ce roman policier, historique et d'amour, mené de main de maître, en passionnera plus d'un : Vers onze heures du soir, le dimanche gras de 18.., non loin de l'ancienne barrière d'Italie, des cris effroyables, lancés de la Poivrière , parviennent à la ronde d'agents du service de la sûreté menée par l'inspecteur Gévrol. Ces hommes accourent. Un triple meurtre vient d'être commis. L'assassin est pris sur le fait. Contrairement à Gévrol, qui conclut que quatre coquins se so...

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David Copperfield

By: Charles Dickens

David Copperfield or The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery was first published in 1850. Like all except five of his works, it originally appeared in serial form. Many elements within the novel follow events in Dickens' own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of all of his novels. It is also Dickens' favorite child. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)

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Mayor of Casterbridge, The

By: Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) is a tragic novel by English author Thomas Hardy subtitled, The Life and Death of a Man of Character. It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rustic England. (Wikipedia)A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to the highest bidder. When he awakens, sober, the next day he regrets his rash act and vow...

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Olive

By: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Inspired by Jane Eyre, Dinah Maria Craik's 1850 novel, Olive, was one of the first to feature a disabled central character. 'Slightly deformed' from birth, Olive believes that she will never be able to marry like other women, so she devotes her life to her art, her mother, and above all, her religion. It takes a dark secret from the past and a new, fascinating acquaintance, to make her realize what her life could be. (Summary by Arielle Lipshaw)

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Paul and Virginia

By: Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

Paul and Virginia was first published in 1787. The novel's title characters are very good friends since birth who fall in love, but sadly die when the ship Le Saint-Geran is wrecked. The story is set in the island of Mauritius under French rule, then named Île de France, which the author had visited. Written on the eve of the French Revolution, the novel is hailed as Bernardin's finest work. It records the fate of a child of nature corrupted by the false, artificial sent...

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In the Cage

By: Henry James

In the Cage is a novella by Henry James, first published as a book in 1898. This long story centers on an unnamed London telegraphist. She deciphers clues to her clients' personal lives from the often cryptic telegrams they submit to her as she sits in the cage at the post office. Sensitive and intelligent, the telegraphist eventually finds out more than she may want to know.

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Ateneu, O

By: Raul Pompeia

O Ateneu é um romance do escritor brasileiro Raul Pompeia, considerado como o único exemplar de romance impressionista na literatura brasileira. Publicado pela primeira vez em 1888, o livro conta a história de Sérgio, um menino que é enviado para um colégio interno renomado na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, denominado Ateneu. Comandado pelo diretor Aristarco, o colégio mantém regras rígidas e princípios da aristocracia da época. A obra critica a sociedade brasileira do final ...

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Zonde in het deftige dorp, De

By: Johan de Meester

“Een vertelling van menschen en zeden.” Stork is de dorpsdokter, die van dichtbij de reactie van zijn dorpsgenoten observeert als bekend wordt dat er een zonde heeft plaatsgevonden in de pastorie. Novel read in Dutch.

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Women in Love

By: D. H. Lawrence

Women in Love is a novel by British author D. H. Lawrence published in 1920. It is a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow (1915), and follows the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula. Gudrun Brangwen, an artist, pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, an industrialist. Lawrence contrasts this pair with the love that develops between Ursula and Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual who articulates many opinions associat...

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