Download A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, Book 1) by Arthur Conan Doyle PDF

By Arthur Conan Doyle


"In 1887, a tender Arthur Conan Doyle released A research in Scarlet, hence growing a world icon within the quick-witted sleuth Sherlock Holmes. during this, the 1st Holmes secret, the detective introduces himself to Dr. John H. Watson with the confusing line "You were in Afghanistan, I perceive." And so starts off Watson's, and the world's, fascination with this enigmatic character."

Doyle offers both difficult mysteries for Holmes to unravel: one a homicide that happens within the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room the place the haunting be aware Rache is written upon the wall, the opposite a kidnapping set within the American West. fast selecting up the "scarlet thread of homicide operating in the course of the colourless skein of life," Holmes doesn't fail at discovering the reality - and making literary historical past.

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Download The Mayor of Casterbridge (Bantam Classic reissue) by Thomas Hardy PDF

By Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge was once first released in 1886. this can be the textual content of the 1912 Wessex edition.

From its unbelievable opening–the stunning scene within which drunken Michael Henchard sells his spouse and daughter to a passing sailor at a county fair–to the breathtaking sequence of discoveries at its end, The Mayor of Casterbridge claims a different position between Thomas Hardy’s most interesting and strongest novels.

Rooted in an exact case of wife-selling in early nineteenth-century England, the tale construct into an amazing Sophoclean drama of guilt and revenge, during which the robust, willful Henchard rises to a place of wealth and power–only to undergo a so much sour downfall.

Proud, obsessed, finally devoted to his personal destruction, Henchard is, as Albert Guerard has stated, “Hardy’s Lord Jim…his in simple terms tragic hero and one of many maximum tragic heroes in all fiction.

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Download Middlemarch by George Eliot PDF

By George Eliot

Middlemarch is George Eliot's masterpiece, a Victorian novel at the grandest scale. initially released in serial shape in Blackwood's journal in 1871-1872, it used to be instantly a serious and well known good fortune. 'No Victorian novel techniques Middlemarch in its width of reference, its highbrow energy, or the imperturbable spaciousness of its narrative,' V. S. Pritchett noted.

Set in a fictional Midlands city, the radical chronicles nineteenth-century English provincial lifestyles via its accurately delineated characters, weaving many tales into one richly textured tapestry. Eliot renders her colossal solid with cool irony and intelligence: Dorothea Brooke, the 'latter-day St. Theresa,' excessive, impassioned, and annoyed; Tertius Lydgate, the idealistic younger health practitioner who involves Middlemarch fired with the will to unfold the hot technological know-how of drugs; Fred Vincy and his spoiled, pretentious sister Rosamond; Casaubon, Dorothea's aged husband, for whom she feels first and foremost awe and at last pity; and the numerous lesser characters who humans this epic in a small panorama. Unsurpassed in its depiction of human nature, Middlemarch is without doubt one of the nice works of global literature.

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Download Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995 by Iris Murdoch PDF

By Iris Murdoch

‘Love is the tremendous tricky realisation that whatever except oneself is real’

This collection of Iris Murdoch’s best and demanding letters provides us a dwelling portrait of 1 of the 20th century’s maximum writers and thinkers. right here for the 1st time is Murdoch in her personal phrases, from her schoolgirl days to her final years.

The letters convey a superb brain at paintings – we watch the younger Murdoch suffering from philosophical concerns, usually uncertain of herself; witness her ache while a unique won’t come jointly; notice her enthusiastic about international occasions and exploring sensuality. they're packed with sharp humour and irreverence. in addition they show her own lifestyles, the topic of a lot hypothesis, in all its exciting complexity: her emotional starvation and her tendency to live to tell the tale the sting of what used to be socially applicable. steadily, we see how this fed into her novels’ plots and characters, regardless of her claims that her fiction used to be now not drawn from reality.

Quite except giving those invaluable insights, her letters deliver us nearer than ever sooner than to Iris Murdoch as someone. They make for a unprecedented and intimate analyzing adventure: she is brilliant corporation.

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Download Lempriere's Dictionary (US Edition) by Lawrence Norfolk PDF

By Lawrence Norfolk

EPUB eISBN: 9780802199430
British booklet: 1991
American e-book: 1999
Electronic book (US ed): 2007

An overseas best-seller and winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, Lempriere's Dictionary is the debut novel from Lawrence Norfolk, one among England's so much leading edge, across the world acclaimed younger authors. In eighteenth-century London, John Lempriere works feverishly on a celebrated dictionary of classical mythology that bears his identify. He discovers a conspiracy opposed to his relations courting again one hundred fifty years. instructed with the narrative force of a political mystery and a Dickensian landscape of position and time, this fabulous story encompasses the good Voyages of Discovery, multinational monetary conspiracies, and a motley solid of students and eccentrics, drunken aristocrats, whores and assassins, and octogenarian pirates, all brilliantly depicted throughout 3 continents and the realm of classical mythology.

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Download The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: With by Daniel Defoe, John Williamson PDF

By Daniel Defoe, John Williamson

“I used to be born, within the yr 1632, within the urban of York, of an outstanding relations, notwithstanding no longer of that state, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull.”

Thus all started The lifestyles and miraculous Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719) by means of Daniel Defoe.

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Download The Monk (Oxford World's Classics) by Matthew Lewis PDF

By Matthew Lewis

The Monk was once so hugely well known that it looked as if it would create an epoch in our literature', wrote Sir Walter Scott.

Set within the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, The Monk is a violent story of ambition, homicide, and incest. the good fight among keeping monastic vows and pleasing own goals leads its major personality, the monk Ambrosio, to temptation and the breaking of his vows, then to sexual obsession and rape, and eventually to homicide so as to disguise his guilt.

Inspired through German horror romanticism and the paintings of Ann Radcliffe, Lewis produced his masterpiece on the age of 19. It comprises many regular Gothic parts - seduction in a monastery, lustful clergymen, evil Abbesses, bandits and gorgeous heroines. yet, because the creation to this new version exhibits, Lewis additionally performed with conference, starting from ugly realism to social comedy, or even parodied the style within which he used to be writing.

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Download Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson PDF

By D. E. Stevenson

Barbara Buncle is in a bind. instances are harsh, and Barbara's checking account has obvious larger days. possibly she may perhaps promote a singular ... if she knew any tales. Stumped for ideas, Barbara attracts thought from her fellow citizens of Silverstream, the little English village she is aware within and out.

To her shock, the radical is a damage. It's an excellent factor she wrote below a pseudonym, as the parents of Silverstream are in an uproar. yet what relatively turns omit Bunde's international round is this:
what occurs to the characters in her publication starts off occurring to their real-life opposite numbers. Does existence particularly imitate paintings?

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By Mary Shelley

A undying, terrifying story of 1 man’s obsession to create life—and the monster that turned his legacy.

Mary Shelley all started writing Frankenstein whilst she was once simply eighteen. straight away a Gothic mystery, a passionate romance, and a cautionary story concerning the hazards of technology, Frankenstein tells the tale of committed technology scholar Victor Frankenstein. keen about studying the reason for iteration and lifestyles, and bestowing animation upon useless topic, Frankenstein assembles a man or woman from stolen physique elements; yet upon bringing it to existence, he recoils in horror on the creature’s hideousness. plagued by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a crusade of murderous revenge opposed to his author, Dr. Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an immediate bestseller and a massive ancestor of either the horror and science-fiction genres, not just tells a terrifying tale, but in addition increases profound, stressful questions on the very nature of lifestyles and where of humankind in the cosmos: What does it suggest to be human? What tasks will we need to one another? How some distance do we pass in tampering with Nature? In our age, full of information of organ donation, genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, those questions are extra suitable than ever.

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