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THE ILIAD OF HOMER: The Iliad By Homer - Written 800 B.C.E - Translated by Samuel Butler. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Iliad (/ˈɪliəd/; Ancient Greek: Ἰλιάς Ilias, pronounced [iː.li.ás] in Classical Attic; sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion or Song of Ilium) is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege; the earlier events, such as the gathering of warriors for the siege, the cause of the war, and related concerns tend to appear near the beginning. Then the epic narrative takes up events prophesied for the future, such as Achilles' looming death and the sack of Troy, prefigured and alluded to more and more vividly, so that when it reaches an end, the poem has told a more or less complete tale of the Trojan War. The Iliad is paired with something of a sequel, the Odyssey, also attributed to Homer. Along with the Odyssey, the Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC. Recent statistical modelling based on language evolution gives a date of 760–710 BC. In the modern vulgate (the standard accepted version), the Iliad contains 15,693 lines; it is written in Homeric Greek, a literary amalgam of Ionic Greek and other dialects.
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The Writings of Mark Twain. "This is the authorized Uniform edition of all my books. Mark Twain." Each volume has general half-title and special t.p. Vol. 1-2. The innocents abroad -- v. 3-4. A tramp abroad -- v. 5-6. Following the equator, or, A journey around the world -- v. 7-8. Roughing it -- v. 9. Life on the Mississippi -- v. 10-11. The guilded age : a tale of today -- v. 12. The adventures of Tom Sawyer -- v. 13. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- v. 14. Pudd'nhead Wilson and those extraordinary twins -- v. 15. The prince and the pauper : a tale for young people of all ages -- v. 16. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court -- v. 17-18. Personal recollections of Joan of Arc / the Sieur Louis de Conte -- v. 19. Sketches new and old -- v. 20. Tom Sawyer abroad, Tom Sawyer detective, and other stories and sketches -- v. 22. How to tell a story and other essays -- v. 23. The man that corrupted Hadleyburg and other essays and stories -- v. 24. The $30,000 bequest and others stories -- v. 25. Christian science with notes containing corrections to date.
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Bram Stoker's Dracula introduces one of literature's most famous characters, as the terrifying Count wreaks havoc on the band of hunters intent on stopping him.
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864
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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe: "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary." This is how Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" begins. Jack Gunthridge has taken this literary masterpiece, which is in the public domain, and turned it into a children's book, where the pictures are not in the public domain. In the process, he has created a children's book parents will enjoy reading to their kids. Children will be exposed to words that rhyme more than words like bat, hat, cat, etc.
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Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, considered one of the finest novels ever written, chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century. A linked table of contents is included to navigate this massive epic.
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: In this historic romance, young Elizabeth Bennet strives for love, independence and honesty in the vapid high society of 19th century England.
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Bold and unique, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a heartbreaking tale of love, loss and vengeance.
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Hieroglyphic Tales by Horace Walpole: Hieroglyphic Tales by Horace Walpole: As the invaluable present I am making to the world may not please all tastes, from the gravity of the matter, the solidity of the reasoning, and the deep learning contained in the ensuing sheets, it is necessary to make some apology for producing this work in so trifling an age, when nothing will go down but temporary politics, personal satire, and idle romances. The true reason then for my surmounting all these objections was singly this: I was apprehensive lest the work should be lost to posterity; and though it may be condemned at present, I can have no doubt but it will be treated with due reverence some hundred ages hence, when wisdom and learning shall have gained their proper ascendant over mankind, and when men shall only read for instruction and improvement of their minds. As I shall print an hundred thousand copies, some, it may be hoped, will escape the havoc that is made of moral works, and then this jewel will shine forth in its genuine lustre. I was in the greater hurry to consign this work to the press, as I foresee that the art of printing will ere long be totally lost, like other useful discoveries well known to the ancients. Such were the art of dissolving rocks with hot vinegar, of teaching elephants to dance on the slack rope, of making malleable glass, of writing epic poems that any body would read after they had been published a month, and the stupendous invention of new religions, a secret of which illiterate Mahomet was the last person possessed.
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The gothic novel was invented almost single-handedly by Horace Walpole, whose The Castle of Otranto (1764) contains essentially all the elements that constitute the genre. Walpole's novel was imitated not only in the eighteenth century and not only in the novel form, but it has influenced writing, poetry, and even film making up to the present day. The Castle of Otranto sets the standards for the Gothic fiction. Components of the novel would later define the genre, including: Gothic architecture Lines of succession The decline and fall of an ancient bloodline Doppelgangers Psychological terror Questions of incest Fantastical horror and supernatural events Tyrannical patriarchal power Threatened female Ancient prophecy Dark omens. Also see: Elements of the Gothic Novel http://socialpolitan.org/fiction-writing-craft/m/articles/view/Elements-of-the-Gothic-Novel


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