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The Coxon Fund

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The greater the windbag the greater the calamity.

Henry James examines one of his favorite topics—the artist’s place in society—by profiling a “genius” who just can’t seem to support himself. A dazzling...

Louisa Pallant

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In Louisa Pallant tell us the adventures of two women, mother and daughter, who travel through Europe in search of a good husband, of course he has to be rich. A single mature American and his nephew coincide...

The Pension Beaurepas

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"Mr. Ruck distinguished me, as the French say. He honoured me with his esteem, and, as the days elapsed, with a large portion of his confidence. Sometimes he bored me a little, for the tone of his conversation...

The Old Apple Dealer

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The portrait of a faded, melancholy man who sells gingerbread and apples at the local train station. Hawthorne describes him in terms of negatives, of dim browns and faint shades of gray Even his melancholy...

How the two Ivans quarrelled

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This story takes place in a bucolic small town of Mirgorod, written in the style featuring grotesque, realistic portrayals of the characters. The two Ivans are gentlemen landowners, neighbors and great friends,...

A May Evening

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this tale, a young Cossack named Levko, the son of the mayor, is in love with Hanna. He comes to her house to talk about marriage and mentions that his father is not pleased with the idea, though he doesn't...

The Mysterious Portrait

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Nikolai Gogol's "The Portrait" is a short story about art. First written in 1835 and then significantly revised in 1842, the work explores a central concern in Romantic aesthetics: the role of the artist and...

St. John's Eve

by Nikolai Gogol Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"St. John's Eve" is the second tale in the collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka by Nikolai Gogol. This story is retold by Rudy Panko from Foma Grigorievich, the sexton of the Dikanka church. Rudy was in...

The Singing Bone

by R. Austin Freeman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In the topsy turvy world of The Singing Bone, Richard Austin Freeman presents us with a solution. The reader is asked to deduce how different mysteries were solved rather than whodunit. Freeman introduces five...