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100 Books You Must Read Before You Die [volume 1]

by E. M. Forster, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle & Fyodor Dostoyevsky et al. Yellowed Paper Books (September 27, 2020)

This 1st volume of contains the following 50 works, arranged alphabetically by authors? last names: Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane: Emma Balzac, Honoré de: Father...


50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 1 (2020 Edition)

by Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, George Eliot & Leo Tolstoy et al. Dxbooks (September 27, 2020)

This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names - The Divine Comedy [Dante Alighieri] - Emma [Jane Austen] - Persuasion [Jane Austen] - Pride and Prejudice [Jane Austen]...


50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 3 (2020 Edition)

by Grant Allen, Lucius Apuleius, Marcus Aurelius & Jane Austen et al. Dxbooks (May 05, 2020)

This book contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names - What's Bred in the Bone [Grant Allen] - The Golden Ass [Lucius Apuleius] - Meditations [Marcus Aurelius] - Northanger Abbey...


Balzac

by Frederick Lawton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was a nineteenthcentury French novelist and playwright. His work of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comedie humaine, is a broad, often satirical panorama of...


Lives of the Poets

by Samuel Johnson Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1779–81), alternatively known by the shorter title Lives of the Poets, is a work by Samuel Johnson comprising short biographies and critical appraisals of 52 poets,...


Not Under Forty

by Willa Cather Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Not Under Forty is the last book published in Cather's lifetime (1873-1947). It is a collection of six essays that critique various writers and the craft of writing in general. (From GoodReads)


Ben Jonson

by Felix E. Schelling Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Ben (Benjamin) Jonson (ca.1572–1637) was an English playwright, poet and actor, whose works exerted a lasting impact on English poetry and stage comedy. He is best known for his satirical plays and lyric poetry,...


The Sisters Brontë

by Margaret Oliphant Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

This critical article was originally published in Women Novelists of Queen Victoria's Reign.


Shakspeare

by De Quincey, Thomas, 1785-1859 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

This long biographical essay on William Shakespeare was written for the Encyclopedia Britannica, 7th edition.


A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature

by John W. Cousin Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature is a collection of biographies of writers by John William Cousin (1849–1910), published in 1910. Most of the entries consist of only one paragraph but...


Robert Burns

by John Campbell Shairp Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A biography of, and treatise on the writings of, Robert Burns, a Scottish poet and lyricist, written by John Campbell Shairp, a Scottish critic and man of letters. Burns is known for poems and songs including,...


Keats

by Sidney Colvin Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Sir Sidney Colvin (1845–1927) was the obvious choice to write a book on John Keats (1795–1821) for the first series of English Men of Letters. At various times Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge, Director...


Sir Walter Scott

by Richard Holt Hutton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A biography of Sir Walter Scott written by Richard H. Hutton. Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright, and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language...


The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

by Frank Preston Stearns Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A biography, and treatise on the writing of, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer. His works often focus on history, morality, and religion....


The Victorian Age in Literature

by G. K. Chesterton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

‘I was born a Victorian; and sympathise not a little with the serious Victorian Spirit.’ In this engaging and extremely personal account G K Chesterton expounds his views on Victorian literature. Many of...


Milton

by Pattison, Mark, 1813-1884 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Milton / Mark Pattison


Coleridge

by Traill, H. D. (Henry Duff), 1842-1900 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Coleridge / H. D. Traill


The Life of Sir Richard Burton

by Wright, Thomas, 1859-1936 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Life of Sir Richard Burton / Thomas Wright


Robert Louis Stevenson

by G.K. Chesterton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

After Chesterton’s book on Robert Louis Stevenson was published in 1927, Edmund Gosse sent Chesterton a letter. Gosse had been a friend of Stevenson and one of his great champions. We can almost hear Gosse...


Carlyle

by John Nichol Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

This biography of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was published in the first series of English Men of Letters in 1892. The author, John Nichol (1833-94), who also wrote on Byron for the series, was an author, poet...


Alexander Pope

by Stephen, Leslie, 1832-1904 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Alexander Pope / Leslie Stephen

"Alexander Pope English Men of Letters Series by Leslie Stephen The life and writings of Pope have been discussed in a literature more voluminous than that which exists in the...


Wordsworth

by Myers, F. W. H. (Frederic William Henry), 1843-1901 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Wordsworth / F. W. H. Myers

"This 1880 biography is pretty much a literary biography of Wordsworth's development as a writer, and his relationship to early 19th century English society. The personal aspects are...


Alfred Tennyson

by Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Alfred Tennyson / Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish historian, translator, journalist, lecturer, biographer, anthropologist, poet, and author.


Charles Dickens

by G. K. Chesterton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A critical study of Dickens, intended "as a general justification of that author, and of the whole of the gigantesque English humour of which he was the last and not the least gigantic survival." (From Google...


Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

by G. K. Chesterton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

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"...he is hardly even a caricaturist; that he is something very like a realist. Those comic monstrosities which the critics found incredible will be found to be the immense majority of the citizens of...


A Defence of Penny Dreadfuls

by G. K. Chesterton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Excerpt:

"One of the strangest examples of the degree to which ordinary life is undervalued is the example of popular literature, the vast mass of which we contentedly describe as vulgar. The boy's novelette...


Autobiography

by G. K. Chesterton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

In Autobiography Chesterton describes his happy childhood, the intellectual 'doubts and morbidities' of his youth and his search for a true vocation. He includes many anecdotes about his literary friends, Henry...


Varied Types

by G. K. Chesterton Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

These essays, with some alterations & additions, are reprinted from the Daily News & the Speaker. The 1st 12 were published in London, by A.L. Humphreys, 1903, as Twelve Types:

Charlie Brontë

William Morris &...


Swift

by Leslie Stephen Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Sir Leslie Stephen (1832–1904) came from a distinguished family of politicians, jurists and writers, and was the father of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. His literary career began with writing about his...


Sterne

by H. D. Traill Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

A biography of, and treatise on the work of, Laurence Sterne. Laurence Sterne was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He wrote the novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and...


The Love of Books: The Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

by Richard de Bury Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Philobiblon is a collection of essays concerning the acquisition, preservation, and organization of books written by the mediaeval bibliophile Richard de Bury shortly before his death in 1345. Written in...


The Library

by Andrew Lang Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Library by Andrew Lang is a late 19th-century book published by McMillan & Co. as part of the “Art as Home” series. Continuing the tradition of de Bury’s The Philobiblon and Dibdin’s Bibliomania,...


Literary Taste: How to Form It

by Arnold Bennett Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Literary Taste: How to Form It is a long essay by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1909, with a revised edition by his friend Frank Swinnerton appearing in 1937. It includes a long list of recommended books,...


Tennyson

by Charles Kingsley Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson FRS was a British poet. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the...


Samuel Butler: A Sketch

by Henry Festing Jones Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Samuel Butler was the iconoclastic English author of the Utopian satirical novel Erewhon (1872) and the semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously in 1903. Both have remained...


Books and Bookmen

by Ian Maclaren Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

"They cannot be separated any more than sheep and a shepherd, but I am minded to speak of the bookman rather than of his books, and so it will be best at the outset to define the tribe.

It does not follow that...


The Critique of Practical Reason

by Immanuel Kant Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Critique of Practical Reason (Kritik der praktischen Vernunft) is the second of Immanuel Kant's three critiques, published in 1788. It follows on from Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and deals with his moral...


Is Shakespeare Dead?

by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

Is Shakespeare Dead? is a short, semi-autobiographical work by American humorist Mark Twain. It explores the controversy over the authorship of the Shakespearean literary canon via satire, anecdote, and extensive...


The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction

by Scarborough, Dorothy, 1878-1935 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

First published in 1917 during a period of renewed social and literary interest in the occult and spiritualism, this essay offers readers an overview of some of the greatest known, as well as some forgotten...


The Sorrows of Young Werther

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832 Open BookShelf (October 15, 2018)

The Sorrows of Young Werther (German: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is a loosely autobiographical epistolary novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. First published in 1774, it reappeared as a revised edition...