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Maxims and Reflections

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Defects are perceived only by one who has no love; therefore, to see them, a man must become uncharitable, but not more so than is necessary for the purpose.

Rattle Snake Lodge - Memoirs of a Seeing Woman

by BK Smith

MY NAME IS AMANDA FRENCH. My family name French, I believe says it all. We, the French women, were born to wear elegant clothing and accessories, the finer brocades and silks, fluid and cool, raw dupioni and...

Oscar Wilde, Art and Morality

by Mason

To the Editor of the St. James's Gazette. Sir,—I have read your criticism of my story, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and I need hardly say that I do not propose to discuss its merits and demerits, its personalities...

Charles Baudelaire, His Life

by Theophile Gautier

The first time that we met Baudelaire was towards the middle of the year 1849, at the Hôtel Pimodan, where we occupied, near Fernand Boissard, a strange apartment which communicated with his by a private staircase...

Thomas and the stars

by Rocco Cardillo

A fairy tale for adults and children , sometimes sad sometimes happy . A fairy tale like all fairy tales ends with the happy moments , as though in reality there are no waivers wanted to do along the way to...

Books Fatal to Their Authors

by P. H. Ditchfield

To record the woes of authors and to discourse de libris fatalibus seems deliberately to court the displeasure of that fickle mistress who presides over the destinies of writers and their works. Fortune awaits...

Note Book of an English Opium-Eater

by Thomas De Quincey

"He was a man of very extraordinary genius. He has generally been treated by those who have spoken of him in print as a madman. But this is a mistake and must have been founded chiefly on the titles of his books....

Life and Art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by Sir Hall Caine

One day towards the close of 1881 Rossetti, who was then very ill, said to me: "How well I remember the beginning of our correspondence, and how little did I think it would lead to such relations between us...

Father Henson's Story of His Own Life

by Josiah Henson

The numerous friends of the author of this little work will need no greater recommendation than his name to make it welcome. Among all the singular and interesting records to which the institution of American...

Dante: His Times and His Work

by Arthur John Butler

​The person who sets to work to write about Dante at the present day has two great difficulties to reckon with: the quantity which has already been written on the subject, and the quantity which remains to...

A Day with William Shakespeare

by May Byron

"Breakfast, in 1599, was a rite "more honoured in the breach than in the observance." Most people, having supped with exceeding heartiness the previous night, ignored breakfast altogether: especially as dinner...

 A Day with Coleridge

by May Byron

"IN a beautiful part of beautiful Somerset, where the "soft orchard and cottage scenery" is dimpled between blue hillslopes, where meadows and woods and translucent streams compete with each other in charm,—in...

A Day with Keats

by May Byron

"About eight o'clock one morning in early summer, a young man may be seen sauntering to and from in the garden of Wentworth Place, Hampstead. Wentworth Place consists of two houses only; in the first, John Keats...

Kirkcaldy of Grange

by Louis A. Barbé

THE materials available for a biography of Sir William Kirkcaldy of Grange are very unequally distributed over the two portions into which his life naturally divides itself. For the first of them, I have been...

A Day with Walt Whitman

by May Byron

"About six o'clock on a midsummer morning in 1877, a tall old man awoke, and was out of bed next moment,—but he moved with a certain slow leisureliness, as one who will not be hurried. The reason of this deliberate...

A Day with Lord Byron

by May Clarissa Gillington

One February afternoon in the year 1822, about two o'clock,—for this is the hour at which his day begins,—"the most notorious personality of his century" arouses himself, in the Palazzo Lanfranchi at Pisa....

The Confessions of an English Opium Eater

by Thomas De Quincey

I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life: according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove not merely an interesting record, but in a considerable...

The Story of Kadirun

by Paul Tickell, Adrian Vickers, Marcus Susanto & Jan Lingard et al.

In the early 1910s, Semaoen was sentenced to prison for sedition by the Dutch colonial government. The Story of Kadirun, a semi-autobiographical novel, reveals with honesty and comprehensive insight the unjust...

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!

by Harry Harrison

In Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! are the recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field....

The Life of Sir Walter Scott, Vol. 2: 1804 - 1812

by John Gibson Lockhart

Biography yields to no other species of composition, in interest and instruction. More especially is this true, when the subjects of which it treats are the struggles and vicissitudes of a life devoted to the...