Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), was a former slave and great American abolitionist, author, and orator. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is his best selling...

Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

'Walden' is the most famous publication by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. In it, he reflects on the nature around him, while living in a cabin surrounded by...

A Journal of the Plague Year

Daniel Defoe (1659 or 1661 - 1731) was an English writer and journalist who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. In 1665, the bubonic plague swept through London,...

The Communist Manifesto

‘The Communist Manifesto’ by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels was published in London in 1848 in its original German, and two years later in English. It was commissioned by the...

Works and Days

‘The Works and Days’ is a didactic poem of some 800 lines composed by the ancient Greek poet Hesiod. The poem deals with daily life and work, interwoven with allegory, fable...

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

‘The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin’ is the traditional title of the unfinished record of his life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; Franklin himself...

Discourse on the Method

Discourse on the Method, originally published in 1637, still stands as one of the greatest philosophical works. Perhaps most famous for the phrase "I think, therefore I am",...

Carmilla

‘Carmilla’ is an 1872 Gothic novella by the Irish author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years, it is also one of the earliest works of...

The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey's Paw is a riveting short story first published in the early 20th century. The supernatural story centers on a mysterious artifact called "the monkey's paw".

Where Love Is, There God Is Also

Where Love Is, God Is is a classic short story by Leo Tolstoy in the late 19th century. The title references the Catholic hymn Ubi Caritas.

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