Although he later rose to prominence as an innovative and controversial philosopher whose ideas influenced everyone from existentialist thinkers to the Nazi movement, Friedrich Nietzsche was trained in philology and published his earliest works on that topic. This essay takes a look at the use of mythology and language in the ancient Greek poet's most important works, The Iliad and The Odyssey.
A classic tale about courage and excitement adventures. Mary and Robert, the children of Captain Grant, launch a rescue expedition for their father.
In California in the 1920s, a young woman struggles to find her place in society. Two sisters must work through their relationship after their father's death.
This existential novel by Norwegian author, Knut Hamsun, is often compared to works by Dostoevsky or Émile Zola, two of his main influences. Hunger has been called the "literary opening of the 20th century" and is a psychological narrative of a man whose interior is in a state of decay. Knut Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for literature and Hunger is one of his finest novels.
Jean Douglas is the daughter of Aleck Douglas, a Montana rancher, found guilty of murder and sent to prison. Because he is not the real killer, Lite Avery will try till the end of the novel to find the real murderer.
Interested in writing fiction yourself? Looking for a place to start, a book of some sorts that can tell you all the secrets? How about starting with Mark Twain’s course on How to Tell a Story! By studying it, the unique writing style of Mark Twain will be revealed pointing out at the same time the major differences between the European literature and the American one.
German spy Von Bork has done his job well and now he patiently awaits to return to Berlin. First though he must meet with an Irish-American informant and complete one last transaction. The informant named Altamont arrives with a special package. But what does all of these have to do with Sherlock Holmes?
A brutal look at the human soul, this is a terrifying look at the savagery of human nature and a classic novel read in many high school and college English courses. In the novel, a young Englishman, Marlow, goes to Africa to seek his fortune and discovers horror in his journey both into the dark heart of Africa and the dark center of the human experience.
Heidi is a classic novel for reading aloud or for independent readers. This novel by Johanna Spyri is about a girl named Heidi and her life with her grandfather in the mountains. Celebrating the way a child's love can transform a life, Heidi is a classic novel that should be a part of every childhood.
Godfrey Morgan and Professor T. Artelett embark on a round-the-world ocean voyage. They cast away on a remote island, as their ship gets wrecked, and there they rescue and befriend Carefinotu, an African slave.
Gulliver's Travels might have once been thought of as a children's story, but there is much more going on beneath the surface tale of Gulliver's journeys to undiscovered islands. Written by Irish writer, Jonathan Swift, this story is both a satire and a parody that has become a classic of English literature.
A classic western story from B.M. Bower, Good Indian is an entertaining tale, written in the Bower manner, full of mystery, a bit of romance, some dramatic moments, and lots of adventures and interesting characters.
When a husband is stricken with grief over his wife's death, he kidnaps the twin children of the man he believes responsible. From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White is a suspenseful and chilling story about the power of resentment and two children's drive to survive.
Max Brand, a pen name of Frederick Schiller Faust, is thought of as one of the greatest western writers of all time. Gunman's Reckoning is about a gunfighter named Donnegan who must do the right thing, no matter the cost.
Grimm's Fairy Tales is the definitive collection of fairy tales in the English language. This collection includes favorites like Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Hansel and Gretel, and Rumplestiltskin. Lesser known stories like The Golden Bird and The Goose-Girl are sure to delight and enchant children of all ages.
A formerly secret text known only to the Samurai, Hagakure is a classic text on Bushido--the Way of the Warrior. More than just a handbook for battle, Hagakure is a text that filled with teachings that still apply in business, political and social situations today.
Gorgias is dialogue written by Plato, based on a conversation between Socrates and a small group of sophists at a dinner gathering, where Socrates debates with the sophist seeking the true definition of rhetoric. It is a study of virtue founded upon an inquiry into the nature of rhetoric, art, power, temperance, justice, and good versus evil.
A visiting engineer meets on odd, limping man by the name of Ethan Frome. He wants to know more of him but nobody, not even Ethan is willing to cooperate. So the engineer hires Ethan as his driver for week. Unexpectedly, during a heavy winter storm, the truth about the limping man is revealed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays are an American classic. These essays explore Emerson's thoughts about transcendentalism and romanticism. Some of the most famous essays in this collection are Self-Reliance, Compensation, The Over-Soul, Circles, The Poet, Experience, and Politics.
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne tells the story of journey on a giant raft with Joam Garral down the Amazon river. The story is filled with detailed descriptions of strange lands, animals, plants and people.
The story is about a widow named Ms. Pepper and her loving five children. They are very poor but have a wonderful time together. The book shows that you don't have to have a lot of money to have love.
Faust is the classic tale of one man's deal with the devil. In this German play, translated into English for this edition, Mephistopheles makes a bet with God that he can tempt Faust. When devil offers to do anything Faust wishes on Earth, the man agrees to serve the devil when in hell.
Fifty Famous People isn’t a biographical book. It’s in fact a guide about life and how certain ‘famous’ people influenced the world we live in. Easy to read? Yes! Effective and transforming? No doubt!
When Rose Campbell is orphaned, she is forced to live with her wealthy great-aunts. Her legal guardian returns from living abroad, and she goes to live with her Uncle Alec finding health and joy in a family of 7 boy cousins and numerous aunts and uncles.
Machines with a self-consciousness in the 19th century? Erewhon is a satiric novel with the action set in a part utopian, part dystopian society where all our conventions are turned upside down. In this society, the ill are treated as criminals and criminals are treated like recoverable. There are no machines in the world, mainly because they are considered dangerous, capable of evolving into self-sufficient and self-conscious beings.