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Short Stories by Anton Chekhov...
Chekhov has always been huge inspiration for many great writers who came in contact with Chekhov's art. Thomas Man wrote that Chekhov's short stories attain to full epic stature and can even surpass in intensity the great towering novels. 'If I understood that better in later life than in my youth, this was largely owing to my growing intimacy with Chekhov’s art; for his short stories rank with all that is greatest and best in European literature.' he concluded . But what is it that makes Chekhov's stories so poignant, so striking and so inspiring? This volume offers some Chekhov's best stories, including: An Inadvertence, A Tripping Tongue, Boots, In An Hotel, Ladies. Read in English, unabridged.Show book
George Bernard Shaw
Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1912. Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador's garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women's independence. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea first presented in 1871. Shaw also would have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of that name.Show book
The Seventh Man
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Six men, shipwrecked on the ice and trapped in their shack by the bitter Arctic winter, might be excused for beginning to "see" things. But how was it that they all saw the same thing - the mysterious stranger?Show book
The Christmas Stories of Louisa...
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Gwen's Adventure in the Snow; Rosa's Tale; What Polly Found in Her Stocking; A Hospital Christmas. A Hospital Christmas (continued); A Country Christmas. A Country Christmas (continued); Mrs. Podgers' Teapot; Peace from Heaven; The Quiet Little Women. The Quiet Little Women (continued); A Christmas Dream, and How It Came True; A Song; Kate's Choice; Bertie's Box. Bertie's Box (continued); What Love Can Do; Tessa's Surprises; A Christmas Turkey. A Christmas Turkey (continued); Becky's Christmas Dream; A Merry Christmas (from Little Women); A New Way to Spend Christmas; Tilly's Christmas.Show book
A Trivial Incident
Checkhov says truth and falsehood both play an important role in personal happiness of men. Could this also be the cause of both passionate romance and failed relationship between an impoverished Russian prince and a rich landowner? This story examines the very essence of human psychology providing valuable insight into complexities of such concepts as happiness, deception, romance and depression. Read in English, unabridged.Show book
The Silver Key - The Adventures...
H. P. Lovecraft
"The Silver Key" is a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft in 1926, considered part of his Dreamlands series. It was first published in the January 1929 issue of Weird Tales. It is a continuation of "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", and was followed by a sequel, "Through the Gates of the Silver Key", co-written with E. Hoffmann Price. The story and its sequel both feature Lovecraft's recurring character of Randolph Carter as the protagonist.Show book