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The Picture of Dorian Gray Author: Oscar Wilde

THE PREFACE The artist is the creator of beautiful things.To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.The highest, as the lowest, form of criticismis a mode of autobiography.Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are […]

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Viking Tales Author: Jennie Hall

ICELAND is a little country far north in the cold sea. Men found it and went there to live more than a thousand years ago. During the warm season they used to fish and make fish-oil and hunt sea-birds and gather feathers and tend their sheep and make hay. But the winters were long and dark […]

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PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF JOAN OF ARC VOLUME 1 (of 2) By Mark Twain

PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF JOAN OF ARC By The Sieur Louis De Conte (her page and secretary) In Two Volumes Volume 1. Freely translated out of the ancient French into modern English from the original unpublished manuscript in the National Archives of France By Jean Francois Alden Authorities examined in verification of the truthfulness of this […]

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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Author: Unknown

INTRODUCTION King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table! What magic is in the words! How they carry us straight to the days of chivalry, to the witchcraft of Merlin, to the wonderful deeds of Lancelot and Perceval and Galahad, to the Quest for the Holy Grail, to all that “glorious company, the flower […]

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Chess Fundamentals Author: José Raúl Capablanca

PREFACE Chess Fundamentals was first published thirteen years ago. Since then there have appeared at different times a number of articles dealing with the so-called Hypermodern Theory. Those who have read the articles may well have thought that something new, of vital importance, had been discovered. The fact is that the Hypermodern Theory is merely the […]

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HOW TO TELL A STORY AND OTHERS by Mark Twain

HOW TO TELL A STORY           The Humorous Story an American Development.—Its Difference           from Comic and Witty Stories. I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told, for I have been almost daily in the company of […]

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The Marvellous Land of Oz Author: L. Frank Baum

Author’s Note After the publication of “The Wonderful Wizard of OZ” I began to receive letters from children, telling me of their pleasure in reading the story and asking me to “write something more” about the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. At first I considered these little letters, frank and earnest though they were, in […]

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