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Romeo & Juliet - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar artwork Julius Caesar
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Conspirators, some high-minded like Brutus, others not, plot the assassination of the dictator Julius Caesar to save the Roman republic from tyranny. But after Caesar's death, they find themselves reviled by the Roman people and at war with Mark Antony and Octavian.


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Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

Stefan Zweig - The Burning Secret artwork The Burning Secret
Stefan Zweig
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 03 September 2014
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A suave baron takes a fancy to twelve-year-old Edgar's mother, while the three are holidaying in an Austrian mountain resort. His initial advances rejected, the baron befriends Edgar in order to get closer to the woman he desires. The initially unsuspecting child soon senses something is amiss, but has no idea of the burning secret that is driving the affair, and that will soon change his life for ever.


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The Burning Secret - Stefan Zweig

William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night artwork Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin, Sebastian, has been killed. Masquerading as a boy, she enters the service of Duke Orsino, who is in love with Olivia. Olivia, believing Viola male, falls in love with her. Viola, in turn, falls in love with the Duke. When Sebastian arrives on the scene, confusion ensues.


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Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Shakespeare's Poems artwork Shakespeare's Poems
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The complete collection of Shakespeare's six poems: Venus and Adonis Comic, sensual, bawdy and beautiful, this long poem tells of the desire of Venus, goddess of beauty and love, for the young Adonis, who would much rather be hunting, and its tragic end. The Rape of Lucrece Stately and somber, this long poem tells of the desire of Tarquin, Prince of Rome, for the chaste Lucrece, and his rape of her, and of how she comes to kill herself in her shame. A Lover's Complaint A young woman, seduced and abandoned by a charming man, rails against his falsity. The Passionate Pilgrim Most likely a pirated volume containing variants of some of Shakespeare’s sonnets, along with extracts from Love’s Labor’s Lost and poems by unknown authors, possibly by Shakespeare, others likely not. The Phoenix and Turtle An enigmatic poem about the constancy of love between a phoenix (a mythological bird) and a turtledove, likely with allegorical meanings we can no longer understand. To the Queen A short poem honoring her majesty, Queen Elizabeth.


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Shakespeare's Poems - William Shakespeare

William Blake - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell artwork The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
William Blake
Genre: Art & Architecture
Publish Date: 03 September 2014
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is a series of texts written in imitation of biblical prophecy but expressing Blake's own intensely personal Romantic and revolutionary beliefs. It was published as printed sheets from etched plates containing prose, poetry and illustrations. It is written in prose, except for the opening Argument and the Song of Liberty. The book describes the poet's visit to Hell. It also tells that good and evil are different kinds of energies, and both are needed to keep the world going.


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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - William Blake

Friedrich Wieck - Piano and Song artwork Piano and Song
Friedrich Wieck
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book talks about teaching, learning and performing on the piano in a delightful style, alternating between conversation and instruction. As he was the father of Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann's teacher, need I say more?.


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Piano and Song - Friedrich Wieck

George Titus Ferris - Great Musical Composers artwork Great Musical Composers
George Titus Ferris
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1839
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In this books upon the history and technicalities of music in general, upon musical theories and schools, and upon the exponents thereof in their artistic capacity, there has been a distinct dearth of treatises dealing in a brief and popular fashion with the lives of eminent composers themselves.


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Great Musical Composers - George Titus Ferris

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Volume 01 artwork The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Volume 01
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1790
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

God grant that some change may soon come to pass! In the mean time I shall certainly not be deficient in industry, trouble, and labor. My hopes are centred on the winter, when every one returns from the country. My heart beats with joy at the thought of the happy day when I shall once more see and embrace you. The day before yesterday my dear friend Weber, among other things, wrote to me that the day after the Elector’s arrival it was publicly announced that he was to take up his residence in Munich, which came like a thunder-clap on Mannheim, wholly, so to say, extinguishing the universal illumination by which the inhabitants had testified their joy on the previous day. The fact was also communicated to all the court musicians, with the addition that each was at liberty to follow the court to Munich or to remain in Mannheim, (retaining the same salaries,) and in a fortnight each was to give a written and sealed decision to the Intendant. Weber, who is, as you know, in the most miserable circumstances, wrote as follows:— “I anxiously desire to follow my gracious master to Munich, but my decayed circumstances prevent my doing so”. Before this occurred there was a grand court concert, where poor Madlle. Weber felt the fangs of her enemies; for on this occasion she did not sing! It is not known who was the cause of this.


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The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Volume 01 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pedro Calderón de la Barca - Life Is a Dream artwork Life Is a Dream
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Pedro Calderon de la Barca was born in Madrid, January 17, 1600, of good family. He was educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid and at the University of Salamanca; and a doubtful tradition says that he began to write plays at the age of thirteen. His literary activity was interrupted for ten years, 1625-1635, by military service in Italy and the Low Countries, and again for a year or more in Catalonia. In 1637 he became a Knight of the Order of Santiago, and in 1651 he entered the priesthood, rising to the dignity of Superior of the Brotherhood of San Pedro in Madrid. He held various offices in the court of Philip IV, who rewarded his services with pensions, and had his plays produced with great splendor. He died May 5, 1681.


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Life Is a Dream - Pedro Calderón de la Barca

William Shakespeare - All's Well That Ends Well artwork All's Well That Ends Well
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Recently wed, spoiled Bertram abandons his wife Helena, and goes off to war saying that unless she can remove the ring from his finger and produce a child by him, he will never consider himself married. The resourceful Helena manages this and regains her charmless husband.


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All's Well That Ends Well - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream artwork A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Hermia loves Lysander. Lysander loves Hermia, but so does Demetrius. Hermia's friend Helena loves Demetrius. These four find themselves lost deep in the woods and in the middle of a royal fairy row between Titania and Oberon.


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A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Hamlet artwork Hamlet
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The prince of Denmark tries to summon the will to kill his father's murderer, his uncle and now king.


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Hamlet - William Shakespeare

Marion Craig Wentworth - War Brides: A Play in One Act artwork War Brides: A Play in One Act
Marion Craig Wentworth
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 1871
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A room in a peasant's cottage in a war-ridden country. A large fireplace at the right. Near it a high-backed settle. On the left a heavy oak table and benches. Woven mats on the floor. A door at left leads into a bedroom. In the corner a cupboard. At the back a wide window with scarlet geraniums and an open door. A few firearms are stacked near the fireplace. There is an air of homely color and neatness about the room. Through the open door may be seen women stacking grain. Others go by carrying huge baskets of grapes or loads of wood, and gradually it penetrates the mind that all these workers are women, aristocrats and peasants side by side. Now and then a bugle blows or a drum beats in the distance. A squad of soldiers marches quickly by. There is everywhere the tense atmosphere of unusual circumstance, the anxiety and excitement of war.


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War Brides: A Play in One Act - Marion Craig Wentworth

William Shakespeare - Macbeth artwork Macbeth
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

After receiving a prophecy of his future kingship from three witches, Macbeth, encouraged by his wife, murders King Duncan. His reign continues bloodily and his conscience increasingly disturbs him. Finally, Macduff and the other forces of revenge surround Macbeth to kill him.


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Macbeth - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - As You Like It artwork As You Like It
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The elaborate gender reversals in this pastoral comedy set in the Forest of Arden are of considerable interest to modern critics. At one point in the play, the heroine Rosalind becomes a boy pretending to be a girl pretending to be a boy.


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As You Like It - William Shakespeare

Isaac Watts - Hymns and Spiritual Songs artwork Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Isaac Watts
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1747
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Broadly arranged in three categories--hymns from Scripture, hymns on Divine Subjects; and hymns for communion.


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Hymns and Spiritual Songs - Isaac Watts

William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice artwork The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The merchant Antonio promises Shylock that if he defaults on his borrowing, he will pay the Jewish money-lender a pound of his flesh. When he can't pay, Shylock insists on his bond. The case goes to court and Bassanio and his new bride Portia finesse some legal loopholes to save their friend.


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The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Macbeth (Finnish Edition) artwork Macbeth (Finnish Edition)
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 1622
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Macbeth on tragedia kirjoittanut William Shakespeare, ja sitä pidetään yhtenä hänen synkimpinä ja tehokkain teoksia. Aseta Skotlannissa, leikkiä dramatizes syövyttäviä psykologisia ja poliittisia vaikutuksia syntyy, kun paha on valittu tapa täyttää kunnianhimoa vallasta. Draama alkaa aavemainen ulkonäkö kolme noitaa, jotka neuvovat keskellä myrskyn yli milloin ja missä he haluavat tavata Macbeth. Samalla viimeinen taistelu kuninkaan joukot Duncans vastaan Norja kuningas Sweno tapahtuu Forres avustamana kapinalliset Macdonwald. Vuonna leiriin taistelukentällä kuningas Duncan on ilmoitettu, että Macdonwald kukisti Macbeth Thanessa Cawdor ja oli tukenut kapinaa. Voiton jälkeen skotti Duncan järjestää siirtää toimiston ja ihmisarvoa petturi Macbeth.


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Macbeth (Finnish Edition) - William Shakespeare

John Dryden - All for Love artwork All for Love
Or, the World Well Lost A Tragedy
John Dryden
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

The age of Elizabeth, memorable for so many reasons in the history of England, was especially brilliant in literature, and, within literature, in the drama. With some falling off in spontaneity, the impulse to great dramatic production lasted till the Long Parliament closed the theaters in 1642; and when they were reopened at the Restoration, in 1660, the stage only too faithfully reflected the debased moral tone of the court society of Charles II.


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All for Love - John Dryden

William Shakespeare - Love's Labour's Lost artwork Love's Labour's Lost
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Four young men—the King of Navarre and three friends—promise to foreswear the company of women for three years in order to pursue learning. Unsurprisingly they manage to keep it up for less than a day after the arrival of the young Princess of France and her three ladies.


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Love's Labour's Lost - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Antony & Cleopatra artwork Antony & Cleopatra
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The Egyptian queen's tempestuous romance with Antony is played out against the battles and intrigues of the Roman civil war. After losing the battle of Actium he dies in her arms and she commits suicide.


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Antony & Cleopatra - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - King Lear artwork King Lear
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Lear decides to abdicate and split his kingdom between his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Cordelia refuses to flatter her father like her sisters and is banished. Goneril and Regan betray Lear who goes mad.


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King Lear - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Measure for Measure artwork Measure for Measure
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The Duke of Vienna absents himself while some harsh but unused laws against fornication are enforced. His deputy Angelo abuses his powers to satisfy his lust for a young nun Isabella who pleads for the life of her brother. The Duke returns and all is apparently well.


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Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare

William Congreve - Love for Love: a Comedy artwork Love for Love: a Comedy
William Congreve
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

My Lord,—A young poet is liable to the same vanity and indiscretion with a young lover; and the great man who smiles upon one, and the fine woman who looks kindly upon t’other, are both of ’em in danger of having the favour published with the first opportunity.


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Love for Love: a Comedy - William Congreve

William Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale artwork The Winter's Tale
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

King Leontes becomes convinced his pregnant wife Hermione is having an affair with his best friend.


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The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - The Complete Works of Shakespeare artwork The Complete Works of Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The most complete collection of Shakespeare's works available in a single book, containing 41 plays, 7 poems and 154 sonnets. This edition includes co-authored and rare apocrypha works, such as Sir Thomas More and Double Falsehood.


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The Complete Works of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - The Tempest artwork The Tempest
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Prospero, a mage and former Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda have been stranded for 12 years on an island. Prospero's brother Antonio, who deposed him, is shipwrecked with his son Ferdinand. By the end Ferdinand and Miranda are married and Prospero, after abjuring magic, regains his title and forgives his betrayers.


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The Tempest - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing artwork Much Ado About Nothing
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

There are two couples in this prototype comedy, but no one pays much attention to the soon-to-wed Claudio and Hero, because the witty oddball adversaries Beatrice and Benedict get all the best lines.


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Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Shakespeare's Sonnets artwork Shakespeare's Sonnets
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

One of the great sonnet sequences of all time – 154 poems exploring love, desire, envy and jealousy, and the ravages of time. Possibly an autobiographical suite of poems leading us closer to Shakespeare than any other writings can – or simply an abstract intellectual exercise by a supremely gifted writer.


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Shakespeare's Sonnets - William Shakespeare

Harold Speed - The Practice and Science of Drawing artwork The Practice and Science of Drawing
Harold Speed
Genre: Art & Architecture
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This classic approach to the dynamics of drawing by a brilliant teacher is filled with insights and practical advice on line drawing, mass drawing, visual memory, materials, and much more. Throughout, the author offers historical backgrounds and specific exercises. 84 plates and diagrams reinforce Speed's clear presentation.


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The Practice and Science of Drawing - Harold Speed

William Shakespeare - The Comedy of Errors artwork The Comedy of Errors
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Shakespeare's shortest and most farcical comedy, involving two sets of identical brothers, both separated at birth: Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, and their respective servants Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse. All four turn up in the same city on the same day with predictably hilarious consequences.


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The Comedy of Errors - William Shakespeare

Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House: A Play artwork A Doll's House: A Play
Henrik Ibsen
Genre: Performing Arts
Publish Date: 04 October 2010
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

It's a masterpiece of theatrical craft which, for the first time portrayed the tragic hypocrisy of Victorian middle class marriage on stage. The play ushered in a new social era and "exploded like a bomb into contemporary life".


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A Doll's House: A Play - Henrik Ibsen

William Shakespeare - The Two Noble Kinsmen artwork The Two Noble Kinsmen
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Two friends and cousins, Palamon and Arcite, are imprisoned after a battle. They see Princess Emilia from their window and both fall in love. They become rivals, and Arcite wins her, but after a fall from a horse, gives her to Palamon with his dying breath.


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The Two Noble Kinsmen - William Shakespeare

1452-1519 Leonardo da Vinci - Thoughts on Art and Life artwork Thoughts on Art and Life
1452-1519 Leonardo da Vinci
Genre: Art & Architecture
Publish Date: 31 December 1518
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A fascinating collection of writings from the great polymath of the Italian Renaissaince, Leonardo da Vinci. There are sections covering the great man's thoughts on life, art and science. Maurice Baring trawled the available manuscripts to distil da Vinci's writings on these subjects into a single, accessible tome, which will be of interest to students of da Vinci, the Renaissance and the history of both art and science.


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Thoughts on Art and Life - 1452-1519 Leonardo da Vinci

Friedrich Schiller - Love and Intrigue artwork Love and Intrigue
Friedrich Schiller
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

MILLER (walking quickly up and down the room). Once for all! The affair is becoming serious. My daughter and the baron will soon be the town-talk—my house lose its character—the president will get wind of it, and—the short and long of the matter is, I’ll show the younker the door.


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Love and Intrigue - Friedrich Schiller

William Shakespeare - The Two Gentlemen of Verona artwork The Two Gentlemen of Verona
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The two gents in question, Valentine and Proteus, fall for the same girl, Silvia, which leads to a spectacular quarrel. In the climactic confrontation scene, Valentine, for the sake of friendship, "gives" Silvia to Proteus, who refuses and returns to his abandoned fiancée.


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The Two Gentlemen of Verona - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Double Falsehood artwork Double Falsehood
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Possibly co-written by Shakespeare, it's a comedic tale modeled after the famous story of Don Quixote.


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Double Falsehood - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Timon of Athens artwork Timon of Athens
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

With its puzzling plot and unexplained characters, Timon is probably unfinished and rarely performed. Timon is a wealthy citizen of ancient Athens, who spends munificently on parasitic writers and artists. When he loses his wealth his former friends abandon him and he rails against the world and men from his new home in a cave.


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Timon of Athens - William Shakespeare

James Sheridan Knowles - The Love-chase artwork The Love-chase
James Sheridan Knowles
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Charg. What, hoa there! Hoa, sirrahs! More wine! Are the knaves asleep? Let not our guests cool, or we shall starve the till! Good waiting, more than viands and wine, doth help to make the inn!—George!—Richard!—Ralph!—Where are you?


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The Love-chase - James Sheridan Knowles

Oscar Wilde - Intentions artwork Intentions
Oscar Wilde
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 28 October 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

A DIALOGUE. Persons: Cyril and Vivian. Scene: the Library of a country house in Nottinghamshire. (coming in through the open window from the terrace). My dear Vivian, don’t coop yourself up all day in the library. It is a perfectly lovely afternoon. The air is exquisite. There is a mist upon the woods


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Intentions - Oscar Wilde

Martin Luther - The Hymns of Martin Luther artwork The Hymns of Martin Luther
Martin Luther
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1545
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

These hymns inspire the development of congregational singing in Christianity.


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The Hymns of Martin Luther - Martin Luther

William Shakespeare - The Taming of the Shrew artwork The Taming of the Shrew
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Baptista Minola has two daughters, the beautiful Bianca and the shrewish Katherina. A visiting stranger, Petruchio, learns of Katherina's large dowry, marries her and through his own even more extreme actions modifies her behavior.


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The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Coriolanus artwork Coriolanus
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The brilliant Roman general Coriolanus may be a military genius but he doesn't really have the common touch. Banished because of his patrician opinions, he leads an assault on his native city. Only the pleadings of his mother Volumnia stop him from sacking Rome, but this change of heart leads to his destruction.


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Coriolanus - William Shakespeare

John Galsworthy - A Bit O' Love artwork A Bit O' Love
John Galsworthy
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

It is Ascension Day in a village of the West. In the low panelled hall-sittingroom of the BURLACOMBE’S farmhouse on the village green, MICHAEL STRANGWAY, a clerical collar round his throat and a dark Norfolk jacket on his back, is playing the flute before a very large framed photograph of a woman, which is the only picture on the walls. His age is about thirty-five his figure thin and very upright and his clean-shorn face thin, upright, narrow, with long and rather pointed ears; his dark hair is brushed in a coxcomb off his forehead.


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A Bit O' Love - John Galsworthy

William Shakespeare - Cymbeline artwork Cymbeline
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The plot of this late comedy set in Ancient Britain is so convoluted—with disguises, false identities, faked deaths and more—it has been suggested it was a private joke by Shakespeare. At the finale almost the entire cast appears, some from the cave where they've been hiding for most of the play, to add a piece to the puzzle's resolution.


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Cymbeline - William Shakespeare

Charles Reade - A Terrible Temptation artwork A Terrible Temptation
Charles Reade
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 1870
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The morning room of a large house in Portman Square, London. A gentleman in the prime of life stood with his elbow on the broad mantel piece, and made himself agreeable to a young lady, seated a little way off, playing at work. To the ear he was only conversing, but his eyes dwelt on her with loving admiration all the time. Her posture was favorable to this furtive inspection, for she leaned her fair head over her work with a pretty, modest, demure air, that seemed to say, "I suspect I am being admired: I will not look to see: I might have to check it. " The gentleman's features were ordinary, except his brow that had power in it but he had the beauty of color; his sunburned features glowed with health, and his eye was bright. On the whole, rather good looking when he smiled, but ugly when he frowned; for his frown was a scowl, and betrayed a remarkable power of hating.


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A Terrible Temptation - Charles Reade

William Shakespeare - Troilus & Cressida artwork Troilus & Cressida
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Troilus, a Trojan prince, woos Cressida, has sex with her, and professes his undying love. When she is traded with the Greeks for a prisoner of war, he tries to visit her but sees her with Diomedes and decides she is a whore.


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Troilus & Cressida - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - The Merry Wives of Windsor artwork The Merry Wives of Windsor
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

This comedy vehicle for Sir John Falstaff relates how the fat knight gets his comeuppance from the two wealthy married women he is simultaneously courting.


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The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Richard III artwork Richard III
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Tale of the psychopathic Richard of York's bloody and manipulative rise to the throne and his defeat and death on Bosworth Field by the future Henry VII (grandfather of Elizabeth I).


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Richard III - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Henry V artwork Henry V
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

The former wastrel Prince Hal has now become a shrewd and courageous monarch. His invasion of France leads to overwhelming triumph at the battle of Agincourt, not least because of the stirring quality of his speeches to his troops.


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Henry V - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Henry IV, Part 2 artwork Henry IV, Part 2
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Henry IV is threatened by Harry Hotspur, but his son Prince Hal seems more interested in boozing and hanging out with his lowlife chums, most notably that fat reprobate Sir John Falstaff. But Hal shapes up in battle, kills Hotspur and, on his father's death, ascends the throne and abandons his former friends.


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Henry IV, Part 2 - William Shakespeare

James Matthew Barrie - What Every Woman Knows artwork What Every Woman Knows
James Matthew Barrie
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

James Wylie is about to make a move on the dambrod, and in the little Scotch room there is an awful silence befitting the occasion. James with his hand poised—for if he touches a piece he has to play it, Alick will see to that—raises his red head suddenly to read Alick’s face. His father, who is Alick, is pretending to be in a panic lest James should make this move. James grins heartlessly, and his fingers are about to close on the ‘man’ when some instinct of self-preservation makes him peep once more. This time Alick is caught: the unholy ecstasy on his face tells as plain as porridge that he has been luring James to destruction. James glares; and, too late, his opponent is a simple old father again. James mops his head, sprawls in the manner most conducive to thought in the Wylie family, and, protruding his underlip, settles down to a reconsideration of the board. Alick blows out his cheeks, and a drop of water settles on the point of his nose.


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What Every Woman Knows - James Matthew Barrie

Jerry Cree Fischer - Piano Tuning artwork Piano Tuning
Jerry Cree Fischer
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1870
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

For some years past a lack of competent men in the profession of Piano Tuning has been generally acknowledged. Upcoming of piano instruments means more work for the tuner.


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Piano Tuning - Jerry Cree Fischer

William Shakespeare - Henry VI, Part 2 artwork Henry VI, Part 2
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

A narrative of the Wars of the Roses, the bloody battle for the throne between the Yorkists and Lancastrians.


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Henry VI, Part 2 - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Edward III artwork Edward III
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

King Edward III saves the Countess of Salisbury and woos her even under the pretense they kill each other's spouses to be together. She chastises him for falling for her and he, in shame, leaves to lead the English in a victorious battle against the French.


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Edward III - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - King John artwork King John
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

John's claim to the English throne is weak and the French king demands his abdication. There follows a dizzying change of alliances, a Papal excommunication and the final poisoning of John by a monk. Throughout, "The Bastard," Richard Lionheart's son, delivers a sardonic commentary on nobility, self-interest and English sovereignty.


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King John - William Shakespeare

Arnold Bennett - Sacred and Profane Love artwork Sacred and Profane Love
Arnold Bennett
Genre: Art & Architecture
Publish Date: 31 December 1512
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a an oil painting novel. Sacred and Profane Love (Italian: Amor Sacro e Amor Profano, also called Venus and the Bride) is an oil painting by Titian, painted circa 1514. The painting is presumed to have been commissioned by Niccolò Aurelio, a secretary to the Venetian Council of Ten (so identified because his coat of arms appears on the sarcophagus or fountain in the centre of the image) to celebrate his marriage to a young widow, Laura Bagarotto. It perhaps depicts the bride dressed in white, sitting beside Cupid and being assisted by Venus in person.


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Sacred and Profane Love - Arnold Bennett

William Shakespeare - Shakespeare's First Folio artwork Shakespeare's First Folio
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Considered by many to be the most important book in the English language, the First Folio is the most authoritative source for 36 of Shakespeare's plays. Published by John Heminges and Henry Condell in 1623, it was an incredible feat in printmaking at thw time with over 900 pages. It originally sold for £1 in 1623 (a print copy of the First Folio recently sold for over $6 million) and only 231 known copies currently exist in the world today. This digital edition is an authentic recreation in the original spelling and takes the best of the available copies to compile the highest quality edition possible.


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Shakespeare's First Folio - William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus artwork Titus Andronicus
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

Taking his cue from the Roman plays of Seneca, Shakespeare piles on the horrors in this tale of murderous revenge. The most appalling moment is either the discovery of Titus's raped daughter Lavinia, with her tongue cut out and her hands chopped off, or the Queen Tamora being forced to eat a pie made from her two sons.


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Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare

Robert Schumann - Advice to Young Musicians. Musikalische Haus- und Lebens-Regeln artwork Advice to Young Musicians. Musikalische Haus- und Lebens-Regeln
Robert Schumann
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1855
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The cultivation of the Ear is of the greatest importance. Endeavour early to distinguish each several tone and key. Find out the exact notes sounded by the bell, the glass, the cuckoo, etc.


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Advice to Young Musicians. Musikalische Haus- und Lebens-Regeln - Robert Schumann

Oscar Wilde - The Duchess of Padua artwork The Duchess of Padua
Oscar Wilde
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

The Market Place of Padua at noon; in the background is the great Cathedral of Padua; the architecture is Romanesque, and wrought in black and white marbles; a flight of marble steps leads up to the Cathedral door; at the foot of the steps are two large stone lions; the houses on each aide of the stage have coloured awnings from their windows, and are flanked by stone arcades; on the right of the stage is the public fountain, with a triton in green bronze blowing from a conch; around the fountain is a stone seat; the bell of the Cathedral is ringing, and the citizens, men, women and children, are passing into the Cathedral.


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The Duchess of Padua - Oscar Wilde

Ahmed Hussain - Notes on Islam artwork Notes on Islam
Ahmed Hussain
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1862
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a religion book. Two of you—Lateef and Altaf—will recollect that more than a year ago you wrote to me saying that you were puzzled by certain questions which a Missionary had put to you. I remember that Amjud or Mahmood even went so far as to ask what was the good of Islam, when countries and people professing that faith had weak governments and were crumbling to pieces under the influence of Christian Powers. I answered your queries only in a general way as your University education had not then advanced far enough. But I think the time has now come when I should try to explain to you what I conceive to be the true spirit of the religion of our fore-fathers. I firmly believe that Islam is the best religion in the world—I mean, Islam rightly understood and interpreted and not the Muhammadanism of some of our formularist Maulavies, who say that a man goes to Hell or Heaven according as he wears his trousers lower or higher than his ankles! They have degraded our religion by paying undue attention to formulas and forms to the exclusion and neglect of its living spirit and reality.


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Notes on Islam - Ahmed Hussain

William Shakespeare - La mort de Lucrèce artwork La mort de Lucrèce
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 1615
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Lucrèce, la femme de Collatinus, petit-neveu de Tarquin l'Ancien et nommé, par ce dernier, gouverneur de la ville albine de Collatia, sera désignée comme la plus vertueuse des femmes des chefs romayns à l'issue d'un concours. Collatinus fomentera une rébellion, après le viol de sa femme par Sextus Tarquin, qui tentera d'instituer la République.


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La mort de Lucrèce - William Shakespeare

Pedro Calderón de la Barca - The Two Lovers of Heaven: Chrysanthus and Daria artwork The Two Lovers of Heaven: Chrysanthus and Daria
A Drama of Early Christian Rome
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Although the Drama here presented to the public is not an Auto, the present may be a not inappropriate occasion to draw the attention of all candid readers to the remarks of the Professor of Poetry at Oxford on the Autos Sacramentales of Calderon—remarks founded entirely on the volume of translations from these Autos published by me in 1867, although not mentioned by name, as I conceive in fairness it ought to have been, by Sir F. H. Doyle in his printed Lectures.†


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The Two Lovers of Heaven: Chrysanthus and Daria - Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Augustus De Morgan - A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II artwork A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II
Augustus De Morgan
Genre: Art & Architecture
Publish Date: 17 March 1871
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A Budget of Paradoxes, originally published in 1915, is mathematician Augustus De Morgan's most accessible and entertaining work. Well-known for his wit, De Morgan takes aim at those people he calls "paradoxers", which in modern terms would most closely resemble crackpots. Paradoxers, however, are not crazy, necessarily-rather, they hold views wildly outside the accepted sphere. If you believed the world was round when everyone else knew that it was flat, you would be a paradoxer. In this book, De Morgan reviews a number of books from his own library written by such "crackpots" who claim to have solved a great many of the puzzles of mathematics and science, including squaring a circle, creating perpetual motion, and overcoming gravity. Each is thoroughly put in his place in ways both entertaining and informative to readers. Skeptics, students of science, and anyone who likes pondering a puzzle will find this book a delightful read.


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A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II - Augustus De Morgan

William Shakespeare - Le pèlerin amoureux artwork Le pèlerin amoureux
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 1615
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

L'histoire commence à Fès en 1897 et se termine à Mazagan en 1960. Raïssi voyage vers Dieu. Il explore le monde à la croisée des pays, des civilisations et des religions. L'auteur nous confie que cette histoire est inspirée de la vie de son grand-père, dont il réinvente l'image et la saga. Au-delà de l'Histoire incarnée dans la période coloniale et post-coloniale, rayonne la promesse de la tolérance.


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Le pèlerin amoureux - William Shakespeare

Molière - The Love-Tiff artwork The Love-Tiff
Molière
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

ERAS. Shall I declare it to you? A certain secret anxiety never leaves my mind quite at rest. Yes, whatever remarks you make about my love, to tell you the truth, I am afraid of being deceived; or that you may be bribed in order to favour a rival; or, at least, that you may be imposed upon as well as myself.


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The Love-Tiff - Molière

Ben Jonson - Volpone; Or, the Fox artwork Volpone; Or, the Fox
Ben Jonson
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

The greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator and poet-laureate, a writer of verse, prose, satire, and criticism who most potently of all the men of his time affected the subsequent course of English letters: such was Ben Jonson, and as such his strong personality assumes an interest to us almost unparalleled, at least in his age.


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Volpone; Or, the Fox - Ben Jonson

Henrik Ibsen - An Enemy of the People artwork An Enemy of the People
Henrik Ibsen
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Dr. Thomas Stockmann, Medical Officer of the Municipal Baths. Mrs. Stockmann, his wife. Petra (their daughter) a teacher. Ejlif & Morten (their sons, aged 13 and 10 respectively).


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An Enemy of the People - Henrik Ibsen

Isaac Watts - A Short Essay Toward the Improvement of Psalmody artwork A Short Essay Toward the Improvement of Psalmody
Isaac Watts
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1747
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A Short Essay Toward the Improvement of Psalmody or an Enquiry How the Psalms of David Ought to Be Translated into Christian Songs, and How Lawful and Necessary It Is to Compose Other Hymns According to the Clearer Revelations of the Gospel, for the Use of the Christian Church. To speak the Glories of God in a religious Song, or to breath out the Joys of our own Spirits to God with the Melody of our Voice is an exalted Part of Divine Worship. By these Considerations we are easily led into the true Method of translating ancient Songs into Christian Worship.


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A Short Essay Toward the Improvement of Psalmody - Isaac Watts

John Galsworthy - A Family Man : in three acts artwork A Family Man : in three acts
John Galsworthy
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

The study of JOHN BUILDER in the provincial town of Breconridge. A panelled room wherein nothing is ever studied, except perhaps BUILDER’S face in the mirror over the fireplace. It is, however, comfortable, and has large leather chairs and a writing table in the centre, on which is a typewriter, and many papers. At the back is a large window with French outside shutters, overlooking the street, for the house is an old one, built in an age when the homes of doctors, lawyers and so forth were part of a provincial town, and not yet suburban. There are two or three fine old prints on the walls, Right and Left; and a fine, old fireplace, Left, with a fender on which one can sit.


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A Family Man : in three acts - John Galsworthy

Molière - Psyche artwork Psyche
Molière
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Flora. appears in the centre of the stage, attended by Vertumnus, god of trees and fruit, and by Palemon, god of the streams. Each of these gods conducts a troup of divinities; one leads in his train Dryads and Sylvans, and the other River Gods and Naiads.


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Psyche - Molière

William Shakespeare - Henry VI, Part 3 artwork Henry VI, Part 3
William Shakespeare
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 04 September 2014
Publisher: PlayShakespeare.com
Seller: Public Domain

A narrative of the Wars of the Roses, the bloody battle for the throne between the Yorkists and Lancastrians.


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Henry VI, Part 3 - William Shakespeare

Oscar Wilde - Salomé artwork Salomé
Oscar Wilde
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 29 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Une grande terrasse dans le palais d' ;Hßrode donnant sur la salle de festin. Des soldats sont accoudßs sur le balcon. A droite il y a un ßnorme escalier. A gauche, au fond, une ancienne citerne entourße d' ;un mur de bronze vert. Clair de lune.


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Salomé - Oscar Wilde

Walter Rowlands - Among the Great Masters of Music artwork Among the Great Masters of Music
Scenes in the Lives of Famous Musicians
Walter Rowlands
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 05 January 1926
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Short biographies of famous musicians, including Beethoven, Mozart, Stradivarius, and St. Cecelia, as well as more than thirty reproductions of famous paintings featuring the musicians.


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Among the Great Masters of Music - Walter Rowlands

Pedro Calderón de la Barca - Life Is a Dream artwork Life Is a Dream
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Two of the dramas contained in this volume are the most celebrated of all Calderon’s writings. The first, “La Vida es Sueno”, has been translated into many languages and performed with success on almost every stage in Europe but that of England. So late as the winter of 1866-7, in a Russian version, it drew crowded houses to the great theatre of Moscow; while a few years earlier, as if to give a signal proof of the reality of its title, and that Life was indeed a Dream, the Queen of Sweden expired in the theatre of Stockholm during the performance of “La Vida es Sueno”. In England the play has been much studied for its literary value and the exceeding beauty and lyrical sweetness of some passages; but with the exception of a version by John Oxenford published in “The Monthly Magazine” for 1842, which being in blank verse does not represent the form of the original, no complete translation into English has been attempted. Some scenes translated with considerable elegance in the metre of the original were published by Archbishop Trench in 1856; but these comprised only a portion of the graver division of the drama. The present version of the entire play has been made with the advantages which the author’s long experience in the study and interpretation of Calderon has enabled him to apply to this master-piece of the great Spanish poet. All the forms of verse have been preserved; while the closeness of the translation may be inferred from the fact, that not only the whole play but every speech and fragment of a speech are represented in English in the exact number of lines of the original, without the sacrifice, it is to be hoped, of one important idea.


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Life Is a Dream - Pedro Calderón de la Barca

William Pridden - Australia, its history and present condition artwork Australia, its history and present condition
William Pridden
Genre: Art & Architecture
Publish Date: 31 December 1809
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book in her native calmness and becoming moderation, shall be the object of our homage and pursuit; and we will aim at the attainment of knowledge for the improvement of our reason, and not for the gratification of a passion for disputing". Address of the Bp of Australia in 1841 to the Church of England Book Society. A few words by way of Preface are requisite, in order that the objects of the present Work may be stated to the reader, and that he may also be made acquainted with the sources whence the information here communicated is derived, and from consulting which he may still further inform himself concerning Australia. The aim of the writer of the following pages has been, while furnishing a description of some of the most flourishing and interesting settlements belonging to the British Crown, which, at the same time, exhibit in contrast to each other the two extremes of savage and civilised life; to call the attention of his countrymen, both at home and in the colonies, to the evils which have arisen from the absence of moral restraint and religious instruction in colonies of civilised and (nominally) christian men.


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Australia, its history and present condition - William Pridden

Honoré de Balzac - The Stepmother, A Drama in Five Acts artwork The Stepmother, A Drama in Five Acts
Honoré de Balzac
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

(A richly decorated drawing-room; on the walls are portraits of Napoleon I. and his son. The entry is by a large double glass door, which opens on a roofed veranda and leads by a short stairway to a park. The door of Pauline’s apartments are on the right; those of the General and his wife are on the left. On the left side of the central doorway is a table, and on the right is a cabinet. A vase full of flowers stands by the entrance to Pauline’s room. A richly carved marble mantel, with a bronze clock and candelabras, faces these apartments. In the front of the stage are two sofas, one on the left, the other on the right. Gertrude enters, carrying the flowers which she has just plucked, and puts them in the vase.)


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The Stepmother, A Drama in Five Acts - Honoré de Balzac

1564-1616 Shakespeare (spurious and doubtful works) - Fair Em artwork Fair Em
1564-1616 Shakespeare (spurious and doubtful works)
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Enter William the Conqueror; Marques Lubeck, with a picture; Mountney; Manville; Valingford; and Duke Dirot. Marquis of Lubeck. MOUNTNEY. MANVILLE. ROZILIO. DIMARCH. Danish Embassador. The Miller of Manchester. TROTTER, his Man. Citizen of Chester.


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Fair Em - 1564-1616 Shakespeare (spurious and doubtful works)

Ben Jonson - Every Man out of His Humour artwork Every Man out of His Humour
Ben Jonson
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

THE greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator and poet-laureate, a writer of verse, prose, satire, and criticism who most potently of all the men of his time affected the subsequent course of English letters: such was Ben Jonson, and as such his strong personality assumes an interest to us almost unparalleled, at least in his age.


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Every Man out of His Humour - Ben Jonson

Nathaniel Hawthorne & James Edgar Smith - The Scarlet Stigma: A Drama in Four Acts artwork The Scarlet Stigma: A Drama in Four Acts
Nathaniel Hawthorne & James Edgar Smith
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 18 May 1864
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This four-act drama by American playwright James Edgar Smith, published in 1899, was derived from the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.


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The Scarlet Stigma: A Drama in Four Acts - Nathaniel Hawthorne & James Edgar Smith

Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher - The Little French Lawyer artwork The Little French Lawyer
A Comedy
Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 05 March 1616
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This 17th century Jacobean stage production revolves around a combination of romantic trysts, sword fights and rampant deception.


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The Little French Lawyer - Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher

Paul Gerhardt - Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs artwork Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs
Paul Gerhardt
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1675
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a religion book. Paul Gerhardt was born in Graefenhainichen in Electoral Saxony, where his father, Christian Gerhardt, was Burgomaster. There is some doubt as to the precise year of his birth, owing to the destruction of the church books when the place was burnt by the Swedes on the 16th of April, 1637. According to some, the event took place in the year 1606; according to others, in 1607. The probability is in favour of the former date, for General Superintendent Goltlob Stolze, of Lübben, says that he died, in the 70th year of his age, in the year 1676. There is no information concerning his youth and education. He was still very young when the Thirty Years' War broke out, and his preparation for his profession and entrance on it took place in those troublous times, which may account for his late settlement in a ministerial sphere. In the year 1651, when in his forty-fifth year, we find him still only a candidate of theology, and resident as a tutor in the family of Andreas Bertholdt, Chancery Advocate in Berlin, whose daughter he subsequently married. In that year a vacancy occurred in the ministry at Mittenwald, by the death of Probst Caspar Göde. The magistracy of that place applied to the clergy of Berlin to recommend a suitable man to them for the office. Paul Gerhardt was their unanimous choice. They recommended him as an honourable, estimable, and learned man, whose diligence and erudition were known, of good parts and incorrupt doctrine, of a peace-loving disposition and blameless Christian life, which qualities had procured for him the love of all classes, high and low, in Berlin.


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Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs - Paul Gerhardt

Mary E. Blain - Games For All Occasions artwork Games For All Occasions
Mary E. Blain
Genre: Games
Publish Date: 31 December 1871
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The desire to play and frolic seems to be a heritage of mankind. In infancy and early childhood this joy and exuberance of spirit is given full sway. In youth, that effervescent stage of human existence, "joy is unconfined". But in middle age and later life we are prone to stifle this wholesome atmosphere of happiness, with care and worry and perhaps, when a vexed or worried feeling has been allowed to control us, even forbid the children to play at that time.


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Games For All Occasions - Mary E. Blain

Nicolay Gogol & Thomas Seltzer - The Inspector-General artwork The Inspector-General
Nicolay Gogol & Thomas Seltzer
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 03 March 1852
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This classic five-act satirical comedy by nineteenth-century Russian novelist and playwright Nikolai Gogol involves an inspector coming to a small Russian town run by corrupt officials. The play was originally staged in 1936. This volume is an English translation by Thomas Seltzer, published in 1916.


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The Inspector-General - Nicolay Gogol & Thomas Seltzer

Roger McGuinn - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day artwork I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Roger McGuinn
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1864
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a music book. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day' is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem 'Christmas Bells' by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator's despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that 'hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men'. The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men. During the American Civil War, Longfellow's oldest son Charles Appleton Longfellow joined the Union cause as a soldier without his father's blessing. Longfellow was informed by a letter dated March 14, 1863, after Charles had left. 'I have tried hard to resist the temptation of going without your leave but I cannot any longer', he wrote. 'I feel it to be my first duty to do what I can for my country and I would willingly lay down my life for it if it would be of any good'. Charles soon got an appointment as a lieutenant but, in November, he was severely wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church (in Virginia) during the Mine Run Campaign. Coupled with the recent loss of his wife Frances, who died as a result of an accidental fire, Longfellow was inspired to write 'Christmas Bells'.


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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Roger McGuinn

Ben Jonson - Every Man in His Humour artwork Every Man in His Humour
Ben Jonson
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

THE greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator and poet-laureate, a writer of verse, prose, satire, and criticism who most potently of all the men of his time affected the subsequent course of English letters: such was Ben Jonson, and as such his strong personality assumes an interest to us almost unparalleled, at least in his age.


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Every Man in His Humour - Ben Jonson

John Fletcher & Francis Beaumont - A King, and No King artwork A King, and No King
John Fletcher & Francis Beaumont
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Arbaces, King of Iberia. Tigranes, King of Armenia. Gobrias, Lord Protector, and Father of Arbaces. Bacurius, another Lord.


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A King, and No King - John Fletcher & Francis Beaumont

Jessie Hubbell Bancroft - Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium artwork Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium
Jessie Hubbell Bancroft
Genre: Games
Publish Date: 31 December 1866
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

PURPOSE AND PLAN. —This book aims to be a practical guide for the player of games, whether child or adult, and for the teacher or leader of games. A wide variety of conditions have been considered, including schools, playgrounds, gymnasiums, boys' and girls' summer camps, adult house parties and country clubs, settlement work, children's parties, and the environment of indoors or out of doors, city or country, summer or winter, the seashore, the woodland, or the snow. The games have been collected from many countries and sources, with a view to securing novel and interesting as well as thoroughly tried and popular material, ranging from traditional to modern gymnasium and athletic games. An especial effort has been made to secure games for particular conditions. Among these may be mentioned very strenuous games for older boys or men; games for the schoolroom; games for large numbers; new gymnasium games such as Nine Court Basket Ball and Double Corner Ball; games which make use of natural material such as stones, pebbles, shells, trees, flowers, leaves, grasses, holes in the sand or earth, and diagrams drawn on the ground.


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Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium - Jessie Hubbell Bancroft

Charles Dickens - Sunday Under Three Heads artwork Sunday Under Three Heads
Charles Dickens
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 1835
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Dickens talks of the joys of a quiet a Sunday afternoon and the pleasure derived from a day off for the working classes. The pampered aristocrat, whose life is one continued round of licentious pleasures and sensual gratifications; or the gloomy enthusiast, who detests the cheerful amusements he can never enjoy, and envies the healthy feelings he can never know, and who would put down the one and suppress the other, until he made the minds of his fellow-beings as besotted and distorted as his own; --neither of these men can by possibility form an adequate notion of what Sunday really is to those whose lives are spent in sedentary or laborious occupations, and who are accustomed to look forward to it through their whole existence, as their only day of rest from toil, and innocent enjoyment.


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Sunday Under Three Heads - Charles Dickens

Richard Doyle - The Foreign Tour of Messrs. Brown, Jones and Robinson artwork The Foreign Tour of Messrs. Brown, Jones and Robinson
Richard Doyle
Genre: Photography
Publish Date: 31 December 1882
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Caricatures and cartoons is the topic in The Foreign Tour of Messrs. Brown, Jones and Robinson this book. which is written by author Richard Doyle.


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The Foreign Tour of Messrs. Brown, Jones and Robinson - Richard Doyle

Milburg Francisco Mansfield - Royal Palaces and Parks of France artwork Royal Palaces and Parks of France
Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Genre: Photography
Publish Date: 31 December 1870
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The modern traveller sees something beyond mere facts. Historical material as identified with the life of some great architectural glory is something more than a mere repetition of chronologies the sidelights and the co related incidents though indeed many of them may be but hearsay are quite as interesting, quite as necessary in fact for the proper appreciation of a famous palace or chateau as long columns of dates or an evolved genealogical tree which attempts to make plain that which could be better left unexplained.


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Royal Palaces and Parks of France - Milburg Francisco Mansfield

William Henry Fox Talbot - The Pencil of Nature artwork The Pencil of Nature
William Henry Fox Talbot
Genre: Photography
Publish Date: 31 December 1876
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Pencils of Nature was published in the 1840s and is generally believed to be the first printed book illustrated with photographs. He took the 24 photographs included here, mostly studies of buildings, objects, and still lifes.


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The Pencil of Nature - William Henry Fox Talbot

George MacDonald - The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark artwork The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
A Study with the Text of the Folio of 1623
George MacDonald
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

By this edition of HAMLET I hope to help the student of Shakspere to understand the play—and first of all Hamlet himself, whose spiritual and moral nature are the real material of the tragedy, to which every other interest of the play is subservient. But while mainly attempting, from the words and behaviour Shakspere has given him, to explain the man, I have cast what light I could upon everything in the play, including the perplexities arising from extreme condensation of meaning, figure, and expression.


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The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark - George MacDonald

John Millington Synge - The Playboy of the Western World artwork The Playboy of the Western World
John Millington Synge
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

In writing THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, as in my other plays, I have used one or two words only that I have not heard among the country people of Ireland, or spoken in my own nursery before I could read the newspapers. A certain number of the phrases I employ I have heard also from herds and fishermen along the coast from Kerry to Mayo, or from beggar-women and ballad-singers nearer Dublin; and I am glad to acknowledge how much I owe to the folk imagination of these fine people. Anyone who has lived in real intimacy with the Irish peasantry will know that the wildest sayings and ideas in this play are tame indeed, compared with the fancies one may hear in any little hillside cabin in Geesala, or Carraroe, or Dingle Bay. All art is a collaboration; and there is little doubt that in the happy ages of literature, striking and beautiful phrases were as ready to the story-teller’s or the playwright’s hand, as the rich cloaks and dresses of his time. It is probable that when the Elizabethan dramatist took his ink-horn and sat down to his work he used many phrases that he had just heard, as he sat at dinner, from his mother or his children. In Ireland, those of us who know the people have the same privilege. When I was writing “The Shadow of the Glen,” some years ago, I got more aid than any learning could have given me from a chink in the floor of the old Wicklow house where I was staying, that let me hear what was being said by the servant girls in the kitchen. This matter, I think, is of importance, for in countries where the imagination of the people, and the language they use, is rich and living, it is possible for a writer to be rich and copious in his words, and at the same time to give the reality, which is the root of all poetry, in a comprehensive and natural form. In the modern literature of towns, however, richness is found only in sonnets, or prose poems, or in one or two elaborate books that are far away from the profound and common interests of life. One has, on one side, Mallarme and Huysmans producing this literature; and on the other, Ibsen and Zola dealing with the reality of life in joyless and pallid words. On the stage one must have reality, and one must have joy; and that is why the intellectual modern drama has failed, and people have grown sick of the false joy of the musical comedy, that has been given them in place of the rich joy found only in what is superb and wild in reality. In a good play every speech should be as fully flavoured as a nut or apple, and such speeches cannot be written by anyone who works among people who have shut their lips on poetry. In Ireland, for a few years more, we have a popular imagination that is fiery and magnificent, and tender; so that those of us who wish to write start with a chance that is not given to writers in places where the springtime of the local life has been forgotten, and the harvest is a memory only, and the straw has been turned into bricks. J. M. S. January 21st, 1907.


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The Playboy of the Western World - John Millington Synge

William Dean Howells - The Parlor Car artwork The Parlor Car
William Dean Howells
Genre: Theatre
Publish Date: 29 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

Scene: A Parlor-Car on the New York Central Railroad.  It is late afternoon in the early autumn, with a cloudy sunset threatening rain.  The car is unoccupied save by a gentleman, who sits fronting one of the windows, with his feet in another chair; a newspaper lies across his lap; his hat is drawn down over his eyes, and he is apparently asleep.  The rear door of the car opens, and the conductor enters with a young lady, heavily veiled, the porter coming after with her wraps and travelling-bags.  The lady’s air is of mingled anxiety and desperation, with a certain fierceness of movement.  She casts a careless glance over the empty chairs.


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The Parlor Car - William Dean Howells

George Frideric Handel - Second Overture In Solomon artwork Second Overture In Solomon
George Frideric Handel
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 13 April 1759
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The work begins with Solomon and his people celebrating the consecration of the Temple he has built in Jerusalem. Solomon rejoices in his married happiness to his one wife (unlike the biblical Solomon, who is stated to have had hundreds of wives and concubines), and promises to build his queen a palace for her. They express their love for each other and retire for the night as flower-scented breezes and nightingales' songs lull them to rest. The wisdom of Solomon is presented in the famous biblical story of the two harlots who each claimed a baby as her own. Solomon offers to solve the case by splitting the infant in half with his sword but the real mother rejects this solution and offers to hand the child over to the other woman, as Solomon knew the true parent would do. The First Harlot and the chorus praise Solomon's judgement.


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Second Overture In Solomon - George Frideric Handel

Hector Berlioz - The Orchestral Conductor artwork The Orchestral Conductor
Hector Berlioz
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1868
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Music appears to be the most exacting of all the Arts, the cultivation of which presents the greatest difficulties, for a consummate interpretation of a musical work so as to permit an appreciation of its real value, a clear view of its physiognomy, or discernment of its real meaning and true character, is only achieved in relatively few cases.


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The Orchestral Conductor - Hector Berlioz

Roger McGuinn - Battle Hymn of the Republic artwork Battle Hymn of the Republic
Roger McGuinn
Genre: Music
Publish Date: 31 December 1861
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

It is a music book. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored, He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on. I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps. They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps. I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps. His day is marching on. In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me: As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.


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Battle Hymn of the Republic - Roger McGuinn


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