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"The less we know of someone, the greater their merits." (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1890)

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by the writer Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. The magazine’s editor feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde’s knowledge, deleted roughly … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman – “Leaves of Grass”

Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, revising it multiple times until … Continue reading

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Arthur Conan Doyle – “Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes”

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is the last of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story collections. Most of the book is still under copyright, but two of the stories have already passed into the public domain. “I think that you … Continue reading

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Jerome K. Jerome – “Three Men in a Boat” (1889)

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by English writer Jerome K. Jerome of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back … Continue reading

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John D. MacDonald – “A Bullet For Cinderella” (1955)

John Dann MacDonald (July 24, 1916 – December 28, 1986) was an American writer of novels and short stories, known for his thrillers. MacDonald was a prolific author of crime and suspense novels, many of them set in his adopted … Continue reading

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H. G. Wells – “The Invisible Man” (1897)

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson’s Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has … Continue reading

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Washington Irving – “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1820)

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a short story of speculative fiction by American author Washington Irving, contained in his collection of 34 essays and short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Written while Irving was living … Continue reading

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H. G. Wells – “The Time Machine” (1895)

The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895. Wells is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and … Continue reading

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H. P. Lovecraft – “The Dunwich Horror” (1929)

“The Dunwich Horror” is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. Written in 1928, it was first published in the April 1929 issue of Weird Tales (pp. 481–508). It takes place in Dunwich, a fictional town in Massachusetts. It is … Continue reading

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G. K. Chesterton – “The Wisdom of Father Brown” (1914)

Father Brown is a fictional character, an amateur sleuth created in the early 1900s by English novelist G. K. Chesterton. Chesterton based the character on Father John O’Connor (1870–1952), a parish priest in Bradford who was involved in Chesterton’s conversion … Continue reading

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