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Luigi Capuana - C'era una volta - epub

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Le fiabe, scritte in una prosa svelta, semplificata al massimo, ricche di ritornelli, cadenze e cantilene rimangono forse le opere più felici del Capuana. Esse non nascono da un interesse per il patrimonio folcloristico siciliano e non vengono raccolte come documenti della psicologia popolare, ma nascono dall'invenzione.

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Samuel Butler - Erewhon - epub

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"Erewhon" (or, Over the Range) is a novel by Samuel Butler which was first published anonymously in 1872. The title is also the name of a country, supposedly discovered by the protagonist. In the novel, it is not revealed where Erewhon is, but it is clear that it is a fictional country. Butler meant the title to be read as "nowhere" backwards even though the letters "h" and "w" are transposed, as it would have been pronounced in his day (and still is in some dialects of English). The book is a satire on Victorian society.

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Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights - epub

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Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, contemporary reviews for the novel were deeply polarised; it was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was unusually stark, and it challenged strict Victorian ideals of the day regarding religious hypocrisy, morality, social classes and gender inequality.

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Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre - epub

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Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the Byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action—the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane's moral and spiritual sensibility, and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry—Jane Eyre revolutionised the art of fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the 'first historian of the private consciousness' and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce.

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Anne Brontë - Agnes Grey - epub

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Agnes Grey is the debut novel of English author Anne Brontë (writing under the pen name of Acton Bell), first published in December 1847, and republished in a second edition in 1850. The novel follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works within families of the English gentry. Scholarship and comments by Anne's sister Charlotte Brontë suggest the novel is largely based on Anne Brontë's own experiences as a governess for five years. Like her sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre, it addresses what the precarious position of governess entailed and how it affected a young woman.

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Léon Bloy - Le Désespéré - epub

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"Le Désespéré" est le premier roman largement autobiographique de Léon Bloy. Le drame vécu par les deux principaux protagonistes, Caïn Marchenoir et Véronique Cheminot, est de fait la transposition de celui que vit Bloy avec Anne-Marie, une relation où la sensualité est peu à peu effacée par le mysticisme. L'œuvre est achevée en 1886 mais, l'éditeur craignant d'éventuels procès, sa publication n'a lieu qu'en janvier 1887, et sans grand écho.

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Pietro Bembo - Prose della volgar lingua - epub

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Le Prose nelle quali si ragiona della volgar lingua (meglio note come le Prose della volgar lingua) sono un trattato di Pietro Bembo. Il titolo completo è Prose di M. Pietro Bembo nelle quali si ragiona della volgar lingua scritte al Cardinale de Medici che poi è stato creato a Sommo Pontefice et detto Papa Clemente Settimo divise in tre libri.
Pubblicate nel 1525, le Prose costituiscono un momento fondamentale nella Questione della lingua. L'idea di base espressa nell'opera è che, per la scrittura di opere letterarie, gli italiani debbano prendere come modello due grandi autori trecenteschi: Francesco Petrarca per la poesia e Giovanni Boccaccio per la prosa.

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