Oscar Wilde – Impressions of America

As soon as he disembarked in New York, Wilde was besieged by questions from journalists who reported his claim during the voyage: “that he had been disappointed by the Atlantic”. Wilde therefore began his tour of lectures, which lasted until

Oscar Wilde – Children in Prison and Other Cruelties of Prison Life

This is a letter Oscar Wilde wrote to the London Daily Chronicle after a guard in Reading prison, where Wilde himself was incarcorated, was fired for feeding a starving child that was imprisoned there: actually feeding prisoners was against regulations.

Walter Scott – The Bride of Lammermoor

The Bride of Lammermoor is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1819. The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland, and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family’s

Robert Louis Stevenson – The black arrow

The Black Arrow tells the story of Richard (Dick) Shelton during the Wars of the Roses: how he becomes a knight, rescues his lady Joanna Sedley, and obtains justice for the murder of his father, Sir Harry Shelton. Outlaws in

Bram Stoker – The Burial of the Rats

An Englishman exploring France runs across an old woman who took a part in the revolution, and hears a story about sewer rats eating bodies to the bone in minutes. The Englishman soon gets firsthand experience when he flees from

Jonathan Swift – The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces

The Battle of the Books is the name of a short satire written by Jonathan Swift and published as part of the prolegomena to his A Tale of a Tub in 1704. It depicts a literal battle between books in

Jonathan Swift – A modest proposal

A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written

Alfred Tennyson – Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King, published between 1859 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892; Poet Laureate from 1850) which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for

Mark Twain – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

In the book, a Yankee engineer from Connecticut named Hank Morgan receives a severe blow to the head and is somehow transported in time and space to England during the reign of King Arthur. After some initial confusion and his

Mark Twain – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn,

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