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Hero and Leander (version 2) –by: Christopher Marlowe

Two young people, the epitome of young masculine and feminine beauty, fall in love at first sight, but their union is forbidden by the tyranny of their guardians and of geography itself, for they live on opposite sides of the Hellespont. To enjoy one night of love, Leander dares to swim this formidable strait, unluckily meeting the god Neptune along the way. Unaware of the resentment he has aroused by rejecting the advances of this old queen of the sea, the lad gains the shore and, once past the shock of appearing naked on his lover's doorstep, finds his way into her bed. There the young coupl...

Vittoria Accoramboni –by: Unknown

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VITTORIA ACCORAMBONI DUCHESSE DE BRACCIANO

Stendhal

Malheureusement pour moi comme pour le lecteur ceci n'est point un roman, mais la traduction fidŠle d'un r‚cit fort grave ‚crit … Padoue en d‚cembre 1585.

Je me trouvais … Mantoue il y a quelques ann‚es, je cherchais des ‚bauches et de petits tableaux en rapport avec ma petite fortune, mais je voulais les peintres ant‚rieurs … l'an 1600, vers cette ‚poque acheva de mourir l'originalit‚ italienne d‚j… mise en grand p‚ril par la prise de Florence en 1530.

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Riders of the Silences –by: Max Brand

The Great West, prior to the century's turn, abounded in legend. Stories were told of fabled gunmen whose bullets always magically found their mark, of mighty stallions whose tireless gallop rivaled the speed of the wind, of glorious women whose beauty stunned mind and heart. But nowhere in the vast spread of the mountain-desert country was there a greater legend told than the story of Red Pierre and the phantom gunfighter, McGurk.

These two men of the wilderness, so unalike, of widely-differing backgrounds, had in common a single trait: each was unbeatable. Fate brought them clashing...

Symposium (version 2) (dramatic reading) –by: Plato (

In one of Plato's more accessible works, Apollodorus tells a friend about a drinking party (or symposium) attended by many of intellectuals of late 5th century Athens. The men are one their second night of celebration for Agathon's victory at the city Dionysia, and decide that instead of drinking, they should give speeches in praise of love. Apollodorus: KHandGlaucon: Elizabeth KlettCompanion to Apollodorus, and Pausanias: Beth ThomasAristodemus: ToddHWSocrates: alanmapstoneAgathon: Peter TuckerServant: staticstasyAristophanes: Libby GohnEryximachus: balaPhaedrus: Eden Rea-HedrickDiotima: A...

One and Two –by: Will Carleton

This was the Fortnightly Poetry for November 10, 2013. Read in English by Alan Weyman; CaprishaPage; Drew Johnson; David Lawrence; Ernst Pattynama; Garrett Fitzgerald; Jason Mills; Jannie Meisberger; Julia Niedermaier; John Sercel; Jacob Paul Starr; mlcui; ravenotation and Savannah. William McKendree Carleton was an American poet, best known for his poems about his rural life.

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Just So Stories (version 5) –by: Rudyard Kipling

The stories, first published in 1902, are fantastic accounts of how various natural phenomena came about. The original editions of Just So Stories were illustrated with woodcuts by Kipling himself. Each story is accompanied by a poem, in a somewhat ballad style. Many of the stories are addressed to “Best Beloved” (they were first written for Kipling’s eldest daughter, Josephine, who had died during an outbreak of influenza in 1899), and throughout they use a comically elevated style inspired by the formal speech of India, full of long and improbable-sounding words, some of them made up. ...

Weihnachtsabend (Eine Geistergeschichte) (Version 2) –by: Charles Dickens

Am Heiligen Abend erscheint dem alten Geizhals Scrooge der Geist seines verstorbenen Gesch"aftspartners Marley, der zu Lebzeiten noch schlimmer als Scrooge war, - und prophezeit diesem ein düsteres Ende für den Fall, dass er sein Leben nicht grundlegend "andere. Danach zeigt sich der Geist der vergangenen Weihnacht, welcher Scrooge in seine Kindheit zurückversetzt, gefolgt vom Geist der gegenw"artigen Weihnacht, der ihn ins Haus seines "armlich lebenden Schreibers Cratchit und dessen Familie sowie in das Haus seines Neffen geleitet. ... Am Ende begegnet er gar seinem eigenen zukünftigen ...

Casey at the Bat

LibriVox volunteers bring you 12 recordings of Casey at the Bat by Ernst Lawrence Thayer. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for December 16, 2012. Ernst Thayer was an American writer and poet who wrote "Casey at the Bat", the "single most famous baseball poem ever written" according to the Baseball Almanac.

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Library Edition

THE WIT AND HUMOR OF AMERICA

In Ten Volumes

VOL. VI

[Illustration: FINLEY PETER DUNNE (MR. DOOLEY)]

THE WIT AND HUMOR OF AMERICA

EDITED BY MARSHALL P. WILDER

Volume VI

Funk & Wagnalls Company New York and London

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Warlord of KOR (version 2)

GOD, MACHINE--OR LISTENING POST FOR OUTSIDERS? Horng sat opposite the tiny, fragile creature who held a microphone, its wires attached to an interpreting machine. He blinked his huge eyes slowly, his stiff mouth fumblingly forming words of a language his race had not used for thirty thousand years. "Kor was ... is ... God ... Knowledge." He had tried to convey this to the small creatures who had invaded his world, but they did not heed. Their ill-equipped brains were trying futilely to comprehend the ancient race memory of his people. Now they would attempt further to discover the forbidden...

Goblin Market and Other Poems –by: Christina Rossetti

Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) is British writer Christina Rossetti's first book of poetry. The title poem is her most famous work: a creepy and sensual tale of two sisters' temptation to eat forbidden fruits. The poems explore themes of death, faith, isolation, and love, with a section of devotional pieces at the end.

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