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Mitteilungen aus den Memoiren des Satan

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Worin von Prozessen, Justizr"aten die Rede; nebst einer stillschweigenden Abhandlung: Was von Tr"aumen zu halten sei?"

Dieser zweite Teil der Mitteilungen aus den Memoiren des Satan erscheint um ein v"olliges Halbjahr zu sp"at. Angenehm ist es dem Herausgeber, wenn die Leser des ersten sich darüber gewundert, am angenehmsten, wenn sie sich darüber ge"argert haben; es zeigt dies eine gewisse Vorliebe...

Gorgias –by: Plato (

This dialogue brings Socrates face to face with the famous sophist Gorgias and his followers. It is a work likely completed around the time of "Republic" and illuminates many of the spiritual ideas of Plato. The spirituality, as Jowett points out in his wonderful introduction, has many ideas akin to Christianity, but is more generous as it reserves damnation only for the tyrants of the world. Some of the truths of Socrates, as presented by Plato, shine forth in this wonderful work on sophistry and other forms of persuasion or cookery.

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by Plato


Orley Farm –by: Anthony Trollope

Orley Farm is Trollope at his best (as good as the Barsetshire series), which means some of the best characterizations in the English language. Trollope's people are real; the beleaguered Lady Mason, charged with forging a will; the aged lover Sir Peregrine Orme; Madeleine Stavely, deeply but practically in love; the shallow, fickle Sophia Furnival and others are 3-dimensional figures that live and breathe. His satire of the so-called "justice" system is the best kind of satire: he just describes the court proceedings as they really are. The result is as up-to-date as today's newspaper. (Intro...

The Way We Live Now –by: Anthony Trollope

The Way We Live Now is a scathing satirical novel published in London in 1875 by Anthony Trollope, after a popular serialization. It was regarded by many of Trollope’s contemporaries as his finest work.

One of his longest novels (it contains a hundred chapters), The Way We Live Now is particularly rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s, and lashes at the pervading dishonesty of the age, commercial, political, moral, and intellectual. It is one of the last memorable Victorian novels to have been published in monthly parts.


Satirical Prose

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O, tempora! O, mores! Седя и се чудя, защо човек се сърди, кога му речеш: магаре, свиня или вол; и не се сърди дору още се радва, кога му речеш: пиленце, гълъбче, славейче, дори още котенце и теленце? Дали славеят принася повече полза в обществото на човеците, отколкото благородната свиня, тази производителна сила...

Bayard from Bengal –by: F. Anstey

The estimable gentleman, Chunder Bindabun Bhosh, ESQ., B.A., travels from his native India to England, with his impeccable English and manners, which immediately mark him as a foreigner, and embarks on an enviable program of escapades. These stories are the product of the fertile imagination of Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee, B.A., a nom de plume for the humorist F. Anstey, which is a further nom de plume for Thomas Anstey Guthrie. Whether rescuing a nubile maiden from a charging bull or falling in love with said nubile maiden, Mr. Bosh, B. A. cannot help but perform with the requisite humor to engag...

The Voyage Out –by: Virginia Woolf

The Voyage Out is the first novel by Virginia Woolf, published in 1915 by Duckworth; and published in the U.S. in 1920 by Doran. One of Woolf's wittiest social satires.

Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father's ship and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage. The mismatched jumble of passengers provide Woolf with an opportunity to satirize Edwardian life. The novel introduces Clarissa Dalloway, the central character of Woolf's later novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

E. M. Forster described it as "... a strange, tragic, inspired book whose...

The First Men in the Moon –by: H. G. Wells

Written nearly seven decades before Neil Armstrong's historic “Giant leap for Mankind” this book by one of the most influential sci-fi writers in English is an interesting read.

The First Men in the Moon by Herbert George Wells, the English author who is today called the Father of Science Fiction, describes a strange and fantastic voyage. Businessman and budding playwright, John Bedford takes a sabbatical from his work and decides to write a play. He moves to a lonely cottage in Kent where he hopes to come up with a theatrical masterpiece. However, strange events interr...

The Infernal Marriage

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By Benjamin Disraeli

Proserpine was the daughter of Jupiter and Ceres. Pluto, the god of Hell, became enamoured of her. His addresses were favoured by her father, but opposed by Ceres. Under these circumstances, he surprised her on the plains of Enna, and carried her off in his chariot.



A Sublime Elopement

IT WAS clearly a runaway match never indeed was such a sublime elopement. The four horses were coal black, with blood red manes and tails; and they were shod with rubies. They ...

Castle Rackrent –by: Maria Edgeworth

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by Maria Edgeworth

With an Introduction by Anne Thackeray Ritchie

[Note: The body of this novel contains a lot of footnotes and many references to the Glossary at the end. The footnotes (which are sometimes quite long) have been inserted in square brackets near to the point where they were referred to by suffix in the original text. The entries in the Glossary have been numbered, instead of being listed with a page number as they were in the printed book; they are also referenced with a note in square br...

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