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Orestes –by: Euripides

In accordance with the advice of the god Apollo, Orestes has killed his mother Clytemnestra to avenge the death of his father Agamemnon at her hands. Despite Apollo’s earlier prophecy, Orestes finds himself tormented by Erinyes or Furies to the blood guilt stemming from his matricide. The only person capable of calming Orestes down from his madness is his sister Electra. To complicate matters further, a leading political faction of Argos wants to put Orestes to death for the murder. Orestes’ only hope to save his life lies in his uncle Menelaus, who has returned with Helen after spending t...

Ivan the Fool –by: Leo Tolstoy

Written after Tolstoy suffered a spiritual crisis, Ivan the Fool is a fairy tale that offers children instruction in how to live rightly, simply, and generously. The story emphasizes the destructive aspects of materialism and militarism while idealizing manual labor and the peasant life. (Introduction by Dorlene Kaplan)

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THE KREUTZER SONATA AND OTHER STORIES

By Count Leo Tolstoi

Author of "Resurrection," "Life is Worth Living," "Ivan the Fool," Etc.

CONTENTS.

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

KREUTZER SONATA.

IVAN THE FOOL.

A LOST OPPORTUNITY.

POLIKUSHKA

T...

Seven Against Thebes –by: Aeschylus

In this, the only extant tragedy from Aeschylus' trilogy about the House of Oedipus, Thebes is under siege from Polynices, a former prince of Thebes. After King Oedipus left his city and cursed the princes, Polynices and his brother, Eteocles, decided to rule alternately, switching at the end of every year. However, at the end of his year as king, Eteocles refused to turn power over to his brother and exiled him, fulfilling his father's curse that the two brothers could not rule peacefully. In the action of the play, Polynices and a group of Argive soldiers are attacking Thebes so that he can ...

The Dead Alive –by: Wilkie Collins

Ill feelings exist between the Meadowcroft sons and John Jago, the foreman of the Meadowcroft estate. Then, John Jago disappears, and a body is found in a kiln. The Meadowcroft brothers stand accused of the crime, but are they guilty? The Dead Alive is a novel written by Wilkie Collins based on the true-life Boorn Brothers murder conviction case of 1819. Jesse and Stephen Boorn were sentenced to death for the murder of their brother-in-law, but were they wrongly convicted?

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THE DEAD ALIVE

By Wilkie Collins

CHAPTER I.

THE SICK MAN.

"HEART all right," said the ...

Der Streit

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E text prepared by Carlo Traverso, Thomas Berger, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team

DER STREIT "UBER DIE TRAG"ODIE

von

THEODOR LIPPS

Professor der Philosophie in Breslau.

Inhalt.

Einleitung. Die "Resignation" des tragischen Helden. Die "poetische Gerechtigkeit". Schuld und "Strafe". Die "sittliche Weltordnung". Das Ende der "poetischen Gerechtigkeit". Die "vorübergehende Schmerzempfindung". Das Mitleid. Genaueres über die Bedeutung des Leidens. Die Bestrafung der B"osen und die Macht des Guten. Zwei Gattungen der Trag"odie. Trag"odie und ern...

The Master Builder –by: Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, first published in 1892, is about architect Halvard Solness, who despite personal tragedy (including the death of his two sons) has risen to the top of his profession. He has succeeded partly through ruthless competition and exploitation and partly through a seeming ability to force his will on others. His unhappy wife Aline mourns for their lost life, and resents his interest in various young women, including his bookkeeper Kaia Fosli. Solness disregards the ambitions of other architects, including Knut Brovik and his son Ragnar, and seeks solace in the adv...

Antigone –by: Sophocles

This is the final installment in Sophocles's Theban Plays, following Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. Oedipus's daughter Antigone deliberately breaks the laws of Thebes when she buries her brother's body and is sentenced to death. She clashes with Creon, the King of Thebes, over what constitutes justice and morality: the laws of the state or the laws of the individual.

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SOPHOCLES

OEDIPUS THE KING

Translation by F. Storr, BA Formerly Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge ...

Die Geburt der Tragdie

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Die Geburt der Trag"odie

Versuch einer Selbstkritik.

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Was auch diesem fragwürdigen Buche zu Grunde liegen mag: es muss eine Frage ersten Ranges und Reizes gewesen sein, noch dazu eine tief pers"onliche Frage, Zeugniss dafür ist die Zeit, in der es entstand, trotz der es entstand, die aufregende Zeit des deutsch franz"osischen Krieges von 1870/71. W"ahrend die Donner der Schlacht von W"orth über Europa weggiengen, sass der Grübler und R"athselfreund, dem die Vaterschaft dieses Buches zu Theil ward, irgendwo in einem Winkel der Alpen...

The Treasure

Selma Lagerl"of was born in Vaermland, Sweden, in 1858 and enjoyed a long and very successful career as a writer, receiving the Nobel-Prize in Literature in 1909. She died in Vaermland in 1940. The Treasure (Herr Arnes penningar) is a fairly short Novel, both a Drama and a Ghost Story. Published in 1904 and the English translation in 1923. The story is set in Bohuslaen on the West coast of Sweden in the middle of the 16th Century. Herr Arne, the old Parson in Solberga and all his household are brutally murdered, and his great Treasure stolen. The only survivor is Elsalill, the orphaned foster ...

The Duchess of Padua –by: Oscar Wilde

Guido Ferranti, a young man, travels to Padua with his friend Ascanio after receiving a mysterious letter from a stranger, claiming to know the true secret of Guido's birth. His plan of revenge goes awry, however, when he falls in love with his enemy's beautiful wife, the Duchess of Padua.

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THE DUCHESS OF PADUA

THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY

Simone Gesso, Duke of Padua Beatrice, his Wife Andreas Pollajuolo, Cardinal of Padua Maffio Petrucci, } Jeppo Vitellozzo, } Gentlemen of the Duke's Household Taddeo Bardi, } Guido Ferranti, a Young Man Ascanio Crist...

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