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Vanity Fair By William Makepeace Thackeray
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Vanity Fair is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847–48, satirizing society in early 19th-century Britain. Even before the last part of the serial was published,... More > critics hailed the work as a literary treasure. Although the critics were superlative in their praise, they expressed disappointment at the unremittingly dark portrayal of human nature, fearing Thackeray had taken his dismal metaphor too far. In response to his critics, Thackeray explained that he saw people for the most part "abominably foolish and selfish". The work is often compared to the other great historical novel which covered the Napoleonic wars: Tolstoy's War and Peace. While Tolstoy's work has a greater emphasis on the historical detail and the effect the war has upon his protagonists, Thackeray instead uses the conflict as more of a backdrop to the lives of his characters. For Thackeray, the Napoleonic wars as a whole can be thought of as one more of the vanities expressed in the title.< Less
Barry Lyndon By William Makepeace Thackeray
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Barry Lyndon is a picaresque novel by William Makepeace Thackeray about a member of the Irish gentry trying to become a member of the English aristocracy. Redmond Barry of Bally Barry, born to a... More > genteel but ruined Irish family, fancies himself a gentleman. He is a hot-tempered, passionate lad, and falls madly in love with his cousin, Nora. The lad tries to engage in a duel with Nora's suitor, an English officer named John Quinn. He is made to think that he has assassinated the man, though the pistols were actually loaded with dummy loads. Redmond flees to Dublin, where he quickly falls in with bad company in the way of con artists, and soon loses all his money. He goes on to experience a series of military adventures eventually descending into decadence. Redmond eventually bullies and seduces the Countess of Lyndon to marry him. Eventually Barry Lyndon is separated from his wife, and lodged in Fleet Prison. He spends the last nineteen years of his life in prison, dying of alcoholism-related illness.< Less
Father Goriot By Honore De Balzac
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Father Goriot is a novel by French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac. Set in Paris in 1819, it follows the intertwined lives of three characters: the elderly doting Goriot; a mysterious... More > criminal-in-hiding named Vautrin; and a naive law student named Eugène de Rastignac. The novel takes place during the Bourbon Restoration, which brought about profound changes in French society; the struggle of individuals to secure upper-class status is ubiquitous in the book. The city of Paris also impresses itself on the characters – especially young Rastignac, who grew up in the provinces of southern France. Balzac analyzes, through Goriot and others, the nature of family and marriage, providing a pessimistic view of these institutions. A favorite of Balzac's, the book quickly won widespread popularity and has often been adapted for film and the stage. It gave rise to the French expression "Rastignac", a social climber willing to use any means to better his situation.< Less
Completely Inaccurate By Shannon Gretzon
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Completely Inaccurate started out as a weekly improvisational sketchbook comic. Each week a few pages were drawn in a 6 by 9 sketchbook. Whatever came to mind. Completely improvised. What followed... More > was a foray into historical fiction, end of the world prophecies, Pseudo-Discordianism, music trivia, Monarchism, 11th hour deadlines and general insanity. George is an average businessman trying to work his way up the corporate ladder. Suddenly, he finds his career crashing down before his eyes. Touched by insanity (..and the gods) George finds himself transformed into an Emperor-like figure and begins a quest to reclaim his throne halfway around the world ...in America.< Less
Completely Inaccurate By Shannon Gretzon
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Completely Inaccurate started out as a weekly improvisational sketchbook comic. Each week a few pages were drawn in a 6 by 9 sketchbook. Whatever came to mind. Completely improvised. What followed... More > was a foray into historical fiction, end of the world prophecies, Pseudo-Discordianism, music trivia, Monarchism, 11th hour deadlines and general insanity. George is an average businessman trying to work his way up the corporate ladder. Suddenly, he finds his career crashing down before his eyes. Touched by insanity (..and the gods) George finds himself transformed into an Emperor-like figure and begins a quest to reclaim his throne halfway around the world ...in America.< Less
The Light Lady of the Sonnets - A One Act Play By Christopher Mark Piper
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A parody of G.B.Shaw's "Dark Lady of the Sonnets", revealing a certain malice of the author of that celebrated and comedic (but spurious) take on the character of William Shakespeare, his... More > talent, works, and relationship with Elizabeth-I of latter 16th-Century England. Shaw assumes the character of "Tudojak", a turtle-like netherworld-man, in my innovative rehash of the structure and content of that play; and many of the lines Shaw unjustly employed against "Will" redound back upon him during this historical-rework. There is a seminal moment of pure hilarity in Shaw's original play, which was genius one could only attribute (I think) to the sad figure of a clown: somebody ostensibly incapable of genuine laughter themselves, but who wholly possesses this raw and innate ability to make people laugh, it would seem. To this end, I think I failed to reproduce that hilarious-moment of Shaw's, while nevertheless producing a generally more funny work, and one bearing more artistic value in point of truthfulness!< Less
Comedy Can Be Murder: An Aristophanes Murder-Comedy By Neil Ross
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Athens 425 B.C.E. Up-and-coming comic playwright Aristophanes is accused of murdering his leading actor. With his one-liners and the strong arm of the leggy Lysistrata, he must solve the murder,... More > dodge arrows, and produce the first known comic masterpiece -- against the backdrop of an absurd war.< Less
Random Musings By Paul James
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Over the past too many decades I’ve been watching the world turn every which way it can and shaking my head in wonder. However, I didn’t just wonder, I wrote a lot of my thoughts down and... More > they were published in a number of different newspapers. Those random thoughts ranged from family life to current affairs and that most easily teased slice of life called ‘work’. My musings are often humorous, it’s hard not to laugh at our neighbors, as Jane Austen remarked two hundred years ago, and progress does often make things worse, as Agatha Christie commented only a hundred years ago. Sometimes, however, my musings weren’t intended to be humorous but even then they were not meant to be unpleasant, there’s enough of that in all the other things you’ll watch and read out there. So, if you’re in the mood for whiling away a very short span of time reading how someone from a different planet (or so I’m often told) sees the world, this short book is where you need to be.< Less
The Weeds By Trey Sager & Munro Galloway
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The Weeds is a disheveled epic protest made of text and images by painter Munro Galloway and poet Trey Sager. The book speaks from the perspective of weeds insisting on their raw existences, and... More > imagines life as a struggle to survive in the margins and befuddle the center with green.< Less
The Nutty Years of the Jon Stewart Presidency In a Nutshell By Beth Schaefer
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This mock term paper is the highlight of Beth Schaefer's book Grade A Papers: The Slap Stack. This satirical essay pokes harmless, wacky fun at both political parties and a slew of celebrities. The... More > essay is stocked with wordplay. Includes two bonus papers: “Make No Room for Kids: Bells Ding for Online Classes K-8” (a composition theorist parody from Grade A Papers: The Slap Stack) and “My Flesh is My Blanket Inside Which I Hide” (a humorous historical term paper all patriotic Americans will adore)< Less

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