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La Tosca: Drame en cinq actes [French] By Victorien Sardou
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Victorien Sardou (5 September 1831 – 8 November 1908) was a... More > French dramatist. He is best remembered today for his development, along with Eugène Scribe, of the well-made play. He also wrote several plays that were made into popular 19th-century operas such as La Tosca (1887) on which Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca (1900) is based, and Fedora by Umberto Giordano, a work that popularized the fedora hat as well.Victorien was born in rue Beautreillis, Paris on 5 September 1831. The Sardous were settled at Le Cannet, a village near Cannes, where they owned an estate, planted with olive trees. A night's frost killed all the trees and the family was ruined. Victorien's father, Antoine Léandre Sardou, came to Paris in search of employment. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorien_Sardou< Less
Spicilege [French] By Marcel Schwob
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Mayer André Marcel Schwob, known as Marcel Schwob (23... More > August 1867 – 26 February 1905), was a Jewish French symbolist writer best known for his short stories and his literary influence on authors such as Jorge Luis Borges:9 and Roberto Bolaño. He has been called a "surrealist precursor". In addition to over a hundred short stories, he wrote journalistic articles, essays, biographies, literary reviews and analysis, translations and plays. He was extremely well known and respected during his life and notably befriended a great numbers of intellectuals and artists of the time.He was born in Chaville, Hauts-de-Seine on 23 August 1867 into a cultivated family. His father, George Schwob, was a friend of Théodore de Banville and Théophile Gautier,. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Schwob< Less
La guerre et la paix, Tome III [French] By Leo, graf Tolstoy
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (/ˈtoʊlstɔɪ,... More > ˈtɒl-/; Russian: Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й, pronounced [lʲɛf nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj] ( listen); 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Tolstoy< Less
Le chateau de La Belle-au-bois-dormant [French] By Pierre Loti
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Pierre Loti (pseudonym of Louis Marie-Julien Viaud; 14 January... More > 1850 – 10 June 1923) was a French naval officer and novelist, known for his exotic novels.Born to a Protestant family, Loti's education began in his birthplace, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime. At age 17 he entered the naval school in Brest and studied at Le Borda. He gradually rose in his profession, attaining the rank of captain in 1906. In January 1910 he went on the reserve list. He was in the habit of claiming that he never read books, saying to the Académie française on the day of his introduction (April 7, 1892), "Loti ne sait pas lire" ("Loti doesn't know how to read"), but testimony from friends proves otherwise, as does his library, much of which is preserved in his house in Rochefort. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Loti< Less
Voyage autour de ma chambre [French] By Xavier de Maistre
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Xavier de Maistre (French pronunciation: ​[ɡzavje... More > də mɛstʁ]; 10 October 1763 – 12 June 1852) of Savoy (then part of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia), lived largely as a military man, but is known as a French writer. The younger brother of noted philosopher and counter-revolutionary Joseph de Maistre, Xavier was born to an aristocratic family at Chambéry in October 1763. He served when young in the army of Piedmont-Sardinia, and in 1790 wrote his fantasy, Voyage autour de ma chambre ("Voyage Around My Room", published 1794), when he was under arrest in Turin as the consequence of a duel.Xavier shared the political sympathies of his brother Joseph, and after a French revolutionary army annexed Savoy to France in 1792, he left the service, and eventually took a commission in the Russian army. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_de_Maistre< Less
Der kleine Ritter (Herr Wolodyjowski) - Historischer Roman [German] By Henryk Sienkiewicz
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz... More > (Polish: [ˈxɛnrɨk ˈadam alɛˈksandɛr ˈpʲus ɕɛnˈkʲevʲit͡ʂ]; also known by the pseudonym "Litwos" [ˈlitfɔs]; 5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916) was a Polish journalist, novelist and the Nobel Prize laureate. He is best remembered for his historical novels, especially for his internationally known best-seller Quo Vadis (1896).Born into an impoverished Polish noble family in Russian-ruled Congress Poland, in the late 1860s he began publishing journalistic and literary pieces. In the late 1870s he traveled to the United States, sending back travel essays that won him popularity with Polish readers. In the 1880s he began serializing novels that further increased his popularity. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Sienkiewicz< Less
Vies imaginaires [French] By Marcel Schwob
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Mayer André Marcel Schwob, known as Marcel Schwob (23... More > August 1867 – 26 February 1905), was a Jewish French symbolist writer best known for his short stories and his literary influence on authors such as Jorge Luis Borges:9 and Roberto Bolaño. He has been called a "surrealist precursor". In addition to over a hundred short stories, he wrote journalistic articles, essays, biographies, literary reviews and analysis, translations and plays. He was extremely well known and respected during his life and notably befriended a great numbers of intellectuals and artists of the time.He was born in Chaville, Hauts-de-Seine on 23 August 1867 into a cultivated family. His father, George Schwob, was a friend of Théodore de Banville and Théophile Gautier,. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Schwob< Less
Expedition nocturne autour de ma chambre [French] By Xavier de Maistre
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Xavier de Maistre (French pronunciation: ​[ɡzavje... More > də mɛstʁ]; 10 October 1763 – 12 June 1852) of Savoy (then part of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia), lived largely as a military man, but is known as a French writer. The younger brother of noted philosopher and counter-revolutionary Joseph de Maistre, Xavier was born to an aristocratic family at Chambéry in October 1763. He served when young in the army of Piedmont-Sardinia, and in 1790 wrote his fantasy, Voyage autour de ma chambre ("Voyage Around My Room", published 1794), when he was under arrest in Turin as the consequence of a duel.Xavier shared the political sympathies of his brother Joseph, and after a French revolutionary army annexed Savoy to France in 1792, he left the service, and eventually took a commission in the Russian army. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_de_Maistre< Less
Alfred de Musset [French] By Arvede Barine
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Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (French: [al.fʁɛd də my.sɛ]; 11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he... More > is known for writing the autobiographical novel La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century).Musset was born in Paris. His family was upper-class but poor and his father worked in various key government positions, but never gave his son any money. His mother came from similar circumstances, and her role as a society hostess – for example her drawing-room parties, luncheons and dinners held in the Musset residence – left a lasting impression on young Alfred.Early indications of Musset's boyhood talents were seen by his fondness for acting impromptu mini-plays based upon episodes from old romance stories he had read. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_de_Musset Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book.< Less
I promessi sposi. Opere di Alessando Manzoni, vol. 1 [Italian] By Alessandro Manzoni
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni... More > (Italian: [alesˈsandro manˈdzoːni]; 7 March 1785 – 22 May 1873) was an Italian poet and novelist. He is famous for the novel The Betrothed (orig. Italian: I Promessi Sposi) (1840), generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, both for its patriotic message and because it was a fundamental milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language.Manzoni was born in Milan, Italy, on 7 March 1785. Pietro, his father, aged about fifty, belonged to an old family of Lecco, originally feudal lords of Barzio, in the Valsassina. The poet's maternal grandfather, Cesare Beccaria, was a well-known author and philosopher, and his mother Giulia had literary talent as well. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Manzoni< Less

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