Literature Classics

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Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights, (~800 to ~1500) translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton in c1885.

The Arabian Nights, a tale of unfaithful wifes, Islamic mores, with monsters and gods. It's not what you've seen via Disney. To read the entire work thoroughly is tantamount to years of study of Arabian ethnology.

Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions

A mock-history of class struggle and dark politics, and you start to understand the 4th dimension.

Time Machine

Time Machine, (1898) by H G Wells. (32.7 k words)

Adding a new chapter to human agriculture.

The Tragedy Of Titus Andronicus

1594 by William Shakespeare. (21.8 k words) Titus is Shakespeare's first play. It is one of the greatest depiction of human's vengeance and anguish.

Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass

1865 by Lewis Carroll. (26.8 k words) Fantastic nonsense in a Logical Positivism way.

Gulliver's Travels

1726 by Jonathan Swift. (105.9 k words) Deemed the greatest satire in English.

A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal, (1729) by Jonathan Swift. (3.4 k words)

A proposal of subsistence.

Little Red Riding Hood

1697, By Charles Perrault (0.75 k words)

Sexuality flows thru like engorging flush.

Cupid and Psyche

The Story of Cupid and Psyche, (c160) by Lucius Apuleius, thru Thomas Bulfinch. (3.5 k words)

One of the greatest short story of love. It is a chapter of Greek Mythology, a pillar of Western thought.

To Build A Fire

By Jack London, 1908. (7.1 k words) A struggle of human animal vs nature.

the Adventure of the German Student

the Adventure of the German Student, (1824) by Washington Irving. (2 k words)

Ravishing girl with raven hair, waiting for a kindred soul.

The Masque of the Red Death

1842 by Edgar Allan Poe (2.4 k words).

brazen and bizarre, lavishness and grotesqueness, horror dotting pleasure.

The Tell-Tale Heart


1843 by Edgar Allan Poe. (2.1 k words)

Jeeves and the Ph.D.

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade

1845 by Edgar Allan Poe (5.6 k words).

What Desires Are Politically Important?

Why I am not a Christian

Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?

Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?, (1930) by Bertrand Russell. (7.3 k words)

Demonic Males

1996 by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson. (8.7 k words)

the Barbarism of Specialization

Politics and the English Language