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These ten letters, written by one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, offer deep and sincere advice to the young poet. They touch on all aspects of life and are valuable to anyone wishing to be a poet and to those who are not. Written with power,…

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Thoreau has inspired generations of readers to think for themselves and to find meaning and beauty in nature. This sampling includes five of his most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" (1863),…

De Profundis

by Oscar Wilde

|September 26, 2011

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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer and poet who distinguished himself as a leader of London's school of Aesthetics in the late nineteenth century. He became famous for his long hair, flamboyant dress, green carnations and colorful, biting wit. His…

What is art?

by Leo Tolstoy

|January 15, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter X In consequence of their unbelief, the art of the…

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These poetic, inspiring essays offer remarkable insights into the world of a gifted woman who was deaf and blind. Helen Keller relates her impressions of the world's beauty and promise, perceived through the sensations of touch, smell, and vibration, together…

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Organized chronologically, this original anthology presents selections from women writers in the Christian tradition on the themes of religion and spirituality, ranging from the medieval (until 1500) and early modern (1500–1800)…

Selected Essays

by Karl Marx

|August 23, 2012

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Excerpt: ...offers herself to the eye in all her beauty, and whence one may descend by a convenient path to the last details of practice." Good pure air, the pestilential atmosphere of the English cellar dwellings. Great natural beauties, the picturesque rags of…

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Walden and Civil Disobedience , by Henry David Thoreau , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics   series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of…

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Si vous répondez oui à une de ces questions, alors vous vous reconnaîtrez dans les pages de ce livre signé Umberto Eco : Avez-vous déjà essayé de mettre un saumon fumé dans le mini-frigo de votre chambre d'hôtel ? Tenté d'installer un logiciel en lisant…

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Essays spanning 4 centuries reflect the wit, wisdom, and common sense of a number of distinguished English writers. Included are Addison's "Sir Roger de Coverley at Spring-Garden," Swift's "A Meditation Upon a Broomstick," Johnson's "Dick Minim the…

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Follow the thoughts of essayist, poet and American Transcendentalism founder Ralph Waldo Emerson as he discovered his own belief system in the anthology "Self-Reliance and Other Essays." In "Self-Reliance," Emerson explained that standing on one's own two feet…