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The picture of Dorian Gray

by:Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900

An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.

Editions:2286  Date:1846 - 2020  Genre(s):Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Didactic fiction, Fables, Fables

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Animal farm

by:Orwell, George, 1903-1950

Fueled by Orwell's intense disillusionment with Soviet Communism, Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works. When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal.

Editions:1806  Date:1900 - 2021  Genre(s):Satire, Political fiction, Political fiction, Fables, Fables

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Aesop's fables

by:Aesop

An illustrated collection of stories told by the Greek slave, Aesop, whose wisdom so impressed one master that he was set free.

Editions:1854  Date:1221 - 2020  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Fables, Fables, Juvenile works, Fables

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The house of mirth

by:Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937

The tragic story of a beautiful young woman caught up in the shallow and corrupt world of New York society at the turn of the century, where wealth and social status are everything.

Editions:626  Date:1900 - 2020  Genre(s):Psychological fiction, Psychological fiction, Historical fiction, Fables, Novels of manners

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Metamorphoses

by:Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D.

"Ovid is, after Homer, the single most important source for classical mythology. The Metamorphoses, which he wrote over the six-year period leading up to his exile from Rome in 8 a.d., is the primary source for over two hundred classical legends that survived to the twenty-first century. Many of the most familiar classical myths, including the stories of Apollo and Daphne and Pyramus and Thisbe, come directly from Ovid. The Metamorphoses is a twelve-thousand-line poem, written in dactylic hexameters and arranged loosely in chronological order from the beginning of the universe's creation to the Augustan Rome of Ovid's own time. The major theme of the Metamorphoses, as the title suggests, is metamorphosis, or change. Throughout the fifteen books making up the Metamorphoses, the idea of change is pervasive. Gods are continually transforming their own selves and shapes, as well as the shapes and beings of humans. The theme of power is also ever-present in Ovid's work. The gods as depicted by the Roman poets are wrathful, vengeful, capricious creatures who are forever turning their powers against weaker mortals and half-mortals, especially females. Ovid's own situation as a poet who was exiled because of Augustus's capriciousness is thought by many to be reflected in his depictions of the relationships between the gods and humans."--Http://www.enotes.com/metamorphoses-of-ovid (Jan. 24, 2011.).

Editions:2532  Date:1151 - 2019  Genre(s):Poetry, Poetry

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The fables of La Fontaine

by:La Fontaine, Jean de, 1621-1695

"The English-speaking reader will typically find selections of translated fables by La Fontaine (1621-1695), and a large number of those stray rather far from the original in an effort to retain the poetic flavor of the genre. Other translations, treating the fables as reading matter for followers of Winnie the Pooh, do not retain the subtle overtones and wit intended, in fact, for educated adults. This translation remains extraordinarily faithful to the original not only in metrical patterns and rhyme schemes but also in tone: wit and le mot juste are skillfully and wonderfully combined. This is no small achievement, and we can now enjoy the grace, wit, and versatility of an author whose literary qualities were, until now, evident only in the original."-- Danielle Mihram, New York University Library.

Editions:2038  Date:1694 - 2019  Genre(s):Illustrated works

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The alchemist

by:Coelho, Paulo

An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasures found within.

Editions:228  Date:1988 - 2018  Genre(s):Fables, Fables, Fables, Novels, Novels

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You read to me, I'll read to you : very short scary tales to read together

by:Hoberman, Mary Ann

Uses alliteration, rhyme, and repetition to invite children to read along with peers or with an adult.

Editions:32  Date:2001 - 2014  Genre(s):Echo verse, Nursery rhymes, Adaptations, Fables, Fables

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The Thurber carnival

by:Thurber, James, 1894-1961

As James Thurber writes in his preface, "This book contains a selection of the stories and drawings the old boy did in his prime, a period which extended roughly from the year Lindbergh flew the Atlantic to the day coffee was rationed. He presents this to his readers with his sincere best wishes for a happy new world." The Thurber Carnival, which the Saturday Review called "one of the absolutely essential books of our time," was a phenomenal bestseller when it was first published in 1945. The omnibus, virtually all of which first appeared in The New Yorker, draws from such Thurber classics as My World and Welcome to It, My Life and Hard Times, Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated, The Owl in the Attic, The Seal in the Bedroom, and Men, Women and Dogs. - Publisher.

Editions:193  Date:1931 - 2019  Genre(s):Humor, Humorous fiction, Humorous fiction, Humorous fiction, Fables

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Fables

by:Lobel, Arnold

Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.

Editions:57  Date:1976 - 2016  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Fables, Juvenile works, Fables, Fables

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