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The Possessed or, The Devils

Demons; sometimes also called The Possessed or The Devils, is a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1871–72. It is considered one of the four masterworks written by Dostoevsky after his return from Siberian exile, along with Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Demons is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and large-scale tragedy. Joyce Carol Oates has described it as “Dostoevsky’s most confused and violent novel, and his most satisfactorily ‘tragic’ work.” According to Ronald Hingley, it is Dostoevsky’s “greatest onslaught on Nihilism”, and “one of humanity’s most impressive achievements—perhaps even its supreme achievement—in the art of prose fiction.”

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky’s literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. His most acclaimed works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoevsky’s body of work consists of 11 novels, three novellas, 17 short stories, and numerous other works. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. His 1864 novella Notes from Underground is considered to be one of the first works of existentialist literature.

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Il caso Paradine

Il caso Paradine è un grande classico del genere giudiziario.

Anna Maddalena Paradine, una bellissima ed enigmatica donna straniera che vive a Londra, è accusata di aver avvelenato, con un bicchiere di porto, il ricco marito, un anziano colonnello cieco. La signora Paradine, tramite il proprio legale, ingaggia il brillante principe del Foro inglese Anthony Keane. Nonostante l’avvocato sia felicemente sposato da 11 anni, subisce sin da subito il fascino della misteriosa e altera cliente e la sua devota e saggia moglie Gay capisce che l’infatuazione è profonda e potrà causarle problemi. Quando però Anthony si accorge dell’insofferenza della donna vorrebbe abbandonare il caso, ma Gay preme perché continui e tenti di salvare la vita alla sua cliente. La donna sa che un verdetto di colpevolezza, seguito dall’impiccagione della vedova Paradine, causerebbe per loro una rottura insanabile.

Robert Hichens  (14 November 1864 – 20 July 1950) è stato un romanziere, giornalista e critico musicale inglese.

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A Lover’s Complaint

A Lover’s Complaint” is a narrative poem written by William Shakespeare, and published as part of the 1609 quarto of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. It was published by Thomas Thorpe. “A Lover’s Complaint” is an example of the female-voiced complaint, that is frequently appended to sonnet sequences. Other examples include Samuel Daniel’s “Complaint to Rosamund”, which follows Daniel’s Delia (1592), Thomas Lodge’s “Complaint of Elstred”, which follows Phillis (1593), Michael Drayton’s “Matilda the Faire”, which follows Ideas Mirrour (1594), and Richard Barnfield’s “Cassandra”, which follows The Affectionate Shepherd.

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “the Bard”). His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. They also continue to be studied and reinterpreted.

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Sciogli la treccia, Maria Maddalena

Guido da Verona, pseudonimo di Guido Verona (Saliceto Panaro, 7 settembre 1881 – Milano, 4 aprile 1939), è stato un poeta e scrittore italiano. Fu lo scrittore di maggior successo commerciale degli anni venti e autore di romanzi di gusto estetizzante, oscillanti tra erotismo e sentimentalismo, che ebbero vasto pubblico: Colei che non si deve amare (1911), Mimì Bluette, fiore del mio giardino (1916), Sciogli la treccia, Maria Maddalena (1920).

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