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Imagine any of today's writers of "creative nonfiction" dispatching a rogue elephant before an audience of several thousand. Now, imagine the essay that would result. Can we say "narcissism"? As part of the Imperial Police in Burma, George Orwell actually found himself aiming the gun, and his record--first published in 1936--comprises eight of the highest voltage pages of English prose you'll ever read. In "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell illumines the shoddy recesses of his own character, illustrates the morally corrupting nature of imperialism, and indicts you, the reader, in the creature's death, a process so vividly reported it's likely to show up in your nightmares ever after. "The owner was furious, but he was only an Indian and could do nothing.... Among the Europeans opinion was divided. The older men said I was right, the younger men said it was a damn shame to shoot an elephant for killing a coolie, because an elephant was worth much more than any damn Coringhee coolie."

This essay alone would be worth the cover price, and the dozen other pieces collected here prove that, given the right thinker/writer, today's journalism actually can become tomorrow's literature. "The Art of Donald McGill," ostensibly an appreciation of the jokey, vaguely obscene illustrated postcards beloved of the working classes, uses the lens of popular culture to examine the battle lines and rules of engagement in the war of the sexes, circa 1941. "Politics and the English Language" is a prose working-out of Orwell's perceptions about the slippery relationship of word and thought that becomes a key premise of 1984. "Looking Back on the Spanish War" is as clear-eyed a veteran's memoir of the nature of war as you're likely to find, and Orwell's long ruminations on the wildly popular "good bad" writers Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling showcase his singular virtues--searing honesty and independent thinking. From English boarding schools to Gandhi's character to an early appreciation of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, these pieces give an idiosyncratic tour of the first half of the passing century in the company of an articulate and engaged guide. Don't let the idea that Orwell is an "important" writer put you off reading him. He's really too good, and too human, to miss. --Joyce Thompson

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  • Austen, Jane - Northanger Abbey
  • Austen, Jane - Persuasion
  • Austen, Jane - Pride & Prejudice
  • Austen, Jane - Sense & Sensibility
  • Ayer, Alfred - Language, Truth and Logic
  • Bacon, Sir Francis - Novum Organum
  • Balzac, Honoré de - Le Père Goriot
  • Barthes, Roland - Incidents
  • Basho, Matsuo - Various Poems
  • Baudelaire, Charles - Les Fleurs du Mal (in French)
  • Baudelaire, Charles - Flowers of Evil (in English)
  • Baudelaire, Charles - The Generous Gambler
  • Baudelaire, Charles - The Poem of Hashish (translated by Aleister Crowley)
  • Barrie, JM- Peter Pan

  • Baum, L. Frank - Glinda of Oz (Vol 14)
  • Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
  • Benjamin, Walter - "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
  • Bergerac, Cyrano de - Voyage to the Moon
  • Berkeley, George - Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
  • Berlin, Isaiah - Concepts and Categories
  • Berlin, Isaiah - The Arts in Russia Under Stalin
  • Berryman, John - Card Trick
  • Berryman, John - Modus Vivendi
  • Berryman, John - The Right Time
  • Berryman, John - Trouble With Telstar
  • Berryman, John - Vigorish
  • Blake, William - Songs of Innocence and of Experience
  • Blake, William - Selected Poems
  • Boethius - Consolation of Philosophy
  • Borges, Jorge Luis - "The Library of Babel"
  • Bradbury, Ray - "I See You Never"
  • Bradbury, Ray - "The Jar"
  • Bradbury, Ray - "The Last Night of the World"

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  • Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
  • Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights
  • Buchan, John - The Thirty Nine Steps
  • Bukowski, Charles - Archive of Poems and Letter Manuscripts
  • Bukowski, Charles - His Last (Faxed) Poem
  • Bukowski, Charles - Dostoevsky
  • Burke, Edmund - Reflections on the Revolution in France
  • Burke, Edmund - On the Sublime and Beautiful
  • Burckhardt, Jacob- The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice - A Princess of Mars
  • Calvino, Italo - "Distance to the Moon"
  • Calvino, Italo - "The Daughters of the Moon"
  • Calvino, Italo - "Why Read the Classics?"
  • Camus, Albert - The Stranger
  • Carroll, Lewis - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Carroll, Lewis - Symbolic Logic
  • Carroll, Lewis - The Game of Logic
  • Carroll, Lewis - Through the Looking-Glass
  • Carver, Raymond - "Beginners" (early draft of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love")
  • Carver, Raymond - "Cathedral"
  • Cervantes - Don Quixote
  • Chandler, Raymond - "The Simple Art of Murder"
  • Chaucer - Canterbury Tales
  • Chekhov, Anton - Plays
  • Chekhov, Anton - Collected Stories
  • Chekhov, Anton - The Kiss
  • Chekhov, Anton - The Lady with the Dog
  • Chekhov, Anton - The Chorus Girl and Other Stories (by Constance Garnett)
  • Chekhov, Anton - Uncle Vanya
  • Chomsky, Noam - Deterring Democracy
  • Chomsky, Noam - Excerpts from Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order
  • Chomsky, Noam - Keeping the Rabble in Line
  • Chomsky, Noam - Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies
  • Chomsky, Noam - Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture
  • Chomsky, Noam - Secrets, Lies and Democracy
  • Chomsky, Noam - The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many
  • Chomsky, Noam - What Uncle Sam Really Wants
  • Chomsky, Noam - Year 501: The Conquest Continues
  • Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
  • Christie, Agatha - The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • Christie, Agatha - The Secret Adversary
  • Cicero - Orations
  • Clarke, Arthur C. - "Second Dawn"
  • Clarke, Arthur C. - "The Deep Range"
  • Clarke, Arthur C. - "The Nine Billion Names of God"
  • Clarke, Arthur C. - "The Parasite"
  • Clarke, Arthur C. - "The Star"
  • Clarke, Arthur C. - "The Stroke of the Sun"
  • Clarke, Arthur C. - "A Walk in the Dark"
  • Coelho, Paulo - The Way of the Bow
  • Coelho, Paulo - Warrior of the Light
  • Coelho, Paulo - Assorted Texts (in different languages)
  • Coleridge, Samuel - Ancient Mariner and Select Poems
  • Confucius - The Analects
  • Confucius - The Great Learning
  • Conrad, Joseph - Lord Jim
  • Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
  • Conrad, Joseph - Nostromo
  • Conrad, Joseph - The Secret Agent
  • Conrad, Joseph - Victory
  • Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
  • Crowley, Aleister - Book of Law
  • Crowley, Aleister - Household Gods
  • Cummings E.E. - The Enormous Room
  • da Vinci, Leonardo - A Treatise on Painting
  • da Vinci, Leonardo - Anatomy Drawings 
  • Dante - The Divine Comedy
  • Dante - The Divine Comedy (Digital Version from Columbia University)
  • Dante - Intertextual Dante
  • Darwin, Charles - On the Origin of Species
  • Darwin, Charles - The Descent of Man
  • Darwin, Charles - The Voyage of the Beagle
  • Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
  • Denton, Bradley - Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede (Background)
  • Derrida, Jacques - "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences"
  • Descartes, Rene - Discourse on the Method
  • Dewey, John - Democracy & Education
  • Diaz, Junot - 7 Free Stories
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Adjustment Team"
  • Dick, Philip K. - “Beyond the Door”
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Beyond Lies the Wub”
  • Dick, Philip K. -  "Breakfast at Twilight"
  • Dick, Philip K. -  "Exhibit Piece"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Foster You're Dead"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Human Is"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "James P. Crow"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Meddler"
  • Dick, Philip K. - “Mr. Spaceship”
  • Dick, Philip K. -  “Piper in the Woods”
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Progeny"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Prominent Author"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Sales Pitch"
  • Dick, Philip K. -  “Second Variety”
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Shell Game"
  • Dick, Philip K. -  "Small Town"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Souvenir"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Survey Team"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "The Crawlers"
  • Dick, Philip K. - “The Crystal Crypt”
  • Dick, Philip K. - “The Defenders”
  • Dick, Philip K. - “The Eyes Have It”
  • Dick, Philip K. - "The Golden Man"
  • Dick, Philip K. - “The Gun”
  • Dick, Philip K. - "The Hanging Stranger"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "The Last of tbe Masters"
  • Dick, Philip K. - “The Skull”
  • Dick, Philip K. - "The Turning Wheel"
  • Dick, Philip K. - “The Variable Man”
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Tony and the Beetles"
  • Dick, Philip K. - "Upon the Dull Earth":
  • Dick, Philip K. - "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"
  • Dickens, Charles - A Christmas Carol
  • Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens, Charles - Bleak House
  • Dickens, Charles - David Copperfield
  • Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations
  • Dickens, Charles - Hard Times
  • Dickens, Charles - Little Dorrit
  • Dickens, Charles - Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Dickens, Charles - Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens, Charles - Oliver Twist
  • Dickens, Charles - Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens, Charles - The Pickwick Papers
  • Dickinson, Emily - Poems
  • Didion, Joan - 12 Masterful Essays
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - A Raw Youth (Translated by Constance Garnett)
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - Brothers Karamazov
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - Notes from the Underground
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - Poor Folk
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Double
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Gambler
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Idiot
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - The Possessed
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor - White Nights and Other Stories
  • Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan- The Complete Sherlock Holmes
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Hound of Baskerville
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Lost World
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Poison Belt
  • Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
  • Dreiser, Theodore - Sister Carrie
  • Dumas, Alexandre - The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Dumas, Alexandre - The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
  • Durkheim, Emile - Le suicide: Étude de sociologie
  • Eliot, Charles - The Harvard Classics (51 Volumes)
  • Einstein, Albert - Relativity : The Special and General Theory
  • Eisenstein, Sergei - Notes of a Film Director
  • Eisenstein, Sergei - Notes for a General History of Cinema
  • Eliot, George - Daniel Deronda
  • Eliot, George - Middlemarch
  • Eliot, George - Silas Marner
  • Eliot, T.S. - Eeldrop and Appleplex
  • Eliot, T.S. - Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry by T. S. Eliot
  • Eliot, T.S. - Four Quartets
  • Eliot, T.S. - Poems (Including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock")
  • Eliot, T.S. - The Hollow Men
  • Eliot, T.S. - The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Eliot, T.S. - The Sacred Wood
  • Eliot, T.S. - "Tradition and the Individual Talent"
  • Eliot, TS - The Waste Land
  • Eisenstein, Sergei - Notes on a Film Director
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Essays
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo - The Complete Works
  • Erasmus - The Praise of Folly
  • Euripides - Medea
  • Euripides - The Bacchae
  • Faulkner, William - The Collected Stories of William Faulkner
  • Faulkner, William - Early Prose and Poetry
  • Feynman, Richard; Leighton, Robert; Sands, Matthew - The Feynman Lectures on Physics
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - "Babylon Revisited"
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - "Bernice Bobs Her Hair"
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Collected Stories
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - All the Sad Young Men
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Flappers and Philosophers
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Tales of the Jazz Age
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Taps at Reveille
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - Tender is the Night
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Beautiful and Damned
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - This Side of Paradise
  • Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
  • Flaubert, Gustave - Salammbo
  • Flaubert, Gustave - Three Short Works
  • Fontane, Theodor - Effi Briest
  • Ford, Madox Ford - The Good Soldier
  • Forster, E.M. - A Room with a View
  • Forster, E.M. - Howards End
  • Forster, E.M. - The Machine Stops
  • Foucault, Michel - Die Ordnung des Diskurses
  • Franklin, Benjamin - Autobiography
  • Freud, Sigmund - A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
  • Freud, Sigmund - Beyond the Pleasure Principle
  • Freud, Sigmund - Delusion and Dream
  • Freud, Sigmund - Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners
  • Freud, Sigmund - Leonardo da Vinci
  • Freud, Sigmund - Interpretation of Dreams
  • Freud, Sigmund - Moses And Monotheism
  • Freud, Sigmund - Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis
  • Freud Sigmund - Psychopathology of Everyday Life
  • Freud, Sigmund - Reflections on War and Death
  • Freud, Sigmund - Selected Papers on Hysteria and Other Psychoneuroses
  • Freud, Sigmund - The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement
  • Freud, Sigmund - Three Contributions to the Sexual Theory
  • Freud, Sigmund - Totem and Taboo
  • Freud, Sigmund - Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious
  • Frost, Robert - A Boy's Will
  • Frost, Robert - Miscellaneous Poems to 1920
  • Frost, Robert - Mountain Interval
  • Frost, Robert - North of Boston
  • Frost, Robert - "The Road Not Taken
  • Gaiman, Neil - "A Study in Emerald"
  • Gaiman, Neil - "Bitter Grounds"
  • Gaiman, Neil - "Cinnamon"
  • Gaiman, Neil - "I Cthulhu"
  • Gaiman, Neil - "The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds"
  • Gaiman, Neil - "The Day the Saucers Came"
  • Gaiman, Neil - The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains
  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - The Autumn of the Patriarch
  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - 10 Stories Online
  • Gibbon, Edward - The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire
  • Ginsberg, Allen - America
  • Ginsberg, Allen - Homework
  • Ginsberg, Allen - Howl
  • Ginsberg, Allen, - America, Kaddish Part 1, A Supermarket in California, Sunflower Sutra
  • Ginsberg, Allen - Taking a Walk through Leaves of Grass
  • Goethe - Faust
  • Goethe - Faust (Illustrated by Delacroix
  • Goethe - The Sorrows of Young Werther
  • Goethe - Theory of Colors (background info)
  • Gogol, Nikolai - The Dead Souls
  • Gogol, Nikolai - The Nose
  • Gogol, Nikolai - Taras Bulba
  • Gramsci, Antonio - Selected Writings
  • Grimm Brothers - Grimm's Fairy Tales
  • Hammett, Dashiell - Arson Plus
  • Harbou, Thea von - Metropolis
  • Hardy, Thomas - Collected Stories
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The House of the Seven Gables
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
  • Hegel, GWF - Lectures on the History of Philosophy
  • Hegel, GWF - Philosophy of Mind
  • Hegel, GWF - Philosophy of Right
  • Hegel, GWF - The Phenomenology of the Spirit
  • Hemingway, Ernest - The First Forty Nine Stories (includes "The Snows of Kilimanjaro")
  • Hayek, Friedrich - The Use of Knowledge in Society
  • Henley - Invictus
  • Herodotus - The History of Herodotus V. 1 (Macaulay translation)
  • Herodotus, The History of Herodotus V. 2 (Macaulay translation)
  • Hesse, Hermann - Siddhartha
  • Hobbes, Thomas - Leviathan
  • Homer - The Iliad
  • Homer - The Odyssey
  • Hope, Anthony - The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Hughes, Langston and Hurston, Zora Neale - The Mule Bone
  • Hugo, Victor - Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hugo, Victor - Les Miserables
  • Hume, David - A Treatise of Human Nature
  • Hume, David - Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
  • Hume, David - Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

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