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Alexander Pope’s beautiful verse translation of the Ancient Greek epic of the Trojan War.
One of the oldest surviving works in Western literature, Homer’s epic poem has captivated readers for millennia. Set at the end of the Greeks’ decade-long siege of Troy, it centers on a quarrel between the Greek King Agamemnon and his greatest asset in battle, the warrior Achilles. From this conflict between two great men, The Iliad weaves a tale of warring nations, vengeful gods, plagues, betrayals, and the terrible consequences of prideful rage.
Twenty Years at Hull House
The classic memoir of one of the Progressive Era’s most important reformers and social activists.
In 1889, Jane Addams and her partner, Ellen Starr, opened the first settlement house in the United States. On Chicago’s West Side, Hull House was devoted to the city’s poor and forgotten, from immigrants and unwed mothers to the elderly, homeless, and hungry. Its charter proclaimed its mission “to provide a center for higher civic and social life, to institute and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago.” In Twenty Years at Hull House, Addams chronicles her revolutionary work from its conception in the Gilded Age through the dawn of the Progressive Era.
A cofounder of the American Civil Liberties Union and the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Addams devoted her life to realizing a more noble vision of democracy. More than a personal memoir, Twenty Years at Hull-House is a landmark document of social theory and political history.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The memoir of a brilliant and beloved Founding Father
Printer, author, scientist, inventor, statesman, revolutionary—arguably no American life has been more remarkable than Benjamin Franklin’s.
Penned between 1771 and 1790 and published after his death, the unfinished Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is one of the most acclaimed and widely read personal histories ever written. From his youth as a printer’s assistant working for his brother’s Boston newspaper through his own publishing, writing, and military careers, his scientific experiments and worldwide travels, his grand triumphs and heartbreaking tragedies, Franklin tells his story with aplomb, bringing to life the flesh-and-blood man behind the American icon.
Jane Austen’s classic novel about a second chance at love
Anne Elliot is a perfect catch. Born to a landed family, she’s observant and intelligent. When Anne came of age, she accepted a proposal from the ambitious officer Frederick Wentworth. Unfortunately, Wentworth’s modest means made him a poor choice for the Elliot family, and Anne was persuaded to call off the engagement. One refused marriage and nearly a decade later, Anne has not forgotten about Wentworth. Little does she know that her fortune is about to change.
When the Elliots make ill-advised investments and lose their money, they are forced to rent out their ancestral home and move to Bath. There, Anne once again meets Wentworth, who is now a captain, in what could be her second and final chance at love and marriage. Buttressed by the author’s humane characterization and sharp social commentary, Persuasion is a must-read for any Jane Austen fan.
A Sicilian Romance
What horrible history lies below the castles in the caverns of Sicily?
Located on Sicily’s northern shore, the castle of Mazzini was home to the beautiful and clever sisters Emilia and Julia. They have lived there for years with their governess after their father, the marquis, moved to Naples with his second wife. When he unexpectedly returns with their brother Ferdinand, mysterious events begin to occur around the castle. Rooms abandoned for years suddenly have strange tenants.
Visiting the castle is a valiant and handsome friend of Ferdinand named Hippolitus, who immediately catches the eyes of both Julia and her stepmother. However, the marquis has his own ideas for who Julia’s husband should be, and he will stop at nothing to get his way, no matter what the cost to his daughters.
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