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Narrative is a memoir written by the famous orator, statesman, and freed slave Frederick Douglass. Along with Uncle Tom's Cabin, it fuelled the abolitionist movement in nineteenth century United States. It is a fascinating account by a man who managed to teach himself to read by observation and eventually escape to freedom. Inspirational.
Brillat-Savarin (1755 - 1826), a lawyer and politician, was quite possibly the most famous French epicure and gastronome of all. Here he discourses on the pleasures of the table. His reputation was revitalized by his influence over Chairman Kaga of the TV series Iron Chef which introduced to millions the mot "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." He is often considered the father of the low-carbohydrate diet.
Eternal youth and beauty is a temptation hard to resist. But at what price? .The subject of a painting and admired for his beauty, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Amidst a lifestyle of hedonism and secret lives, he nonetheless manages to maintain the persona of a very proper gentleman in the eyes of society. But his portrait tells a very different story.... Brilliant. Very interesting reading.
Presented in the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's The Republic was written in 360 B.C. Widely regarded as a foundation piece of work in Western philosophy it is also influential in political theory. What is justice? What is knowledge? What is Goodness? What is Truth? These are just some of the philosophic issues that Plato writes about in The Republic.
First impressions can so often be wrong. And impressions are so often influenced by prevailing social perceptions. What happens when a series of identities in a murder case cannot be assured? How can others determine your identity when you can't even identify your own? The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson is a detective story that explores these issues in a time before the American Civil War in a Missouri town along the Mississippi River. Complex. Compelling. Classic.
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