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Rating: 4.30 / 5
1214 reviews

The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde and Reading Time

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences
Size: 223 pages
Free download for Kindle from 26 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
1223 reviews

Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is the original 1818 'Uncensored' Edition of Frankenstein as first published anonymously in 1818. This original version is much more true to the spirit of the author's original intentions than the heavily revised 1831 edition, edited by Shelley, in part, because of pressure to make the story more conservative. Many scholars prefer the 1818 text to the more common 1831 edition.Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley about a creature produced by an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was nineteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.Shelley had travelled in the region of Geneva, where much of the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her future husband, Percy Shelley. The storyline emerged from a dream. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for weeks about what her possible storyline could be, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made. She then wrote Frankenstein.

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Fiction Classics, Horror, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 220 pages
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

My Thoughts (Volume Book 1)

by Ryan Horton

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 74 pages
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
123 reviews

A Room of One's Own

by Virginia Woolf

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Test Preparation & Guides, Religion & Spirituality, Islam, Teen & Young Adult
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

Common Sense (Annotated): The Origin and Design of Government

by Thomas Paine

Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies.Writing in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution, and became an immediate sensation.It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history. As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title, and is still in print today.Common Sense made public a persuasive and impassioned case for independence, which before the pamphlet had not yet been given serious intellectual consideration. Paine connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity, structuring Common Sense as if it were a sermon. Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as "the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era".The text was translated into French by Antoine Gilbert Griffet de Labaume in 1790.

Genre: History, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 73 pages
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

Leo Tolstoy: The Complete Novels and Novellas

by Leo Tolstoy

Genre: Arts & Photography, Stage & Theatre, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Education & Reference, Foreign Languages
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 25 February 2020 onward  

The Essential Robert Burns: 500+ Poems and Songs by the National Poet of Scotland

by Robert Burns

Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction Classics, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 748 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Under the Cherry Blossoms: An Introduction to Japanese Tree Folklore

by Christopher Kincaid

Murder. Love. Sacrifice. From stories about a willow who falls in love with a human to an old samurai who kills himself so his beloved tree can live, Japanese folklore venerates trees. Beyond the sakura, the famous cherry tree, Japanese farmers told stories about the trees that welcomed them home and supported every aspect of their lives. Trees not only support our lives by providing building materials, food, and warmth, but they also teach us how to be human.

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 85 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (Myth and Poetics)

by Dwight F. Reynolds

An astonishingly rich oral epic that chronicles the early history of a Bedouin tribe, the Sirat Bani Hilal has been performed for almost a thousand years. In this ethnography of a contemporary community of professional poet-singers, Dwight F. Reynolds reveals how the epic tradition continues to provide a context for social interaction and commentary. Reynolds’s account is based on performances in the northern Egyptian village in which he studied as an apprentice to a master epic-singer. Reynolds explains in detail the narrative structure of the Sirat Bani Hilal as well as the tradition of epic singing. He sees both living epic poets and fictional epic heroes as figures engaged in an ongoing dialogue with audiences concerning such vital issues as ethnicity, religious orientation, codes of behavior, gender roles, and social hierarchies.

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 128 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction

by Barbara C. Foley

Barbara Foley here focuses on the relatively neglected genre of documentary fiction: novels that are continually near the borderline between factual and fictive discourse. She links the development of the genre over three centuries to the evolution of capitalism, but her analyses of literary texts depart significantly from those of most current Marxist critics. Foley maintains that Marxist theory has yet to produce a satisfactory theory of mimesis or of the development of genres, and she addresses such key issues as the problem of reference and the nature of generic distinctions. Among the authors whom Foley treats are Defoe, Scott, George Eliot, Joyce, Isherwood, Dos Passos, William Wells Brown, Ishmael Reed, and Ernest Gaines.

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America

by Nina Baym

This book describes and characterizes responses of American readers to fiction in the generation before the Civil War. It is based on close examination of the reviews of all novels—both American and European—that appeared in major American periodicals during the years 1840–1860, a period in which magazines, novels, and novel reviews all proliferated. Nina Baym makes uses of the reviews to gain information about the formal, aesthetic, and moral expectations of reviewers. Her major conclusion is that the accepted view about the American novel before the Civil War—the view that the atmosphere in America was hostile to fiction—is a myth. There is compelling evidence, she shows, for the existence of a veritable novel industry and, concomitantly, a vast audience for fiction in the 1840s and 1850s.

Genre: Fiction, History, Americas, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 288 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.90 / 5
4 reviews

Island of the Dolls: A Novel (World's Scariest Places Book 4)

by Jeremy Bates

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 325 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
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ESCAPED KILLER: Serial Killer Allan Legere. One of Canada's most Prolific Killers

by RJ Parker

When this killer was on the loose, citizens were vigilant, yet scared. Children were not allowed outside to play without adult supervision. But then he was captured, tried, convicted, and put away for life in prison. The community could finally breathe again. They are out of danger. Until the day the convicted killer escapes prison and rains terror upon anyone and everyone in his way. The manhunt pursues, the killer kills, and earns the title of a serial killer. This is the story of Allan Legere—a monster.Inside Bonus - the story of Andrea Yates from the book, "Parents Who Killed Their Children"

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, History, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, True Accounts, True Crime
Size: 78 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

The Self and Its Pleasures: Bataille, Lacan, and the History of the Decentered Subject

by Carolyn J. Dean

Genre: Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology
Size: 288 pages
Free download for Kindle from 24 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.70 / 5
203 reviews

The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple&helli

by H. P. Lovecraft

Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today's writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman. Included in this volume are "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," "The Dunwich Horror," and many more hair-raising tales.

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Thrillers, Fiction, Horror, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 1343 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Franz Kafka: The Complete Novels

by Franz Kafka

This book contains the complete novels of Franz Kafka in the chronological order of their original publication.- The Trial- The Castle- Amerika

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
Size: 442 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

The Complete Confucius: The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning

by Confucius

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 162 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
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SECRET MESSAGES: An Investigation into the Subliminal Messages in Junior Fiction, from a Christian Perspective.

by Ann Fox

DESCRIPTIONWhilst carrying out extensive research into the world of children’s books, covering nearly one thousand stories, I have discovered amongst their pages widespread distortion of Christian truth, such that would confuse the issues of good and evil and affect both family life and society in profound ways. Despite advancing technology, books are as much in demand as ever, with young readers greatly influenced by their fictional friends. Over several years, as a teacher, school-governor and mother, I have gathered together the evidence into a thorough but easy-to-read review entitled “Secret Messages”.Considering the materialistic age we live in, it is surprising how many stories have a “religious” setting, with supernatural powers, rituals and values which are far from Christian, yet are convincingly portrayed. In these alternative scenarios, there are no absolutes: all is relative. Admirable qualities such as honesty, unselfishness and respect are ignored. There is a negative view of authority: heroes and heroines model defiance and secrecy from parents.The fact that violence is increasing in our primary schools, as well as on our streets, causes us to question, “Why?” Few are aware that aggressive attitudes are being fuelled in part by children’s reading materials, not just horror comics or role-playing game-books, but mainstream junior fiction. Chapter 8 investigates this problem, with many examples.“Witchy books” are another concern. This survey compares them with traditional folk-tales and fantasy, revealing the false messages promoted by them. It also ranges far wider over the whole gamut of pagan, New-Age and psychic persuasions infiltrating even the most innocuous of titles. Youngsters are being conditioned to accept the occult as harmless fun: its dangers are being diluted.We are deceived if we think that anything a child enjoys reading is better than nothing. My investigations have revealed how children are being introduced to dark humour, being targeted by propaganda, taught bad language and sloppy grammar, given poor role-models and false images of God in many of the books available for them to read. My aim is to highlight these dangers, to compare the messages being delivered with Biblical truth, and present the challenge, “Is that what you want your child to absorb?”“Secret Messages” is a clear and helpful resource which will enable readers to make their own assessments. It includes examples of good modern literature for children and recommendations for positive action. I believe this book will also be acceptable to non-Christians because it appeals to common sense and avoids jargon. Our youngsters deserve higher standards that will not only encourage them to read, but also be of benefit to their lives.

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Parenting & Families, Literature Guides, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity
Size: 265 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Plato: The Complete Works (31 Books)

by Plato

Genre: History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Social Sciences
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse (Myth and Poetics)

by Egbert J. Bakker

Applying linguistic theory to the study of Homeric style, Egbert J. Bakker offers a highly innovative approach to oral poetry, particularly the poetry of Homer. By situating formulas and other features of oral style within the wider contexts of spoken language and communication, he moves the study of oral poetry beyond the landmark work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord.One of the book's central features, related to the research of the linguist Wallace Chafe, is Bakker's conception of spoken discourse as a sequence of short speech units reflecting the flow of speech through the consciousness of the speaker. Bakker shows that such short speech units are present in Homeric poetry, with significant consequences for Homeric metrics and poetics. Considering Homeric discourse as a speech process rather than as the finished product associated with written discourse, Bakker's book offers a new perspective on Homer as well as on other archaic Greek texts. Here Homeric discourse appears as speech in its own right, and is freed, Bakker suggests, from the bias of modern writing style which too easily views Homeric discourse as archaic, implicitly taking the style of classical period texts as the norm. Bakker's perspective reaches beyond syntax and stylistics into the very heart of Homeric—and, ultimately, oral—poetics, altering the status of key features such as meter and formula, rethinking their relevance to the performance of Homeric poetry, and leading to surprising insights into the relation between "speech" and "text" in the encounter of the Homeric tradition with writing.

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 256 pages
Free download for Kindle from 23 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
4 reviews

James Fenimore Cooper: The Complete Novels

by James Fenimore Cooper

Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction Classics, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Foreign Languages
Size: 21.36 mb
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

The Institution of Criticism

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

German radicals of the 1960s announced the death of literature. For them, literature both past and present, as well as conventional discussions of literary issues, had lost its meaning. In The Institution of Criticism, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores the implications of this crisis from a Marxist perspective and attempts to define the tasks and responsibilities of criticism in advanced capitalist societies. Hohendahl takes a close look at the social history of literary criticism in Germany since the eighteenth century. Drawing on the tradition of the Frankfurt School and on Jürgen Habermas's concept of the public sphere, Hohendahl sheds light on some of the important political and social forces that shape literature and culture. The Institution of Criticism is made up of seven essays originally published in German and a long theoretical introduction written by the author with English-language readers in mind. This book conveys the rich possibilities of the German perspective for those who employ American and French critical techniques and for students of contemporary critical theory.

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
Size: 287 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

Building a National Literature: The Case of Germany, 1830–1870

by Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Building a National Literature boldly takes issue with traditional literary criticism for its failure to explain how literature as a body is created and shaped by institutional forces. Peter Uwe Hohendahl approaches literary history by focusing on the material and ideological structures that determine the canonical status of writers and works. He examines important elements in the making of a national literature, including the political and literary public sphere, the theory and practice of literary criticism, and the emergence of academic criticism as literary history. Hohendahl considers such key aspects of the process in Germany as the rise of liberalism and nationalism, the delineation of the borders of German literature, the idea of its history, the understanding of its cultural function, and the notion of a canon of major and minor authors.

Genre: Fiction, History, Europe, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 373 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

Pastoral, Identity, and Memory in the Works of John Banville (Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten (SAA) Book 144)

by Alexander G.Z. Myers

John Banvilles works waver indecisively between modernism and postmodernism. This study offers a hitherto unexplored vista on his works and argues that Banville is a post-/modern pastoralist. The pastoral lens opens new vistas to Banville's central concerns: the collusion of ethics and aesthetics, self-identification in narrative, and the topography of the troubled mind. Banvilles characters harbour an Arcadia of the unconscious conditioned by a subtext of nostalgia. Caught in a crisis, his characters explore, subvert and transform the pastoral mode into an ambiguous quest for a stable self.

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 223 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

The Other Side of the Story: Structures and Strategies of Contemporary Feminist Narratives

by Molly Hite

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 184 pages
Free download for Kindle from 22 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
4 reviews

Dirty Work Ian Rankin and John Rebus Book-by-Book

by Ray Dexter

The unauthorised and ambitiously defintive guide to Ian Rankin and John Rebus...NOW INCLUDING 'EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD'!In 1987 Ian Rankin published the first John Rebus book; even he didn't know what he was unleashing. Nearly thirty years later Rankin and Rebus are the kings of crime fiction, but they are more than that. The books are cultural history of Scotland too.This is the all-purpose handbook to the John Rebus universe. Contained in this volume is everything you could reasonably want to know about the books, their creation and the characters within them, from the birth of the character to the old man staring retirement in the face.The book will answer such questions as: why is Rankin obsessed with Saabs? Why doesn't Siobhan Clarke age but perhaps more importantly it will get to the heart of why we all love John Rebus so much.

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Crime Fiction
Size: 200 pages
Free download for Kindle from 21 February 2020 onward  

The Letters of William Cullen Bryant: Volume V, 1865–1871

by William Cullen Bryant

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 564 pages
Free download for Kindle from 21 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

1500 Eternal Masterpieces Of Fairy Tales: Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp...

by Hans Christian Andersen

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Children's eBooks, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fairy Tales
Size: 7042 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
4 reviews

Hit the Road Jack: A wickedly suspenseful serial killer thriller (Jack Ryder Book 1)

by Willow Rose

New series from the Amazon Bestselling author Willow Rose.  Ben is supposed to be in school. It's Monday morning but his parents are still asleep after a night of heavy drinking. Ben Waits patiently, even though he knows he is missing out on today's field trip to the zoo. But, when his black Labrador suddenly runs upstairs and comes down with a finger in his mouth, Ben knows he's not making it to school today at all. Detective Jack Ryder is chaperoning his kids' field trip when he gets the call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. A body has been found and they need his help. Soon, Jack finds himself up against a killer, a predator who ruthlessly chases women and kills them so they can never leave him. The case soon causes serious consequences for him and his family once the truth is revealed. With her new hero, Jack Ryder, as a loving father and committed detective, a new location in tropical Florida, and a story that moves at an incredible pace, Hit the Road Jack is Willow Rose at the top of her game.

Genre: Arts & Photography, Dance, Fashion, Film & Video, Music, Photography, Pop Culture, Television, Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Ethnic, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Reference & Collections, Travel, Business & Finance, Business Life, Economics, Finance, Industries & Professions, Investing, Marketing & Sales, Personal Finance, Reference, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Children's eBooks, Arts, Music & Photography, Computers & Internet, Science, Nature & How It Works, Sport & Outd
Size: 454 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Book Pricing and Promotion: How to Market and Promote Your Kindle Book. A Self-Publisher’s Guide to Writing Books That Sell. (Write Free Book Series)

by Alex Foster

Book Pricing and Promotion teaches you how to price your books for optimal results. You’ll see data from personal tests in different book categories showing you how to price your book to balance high volume sales, to maintain high page listings, as well as the best profits possible.

The book also looks at my results from popular marketing and promotional sites, both free and paid marketing. Learn how to use marketing and promotion sites for the best possible outcomes and how to correctly publish a new book for improved long term outcomes.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Memoirs, Specific Groups, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 25 pages
Free download for Kindle from 20 February 2020 onward  

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