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King John

de William Shakespeare

The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatizes the reign of King John of England (ruled 1199–1216), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry...

My Bondage and My Freedom

de Frederick Douglass

My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion...

The Practice of the Presence of God

de Brother Lawrence

The Practice of the Presence of God is a text compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort of the wisdom and teachings of Brother Lawrence, a 17th century Carmelite monk. It is a collection of his letters, and records...

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

de David Hume

David Hume, the 18th century philosopher, economist, and historian, uses a lively Socratic discussion by three characters to explore the nature of religion and God, particularly whether and how one can know...

The Pilgrim's Progress

de John Bunyan

The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in February, 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of English...

Henry V

de William Shakespeare

Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to be written in 1599. It is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt...

The Varieties of Religious Experience

de William James

These lectures concerning the nature of religion were delivered at the University of Edinburgh between 1901 and 1902. Soon after its publication, the book found its way into the canon of psychology and philosophy,...

The Yellow Wallpaper

de Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a 6,000-word short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American...

Symposium

de Plato

The Symposium (Ancient Greek: Συμπόσιον) is a philosophical dialogue written by Plato sometime after 385 BC. It is a discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a group of speeches, both satirical...

Free As In Freedom

de Sam Williams

"Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software" is a free book licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It is a biography of Richard Stallman, an American software freedom activist...

The Confessions

de Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In his Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher...

Through Russia

de Maxim Gorky

A collection of short stories about Russia.

Eugenics and Other Evils

de Gilbert Keith Chesterton

From the introduction: "I publish these essays at the present time for a particular reason connected with the present situation; a reason which I should like briefly to emphasise and make clear. Though most...

Thoughts are Things

de Prentice Mulford

Prentice Mulford was instrumental in the founding of the popular philosophy, New Thought, along with other notable writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mulford's book, Thoughts are Things served as a guide...

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Proposed Roads to Freedom

de Bertrand Russell

In this book Russell weighs the respective advantages and disadvantages of Socialism, Marxism and Syndicalism.

The Cloud of Unknowing

de Anonymous

The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in the latter half of the 14th century. The text is a spiritual guide to contemplative prayer. "Be willing to be blind, and give up...

The United States Constitution

de James Madison

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. It is the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the existence of the United States of America and the...

Great Astronomers: Nicolaus Copernicus

de Robert Stawell Ball

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a mathematician and astronomer who formulated a comprehensive heliocentric model which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe, contrary to the...

The Necessity of Atheism

de David Marshall Brooks

Excerpts: "There are no problems related to human progress and happiness in this age which any theology can solve, and which the teachings of freethought cannot do better and without the aid of encumbrances....