During the Hellenistic Age, the great tragedian Euripides became a cornerstone of ancient literary education, his plays exhibiting an iconoclastic, rationalising attitude toward both religious belief and the ancient myths that formed the traditional subject matter of Greek drama.
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 654 Pages (1,270 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Feb 23rd, 2020
When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse -- one of Jane Austen's immortal creations -- flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its considerable wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman's progress toward self-understanding.
"Emma" abounds in the droll character sketches at which Jane Austen excelled. In addition to the well-intentional heroine and her hypochondriacal father, the village of Highbury during the Regency period is populated by an amusing circle of friends and family -- kindhearted but tedious Miss Bates, a chatterbox spinster; ambitious Mr. Elton, a ...
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 243 Pages (845 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Feb 22nd, 2020
A tender drama set in present day and World War II-era Tallahassee, Florida, What Child Is This? combines the gripping effects of a 60-year-old mystery with the beautiful miracle of its unraveling. On Christmas Eve, college student Will Addison and his grandfather, 81-year-old Edward Addison, find a handwritten letter inside a desk's secret compartment at an antique furniture store. Edward faints upon reading the letter and is rushed to the hospital, where his wife, Margaret, tells young Will that she was the one who had authored the letter about her beloved daughter, Anastasia. The story then jumps to August 1944 and retraces events that would haunt Margaret for six decades, from Edward's plane crash in the French countryside to her irreversible decision that would change their lives forever. Only in present day, Christmas morning, does the family find the surprise answered prayers and thrilling restoration that have eluded them for so, so long.
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 40 Pages (1,611 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 22nd, 2020
The accident left sixty-six year old Bob Peterson fighting for his life on an isolated farm lane. Crushed and left with broken ribs, a punctured lung, and compression fractures in his chest, spine, and pelvis, Bob pushed his arms forward, dug his fingers into the freezing mud and dragged his mostly paralyzed body forward. Saturated to the skin in freezing rain, far from help, and with the night fast approaching, Bob refused to give up.
This includes photographs, documentation, and inspirational verses.
This amazing true story was featured on the It's a Miracle series hosted by Richard Thomas. It aired on PAX Television as Chain Reaction in 1999.
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 60 Pages (2,015 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 22nd, 2020
Is happiness worth the risk when your life is the wager?
In the depressing gray landscape of 2170 Moscow, Sasha Roborovskiy is fighting to make something of his life. Alcoholism, government-mandated medication, and a dead-end job create impossible hurdles, pushing Sasha into a daily routine of isolation, fatigue, and confusion. He dreams of a place free from the crushing thumb of Russia -- blue skies, open roads, and a clear mind.
When a bizarre website on the darknet offers him a chance at a new life with a research team in America, it seems too good to be true. But no one has set foot in the Americas in over a hundred and fifty years, after a devastating virus wiped out much of the continent. Even if the stories of monsters and roving gangs aren't real, the risk of contracting the virus is, and the experimental vaccine needed to live there doesn't always work.
Freedom and a fresh start are just what Sasha needs, because he can't survive his life of oppression much longer. But ...
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 272 Pages (32,257 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 17th, 2020
Crafted at the height of his powers, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is a brilliantly written three act drama rife with witty jokes and ingenious one-liners which still feel as fresh and insightful today as when they were first written, over a century ago in 1895. The play's structure continues to be studied by academics and the play itself read and enjoyed the world over for its sheer entertainment value.
This new digital edition of The Importance of Being Earnest includes an image gallery.
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 54 Pages (1,103 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Feb 12th, 2020
In the '80s, and after two decades of calm, the slow thaw between Sydney's two ruling underworld families has just ended after nine dealers are gunned down in cold blood by one of their own. Divide and conquer, but they needed a fall guy, they just picked the wrong man.
After 10 toxic years in foster care, with no family, no friends and no future, Phil Kelly ticked every box. And now his life has become a disposable asset in a gang war with no rules. It was time to go to Plan B -- duck-n-run. That was until he is handed a photo of a teenage girl being held hostage that could be a sister he has never met. With just his street smarts and a heart already shot to pieces, can Kelly stay alive long enough to unravel an unknown past cruelly ripped away by the actions of his own mother?
In Kelly's life, there is no grey. Take your best shot -- but you better not miss. Bloodlines are forever, and payback is a promise written in blood.
If you enjoy backing the underdog, the first book in The ...
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 301 Pages (878 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Feb 9th, 2020
This is a true story about finding your soul mate. There is a time when, after you have decided it will never happen, that you will find the one. Nor will you doubt if they are for it will be so clear it would be impossible not to see.
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 28 Pages (614 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Feb 5th, 2020
It has been said that Victor Hugo has a street named after him in virtually every town in France. A major reason for the singular celebrity of this most popular and versatile of the great French writers is Les Misérables (1862). In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean -- a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert -- Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.
Les Misérables is at once a tense thriller that contains one of the most compelling chase scenes in all literature, an epic portrayal of the nineteenth-century French citizenry, and a vital drama -- highly particularized and poetic in its rendition but universal in its implications -- of the redemption of one human being.
One of the half-dozen greatest novels of the world. -- Upton Sinclair
The greatest of all novels. -- Leo Tolstoy
Hugo is ...
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 1,070 Pages (2,292 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jan 29th, 2020
"My Ántonia" evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather's childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather's earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.
Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strength and regain a sense of purpose in life. In the quiet, probing depth of Willa Cather's art, Ántonia's story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.
Willa Cather was a great artist. -- Truman Capote
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 161 Pages (699 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jan 28th, 2020
Here you will find the complete novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe in the chronological order of their original publication.
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
- Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp
- The Minister's Wooing
- The Pearl of Orr's Island
- My Wife and I
- Agnes of Sorrento
- Oldtown Folks
- Pink and White Tyranny
- We and Our Neighbors
- Poganuc People
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 2,203 Pages (5,314 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jan 28th, 2020
Little Women or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). Written and published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, the novel follows the lives of four sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March -- and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first part of the book was an immediate commercial and critical success and prompted the composition of the book's second part, also a huge success. Both parts were first published as a single volume in 1880. The book is an unquestioned American classic.
Genre: Drama & Plays Length: 621 Pages (774 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jan 27th, 2020