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The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love.

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The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love.

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The Garden of Forking Paths
by Jorge Luis Borges

A literary puzzle of alternate endings and inescapable fate.

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The Garden of Forking Paths
by Jorge Luis Borges

A literary puzzle of alternate endings and inescapable fate.

180 pages non-white undisclosed cis male multiple dimensions world war II writing

Death and the King’s Horseman
by Wole Soyinka

Based on events that occurred in 1946 in Oyo, Nigeria. The king has died and Elesin Oba, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The local British colonial official decides to intervene but then Elesin's son arrives home.

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Death and the King’s Horseman
by Wole Soyinka

Based on events that occurred in 1946 in Oyo, Nigeria. The king has died and Elesin Oba, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The local British colonial official decides to intervene but then Elesin's son arrives home.

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Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

Christianity and British colonial government are invading the Nigerian town of Umuofia. Okonkwo, a leader in the community does his best to navigate the changing cultural reality while trying to remain true to his heritage.

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Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

Christianity and British colonial government are invading the Nigerian town of Umuofia. Okonkwo, a leader in the community does his best to navigate the changing cultural reality while trying to remain true to his heritage.

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Antigone
by Sophocles

The princess Antigone sacrificed her own life in order to honor her brother murdered and left unburied. Torn between duty to her uncle the king, love for her brother, and her duty to the gods, Antigone symbolizes the often tragic conflict between love and duty between honor and the law.

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Antigone
by Sophocles

The princess Antigone sacrificed her own life in order to honor her brother murdered and left unburied. Torn between duty to her uncle the king, love for her brother, and her duty to the gods, Antigone symbolizes the often tragic conflict between love and duty between honor and the law.

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The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tome, poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

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The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tome, poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

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Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
by Thornton Wilder

A metatheatrical play, set in the actual theatre where it is being performed. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles.This Pulitzer Prize- winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic.

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Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
by Thornton Wilder

A metatheatrical play, set in the actual theatre where it is being performed. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre who directly addresses the audience, brings in guest lecturers, fields questions from the audience, and fills in playing some of the roles.This Pulitzer Prize- winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic.

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The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulker

The tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant.

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The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulker

The tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant.

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As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her poor, rural family's quest and motivations—noble or selfish—to honor her wish to be buried in her hometown of Jefferson, Mississippi.

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As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her poor, rural family's quest and motivations—noble or selfish—to honor her wish to be buried in her hometown of Jefferson, Mississippi.

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Billy Budd, Sailor
by Herman Melville

The orphan Billy Budd is drafted against his will to serve in the British naval war against France in 1797. Falsely accused of mutiny by a jealous shipmate, Budd struggles in the face of a justice system unable to provide justice.

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Billy Budd, Sailor
by Herman Melville

The orphan Billy Budd is drafted against his will to serve in the British naval war against France in 1797. Falsely accused of mutiny by a jealous shipmate, Budd struggles in the face of a justice system unable to provide justice.

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The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe

A man is tricked into prison behind a wall in an underground crypt.

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The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe

A man is tricked into prison behind a wall in an underground crypt.

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Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society's laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck.

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Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society's laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck.

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Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age sixty-three, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with his son Biff.

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Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age sixty-three, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed his relationship with his son Biff.

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Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

In this historical drama, Shakespeare tells the story of the fall of Julius Caesar, killed by his friends and rivals in the senate. This play features Marc Anthony's famous speach, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend me your ears!

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Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

In this historical drama, Shakespeare tells the story of the fall of Julius Caesar, killed by his friends and rivals in the senate. This play features Marc Anthony's famous speach, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend me your ears!

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King Lear
by William Shakespeare

King Lear descends into madness after he disposes of his kingdom by giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

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King Lear
by William Shakespeare

King Lear descends into madness after he disposes of his kingdom by giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

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The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis begins almost comically. A man wakes up to find he has turned into an insect. But the claustrophobic, dirty room and the increasingly distressed narrator soon turn this into a tale of slow horror. Most horrifying of all is his family's reaction to his metamorphosis and their final solution to the problem.

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The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis begins almost comically. A man wakes up to find he has turned into an insect. But the claustrophobic, dirty room and the increasingly distressed narrator soon turn this into a tale of slow horror. Most horrifying of all is his family's reaction to his metamorphosis and their final solution to the problem.

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Oedipus Rex
by Sophocles

King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. One of the oldest recorded examples of fate, irony, and tragedy.

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Oedipus Rex
by Sophocles

King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. One of the oldest recorded examples of fate, irony, and tragedy.

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The Tragedy of Hamlet
by William Shakespeare

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark discovers that his uncle, Claudius, murdered his father. Claudius intends to marry Hamlet's mother and take the throne, but Hamlet has other plans! He vows to avenge his father.

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The Tragedy of Hamlet
by William Shakespeare

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark discovers that his uncle, Claudius, murdered his father. Claudius intends to marry Hamlet's mother and take the throne, but Hamlet has other plans! He vows to avenge his father.

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The Tragedy of Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

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The Tragedy of Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

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