Tristan and Isolda: Opera in Three Acts
The legend of Tristan and Isolde is of Celtic origin. Its origins were probably located in Ireland, but it was widely known in all countries of medieval Europe, living in many literary works, the earliest of which dates back to the 12th century. The main idea of ​​the legend is the victory of love over death. The story tells about the love of the knight Tristan and the wife of the Cornish king the beautiful Isolde. The great German composer, a reformer of opera music, who created the direction of “musical drama” and had a profound influence on European modernism and decadence, Richard Wagner...
Number of pages: ~ 81 pages

by William Shakespeare
  • Сlassic
  • 1606
  • Autor: William Shakespeare
The tragedy "Macbeth", like many of Shakespeare’s dramatic works, was created on the basis of the legend of the tyrant king, the image of which the author so masterfully embodied. However, researchers of Shakespeare and historians have come to the conclusion that the pathos and plot of the work contradicts historical facts. During the reign of the Scottish King Macbeth, bard poets belonging to opposition circles created a story about a killer ruler, which served as the source for the play....
Number of pages: ~ 134 pages

by Nicholas Rowe
Jane Shore
Nicholas Rowe, an English playwright, poet laureate, studied law at Middle Temple, became a barrister, received an inheritance after his father's death, and engaged in literary work. His most significant dramatic works are Ambitious Stepmother; Tamerlane; Fair penitent; Jane Shore and Lady Jane Gray. In some of his plays, Rowe combined a heroic drama with family tragedy. In the center of the action is usually the heroine, whose distress makes the viewer feel sorry and sympathy. Rowe was one of the first editors of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s prepared plays saw the light of day in 1709. Rowe...
Number of pages: ~ 88 pages

Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant
  • Сlassic
  • 2004
  • Autor: Guy De Maupassant
Maupassant became famous in 1880 after the release of the short story "Pyshka". The writer considered Tolstoy and Turgenev to be his teachers in literary mastery. The most famous works of the writer, “Life” and “Dear Friend”, are filled with the subtle psychologism and realism that Maupassant strove for. The word artist spoke in detail about the life, way of life and mores of people. Maupassant was excited by completely different social classes and types, their problems and experiences, which he revealed with all honesty, without embellishment....
Number of pages: ~ 1521 pages

by Kate Greenaway
Language of Flowers
Kate Greenway is an artist, writer, one of the most famous British illustrators of children's books. The first publication dates back to 1868, when the greeting cards she painted were out of print. The first illustrated book by Kate Greenway is a collection of her own children's poems, “Under the Window.” In 1881, a book of English folk poetry by Mother Goose or The Old Nursery Rhymes was published with Greenway illustrations that have become classic. In the illustrations of Greenway, children and adults are most often dressed in stylized costumes of the late XVIII - early XIX centuries....
Number of pages: ~ 84 pages

by Bernard Shaw
Caesar and Cleopatra
The play takes place in 48–47 years BC. e. in Egypt, where Julius Caesar arrived during the civil war and joined as a decisive force in the dynastic conflict between Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy XIII. This is one of the most brilliant plays by Bernard Shaw, marked by an exciting dynamic plot, splendor of the language and lively characters....
Number of pages: ~ 124 pages

by Siegfried Sassoon
The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon - born in Kent, studied at Marlborough and Cambridge. Member of the First World War, officer. He was awarded a military cross. Like W. Owen, belongs to the group of "trench poets." In 1917, S. Sassun stated that "the goals for which the war is being fought are not worth so much suffering." English criticism called Siegfried Sassoon’s poems “an explosion of incandescent anger.” After the war, S. Sassun was engaged in literary criticism, published several books of poetry, but the best that he created relates to the period of the First World War....
Number of pages: ~ 128 pages

by Homer
The Odyssey
“Odyssey” is a fabulous and everyday poem, its action takes place, on the one hand, in the magical lands of giants and monsters where Odysseus roamed, on the other hand, in his small kingdom on the island of Ithaca and its environs, where his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. In the Odyssey, only the very end of his wanderings, the last two stages, from the far western edge of the earth to his native Ithaca, was chosen for the story. Odysseus talks about everything that was before at a feast in the middle of the poem. In Odyssey, a fairy tale sets off everyday life, and not vice versa,...
Number of pages: ~ 196 pages

by Aleksandr Nikolaevich Ostrovsky
The Storm
  • Сlassic
  • 1859
  • Autor: Aleksandr Nikolaevich Ostrovsky
In the Kabanov family, domostroy reigns, which is managed by the mother of Tikhon Ivanovich Kabanov - Marfa Ignatievna Kabanova. Katerina, the main character, had lived in an environment of love and affection with her mother since childhood, but after she married Tikhon, her life changed and became forced. Then she falls in love with Boris Grigorievich - the nephew of the Wild. Boris is also in love with Katerina. Aware of the severity of their situation, lovers still secretly meet....
Number of pages: ~ 138 pages

by Richard Barnfield
The Affectionate Shepherd
  • Сlassic
  • 1594
  • Autor: Richard Barnfield
Richard Barnfield (born 1574) was an English poet. His obscure, although close relationship with William Shakespeare has long made him an interesting scientist. It has been suggested that he be the "rival poet" mentioned in Shakespeare's sonnets....
Number of pages: ~ 58 pages

by Robert Burton
The Anatomy of Melancholy
What is melancholy? How does it relate to mental disorders - dementia and craziness, rabies and lycanthropea? How do melancholy engender witchcraft and magic, stars and signs, food and sleep, pleasure and sadness, passions and excitement, poverty and wealth, selfishness and vanity, love of knowledge and excessive study of science? The author considers the essence and causes of melancholy, speaking in modern language, as a philosopher and sociologist, psychologist and psychiatrist, involving a huge number of literary sources - from Antiquity to the New Age....
Number of pages: ~ 676 pages

by James Luceno
Darth Plagueis Novel
Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master—but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic...
Number of pages: ~ 496 pages

by John Galsworthy
John Golsworthy is an English prose writer and playwright, author of the famous cycle “The Forsyte Saga,” Nobel Prize in Literature (1932). In the drama "Fidelity," he expressed concern for the "lost generation" that comes into life after the end of World War I. Although the author’s position is limited by his belief in the inviolability of the bourgeois system, loyalty to realism led to the fact that the panorama he created correctly reflected the gradual decline of the English bourgeoisie. But if in the pre-war period, in his writings, the predatory egoism of the Forsytes was mainly...
Number of pages: ~ 84 pages

by Walter Jerrold
Charles Lamb
Walter Jerrold wrote and edited, also as Walter Copeland for children. From a theatrical family, he rose to deputy editor of The Observer newspaper, spending most of his life in London. "Tradition in the nursery has acted as a severe editor."...
Number of pages: ~ 70 pages

by Bernard Shaw
Heartbreak House
"Heartbreak House" is one of the Show's "visiting cards", the witty and subtle tragicomedy of the morals of British secular society after the First World War, to which the author was inspired, in his own words, by Chekhov's dramaturgy. The action takes place on a September evening in an English provincial house that resembles a ship in shape, for its owner, a gray-haired old man, captain Châtover, sailed the whole life through the seas. His daughter Hesion invited Ellie, her father and Mengen, to upset her marriage, because she does not want the girl to marry an unloved man because of the...
Number of pages: ~ 238 pages