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The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin, confined for several years in a Swiss sanatorium suffering from severe epilepsy, returns to Russia to claim his inheritance and to find a place in healthy human society.

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The title of the novella is almost an adequate summary in itself. The "boy-meets-girl-then-loses-her" story is universal but not, I think, banal – despite a surprise ending which notoriously turns out to be very little of a surprise.

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Pope's Essay on Man, a masterpiece of concise summary in itself, can fairly be summed up as an optimistic enquiry into mankind's place in the vast Chain of Being.

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We meet with Oscar the charismatic talker, whose tone of voice can never be reproduced – even if a more scrupulous biographer had set down his words accurately – and we are perhaps already aware of him as Wilde the self-destructive celebrity who uneasily fills the place of the premier gay icon and martyr in our contemporary view.

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Émile François Zola was an influential French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism.

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The Agricola (Latin: De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae, lit. On the life and character of Julius Agricola) is a book by the Roman historian Tacitus.

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Rousseau's lengthy and sometimes anguished dossier on the Self is one of the most remarkable and courageous works of introspection ever undertaken.

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The wonder-decade of the English drama was suddenly interrupted in 1592, when serious plague broke out in London, forcing the closure of the theatres.

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"He had faith in his good fortune, in that power of attraction which he felt within him - a power so irresistible that all women yielded to it."

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Turgenev's shy hero, Tchulkaturin, is a representative example of a Russian archetype – the "superfluous man", a sort of Hamlet not necessarily dignified with the title Prince: an individual of comfortable means leading a dreary existence, without purpose and led on by events which may, as in this story, engulf him.

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