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1984
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It Was a Bright Cold Day in April, and the Clocks Were Striking Thirteen.
George Orwell
2001: A Space Odyssey
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The Drought Had Lasted Now for Ten Million Years…
"The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended." - Arthur C. Clarke
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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'TOM!'
Mark Twain
Anne of Green Gables
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Mrs. Rachel Lynde Lived Just Where the Avonlea Main Road Dipped Down...
Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof. - Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anna Karenina
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All Happy Families Are Alike...
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Leo Tolstoy
Atlas Shrugged
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Who is John Galt?
Ayn Rand
The Bell Jar
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It Was a Queer, Sultry Summer…
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." - Sylvia Plath
Beloved
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124 Was Spiteful.
Toni Morrison
The Black Book
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The Agon, Then. It Begins.
Lawrence Durrell
Blown Away
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Psychics Can See the Color of Time, It's Blue
Ronald Sukenick, 1986
Brave New World
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A Squat Gray Building of Only Thirty-four Stories.
A squat gray building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and in a shield, the World State's motto, Community, Identity, Stability. - Aldous Huxley
The Call Of Cthulhu
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The Most Merciful Thing in the World, I Think, Is...
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. - H.P. Lovecraft
Carrie
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Nobody Was Really Surprised when It Happened...
Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not on the subconscious level where savage things grow. - Stephen King
The Cask of Amontillado
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The Thousand Injuries of Fortunato I Had Borne As Best I Could...
Edgar Allen Poe
Catch-22
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It Was Love at First Sight.
Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye
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If You Really Want to Hear About It…
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." - J.D. Salinger
Cat's Cradle
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Call Me Jonah.
Kurt Vonnegut
Charlotte's Web
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'Where's Papa Going With That Ax?'
"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. - E.B. White
Chromos
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The Moment One Learns English, Complications Set in
Felipe Alfau, 1990
A Clockwork Orange
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What's It Going to Be Then, Eh?
Anthony Burgess
The Color Purple
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You Better Not Never Tell Nobody but God.
Alice Walker (An exercise in double (or is that triple) negatives if I ever saw one)
Crash
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Vaughan Died Yesterday in His Last Car-crash
J. G. Ballard, 1973
The Crow Road
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It Was the Day My Grandmother Exploded
Iain M. Banks, 1992
Cry, the Beloved Country
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There is a Lovely Road That Runs from Ixopo Into the Hills
Alan Paton, 1948
Dalva
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It Was Today-rather Yesterday I Think-that He Told Me It Was Important Not to Accept Life...
Jim Harrison
The Dick Gibson Show
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When Dick Gibson Was a Little Boy He Was Not Dick Gibson
Stanley Elkin, 1971
The Divine Comedy
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Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life...
Dante Alighieri (Inferno, Canto I)
Don Quixote
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Somewhere in La Mancha…
"Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing." - Miguel de Cervantes (trans. Edith Grossman)
Dracula
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3 May. Bistritz.
3 May. Bistritz. - Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but the train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got from the train and the little I could walk through the streets. - Bram Stoker
Dr Zhivago
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On They Went, Singing 'Rest Eternal'
Boris Pasternak, 1957
The Dubliners
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There Was No Hope for Him This Time: It Was the Third Stroke.
James Joyce
Dune
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In the Week Before Their Departure to Arrakis...
In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul. - Frank Herbert
Emma
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Emma Woodhouse, Handsome, Clever, and Rich...
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. - Jane Austen
The End of the Affair
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A Story Has No Beginning or End…
"A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead." - Graham Greene
The End of the Road
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In a Sense, I Am Jacob Horner
John Barth, 1958
The English Major
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It Used to Be Cliff and Vivian and Now It Isn't
Jim Harrison
Fahrenheit 451
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It Was a Pleasure to Burn.
Ray Bradbury
Finnigan's Wake
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Riverrun, Past Eve and Adam’s, from Swerve of Shore...
"riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs." Continues from the book's unfinished closing line. - James Joyce
The Fountainhead
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Howard Roark Laughed.
Ayn Rand
Frankenstein
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You Will Rejoice to Hear That No Disaster Has Accompanied...
You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. - Mary Shelley
Galatea 2.2
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It Was Like So, but Wasn't
Richard Powers, 1995
The Gift of the Magi
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One Dollar and Eighty-seven Cents
Short story by O. Henry
The Go-Between
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The Past is a Foreign Country; They Do Things Differently There
L. P. Hartley, 1953
The Good Earth
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It Was Wang Lung's Marriage Day.
Pearl Buck
The Good Soldier
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This is the Saddest Story I Have Ever Heard.
Ford Madox Ford
The Grapes of Wrath
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To the Red Country and Part of the Gray Country of Oklahoma...
To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. - John Steinbeck
Gravity's Rainbow
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A Screaming Comes Across the Sky
Thomas Pynchon, 1973
Great Expectations
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My Father's Family Name Being Pirrip...
My father's family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. - Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby
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In My Younger and More Vulnerable Years…
"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gulliver's Travels
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My Father Had a Small Estate in Nottinghamshire...
Jonathan Swift
Hard Times
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Now, What I Want is Facts.
Charles Dickens
Heart of Darkness
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The Nellie, a Cruising Yawl, Swung to Her Anchor Without a Flutter of the Sails
Joseph Conrad, 1902
I Capture the Castle
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I Write This Sitting in the Kitchen Sink
Dodie Smith, 1948
In Cold Blood
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The Village of Holcomb Stands...
The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there". - Truman Capote
Invisible Man
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I Am an Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison, 1952
I, Robot
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I Looked at My Notes and I Didn't Like Them.
Isaac Asimov
Jane Eyre
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There Was No Possibility of Taking a Walk That Day.
Charlotte Brontë
J R
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Money . . . In a Voice That Rustled
William Gaddis, 1975
The Jungle Book
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It Was Seven O'clock of a Very Warm Evening...
It was seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips. - Rudyard Kipling
King Solomon's Mines
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It is a Curious Thing That at My Age, Fifty-five Last Birthday...
It is a curious thing that at my age, fifty-five last birthday, I should find myself taking up a pen to try and write a history. - H.R. Haggard
The Last of the Mohicans
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It Was a Feature Peculiar to the Colonial Wars of North America...
It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet. - James Fenimore Cooper
Le Grand Meaulnes
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He Appeared at Our House on a Sunday in November, 189...
Alain-Fournier; first published, 1913
Les Misérables
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In 1815 M. Charles-François-Bienvenu Myriel Was Bishop of Digne
Victor Hugo
Little Women
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'Christmas Won't Be Christmas Without Any Presents'...
'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. - Louisa May Alcott
Lolita
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Lolita, Light of My Life, Fire of My Loins
Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
Lord Jim
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He Was an Inch, Perhaps Two, Under Six Feet…
"He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull." - Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Flies
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The Boy With Fair Hair Lowered Himself Down the Last Few Feet of Rock...
The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon. - William Golding
Love in the Time of Cholera
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It Was Inevitable: the Scent of Bitter Almonds Always Reminded Him of the Fate of Unrequited Love
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Madame Bovary
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We Were in the Study-hall when the Headmaster Entered...
We were in the study-hall when the headmaster entered, followed by a new boy not yet in school uniform and by the handyman carrying a large desk. - Gustave Flaubert
Magic Mountain
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An Unassuming Young Man Was Travelling, in Midsummer...
Thomas Mann
The Maltese Falcon
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Samuel Spade's Jaw Was Long and Bony...
Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. - Dashiell Hammett
Mason & Dixon
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Snow-balls Have Flown Their Arcs, Starr'd the Sides of Outbuildings...
Thomas Pynchon
The Metamorphosis
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As Gregor Samsa Awoke One Morning from Uneasy Dreams…
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect." - Franz Kafka
Mickelsson's Ghosts
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Sometimes the Sordidness of His Present Existence,...
John Gardner
Middlemarch
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Miss Brooke Had That Kind of Beauty Which Seems to Be Thrown Into Relief by Poor Dress.
George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss
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A Wide Plain, Where the Broadening Floss Hurries On...
A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea, and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace. - George Eliot
Moby Dick
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Call Me Ishmael.
Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway
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Mrs. Dalloway Said She Would Buy the Flowers Herself
Virginia Woolf, 1925
Murphy
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The Sun Shone, Having No Alternative, on the Nothing New.
Samuel Beckett
Ninety-Two in the Shade
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Nobody Knows, from Sea to Shining Sea, Why We Are Having All This Trouble...
Thomas McGuane
Notes from Underground
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I Am a Sick Man ... I Am a Spiteful Man.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Of Human Bondage
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The Day Broke Gray and Dull.
W. Somerset Maugham
The Old Man and the Sea
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He Was an Old Man Who Fished Alone…
"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish." - Ernest Hemingway
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Many Years Later, As He Faced the Firing Squad...
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
On the Road
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I First Met Dean Not Long After My Wife and I Split Up.
Jack Kerouac
Paradise
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They Shoot the White Girl First
Toni Morrison, 1998
A Passage to India
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Except for the Marabar Caves...
Except for the Marabar Caves - and they are twenty miles off - the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary. - E.M. Forster
The Pearl
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Kino Awakened in the Near Dark.
John Steinbeck
The Personal History of David Copperfield
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Whether I Shall Turn out to Be the Hero of My Own Life...
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. - Charles Dickens
Peter Pan
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All Children, Except One, Grow Up.
J. M. Barrie
The Poisonwood Bible
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Imagine a Ruin So Strange It Must Never Have Happened.
Barbara Kingsolver
Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man
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Once Upon a Time and a Very Good Time It Was...
Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo. - James Joyce
Pride and Prejudice
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It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged...
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen
The Prince
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All States, All Powers, That Have Held and Hold Rule over Men...
Niccolo Machiavelli
The Razor's Edge
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I Have Never Begun a Novel With More Misgiving
W. Somerset Maugham, 1944
The Red Badge of Courage
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The Cold Passed Reluctantly from the Earth...
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. - Stephen Crane
Robinson Crusoe
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I Was Born in the Year 1632, in the City of York…
"I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our selves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call'd me." - Daniel Defoe
The Satanic Verses
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'To Be Born Again,' Sang Gibreel Farishta…
"'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die.'" - Salman Rushdie
The Secret Garden
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When Mary Lennox Was Sent to Misselthwaite Manor to Live With Her Uncle...
When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Separate Peace
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I Went Back to the Devon School Not Long Ago...
I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before. - John Knowles
Siddhartha
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In the Shade of the House, in the Sunshine of the Riverbank...
Hermann Hesse
Silas Marner
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In the Days when the Spinning-wheels Hummed Busily in the Farmhouses...
In the days when the spinning-wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses - and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread-lace, had their toy spinning-wheels of polished oak - there might be seen in districts far away among the lanes, or deep in the bosom of the hills, certain pallid undersized men, who, by the side of the brawny country-folk, looked like the remnants of a disinherited race. - George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five
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All This Happened, More or Less.
Kurt Vonnegut
The Sot-Weed Factor
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In the Last Years of the Seventeenth Century There Was to Be Found...
John Barth, 1960
The Sound and the Fury
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Through the Fence, Between the Curling Flower Spaces, I Could See Them Hitting.
William Faulkner
Steppenwolf
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The Day Had Gone by Just As Days Go By.
Hermann Hesse
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Mr. Utterson the Lawyer Was a Man of a Rugged Countenance...
Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable. - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Stranger
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Mother Died Today.
Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises
   begins   
Robert Cohn Was Once Middleweight Boxing Champion of Princeton.
Ernest Hemingway
Swann's Way
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For a Long Time, I Went to Bed Early
Marcel Proust, 1913
The Swiss Family Robinson
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For Many Days We Had Been Tempest-tossed.
Johann Wyss
Tale of Two Cities
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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so. - Charles Dickens
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
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On an Evening in the Latter Part of May...
On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore or Blackmoor. - Thomas Hardy
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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Ships at a Distance Have Every Man's Wish on Board
Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
To Kill a Mockingbird
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When He Was Nearly Thirteen, My Brother Jem Got His Arm Badly Broken at the Elbow.
Harper Lee
Tropic of Cancer
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I Am Living at the Villa Borghese.
Henry Miller
Ulysses
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Stately Plump Buck Mulligan Came from the Stairhead...
James Joyce
The Unnamable
   begins   
Where Now? Who Now? When Now?
Samuel Beckett, 1953
Vanity Fair
   begins   
While the Present Century Was in Its Teens...
While the present century was in its teens, and on one sunshiny morning in June, there drove up to the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies, on Chiswick Mall, a large family coach, with two fat horses in blazing harness, driven by a fat coachman in a three cornered hat and wig, at the rate of four miles an hour. - William Makepeace Thackery
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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There Was a Boy Called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and He Almost Deserved It
C. S. Lewis, 1952
War and Peace
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Well, Prince, So Genoa and Lucca Are Now Just Family Estates...
Leo Tolstoy
The Wind in the Willows
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The Mole Had Been Working Very Hard All the Morning, Spring-cleaning His Little Home.
Kenneth Grahame
Wittgenstein's Mistress
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In the Beginning, Sometimes I Left Messages in the Street
David Markson, 1988
Women In Love
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Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen Sat One Morning...
Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father's house in Beldover, working and talking. - D. H. Lawrence
Wuthering Heights
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1801 - I Have Just Returned from a Visit to My Landlord...
1801 - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbor that I shall be troubled with. - Emily Brontë


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