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A House Of Pomegranates

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Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900) was an extremely popular Irish writer and poet who wrote in different forms throughout his career and became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the strange circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.
At the turn of the 1890s, Wilde refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel,The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a license. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. Wilde reached the height of his fame and success withThe Importance of Being Earnest (1895).


Ten Days In A Mad-house

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"Since my experiences in Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum were published in the World I have received hundreds of letters in regard to it. The edition containing my story long since ran out, and I have been prevailed upon to allow it to be published in book form, to satisfy the hundreds who are yet asking for copies.I am happy to be able to state as a result of my visit to the asylum and the exposures consequent thereon, that the City of New York has appropriated $1,000,000 more per annum than ever before for the care of the insane"-Nellie Bly


A Doll's House

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A Doll's House (also translated as A Doll House) is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month.

A doll's house. What image comes to mind when you hear those words? A "perfect" family? A peaceful, innocent domestic situation? Friends dropping in? Preparations for a holiday celebration? Play-time! Yes, Nora and Torvald seem to have the perfect life. Certainly, they have weathered some challenges in life but they have survived.

Here we see them with a lovely home, two servants, three playful children, friends, and enough money to celebrate Christmas in the traditional way.

Nora plays with the children while Torvald chats with a friend in his study. Another friend arrives unexpectedly. There are fond memories of "the old days". How pleasant! But ... enter one more character - a childhood friend, a disgruntled colleague, a jilted lover, a partner in crime (all wrapped up in one person) - and the situation deteriorates quickly.

Beneath the calm surface swirls an overwhelming tangle of secrets, fears, suspicions, deceptions, and expectations.

Ignorant of her own complicity, Nora attempts to manage the situation but the tangle is too complex. The unravelling is beyond anyone's control. Nora is panic-stricken, anxious, and agitated; she distracts herself by "waiting for a wonderful thing to happen" after the Boxing Day costume party, after she dances her famous tarantella for all the party-goers.

In the end, though, the " wonderful thing" is not what anyone expected - neither Nora nor Torvald nor the reader/audience. Play-time is over. The doll's house is a house of mirrors. The distortions are revealed for Nora to see. How will she respond?

The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th-century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself.



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Politics And Ethnicity

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This book offers a brief, broad, comparative study of ethnic politics that places ethnic conflict within the context of particular political systems. To develop these themes, they are explored by comparing and contrasting the experiences of France, Czechoslovakia and its subsequent division, and Nigeria.


A House For Snail Yellow Band

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Cambridge Reading Adventures is a ground-breaking Primary guided reading series which offers a great variety of engaging texts with international appeal. The series has been created by Cambridge University Press in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Education's International Literacy Centre. Each book is placed into reading bands, providing a gradient of challenge which helps accelerate learning to read. Teacher's notes are provided inside every book with full guidance to get the most out of every reading session.



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