Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological figure. Pygmalion was the most broadly appealing of all Shaw's plays. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era British playwrights, including one of Shaw's influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea that was first presented in 1871. Shaw would also have been familiar with the musical Adonis and the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw's play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the 1938 film Pygmalion, the 1956 musical My Fair Lady and its 1964 film version. Shaw mentioned that the character of Professor Henry Higgins was inspired by several British professors of phonetics: Alexander Melville Bell, Alexander J. Ellis, Tito Pagliardini, but above all, the cantankerous Henry Sweet.
Uncle Vanya is a play by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. It was first published in 1898, and was first produced in 1899 by the Moscow Art Theatre under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavski. Uncle Vanya is unique among Chekhov's major plays because it is essentially an extensive reworking of his own play published a decade earlier, The Wood Demon. By elucidating the specific changes Chekhov made during the revision process—these include reducing the cast from almost two dozen down to nine, changing the climactic suicide of The Wood Demon into the famous failed homicide of Uncle Vanya, and altering the original happy ending into a more ambiguous, less final resolution—critics such as Donald Rayfield, Richard Gilman, and Eric Bentley have sought to chart the development of Chekhov's dramaturgical method through the 1890s.
Thought Vibration, Or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World by William Walker Atkinson First published in 1908 Edited by Rev. Lux Newman & the Quimby Philosophical Society 2008 The Universe is governed by Law – one great Law. Its manifestations are multiform, but viewed from the Ultimate, there is but one Law. We are familiar with some of its manifestations but are almost totally ignorant of certain others. Still, we are learning a little more every day – the veil is being gradually lifted.... When we come to see that thought is a force – a manifestation of energy – having a magnet-like power of attraction, we will begin to understand the why and wherefore of many things that have heretofore seemed dark to us. There is no study that will so well repay the student for his time and trouble as the study of the workings of this mighty law of the world of thought – the Law of Attraction.
«Гобсек» – повість французького письменника Оноре де Бальзака, надрукована в 1830 році, що відкриває епопею «Людська комедія» як частина «Сцен приватного життя». Основною темою повісті є влада грошей, а головним персонажем, навколо якого відбуваються всі дійства, є лихвар Гобсек.
P. T. Barnum, the great American showman of the 19th century, wrote this short book about making and keeping money. He certainly had life experiences that qualify him for the subject–he started a small newspaper in his twenties, bought and transformed a museum into a showplace for curiosities, built a circus empire that gave performances in America and Europe, promoted a performing tour of a singer, fell into debt in the 1850s and pulled himself out by lecture tours, was a mayor, and founded a hospital. An unabridged edition, to include: Don't Mistake Your Vocation – Select the Right Location – Avoid Debt – Persevere – Whatever You Do, Do It with All Your Might – Use the Best Tools – Don't Get Above Your Business – Learn Something Useful – Let Hope Predominate, But Be Not Too Visionary – Do Not Scatter Your Powers – Be Systematic – Read the Newspapers – Beware Of «„Outside Operations“» – Don't Indorse Without Security – Advertise Your Business – «„Don't Read the Other Side“» – Be Polite and Kind to Your Customers – Be Charitable – Don't Blab – Preserve Your Integrity
""Viy"", also translated as «„The Viy“», is a horror novella by Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, first published in the first volume of his collection of tales entitled Mirgorod (1835). The title is also the name of the demonic entity central to the plot. Every summer, there is usually a large procession of all the students moving around the area as they travel home. However, the group is reduced to three students: the theologian Khaliava, the philosopher Khoma Brut, and the rhetorician Tibery Gorobets. As the night draws in, the students hope to find a village near the main road where they can find some rest and food. However, they become lost in the wilderness, eventually coming upon two small houses and a farm. An older woman there tells them she has a little room and cannot accommodate any more travelers, but she eventually agrees to let them stay. At night, the woman comes to Khoma. At first, he thinks she is trying to seduce him, but then she draws closer and he sees that her eyes are glowing strangely. She leaps on his back, and he reluctantly finds himself galloping with her all over the countryside with a strength he previously never knew. He eventually slows the witch by chanting exorcisms out loud, and then rides on her back and later picks up a piece of wood and beats her as punishment. The older woman later collapses, and he discovers she has turned into a beautiful girl. Khoma runs away to Kyiv and resumes his easy life, when a rumor reaches his dean that a rich cossack’s daughter was found crawling home near death, her last wish being for Khoma the philosopher to come and read psalms over her corpse for three nights after her death. The most famous and inspirational works of Nikolai Gogol include The Mantle, Evenings at the Farm, St Petersburg Stories, Taras Bulba, a tale of the Cossacks, The Revizor, The Viy, The Nose, A May Night, The Cloak, Memoirs of a Madman and many more.
This comprehensive eBook presents the complete extant works of Marcus Aurelius with beautiful illustrations relating to Marcus' life and works. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180, known as one of the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. CONTENTS: MEDITATIONS THE SPEECHES OF MARCUS THE SAYINGS OF MARCUS
Серия иронических детективов "Позитивное мышление и женская глупость" для женщин, написанные современной российской писательницей Татьяной Казаковой. Содержание: 1. Ничего себе пошутила 2. Чем черт не шутит 3. Выстрел по фотографии 4. Украшение для женщин 5. Опасное сходство 6. Отдых с приключениями
“Big Eyes’ Dragon” – so the Indians of the small island called UFOs from time immemorial. Where do aliens come from – from other planets or directly from the depths of the ocean on our planet Earth? This is the third book of “The Island of Golden Zandolie” series, where our heroes continue to discover new worlds … and get to know themselves better too! All illustrations done by the author.
В этот сборник вошли все дошедшие до наших дней произведения, вышедшие из-под пера Марка Аврелия Антонина. Это хрестоматийные «Наедине с собой. Размышления», три произнесенные им речи, отдельные изречения императора-философа и описания ярких эпизодов его жизни а также эдикт об отношении к христианам. Творчество императора, исповедовавшего стоицизм, привлекает современных читателей гуманистическими взглядами, мудрыми рассуждениями и на удивление актуальными моральными рекомендациями.