Abitava una volta, in un luogo appartato del Devonshire, certo Goffredo Nickleby, un onesto uomo, che, in età piuttosto avanzata, messosi in capo di ammogliarsi, e non essendo abbastanza giovane o abbastanza ricco da aspirare alla mano di una ereditiera, aveva per pura affezione sposato una vecchia fiamma, la quale a sua volta se l’era preso per la stessa ragione. Così due persone, che non possono permettersi di giocare a carte per denaro, si seggono tranquillamente a tavolino, e giocano una partita per mero piacere. I malevoli, che sogghignano sulla vita matrimoniale possono, forse, osservare a questo punto che sarebbe stato meglio paragonare quella brava coppia a due campioni in una gara di pugilato, i quali, quando la fortuna non è molto propizia e i loro sostenitori sono scarsi, si mettono cavallerescamente ad assaltarsi per il semplice gusto di darsi degli scapaccioni; e per qualche rispetto il paragone veramente reggerebbe, poichè come quell’avventuroso paio di volgari pugilatori dopo manderà un cappello in giro, fidando nel buon cuore degli astanti per procacciarsi i mezzi per far baldoria, così il signor Goffredo Nickleby e la sua compagna, tramontata appena la luna di miele, si misero a guardare avidamente intorno, fidando non poco in una buona occasione per il miglioramento delle loro condizioni. La rendita del signor Nickleby, nel periodo del suo matrimonio, oscillava fra le sessanta e le settanta sterline all’anno.
Le avventure di Nicholas Nickleby è il terzo romanzo di Charles Dickens, pubblicato originariamente in capitoli sul settimanale edito da Chapman and Hall tra l’aprile del 1838 e l’ottobre del 1839. Il giovane Nicholas Nickleby si trova, in giovane età, a dover sostenere la sua famiglia, dopo la perdita del padre. La famiglia, trasferitasi nella caotica Londra del XIX secolo, cerca appoggio nella figura del fratello del defunto, Ralph Nickleby, che si rivelerà ben presto nella sua natura perfida ed egoistica. Fondendo drammaticità, spunti critici, satira e avventura, Dickens costruisce una trama ricca di fascino, con personaggi psicologicamente intensi e con ambientazioni ricche di particolari di quell'epoca ricca di contrasti che fu l'età vittoriana.
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times.
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.
William Dorrit è un distinto signore che, governando male i propri affari, finisce nell'impossibilità di saldare i propri debiti. Quando è già padre di due figli, Edward e Fanny, viene incarcerato nella prigione londinese della Marshalsea (ciò avviene una ventina d'anni prima dell'inizio del racconto). La famiglia, secondo la legge, può condividere la sua cella. La moglie, però, muore di lì a poco, mentre Amy, la piccola Dorrit, ha la ventura di nascere dentro la stessa prigione. Quando Amy ha compiuto gli otto anni, la madre, che insieme agli altri parenti fanno compagnia al prigioniero, muore. Poco dopo muoiono anche la signora Bangham, che ha assistito la madre di Amy nel parto, e il carceriere, fino ad allora decano della prigione, che aveva instaurato un rapporto tanto speciale con Amy da aver pensato di lasciarle tutto in eredità (ma finirà per non fare testamento). Quando William, alla morte del carceriere, diventa il decano della prigione, viene battezzato il "Padre della Marshalsea", mentre Amy, a quell'epoca sedicenne, è, a sua volta, la "Figlia della Marshalsea". Altro membro della famiglia è il fratello di William, il musicista Frederick, buono ma miserabile, anch'egli preda degli sfortunati investimenti del fratello...
Una trentina d'anni fa, Marsiglia bruciava un giorno ai raggi infocati del sole.
The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents (1797) is a Gothic novel written by the English author Ann Radcliffe. It is the last book Radcliffe published during her lifetime (although she did go on to write the novel Gaston de Blondeville, which appeared posthumously in 1826). The Italian has a dark, mysterious and somber tone, and concerns the themes of love, devotion and persecution by the Holy Inquisition. It also deals with issues prevalent at the time of the French Revolution, such as religion, aristocracy and nationality. Radcliffe's renowned use of veiled imagery is considered to have reached its height of sophistication and complexity in The Italian; concealment and disguise are central motifs of the novel. In line with late 18th-century sensibility and its parallel fetishisation of the sublime and the sentimentally pastoral, the heightened emotional states of Radcliffe's characters are often reflected through the pathetic fallacy. The novel is noted for its extremely effective antagonist, Father Schedoni.
About the year 1764, some English travellers in Italy, during one of their excursions in the environs of Naples, happened to stop before the portico of the Santa Maria del Pianto, a church belonging to a very ancient convent of the order of the Black Penitents. The magnificence of this portico, though impaired by time, excited so much admiration, that the travellers were curious to survey the structure to which it belonged, and with this intention they ascended the marble steps that led to it.
Lewis Carroll, pseudonimo di Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Daresbury, 27 gennaio 1832 - Guildford, 14 gennaio 1898), è stato uno scrittore, matematico, fotografo e logico britannico. È celebre soprattutto per i due romanzi Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie e Attraverso lo specchio e quel che Alice vi trovò, opere che sono state apprezzate da una straordinaria varietà di lettori, dai bambini a grandi scienziati e pensatori. Fra gli autori che hanno apertamente dichiarato di considerare Alice una fonte di ispirazione per le loro opere si possono ricordare James Joyce, Jorge Luis Borges e John Lennon. In molti paesi del mondo esistono club e società di estimatori di Carroll. A Lewis Carroll è dedicato un importante premio per la letteratura per ragazzi, il Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
Alice cominciava a sentirsi assai stanca di sedere sul poggetto accanto a sua sorella, senza far niente: aveva una o due volte data un'occhiata al libro che la sorella stava leggendo, ma non v'erano nè dialoghi nè figure, - e a che serve un libro, pensò Alice, - senza dialoghi nè figure?
Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.
The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce's tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence, and maturity.
Between 1905, when Joyce first sent a manuscript to a publisher, and 1914, when the book was finally published, Joyce submitted the book 18 times to a total of 15 publishers. The book's publishing history is a harrowing tale of persistence in the face of frustration. The London house of Grant Richards agreed to publish it in 1905. However, their printer refused to set one of the stories (Two Gallants), and Richards then began to press Joyce to remove a number of other passages which he claimed the printer also refused to set. Joyce protested, but eventually did agree to some of the requested changes. However, Richards eventually backed out of the deal. Joyce thereupon resubmitted the manuscript to other publishers, and about three years later (1909) he found a willing candidate in Maunsel and Roberts of Dublin.
THERE was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke. Night after night I had passed the house (it was vacation time) and studied the lighted square of window: and night after night I had found it lighted in the same way, faintly and evenly. If he was dead, I thought, I would see the reflection of candles on the darkened blind for I knew that two candles must be set at the head of a corpse. He had often said to me: "I am not long for this world," and I had thought his words idle. Now I knew they were true. Every night as I gazed up at the window I said softly to myself the word paralysis. It had always sounded strangely in my ears, like the word gnomon in the Euclid and the word simony in the Catechism. But now it sounded to me like the name of some maleficent and sinful being. It filled me with fear, and yet I longed to be nearer to it and to look upon its deadly work.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 - 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, generally considered a milestone in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was English of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They married in 1855. In 1864 the family dispersed due to Charles's growing alcoholism and the children were temporarily housed across Edinburgh. In 1867, the family came together again and lived in the squalid tenement flats at 3 Sciennes Place. Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname is uncertain. The entry in which his baptism is recorded in the register of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh gives "Arthur Ignatius Conan" as his Christian name, and simply "Doyle" as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather. Supported by wealthy uncles, Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, at the age of nine (1868-1870). He then went on to Stonyhurst College until 1875. From 1875 to 1876, he was educated at the Jesuit school Stella Matutina in Feldkirch, Austria. From 1876 to 1881, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, including a period working in the town of Aston (now a district of Birmingham) and in Sheffield, as well as in Shropshire at Ruyton-XI-Towns. While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories. His earliest extant fiction, "The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe", was unsuccessfully submitted to Blackwood's Magazine. His first published piece "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley", a story set in South Africa, was printed in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal on 6 September 1879. On 20 September 1879, he published his first non-fictional article, "Gelsemium as a Poison" in the British Medical Journal...
To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They were admirable things for the observer - excellent for drawing the veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
Il classico della letteratura inglese e del Natale. Charles Dickens, Canto di Natale (Cantico di Natale), Traduzione di Federigo Verdinois. Il romanzo è uno degli esempi di critica di Dickens della società ed è anche una delle più famose e commoventi storie sul Natale nel mondo. Narra della conversione dell'arido e tirchio Ebenezer Scrooge visitato nella notte di Natale da tre spiriti (il Natale del passato, del presente e del futuro), preceduti da un'ammonizione dello spettro del defunto amico e collega Jacob Marley. Il Canto unisce al gusto del racconto gotico l'impegno nella lotta alla povertà e allo sfruttamento minorile, attaccando l'analfabetismo: problemi esasperati apparentemente proprio dalla Poor Law (Legge contro la povertà), comodo tappabuchi tanto inefficace quanto dannoso ideato dalle classi abbienti.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. In lingua originale.Capolavoro della letteratura romantica inglese. Il più celecre romanzo di Jane Austen. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.