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Read or listen to The Poetics of Space

by Gaston Bachelard

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Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem village; but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a …

Rip Van Winkle

Whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are …

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Merchant Kings

2009 non-fiction popular history book by Stephen R. Bown, which discusses the age of “heroic commerce” through biographical profiles of six of the leading “merchant …

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