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2014 a year of books

The Pier Glass, Robert Graves

Poor Folk, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

Within a Budding Grove, Marcel Proust

Journey to the End of Night, Louis Ferdinand Celine

Skippy Dies, Paul Murray

The Lifted Veil, George Eliot

The Land of the Blessed Virgin, W. Somerset Maugham

1914 and Other Poems, Rupert Brooke

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Fair Penitent, Nicholas Rowe

The Box Man, Kobo Abe

City of Night, John Rechy

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins

Brazilian Tales, Carmen Dolores

The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, Machado Assis

The Chosen, Chaim Potok

Falconer, John Cheever

The Republic of Wine, Mo Yan

The Immoralist, Andre Gide

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes

A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe

Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Kiran Desai

Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov

Catilina, Henrik Ibsen

Money, Martin Amis

The Duchess of Padua, Oscar Wilde

The Artist of Disappearance, Anita Desai

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai

The Portrait, Ford Madox Ford

Balthazar, Lawrence Durrell

Vera, Oscar Wilde

The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

Wait Until Spring, Bandini, John Fante

Modeste Mignon, Honore de Balzac

Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann

Bolshevism in English Literature, William Talbot Allison

A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood

Nana, Emile Zola

Our House in the Last World, Oscar Hijuelos

Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dona Perfecta, Benito Perez Galdos

A Separate Reality, Carlos Castaneda

The Optimist’s Daughter, Eudora Welty

An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Chonderlos de Laclos

Auguste Rodin, Rainer Maria Rilke

Chamber Music, James Joyce

The Last of the Star Kings, Edmond Hamilton

Kokoro, Natsume Soseki

Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

The Eye in the Pyramid, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Black Spring, Henry Miller

Agamemnon, Aeschylus

Glenarvon, Caroline Lamb

The Iliad, Homer

The Russian Roots of Nazism, Michael Kellogg

The Balcony, Jean Genet

A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe

Couples, John Updike

The Soft Machine, William S. Burroughs

Pierre, Herman Melville

Outlaw of Gor, John Norman

English Literature, Stopford Augustus Brook

Tarnsman of Gor, John Norman

Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt

Endgame, Frank Brady

The Subterraneans, Jack Kerouac

Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler

The Captain’s Daughter, Alexander Pushkin

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

Justine, Lawrence Durrell

The Blunderer, Moliere

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

The Hero, W. Somerset Maugham

Foundation, Issac Asimov

The Trespasser, D.H. Lawrence

Numbers, John Rechy

The Possessed, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Nicolo Paganini, Stephen Samuel Stratton

La-Bas, Joris-Karl Huysmans

The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass

Edward II, Christopher Marlowe

The Masterpiece, Emile Zola

The Unclassed, George Gissing

The Food of the Gods, H. G. Wells

The Coming of the Night, John Rechy

A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Aeneid, Virgil

White Nights, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Siege of Corinth, Parisina, Lord Byron

The Lost Continent, Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Circle, W. Somerset Maugham

The Time Machine, H.G. Wells

The Monk, Matthew Lewis

Confessions of a Travelling Salesman, Timothy Lea

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie



Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia

Dmitri has often been portrayed as s golden youth. Writers speak of his sterling character, handsome bearing, and success as a lieutenant in the Third Cavalry Regiment of the Imperial  Life Guards. A more balanced analysis, however, reveals a different picture. In reality, he was pale, thin, and nervous; his inpredictable moods and fits of depression were notirious. The Grand Duke was also an alcoholic, dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure in and attempts to combat his melancholy. Meriel Buchanan, daughter of the British ambassador, remembered him as “recklessly dissipated.” She wrote that he suffered from a “lack of purpose, indecision and an inherent weakness.” And another of Dmitri´s acquintances, the Honorable Bertie Stopford, an aide at the British embassy in the capital, referred to the Grand Duke as “always helpless and desolate.” With such a character, Dmitri easily fell under the powerful influence of Felix Youssoupov.

The passage of time and destruction of relevant papers make it impossible to say precisely what the nature of the relationship between Felix and Dmitri may have been. But gossip at the time linked the two men romantically. Members of the Romanov family, the imperial court, and the aristocracy were all privy to the information which confirmed the existence of such a relationship, if not the intimate details. Even today there are confessions of a romantic liaison. Many well acquainted with Felix and Dmitri seem to have accepted the fact that the relationship did indeed occur.

Greg King: The Man Who Killed Rasputin

Poetry is an art, and the artist in poetry is one who writes for pure and noble pleasure the thing he writes, and who desires to give to others the same or a similar pleasure by his poems which he had in writing them. The things he most cares about are that the form in which he puts his thoughts or feelings may be perfectly fitting to the subjects : and that subject, matter, and form should be as beautiful as possible — but for these he cares very greatly; and in this Chaucer stands apart from the other poets of his time.
—  Stopford Augustus Brooke, English Literature
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