Alice in Wonderland

Join seven-year-old Alice as she tumbles down the rabbit hole to have an adventure in Wonderland, in Lewis Carroll’s classic novel beloved by children and adults alike. Alice encounters many strange and curious creatures in Wonderland, including the anxious White Rabbit, the rather unhelpful Caterpillar, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and his guests…

The Voice of the Silence

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is best known as the co-founder of theosophy, which is essentially a selective conflation of Hindu and Buddhist ideas combined with Blavatsky’s idiosyncratic system of cosmology. The Voice of the Silence, first published in 1889, is described by the author as “chosen fragments from the Book of the Golden Precepts, for the…

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Although unfamiliar with the Persian language, the eminent English poet and critic Richard le Gallienne had a profound interest in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. In 1901 he published a collection of 261 quatrains, which was based on earlier English translations, in particular the prose version by Justin Huntly McCarthy. In his introduction, Le Gallienne…

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare

Many masters employed the form of the sonnet, including Petrarch, Spenser, Shakespeare, Keats, and Robert Bridges. However, the most celebrated, and oft quoted, examples are to be found in the collection by Shakespeare, first published in 1609. In the 154 poems, Shakespeare surveys and dissects the subject of love in all its guises, and its…

The Shining Gateway

The Shining Gateway can be seen as a prose commentary by James Allen on the experience of the pilgrimage described his dramatic poem “Eolaus”. In search of enlightenment, the restless pilgrim, after having exhausted the delights of material creation, finally submits himself to the instruction of a reclusive sage. In a tactfully presented dismissal of…

The Divine Comedy – Inferno

Among the monuments of world literature, few works have been as influential as the Divine Comedy. Dante’s compendious allegory of a journey through the world of the afterlife is significant on many levels. It established Italian as a literary language, and consolidated the position of Florentine Italian as the lingua franca of the Italian peninsula….