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The basic theme of the Faust legends is that of a man striking a deal with the devil to gain unlimited pleasure and knowledge. The original legend implied that forsaking spiritual knowledge for that of worldly things was... More »

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"The Devil and Tom Walker," a short story by Washington Irving, tells of a man who sells his soul to the devil, known as Old Scratch, in exchange for great wealth. He becomes a usurer, swindling money from other people, ... More »

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The book "12 Years a Slave" is the ghostwritten true account of how a free black man living in New York was tricked into leaving his family, kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. Solomon Northrup was living with his w... More »

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Jack London's short story, "Love of Life" is about two gold prospectors, Bill and an unnamed man, who are struggling to survive on the frozen tundra of Canada. They cross the tundra looking for food, all the while suffer... More »

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"It was a pleasure to burn," says main character Guy Montag to begin "Fahrenheit 451," the futuristic dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury. One of the most notable opening lines in literary history, this quote sets up the sto... More »

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