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The Iliad is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems of Homer and the first and greatest achievement of Classical Greek civilization. It tells of the last years of the siege of the city of Ilion (Troy) by the Greeks under King Agamemnon. It explores the conflict between love and honour, rage and control, a long life and a glorious life; all under the watchful and meddling Gods.
Vanity Fair was the first work that Thackeray published under his own name. Extremely well-received at the time, it is now remembered as a classic of English literature. While the novel satirizes society in early 19th-century England, Thackeray meant the book to be not only entertaining but also instructive.
Written in 1792 it is one of the earliest works on "the woman question". The controversial life of its author caused the earliest feminists to distance themselves from the work. Some major themes include education for girls, the debased position of women in society, the necessary equality of men and women, and the right of women to work.
The novel follows Georges Duroy's corrupt rise to power. With assistance from a series of powerful mistresses Duroy quickly rises from a lowly returned serviceman to one of the most influential men of Paris.
The immense popularity of Common Sense contributed to fomenting the American Revolution. The work is a political pamphlet denouncing British rule written by Thomas Paine and first published in 1776. To help spread its ideas Paine donated the copyright for Common Sense and paid for the first printing himself. At the height of its popularity only the Bible outsold it.
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