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  • The Valley of Fear

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    • Maxtor
    • 27 Avril 2016

    «I should do so,» Sherlock Holmes remarked impatiently.
    I believe that I am one of the most long-suffering of mortals; but I'll admit that I was annoyed at the sardonic interruption...» The Valley of Fear is the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is loosely based on the Molly Maguires and Pinkerton agent James McParland. The story was first published in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915.
    At the outset of the novel, Sherlock Holmes receives a mysterious cipher message from a man who writes under the pseudonym Fred Porlock, an agent to Professor Moriarty. Porlock occasionally sends Holmes insider information. Moriarty is blameless in the eyes of the law, but Holmes knows him to be "the controlling brain of the underworld." Together Holmes and Watson decipher Porlock's message which relates that a man named John Douglas, residing at Birlstone, is in danger.

  • El contrato social

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    • Maxtor
    • 20 Septembre 2017

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau nació en Ginebra, Suiza, en 1712.
    El contrato social, la obra cumbre de Rousseau, fue publicada en 1762. En ella promulga que el hombre solo puede vivir en libertad en una sociedad verdaderamente igualitaria. Y para que así sea propone un contrato social que estipule la entrega total de cada asociado a la comunidad, a través de la enajenación de todas las voluntades, de forma que cada uno recupere finalmente todo lo que ha cedido a la comunidad. Así, este contrato será, pues, expresión de la voluntad general, y de esa voluntad general emana la única y legítima autoridad del Estado.
    Las teorías contenidas en esta obra influyeron sobre numerosos pensadores (como Kant y Fichte) y sobre la propia Revolución francesa de 1789, que adoptó el lema de inspiración rousseauniana: «Igualdad, Libertad, Fraternidad».

  • English fairy tales

    Flora Annie Steel

    • Maxtor
    • 27 Avril 2016

    «Once upon a time there were three Bears, who lived together in a house of their own, in a wood. One of them was a Little Wee Bear, and one was a Middle-sized Bear, and the other was a Great Big Bear...» Flora Annie Steel was interested in relating to all classes of Indian society. The birth of her daughter gave her a chance to interact with local women and learn their language. She encouraged the production of local handicrafts and collected folk-tales, a collection of which she published in 1894.
    Her interest in schools and the education of women gave her a special insight into native life and character. A year before leaving India, she coauthored and published The Complete Indian Housekeeper, giving detailed directions to European women on all aspects of household management in India.
    This book contains over fourty of the best-loved fairy stories, retold by Flora Annie Steel.