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November 29, 2022
Let it Be, released in May, 1970, was The Beatles’ final album before the group’s break-up. This book is the official account of the songs created for that album.
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September 21, 2022
The Nobel Prize for Literature is the world’s most important international literary honor. Browse the complete list of winning authors since 1901.
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This list includes world famous artists, specialist book illustrators, pioneers from the Golden Age of Illustration, children's picture books, a diary, and alphabet books.
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July 28, 2021
It can be safely said that Jane Austen is one of the best-loved English authors of all time. Born December 16, 1775, Austen made a mark on the literary world with her romantic fiction set among the landed gentry in England.
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June 03, 2021
"Corpse." It's not the sweetest word in the dictionary but it is very functional. The word describes quite clearly that the living thing is no more. A human being is no longer human but a corpse. Corpse and cadaver have the same meaning but corpse is the more descriptive term. Stiff, cold, very dead.
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By Jessica Doyle
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From funny fiction and serious science fiction to knitting manuals and alternative art, the books on this list have steered the course of an individual's life, and garnered fanatic attention from a few or few million readers for their quirky and obscure content.
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