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Yes? No? Well, it doesn’t really matter if you’ve heard of Gutenberg Project books online or not. I cannot recommend this site highly enough. When great books’ copyrights expire, the good folks at Project Gutenberg make those books available at no cost to the reader in ebook form.
It was no Ordinary Dog, from The Story of Porcelain by Sara Ware Bassett
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Raphael’s Heliodorus Driven From the Temple (Vatican Palace, Rome)
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