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Irish Wit and Humor

Read by James E. Carson


Various


Excerpted anecdotes from the biographies of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell, relating humorous snippets of politics in 18th and 19th ce…

The Naval War of 1812

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Theodore Roosevelt


Somewhat detailed history of naval engagements between the United States and England during the War of 1812, from a decidely American perspe…

Bible (DRV) NT

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Douay-Rheims Version


The Douay Rheims New Testament, published in 1582, is a translation of St Jerome's Latin Vulgate which dates from the fourth century. It inf…

Father Goriot

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Honoré de Balzac


One of Balzac's most popular works, set around 1815 during the re-ascendancy of the Bourbon kings following the defeat of Napoleon. Said to …

The Pastor's Wife

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Elizabeth Von Arnim


Written by an author born in Australia, grew up in England, married in Germany, and then flew to the United States. A tale about a young wom…

Father Sergius

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Leo Tolstoy


Prince Stepan Kasatsky experiences a disappointment with his fiancé and decides to become a monk! There is a story line, but beneath …

Irish Idylls

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Jane Barlow


Irish Idylls is a collection of short stories about Irish peasantry during the 19th Century. Ms Jane Barlow, an Irish lass, having, unbeliev…

The Black Prophet: A Tale of Irish Famine

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William Carleton


A story about the Irish, just before the onset of the famine of 1847, with all the color and dialogue of a man who lived it. (Summary by JCa…

Chance

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Joseph Conrad


Apparently a two part story about a Damsel and a Knight, perhaps a damsel who depends upon the kindness of strangers. It was originally enti…

The Wreck of the Golden Mary

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Charles Dickens


A short story of a ship wreck in 1851 trying to round Cape Horn on its way to the California gold fields. Poignant and well written. ( Summa…

The Magic Skin

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Honoré de Balzac


Something along the lines of Dorian Gray as part of the Comedies Humane Philosophique, this is Balzac's first successful novel. He even wrot…

The Highwayman

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H. C. Bailey


A romance and adventure novel, set in England during the reign of Queen Anne. The book is much unlike the author's later detective short sto…

Oxford Book of American Essays

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Various


Collection of 32 essays by American authors ranging from Benjamin Frannklin to Emerson to Whitman to Henry James to Theodore Roosevelt. On s…

Echoes of the War

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J. M. Barrie


Short stories with dramatic parts about civilian life in London during the First World War. Some humorous moments. By the author of "Pe…

Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

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Henry Fielding


Sailing voyage from England to Portugal in the mid Eighteenth Century, by one of the premier humorists, satirists, novelists and playwrights…

His Family

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Ernest Poole


The 1910s is historically considered the decade of greatest social change in history. It saw the advent and proliferation of the automobile,…

Narrative of the Suffering and Defeat of the North-Western Army, Under General …

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William Atherton


This memoir dating from 1812ff, but only published in 1840s is a strikingly profound contrast with our modern materialism and comfort. It is…

Gobseck

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Honoré de Balzac


Part of the La Comedie Humane and something of a sequence to Balzac's Father Goriot, the short book's title is the name of the pawn broker/m…

The Firm of Nucingen

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Honoré de Balzac


Part of the Comedie Humane and a "supplementary" tale to go with Father Goriot and Gobseck. Nucingen is the married family name of…

Celibates

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George Moore


The author is considered the first great Irish writer of realist fiction and is said to have been an inspiration for James Joyce. Celibates …

Strangers at Lisconnel

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Jane Barlow


Strangers at Lisconnel is a sequel to Jane Barlow’s Irish Idylls. The locations and most of the characters are common to both. There is grea…

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