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Cranford (version 2)

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


Cranford is set in a small market town populated largely by a number of respectable ladies. It tells of their secrets and foibles, their gos…

Love and Freindship, and Other Early Works

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Jane Austen


This book draws together some of Jane Austen's earliest literary efforts. It includes "Love & Freindship" and "Lesley Ca…

Mr. Harrison's Confessions

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


It is asserted that the inspiration for Elizabeth Gaskell's marvellous stories of Cranford was her childhood home of Knutsford, a small tow…

Round the Sofa

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


Round the Sofa (1859), is a book of stories by the lady that Charles Dickens called his “dear Scheherazade” due to her skill as a story tell…

Letters from a Cat

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Helen Hunt Jackson


Letters from a Cat: published by her mistress for the benefit of all cats and the amusement of little children is a collection of letters th…

The Unbearable Bassington

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Saki


The Unbearable Bassington was the first novel written by Saki (H. H. Munro). It also contains much of the elegant wit found in his short sto…

Jacob Faithful

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Frederick Marryat


Rebelling against the career chosen for him by his wealthy family, Frederic Marryat joined the Royal Navy in 1806 at the age of 14. He first…

Castle Rackrent

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Maria Edgeworth


"One of the most inspired chronicles written in English" was the verdict of William Butler Yeats on the novel Castle Rackrent by M…

Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches

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Saki


Reginald in Russia is the title story in a collection of fifteen witty and satirical stories, sketches and one "playlet" by that m…

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (version 5)

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Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde said of his story The Happy Prince that it was "an attempt to treat a tragic modern problem in a form that aims at delicacy…

Mopsa The Fairy

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Jean Ingelow


Jean Ingelow (1820 – 1897) was one of the more famous poets of the period, indeed many people suggested that she should succeed Alfred, Lord…

The Life of Nelson

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Robert Southey


In 1813, the year that he was appointed Poet Laureate, Robert Southey published "The Life of Nelson". Horatio, Lord Viscount Nels…

A House of Pomegranates (version 2)

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Oscar Wilde


A House of Pomegranates (1891) is the title of the second collection of Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde. This book contains four tales: 1. &quo…

The Story of H.M.S. Pinafore

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W. S. Gilbert


H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbe…

The Untilled Field

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George Moore


George Moore, an Irish writer involved with the Celtic Revival was influenced by the French Realists and particularly by the work of É…

Precious Bane

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Mary Webb


Published in 1924, Precious Bane is a novel by Mary Webb (1881 - 1927) which touches on ambition, prejudice and hatred but also on the power…

Fairy Realm: A Collection Of The Favourite Old Tales Told in Verse

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Tom Hood


Here are five of the most loved Fairy Tales retold in verse by the English humourist and writer, Tom Hood (1835 - 1874). The tales are; The …

The Story of the Mikado

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W. S. Gilbert


The Mikado is the ninth of the 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musical collaborations. It opened in 1885, had the second longest run for any work of…

Fairy Tales from South Africa

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Mrs. E. J. Bourhill


The stories in this collection come from the oral traditions of the people from Swaziland, Matabeleland (Ndebele people) and Zululand in So…

The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

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Mary Webb


Mary Webb was a novelist and poet and two of her novels "Gone to Earth" and "Precious Bane" have been successfully adapt…

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