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An Iron Will

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Orison Swett Marden


Orison Swett Marden was well-known at the turn of the 20th century for his inspirational and spiritual books of self-help. This one deals wi…

Told after Supper

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Jerome K. Jerome


It is Christmas Eve, and the narrator, his uncle and sundry other local characters are sitting round the fire drinking copious quantities of…

The Comic English Grammar

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Percival Leigh


This is a basic grammar, treating of the parts of speech, syntax, versification, pronunciation and punctuation. The listener is warned that…

Utopia (Robinson translation)

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Thomas More


Originally entitled A frutefull pleasaunt, and wittie worke of the beste state of publique weale, & of the newe yle, called Utopia: writ…

The Cricket on the Hearth (Version 2)

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Charles Dickens


The tale of John Peerybingle, the good-hearted carrier, and his young wife Mary ('Dot'), interwoven with the story of poor toymaker Caleb Pl…

After London, or Wild England

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Richard Jefferies


Jefferies' novel can be seen as an early example of "post-apocalyptic fiction." After some sudden and unspecified catastrophe has …

The Riddle of the Purple Emperor

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Thomas W. Hanshew


Orphan Lady Margaret Cheyne returns home on her eighteenth birthday to live with her embittered maiden aunt and to take up her inheritance o…

The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

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Thomas W. Hanshew


Another full-length mystery story featuring Hamilton Cleek, whom we met first in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces. This time, Cleek investi…

The Diary of a Dead Officer

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Arthur Graeme West


Published posthumously in 1919, this collection of diary entries presents a scathing picture of army life and is said to be one of the most …

Alice in Blunderland: an Iridescent Dream

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John Kendrick Bangs


From Alice in Blunderland: "Certain of our members claim that they have a right to sell their votes for $500 apiece--" "Mer…

Underground Man

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Gabriel Tarde


This post-apocalyptic novella tells the story of the downfall of civilisation and mankind following a solar cataclysm in the late 20th centu…

The Fearsome Island

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Albert Kinross


No ordinary sailor's tale, this. Based allegedly on the real experiences of Silas Fordred, Master Mariner of Hythe, this is a story of shipw…

The Woman Who Did

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Grant Allen


Most times, especially in the time when this book was written (1895), it is just as nature and society would wish: a man and woman "fal…

Christmas Comes but Once a Year

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John Leighton


A Christmas tale of John Brown's ghastly family (suburban snobs), Captain Bonaventure de Camp and his equally awful brood (a dubious crew), …

The Riddle Ring

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Justin Mccarthy


This romantic mystery - or mysterious romance - tells the tale of jilted lover, Jim Conrad, who discovers an unusual gold ring while on a vi…

The Feast of St. Friend

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Arnold Bennett


In The Feast of St. Friend, a Christmas book, Arnold Bennett shares his views on Christmas as the season of goodwill. As always, Bennett's w…

Reminiscences of Captain Gronow

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Rees Howell Gronow


A collection of memoirs about the Peninsular War, the Battle of Waterloo, and society and personalities of Regency London and 19th century P…

Tea-table Talk

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Jerome K. Jerome


As the New York Times said in 1903, this lesser-known work by Jerome K. Jerome does not display "the wit of Congreve or even the glitte…

The Westminster Alice

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Saki


Published five years before John Kendrick Bangs had the same idea with Alice in Blunderland, Saki, in his 1902 series of satirical articles,…

East by West, Vol. 1

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Sir Henry W. Lucy


East by West: a Journey in the Recess is an account of British journalist Henry Lucy's travels across America and on to the Far East during …

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