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The Man in the Moone

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Francis Godwin


A self-serving Spaniard discovers a means of traveling to the moon, describing his sensations in transit in terms remarkably consistent with…

Monsieur Beaucaire

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Booth Tarkington


A madcap Frenchman posing as an ambassador's barber blackmails a dishonest duke to introduce him as a nobleman to a wealthy belle of Bath. S…

The Moon Maid

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Edgar Rice Burroughs


Sabotage accidentally takes Earth's first manned interplanetary expedition to the Moon, where a sublunar adventure ensues, involving two int…

Weird Tales, Volume 1

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E. T. A. Hoffmann


These stories form the first volume of the renowned Tales of Hoffman. They are fantasies with hints of the supernatural—quintessential Roman…

Balder Dead (version 2)

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Matthew Arnold


The poem begins with the beloved god Balder, thought to be invulnerable, dead at the hands of the inoffensive blind god Hoder, in a game. L…

The Gods of Mars - (version 2)

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Edgar Rice Burroughs


In this second volume of the Barsoom series, John Carter returns to Mars to learn that his heroic effort to salvage the atmosphere plant sav…

The Master of Ballantrae

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Robert Louis Stevenson


Heir to a noble Scottish house in the mid 18th century, the Master is a charming, clever, and resourceful villain whose daring but ill-advis…

Venus and Adonis (Version 2)

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William Shakespeare


Both Ovid and Spenser also treat this ancient myth, but Spenser alters the ending, converting the tale into an archetype of fulfilled love, …

Selected Poems

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George Herbert


These poems, from Herbert’s book The Temple, show the evolution of a soul’s relationship with God. Sudden reversals of mood are common, for …

Sohrab and Rustum: An Episode

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Matthew Arnold


A young soldier born among Tartars but sired by the mighty Persian lord Rustum, serves in the Tartar army, seeking his great father. To this…

Black Amazon of Mars (Version 3)

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Leigh Douglass Brackett


In his final adventure on Mars, Eric John Stark acquires a relic of an ancient Martian hero, a gem or lens which is believed to be the key t…

Songs of Innocence and Experience (version 3)

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William Blake


The short, simple lines of these delicate poems resemble song lyrics, emphasizing the concrete but hinting at transcendent realities, althou…

Jerusalem Delivered

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Torquato Tasso


The First Crusade provides the backdrop for a rich tapestry of political machinations, military conflicts, martial rivalries, and love stori…

The History of Britain

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John Milton


A reader of this history, encountering the frequent references to “my author,” meaning the current source, will be reminded of DON QUIXOTE a…

Milton's Minor Poems

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John Milton


“On Shakespear 1630” typifies much of Milton’s poetry. By some miracle never yet explained, at age 24 he managed to get a 16-line encomium i…

Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (version 2)

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George MacDonald


An author who means to end a story with some variation of “And they all lived happily ever after” had better deal before that point not just…

Fifty-One Tales

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Lord Dunsany


Very brief, well-crafted stories, many having surprise endings, all steeped in the dye of myth and calling to every reader's neglected imagi…

Thuvia, Maid of Mars (version 2)

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Edgar Rice Burroughs


John Carter's son, Carthoris, falls in love with his father's true friend, Thuvia of Ptarth, but she has been promised to another and is kid…

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