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The Odysseys of Homer

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The Odysseys are a collection of stories about Ulysses' journey home from the war at Troy purportedly written in the 8th century BCE by Home…


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George Washington Sears, who many know better by his pen name "Nessmuk", was an outdoor writer during the last half of the 19th ce…

The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald

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Anonymoustranslated Bywilliam Morris

A tale from Iceland, 800 years ago.In a dream of quarrels and deathThe birth of fair Helga is toldCross the north seas ventured for fameAt t…

Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex

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Owen Chase

Owen Chase (October 7, 1797 – March 7, 1869) was First Mate of the whale ship Essex, that was struck and sunk by a sperm whale on October 28…

The Splendid Wayfaring

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John Neihardt

Quote:"In the following pages I have told the story of that body of adventurers who, from 1822 to 1829, opened the way for the expansio…

The Ascent of Denali

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Hudson Stuck

The story of the First Ascent of Denali by Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper and Robert Tatum in 1913, recorded in celebration of …

Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847

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John Rae

After the bizarre death of Thomas Simpson, Dr. John Rae was chosen to complete the survey of the Northwest Passage, linking the work of Simp…

The Ascent of Mount St. Elias, Alaska

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Filippo De Filippi

Although Mount St. Elias had been known to native Americans for thousands of years and to Europeans since 1741 when Vitus Bering saw the pea…

The Heroic Life and Exploits of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer

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This is the prequel of the Nibelungenlied. It tells the tale of Siegfried as a young man when he sets forth to earn a name for himself so h…

With Sack and Stock in Alaska

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George Broke

In 1888, George Broke with Harold Topham and William Williams, made the first exploration of the Alaskan Mt. St. Elias range, including the …

The Apostle of Alaska: The Story of William Duncan of Metlakahtla

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John W. Arctander

This is this story of William Duncan, an English missionary, who established a colony among the Tsimshian people of the Pacific Northwest. …

Yellowstone Expedition of 1870

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Gustavus Cheyney Doane

Lt. Gustavus Doane was a member of the 1870 Yellowstone Expedition led by Henry Washburn. Washburn requested military support from General H…

The Gardener

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Rabindranath Tagore

Most of the lyrics of love and life, the translations of which from Bengali are published in this book, were written much earlier than the s…

The Shipwreck

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William Falconer

A semi-autobiographical poem in three cantos recounts the wreck of the merchant ship Britannia. Written by William Falconer, a seaman of so…

O. Henryana

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O. Henry

A book of poems and short stories. - Summary by Fritz

The Service

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Henry David Thoreau

An essay in three parts written in July 1840. "Human life is his topic, and he views it with an Oriental scope of thought, in which di…

St. Clair's Defeat 1791

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St. Clair's defeat was a battle fought between the United States and the Western Confederacy of Native Americans on November 4, 1791, during…

The Vision of Sir Launfal and Other Poems

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James Russell Lowell

A collection of poems by Lowell, one of the Fireside poets with Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes, and Bryant, including a sketch of his life. T…

The Song of Three Friends

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John Neihardt

The Song of Three Friends is one of five epic poems in Neihardt's, "Cycle of the West". In eight cantos it tells the tale of thre…

Low Tide on Grand Pré: A Book of Lyrics

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Bliss Carman

The first of more than thirty books of poetry by Canadian poet Bliss Carman. "The poems in this volume have been collected with refere…

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