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Christmas at Thompson Hall

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Anthony Trollope


"A Mid-Victorian Christmas Tale"; tells of a night time encounter between relatives who had never before met, resulting in minor i…

Ralph the Heir

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Anthony Trollope


As usual, Trollope creates a nice variety of characters of different English classes, sentiments and positions. The primary themes are the i…

Marion Fay

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Anthony Trollope


Marion Fay (1882) offers a pair of romances, each involving a match between one titled personage and one commoner. The misalliances lead to …

Snarleyyow

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Frederick Marryat


This is a quite amusing nautical tale of the British Navy of the around the year 1700. While, as with much early 'humor', it is somewhat h…

The Two Heroines of Plumplington

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Anthony Trollope


In the small English Town of Plumplington the daughter of a brewer and that of a banker each has selected her future husband contrary to the…

The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson

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Anthony Trollope


Billed as a satire concerning the dishonest advertising and business practices of the day, it tells the tale of an upstart clothing business…

An Old Man's Love

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Anthony Trollope


This was Trollope's last completed novel, and he may have acquired his sympathy for older lovers with age! A not-so-very-old man, Mr. Whittl…

The Bertrams

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Anthony Trollope


This is a massive effort, taking place in England and the Middle East, with a cast of thousands... Well, not thousands, fortunately, but cer…

How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion

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George Wilbur Peck


A series of U.S. Civil War adventures or incidents experienced and enhanced (or created) by humorist George W. Peck. Peck was at times a wri…

The Town Traveller

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George Gissing


The town traveller is himself a British salesman, living in a lower class part of London in the Victorian era. The story depicts his interac…

Sunbeams

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George Wilbur Peck


George W. Peck was at times a writer, newspaper publisher and politician. Many of the Sunbeam essays had been published in Peck's paper, &qu…

Travels and adventures of an orchid hunter: An account of canoe and camp life i…

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Albert Millican


This is quite the adventure tale and travelog. We see cities, peoples, plants and wildlife of Columbia and the ports our intrepid 'hunter' v…

Beasley's Christmas Party

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Booth Tarkington


A melodramatic folksy Christmas story, a little like Dickens - with a Tiny Tim, but also with some romance. Tarkington's writings are very m…

Godfrey Morgan: a Californian Mystery

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Jules Verne


This Verne adventure is indeed a mystery and also a satire on the Crusoe genre. Our characters are larger than life, as well they should be …

An Editor's Tales

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Anthony Trollope


These 'tales' describe a series of encounters between various magazine editors and those who wish to have their works published. While conta…

Perkins of Portland

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Ellis Parker Butler


Amusing tales showing the effectiveness of advertising some rather questionable products. Perkins and the narrator partner in promotions dir…

The Cheerful Smugglers

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Ellis Parker Butler


Saving for the baby's education: how can a young family be disciplined so as to regularly put money in the pig (bank)? Why, put a tariff on …