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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Korean Fairy Tales

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William Elliot Griffis


Everywhere on earth the fairy world of each country is older and perhaps more enduring than the one we see and feel and tread upon. So I tel…

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…

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…

The Untilled Field

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George Moore and George Logan Moore


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

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…

Fairy Tales from South Africa

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Mrs. E. J. Bourhill and 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…

Outa Karel’s Stories: South African Folk-Lore Tales

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Sanni Metelerkamp


Sanni Metelerkamp was a South African playwright and author born in 1867. She is well known for her biography of her great-grandfather, Geor…

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 …

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