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Sally on the Rocks | Winifred Boggs | General Fiction
Sally Lunton has led a bohemian lifestyle in Paris, but now at 31 she returns to Little Crampton disillusioned, no job, no money and no hopes for the future except a safe, if loveless, marriage.. Little Crampton has its complement of “typical” villagers – the pompous bank manager, the local gossip, the ageing parson – but this is spring 1915, and the young men are away fighting and dying in the Great War. Farms and businesses are struggling to exist, families are grieving and there are not many marriage prospects for a spirited, worldly young woman. Sally's story is told with a mixture of wry humour, cynical observation and bitter anti-war sentiments that make this novel an interesting, emotional but never sentimental view of "English village life".  Genre(s): General Fiction Winifred Boggs (1874 - 1931)
10:37:21
January 18, 2022
Four Masters of Etching | Frederick Wedmore
Frederick Wedmore presents short vignettes of influential artiest of the 19th century who were noted for their mastery of etching: Seymour Haden, Jules Jacquemart, J. A. M. Whistler, and Alphonse Legros  Genre(s): Art, Design & Architecture, Biography & Autobiography Language: English Frederick Wedmore (1844 - 1921)
01:38:58
January 18, 2022
The Cenci | Percy Bysshe Shelley | Tragedy
Written in 1819, but not first staged for over hundred years after it was written due to controversial themes of incest and parricide, it was not considered stageable. This tragedy is a true story, set in Rome, 1599, centred around the murder of the tyrant, Count Francesco Cenci, by his tormented daughter, Beatrice.  Genre(s): Tragedy Language: English Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
02:45:48
January 18, 2022
The Sentimental Song Book | Julia A. Moore | Poetry
Julia A. Moore, the "Sweet Singer of Michigan," is today considered one of the true luminaries of bad poetry. Her verse, with its questionable grammar, clumsily contrived rhymes and its unique mixture of rigorous moralism and sentimentality, attracted wide-spread mockery from the press and the public, but also the attention of literary celebrities like Mark Twain. Ogden Nash, the comic poet, claimed that Moore was a major source of inspiration. Today the Flint Public Library in Michigan holds the Julia A. Moore Poetry Festival to celebrate bad poetry. Genre(s): Poetry, Single author Julia A. Moore (1847 - 1920)
01:34:00
January 18, 2022
The Follies of a Day; OR, The Marriage of Figaro (English) | Pierre Beaumarchais
This is Thomas Holcroft's English translation, obtained by attending Pierre Beaumarchais' French play nine times in Paris during its original official staging in 1784. Beaumarchais' play was the basis for Mozart's 1796 opera, and is a satire about lovers' misdoings and French society. Because of its rebellious themes, presented during the troubling times leading up to the French Revolution, Beaumarchais had a very difficult time getting his play past the censors. Once staged, the play was enormously popular with audiences, including the aristocracy despite their understanding of the underlying themes. It was shocking that an commoner could contend directly with a nobleman. Louis XVI was not amused with Beaumarchais and imprisoned him for a few days. In our play, staged in London in 1785, Figaro is engaged to be married to Susan, who has caught the eye of Count Almaviva . . . (Holcroft Anglicized Suzanne's name so that English audiences would better accept her.) The Marriage is part of a trilogy, following The Barber of Seville and preceding The Guilty Mother.  Pierre Beaumarchais (1732 - 1799) Genre(s): Comedy, Satire Language: English
03:07:10
January 18, 2022
Isles of Eden | Laura Lee Davidson
A charming and thoughtful view of life in Canada experienced while vacationing on a small island in summer. The author is a women who is independent, observant, and compassionate in her view of her 'simple' neighbors. Ms. Davidson's description of the natural world, also, in this idyllic setting and time is well worth the time of one's listening and contemplation. Genre(s): Nature Laura Lee Davidson (1870 - 1949)
03:58:12
January 18, 2022
The Song of the Waters | Poetry
These are 17 recordings of The Song of the Waters by William Murray Graydon. ----- William Murray Graydon, February 4, 1864 – April 5, 1946, was an extremely prolific American writer who also wrote under the pen-names Alfred Armitage, William Murray, and Tom Olliver. He published a wide variety of historical fiction, wilderness and adventure stories and poems, science-fiction, and Sexton Blake boy detective stories. This lovely poem describes what the poet seems to hear the Susquehanna river whispering as it flows by his campsite on a star-lit night. Note: The Susquehanna River flows from upstate New York state to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) William Murray Graydon (1864 - 1946)
51:56
January 18, 2022
The Last Wish | Poetry
These are 27 recordings of The Last Wish by Robert Bulwer-Lytton. ----- Robert Edward Bulwer-Lytton was the son of the novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and was an English statesman, Conservative politician, and poet under the pseudonym Owen Meredith.  Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831 - 1891)
15:01
January 18, 2022
Princess Sukey: The Story of a Pigeon and Her Human Friends | Marshall Saunders
Dear little Princess Sukey sitting by the fire—pretty little pigeon—of what is she thinking as she dreamily eyes the blazing wood? If a pigeon could review its past life, what she has of bird mind would be running back over the series of adventures that she had ere she established herself in this well ordered household. Has she any mentality of her own, or are all pigeons stupid as has been said? Listen to her story, and judge for yourself. (Excerpt from Chapter I) Genre(s): Animals & Nature Marshall Saunders (1861 - 1947)
08:59:17
January 18, 2022
A Personal Record | Joseph Conrad
Conrad began dictating the series of loose autobiographical sketches that would become 'A Personal Record' in 1911, when he was half way through writing 'Under Western Eyes'. His avowed aim was to give his readers a sense of 'the man behind the work', and he certainly succeeded in creating a vivid impression of the kind of Joseph Conrad he would have liked to have been seen as: a man capable of wry humour and self-deprecation, but a sober, serious man too, prepared to face life as he found it. While some of the moments Conrad recalls seem slight enough in themselves - a general's daughter barges into his room while he is writing the end of 'Nostromo'; he supervises the unloading of a pony for the real Almayer up a river in Borneo - his manner of interweaving various episodes, abruptly dropping one and leaping to another epoch of his life, interspersing all with reflections on life and his own art - all this is Conrad at his most engaging.  Genre(s): Memoirs Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924)
04:37:57
January 18, 2022
Later Treatises of Saint Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria | Christianity
The times, for which God raised up Saint Athanasius, have, in many respects, a counterpart in our own. There is, now too, earnest, ever-enlarging, adherence to the faith, in those who hold it. But there is also a wide-spread dislike of definite doctrine, such as found a vent in the different shades of Arianism. They framed eleven Creeds, to satisfy themselves or others, over-against the one faith, put forth at Nicaea and accepted by the whole Church. They swung to and fro, at times approximating nearer to the truth; but their secret maxim, unknown to themselves, was, "anything but the Truth". But Saint Athanasius speaks more nearly to us, who would defend that faith. Wide as differences now are, the adherence to the maxims and principles of Saint Athanasius may prevent their being wider, or may win many to the whole truth. It is a great step to understand one another. "Saint Athanasius looked through words into meanings." "One of the characteristic points in Saint Athanasius," said Card. Newman 40 years ago, "is his constant attention to the sense of doctrine, or the meaning of writers, in preference to the words used."  Genre(s): Christianity - Other Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 297 - 373) and Theodoret of Cyrus (c. 393 AD - c. 466 AD)
06:00:18
January 18, 2022
Horror & Supernatural Fiction | The Thing in the Woods | Margery Williams
Dr. Haverill is asked to fill in as local physician for the skittish Dr. Lennox in a small Pennsylvania town. The locals seem to be a superstitious bunch, prone to fearing traveling in the woods at night and with good reason. It seems a series of vicious attacks have occurred by what appears to be some kind of large animal. As the bodies begin to pile up, Dr. Haverill starts to question whether the responsible party could be something beyond humanity. Writer Margery Williams Bianco (writing here under the pseudonym Harper Williams) is perhaps better known for writing the children's classic "The Velveteen Rabbit", but this dark slice of mystery horror fiction was found to be admired by none other than H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft scholars have noted in particular a distinct influence that this book had on his famous story "The Dunwich Horror". Also please note that this book is of its time and features racially insensitive language in the early chapters. Those who are concerned with such language should be advised. Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction Margery Williams (1881 - 1944)
05:34:24
January 18, 2022
The Spirits' Book
Allan Kardec (1804 - 1869) The Spirits' Book, published in French in 1857, is considered the most important book in the Spiritist philosophy. It contains the bases for that philosophy and all important points in its doctrine: the belief in God, reincarnation and the survival of the soul after death, the fact that it is through reincarnation that the soul learns and moves closer to perfection. The work is the first of a five book canon, and it is organized in the form of questions and answers, with commentary by the codifier, Allan Kardec, a pseudonym of Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail.  Genre(s): Christianity - Other
16:25:27
January 15, 2022
The Aliens | Science Fiction | Murray Leinster
The human race was expanding through the galaxy ... and so, they knew, were the Aliens. Who were these beings? Traces of them could be found scattered on planets everywhere, some very recent, but the aliens themselves were never encountered. They were obviously just as advanced technologically as humans and obviously looking for planets to expand to, just like humans. But what would happen when the two races, human and alien met? From history it was obvious that a war should be planned for, two expanding empires cannot tolerate rivals and they would clash and it could happen at any time. Would it be a war to the death? Sadly, that was the most probable outcome. Hundreds of human ships were designed specifically to frantically comb the known universe to gather information about them to prepare for war. Which was inevitable of course. -  Genre(s): Science Fiction Murray Leinster (1896 - 1975)
01:37:39
January 15, 2022
Later Poems
Alice Meynell (1847 - 1922) Alice Meynell was a British poet and suffragist. This collection was published in 1902 and explores the author’s Catholic faith as well as the natural world.  Genre(s): Single author, Lyric
23:01
January 15, 2022
Crime & Mystery Fiction | The Dream Doctor
Arthur B. Reeve (1880 - 1936) The Dream Doctor is a compilation of detective stories featuring Professor Craig Kennedy, a Sherlock-like character who uses his scientific acumen to solve mysteries. A newspaper reporter, Walter Jameson, works with him to get to the bottom of things. The Craig Kennedy stories appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine in the early 1900s. Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction, Detective Fiction, Published 1900 onward
10:25:44
January 13, 2022
Bible (YLT) NT 08: 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians
The Old and New Covenants, translated according to the letter and idioms of the original languages. - From the title page Genre(s): Young's Literal Translation Language: English
39:41
January 13, 2022
Verse and Worse
Harry Graham (1874 - 1936) A collection of dark and humorous verse from "Col D. Streamer". This collection includes poems from The Baby's Baedeker, Perverted Proverbs, and Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes.  Genre(s): Single author
02:30:19
January 13, 2022
The Professor's House
Willa Sibert Cather (1873 - 1947) A portrait of Americas many social groups with the chief interest centered on a university professor and his family  Genre(s): General Fiction
06:38:11
January 12, 2022
The Tale of a Tank And Other Yarns
Harold Ashton (1875 - 1919) Harold Ashton was the War Correspondent of The Daily News during the First World War and reported extensively on the British army’s involvement in the conflict. Whether working alongside the British troops that were fighting on the frontline or in the trenches or accompanying the massive logistics operation behind the lines – be it the transporting of munitions and supplies or seeing at first hand the work of the Royal Army Medical Corps – he reported on the successes and failures, the tragedies and victories over the course of the war. But this book of short stories shows another side of a war-weary reporter and another side of the war. Ashton has created a diverse selection of yarns, some maybe based on a vague semblance of fact whilst others are pure fiction but all of them reflect classic British humour to some degree. Genre(s): Humorous Fiction
10:50:57
January 12, 2022
James Grant | The Royal Regiment, and Other Novelettes | War & Military Fiction
James Grant was a prolific Scottish writer of novels and "novelettes", particularly centered around military life. Included with this regimental tale, are four such novelettes or short stories. Genre(s): War & Military Fiction James Grant (1822 - 1887)
08:19:53
January 11, 2022
Romance | A Weaver of Dreams | Myrtle Reed
Delightful and charmingly predictable, this sweet romance will make you reflect one minute and laugh out loud the next. It's the kind of cozy read that will make the ideal companion on a dreary afternoon or snowy winter's evening. Enjoy!!  Genre(s): Romance Myrtle Reed (1874 - 1911)
07:58:47
January 11, 2022
The Forest Reverie | Poetry | Edgar Allan Poe
Whilst Edgar Poe was editor of the Broadway Journal, some poems were published over the signature of "A. M. Ide". In order, doubtless, to give a show of variety, Poe was then publishing some of his known works in his journal over noms de plume, and as no other writings whatever can be traced to any person bearing the name of "A. M. Ide," it is not impossible that the poems now republished in this collection may be by the author of "The Raven." Having been published without his usual elaborate revision, Poe may have wished to hide his hasty work under an assumed name.  Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)
45:11
January 11, 2022
The Romance of Modern Geology | Earth Sciences | Edwin Sharpe Grew
From the series, The Library of Romance, this book introduces the reader to the modern geology of the 1909, with topics that include the building and shaping of the earth, the action of weather, rivers, seas and ice on the earth, earthquakes and volcanoes, and, of course, dinosaurs and other extinct animals. Genre(s): Earth Sciences Edwin Sharpe Grew (1867 - 1950)
08:08:37
January 09, 2022
First Love and Other Fascinating Stories about Spanish Life | Short Stories
This is a collection of humorous short stories bound to entertain and make readers chuckle! Genre(s): Short Stories Pedro Antonio de Alarcón y Ariza (1833 - 1891), Serafín Estébanez Calderón (1799 - 1867) et al.
01:51:49
January 09, 2022
Haiti: Its Dawn of Progress after Years in a Night of Revolution | John Dryden Kuser
This book is part history and part travelogue, an account of a brief visit by a wealthy, white U.S. politician during a lamentable time in Haiti’s history of its invasion and occupation by the U.S. military. Dryden offers his views of elements of Haitian culture such as education, religion and commerce, with some optimism but with the shallow understanding of a casual observer who has not been immersed in the culture enough to provide truly insightful understanding. One chapter is an account of his duck hunting expedition. This is, nonetheless, valuable in helping us understand how many understood the Haitian situation in the early twentieth century.  Genre(s): Travel & Geography, Modern (20th C) John Dryden Kuser (1897 - 1964)
01:30:24
January 09, 2022
Ten Kittens | G. A. Puckett
The stories of the ten kittens told in this book are true to life. They have been gathered from here and there over the country. All the kittens have lived and played their little parts in the life history as told in each chapter. The purpose of this collection of stories is to create more interest and love for kittens on the part of our boys and girls. If these stories help someone to be kinder to little kittens, then the author’s purpose will not have been in vain.  Genre(s): Animals & Nature G. A. Puckett
54:01
January 08, 2022
Physics & Mechanics | The Atom and the Ocean | E. W. Seabrook Hull
This is one of the publications in the “Understanding the Atom” Series from the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission. Topics covered include an overview of the ocean, the role of nuclear energy, research project, oceanic instruments, nuclear powered vessels, desalination, and radiation preservation of seafood. Genre(s): Astronomy, Physics & Mechanics E. W. Seabrook Hull (1923 - 2007)
01:38:59
January 08, 2022
A Girl Among the Anarchists
Helen and Olivia Rossetti were rather precocious girls in Victorian London. While still extremely young, they published a renowned anarchist journal in their home which drew prominent figures to their salon. From their expriences, they co-authored this 1903 novel, in which the narrator, Isabel Meredith, reveals a first-hand inside account of the countercultural community of late-19th century British anarchism. This was certainly far outside the normal purview of the women of Victorian society.  Genre(s): General Fiction Olivia Rossetti Agresti (1875 - 1960) and Helen Rossetti Angeli (1865 - 1964)
07:11:59
January 08, 2022
Against Celsus Book 5 | Origen of Alexandria
Against Celsus, preserved entirely in Greek, is a major apologetics work by the Church Father Origen of Alexandria, written in around 248 AD, countering the writings of Celsus, a pagan philosopher and controversialist who had written a scathing attack on Christianity in his treatise "The True Word". Among a variety of other charges, Celsus had denounced many Christian doctrines as irrational and criticized Christians themselves as uneducated, deluded, unpatriotic, close-minded towards reason, and too accepting of sinners. He had accused Jesus of performing his miracles using black magic rather than actual divine powers and of plagiarizing his teachings from Plato. Celsus had warned that Christianity itself was drawing people away from traditional religion and claimed that its growth would lead to a collapse of traditional, conservative values.  Genre(s): Christianity - Other Origen of Alexandria (184 - 253)
02:48:58
January 08, 2022
Bread | Charles G. Norris
Bread by Charles G. Norris reads like a working class Great Gatsby with a tragic female main character. The author is said to have influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald. There is a kind of cadence to the writing, and arc to the story where this can be felt in both similarity and contrast. It follows the life of a woman from young adulthood to middle age between the years of 1905 to 1922 in New York City. She is a stenographer, has chosen the then taboo path of a “wage earner” as opposed to that of mother/wife/homemaker. The descriptions of the inner workings of a publishing house in a time when the printed word was still the apex of information technology are vivid. The social and domestic situations are touching and emotionally telling of how, however much things change, they also stay the same. The metaphor of “Bread” is quaintly heavy handed. “Dedicated to the working women of America”, Norris gives us the “straight dope” in this depiction of life in New York City in the early 20th century. Genre(s): Published 1900 onward Charles G. Norris (1881 - 1945)
13:24:57
January 06, 2022
The Blue Review, Number 3 | Short Stories
The Blue Review was a short lived monthly journal published in London between May and July 1913. The successor to Rhythm, The Blue Review was edited by John Middleton Murry and Katherine Mansfield, but survived only three issues. In addition to poetry and short literary pieces, the review included reviews of theatre, music and the arts and of books recently published in English and French. The third and final issue of the journal included Poetry by Rupert Brooke, short stories by Katherine Mansfield and Gilbert Cannan and a review of Thomas Mann's 'Death in Venice' by D. H. Lawrence.  Genre(s): Short Stories, Literary Collections
02:45:05
January 06, 2022
Literary Criticism | A Dish of Orts: Chiefly Papers on the Imagination, and on Shakespeare | George MacDonald
Readers of George MacDonald are used to his engaging story-telling, winsome characters, and simple theology of trust in God as Father. But this book shows a different side of MacDonald. A Dish of Orts is a varied collection of essays, mostly in the nature of literary criticism. These essays are, in MacDonald's words, "but fragmentary presentments of larger meditation."  Genre(s): Essays & Short Works, Literary Criticism George MacDonald (1824 - 1905)
10:07:54
January 06, 2022
Detective Fiction | Under the Tiger's Claws | Nicholas Carter
Nick Carter is a fictional detective who first appeared in 1886 in dime store novels. Over the years, different authors, all taking the nom de plume Nicholas Carter, have penned stories featuring "America's greatest detective". In this story, Nick is called to visit his banker friend, Mr. Gilsley, who is concerned about some missing money. Also present at the meeting is Belle Braddon, the banker's stenographer. Although the young woman is striking, there is something about her that Nick doesn't trust. Genre(s): Detective Fiction
04:40:54
January 06, 2022
Poetry | The Empty Room | Katharine Lee Bates
Best known as the author of "America the Beautiful", American professor and poet Katharine Lee Bates also wrote many books and articles on social reform.  Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) Katharine Lee Bates (1859 - 1929)
24:13
January 03, 2022
My Brigantine | James Fenimore Cooper
After a stint on a commercial voyage, James Fenimore Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, where he learned the technology of managing sailing vessels which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. Cooper, beloved though he is as a novelist, hasn't drawn much attention for his poetry. Here is one of his pieces expressing his appreciation for a beautiful ship, taken from his 1830 novel "The Water-Witch".  Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851)
18:59
January 03, 2022
Short Poetry Collection 223
This is a collection of 38 poems read in English. Genre(s): Poetry
01:19:14
January 03, 2022
Legends & Fairy Tales | Grimm's Fairy Stories | Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
Fairies, Evil Step Mothers, Enchanted Forests, Golden Geese, Poor Little Children, Fairy Godmothers, Magic wells, and oh, so many many more of the things that make those well loved stories thrilling to tell and listen to are in this little book. And there are a few that you may never have heard of before. just to spice things up a bit. Some are short and some are long but all have a big helping of magic and wonder. Do you like stories like this? well, here you are!  Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm (1785 - 1863)
05:30:47
January 03, 2022
The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug | Arthur Scott Bailey
"Little Mrs. Ladybug was a worker. Nobody could deny that. To be sure, she had to stop now and then to talk to her neighbors, because Mrs. Ladybug dearly loved a bit of gossip. At the same time there wasn't anyone in Pleasant Valley that helped Farmer Green more than she did. She tried her hardest to keep the trees in the orchard free from insects."  Genre(s): Animals & Nature Arthur Scott Bailey (1877 - 1949)
01:57:09
January 03, 2022
Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, Volume XI, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2
These volumes of slave narratives are the product of the Federal Writers Project sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Work Project Administration. They consist of verbatim records of personal interviews with former slaves conducted during 1936-1938. "These life histories, taken down as far as possible in the narrators' words, constitute an invaluable body of unconscious evidence or indirect source material, . . . The narratives belong to folk history—history recovered from the memories and lips of participants or eye-witnesses,” This is volume two for the state of North Carolina.  Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Short non-fiction
10:01:09
January 03, 2022
Holy Bible (ASV), Complete
What can be said? It's the ASV Bible, copyrighted 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons. I have previously recorded the New Living Translation of the Bible and would now like to do this version in order to make the Holy Scriptures more available. Genre(s): American Standard Version American Standard Version
103:44:08
January 01, 2022
Comedy | The Fairy Lady
Don Manuel and Cosmo are visiting town to stay with Don Manuel's friend Don John de Toledo for the young Prince's christening, when suddenly a a veiled lady begs for their aid and protection. "My honour and my life are forfeit if I am overtaken or discovered by the person that comes yonder in pursuit of me." And so the intrigue of this farce begins....  Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600 - 1681) Genre(s): Comedy
02:26:36
January 01, 2022
The Movement and Habits of Climbing Plants | Charles Darwin
A technical report of the experiments and observations performed on various species of twining, tendril-climbing, root-climbing, and leaf-climbing plants, with some review of past literature and an emphasis on taking measurements to allow the quantitative comparison of sensitivity and speed of reactions across different genera and species. Conclusions and hypotheses on the fitness advantages, progressive adaptations, and evolutionary relatedness of different species are included. Genre(s): Earth Sciences Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)
05:54:01
January 01, 2022
Coffee Break Collection 032 - Wilderness
This is the 32nd Coffee Break Collection, in which Librivox readers select and read stories or poems, fiction or non-fiction pieces of fifteen minutes' duration or less, suitable for short commutes and coffee breaks. The subject for this collection is WILDERNESS. The collection is full after 20 pieces have been submitted. Genre(s): Short Stories, Essays & Short Works Language: English
02:52:30
January 01, 2022
Self-Help | The Freedom of Life | Annie Payson Call
'The Freedom of Life' is a mind-illuminating book, in which author Annie Payson Call (1853-1940) wrote about many of the troubles that we usually face mentally and physically in our lives. It shows the reader various perspectives of dealing with the mind and life. The reader will surely get a good understanding of his/her problems after reaching the end of this book.  Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Self-Help Annie Payson Call (1853 - 1940)
03:24:53
January 01, 2022
Poetry | Color | Countee Cullen
Countee Cullen’s poetry in Color contemplates Black Americans’ fractured sense of self—at once spiritually tied to homelands where their ancestors were kidnapped and rooted in the white supremacist society where they live. With poems about love, tradition, the intertwined lives of Black people and whites, and the experience of a "Negro in a day like this," Color is a profound early work of the Harlem Renaissance. The collection’s most famous poem is "Heritage".  Genre(s): Single author Countee Cullen (1903 - 1946)
01:32:40
January 01, 2022
Into The Valley Of Death: Crimea, Balaklava, The Light Brigade: Russell, Tennyson And Kipling
The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1854) is a famous poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. It is about, among other things, the valor of soldiers and the tragic loss of life in futile war engagements. The war is the Crimean War (1853-1856) which Russia lost against a coalition of France, United Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. The battle is Balaclava, 25 October, 1854. The Light Brigade (United Kingdom) comprises cavalry officers and soldiers, mounted on smaller unarmored light fast horses and armed with sword and lance. Mobile and speedy, they were primarily intended for skirmishes and reconnaisances. They were ordered against a near impregnable Russian line of cannon, infantry, and cavalry. Tennyson wrote his poem after reading in The Times (14 November 1854) an account by war correspondent William Howard Russell of the tragic courage and tragic deaths caused by a miscommunication among commanders in the Crimean War. Forty years after its publication Rudyard Kipling wrote another poem about the parlous condition of survivors of the men of the Light Brigade, The Last Of The Light Brigade (1890). Much later (1885?) Tennyson wrote a not-nearly-so-well-known poem, The Charge Of The Heavy Brigade (recorded here but omitting the Prologue and Epilogue). The Heavy Brigade rode large heavy horses; the men wore metal helmets and fought with cavalry swords; they were intended as a close combat shock force. Both heavy and light brigades fought in this battle. Part 1 of this work contains all three poems and closes with a recording made in London in 1890; trumpeter Martin Landfrey plays the charge he sounded at the Charge Of The Light Brigade. Part 2 of this work contains an excerpt from Russell’s book narrative (not the newspaper articles) of the battle. Part 3 of this work is an excerpt from The London Gazette (12 November 1854) , the official government publication in which important announcements were recorded (think the US Congressional Record). Here we read two reports of the battle from the commander of the Army (Lord Raglan) to the British War Department (The Duke of Newcastle). The notice also contains reports from three of Lord Raglan’s sub-commanders, Lord Lucan commanding the Cavalry Division; General Colin Campbell; and General De Lacy Evans.  Genre(s): War & Military, Modern (19th C)
51:44
December 30, 2021
Bible (YLT) NT 12: Epistle to the Colossians
Young's Literal Translation of the Bible. Translated according to 'the letter and the idioms of the original languages.'  Genre(s): Young's Literal Translation Young's Literal Translation Translated by Robert Young (1822 - 1888)
13:17
December 30, 2021
The Heir At Law
Daniel Dowlas a chandler from Gosport, transmogrified into a baron, naturally enough demands, in what consists the mighty difference between drinking his tea out of a cup, or a saucer. He has the good sense to feel his insufficiency; and, aspiring to shine as an orator, engages a professor to teach him culture. Opposed to my lord, stands my lady, Dowlas; wife, a full-blown hollyhock of the aristocracy of Mammon. She affects to amend her spouse's cakelology, admits that an oath may now and then be suffered to garnish polite discourse, but then, it must be pronounced with an air to one's equals, and with a kind of careless condescension to menials. Pangloss is a peripatetic farce — an LL.D. and A.S.S. of Aberdeen. Alternating between spouting Latin and Greek, and maximising his income, he attempts to make a silk-purse out of the sows ear that is Daniel Dowlas, the new Baron Duberly.  George Colman the Elder (1732 - 1794)
02:52:01
December 30, 2021
Stray Feathers From a Bird Man's Desk
Austin L. Rand (1905 - 1982) Canadian zoologist, Austin L. Rand, takes a divergence from his scholarly works on ornithology to give us 60 entertaining sketches of bird life and lore from Birds Bathing to Courtship Feeding. From the author's introduction: "In looking back over the preparation of these sketches I feel as though each evening I'd gathered up the bits and pieces left over from the day's work and fashioned them into designs for my own amusement and the edification of my family. Truly it's as though I'd used stray feathers, fallen from the bird skins I'd handled, and fitted them together into something of wider interest than the original.. . . . This series of articles is intended to be interesting and entertaining."  Genre(s): Animals, Life Sciences
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December 30, 2021
Action & Adventure | Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Kari the Elephant is a 1922 work by Dhan Gopal Mukerji. The book is the first among those written in English by an Indian author in the category of children's literature. Kari the Elephant is a bildungsroman narrative that unravels the relationship shared by the protagonist boy and Kari the elephant and the adventures the boy, along with Kari and Kope, the pet monkey go through living by the edge of the forest is quite mesmerizing. Their relationship grows stronger with each adventure and their lives defy the boundaries between human and animal society. Set in a colonial Indian village, the treatment of nature and natural life along with the infiltration of capitalist mindset runs as a background to this narrative that eventually endangers this unique relationship the boy and Kari share. Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Animals & Nature Dhan Gopal Mukerji (1890 - 1936)
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December 30, 2021
John Brown | Biography & Autobiography
This is a moving and deeply felt biography of abolitionist John Brown, which defends its subject against the popular notion of him as a delusional fanatic. The author, W.E.B. DuBois, was a renowned author, scholar, sociologist, socialist, and civil rights activist, and one of the founders of the N.A.A.C.P..  Genre(s): Non-fiction, Biography & Autobiography, Political Science Language: English W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)
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December 30, 2021
Science Fiction | Tom Swift and His War Tank | Victor Appleton
Tanks are a new wartime technology, and as the US enters WWI, Tom uses his skills and his family's factory to secretly design and build a bigger, better tank, able to travel at twice the speed of British models, with heavier armor plating, ability to roll over wider trenches, and other innovative improvements. As war fever sets in, many young men are enlisting, except for Tom Swift, which raises many concerns that he is a slacker. Even his girlfriend begins to doubt him, but he has to be secretive even from her, as the Germans do their best to steal his secrets.  Genre(s): Science Fiction, Action & Adventure Victor Appleton
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December 30, 2021
Frank Merriwell’s Trust (Dramatic Reading) | Burt L. Standish
Frank Merriwell is from Yale he excelled at football, baseball, basketball, crew and track at Yale while solving mysteries and righting wrongs the stories show how he handles a number of challenges that come his way.  Genre(s): Dramatic Readings, Action & Adventure Burt L. Standish (1866 - 1945)
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December 30, 2021
Daniel Boone, Backwoodsman | Biography | C. H. Forbes-Lindsay (
Daniel Boone is celebrated in history and legend as one of the foremost pioneers who opened up the wilderness of Kentucky. Famed for his skills as a hunter, he was once captured and adopted by the Shawnee tribe from which he ultimately escaped. He was active in the militia and fought in several battles of the American Revolution. In later life he became a politician, being elected to Virginia state assembly, and land speculator, eventually settling in Missouri. This biography is written for youth in a lively and engaging style dramatizing many of the events of Boone’s adventures, from his youth to his final days.  Genre(s): Biography C. H. Forbes-Lindsay (1870 - )
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December 30, 2021
War & Military Fiction | No Man's Land | Sapper
This book was written by a British Army officer and decorated Western Front veteran. Soldiers could not publish books using their real names, so newspaper magnate Lord Northcliffe christened McNeile, Sapper, to reflect his Royal Engineers background, under which pseudonym the book was published. McNeile also wrote the Bulldog Drummond spy/wartime adventures. No Man's Land is made up of five parts: The Way To The Land is a preface to the rest of the book in which fictional character Clive Draycott travels in Europe prior to the outbreak of the war. Part II The Land consists of 8 stories detailing the day to day lives of soldiers in the trenches. Part III Seed Time is about a salesman turned soldier, and Part IV Harvest in which Sapper puts forward the theory that war is awful, and many suffer but those who survive it can be changed for the better. Themes of class, gender, history abound.  Genre(s): War & Military Fiction Sapper (1888 - 1937)
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December 28, 2021
Action & Adventure | The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car | Laura Lee Hope
In "The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car, Or The Haunted Mansion of Shadow Valley", one of the girls has learned to run a big motor car and she invites the club to go on a tour to visit some distant relatives. On the way they stop at a deserted mansion and make a surprising discovery. This is the third book in the "Outdoor Girls" series.  Genre(s): Action & Adventure Laura Lee Hope
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December 28, 2021
How the Codex Was Found | Christianity
"The narrative of these two journeys is of special interest, because the first one, that made by my twin sister, Mrs. Lewis, and myself, in 1892, led to the discovery of an early and important codex of ancient Syriac gospels... while that made by us this year in company with [more Cambridge scholars and their wives] was undertaken for the purpose of deciphering the precious manuscript to which we have alluded. "Abler pens than mine will write about these Syriac gospels... yet on me devolves the task of telling how the codex was found. Many inaccurate statements have been made by too hasty writers in our public prints, and it has occurred to me that the best means of removing misconceptions on the subject is to reprint my sister's journal of our trips to Sinai in 1892 and 1893." - Margaret Dunlop Gibson Genre(s): Christianity - Other, Exploration Agnes Smith Lewis (1843 - 1926) and Margaret Dunlop Gibson (1843 - 1920)
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December 27, 2021
Pray You, Sir, Whose Daughter?
Twenty-year-old Gertrude Foster has had the sheltered upbringing typical of women of her class. Yet, she questions the restrictive norms with which she has been raised and does not wish to marry a man who will not see her as an equal. Gertrude receives a rude awakening to the state of society when she is brought face to face with poverty in her community, and she is further disturbed when she learns of shocking age of consent legislation being discussed in the state assembly. Her concerns hit close to home after she befriends two working-class girls. Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900 Helen H. Gardener (1853 - 1925)
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December 27, 2021
Poetry | On Christmas Eve | Katharine Lee Bates
Best known as the author of "America the Beautiful", American professor and poet Katharine Lee Bates also wrote many books and articles on social reform. In this poem, she strips away some of the outer layers of the Christmas story to peer into the core of the event.  Genre(s): Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) Katharine Lee Bates (1859 - 1929)
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December 27, 2021
Crime & Mystery Fiction | The Bartlett Mystery | Louis Tracy
This is a fast-paced mystery, set in New York City, has two or three really interesting ("round") characters, a solid plot, no cheap plot-twists, two full-fledged sub/urban battles and some real surprises. Winifred Bartlett, a beautiful and poor orphan, suddenly finds herself homeless and out of a job. Prince Charming (nee Rex Carshaw) comes on to her by accident and begins to take an interest. As strange, apparently unconnected disasters continue to batter poor Winnie, Rex and two police detectives (the most interesting characters in the book) probe the causes and forces threatening the dear girl's well-being and, ultimately, her very life and liberty. It turns out that it is Winifred's close resemblance to her mother, who died long ago in Vermont, that threatens certain powerful interests in contemporary (1913) New York. An unusually large cast of bad guys - each with a different motive for getting rid of Winifred - includes a US Senator, and unsuccessful book binding supervisor, an influential NY society belle, and gun-slinging Western gangster "Mick the Wolf.” The mystery becomes increasingly complex with every new assault on the girl's well-being, and the efforts of the NY police and the ever-faithful Rex.  Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction, Romance Louis Tracy (1863 - 1928)
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December 26, 2021
Yellowstone Expedition of 1870 | Gustavus Cheyney Doane
Lt. Gustavus Doane was a member of the 1870 Yellowstone Expedition led by Henry Washburn. Washburn requested military support from General Hancock of the US Army who selected Doane to lead a detail of five soldiers from Fort Ellis in Montana to accompany the expedition. This is Doane's journal submitted by the War Department to the US Senate reporting on the observations of the expedition. The record kept by Doane is recognized as a significant contribution to the subsequent creation of Yellowstone National Park.  Genre(s): Modern (19th C) Gustavus Cheyney Doane (1840 - 1892)
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December 26, 2021
Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 088
"With opinions, possession is more than nine points of the law. It is next to impossible to dislodge them." Woodrow Wilson's Study of Administration examines public opinion's role in politics. It is one of 20 nonfiction readings chosen by the readers. Other faceted topics in volume 088 include culinary taste (Stewed Eels) the existence of the supernatural (Mayo v. Satan; Previsionary Dream); slavery (The Constitution and the Slave; A Scrap of Curious History); peace and war (Bumping into the Bolshevists; Russians as I Knew Them; Bogdan Chmielnicki; Armistice; International Peace) and culture (Who Thinks Abstractly; Apollo or Dionysus; Landscape Painting; the College Glee Club; Tagore's Reminiscences; and Frances Burnett). Rounding out the volume are a survey of Martinique, and a medical treatise on the Organs of the Human Voice.  Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Essays & Short Works
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December 26, 2021
Christian Fiction | The Life and Death of Mr. Badman | John Bunyan
Seventeenth-century Puritan theologian John Bunyan wrote The Life and Death of Mr. Badman as a companion piece to The Pilgrim’s Progress, the literary work for which Bunyan is best remembered. Although both works are Christian allegories that provide the reader with moral and spiritual instruction, The Pilgrim’s Progress accomplishes this goal primarily via the positive example of the protagonist, while The Life and Death of Mr. Badman does the opposite; Pilgrim is ultimately destined for heaven, while Mr. Badman is destined for hell. The two works also differ in their format. Pilgrim’s story is presented as a dream sequence, while Mr. Badman’s story is instead told via a dialogue between two other characters: Mr. Wiseman, who relates Mr. Badman’s narrative and draws life lessons from it, and Mr. Attentive, who asks prompting questions and makes comments on the tale he hears. Throughout the story, Bunyan details a variety of Mr. Badman’s sins including lying, swearing, and Sabbath-breaking. Despite its length, the original text was one continuous narrative without chapter breaks. Genre(s): Christian Fiction John Bunyan (1628 - 1688)
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December 26, 2021
Science Fiction | Cosmic Castaway | Carl Richard Jacobi
"Within a year Earth would be a vassal world, with the Sirian invaders triumphant. Only Standish, Earth's Defense Engineer, could halt that last victorious onslaught—and he was helpless, the lone survivor of a prison ship wrecked in uncharted space."  Genre(s): Science Fiction Language: English Carl Richard Jacobi (1908 - 1997)
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December 26, 2021
Cooking | All-Time Favorite Cranberry Recipes
Published by Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc this book of recipes feature cranberries in appetizers, salads, side dishes, main dishes, breads, cakes, cookies. desserts, and beverages. Genre(s): Cooking Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
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December 23, 2021
A History of Freedom of Thought | History, Atheism & Agnosticism | John Bagnell Bury
The great civil liberties we enjoy today, like Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, have their foundation in Freedom of Thought. Without being able to freely explore all kinds of matter with an inquisitive mind, whether it be religious, political, societal, scientific, etc., any expression thereof is limited in and of itself. John Bagnell Bury tells the history of freedom of thought from its roots in Ancient Greece and Rome through the dark and restrictive Middle Ages and its renewed liberation in the Renaissance and the Reformation until the Rationalism of the 17th - 19th centuries. The focus of this book is on religious freethought, but the ideas and values of freedom of thought can be applied to any subject where rigorous thinking is beneficial.  Genre(s): History, Atheism & Agnosticism John Bagnell Bury (1861 - 1927)
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December 23, 2021
Foundations of Geometry | David Hilbert | Mathematics
The German mathematician David Hilbert was one of the most influential mathematicians of the 19th/early 20th century. Hilbert's 20 axioms were first proposed by him in 1899 in his book Grundlagen der Geometrie as the foundation for a modern treatment of Euclidean geometry. Hilbert's axiom system is constructed with six primitive notions: the three primitive terms point, line, and plane, and the three primitive relations Betweenness (a ternary relation linking points), Lies on (or Containment, three binary relations between the primitive terms), and Congruence (two binary relations, one linking line segments and one linking angles). The original monograph in German was based on Hilbert's own lectures and was organized by himself for a memorial address given in 1899. This was quickly followed by a French translation with changes made by Hilbert; an authorized English translation was made by E.J. Townsend in 1902. This translation - from which this audiobook has been read - already incorporated the changes made in the French translation and so is considered to be a translation of the 2nd edition. Genre(s): Mathematics David Hilbert (1862 - 1943)
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December 23, 2021
Children's Fiction | Joan and Peter | H. G. Wells
This is satirical look at the English educational system and society in the early twentieth century and the effect of World War I on them by following the lives of Peter Stublands and the orphaned Joan. It is a sad indictment, and Wells includes "An Apology of a Schoolmaster" to explain the constraints of the system. Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Satire H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)
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December 21, 2021
Christmas Short Works Collection 2021 | Short Stories
The 2021 Christmas collection has some old favourites and some new, some reflections. Shepherds with a difference from New Zealand, and hopefully everyone will find something to enjoy.  Genre(s): Short Stories
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December 21, 2021
Travel & Geography | South-Sea Idyls | Charles Warren Stoddard
The American Charles Warren Stoddard (1843–1909) wrote quite popular travel books, especially those about Polynesia. South-Sea Idyls (1873) was his most popular book. A series of letters to a friend, "They are," wrote William Dean Howells, "the lightest, sweetest, wildest, freshest things that were ever written about the life of that summer ocean." Stoddard also wrote The Lepers Of Molokai (1885), a book that brought Father Damien and his charges to public notice. - Summary by David Wales Genre(s): Travel & Geography Charles Warren Stoddard (1843 - 1909)
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December 21, 2021
Little Maid Marian | Amy Ella Blanchard
Not the tale of Robin Hood’s friend, but a charming Victorian age story of Marian, a little girl being raised by her formal but loving grandparents. When the new school teacher comes to stay, she adds warmth and whimsy to Marian’s life and helps guide her to make her most fervent wishes come true.  Genre(s): General Amy Ella Blanchard (1856 - 1926)
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December 21, 2021
Earth Sciences | The Evacuation of England: The Twist in the Gulf Stream | Louis Pope Gratacap
This book is ostensibly about a theoretical catastrophic geologic event. It turns into a meditation on what it means to be an English person, and at the end, includes a ringing defense of America. Genre(s): Earth Sciences Louis Pope Gratacap (1851 - 1917)
08:37:51
December 20, 2021
Mucedorus | William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) The 1610 edition says it is by Shakespeare, and the play was in a volume of Shakespeare in the library of Charles the Second. But, well, likely not actually a Shakespeare.... Perhaps by Robert Green (1558 - 1592) This play is mentioned as being popular in the 1611 Beaumont and Fletcher play 'The Knight of the Burning Pestle';. In fact, Mucedorus 'was enormously successful. This absurd play, with the merits and defects of a nursery tale, was acted by strolling companies everywhere till long after the Commonwealth, and passed through seventeen editions between 1598 and 1700, a record unequaled in the history of the pre-Restoration drama.'
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December 20, 2021
Short Ghost and Horror Collection 057 | Horror & Supernatural Fiction
A collection of twenty stories featuring ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night. Expect shivers up your spine, the sound of a monstrous howl, and the occasional touch of wonder. Genre(s): Horror & Supernatural Fiction
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December 20, 2021
Action & Adventure | Harry Dee; or Making it Out | Francis J. Finn
Harry Dee, a nervous, sensitive boy, given to somnambulism, arrives at St. Maure's following his experiences involving the murder of his rich uncle. Tom Playfair and Percy Wynn help to restore Harry to his former self, which includes solving "The Mystery of Tower Hill Mansion." This is the last book of the three of Fr. Finn's famous trio. Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Religion, School Francis J. Finn (1859 - 1928)
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December 19, 2021
Action & Adventure | The Outdoor Girls in a Winter Camp | Laura Lee Hope
This is the fourth book in the "Outdoor Girls" series. In this story, the scene is shifted to a winter season. The girls have some jolly times skating and ice boating, and visit a hunters' camp in the big woods. (From an old advertisement) Genre(s): Action & Adventure Laura Lee Hope
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December 19, 2021
Children's Fiction | The Goody-Naughty Book | Sarah Cory Rippey
This fun little book was printed with two stories, back to back. Reading from the front cover, it is "The Goody Side," where children are well-behaved and polite. Reading from the back cover forward is "The Naughty Side," where children behave quite differently. Genre(s): Children's Fiction
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December 19, 2021
Christianity in the 18th and 19th Century, Volume 2
The 32 works in this volume contain many diverse works from the period including sermons, essays, letters, commentaries, poems and reports. Many pieces are by the Anglican writers John Newton and Augustus Toplady. Genre(s): Christianity - Other
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December 19, 2021
Low Tide on Grand Pré: A Book of Lyrics | 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 reference to their similarity of tone. They are variations on a single theme, more or less aptly suggested by the title, Low Tide on Grand Pré. It seemed better to bring together between the same covers only those pieces of work which happened to be in the same key, rather than to publish a larger book of more uncertain aim. B.C. by Grand Pré, September, 1893."  Genre(s): Single author Bliss Carman (1861 - 1921)
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December 17, 2021
Harper's Young People, Vol. 01, Issue 28, May 11, 1880 | Children's Fiction
Harper's Young People is an illustrated weekly publication for children that includes short stories, tales from history, natural history, poetry, puzzles, and other fun. This 28th issue of the serial was published on May 11th, 1880. In this issue, General George Washington retires from the military and happily prepares for a life of farming and family at Mount Vernon after years of service to his new country. We also check in on our favorite young sailor as his story continues and we find his ship passing through the Suez Canal and encountering -- and battling -- a waterspout! Highlights of other stories in this issue include: gold rush trickery and riches, a wayward donkey and a disruptive student learn to change their ways, a thrilling boarding school boat race, and the helpful, disgusting habits of marabous and hyenas. This periodical was published by Harper & Brothers, known today for their publications Harper's Bazaar and Harper's Magazine. Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Children's Non-fiction, Short Stories Language: English
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December 17, 2021
Thoughts on South Africa | Olive Schreiner
'Thoughts on South Africa' is a collection of Schreiner's observations of colonial South Africa in the early 19th century, mostly regarding Boer-English relations. The book was published posthumously in 1923. Prospective listeners should be aware that it reflects the place, culture and language of the time in which it was written. Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Social Science (Culture & Anthropology), Modern (20th C) Language: English Olive Schreiner (1855 - 1920)
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December 17, 2021
Crime & Mystery Fiction | The Yellow Face | Fred M. White
Who is Nostalgo ? Posters with his unsettlingly grinning face are appearing on scaffolds all over London. A murdered body, horribly disfigured and bearing a striking resemblance to the man on the poster, vanishes from a police-station. Jack Masefield wants to protect his fiancée Claire from her shady guardian Anstruther, and before he knows it, he is in the thick of the mystery, unraveling a tale of greed, deception, revenge and dark deeds.  Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction Language: English Fred M. White (1859 - 1935)
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December 16, 2021
Arabella Stuart | George Payne Rainsford James
Lady Arabella Stuart was an English noblewoman at the beginning of the seventeenth century. At one time considered to be a possible successor to Elizabeth I, the crown eventually went to her cousin, the tyrannical James I. Our story begins in 1603, shortly after his ascension to the throne. Apparently she was happy at the change in fortune, although relations with her kinsman deteriorated after her clandestine marriage, which was incorrectly seen as a power struggle. Even her closest friends could not protect her. In James's usual fashion, this is a colorful fictional account of her life. Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900 George Payne Rainsford James (1799 - 1860)
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December 16, 2021
Children's Short Works, Vol. 047
Children's Short Works Collection 047: a collection of 15 short works for children Genre(s): Short works
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December 16, 2021
The Gods and Mr Perrin | Hugh Walpole
The book is probably better known under the title ‘Mr Perrin and Mr Traill’, later made into a well-known film in 1948. Perrin and Traill are masters at a grim old-fashioned second-rate boarding public school in Cornwall – Perrin has been there many years and the youthful Traill has just arrived. The book concerns the growing antagonism between the two which turns into active dislike following an unfortunate incident and which eventually has devastating consequences. The author vividly captures the dreadful nature of such a cloistered society and the stultifying effect it has on the pupils, their teachers and the other adults in the community.  Genre(s): Historical Fiction Hugh Walpole (1884 - 1941)
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December 15, 2021
Detective Fiction | A Fatal Message | Nicholas Carter
Nick Carter is a fictional detective who first appeared in 1886 in dime store novels. Over the years, different authors, all taking the nom de plume Nicholas Carter, have penned stories featuring "America's greatest detective". This tale opens with Nick eavesdropping on two strangers in the next booth as he finishes his lunch. One of the men works at the telegraph office and is discussing an unusual wire he received. Nick's interest is aroused. Genre(s): Detective Fiction Language: English Nicholas Carter
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December 15, 2021
The Boise Survey | Education
A complete survey of the Independent Boise School District, Boise, Idaho was conducted over two weeks, with the purpose to study and observe the schools in operation, including the systems of financing and filing educational records. Facts are presented alongside conclusions and recommendations to be understood the general public as to the importance of educational enterprise.  Genre(s): Education Jesse Brundage Sears (1876 - 1973), William Martin Proctor (1875 - 1937) et al.
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December 15, 2021
Homogenic Love and Its Place in a Free Society | Edward Carpenter | Essays & Short Works
This pamphlet by LGBT pioneer and philosopher Edward Carpenter was originally intended to form part of his work "Love's Coming of Age", but was removed following public discourse on the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895. It was subsequently published privately and circulated among his inner circle. This is Carpenter's first publication on the subject of homosexuality, and displays his typical forward-thinking and utopian sentiments. It seeks to make clear that homosexuality is innate, is more widespread than generally accepted, and even implies that degress of bisexuality may be universal.  Genr