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Gilded Age, The : Chapter 55 - Chapter 55

By: Mark Twain ; Charles Dudley Warner

The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is an 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirizes greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. The term gilded age , commonly given to the era, comes from the title of this book. Twain and Warner got the name from Shakespeare's King John (1595): To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess. Gilding a lily, which is already beautiful and not in need of further adornment, is ...

Fiction, Satire

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First Fifty Digits of Pi : Chapter 46 - The First Fifty Digits O

By: Scott Hemphill

56 flavors of Pi proudly produced by volunteers to celebrate Pi Day, 2008. (3/14) Don't worry, you don't have to listen to an infinite string of numbers: each reader presents just the first 50 digits in styles of their own choosing. In light of the spirit of this occasion (and the might of our spirited community), this offering makes a gentle exception to the policy of faithfully presenting just the text. This is the real Pi, but served up with a side of sillies -- it's ...

Science, Essay/Short nonfiction, Humor

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Write it Right : Chapter 05 - Write It Right

By: Ambrose Bierce

Witty, opinionated alphabetical examples of what Bierce considered poor (American) English and advice on alternatives - entertaining, thought-provoking, occasionally outdated but so interesting to see how style and taste have changed.

Instruction, Humor

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Sense and Sensibility

By: Jane Austen

The two eldest Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, one of whom (Elinor) embraces practicality and restraint while the other (Marianne) gives her whole heart to every endeavor. When the Dashwoods - mother Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor, Marianne, and youngest sister Margaret - are sent, almost impoverished, to a small cottage in Devonshire after the death of their father and the machinations of their brother's wife, they accept their new circumstances with as much cheer as they...

Romance

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Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. : Chapter 01 - Some Experiences ...

By: Edith Œnone Somerville ; Martin Ross

This is the first of three novels which Edith Somerville and her cousin Violet Martin wrote about the English Major Sinclair Yates who leaves the army to take up a position of Resident Magistrate in the West of Ireland in about 1895. The tales tell in a humorous way of his struggles with a new job, new culture, and with his landlord and neighbour Mr. ‘Flurry’ Knox whose prime, if not only, interest is in hunting, which forms the background to all the stories. Miss Somerv...

Comedy

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Spurgeon's Sermons May 1858 : Chapter 01 - Spurgeons Sermons May 18

By: Charles Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon was a popular Baptist minister in London in mid-Victorian times; his ministry was highly influential and had a significant effect on many families in London and further afield. It was difficult to find a hall large enough to accommodate the crowd who wished to hear him. At times the Royal Surrey Gardens' Music Hall was hired to accomodate the Sunday congregation; this could seat 10,000 but large numbers were unable to gain admittance. His world-wide heri...

Religion

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Twenty Years After : Chapter 01 - Twenty Years After

By: Alexandre Dumas

Let's continue the D'Artagnan Romances that we've already started with The Three Musketeers.

Romance, Adventure, Humour

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Typee

By: Herman Melville

Typee is Herman Melville's first book, recounting his experiences after having jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in 1842, and becoming a captive of a cannibal island tribe. It was an immediate success in America and England, and was Melville's most popular work during his lifetime. It was not until the end of the 1930's that it was surpassed in popularity by Moby Dick, more than thirty years after his death. The story provoked harsh criticism for its condemnation of m...

Adventure, Sea stories

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Vanity Fair

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that satirizes society in early 19th-century England. Like many novels of the time, Vanity Fair was published as a serial before being sold in book form; it was printed in 20 monthly parts between January 1847 and July 1848.Thackeray meant the book to be not only entertaining but also instructive; this is shown both by the narrator of the book and in Thackeray's private correspondence. The nove...

Satire

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Winesburg, Ohio

By: Sherwood Anderson

Published in 1919, and listed on the Modern Library roster of the 20th century's 100 greatest novels in English, Winesburg, Ohio presents a series of loosely related character studies of the inhabitants of a fictional Midwestern town that together form a novel of unusual unity and vision. The inarticulate and lonely citizens of Winesburg, each with his or her own secret tale to tell, frequently relate those tales to, or through their interactions with, the character of G...

Short stories

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Wives and Daughters

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

If you like Jane Austen, you will probably like this book!Mrs. Gaskell, as she was often referred to, is considered one of the greatest British novelists of the Victorian era. She was one of the earliest novelists ever to use dialect in her works, finding often that no word but the vernacular would suffice to convey the meaning she wanted to achieve. She was the author of The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a much-acclaimed and sometimes-reviled biography of her friend and pee...

Literature

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The King James Bible : Gospel of Acts

By: Church of England

The Authorized Version, commonly known as the King James Version, the King James Bible or simply the KJV, is an English translation by the Church of England of the Christian Bible begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. First printed by the King's Printer, Robert Barker, this was the third such official translation into English; the first having been the Great Bible commissioned by the Church of England in the reign of King Henry VIII, and the second having been the Bishop'...

A problem in evolution.--Apocalyptic.--Infelicities of possession.--Germany and Japan.--The still small voice.--Life's complex ways.--The psychology of lying.--China and the United States.--The autocracy of labor.--Municipal rule and misrule.--The declination of law.--Fallacies and fantasies.--The economics of education.--The mysterious history of the spirit creation.--Spiritual and rational development.--Ab ovo.--As others see us.--Spirit worship of to-day.--The new rel...

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What Men Live By and Other Tales

By: Leo Tolstoy

Although Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a wealthy landowner, in his later life he had what was considered a “religious awakening.” This experience went on to inform his writing and his lifestyle in profound ways. His views transcended the specifics of religion, as known in his day - so much so he came to be a helpful guide both to Mohandas Gandhi and to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The four stories in this collection ask profound questions and gently supply helpful, non-dogma...

Short stories

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$30,000 Bequest and Other Stories, The : Chapter 01 - The $  - 30,...

By: Mark Twain

The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories is a 1906 collection of 30 comic short stories by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. Published just 4 years before his death, this was the last time he chose works from throughout his career, in an effort to show the diversity of his style and the breadth and depth of his interests. (Introduction by John Greenman & Wikipedia )

Comedy, Short stories

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12 Creepy Tales

By: Edgar Allan Poe

This is a collection of 12 creepy stories by that master of creepiness, Poe. The Black Cat; The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven; The Tell Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, the Premature Burial and six others that are a shuddering delight to read and listen to. Turn off the lights, settle down and hear these stories read to you as only readers can perform them. (Summary by Phil Chenevert)

Horror/Ghost stories

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1-Oct : Chapter October - Read

By: Florence Earle Coates

volunteers bring you 13 recordings of October by Florence Earle Coates. This was the Weekly Poetry project for October 9, 2011. Mrs. Coates gained notoriety both at home and abroad for her works of poetry—nearly three-hundred of which were published in literary magazines such as the Atlantic Monthly, Scribner's Magazine, The Literary Digest, Lippincott's, The Century Magazine, and Harper's. Many of her poems were set to music by composers such as Mrs. H. H. A. Beach (Amy...

Fantasy, Music, Nature, Romance, Poetry

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9/11 Commission Report, The : Chapter 01 - The 911 Commission Repor

By: 9/11 Commission

9/11 Commission Report, formally titled Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, is the official report of the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was prepared by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (informally sometimes known as the 9/11 Commission or the Kean/Zelikow Commission) at the request of the President of the United States and Congress. The commission convened on Nov...

History, Politics

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813 : Chapter 01 - The Tragedy At The Palace Hotel

By: Maurice Leblanc

As usual, gentleman thief Arsène Lupin finds himself wrongfully accused of murder, and must find the real killer to clear his coloured name. (Summary by Cathy Barratt)

Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

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Abbot's Ghost or Maurice Treherne's Temptation, The : Chapter 01 -...

By: Louisa May Alcott

Written by Louisa May Alcott under her pseudonym, A. M. Barnard, this Christmas story deals with the themes of love and defending one's honor. Although he is disinherited and poor, Maurice Traherne tries to win the hand of his love, Octavia.(Summary by Jennifer Stearns)

Fiction, Romance

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About Orchids, a Chat

By: Frederick Boyle

This is not a manual of instruction for orchid growers; though there are many hints on cultivation, and a few paragraphs on how to hybridize. The author is just an enthusiastic amateur orchid lover. He takes the reader on a wander through the dangers and consequences of hunting orchids in the tropical jungles of the nineteenth century, and chats about the extreme peculiarities of orchid growth, behaviour and structure, colouring the essays with his own experiences and wi...

Instruction, Nature

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