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Zanoni : Chapter Section 11 - Chapter 11

By: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Zanoni, a timeless Rosicrucian brother, cannot fall in love without losing his power of immortality; but he does fall in love with Viola Pisani, a promising young opera singer from Naples, the daughter of Pisani, a misunderstood Italian violinist. An English gentleman named Glyndon loves Viola as well, but is indecisive about proposing marriage, and then renounces his love in order to pursue occult study. The story develops in the days of the French Revolution in 1789. Z...

Fiction, Philosophy

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Pioneers, or The Sources of the Susquehanna, The : Chapter 29 - Ch...

By: James Fenimore Cooper

The Pioneers: The Sources of the Susquehanna; a Descriptive Tale is one of the Leatherstocking Tales, a series of five novels by American writer James Fenimore Cooper. The Pioneers was first of these books to be published (1823), but the period of time covered by the book (principally 1793) makes it the fourth chronologically. (The others are The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, and The Prairie.) The story takes place on the rapidly advancing frontie...

Literature

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Glinda of Oz : Chapter 21 - Glinda of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

Glinda of Oz is the fourteenth Land of Oz book written by children's author L. Frank Baum, published on July 10, 1920. Like most of the Oz books, the plot features a journey through some of the remoter regions of Oz; though in this case the pattern is doubled: Dorothy and Ozma travel to stop a war between the Flatheads and Skeezers; then Glinda and a cohort of Dorothy's friends set out to rescue them. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Children, Adventure, Fantasy

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Illuminations : Chapter 01 - Illuminations

By: Arthur Rimbaud

Illuminations include some autobiographical allusions to his voyant (visionary) period, which began in 1869; but Illuminations is neither a confession nor an apology. Its several dozen short prose works and two free-verse poems transcend prose grammar by allowing their words to drift away from their dictionary definitions. Ever-elusive, relentless, overflowing with sinuous cadences, Illuminations transcends Une Saison en Enfer as it in turn had transcended Rimbaud's earl...

Poetry

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Impartiality

By: James Russell Lowell

volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Impartiality by James Russell Lowell. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 16, 2011. James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for famil...

Poetry, Literature, Philosophy

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In Galilee

By: Thornton Chase

Thornton Chase (1847 – 1912) is commonly recognized as the first convert to the Bahá'í Faith of Occidental background. During his life he organized many Bahá'í activities in Chicago and Los Angeles and was considered a prominent Bahá'í. In 1907 Chase was able to go on pilgrimage. Though Chase was able to be with `Abdu'l Bahá in Akka for only three days, the experience transformed him. `Abdu'l Bahá, highly impressed by Chase's qualities, conferred on him the title Thábit ...

Memoirs, Religion, Travel

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Old-Fashioned Fairy Book, The : Chapter 00 - Fairy Days and Introd...

By: Constance Cary Harrison

And now, mamma, until your tea is ready, we know what you must do, said the children, in a breath. Tell us a story—a 'real, truly' fairy tale, about a giant and a dwarf, lots and lots of fairies, a prince and a beautiful princess with hair to her very feet, a champion with a magic sword, a dragon-chariot, a witch dressed in snake-skin—and, if you can, an ogre. Don't punish anybody but the witch and the ogre; and please don't have any moral, only let everybody 'live in pe...

Fairy tales, Children

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Old-Time Makers of Medicine : Chapter 01 - Old Time Makers of Medic

By: James Joseph Walsh

Dr. Walsh's Old-Time Makers of Medicine chronicles the history and development of modern medicine from ancient times up to the discovery of America. Throughout this historical guide, Dr. Walsh shows numerous examples of practices thought to be entirely modern that were clearly anticipated hundreds or thousands of years ago. Ancient healers sought to use the body's natural healing ability, rather than rely exclusively on external cures. Physicians even in ancient times re...

History, Science

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In the Seven Woods : Chapter 01 - in The Seven Woods

By: William Butler Yeats

In the Seven Woods (1904) is Yeats's first twentieth-century poetry collection. Its fourteen poems show him moving steadily away from the decisively Romantic diction of his earlier work. Here we hear a poetic voice that is at once more individual, colloquial and dramatic than previously. In addition, several poems sound a note of bitter lamentation over the marriage in 1903 of Maud Gonne, Yeats's great love and muse, to John MacBride. (Summary by Kasper Nijsen)

Poetry

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In the Fog

By: Richard Harding Davis

The story is set in London, at an elite gentleman’s club called The Grill, where an American gentleman arrests the attention of four other men by relating how one night he got lost in a thick London fog. He stumbled upon a house where a double murder was just committed. The victims of the murder were a young nobleman and a Russian princess. He escaped from the house and reported the killings to Scotland Yard. But they were unable to find the location of the dwelling. All...

Mystery, Fiction

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Once on a Time (Dramatic Reading)

By: A. A. Milne

This version of the book is done as a Dramatic Reading with various people speaking each characters part. When the King of Barodia receives a pair of seven-league boots as a birthday present, his habit of flying over the King of Euralia's castle during breakfast provokes a series of incidents which escalate into war. While the King of Euralia is away, his daughter Hyacinth tries to rule in his stead and counter the machiavellian ambitions of the king's favourite, the Cou...

Humor, Fairy tales, Fantasy

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Don Juan, Canto 5

By: Lord George Gordon Byron

Juan, captured by Turkish pirates and sold into slavery is bought by a beautiful Princess as her toy-boy. Dressed as an odalisque, he is smuggled into the Sultan's harem for a steamy assignation. Unbelievably, Byron's publisher almost baulked at this feast of allusive irony, blasphemy (mild), calumny, scorn, lesse-majeste, cross-dressing, bestiality, assassination, circumcision and dwarf-tossing. This was the last Canto published by the stuffy John Murray (who had, howev...

Poetry

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Initiative Psychic Energy

By: Warren Hilton

Learn how to accomplish your goals through increasing your mental power, avoiding energy drains, and becoming more mentally efficient. (Summary by Andrea Fiore.)

Instruction, Psychology

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Onkel Toms Hütte : Chapter 01 - Erstes Kapitel, in Welchem Der Les...

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Der Roman schildert das Schicksal einer Reihe afroamerikanischer Sklaven und ihrer jeweiligen Besitzer in den vierziger Jahren des 19. Jahrhunderts in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Die Titelfigur Onkel Tom ist ein Sklave in Kentucky. Sein Besitzer Mr. Shelby behandelt ihn gut, ist aber stark verschuldet. Tom ist Verwalter der Farm, bekennender Christ und leitet regelmäßig die Gottesdienste der Sklaven. Aber als Tom aus Finanznot verkauft werden muss, wird er von s...

Adventure, Religion, Tragedy

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Waldteufel, Der : Chapter 01 - Der Waldteufel

By: Robert Kraft

Der Waldteufel erschien 1898 im Rahmen der 5 Hefte umfassenden Serie „Aus allen Welttheilen“, wobei jedes Heft eine abgeschlossene Geschichte ist. Robert Kraft schrieb hier in Ich-Form aus dem Leben eines fiktiven deutsch-amerikanischen Reporters, des Grafen Leo von Hagen. Die Kurz-Serie erschien im Münchmeyer Verlag. (Summary by Wassermann)

Adventure, Fiction, Literature

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What Dress Makes of Us

By: Dorothy Quigley

A wickedly funny book of advice on women's dress. However old, fat or plain you are, Dorothy Quigley will tell you what not to wear. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

Advice, Humor

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White Linen Nurse, The

By: Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

The White Linen Nurse is a hysterical story of an exhausted nurse who comes to regret her profession and then somehow finds herself caring for the invalid daughter of the Senior Surgeon. The unexpected events which lead her there and also those which take her forward from that point are sure to evoke laughter and tears - a never to be forgotten story that will send a warm glow to your heart. (Summary by Kehinde)

Comedy, Humor, Fiction

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Young Americans Abroad

By: J. O. Choules

It’s 1851 and the Crystal Palace Exhibition is on in England. English American the Reverend Dr. Choules leaves Newport, Rhode Island with three teenaged students - James Robinson, George Vanderbuilt, and Weld French, who are forced to leave the fourth member of their blue-blooded quartet at home - and all four travelers promise to write to “Dear Charley”, Charles Duston, of later fame. The boys meet the Duke of Wellington, travel down the Rhine, and meet many friends alo...

Travel

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Short Science Fiction Collection 037 : Chapter 01 - After A Few Words

By: Various

Science Fiction is speculative literature that generally explores the consequences of ideas which are roughly consistent with nature and scientific method, but are not facts of the author’s contemporary world. The stories often represent philosophical thought experiments presented in entertaining ways. Protagonists typically “think” rather than “shoot” their way out of problems, but the definition is flexible because there are no limits on an author’s imagination. The re...

Science , Short stories

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Short Story Collection Vol. 047

By: Various

’s Short Story Collection 047: a collection of 20 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a group of members, including stories by Poul Anderson, Aphra Behn, Kate Chopin, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Bret Harte, O. Henry, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Franz Kafka, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Wilbur D. Nesbit.

Short stories

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