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The True Story Book

The True Story Book – Andrew Lang The conception of “The True Story Book” by Mr. Andrew Lang, was an admirable one, for no more fascinating stories of adventure could possibly be devised than some which have been enacted in this work-a-day world. This volume takes the place of Mr. Lang’s annual fairy book, and relates strange episodes from the lives of Prince Charlie, Grace Darling, Benvenuto Cellini, Cervantes, Baron Trenck, Cesare Borgia, Cortes, and many another scapegrace and hero. Format: Paperback. The True Story Book. ISBN: 9783849671723. Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books (from Wikipedia): Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books are a series of twenty-five collections of true and fictional stories for children, published between… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Orange Fairy Book

The Orange Fairy Book – Andrew Lang First and foremost, always and forever, among tales for children come the fairy tales. What were childhood without the fairy tale? That child who has never wandered through the magic gardens of Fairyland is unfortunate indeed. But that child does not exist, for the mind and heart of every child, even all unaided, will make for itself a fairyland out of anything and nothing. But the art of writing fairy tales seems to be another thing that has vanished with the vanished childhood of the race. The best fairy tales are always the old ones, stories that were never really written, but just grew in the telling as they passed down through generations… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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Homer And His Age

Homer And His Age – Andrew Lang The aim of this book is to prove that the Homeric Epics, as wholes, and apart from passages gravely suspected in antiquity, present a perfectly harmonious picture of the entire life and civilisation of one single age. The faint variations in the design are not greater than such as mark every moment of culture, for in all there is some movement; in all, cases are modified by circumstances. If our contention be true, it will follow that the poems themselves, as wholes, are the product of a single age, not a mosaic of the work of several changeful centuries. Format: Paperback. Homer And His Age. ISBN: 9783849671709. Available at amazon.com and other venues.… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Piazza Tales

The Piazza Tales – Herman Melville ‘The Piazza Tales’ is a collection of short stories by Herman Melville. The volume contains the following stories: The Piazza Bartleby Benito Cereno The Lightning-Rod Man The Encantadas The Bell-Tower The Piazza Tales. Format: Paperback ISBN: 9783849671693. Available at amazon.com and other venues.   Some background on The Piazza Tales (from Wikipedia): In addition to the five stories, Melville wrote an introductory story for which the volume was titled. Scholar Douglas Robillard believes that this served the purpose of making the stories to appear “more closely joined than they actually are.” The contract for the book was signed on 17 March 1856, it was advertised on 5 April as “in press” and should have… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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An Antarctic Mystery

An Antarctic Mystery – Jules Verne Hardly ever in literature has any author adopted the plot of another and carried it forward beyond the lines of its creator. Yet this is precisely what Jules Verne has done with Poe’s story called Narrative of A. Gordon Pym, and the two great inventive minds thus unite in forming Verne’s tale entitled An Antarctic Mystery. The author has brought to the telling of his story all the old creative skill, the dashing love of adventure, and a surprising show of knowledge of the flora and fauna and the geography of the Antarctic seas. The hero of the book takes passage from the far-off Kerguelen Islands on the ship Halbrane, whose captain, Len Guy,… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Life Of Mahomet

The Life Of Mahomet – Washington Irving The poverty of our literature in reference to Mahomet and Mahometanism is so conspicuous and so inconvenient that we may well receive with gratitude the author’s very able endeavour to relieve it. With freedom from prejudice and independence of judgment, he combines an extensive and intimate knowledge of the most authentic sources of information, and, after several years of labour, has produced this volume in the hope of contributing to the complete elucidation and final settlement of Mahomet’s real character and claims. After a careful examination of them, and after comparing them with those of sundry of his predecessors and contemporaries, it appears to us that the author has abundant reason to be… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Begum’s Fortune

The Begum’s Fortune – Jules Verne Jules Verne’s conceptions are as brilliant as ever. Dr. Sarrasin, a French savant, simple in taste and absorbed in science, delivers an address at the Brighton Scientific Association. The publication of it with his name in ‘ The Daily Telegraph’ discovers him to a London lawyer as the lost heir of the Begum, whom his uncle had married in India. He inherits a moderate property of twenty-one millions sterling, all ready for him in the Bank of England. Dr. Schultz, a German professor, also a connection by marriage, threatens to dispute it. They settle the dispute by dividing it. Dr. Sarrasin founds in the Rocky Mountains a city of health, modelled on Dr. Richardson’s… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Lilac Fairy Book

The Lilac Fairy Book – Andrew Lang First and foremost, always and forever, among tales for children come the fairy tales. What were childhood without the fairy tale? That child who has never wandered through the magic gardens of Fairyland is unfortunate indeed. But that child does not exist, for the mind and heart of every child, even all unaided, will make for itself a fairyland out of anything and nothing. But the art of writing fairy tales seems to be another thing that has vanished with the vanished childhood of the race. The best fairy tales are always the old ones, stories that were never really written, but just grew in the telling as they passed down through generations… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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The Sea Fairies

The Sea Fairies – L. Frank Baum This is a tale of life beneath the sea, of mermaids and sea serpents and other strange inhabitants of the ocean depths. A little girl named Trot and Cap’n Bill, an old sailor, are invited by several mermaids to come and visit their under-water home. Baum wrote this story in the hope of interesting his readers in something other than Oz; in the preface he writes: “I hope my readers who have so long followed Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz will be interested in Trot’s equally strange experiences.” Of course, he did not succeed in distracting his fans from Oz, yet the book was eagerly read; the result of this attempt… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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Pickle The Spy – The Incognito Of Prince Charles

Pickle The Spy – The Incognito Of Prince Charles – Andrew Lang This is the peculiar title of a book that is making something of a literary sensation. This brilliant study of the betrayal and extinction of Jacobitism has triumphantly solved a mystery which once baffled all Europe. History has so far sought in vain to follow the wanderings and intrigues of Prince Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, after his expulsion from France in the last days of 1748. “From this time forward,” says Lord Stanhope, writing of the time when the Prince quitted Avignon early in 1749, “his proceedings during many years are wrapped in mystery; all his correspondence passed through the hands of Mr. Walters”–according to Mr. Lang… Read more.../Mehr lesen ...
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