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Shadows

By: Djuna Barnes

Excerpt: A LITTLE trellis stood beside my head, And all the tiny fruitage of its vine Fashioned a shadowy cover to my bed, And I was madly drunk on shadow wine!

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The Life and Adventures of the Lady Lucy

By: Penelope Aubin

Excerpt: TO THE Right Honourable The Lord COLERAIN. My Lord, It has hitherto been my Study to endeavour to discourage Vice, and inculcate Virtue, in the Minds of those, who, either out of Curiosity, or good Nature, read my Novels, the Amusements of some melancholy Hours; and I always dedicate them to such Persons, as both by their Quality and Virtues are an Awe to the Vicious, and bright Examples for the Virtuous to imitate. For these Reasons, I first presumed to make Ch...

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The Rise of Iskander

By: Benjamin Disraeli

Excerpt: Chapter One. The sun had set behind the mountains, and the rich plain of Athens was suffused with the violet glow of a Grecian eye. A light breeze rose; the olive?groves awoke from their noonday trance, and rustled with returning animation, and the pennons of the Turkish squadron, that lay at anchor in the harbour of Piraeus, twinkled in the lively air. From one gate of the city the women came forth in procession to the fountain; from another, a band of sumptuou...

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The Crater; Or, Vulcan's Peak. A Tale of the Pacific

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Excerpt: THE reader of this book will very naturally be disposed to ask the question, why the geographies, histories, and other works of a similar character, have never made any mention of the regions and events that compose its subject. The answer is obvious enough, and ought to satisfy every mind, however ?inquiring.? The fact is, that the authors of the different works to which there is any allusion, most probably never heard there were any such places as the Reef, Ra...

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Wayfarers

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

I missed the train at Evian, and, after infinite trouble, discovered a motor that would take me, ice-axe and all, to Geneva. By hurrying, the connection might be just possible. I telegraphed to Haddon to meet me at the station, and lay back comfortably, dreaming of the precipices of Haute Savoie. We made good time; the roads were excellent, traffic of the slightest, when— crash! There was an instant's excruciating pain, the sun went out like a snuffed candle, and I fell ...

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The Three Musketeers

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names' ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them. A short time ago, while making researches in the Royal Library for my History of Louis XIV, I stumbled by chance upon the Memoirs of M. D'Artagnan, printed -- as were most of the works of that period, in which authors could not tell the truth without the risk of a residenc...

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Bahrain

By: Louis R. Mortimer

Foreword: This volume is one in a continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. The last two pages of this book list the other published studies. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the i...

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Hero Tales from American History

By: Henry Cabot Lodge

Excerpt: WASHINGTON. THE brilliant historian of the English people* has written of Washington, that ?no nobler figure ever stood in the fore?front of a nation?s life.? In any book which undertakes to tell, no matter how slightly, the story of some of the heroic deeds of American history, that noble figre must always stand in the fore?front. But to sketch the life of Washington even in the barest outline is to write the history of the events which made the United States i...

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Death in the Schoolroom (A Fact)

By: Walt Whitman

Excerpt: Ting?a?ling?ling?ling! went the little bell on the teacher?s desk of a village?school one morning, when the studies of the earlier part of the day were about half completed. It was well understood that this was a command for silence and attention; and when these had been obtain?d, the master spoke. He was a low thick?set man, and his name was Lugare. ?Boys,? said he, ?I have had a complaint enter?d, that last night some of you were stealing fruit from Mr. Nichol...

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Oysters

By: Jonathan Swift

Excerpt: Charming oysters I cry: My masters, come buy, So plump and so fresh, So sweet is their flesh, No Colchester oyster Is sweeter and moister: Your stomach they settle, And rouse up your mettle: They'll make you a dad Of a lass or a lad; And madam your wife They'll please to the life; Be she barren, be she old, Be she slut, or be she scold, Eat my oysters, and lie near her, She'll be fruitful, never fear her.

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The Feign'D Curtizans, Or, A Nights Intrigue

By: Aphra Behn

Excerpt: ACT I. SCENE I. Enter Laura, Lucretia, and Silvio richly drest; Antonio attending, Coming all in in haste. Silvio. Madam, you need not make such haste away, the Stranger that follow?d us from St. Peters Church, pursues us no longer, and we have now lost sight of him: Lord who wou?d have thought the approach of a handsome Cavalier should have possest Dona Laura Lucretia with fear?

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Bulldog Carney's Alibi

By: W. A. Fraser

A DAY'S trail north from where Idaho and Montana come together on the Canadian border, fumed and fretted Bucking Horse River. Its nomenclature was a little bit of all right, for from the minute it trickled from a huge blue-green glacier up in the Selkirks till it fell into the Kootenay, it bucked its way over, under, and around rock-cliffs, and areas of stolid mountain sides that still held gigantic pine and cedar. It had ripped from the bowels of a mountain pebbles of g...

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David Elginbrod

By: George Macdonald

Meg's mother stood at the cottage door, with arms akimbo and clouded brow, calling through the boles of a little forest of fir-trees after her daughter. One would naturally presume that the phrase she employed, comparing her daughter's motions to those of a shuttle that had gane wull, or lost its way, implied that she was watching her as she threaded her way through the trees. But although she could not see her, the fir-wood was certainly the likeliest place for her daug...

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His Wedded Wife

By: Rudyard Kipling

Shakespeare says something about worms, or it may be giants or beetles, turning if you tread on them too severely. The safest plan is never to tread on a worm—not even on the last new subaltern from Home, with his buttons hardly out of their tissue paper, and the red of sappy English beef in his cheeks. This is the story of the worm that turned. For the sake of brevity, we will call Henry Augustus Ramsay Faizanne, The Worm, although he really was an exceedingly pretty bo...

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The Wept of Wish Tonwish

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Preface: At this distant period, when Indian traditions are listened to with the interest that we lend to the events of a dark age, it is not easy to convey a vivid image of the dangers and privations that our ancestors encountered, in preparing the land we enjoy for its present state of security and abundance. It is the humble object of the tale that will be found in the succeeding pages, to perpetuate the recollection of some of the practices and events peculiar to the...

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Further Considerations Concerning Raising the Value of Money

By: John Locke

MY LORD, THE Papers I here present your Lordship, are in Substance the same with one which I delivered to you, in Obedience to the Commands I received by your Lordship, from their Excellencies, the Lords Justices; and with another, which I writ in Answer to some questions your Lordship was pleased to propose to me concerning our Coin. The Approbation your Lordship was pleased to give them then, has been an Encouragement to me, to revise them now, and put them in an Order...

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The Nigger of the Narcissus

By: Joseph Conrad

Preface: A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line. And art itself may be defined as a single?minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bringing to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its every aspect. It is an attempt to find in its forms, in its colours, in its light, in its shadows, in the aspects of matter and in the facts of life, what of each is fundamen...

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Sir Guy the Seeker

By: Matthew Gregory Lewis

Excerpt: Like those in the head of a man just dead Are his eyes, and his beard?s like snow; But when here he came, his glance was a flame, And his locks seemed the plumes of the crow. Since then are o?er forty summers and more; Yet he still near the castle remains, And pines for a sight of that lady bright, Who wears the wizard?s chains. Nor sun nor snow from the ruins to go Can force that aged wight; And still the pile, ball, chapel, and aisle, He searches day and night...

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A Doc Savage Adventure : Resurrection Day

By: Kenneth Robeson

THE man had one arm. Hence, to load the revolver, he had to crouch and grip the barrel between his knees while he thumbed fresh cartridges into the cylinder. The gun had been fully loaded before, but he was replacing the cartridges, apparently fearing they had gotten wet. The night air was full of soaking mist. It was very dark down here by the New York water front. The one-armed man had been skulking, and doing it most furtively. He had made scarcely a sound. Once, more...

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Sketches from Concord and Appledore

By: Frank Preston Stearns

Preface: A volume of reminiscences is commonly the last book that an author publishes, if indeed he does not leave the task to his literary administrator. There are not wanting, however, instances to the contrary; and in the present case my object is more especially to attract public attention to the lives and works of two distinguished men, one of whom has hitherto been little appreciated, and the other, as it seems to me, greatly misunderstood. My position in regard to...

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