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1601 - Fiction/19th Century/Mark Twain
This work is several orders of magnitude more profane than typical Mark Twain fare. Consider yourself warned.
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22 Goblins - Classics/India
Beware of Monks bearing gifts. Short fantastic tales from the subcontinent.
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Allan Quatermain - Action Adventure/H R Haggard
The Lad himself.
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Barlaam and Ioasaph - Classics/Egypt
There was at that time a certain monk, learned in heavenly things, graced in word and deed, a model follower of every monastic rule. Whence he sprang, and what his race, I cannot say, but he dwelt in a waste howling wilderness in the land of Senaar, and had been perfected through the grace of the priesthood. Barlaam was this elder's name. --by St. John Damascene
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Call of the Wild - Action Adventure/Jack London
Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tidewater dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego. Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland.
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The Canterbury Tales - Classics/Chaucer
And we watched the lady/as the Miller Told His Tale/while her face at first just ghostly/turned a whiter shade of pale (almost beat up a Procul Harum cover band for not knowing that.)
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Complete Idiot's Guide To Choosing Wine - Philip Seldon, Copyright 2002
An invaluable guide for anyone looking to learn more about wine.
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Condensed Novels - Satire/Bret Harte
Harte's second published work, includes riffs on Charlie Reade, Charlotte Bronte, Fenimoore Cooper, Wilkie Collins, etc.
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CONFUCIAN ANALECTS - Classics/China
CHAP. III. 1. The Master said, 'If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame.
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Count Bunker - Satire
Sequel to Clouston's The Lunatic At Large
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The Count of Monte Cristo - Action Adventure/Alexander Dumas Pere
'No, no,' continued Danglars; 'if we resolve on such a step, it would be much better to take, as I now do, this pen, dip it into this ink, and write with the left hand (that the writing may not be recognized) the denunciation we propose.' And Danglars, uniting practice with theory, wrote with his left hand, and in a writing reversed from his usual style, and totally unlike it, the following lines, which he handed to Fernand, and which Fernand read in an undertone:
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A Damsel in Distress - Fiction/20th Century/PG Wodehouse
The family of Lord Marshmoreton.
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David Copperfield - Fiction/19th Century/Charles Dickens
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.
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Declaration of Independence in American--H. L. Mencken Satire
WHEN THINGS get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are not trying to put nothing over on nobody.
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The Dhammapada - Classics/India
Aphorisms from olden times.
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Don Quixote - Classics/Spain
In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing.
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Dracula - Gothic Tales/Bram Stoker
I drove at once to Hillingham and arrived early. Keeping my cab at the gate, I went up the avenue alone. I knocked gently and rang as quietly as possible, for I feared to disturb Lucy or her mother, and hoped to only bring a servant to the door. After a while, finding no response, I knocked and rang again, still no answer.
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Egypt (La Mort De Philae/Pierre Loti
Unknown
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Emma - Fiction/19th Century/Jane Austen
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
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El Dorado - Action Adventure/Baroness Orczy
Pimpernel in the New World
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The Epic of Kings - Classics/Near East
Firdausi's tale -- you thought all the great stories were just in the West?
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The Filigree Ball - Mystery/Anna Katherine Green
For a detective whose talents, had not been recognized at headquarters, I possessed an ambition which, fortunately for my standing with the lieutenant of the precinct, had not yet been expressed in words.
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Five Comedies -- William Shakespeare
The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labours Lost, All's Well That Ends Well, and The Comedy of Errors
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The Foolish Dictionary - Satire
LOBSTER The edible lobster is found off the New England Coast. The two-legged species is found everywhere. All kinds are green, but when roasted turn a bright red. Soubrettes are very dependent on both varieties for a living; together they furnish her with food, raiment, flats, diamonds, and occasionally indigestion.
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Gitanjali - Classics/India
If the day is done, if birds sing no more, if the wind has flagged tired, then draw the veil of darkness thick upon me, even as thou hast wrapt the earth with the coverlet of sleep and tenderly closed the petals of the drooping lotus at dusk. --by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore
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Great Expectations - Fiction/19th Century/Charles Dickens
Takes a benefactor to help you escape the decay... and visit nicer clothiers.
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THE GREEN RUST - Mystery/Edgar Wallace
'It should interest you very much,' he said. 'The effect of Bromocine,' he went on, speaking with the quiet precision of one who was lecturing on the subject to an interested audience, 'is peculiar. It reduces the subject to a condition of extreme lassitude, so that really nothing matters or seems to matter. Whilst perfectly conscious the subject goes obediently to his death, behaves normally and does just what he is told--in fact, it destroys the will.'
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Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World - Fiction/18th Century/Jonathan Swift

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Hagakure (The Way of the Samurai). Selections - Classics/Asia
Although it stands to reason that a samurai should be mindful of the Way of the Samurai, it would seem that we are all negligent. Consequently, if someone were to ask, 'What is the true meaning of the Way of the Samurai?' the person who would be able to answer promptly is rare. This is because it has not been established in one's mind beforehand. From this, one's unmindfulness of the Way can be known.
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The Happy Prince and Other Tales - Fiction/19th Century/Oscar Wilde
Leaf after leaf of the fine gold the Swallow picked off, till the Happy Prince looked quite dull and grey. Leaf after leaf of the fine gold he brought to the poor, and the children's faces grew rosier, and they laughed and played games in the street. 'We have bread now!' they cried.
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Her Majesty's Servants--Rudyard Kipling - Action Adventure/Rudyard Kipling
IT had been raining heavily for one whole month-raining on a camp of thirty thousand men, thousands of camels, elephants, horses, bullocks,, and mules, all gathered together at a place called Rawalpindi, to be reviewed by the Viceroy of India. He was receiving a visit from the Amir of Afghanistan-a wild king of a very wild country; and the Amir had brought with him for a bodyguard eight hundred men and horses who had never seen a camp or a locomotive before in their lives.
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His Last Bow - Mystery/Arthur Conan Doyle
The friends of Mr. Sherlock Holmes will be glad to learn that he is still alive and well, though somewhat crippled by occasional attacks of rheumatism. He has, for many years, lived in a small farm upon the downs five miles from Eastbourne, where his time is divided between philosophy and agriculture.
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History of John Bull - Satire
When John first brought out the bills, the surprise of all the family was unexpressible at the prodigious dimensions of them; they would have measured with the best bale of cloth in John's shop. Fees to judges, puny judges, clerks, prothonotaries, philisers, chirographers, under-clerks, proclamators, counsel, witnesses, jurymen, marshals, tipstaffs, criers, porters--by John Arbuthnot
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How To Be Your Own Private Detective - Report
An invaluable guide to publicly available tools almost anyone can use to be your own private detective.
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I CHING. THE BOOK OF CHANGES - Classics/China
3. In the third NINE, undivided, (we see its subject as) the superior man active and vigilant all the day, and in the evening still careful and apprehensive. (The position is) dangerous, but there will be no mistake.--Note: One of the Five Classics
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I Have A Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr. - Classic Speech
Transcript from famous speech
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The Iliad of Homer (Prose) - Classics/Greek
Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles Peleus' son, the ruinous wrath that brought on the Achaians woes innumerable
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Initials Only - Mystery/Anna Katherine Green
For a day Sweetwater acknowledged himself to be mentally crushed, disillusioned and defeated. Then his spirits regained their poise. It would take a heavy weight indeed to keep them down permanently. His opinion was not changed in regard to his neighbour's secret guilt.
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The Inferno - Classics/Italian Literature
Dante's Epic. No real demand for Purgatorio or Paradiso.
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The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu - Mystery/Sax Rohmer
What became of the Grand Duke Stanislaus? Elopement? Suicide? Nothing of the kind. He alone was fully alive to Russia's growing peril. He alone knew the truth about Mongolia. Why was Sir Crichton Davey murdered? Because, had the work he was engaged upon ever seen the light it would have shown him to be the only living Englishman who understood the importance of the Tibetan frontiers. I say to you solemnly, Petrie, that these are but a few.
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Isaac Bickerstaff - Satire
From Richard Steele, the founder of the Tatler, later the Spectator. Bickerstaff was first used by Jonathan Swift to poke fun.
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Jane Eyre - Fiction/19th Century/Brontes
Rochester, St. John, Family -- and a madwoman in the attic. By Charlotte Bronte
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Jungle Tales of Tarzan - Action Adventure/Edgar Rice Burroughs
TEEKA, STRETCHED AT luxurious ease in the shade of the tropical forest, presented, unquestionably, a most alluring picture of young, feminine loveliness. Or at least so thought Tarzan of the Apes, who squatted upon a low-swinging branch in a near-by tree and looked down upon her.
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Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice - Fiction/20th Century/James Branch Cabell
IN Continental periodicals not more than a dozen articles in all would seem to have given accounts or partial translations of the Jurgen legends. No thorough investigation of this epos can be said to have appeared in print, anywhere, prior to the publication, in 1913, of the monumental Synopses of Aryan Mythology by Angelo de Ruiz.
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Les Miserables - Fiction/19th Century/Victor Hugo
Since geniuses, like demons, recognize the presence of a superior God by certain signs, Thenardier comprehended that he had to deal with a very strong person. It was like an intuition; he comprehended it with his clear and sagacious promptitude.
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Meditations - Classics/Roman
By Marcus Aurelius. Take it like a man.
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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Mystery/Arthur Conan Doyle
'I think that you know me well enough, Watson, to understand that I am by no means a nervous man. At the same time, it is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you. Might I trouble you for a match?' He drew in the smoke of his cigarette as if the soothing influence was grateful to him.
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Metamorphosis - Classics/Roman
A wild romp. -- by Ovid
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Moby Dick: Or, The Whale - Fiction/19th Century/Herman Melville
Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
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Mohammed Ali and His House - Fiction/19th Century/Luise Muhlbach
The two walk stealthily and rapidly down the garden-path. Osman listens to their retreating footsteps, and, as they die away in the distance, he draws a breath of relief. They are good, zealous servants, and will obey his instructions faithfully. He listens again eagerly, and again looks over toward the harem, where be sees the lights still flitting about and shadows passing the windows. --by Louise Muhlbach
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Nonsense Novels - Satire/Stephen Leacock
'I intend,' he announced, 'to try a bold, a daring experiment, which, if it succeeds, will bring us into immediate connection with the world of spirits. My plan is to leave two sovereigns here upon the edge of the table during the night. If they are gone in the morning, I shall know that Q has contrived to de-astralise himself, and has taken the sovereigns. The only question is, do you happen to have two sovereigns? I myself, unfortunately, have nothing but small change about me.'
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The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection - Modern Thinkers/Charles Darwin
From the most remote period in the history of the world organic beings have been found to resemble each other in descending degrees, so that they can be classed in groups under groups. This classification is not arbitrary like the grouping of the stars in constellations. The existence of groups would have been of simple significance, if one group had been exclusively fitted to inhabit the land, and another the water; one to feed on flesh, another on vegetable matter, and so on
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Fiction/20th Century/James Joyce
Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.
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The Prince - Classics/Italian Literature
Coming now to the other qualities mentioned above, I say that every prince ought to desire to be considered clement and not cruel. Nevertheless he ought to take care not to misuse this clemency. Cesare Borgia was considered cruel; notwithstanding, his cruelty reconciled the Romagna, unified it, and restored it to peace and loyalty.
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Mystery/Arthur Conan Doyle
It was in the year '95 that a combination of events, into which I need not enter, caused Mr. Sherlock Holmes and myself to spend some weeks in one of our great University towns, and it was during this time that the small but instructive adventure which I am about to relate befell us.
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Roman Fever - Fiction/20th Century/Edith Wharton
There was nothing left but to mother her daughter; and dear Jenny was such a perfect daughter that she needed no excessive mothering. 'Now with Babs Ansley I don't know that I should be so quiet,' Mrs. Slade sometimes half-enviously reflected; but Jenny, who was younger than her brilliant friend, was that rare accident, an extremely pretty girl who somehow made youth and prettiness seem as safe as their absence. It was all perplexing-and to Mrs. Slade a little boring.
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Shamela--Henry Fielding - Satire
Full Title: An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews. In which, the many notorious Falshoods and Misrepresentations of a Book called Pamela, Are exposed and refuted; and all the matchless Arts of that young Politician, set in a true and just Light. Together with A full Account of all that passed between her and Parson Arthur Williams; whose Character is represented in a manner something different from that which he bears in Pamela. The whole being exact Copies of authentick Papers delivered to the Editor. Necessary to be had in all Families.
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She: A History of Adventure - Action Adventure/H R Haggard
Some consider this the best of his 'small party goes off into jungle and finds' novels. A guilty pleasure.
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The Sign of Four - Mystery/Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel- piece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle and rolled back his left shirtcuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist, all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks.
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Sir Nigel - Mystery/Arthur Conan Doyle
In those simple times there was a great wonder and mystery in life. Man walked in fear and solemnity, with Heaven very close above his head, and Hell below his very feet. God's visible hand was everywhere, in the rainbow and the comet, in the thunder and the wind. The Devil too raged openly upon the earth; he skulked behind the hedge-rows in the gloaming.
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The Spell of Egypt - History/Travel/J Walker McSpadden

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The Song of Roland - Classics/Charlemagne
Blowing that horn.
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Stage-Land - Satire
He is always cheerful and always good. We never knew a bad Irishman on the stage. Sometimes a stage Irishman seems to be a bad man--such as the 'agent' or the 'informer'--but in these cases it invariably turns out in the end that this man was all along a Scotchman, and thus what had been a mystery becomes clear and explicable. -- by Jerome K. Jerome
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A Tale of Two Cities - Fiction/19th Century/Charles Dickens
Best of Times, Worst of Times...
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The Three Musketeers - Action Adventure/Alexander Dumas Pere
Porthos
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Vikram and the Vampire - Classics/India
Classic tales translated by Sir Richard Burton.
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