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Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The

By: Rudolf Erich Raspe

The stories about M√ľnchhausen were first collected and published by an anonymous author in 1781. An English version was published in London in 1785, by Rudolf Erich Raspe, as Baron Munchhausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia , also called The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhausen . It is not clear how much of the story material derives from the Baron himself; however, it is known that the majority of the stories are based on folktales t...

Fiction, Fantasy

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Tender Buttons

By: Gertrude Stein

The time came when there was a birthday. Every day was no excitement and a birthday was added, it was added on Monday, this made the memory clear, this which was a speech showed the chair in the middle where there was copper. A kind of green a game in green and nothing flat nothing quite flat and more round, nothing a particular color strangely, nothing breaking the losing of no little piece. The teasing is tender and trying and thoughtful. Extracts from Tender Buttons .

Poetry

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Bleak House

By: Charles Dickens
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Last of the Mohicans, The

By: James Fenimore Cooper

This story is set in the British province of New York during the French and Indian War, and concerns a Huron massacre (with passive French acquiescence) of from 500 to 1,500 unarmed Anglo-American troops, who had honorably surrendered at Fort William Henry, plus some women and servants; the kidnapping of two sisters, daughters of the British commander; and their rescue by Hawkeye, the last two Mohicans, and others. Parts of the story may have been derived from the captur...

Historical Fiction

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The genius

By: Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: Canadian Libraries Collection; Canadian University Library Collection; Candian History

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The Great Learning

By: Confucius

The point where to rest being known, the object of pursuit is then determined; and, that being determined, a calm unperturbedness may be attained to. To that calmness there will succeed a tranquil repose. In that repose there may be careful deliberation, and that deliberation will be followed by the attainment of the desired end. Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will lead near to...

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The Prince

By: Niccolo Machiavelli

Introduction: Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.

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The Dialogues of Plato

By: Plato; Allen, Reginald E., 1931; Translated by Jowett, Benjamin, 1817-1893

Interleaved

Poisons ; Biochemistry

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Gulliver's Travels

By: Young, Victor, 1900-1956, Donor

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Vanity Fair

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

While the present century was in its teens, and on one sunshiny morning in June, there drove up to the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton?s academy for young ladies, on Chiswick Mall, a large family coach, with two fat horses in blazing harness, driven by a fat coachman in a three-cornered hat and wig, at the rate of four miles an hour. A black servant, who reposed on the box beside the fat coachman, uncurled his bandy legs as soon as the equipage drew up opposite Miss Pi...

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The Man in the Iron Mask, An Essay

By: Alexandre Dumas

THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK. For nearly one hundred years this curious problem has exercised the imagination of writers of fiction?and of drama, and the patience of the learned in history. No subject is more obscure and elusive, and none more attractive to the general mind. It is a legend to the meaning of which none can find the key and yet in which everyone believes. Involuntarily we feel pity at the thought of that long captivity surrounded by so many extraordinary preca...

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Moonfleet

By: J. Meade Falkner

The village of Moonfleet lies half a mile from the sea on the right or west bank of the Fleet stream. This rivulet, which is so narrow as it passes the houses that I have known a good jumper clear it without a pole, broadens out into salt marshes below the village, and loses itself at last in a lake of brackish water. The lake is good for nothing except sea-fowl, herons, and oysters, and forms such a place as they call in the Indies a lagoon; being shut off from the open...

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Babbitt

By: Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
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Pilgrim's Progress, Score Chr Bunyan

By: John Bunyan

Description: Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of a Christian's journey (here represented by a character called 'Christian') from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. Along the way he visits such locations as the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fa

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Nostromo

By: Joseph Conrad

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: American Libraries Collection; Historical Literature

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The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

By: Rudolph Erich Raspe

The lad whom he called Maurice was better dressed, and he seemed to carry with him a certain air of refinement that was lacking in his friend, who was of a rougher nature. Despite this difference he and Thad Tucker were the closest of chums, sharing each other's joys and disappointments, small though they might be. They had met just now at the post-office of a little country town not many miles below Evansville, Indiana, as the afternoon mail was being sorted. The yellow...

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Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms

By: Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946; Padgette, Paul; Rosenshine, Annette, 1880-1971
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