The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 1

The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 1 by Edmund Burke

The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 1 by Edmund Burke

Burke’s A Philosophical Enquiry is an important treatise in the history of philosophical aesthetics, putting forth a theory of two concepts of central, perennial importance to the field of aesthetics, namely, the beautiful and the sublime. Written before Burke turned 19, it is his only purely philosophical work. Despite being such an early work, Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry was noted by such later philosophers as Diderot and Kant and has remained influential in the field of aesthetics.

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Autobiography of a Seaman

Autobiography of a Seaman by Lord Thomas Cochrane

Autobiography of a Seaman by Lord Thomas Cochrane

This two volume work is the autobiography of Lord Cochrane, a naval captain of the Napoleonic period. His adventures are seminal to the development of naval fiction as a genre. Marryat sailed with Cochrane, while later writers borrowed incidents from this biography for their fictions. Most notable among these is Patrick O’Brian, three of whose novels have clear parallels to incidents in the life of Cochrane.

This first volume covers Cochrane’s earlier life, during which he is most active militarily.

This second volume of the biography of Lord Cochrane deals with his fall from grace, imprisonment for debt, loss of honours, and attempts to clear his name. It has had a marked influence on naval fiction, most obviously on some of the novels by Patrick O’Brian.

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Declaration of Rights and Grievances

Declaration of Rights and Grievances by Stamp Act Congress of 1765

Declaration of Rights and Grievances by Stamp Act Congress of 1765

On June 8, 1765 James Otis, supported by the Massachusetts Assembly sent a letter to each colony calling for a general meeting of delegates. The meeting was to be held in New York City in October. Representatives from nine colonies met in New York. Though New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia did not send delegates, the Assemblies of those missing colonies nonetheless agreed to support the works of the Congress. The meetings were held in Federal Hall in New York, and the delegates assembled on October 2. They spent less than two weeks in discussion and at their final meeting on October 19, 1765 adopted the Declaration of Rights and approved its use in petitions to the King and two letters to Parliament. The Declaration of Rights and Grievances raised thirteen points of colonial protest. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Buddhism and Buddhists in China

Buddhism and Buddhists in China by Lewis Hodous

Buddhism and Buddhists in China by Lewis Hodous

Buddhism and Buddhists in China is an anthropological text describing Buddhism as practiced in China at the beginning of the 20th Century. Interestingly, it also compares and contrasts Buddhism with Christianity with respect to or in response to missionary work.

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Life of Johnson – Volume 2

Life of Johnson - Volume 2 by James Boswell

Life of Johnson – Volume 2 by James Boswell

Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson is widely considered to be the greatest English-language biography ever written. It was revolutionary in its efforts to represent Johnson as he was, celebrating his flaws as well as his genius, and in Boswell’s decision to represent Johnson primarily by quoting his writings and relating personal anecdotes rather than relying on matters of public record. From the time of its publication till now, The Life of Johnson has been one of the most popular and influential books ever written.

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My School Days

My School Days by E. Nesbit

My School Days by E. Nesbit

A short memoir about the author’s school days, It includes stories about teachers, fellow pupils, the things that scared her most as a child (and even as an adult) and a vivid account of the best summer of her childhood.

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Ramona

Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson

Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson

Story of a part-Scottish and part-Native American orphan girl growing up and getting married in Southern California, suffering racial discrimination and hardship. Originally serialized in the Christian Union on a weekly basis, the novel became immensely popular. Overall, it has had more than 300 printings, been made into four film versions, and has been performed as an outdoor play annually. The impact the novel had on the culture and image of Southern California was enormous. Its romanticization of Mexican colonial life gave the region a unique cultural identity and its publication coincided with the arrival of railroad lines to the region, bringing in countless tourists who wanted to see the locations in the novel.

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The Story of Gösta Berling

The Story of Gösta Berling  by Selma Lagerlöf

The Story of Gösta Berling by Selma Lagerlöf

The tales are founded on actual occurrences and depict the life in the province of Värmland at the beginning of the 19th Century century. Värmland is a lonely tract in the southern part of Sweden, and has retained many of its old customs, while mining is the principal industry of its sparse population. It consists of great stretches of forest, sloping down to long, narrow lakes, connected by rivers.

Miss Lagerlöf has grown up in the midst of the wild legends of her country, and, deeply imbued with their spirit, interprets them with a living force all her own.

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The Scottish Chiefs

The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter

The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter

An adventure novel about William Wallace, one of the most popular books ever written by Jane Porter. The French version was even banned by Napoleon, and the book has remained very popular with Scottish children, but is equally enjoyable for adults.

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Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska

Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska by Rockwell Kent

Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska by Rockwell Kent

Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska — Memoir of the fall and winter painting and exploring with his eldest son – also Rockwell – on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay, Alaska

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