All for Love

All for Love by John Dryden

All for Love by John Dryden

All for Love is widely considered to be John Dryden’s finest work, dramatic or otherwise. A tragedy written in blank verse, it retells the story of Roman general Marc Antony’s love affair with the alluring Egyptian queen Cleopatra and their eventual double-suicide. Compared to the more famous rendition of the tale by William Shakespeare, however, which is grand and hectic in terms of setting, Dryden chooses instead to focus in on the lovers’ last days in Alexandria as the threat of their defeat looms and their legacies are contested. The result is a swelling, elegant, emotional drama that perceptively considers such themes as loyalty and love, fidelity in marriage, the lasting endurance of friendship, and even the tenuous construct of masculinity. In short, it’s truly a gem of the Restoration repertoire.

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In the path of the alphabet

In the path of the alphabet by Frances Jermain

In the path of the alphabet by Frances Jermain

Language: we all use it and few of us think about the form it takes on the page. But how did the transmittal of ideas in written form evolve from Egyptian hieroglyphics to the ABCs in use in most countries around the world today? This work, written by a librarian and scholar, draws on previously published works and also direct correspondence with archaeologists still uncovering secrets in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Her death left this work unfinished, but others were able to polish it for publication.

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The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen

The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen by Howard Carter

The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen by Howard Carter

On 26 November 1922, after eight years of work in the Valley of the Kings, archeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen, a pharaoh of the 18th dynasty (around 1300 BCE). Different than all the tombs hitherto excavated, this was the first to be virtually undisturbed, and Carters words on a first look into the tomb “Yes, wonderful things!” have gone down in history.
Excavating the tomb in full took eight years, and most of the 5,398 items that were found in the tomb are now on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, with the exception of the mummy of Tut-Ankh-Amen that remained in the tomb where it was laid to rest.
This first volume of Howard Carter’s memoirs, written in late 1923, recounts the finding and opening of the tomb, the clearing of the antechamber, and the opening of the sealed door leading to the burial chamber.

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Around the World in Seventy-Two Days

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly

This is a true account by American woman journalist who set out to see whether she could beat the fictional journey in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Wearing one dress and carrying one handbag, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (pen name “Nellie Bly”), reported her travels back to avid readers in America.

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The Hunters of the Hills

The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph A. Altsheler

The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph A. Altsheler

“The Hunters of the Hills” is the first volume of a series dealing with the great struggle of France and England and their colonies for dominion in North America, culminating with the fall of Quebec. It is also concerned to a large extent with the Iroquois, the mighty league known in their own language as the Hodenosaunee, for the favor of which both French and English were high bidders. In his treatment of the theme the author has consulted many authorities, and he is not conscious of any historical error.

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Ten Days in a Madhouse

Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly

Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly, a young reporter who would soon go on to make a career for herself as an investigative journalist and “stunt” reporter, had herself committed to the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York. Her purpose was to discover what life was like for those who had been deemed insane. She was surprised to discover the depth of mistreatment of the patients. Partially as a result of her reporting, more money was allocated to the asylum and reforms were put into place.

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Six Months in Mexico

Six Months in Mexico by Nellie Bly

Six Months in Mexico by Nellie Bly

This is an account of Nellie Bly’s travels through Mexico. The book was originally a series of individual articles that she submitted to the Pittsburgh Dispatch newspaper for publication. In them she described the conditions of the people and the political system she found in Mexico. Her narratives focused mostly on the impoverished and disadvantaged in a country whose government was extremely corrupt.

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Under Fire: the story of a squad

Under Fire: the story of a squad by Henri Barbusse

Under Fire: the story of a squad by Henri Barbusse

An English translation of the French World War I novel “Le Feu”, written by a French soldier and dedicated to “the memory of the comrades who fell by my side at Crony and on Hill 119.” Barbusse was invalided out of the army after 17 months in 1915, and given a clerical job, during which time he penned this work. He was greatly influenced by the Russian Revolution and joined the communist party.

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The Sport of the Gods

The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Sport of the Gods is a novel by Paul Laurence Dunbar, centered around urban black life.
Forced to leave the South, a family falls apart amid the harsh realities of Northern inner city life in this 1902 examination of the forces that extinguish the dreams of African Americans.

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Abraham Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery

Abraham Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery by Charles Godfrey Leland

Abraham Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery by Charles Godfrey Leland

The book is a biography of Abraham Lincoln with emphasis on how his personality and beliefs impacted the history of the American Emancipation and its causes. The book is very well written, easy to read and includes incredible historical information being written by a man who was there during the civil war. He even fought in the war and was able to add his insight into the happenings from his own perspective. This book would add knowledge to anyone who really wants to know the truth about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

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