Life of Sir Walter Raleigh

Life of Sir Walter Raleigh by Louise Creighton

Life of Sir Walter Raleigh by Louise Creighton

English soldier, explorer, courtier, writer, and poet was one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era. Louise Creighton’s short biography follows him from the wars in Spain to the jungles of Guiana. Ralegh sparkles in a court riddled with intrigue and constrained by attendance on the brilliant, imperious Elizabeth and on her successor, that rigid mediocrity, James. During his long confinement in the Tower of London, Ralegh conducted chemical experiments and wrote a ”History of the World.” Everyone knows that things did not end well for Sir Walter, but time has not tarnished the charisma of his life. Creighton writes, ”There was no field of activity then open to men into which he did not enter…In an age remarkable for its varied forms of intellectual vigour, he represents with wonderful many-sidedness the different interests which then absorbed men’s minds.’

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Failed To Ignite

Failed To Ignite by Mike Bozart

Failed To Ignite by Mike Bozart

Al Niño rings up the author again and admonishes him for a lack of e-book sales, disparaging his strategy. Another hang-up.

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The Romance of Excavation

The Romance of Excavation by David Masters

The Romance of Excavation by David Masters

The Romance of Excavation: A Record of the Amazing Discoveries in Egypt, Assyria, Troy, Crete, etc., with Twenty-Nine Illustrations, From the Foreword: “In the following pages I have sought to reveal some of the romance of excavation, to tell the fascinating story of the men who have gone out into the desert places and dug up long-lost cities and the fabled treasure of ancient kings.

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The Dust Flower

The Dust Flower by Basil King

The Dust Flower by Basil King

Rashleigh Allerton, a wealthy New Yorker, quarrels with his well-to-do fiancée Barbara and impetuously says that he will marry instead the first person he meets. The book follows the result of this absurd promise, with consequences that neither of them (nor Rashleigh’s faithful elderly man-servant Steptoe) expect

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Lady Byron Vindicated

Lady Byron Vindicated by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Lady Byron Vindicated by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The True Story Of Lady Byron’s Life, a brief exposé of the famous poet Lord Byron’s sordid private life which had led to a separation from his wife and drove him out of England, as told to her by Lady Byron herself before her death. Stowe wrote this article long after Lady Byron’s death, when Lady Byron‘s impeccable reputation was being smeared across Europe by Byron’s influential literary friends, and her trustees were doing nothing to defend her. Criticism against the article raged in the American and European press and damaged the Atlantic’s circulation, but Stowe remained confident, and the following year, she expanded her article into this full-length exposé. Sprinkled throughout with Byron’s biting poetry, Lady Byron’s and other notable correspondence, and Stowe’s outrage at the way women were belittled and treated as property during the Victorian period, the invectives in this book are, even by modern standards, intense!

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Great Astronomers

Great Astronomers by Sir Robert S. Ball

Great Astronomers by Sir Robert S. Ball

From the days of Hipparchus down to the present hour the science of astronomy has steadily grown. One great observer after another has appeared from time to time, to reveal some new phenomenon with regard to the celestial bodies or their movements, while from time to time one commanding intellect after another has arisen to explain the true import of the facts of observations

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Heroes Every Child Should Know

Heroes Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie

Heroes Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie

The endeavor has been made in this volume to bring together the heroic men of different races, periods and types; and in the selection of material the most attractive, intelligent and authoritative literature has been drawn upon. In cases in which the material selected belongs distinctively to the best literature, no changes have been made, although narratives have been abbreviated; in cases in which the material has a historical rather than a distinctively literary quality, the text has been treated for “substance of doctrine,” and omissions have been freely made, and connecting words, phrases and even sentences have been introduced to give the narrative clear connection and completeness. In the preparation of the material for the volume the intelligence and skill of Miss Kate Stephens have been so freely used that she is entitled to the fullest recognition as associate editor. – Summary by Hamilton Wright Mabie

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The American Language

The American Language by H. L. Mencken

The American Language by H. L. Mencken

“It was part of my daily work, for a good many years, to read the principal English newspapers and reviews; it has been part of my work, all the time, to read the more important English novels, essays, poetry and criticism. An American born and bred, I early noted, as everyone else in like case must note, certain salient differences between the English of England and the English of America as practically spoken and written—differences in vocabulary, in syntax, in the shades and habits of idiom, and even, coming to the common speech, in grammar. And I noted too, of course, partly during visits to England but more largely by a somewhat wide and intimate intercourse with English people in the United States, the obvious differences between English and American pronunciation and intonation. Greatly interested in these differences—some of them so great that they led me to seek exchanges of light with Englishmen—I looked for some work that would describe and account for them with a show of completeness, and perhaps depict the process of their origin. I soon found that no such work existed, either in England or in America—that the whole literature of the subject was astonishingly meagre and unsatisfactory.” – Summary by Mencken (Preface)

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The Lost Road

The Lost Road by Richard Harding Davis

The Lost Road by Richard Harding Davis

This is a collection of short stories that covers a wide range of subjects. The author has subtly expressed his opinions on various subjects through characters that are beautifully drawn. An engrossing work where each tale presents a different outlook of life.

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Life of Chopin

Life of Chopin by Franz Liszt

Life of Chopin by Franz Liszt

Chopin was a romantic era Polish composer. This work is a memoir by Liszt who knew Chopin both as man and artist. This memoir gives a unique understanding to the psychological character of the compositions of Chopin. It also offers Liszt’s insight into some of Chopin’s polonaises, especially the grand polonaise in F sharp minor. Liszt explains the strange emotion “ZAL” which is inclosed in his compositions. Then, presents a brief sketch on the lives of other great people in Chopin’s circle. After that, Liszt discusses Chopin’s fame and early life. Finally, Liszt gives a detailed account on Chopin’s sufferings due to ill health and the unfortunate departure of the great composer.

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