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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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An Inland Voyage

An Inland Voyage by Robert Louis Stevenson

An Inland Voyage by Robert Louis Stevenson

As a young man, Stevenson wished to be financially independent and began his literary career by writing travelogues. This is his first published work, written at a time when travel for pleasure was still a rarity. He and a friend traveled by canoe through France and Belgium and he relates how they were thrown in jail, mistaken for traveling salesmen and became embroiled in gypsy life.

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The Red Man’s Continent

The Red Man's Continent by Ellsworth Huntington

The Red Man's Continent by Ellsworth Huntington

Characteristics of the peoples and environment of the earliest stages of America.

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My Airships

My Airships by Alberto Santos-Dumont

My Airships by Alberto Santos-Dumont

The delightful tale of “le petit Santos” as he dances through the sky above the City of Light at the dawn of the aerial age.
A note to the listener: Throughout this story the author makes several references to helpful figures and illustrations.

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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass by Charles W. Chesnutt

Frederick Douglass by Charles W. Chesnutt

Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became one of America’s great icons. He escaped slavery to become one of our great abolitionists, statesman, writer, orator, all around social reformer and intellectual of our time.

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Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

This is a detailed and accurate account of the most awful marine disaster in history, constructed from the real facts as obtained from those on board who survived.

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