Melmoth the Wanderer

Melmoth the Wanderer

Charles Robert Maturin

Composed of a series of nested stories-within-stories, Melmoth the Wanderer tells the story of a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 extra years of life, and then searches the world for someone who will take over the pact for him.

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Mimicry, and Other Protective Resemblances Among Animals

Mimicry, and Other Protective Resemblances Among Animals

Alfred Russel Wallace

Chapters include: Importance of the Principle of Utility; Popular Theories of Colour in Animals; Importance of Concealment as Influencing Colour; Special Modifications of Colour; Theory of Protective Colouring; Objection that Colour, as being dangerous, should not exist in Nature; Mimicry; Mimicry among Lepidoptera; Lepidoptera mimicking other Insects; Mimicry among Beetles; Beetles mimicking other Insects; Insects…

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Emile

Emile

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Emile, or On Education, is a treatise on the nature of education and on the nature of man, which tackles fundamental political and philosophical questions about the relationship between the individual and society. The text is divided into five books: the first three are dedicated to the child Emile, the fourth to an exploration of the adolescent, and the fifth to outlining the education of his female…

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Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion

Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion

G. A. Henty

Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion, by G.A. Henty, tells the story of Beric, the young Briton chieftan. Beric and his fellow tribesmen bristle under Roman rule during the reign of the tyrant emperor Nero. When Boadicea, queen of a powerful tribe of Britons, is disgraced by the Roman authorities, the Britons join together in rebellion, but can the Britons overcome their powerful Roman masters?

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The Last Days of Pompeii

The Last Days of Pompeii

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Inspired by the painting The Last Day of Pompeii by the Russian painter Karl Briullov, this book contrasts the decadent culture of 1st-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends, and culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

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An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill

An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West. He received the nickname “Buffalo Bill” after the American Civil War, when he had a contract to supply Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo (American bison) meat. Cody killed 4,282 buffalo in eighteen months…

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The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 2

The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 2

R. A. S. Macalister

Vol 2 of 3 Volumes. With numerous illustrations. From the first chapter: ‘We have, two sources of information regarding the domestic animals used, and the wild animals observed, by the Gezerites: the bones of actual specimens, and small models of animals, when the species of the latter can be identified. Such models were rare…

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The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 1

The Excavation of Gezer, Volume 1

R. A. S. Macalister

Vol 1 of 3 Volumes. With numerous illustrations. From the Preface: ‘In what form the results of the Excavation of Gezer should be finally presented is a question that has cost me much careful thought. Two alternatives offered themselves, between which it was difficult to choose. My preference at first was to follow the natural division…

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The Gadfly

The Gadfly

Ethel Voynich

Set in 1840s Italy, which at the time was under the dominance of Austria, The Gadfly centres on the life of the protagonist, Arthur Burton, a member of the Youth movement, and his antagonist Padre Montanelli. Arthur becomes a journalist, expounding radical ideas in brilliant satirical tracts published under the pseudonym “the gadfly”. The local authorities are soon dedicated to capturing him…

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Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Philip Francis Nowlan

Armageddon 2419 A.D. features the introduction of Anthony ‘Buck’ Rogers, the famous sci-fi adventure hero of early comics, radio, and tv shows. Originally published in Amazing Stories in 1928, this novella was later combined with Nowlan’s sequel, The Airlords of Han, and re-published under this same title in the 1960s. In Armageddon 2419 A.D., we follow Buck Rogers and his mysterious transportation to far-future…

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The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin

George MacDonald

A children’s fantasy novel that tells the story of 8 year old Princess Irene. She lives a lonely life in a castle in a mountainous kingdom, with only her nursemaid for company. Her father, the king, is normally absent, and her mother is dead. Unknown to her, the nearby mines are inhabited by a race of goblins, long banished from the kingdom and now anxious to take revenge on their human neighbours.

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A Voyage to Arcturus

A Voyage to Arcturus

David Lindsay

A Voyage to Arcturus is set at Tormance, an imaginary planet orbiting Arcturus, which, in the novel, is a double star system, consisting of stars Branchspell and Alppain. The lands through which the characters travel represent philosophical systems or states of mind, through which the main character, Maskull, passes on his search for the meaning of life.

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