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Originally written around 49 AD for his father-in-law Paulinus, Seneca here brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that people waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to Seneca, nature gives people enough time to do what is really important and it is up to the individual to allot it properly.
Part of the Scènes de la vie privée section of Honore de Balzac’s series La Comédie humaine. Set in Paris in 1819, it follows the intertwined lives of three characters: the elderly doting Goriot; a mysterious criminal-in-hiding named Vautrin; and a naive law student named Eugène de Rastignac.
Also called ‘The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia’, this is a fable about happiness, telling the story of Rasselas, son of the King of Abyssinia, who is shut up in a beautiful valley called The Happy Valley, “till the order of succession should call him to the throne”.
This book is about a member of the Irish gentry (Redmond Barry of Bally Barry) who is desperately trying to become a member of the English aristocracy. Thackeray based the novel on the life of Andrew Robinson Stoney. The book was later reissued under the title ‘The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq’.
When his wife is murdered on his wedding day, Lucas Trask launches himself on a quest for revenge. Using his personal fortune, he buys a spaceship and becomes a Space Viking, raiding worlds while hunting for his wife’s killer. But there are unexpected consequences…
I was excited to learn that some of Philip K. Dick’s books were in the public domain. Whilst I’m not the biggest fan, I have read and enjoyed some of his works, and I also realise how important a figure he is in the fictional sci-fi world. So here are 16 short stories including: Beyond Lies The Wub; The Gun; The Skull; The Defenders; The Eyes Have It; The Hanging Stranger; Mr. Spaceship; Piper In The Woods; Second Variety…
This short work was originally titled An Introduction to a Criticism of Dogmatic Theology. It is a brief autobiographical story of the author’s struggle with a mid-life existential crisis, and describes his search for the answer to the ultimate philosophical question: “If God does not exist, since death is inevitable, what is the meaning of life?”
An alchemical tract. ‘The following translation is interspersed with quotations from Basil Valentine, T. G. Tugel, M. Pott etc. Accompanied with remarks by the translator. The remarks are included in parinthesis (thus) to distinguish them.’
A collection of short stories linked by Dunsany’s invented pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegāna. Stories are: Of Skarl the Drummer; Of the Making of the Worlds; Of the Game of the Gods; The Chaunt of the Gods; The Sayings of Kib; Concerning Sish; The Sayings of Slid; The Deeds of Mung; The Chaunt of the Priests; The Sayings of Limpang-Tung; Of Yoharneth-Lahai; Of Roon, the God of Going, and the Thousand Home…
A collection of 11 short stories including: The Great God Pan; The Inmost Light; The Shining Pyramid; The Red Hand; The White People; The Great Return; The Children Of The Pool; Change; A New Christmas Carol; Out Of The Earth; and, The Islington Mystery.
Not much is known about Theodorus Mundanus, except for his mention by the diarist, John Evelyn. Evelyn was an acquaintance of W. Dickinson, to whom this short tract is addressed to, and upon visiting Dickinson, was informed that he had met Mundanus who claimed he was an adept in alchemy. Evelyn recorded the visit: ‘I went to see Dr. Dickinson the famous chemist. We had a long conversation about the philosopher’s…
Volume 2 of the Tales of Chekhov. Contains 8 stories: The Duel; Excellent People; Mire; Neighbours; At Home; Expensive Lessons; The Princess; and, The Chemist’s Wife.
The sci-fi novel that actually gave us the term: ‘time machine’. The book’s protagonist travels to the year A.D. 802,701, only to find that the state of the human race has changed considerably. He discovers two distinct peoples; the Eloi, and, the Morlocks, and originally believes that they share a kind of ‘Lord/Servant’ relationship. However, he soon realises that it is more like that of ‘Ranchers/Livestock’.
Johannes Pharamond Rhumelius (1597–1661) was a German alchemist and physician, and a contemporary of Jan Baptist van Helmont. He was born in Neumark and died in Nuremberg. Spagyric medicine is a natural method of health care based on medicinal plants.
A collection of poems including: The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere; The Foster-Mother’s Tale; Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite; The Nightingale, a Conversational Poem; The Female Vagrant; Goody Blake and Harry Gill; Lines written at a small distance from my House, and sent by my little Boy to the Person to whom they are addressed; Simon Lee, the old Huntsman; Anecdote…
Although W. W. Jacobs is most well known for his horror short story, A Monkey’s Paw – most of the work he published was more on the humourous side. This book is an anthology of 12 short stories including: The Monkey’s Paw; The Lady of the Barge; Bill’s Paper Chase; The Well; Cupboard Love; In the Library; Captain Rogers; A Tiger’s Skin; A Mixed Proposal; An Adulteration Act; A Golden Venture; and, Three at Table.