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The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason

Thomas Paine

This edition includes The Age of Reason, Parts 1, 2 and 3. The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is a deistic pamphlet, written by eighteenth-century British radical and American revolutionary Thomas Paine, that criticizes institutionalized religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible, the central sacred text…

All Things Considered

All Things Considered

G. K. Chesterton

A collection of essays dealing with various topics, such as human nature, current affairs, science and religion. Chapters include: The Case For The Ephemeral; Cockneys And Their Jokes; The Fallacy Of Success; On Running After One’s Hat; The Vote And The House; Conceit And Caricature; Patriotism And Sport; An Essay On Two Cities; French And English; The…

American Notes

American Notes

Rudyard Kipling

An interesting view of America in the 1880’s, as Rudyard Kipling visits and writes of his experiences. A short book with ‘notes’ on Chicago, the American Army and the like, Kipling can’t help hide his snobbery at times. He writes of the Chicago slaughterhouses, American women and men, visits Utah and San Francisco and seems to have a jolly good time…

Anarchism and Other Essays

Anarchism and Other Essays

Emma Goldman

Chapters include: Anarchism: What It Really Stands For; Minorities Versus Majorities; The Psychology Of Political Violence; Prisons: A Social Crime And Failure; Patriotism: A Menace To Liberty; Francisco Ferrer And The Modern School; The Hypocrisy Of Puritanism; The Traffic In Women; Woman Suffrage; The Tragedy Of Woman’s Emancipation; Marriage And Love; and, The Modern Drama: A Powerful Disseminator Of Radical Thought.

Ancient India, Its Language and Religions

Ancient India, Its Language and Religions

Hermann Oldenberg

This short book contains three essays (The Study Of Sanskrit, The Religion Of The Veda, and Buddhism), which first appeared in the Deutsche Rundschau of Berlin. It examines the religion and language of Ancient India.

Anticipations

Anticipations

H. G. Wells

In 1901, H. G. Wells attempted to predict the future in this book, a fascinating mix of accurate forecasts, (development of cars, buses and trucks, use of flying machines in combat, decline of permanent marriage), and wild misses, including the prediction that submarines will suffocate their crews at sea.

Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

In this essay, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War.

Clarence Darrow Essays

Clarence Darrow Essays

Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. The three essays included here are Facing Life Fearlessly, Absurdities Of The Bible, and Why I Am An Agnostic.

Coffee in the Gourd

Coffee in the Gourd

J. Frank Dobie

A selection of articles which reflect the cultural diversity of Texas, including articles on African-American, Tejano, German and Native American folklore. Also included is an interview with W.C. Handy, ‘the father of the blues.’ The articles vary widely from academic to amateur in tone. As usual, the original text has been transcribed…

Collected Articles of Frederick Douglass

Collected Articles of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Although the title boldly states ‘Collection’, this is in fact just two articles written by Frederick Douglass. The first, My Escape from Slavery, was published in The Century Illustrated Magazine in Nov. 1881. And the second, Reconstruction, was published in Atlantic Monthly in 1866.

The Collected Articles of Ida Craddock

The Collected Articles of Ida Craddock

Ida Craddock

Ida C. Craddock (1857 – 1902) was a 19th-century American advocate of free speech and women’s rights. She wrote many serious instructional tracts on human sexuality and appropriate, respectful sexual relations between husband and wife. Aleister Crowley reviewed ‘Heavenly Bridegrooms’ in the pages of his journal The Equinox, stating that it was…

The Conduct of Life

The Conduct of Life

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Conduct of Life is a collection of essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson published in 1860 and revised in 1876. In this volume, Emerson sets out to answer “the question of the times:” “How shall I live?” It is composed of nine essays, each preceded by a poem. These nine essays are largely based on lectures Emerson held throughout…

A Cynic Looks at Life

A Cynic Looks at Life

Ambrose Bierce

A collection of essays in which Bierce talks about modern civilization and all its faults, including the death penalty, emancipated women, immortality, civilisation and more.

A Dissertation upon Roast Pig

A Dissertation upon Roast Pig

Charles Lamb

A rapturous appreciation of pork crackling, a touching description of hungry London chimney sweeps, a discussion of the strange pleasure of eating pineapple and a meditation on the delights of Christmas feasting are just some of the subjects of these personal, playful writings from early nineteenth-century essayist Charles Lamb.

The Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries

The Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries

Thomas Taylor

Fully illustrated, this is Thomas Taylor’s essay on the ancient initiation rituals of Eleusis and Bacchus. The inner teachings of these ancient Mediterranean mystery religions have been lost for two millennia, but Taylor believed that he had found the skeleton key in classical mythology and Plato’s philosophy. This influential essay outlines…

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