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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

With over 130 illustrations. Mark Twains classic tale concerns young Huckleberry Finn who runs away from home. He teams up first with Jim, a runaway slave and then later in the story, comes across the ‘Duke’, the ‘Dauphin’, the Grangerfords and the Wilks’. Banned for crudeness by several libraries upon its publication, it is still seen as…

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The American Claimant

The American Claimant

Mark Twain

Fully illustrated, this classic by Mark Twain follows the story of Colonel Sellers, a somewhat eccentric old chap who believes that the son of an Earl has been killed in a fire. Collecting the ashes, he has an idea to send the ashes to the Earl bit by bit so as to break the news gently. His other plans, however, are even wilder. He believes he can…

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The Battle of the Books and other Short Pieces

The Battle of the Books and other Short Pieces

Jonathan Swift

‘This discourse, as it is unquestionably of the same author, so it seems to have been written about the same time, with “The Tale of a Tub;” I mean the year 1697, when the famous dispute was on foot about ancient and modern learning. The controversy took its rise from an essay of Sir William Temple’s upon that subject; which was answered by W. Wotton…

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The Book of Snobs

The Book of Snobs

William Makepeace Thackeray

The Book of Snobs is a collection of satirical works by William Makepeace Thackeray first published in the magazine Punch as The Snobs of England, By One of Themselves. Published in 1848, the book was serialised in 1846/47 around the same time as Vanity Fair. While the word ‘snob’ had been in use since the end of the 18th century Thackeray’s…

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Candide

Candide

Voltaire

Candide, or, Optimism is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire. It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with optimism by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide’s slow, painful disillusionment…

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The Crock of Gold

The Crock of Gold

James Stephens

A mixture of philosophy, Irish folklore and the “battle of the sexes”, The Crock of Gold consists of six books, Book 1 – The Coming of Pan, Book 2 – The Philosophers Journey, Book 3 – The Two Gods, Book 4 – The Philosophers Return, Book 5 – The Policemen, Book 6 – The Thin Woman’s Journey, that all rotate around a philosopher and his quest to find the most beautiful woman in the world…

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The Diary of a Nobody

George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

The Diary of a Nobody is an English comic novel written by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith. It originated as an intermittent serial in Punch magazine in 1888–89 and first appeared in book form, with extended text and added illustrations, in 1892. The Diary records the daily events in the lives of a London clerk, Charles Pooter…

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Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes

With over 150 illustrations. Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, follows the adventures of Alonso Quixano, an hidalgo who reads so many chivalric novels that he decides to set out to revive chivalry, under the name Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs…

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