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The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

Mark Twain

A collection of thirty comic short stories by the iconic American humorist and writer Mark Twain. Includes; The $30,000 Bequest; A Dog’s Tale; Was It Heaven? Or Hell?; A Cure for the Blues; The Enemy Conquered; or, Love Triumphant; The Californian’s Tale; A Helpless Situation; A Telephonic Conversation; Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale; The five boons of Life; The First Writing-Machines; Italian Without A Master; Italian With Grammar; A Burlesque…

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 controversial because of the apparent racism within the book. However, some have pointed out that the book…

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

With over 120 illustrations. The prequel to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this book follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer, another young rapscallion living in the deep South. Follow Tom as he gets into trouble, falls in love, gets engaged and goes hunting for buried treasure.

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Chronicles of Clovis

Saki

A humourous collection of short stories, including, The Remoulding Of Groby Lington, The Music On The Hill, Filboid Studge, The Story Of A Mouse That Helped, Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger, The Stampeding Of Lady Bastable, Esmé, The Match-Maker, and, The Secret Sin Of Septimus Brope.

Cobwebs from an Empty Skull

Cobwebs from an Empty Skull

Ambrose Bierce

Fully illustrated. A collection of short fables and stories written under Bierce’s pseudonym, Dod Grile. The book is divided into three sections: Fables of Zambri, the Parsee, an assortment of over 100 fables; Brief Seasons of Intellectual Dissipation, discussions between a fool and a philosopher, a doctor and a soldier, respectively…

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Some early editions are titled A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur. In the book, a Yankee engineer from Connecticut is accidentally transported back in time to the court…

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…

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…

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…

Erewhon, Or Over The Range

Erewhon, Or Over The Range

Samuel Butler

Erewhon: or, Over the Range is a satirical novel by Samuel Butler which was first published anonymously in 1872. The title is the name of a country, supposedly discovered by the protagonist.

The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

Arthur Conan Doyle

The hero of this novel, Etienne Gerard, is a Hussar in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Gerard’s most notable attribute is his vanity – he is utterly convinced that he is the bravest soldier, greatest swordsman, accomplished horseman and gallant lover in all France. Gerard is not entirely wrong since he displays notable bravery…

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