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…

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

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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 ‘materialise’ dead people. He attempts to do this with the…

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Animal Farm

Animal Farm

George Orwell

Animal Farm is an allegorical novella reflecting events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism. In the book, Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as…

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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, B.D., with an appendix by Dr. Bentley, endeavouring to destroy the…

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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 adoption of the term to refer to people who look down on others who…

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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 as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world…

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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 of King Arthur, where he fools the inhabitants of that time into thinking…

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The Diary of a Nobody

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, his wife Carrie, his son Lupin, and numerous friends and acquaintances over a period of 15 months…

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Don Juan

Don Juan

George Byron

Byron’s exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, beginning with his illicit love affair at the age of sixteen in his native Spain and his subsequent exile to Italy. Following a dramatic shipwreck, his exploits take him to Greece, where he is sold as a slave, and to Russia, where he becomes a favorite of the Empress Catherine who sends him on to England.

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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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