The Secret Life

The Secret Life

Elizabeth Bisland

A journal of sorts written by Elizabeth Bisland. She covers many things in this book, from her musings on death to the way we treat animals, from poetry entries to discussions that her and her friends had; it’s an interesting read and beautifully written.

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Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast

Richard Henry Dana

Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., published in 1840, having been written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834. In the book, which takes place between 1834 and 1836, Dana gives a vivid account of “the life of a common sailor at sea as it really is”.

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In the Ranks of the C.I.V.

In the Ranks of the C.I.V.

Erskine Childers

In the Ranks of the C. I. V., is an account of Erskine Childers’ experiences in the Boer War. He wrote it without any thought of publication: while serving with the Honourable Artillery Company in southern Africa he composed many long, descriptive letters about his experiences to his two sisters. They, together with Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of George Smith of the publishing house Smith, Elder and a friend of the family, edited…

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Walden

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts…

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A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Henry David Thoreau

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is a book by Henry David Thoreau. It is ostensibly the narrative of a boat trip from Concord, Massachusetts to Concord, New Hampshire, and back, that Thoreau took with his brother John in 1839. While the book may appear to be a travel journal, broken up into chapters for each day, this is deceptive…

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The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

John Mandeville

“Jehan de Mandeville”, translated as “Sir John Mandeville”, is the name claimed by the compiler of The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, a book account of his supposed travels, which probably first appeared in Anglo-Norman French, and first circulated between 1357 and 1371. By aid of translations into many other languages it acquired extraordinary popularity. Despite the extremely unreliable and often fantastical nature…

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