Father and Son (1907) is a memoir by poet and critic Edmund Gosse, which he subtitled “a study of two temperaments.” The book describes Edmund’s early years in an exceptionally devout Plymouth Brethren home. His mother, who dies early and painfully of breast cancer, is a writer of Christian tracts. His father, Philip Henry Gosse, is an influential, though largely self-taught, invertebrate zoologist and student of marine biology who, after his wife’s death, takes Edmund to live in Devon. The book focuses on the father’s response to the new evolutionary theories, especially those o...
John Wesley Powell was a pioneer American explorer, ethnologist, and geologist in the 19th Century. In 1869 he set out to explore the Colorado and the Grand Canyon. He gathered nine men, four boats and food for ten months and set out from Green River, Wyoming, on May 24. Passing through dangerous rapids, the group passed down the Green River to its confluence with the Colorado River (then also known as the Grand River upriver from the junction), near present-day Moab, Utah.
The expedition’s route traveled through the Utah canyons of the Colorado River, which Powell described in his ...
First Page:THE CRUSHED FLOWER AND OTHER STORIES
By Leonid Andreyev
Translated by Herman Bernstein
The Crushed Flower A Story Which Will Never Be Finished On the Day of the Crucifixion The Serpent's Sto...
There were four of us pilgrims—my Wife, our Boy of ten and a half years, the Doctor, and I. My object in going—the others went for the outing—was to gather "local color" for work in Western history. The Ohio River was an important factor in the development of the West. I wished to know the great waterway intimately in its various phases,—to see with my own eyes what the borderers saw; in imagination, to redress the pioneer stage, and repeople it. ( From the Preface )
First Page:FIGHTING FRANCE
FROM DUNKERQUE TO BELPORT
BY EDITH WHARTON
NEW YORK: MCMXV
THE LOOK OF PARIS IN ARGONNE IN LORRAINE AND THE VOSGES IN THE NORTH IN ALSACE THE TONE OF FRANCE
THE LOOK OF ...
1862 Anna Leonowens accepted an offer made by the Siamese consul in Singapore, Tan Kim Ching, to teach the wives and children of Mongkut, king of Siam. The king wished to give his 39 wives and concubines and 82 children a modern Western education on scientific secular lines, which earlier missionaries’ wives had not provided. Leonowens sent her daughter Avis to school in England, and took her son Louis with her to Bangkok. She succeeded Dan Beach Bradley, an American missionary, as teacher to the Siamese court.
Leonowens served at court until 1867, a period of nearly six years, fir...
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation. He faced hardship as a child, but later encountered owners who were relatively liberal and allowed him to learn to read, write and be in contact with freed slaves. At the age of 20, he escaped from the plantation and made his way to New York. Though he remained a fugitive, he married and changed his name to avoid being caught. He continued his education and became involved in the Abolitionist Movement. He began touring the country, speaking passionately about the unjust, cruel and inhuman practice of slavery. However, he beg...
First Page:JOURNAL D'UNE FEMME DE CINQUANTE ANS
Marquise de LA TOUR DU PIN
Publié par son arrière petit fils le Colonel Comte AYMAR DE LIEDEKERKE BEAUFORT.
MARC IMHAUS & REN'E CHAPELOT 'EDITEURS
[Illustration: Comte de La Tour Du Pin]
I. Malgré son grand ^age, l'auteur entreprend la seconde partie de ses mémoires. II. A welcome breakfast . Curiosité des Francais de Boston mal satisfaite. Adieux à l'équipage de la Diane . La joie d'être en pays ami. Le plaisir d'un bon déjeuner...
First Page:THE ROAD
(New York: Macmillan)
The Real Thing, Blowed in the Glass
HOLDING HER DOWN
HOBOES THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT