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John Dene of Toronto; a Comedy of Whitehall –by: Herbert George Jenkins

John Dene comes to England with a great invention, and the intention of gingering-up the Admiralty. His directness and unconventional methods bewilder and embarrass the officials at Whitehall, where, according to him, most of the jobs are held by those "whose great-grandfathers had a pleasant way of saying how-do-you-do to a prince." Suddenly John Dene disappears, and the whole civilised world is amazed at an offer of lb20,000 for news of him. Scotland Yard is disorganised by tons of letters and thousands of callers. Questions are asked in the House, the Government becomes anxious, only Depart...

Miss Mapp –by: Edwin F. Benson

E. F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia series, consists of six novels and three short stories. The novels are: Queen Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp (including the short story The Male Impersonator), Mapp and Lucia, Lucia’s Progress (published as The Worshipful Lucia in the U.S.) and Trouble for Lucia. Most of these works are set in the fictional village of “Tilling”, which is based on the village of Rye, Sussex, England. “Mallards”, the house with the garden room inhabited by Miss Mapp, and later by Lucia, is based on Lamb House, Benson’s own home in Rye. Earlier, the house was th...

Aesop s Fables –by: Aesop

As children, our first experience of the magic of talking animals, the conflict between good and evil, the battle of wits between the cunning and the innocent most probably came from Aesop's Fables. These delightful, pithy and brief narratives are simple, easy to understand and convey their message in a memorable and charming fashion.

Aesop's Fables by Aesop consists of about 600 tales, some well-loved and familiar, others less known but just as entertaining and educative and help us map the perimeters of our moral universe.

Fables have existed almost sin...

That Very Mab –by: May Kendall

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'THAT VERY MAB'

By May Kendall and Andrew Lang

'Ah! now I see Queen Mab has been with you'

LONDON

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

1885

CONTENTS.

I. UNDER TWO FLAGS II. DISILLUSIONS III. THE ORIGIN OF RELIGION IV. THE POET AND THE PALAEONTOTHEOLOGIST V. ST. GEORGE FOR MERRY ENGLAND VI. JUSTICE AND THE NEW DEMOCRACY VII. MACHINERY AND THE SUCCESSFUL MERCHANT VIII. THE BEAUTIFUL IX. IN WHICH THE NIHILIST, THE DEMOCRAT, AND THE PROFESSOR OFFER A SUGGESTION TO THE BISHOP ...

The Battle of the Books and other Short Pieces

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THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS AND OTHER SHORT PIECES.

BY JONATHAN SWIFT.

CASSELL & COMPANY, LIMITED: LONDON , PARIS , NEW YORK & MELBOURNE . 1886.

INTRODUCTION.

Jonathan Swift was born in 1667, on the 30th of November. His father was a Jonathan Swift, sixth of the ten sons of the Rev. Thomas Swift, vicar of Goodrich, near Ross, in Herefordshire, who had married Elizabeth Dryden, niece to the poet Dryden's grandfather. Jonathan Swift married, at Leicester, Abigail Erick, or Herrick, who was of the family that had given to England Robert Herrick, the poet. As t...

What is Man and Other Essays –by: Mark Twain

"What Is Man?", published by Mark Twain in 1906, is a dialogue between a young man and an older man jaded to the world. It involves ideas of destiny and free will, as well as of psychological egoism. The Old Man asserted that the human being is merely a machine, and nothing more. The Young Man objects, and asks him to go into particulars and furnish his reasons for his position. This collection of short stories covers a wide range of Twain's interests: the serious, the political and the ironically humorous.

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WHAT IS MAN? AND OTHER ESSAYS

By Mark Twain

(Samuel Lang...

Deutschland. Ein Wintermrchen –by: Heinrich Heine

Deutschland. Ein Winterm"archen ist ein satirisches Versepos des deutschen Dichters Heinrich Heine (1797–1856). Unzufrieden mit den politischen Verh"altnissen im Deutschland der Restaurationszeit und um der Zensur zu entgehen, emigrierte Heine 1831 nach Frankreich. 1835 verbot ein Beschluss des deutschen Bundestags seine Schriften. Ende 1843 kehrt er noch einmal für wenige Wochen nach Deutschland zurück. Heine verknüpft in "Deutschland. Ein Winterm"archen“ die Reisebeschreibung mit politischen und philosophischen Betrachtungen. Schon am 4. Oktober 1844 wurde das Buch in Preussen verb...

Bickerstaff-Partridge Papers

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THE BICKERSTAFF PARTRIDGE PAPERS

by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift, et al. The Bickerstaff Partridge Papers, etc. Annus Mirabilis

Predictions For The Year 1708

Wherein the month, and day of the month are set down, the persons named, and the great actions and events of next year particularly related, as will come to pass.

Written to prevent the people of England from being farther imposed on by vulgar almanack makers.

By Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq.

I have long consider'd the gross abuse of astrology in this kingdom, and upon debating the matte...

Gulliver s Travels Into Several Remote Regions of the World

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GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

Into Several Remote Regions of the World

by

JONATHAN SWIFT, D.D.

Edited with Introduction and Notes by Thomas M. Balliet Superintendent of Schools, Springfield, Mass.

With Thirty Eight Illustrations and a Map

PART I

A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT

PART II

A VOYAGE TO BROBDINGNAG

[Illustration: "HE COMMANDED HIS GENERALS TO DRAW UP THE TROOPS." P. 42.]

D.C. Heath & Co., Publishers Boston New York Chicago

1900

PREFACE.

And lo! the book, from all its end beguiled, A harmless wonder to some happy child...

Trips to the Moon

The endeavour of small Greek historians to add interest to their work by magnifying the exploits of their countrymen, and piling wonder upon wonder, Lucian first condemned in his Instructions for Writing History, and then caricatured in his True History, wherein is contained the account of a trip to the moon, a piece which must have been enjoyed by Rabelais, which suggested to Cyrano de Bergerac his Voyages to the Moon and to the Sun, and insensibly contributed, perhaps, directly or through Bergerac, to the conception of Gulliver’s Travels. The Icaro-Menippu...

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