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Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich –by: Stephen Leacock

“Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich” is a work of humorous fiction by Stephen Leacock first published in 1914. It is the follow-up to his 1912 classic “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.” Like that work, it is a sequence of interlocking stories set in one town, but instead of focusing on a small Canadian town in the countryside, it is set in a major American metropolis and its characters are the upper crust of society.

Although currently not as well-known as the earlier book, “Arcadian Adventures” was extremely popular in North America at the time of its publication a...

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit –by: Charles Dickens

Dickens thought it was “in a hundred points, immeasurably the best” of his stories. Yet it was also one of his greatest flops. Compared to his other novels, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit was a dismal failure in terms of sales and the main reason for Dickens falling out with his long term publisher Chapman & Hall. They invoked a penalty clause and demanded that he pay back a portion of the advance which he refused. Martin Chuzzlewit was also dimly received in Dickens friendly America. Its vitriolic satire of American customs and manners was met with astonishe...

Ginx s Baby: his birth and other misfortunes; a satire –by: Edward Jenkins

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GINX'S BABY

His Birth and other Misfortunes

A SATIRE

By Edward Jenkins

PREFACE.

CRITIC. I never read a more improbable story in my life.

AUTHOR. Notwithstanding, it may be true.

CONTENTS.

PART I. WHAT GINX DID WITH HIM. I. Ab initio II. Home, sweet Home! III. Work and Ideas IV. Digressive, and may be skipped without mutilating the History V. Reasons and Resolves VI. The Antagonism of Law and Necessity VII. Malthus and Man VIII. The Baby's First Translation

PART II. WHAT CHARITY AN...

The English Spy An Original Work Characteristic, Satirical, And Humorous. Comprising Scenes And Sketches In Every Rank Of Society, Being Portraits Drawn From The Life –by: C. M. (Charles Molloy) Westmacott

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THE

ENGLISH SPY:

An Original Work

CHARACTERISTIC, SATIRICAL, AND HUMOROUS.

COMPRISING

SCENES AND SKETCHES IN EVERY RANK OF SOCIETY,

BEING

PORTRAITS

DRAWN FROM THE LIFE

BY BERNARD BLACKMANTLE.

THE ILLUSTRATIONS DESIGNED BY

ROBERT CRUIKSHANK.

By Frolic, Mirth, and Fancy gay, Old Father Time is borne away.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY SHERWOOD, JONES, AND CO.

PATERNOSTER ROW.

1825.

[Illustration: Cover]

[Illustration: Frontispiece]

[Illustration: Titlepage]

BERNARD BLACKMANTLE{} TO THE REVIEWERS.

"But now, what Quixote of...

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st bir...

Lady Windermere s Fan –by: Oscar Wilde

Lady Windermere’s Fan: A Play About a Good Woman is a four act comedy by Oscar Wilde, published in 1893. As in some of his other comedies, Wilde satirizes the morals of Victorian society, and attitudes between the sexes.

The action centres around a fan given to Lady Windermere as a present by her husband, and the ball held that evening to celebrate her 21st birthday.

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LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN

THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY

Lord Windermere Lord Darlington Lord Augustus Lorton Mr. Dumby Mr. Cecil Graham Mr. Hopper Parker, Butler

Lady Winderm...

Mitteilungen aus den Memoiren des Satan

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Delphine Lettau and teh Online Distributed Proofreading Team.

WILHELM HAUFF

MITTEILUNGEN AUS DEN MEMOIREN DES SATAN

ZWEITER TEIL.

VORSPIEL.

Worin von Prozessen, Justizr"aten die Rede; nebst einer stillschweigenden Abhandlung: Was von Tr"aumen zu halten sei?"

Dieser zweite Teil der Mitteilungen aus den Memoiren des Satan erscheint um ein v"olliges Halbjahr zu sp"at. Angenehm ist es dem Herausgeber, wenn die Leser des ersten sich darüber gewundert, am angenehmsten, wenn sie sich darüber ge"argert haben; es zeigt dies eine gewisse Vorliebe...

Gorgias –by: Plato (

This dialogue brings Socrates face to face with the famous sophist Gorgias and his followers. It is a work likely completed around the time of "Republic" and illuminates many of the spiritual ideas of Plato. The spirituality, as Jowett points out in his wonderful introduction, has many ideas akin to Christianity, but is more generous as it reserves damnation only for the tyrants of the world. Some of the truths of Socrates, as presented by Plato, shine forth in this wonderful work on sophistry and other forms of persuasion or cookery.

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GORGIAS

by Plato

Transla...

Orley Farm –by: Anthony Trollope

Orley Farm is Trollope at his best (as good as the Barsetshire series), which means some of the best characterizations in the English language. Trollope's people are real; the beleaguered Lady Mason, charged with forging a will; the aged lover Sir Peregrine Orme; Madeleine Stavely, deeply but practically in love; the shallow, fickle Sophia Furnival and others are 3-dimensional figures that live and breathe. His satire of the so-called "justice" system is the best kind of satire: he just describes the court proceedings as they really are. The result is as up-to-date as today's newspaper. (Intro...

The Way We Live Now –by: Anthony Trollope

The Way We Live Now is a scathing satirical novel published in London in 1875 by Anthony Trollope, after a popular serialization. It was regarded by many of Trollope’s contemporaries as his finest work.

One of his longest novels (it contains a hundred chapters), The Way We Live Now is particularly rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s, and lashes at the pervading dishonesty of the age, commercial, political, moral, and intellectual. It is one of the last memorable Victorian novels to have been published in monthly parts.

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