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The Admirable Crichton –by: J. M. Barrie

From the author of Peter Pan:

Lord Loam, a British peer, considers class divisions to be artificial. He promotes his views during tea-parties where servants mingle with his aristocratic guests, to the embarrassment of all. Crichton, his butler, particularly disapproves of this.

Loam, his family, a maid, and Crichton are shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. The resourceful Crichton is the only one of the party with any practical knowledge. Eventually, social roles are reversed, and Crichton becomes the governor.

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THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON

From The...

Mr. Punch s Pocket Ibsen –by: F. Anstey

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MR. PUNCH'S POCKET IBSEN

A COLLECTION OF SOME OF THE MASTER'S BEST KNOWN DRAMAS CONDENSED, REVISED, AND SLIGHTLY RE ARRANGED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE EARNEST STUDENT

BY

F. ANSTEY

AUTHOR OF "VICE VERSA," "VOCES POPULI," ETC.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY BERNARD PARTRIDGE

LONDON WILLIAM HEINEMANN 1893

[ All rights reserved ]

PREFATORY NOTE

The concluding piece, "Pill Doctor Herdal," is, as the observant reader will instantly perceive, rather a reverent attempt to tread in the footprints of the Nor...

An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews –by: Henry Fielding

An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews, or simply Shamela, as it is more commonly known, is a satirical novel written by Henry Fielding and first published in April 1741 under the name of Mr. Conny Keyber. Fielding never owned to writing the work, but it is widely considered to be his. It is a direct attack on the then-popular novel Pamela (November 1740) by Fielding's contemporary and rival Samuel Richardson and is composed, like Pamela, in epistolary form. Shamela is written as a shocking revelation of the true events which took place in the life of Pamela Andrews, the main heroine ...

Der Mann im Mond oder Der Zug des Herzens ist des Schicksals Stimme –by: Wilhelm Hauff

Pr"asidents Ida ist gerade von der Pension in der Residenzstadt zurückgekehrt und ihr Erscheinen auf dem Ball ist ein gl"anzender Erfolg. Doch sie hat nur Augen für den geheimnisvollen polnischen Grafen Martiniz, der jede Nacht die Stunde zwischen zw"olf und ein Uhr im Münster verbringt. Aus der Residenz ergeht Befehl, den Grafen unbedingt in der Gegend zu halten, da er wegen seines betr"achtlichen Verm"ogens mit einer nicht sehr gut beleumundeten und hoch verschuldeten Gr"afin verheiratet werden soll. Auch Idas Pate ist von dem jungen Mann sehr angetan. Kann er das Geheimnis um den Grafen ...

Zadig, or the Book of Fate –by: Voltaire

Zadig, ou La Destinée, (”Zadig, or The Book of Fate”) (1747) is a famous novel written by the French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. It tells the story of Zadig, a philosopher in ancient Babylonia. The author does not attempt any historical accuracy, and some of the problems Zadig faces are thinly disguised references to social and political problems of Voltaire’s own day.

The book is philosophical in nature, and presents human life as in the hands of a destiny beyond human control. It is a story of religious and metaphysical orthodoxy, both of which Voltaire chal...

Herrn Mahlhubers Reiseabenteuer

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[ : gesperrt : antiqua oder fettschrift Druckfehler sind am Ende des Textes notiert.]

Herrn

Mahlhuber's Reiseabenteuer.

Erz"ahlung von Friedrich Gerst"acker

Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1857.

Der Verfasser beh"alt sich das Recht der Uebersetzung ins Englische und Franz"osische vor.

Inhaltsverzeichniss.

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The Satyricon

Satyricon (or Satyrica) is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry. It is believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius, though the manuscript tradition identifies the author as a certain Titus Petronius. As with the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, classical scholars often describe it as a "Roman novel", without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form.

The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. Throughout the novel, Encolpius has a hard time keepi...

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia –by: Samuel Johnson

In this enchanting fable (subtitled The Choice of Life), Rasselas and his retinue burrow their way out of the totalitarian paradise of the Happy Valley in search of that triad of eighteenth-century aspiration – life, liberty and happiness.
According to that quirky authority, James Boswell, Johnson penned his only work of prose fiction in a handful of days to cover the cost of his mother’s funeral. The stylistic elegance of the book and its wide-ranging philosophical concerns give no hint of haste or superficiality.
Among other still burning issues Johnson’s characters purs...

The Devil s Dictionary –by: Ambrose Bierce

RESPECTABILITY, n. The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account. BEAUTY, n. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. LITIGANT, n. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.

If these caustic definitions catch your fancy, you'd enjoy The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce.

He was a columnist with the San Francisco News Letter, a weekly paper which was a business publication aimed at the corporate sector. However, it had a column entitled Town Crier which featured sat...

The True Life of Betty Ireland With Her Birth, Education, and Adventures. Together with Some Account of Her Elder Sister Blanch of Britain. Containing Sundry Very Curious Particulars –by: Anonymous

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Transcriber's note:

The original spelling, hyphenation, and capitalization have been retained. However, long s's have been transcribed as modern s's, and minor punctuation corrections have been made.

The oe ligature is represented as [oe].

THE TRUE

LIFE

OF

Betty IRELAND.

[Price a British Sixpence.]

THE TRUE

LIFE

OF

Betty IRELAND.

WITH

Her BIRTH, EDUCATION, and ADVENTURES.

Together with

Some Account of her elder Sister BLANCH of BRITAIN .

Containing,

Sundry very curious Particulars.

[Illustration]

LONDON , Pr...

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