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2 B R 0 2 B –by: Kurt Vonnegut

In this chilling short-story by a master of the craft, Kurt Vonnegut creates a fictional world of the future where life and death are no longer matters of individual choice or destiny. The title refers to the famous quote from Hamlet, “To be or not to be....” with “0” being pronounced as “naught.” It also refers to the eternal dilemma of life and death that face every human being at some point in their lives.

Written in 1962 it is set in some unspecified time in the future, when earth has become a Utopia. The population is under control, there is no poverty, suffering or even...

In the Sweet Dry and Dry –by: Christopher Morley

Written just before Prohibition to entail the possible troubles that might happen en route. Both sides of the argument, or battle as the case may be, strike out with various over-top methods like legislating most fruits and vegetables as unsafe or intoxicating large groups with breathable alcohol.

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IN THE SWEET DRY AND DRY

BY

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY AND BART HALEY

ILLUSTRATED BY GLUYAS WILLIAMS

DEDICATED TO G. K. CHESTERTON

MOST DELIGHTFUL OF MODERN DECANTERBURY PILGRIMS

FOREWORD

As far as this book is concerned, the public may Take It, or the...

Sartor Resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teufelsdrckh

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SARTOR RESARTUS:

The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh

By Thomas Carlyle.

1831

BOOK I.

CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY.

Considering our present advanced state of culture, and how the Torch of Science has now been brandished and borne about, with more or less effect, for five thousand years and upwards; how, in these times especially, not only the Torch still burns, and perhaps more fiercely than ever, but innumerable Rushlights, and Sulphur matches, kindled thereat, are also glancing in every direction, so that not the smallest cranny or dog ho...

The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great –by: Henry Fielding

This novel is sometimes thought of as [Fielding's] first because he almost certainly began composing it before he wrote Shamela and Joseph Andrews. It is a satire of Walpole that draws a parallel between Walpole and Jonathan Wild, the infamous gang leader and highwayman. He implicitly compares the Whig party in Parliament with a gang of thieves being run by Walpole, whose constant desire to be a “Great Man” (a common epithet for Walpole) should culminate only in the antithesis of greatness: being hanged.

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THE WORKS OF HENRY FIELDING

VOLUME TEN

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Alice in Blunderland: an Iridescent Dream –by: John Kendrick Bangs

John Kendrick Bangs (May 27, 1862 – January 21, 1922) was an American author and satirist, and the creator of modern Bangasian Fantasy, the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife. (Wikipedia)
Plot summary: J K Bangs has taken Alice from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and lets her on a boring day travel with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and the other of Carroll’s familiar characters to Blunderland. The story is a well written Satire, a witty, humorous tale of adventure and city politics, a tale of Alice in ...

A Lecture On Heads –by: George Alexander Stevens

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A LECTURE ON HEADS

By Geo. Alex. Stevens

WITH ADDITIONS,

By Mr. Pilon

AS DELIVERED by Mr. Charles Lee Lewes.

TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN ESSAY ON SATIRE.

WITH FORTY SEVEN HEADS By Nesbit, From Designs By Thurston.

1812.

[Transcriber's Note: Numbers in the text within curly brackets are page numbers.]

ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC.

There having been several pirated editions published of this Lecture, it is necessary to describe their nature, and to explain the manner in which they were obtained; from which the public will judge, how much they have been i...

Fifty-One Tales –by: Lord Dunsany

Very brief, well-crafted stories, many having surprise endings, all steeped in the dye of myth and calling to every reader's neglected imagination.

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FIFTY ONE TALES

by Lord Dunsany

1915

CONTENTS

The Assignation

Charon

The Death of Pan

The Sphinx at Giza

The Hen

Wind and Fog

The Raft Builders

The Workman

The Guest

Death and Odysseus

Death and the Orange

The Prayer of the Flower

Time and the Tradesman

The Little City

The Unpasturable Fields

The Worm and the Angel

The Songless Country

The Latest Thing

The Demagogue and ...

Nightmare Abbey –by: Thomas Love Peacock

Deep in the fens of the British coast sits the gloomy mansion that goes by the name Nightmare Abbey. It is inhabited by persons of very low opinion of the human race, and in fact they pride themselves in the depths of their detestation. Others of its denizens believe the ultimate exercise and product of the human mind ought to be chaos.
Now let the young master of the house get snared by the wiles of a beautiful young lady. And for good measure, toss in another beautiful young lady. Now Scythrop (named in honor of an ancestor who became bored with life and hanged himself) is about to ...

Penguin Island –by: Anatole France

An old monk is tricked by the Devil into undertaking a voyage to a remote island to save the souls of thousands who live there. He arrives on the island which is actually a desolate one, inhabited only by colonies of millions of penguins. The old monk whose eyesight and hearing are almost nonexistent, mistakes them for humans and begins baptizing them. In Heaven, God finds Himself in a dilemma; the old monk's unwavering faith compels him to regard the baptisms as genuine.

However, in Christian theology, only humans have souls – hence God is forced to grant the thousands of newly...

The Ghost of Chatham; A Vision Dedicated to the House of Peers –by: Anonymous

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THE GHOST OF CHATHAM; A VISION.

DEDICATED TO THE HOUSE OF PEERS.

"Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. A SPIRIT passed before my face." Job.

LONDON: PRINTED FOR WILLIAM HONE, 45, LUDGATE HILL.

1821.

Sixpence.

J. M'Creery, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.

PREFACE.

The following lines were written under the powerful impulse of feelings which appear to have been almost consentaneous with those of the whole British people. The...

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