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On Handling the Data –by: M. I. Mayfield

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Illustrated by Freas


Sometimes a story is best told by omission !

September 16, 1957

Dr. Robert Von Engen, Editor Journal of the National Academy of Sciences, Constitution Avenue, N. W., Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir:

I am taking the liberty of writing you this letter since I read your published volume, "Logical Control: The Computer vs. Brain" (Silliman Memorial Lecture Series, 1957), with the hope that you can perhaps offer me some advice and also publish this...

Letters of Two Brides –by: Honore de Balzac

An epistolary novel written by renowned French novelist Balzac, who is regarded as one of the founders of realism and a significant influence to later novelists, the novel focuses on two young women who preserve their friendship through regular correspondence. Originally published in the French newspaper La Presse in 1841 as a serial, the piece later became a part of Balzac’s distinguished novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, or The Human Comedy. Furthermore, Letters of Two Brides surrounds intriguing topics including love, romance, confusion, duty, and the comp...

Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker

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To the Public:

The flattering reception that has been given, by the public, to Arthur Mervyn, has prompted the writer to solicit a continuance of the same favour, and to offer to the world a new performance.

America has opened new views to the naturalist and politician, but has seldom furnished themes to the moral painter. That new springs of action and new motives to curiosity should operate, that the field o...

Remarks on Clarissa (1749)

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[Transcriber's Note:

The use of tildes (~) around a word signifies that it was spaced out in the original l i k e t h i s.

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation have been retained as in the original, with the exception of a few printer's errors. A full list of these can be found at the end of the text.]


Addressed to the AUTHOR.

Occasioned by some critical Conversations on the CHARACTERS and CONDUCT of that Work.


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...

Der Waldbruder, ein Pendant zu Werthers Leiden

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Der Waldbruder, ein Pendant zu Werthers Leiden

Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz

Erster Teil

Erster Brief

Herz an seinen Freund Rothe in einer grossen Stadt

Ich schreibe Dir dieses aus meiner v"Ollig eingerichteten H"Utte, zwar nur mit Moos und Baumbl"Attern bedeckt, aber doch für Wind und Regen gesichert. Ich h"atte mir nie vorgestellt, dass dies Klima auch im Winter so mild sein k"onne. "Ubrigens ist die Gegend, in der ich mich hingebaut, sehr malerisch. Grotesk übereinander gew"alzte Berge, die sich mit ihren schwarzen Büschen dem herunterdrückenden Him...

Lady Susan –by: Jane Austen

An epistolary novel, Lady Susan is an early work by Austen that was posthumously published in 1871. The short novel focuses on the self-serving eponymous anti-heroine, as she cunningly maneuvers her way through society in search of a wealthy husband for both her daughter and herself. Disregarding anything but her own selfish goals, Susan employs her charms to lure men and draw them into her web of deceit, no matter their age or status. Exploring issues including morals, manners, self-indulgence, malevolence, and social machinations, the relatively short novel is sure to fascinate wit...

Letters of Mark Twain, Complete –by: Mark Twain

These letters were arranged in two volumes by Albert Bigelow Paine, Samuel L. Clemens's literary executor, as a supplement to Mark Twain, A Biography, which Paine wrote. They are, for the most part, every letter written by Clemens known to exist at the time of their publication in 1917. They begin with a fragment of a letter from teenaged Sam Clemens to his sister, Pamela, and conclude with a letter to his attorney two weeks before his death.

These letters give us some degree of insight into the evolution of Twain's style of speech and prose over the period of his lifetime;...

Old Gorgon Graham More Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

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[Illustration: Exchanging the grip of the third degree]


More Letters from a Self Made Merchant to His Son

by George Horace Lorimer

With pictures by F.R. Gruger and Martin Justice




I. From John Graham, head of the house of Graham & Company, pork packers, in Chicago, familiarly known on 'Change as Old Gorgon Graham, to his son, Pierrepont, at the Union Stock Yards.

The old man is laid up temporarily for repairs, and Pierrepont has written asking if his father doesn't...

The Story of My Misfortunes –by: Peter Abelard

Autobiographies from remote historical periods can be especially fascinating. Modes of self-presentation vary greatly across the centuries, as of course does the very concept of Self.

Peter Abelard, the medieval philosopher and composer, here gives a concise but vivid survey of his notoriously calamitous life. The work is couched in the form of a letter to an afflicted friend. Abelard’s abrasively competitive, often arrogant personality emerges at once in the brief Foreword, where he informs his correspondent: “(I)n comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are...

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