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The Earthly Paradise

By: Morris, William

Description: This is the first part of a three part etext of William Morris' epic-length poem, The Earthly Paradise. The work is a sequence of 24 framed episodes (two per 'month') each with its own story, rather than one long narrative with a complicated cast. This invites browsing, as it is easy to drop in and read a complete story in one sitting. The entire poem is written in colloquial modern English with a few archaicisms. Morris draws from European mythology and fol...

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The Earthly Paradise

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Description: This is the third part of a three part etext of William Morris' epic-length poem, The Earthly Paradise. In this section Morris weaves more tales from Northern and Classical mythology; including the tale of Hercules and the Golden Apples; Aslaug, the daughter of Sigurd and Brynhild; the myth of Bellerophon; and two tales of the Goddess Venus. Confusingly, this is actually part IV of the original edition (the first volume was conidered part I and II).

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Folk Tales From the Russian

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Description: Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made avai...

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By: Jacobs, Joseph

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