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Roughing It

By: Mark Twain

Excerpt: PREFATORY. This book is merely a personal narrative, and not a pretentious history or a philosophical dissertation. It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing, and its object is rather to help the resting reader while away an idle hour than afflict him with metaphysics, or goad him with science. Still, there is information in the volume; information concerning an interesting episode in the history of the Far West, about which no books have been ...

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Three Men on the Bummel

By: Jerome K. Jerome

Excerpt: Chapter One. Three men need change.

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The Three Musketeers

By: Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870

Translation of: Les trois mousquetaires

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Georgia Scenes

By: Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

Preface: The following sketches were written rather in the hope that chance would bring them to light when time would give them an interest, than in the belief that they would afford any interest to the readers of the present day. I knew, however, that the chance of their surviving the author would be increased in proportion to their popularity upon their first appearance; and, therefore, I used some little art in order to recommend them to the readers of my own times. T...

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The moonstone

By: Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: American Libraries Collection; American University Library Collection; Rare book preservation notes: Due to the deteriorated condition of this book, there were limitations with the digital preservation of th

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Washington Square

By: Henry James

Chapter I. During a portion of the first half of the present century, and more particularly during the latter part of it, there flourished and practiced in the city of New York a physician who enjoyed perhaps an exceptional share of the consideration which, in the United States, has always been bestowed upon distinguished members of the medical profession. This profession in America has constantly been held in honor, and more successfully than elsewhere has put forward a...

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Dodo, A Detail of the Day

By: Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940
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Dodo the Second

By: Benson, E. F. (Edward Frederic), 1867-1940
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Droll Stories

By: Honoré de Balzac

PROLOGUE: Certain persons have reproached the Author for knowing no more about the language of the olden times than hares do of telling stories. Formerly these people would have been vilified, called cannibals, churls, and sycophants, and Gomorrah would have been hinted at as their natal place. But the Author consents to spare them the flowery epithets of ancient criticism; he contents himself with wishing not to be in their skin, for he would be disgusted with himself, ...

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Penrod

By: Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946; Grant, Gordon, 1875-1962

Boys ; Indiana -- Fiction

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She stoops to conquer : a comedy

By: Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730-1774

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: American Libraries Collection; Harvard Classics Collection; American University Library Collection; Historical Literature; Rare book preservation notes: Due to the deteriorated condition of this book, there

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Barchester Towers

By: Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882
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Gargantua and Pantagruel

By: Francois Rabelais

Introduction: Had Rabelais never written his strange and marvellous romance, no one would ever have imagined the possibility of its production. It stands outside other things?a mixture of mad mirth and gravity, of folly and reason, of childishness and grandeur, of the commonplace and the out?of?the?way, of popular verve and polished humanism, of mother?wit and learning, of baseness and nobility, of personalities and broad generalization, of the comic and the serious, of ...

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The Wasps

By: Aristophanes

SOSIAS (waking XANTHIAS UP) : Why, Xanthias! what are you doing, wretched man? XANTHIAS: I am teaching myself how to rest; I have been awake and on watch the whole night. SOSIAS: So you want to earn trouble for your ribs, eh? Don't you know what sort of animal we are guarding here? XANTHIAS: Aye indeed! but I want to put my cares to sleep for a while. (He falls asleep again.) SOSIAS: Beware what you do. I too feel soft sleep spreading over my eyes, XANTHIAS: Are you crazy, like a Corybant?

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A Tale of a Tub

By: Jonathan Swift

If good and ill nature equally operated upon Mankind I might have saved my self the trouble of this Apology; for it is manifest by the reception the following discourse hath met with, that those who approve it, are a great majority among the men of taste; yet there have been two or three treatises written expressly against it, besides many others that have flirted at it occasionally, without one syllable having been ever published in its defence or even quotation to its ...

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The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-comical Poem : in Five Canto's

By: Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744
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