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Mystery of the Hasty Arrow, The

By: Anna Katharine Green

It is the noon hour at a museum in New York City. The date: May 23, 1913. The weekday, attendance is light; the attendees are scattered between two floors. Suddenly a cry rings out from the second floor. Scrambling to Section II, the museum director discovers a teenage girl dead with an arrow through her heart. An older woman hovers over her whispering incoherent phrases in the girl's ear and offering incomprehensible answers to the director's questions. She is the only ...

Fiction, Mystery

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Young Adults Short Works Collection Vol. 001

By: Various

’s Young Adults Short Story Collection 001: a collection of 9 short works of Young Adult fiction in the public domain read by a group of members.

Children, Fiction, Teen/Young adult

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Seventeen

By: Booth Tarkington

A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family Especially William

Fiction, Humor

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Domestic Manners of the Americans

By: Frances Milton Trollope

Next to de Alexis de Tocquville's almost contemporary Democracy in America, Frances Trollope's work may be the most famous (or at least notorious) dissection of manners and morals of the United States. The work was a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, and particularly in America, where Trollope was reviled as representing the worst of old world prejudices the new republic (though the criticism did nothing to hurt sales). Accompanied by a son and two daughters, Trol...

Fiction, Travel

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Counting Stars

By: Hugh Clay Johnson

Amy's deceased father wanders aimlessly in her dreams. She is determined to catch a magical catfish she believes will help her Daddy. This book is set in rural Arkansas in the mid 1960s. It is intended for late Middle Grade readers.

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Dog of Flanders, A

By: Ouida

Nello and Patrasche were left all alone in the world. So begins the poignant story of the two orphans who were to become inseparable companions. They were Nello, an orphaned youth, and Patrasche, the dog which he and his grandfather saved from near death one day. The tale takes place outside of Antwerp, and so popular has this story become that there is a commemorative statue of Nello and Patrasche standing in the village yet today. The story is powerful, and masterfully...

Fiction, Tragedy

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Sturdy Oak, The

By: Various

At a certain committee meeting held in the spring of 1916, it was agreed that fourteen leading American authors, known to be extremely generous as well as gifted, should be asked to write a composite novel. ... Third, to have the novel finished and published serially during the autumn Campaign of 1917. The carrying out of these requirements has not been the childish diversion it may have seemed. Splendid team work, however, has made success possible. Every author represe...

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Autobiography of a Slander, The

By: Edna Lyall

The Autobiography of a Slander exposes the consequences of reckless words or, even worse, intentionally disparaging words. In this moral tale, told from the point of view of the slander, Edna Lyall (pseudonym used by Ada Ellen Bayley) reveals her ideals and goals in life and relationships. (Summary by Rhonda Federman)

Fiction, Philosophy, Short stories, Literature

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Picture Of Dorian Gray (1891 Version), The

By: Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890, printed as the July 1890 issue of this magazine. Wilde later revised this edition, making several alterations, and adding new chapters; the amended version was published by Ward, Lock, and Company in April 1891. The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is imp...

Fantasy, Fiction

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Marcia Schuyler

By: Grace Livingston Hill

A compelling love triangle. Marcia is young & sweet. Her older sister Kate is vain & selfish. Marcia deeply admires the man that Kate is to marry: handsome & respected David Spafford. But on the eve of the wedding, Kate elopes with another man. Marcia is there when the note is found...the note that effectively breaks David's heart. Out of pity for his situation, Marcia offers to take Kate's place, in order to save David from humiliation. She grows in love for him, all th...

Romance, Fiction

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Vaihdokas

By: Juho Reijonen

Vaihdokas on tarina yhden pojan, Jerikon, kasvamisesta aikuiseksi 1800-luvun Suomessa, eräässä itäisessä kirkonkylässä. Hänen elämansä alkaa äärettomässä köyhyydessä, taikauskoisten kyläläisten syrjimänä. He uskovat etta Saatana otti vastasyntyneen ja jätti Jerikon tilalle, koska vauvalla ei ollut ristin merkkiä päällään syntymän ja ristimisen välisenä aikana. Jeriko menettää äitinsä, ainoan joka häntä rakastaa, jo nuorena lapsena. Han etsii omaa arvoansa luonnosta ja mu...

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Yellow Sheet, The (LibriVox NaNoWriMo novel 2007)

By: LibriVox volunteers

An atomic bomb explodes in the mountains of Montana. But was there really a bomb? And was it really in Montana, or in Tokyo? Are Liz and Elizabeth the same woman, is she married with children, is her husband a spy? These and many other questions are constantly asked, and answered, in this round-robin small book written and recorded by volunteers during the http://www.nanowrimo.org/target=_blank National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) November 2007. (Summary by Gesine)

Fiction, Mystery, Science fiction, Adventure

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Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A (version 2)

By: Mark Twain

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The work is a very early example of time travel in literature, anticipating by six years H. G. Wells' The Time Machine of 1895 (however, unlike Wells, Twain does not give any real explanation of his protagonist's traveling in time). Some early editions are entitled A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur.

Literature, Fiction, Humor, Historical Fiction

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Workers Together, or, An Endless Chain

By: Isabella Alden ; Pansy

Sixth in the Chautauqua Girls series. It picks up the characters of Dr. Stuart Everett and Joy Saunders introduced in Ester Ried Yet Speaking and follows them and other Christians in their work for the Master. Half-hearted and fully committed workers: all have an impact on those around them, for good or for ill. (Summary by Tricia G)

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Diary of a Superfluous Man, The

By: Ivan Turgenev

Turgenev's shy hero, Tchulkaturin, is a representative example of a Russian archetype - the superfluous man, a sort of Hamlet not necessarily dignified with the title Prince: an individual of comfortable means leading a dreary existence, without purpose and led on by events which may, as in this story, engulf him. The novella takes the form of a diary started by Tchulkaturin in the shock of being diagnosed as having a terminal illness. The journal entries cover a period ...

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Persuasion (version 3)

By: Jane Austen

All the privilege I claim for my own sex ... is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone. In persuasion, her last novel, Austen explores the theme of postponed but enduring love, delayed by class boundaries and excessive pride. Anne Elliot, the story's aged (27 year old) heroine, suffers from a decision that was forced upon her several years ago—to break off a relationship with Capn. Frederick Wentworth, the man she deeply loved. As Austen examines the...

Fiction, Romance

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Hohenzollerns in America, The

By: Stephen Leacock

More stories by Canadian Stephen Leacock. Some of these stories carry over characters introduced in Further Foolishness . Some stories are humourous; some are more thoughtful. It helps to be familiar with WWI-era European politics to catch much of the humour. Full title: The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and Other Impossibilities (Summary by TriciaG)

Humor, Fiction

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White Feather, The

By: P. G. Wodehouse

Sheen, a member of Seymour's House at Wrykyn School, flees from an unexpected assault by town boys. His colleagues wade into the fight with relish, acquiring bruises and sore heads, but in the fracas, Sheen is missed, and the story makes the rounds of Wrykyn that when blows were traded, Sheen funked it.Honor in such institutions depends on reliably standing with your House. As punishment for his defection, Sheen is cut - treated as if he did not exist.In a later expediti...

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Mill on the Floss , The

By: George Eliot

The novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the river Floss near the village of St. Oggs, evidently in the 1820’s, after the Napoleonic Wars but prior to the first Reform Bill (1832). The novel spans a period of 10-15 years, from Tom and Maggie’s childhood up until their deaths in a flood on the Floss. The book is fictional autobiography in part, reflecting the disgrace that George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) herself had while in...

Fiction, Literature

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Good Soldier, The

By: Ford Madox Ford

The Good Soldier (1915) ... is set just before World War I and chronicles the tragedies of the lives of two seemingly perfect couples. The novel is told using a series of flashbacks in non-chronological order, a literary technique pioneered by Ford. It also makes use of the device of the unreliable narrator, as the main character gradually reveals a version of events that is quite different from what the introduction leads you to believe. The novel was loosely based on t...

Literature, Fiction, Tragedy

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