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Involution and Evolution : A Rhyming Anti-war Novel

By: Joss Sheldon

Involution & Evolution is an anti-war novel focussing on Alfred Freeman, a World War One conscientious objector whose character is based on Jesus and Buddha. It stabs away at the hypocrisy at the centre of modern religion and politics, in a uniquely rhythmic and colourful manner....

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Riddle of the Frozen Flame, The

By: Mary E. Hanshew ; Thomas W. Hanshew

Another full-length mystery story featuring Hamilton Cleek, whom we met first in /cleek-the-man-of-the-forty-faces-by-thomas-w-hanshew/ Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces . This time, Cleek investigates the sinister disappearance of people and the mysterious appearance of flames at night in the desolate Fens, and his friend Superintendent Narkom of Scotland Yard tries to solve some tricky cases of bank robberies in London. While not quite up to the standard we have come to expect from previous Cleek adventures, it is still quite a jolly romp, and Cleek's cockney sidekick Dollops is always good fun. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)...

Mystery, Fiction

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Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy

By: Stephen Leacock

Humorous, ironic, and sometimes cynical observations of life in 1915 from Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock. (Summary by TriciaG)

Fiction, Humor, Satire

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Sammlung kurzer deutscher Prosa 022

By: Various

Diese Sammlung umfasst 15 deutschsprachige Prosa-Texte verschiedener Genres.

Essay/Short nonfiction, Short stories

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Jolanthes Hochzeit

By: Hermann Sudermann

»Jolanthes Hochzeit ist eine Novelle des ostpreußischen Schriftstellers und Bühnenautors Hermann Sudermann. Der schon etwas in die Jahre gekommenene Freiherr von Hanckel auf Ilgenstein hat seinem Freunde Pütz auf dem Sterbebett versprochen, sich um dessen Sohn Lothar zu kümmern, der nun in wirtschaftlichen Schwierigkeiten ist und seinen Abschied als Gardeleutnant nehmen muss. Um die Verhältnisse des jungen Mannes zu ordnen, begibt sich Hanckel zu dem Gutsherrn Krakow von Krakowitz; er will versuchen, einen schon seit Jahren andauernden erbitterten Erbschafts-Rechtsstreit zwischen Krakow und seinem Freund beizulegen. Dort lernt er Krakows junge und bildschöne Tochter Jolanthe kennen. Der alte Junggeselle, »dicker, kahler Schädel, Specknacken, Doppelkinn, das Ganze feurig braunrot wie ein scharf angeheizter Kupferkessel , ist völlig hingerissen von dem Mädchen, er verliebt sich augenblicklich in sie, und es beginnt ein etwas skurriles Brautwerben. Jolanthe und ihre Eltern scheinen von der guten Partie angetan zu sein, und bald wird sogar die Heirat des ungleichen Paares geplant. Doch da ist immer noch des Brautvaters unversöhnlicher H...

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Thirty-nine Steps, The

By: John Buchan

I’ll write the summary later. Warning: This book contains some anti-Semitic dialog that many/all will find offensive. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

Adventure, Spy stories, Mystery

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Shrieking Pit, The

By: Arthur Rees

The Shrieking Pit is one of Arthur Rees's earlier works, and is a good old fashioned murder mystery story. Grant Colwyn, a private detective, is holidaying in East Anglia when he notices a young man at a nearby table behaving peculiarly. The young man later leaves the hotel without paying his bill, and turns up in a nearby hamlet in the Norfolk marshes where he takes lodgings at the village inn. The next day, another guest at the inn is found dead, and the young man is missing. Can Colwyn sort out the mystery and prove the young man's innocence one way or the the other? (Summary by Kevin Green)...

Fiction, Mystery

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Pamphilia to Amphilanthus

By: Lady Mary Wroth

Pamphilia to Amphilanthus is the first sonnet sequence written by an Englishwoman. Published in 1621, the poems invert the usual format of sonnet sequences by making the speaker a woman (Pamphilia, whose name means all-loving) and the beloved a man (Amphilanthus, whose name means lover of two.). It is possible that Wroth based the story on her own fraught relationship with her cousin, William Herbert. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett.)...

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Tristan and Iseult

By: Joseph Bédier

This is the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Iseult. It is a tale of love, honour, intrigue, betrayal and jealousy, ending ultimately in tragedy. This story predates that of Lancelot and Guinevere, and is one of the most influential romances of the medieval period, inspiring many artists, from story-tellers to painters to composers. (Summary by Joy Chan)...

Romance

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Travels in Alaska

By: John Muir

In 1879 John Muir went to Alaska for the first time. Its stupendous living glaciers aroused his unbounded interest, for they enabled him to verify his theories of glacial action. Again and again he returned to this continental laboratory of landscapes. The greatest of the tide-water glaciers appropriately commemorates his name. Upon this book of Alaska travels, all but finished before his unforeseen departure, John Muir expended the last months of his life. (Summary by William Frederic Bade)...

Adventure, Memoirs, Nature, Travel

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Around the World in Seventy-Two Days

By: Nellie Bly

This is a true account by American woman journalist who, in 1889, set out to see whether she could beat the fictional journey in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Wearing one dress and carrying one handbag, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (pen name “Nellie Bly”), reported her travels back to avid readers in America. (Summary by Mary Reagan)...

Biography

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tolle Invalide auf dem Fort Ratonneau, Der

By: Achim von Arnim

Die Geschichte einer deutsch-französischen Liebesverbindung, die nach schwerstem Missverständnis in Harmonie ausgeht. Auf dem Höhepunkt des Konfliktes bedroht der Mann, – Franzose, Kommandant einer Festung, – in der Verblendung des Irrtums eine ganze Stadt mit Waffen- und Bombenterror. Aber der unbeirrten Liebe seiner deutschen Frau gelingt es, den Konflikt aufzulösen. „Gnade löst den Fluch der Sünde, Liebe treibt den Teufel aus.“ (Zusammenfassung von Rolf Kaiser)...

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Auf der Galerie

By: Franz Kafka

In der Erzählung “Auf der Galerie” beschreibt Franz Kafka in zwei komplett gegensätzlichen Perspektiven die Darbietung einer Künstlerin in der Manege eines Zirkus und das Leiden des Galeriebesuchers durch diesen beiden Darbietungen....

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What Dress Makes of Us

By: Dorothy Quigley

A wickedly funny book of advice on women's dress. However old, fat or plain you are, Dorothy Quigley will tell you what not to wear. (Summary by Ruth Golding)...

Advice, Humor

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Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge, Die

By: Rainer Maria Rilke

Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge ist ein 1910 veröffentlichter Roman in Tagebuchform von Rainer Maria Rilke - sein einziger Roman. Das Werk besteht aus 72 Aufzeichnungen, die oftmals Prosagedichten ähneln und meist unverbunden aufeinander folgen. Rilke selbst nannte das Werk stets „Prosabuch“ und niemals Roman. Die Aufzeichnungen haben einen bewusst fragmentarischen und (besonders zu Beginn) tagebuchähnlichen Charakter, und sie besitzen auch keinen durchgehenden Handlungsstrang. Dennoch sind sie durch die inneren Konflikte Maltes verbunden. Der Roman beginnt im Paris der Wende des neunzehnten auf das zwanzigste Jahrhundert. Die Aufzeichnungen umfassen Maltes Pariser Erlebnisse, seine Kindheitserinnerungen und seine Bearbeitung von historischen Begebenheiten und Geschichten. Einige Themenschwerpunkte sind Tod und Krankheit, Angst und Verzweiflung, Armut und Elend, Sprache und Wirklichkeit, Schicksal und Leben, Identität und Rollen, Künstler und Gesellschaft, Liebe und Einsamkeit, der einzelne Mensch und Gott. (Summary by Wikipedia and Sonja)...

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Amusement Only

By: Richard Marsh

This is a collection of 12 short stories of mystery and humor, which are, as the title says, for amusement only. (Summary by Carolin)

Humor, Mystery

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Iphigenie in Aulis

By: Euripides

Iphigenie in Aulis übersetzt aus dem Euripides von Friedrich von Schiller. Die Gesinnungen in diesem Stücke sind groß und edel, die Handlung wichtig und erhaben, die Mittel dazu glücklich gewählt und geordnet. (aus den Anmerkungen von Schiller)...

Literature, Play, Classics (antiquity)

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Boys Life of Mark Twain, The

By: Albert Bigelow Paine

Albert Bigelow Paine was Samuel Langhorne Clemens' (Mark Twain's) biographer. He lived with Twain, collecting ideas and material for a biography, for a few years before Twain's death in 1910. Six years later Paine published this story of a man who made the world laugh and love him. For those who have read or listened to Mark Twain's works, Paine's work is an invaluable resource to better understand Twain, the stories behind his stories and his life with those he loved and with whom he worked. (Summary by John Greenman)...

Biography, Humor

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Anne of the Island (version 2)

By: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne is off to Redmond College! She will spend the next four years

Fiction, Romance, Teen/Young adult

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Sheridan Road Mystery, The

By: Mabel Thorne ; Paul Thorne

A shot rings out in the middle of the night in a quiet Chicago neighborhood. Patrolman Murphy is directed to an apartment where a man says the shot came from. The apartment is locked and apparently empty. Was there a murder here? And if so, where is the victim? (summary by J. M. Smallheer)...

Mystery

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