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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The

By: Benjamin Franklin ; Frank Woodworth Pine

Franklin wrote his autobiography in the form of an extended letter to his son. While recording the events of his life, he adds instructions for good living which makes this work America’s first “How to Succeed” book. (Summary by Gary)...

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Childhood

By: Leo Tolstoy

Childhood, published in 1852, is the first novel in Leo Tolstoy’s autobiographical trilogy, which also includes Boyhood, and Youth. Published when Tolstoy was twenty-three, the book gained immediate notice among Russian writers including Ivan Turgenev, and heralded the young Tolstoy as a major figure in Russian letters. Childhood is an expressionist exploration of the internal life of a young boy, Nikolenka, and was a new form in Russian writing, mixing fact, fiction and emotions to render the moods and reactions of the narrator. Childhood is Tolstoy’s first published work. Translated into English by C. J. Hogarth. (Summary by Hugh)...

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Autobiography of Cockney Tom, The

By: Thomas Bastard

The Autobiography of Cockney Tom, Showing his Struggles through Life,and proving this Truth of the Old Saying that Honesty is the best Policy. Set in England, South Australia and the goldfields of Victoria Australia in the 1800's. (Summary from the book and Richard Schipper)...

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Funeral Service for Rev. Donald Wahlgren Including Prayers with Family and Committal Service

By: Rev. James G Davis

Funeral Service for Rev. Donald Wahlgren Including Prayers with Family, Committal Service and Obituary.

For Don it was always and all about Jesus.

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A Life Story

By: Kate Nicolaisen, Mrs.; Jorgen Nikolajsen, Translator

What is it that makes Kate Nicolaisen's life history so interesting? One of the answers is the way she tells it. Despite often having lived a hard life, particularly during her childhood, Kate Nicolaisen has never lost her optimism. Despite being wounded deeply by her nearest and dearest, she has herself been able to heal the wounds. Kate Nicolaisen's flair for storytelling rests on a solid foundation of socio-political understanding, great humanity, and a sharp sense for detail. Her joy of storytelling is almost musical, the dimensions are psychological, the contents earthy and realistic. The book contains aspects of the history of the social conditions of the 1910s, 20s, and 30s, including the relations between parents and children. The book also deals with the psychological aspects of the relations between father and daughter, and stepmother and daughter. And it touches on the use of art as therapy and release from the traumas of childhood. Its literary aspects include the use of the autobiography as a tool for self-development and the use of the folk story to find avenues into the past....

Over the "canal" was a bridge. When I sat on the bridge, I could reach the water with my feet. It felt like soft caressing when the water glided past. Here I could sit with my own thoughts . . . melancholy thoughts. I could see my own mirror image. My tattered dress, my thin fair hair, my eyes, by skinny arms - at the bottom of the stream. It all seemed to move in the rushing water. If I lay down at the bottom! Then I would feel the water caressing my entire body. Then father would come and find me. He would stand over the stream and see me like I saw my mirror image. He would become enraged! Maybe he would pick me up and start beating me. But I would no longer be able to feel the blows - his power over me would be broken!...

Birth, Father, Strussliden (1910-16), Klara, To Gammalstorp (1916), Life and death (1917), Mother going to hospital, Mother's coffin, The funeral, "Miss", "Miss" becomes Mrs., To Ballingslöv (1918), To Eslöv (autumn 1918), To Bjärnum (winter 1918), Clogs, Puppy love, To Duvemölla (1919), The river, Tunes, Everyday life in Duvemölla (1919-24), Domestic animals and pets, Downhill, Berries and flowers, Fish, The tailor, Uncle Persson, Potatoes (autumn 1923), At Ingrid and Jon's (1924), The surroundings, School days (1919-26), Our Lord, Father went berserk, Summer visitors, Playing, Mirror images, Hard times, Jane is born, New little sister, Salted herring and potatoes (1922), Uncle Erik, Spring 1923, The forest, The sow, The marksman, The blue suit, The Spanish flu, Tuberculosis, Canada, Father leaves, No father - no money, From Duvemölla to Lindborg's house, Summer job (1924), Making soup on a nail, Another move (autumn 1924), Gypsies, The birch grove, Income, Notice of home coming, Father returns, The America trunk, Dancing with father, Winding up, A bitter taste, Concert for two, The school, Auntie Emma, Father and Mary leaves, At E...

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Gwen Avery, Teacher : A Mark Upon Her Generation: A Mark Upon Her Generation

By: Tessa M Molloy, Mrs.

Gwen Avery was one of New Zealand's most distinguished secondary school Principals. A popular and effective teacher of English, she became an influential role model for her pupils at Timaru Girls' High School, and a wise and compassionate friend to many in the wider community....

Introduction 1. Roots 2. Parishes 3. Schooling 4. Tertiary Education 5. Young Teacher 6. Overseas Experience 7. Experienced Teacher 8. Reluctant Leader 9. Principal 10. Words of Wisdom 11. Into Retirement 12. Golden Years 13. Glenwood...

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Leonardo da Vinci : Thoughts on Art and Life

By: Lewis Einstein, Editor

Leonardo da Vinci's thoughts on art and life.

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Ein amerikanischer Arzt in der Türkei

By: Clarence D. Ussher

Deutsche Übersetzung von An American Physician in Turkey (1917)

Kapitel 6: Mein Krankenhaus Kapitel 8: Ein kleines Massaker Kapitel 10: Die türkische Revolution Kapitel 11: „Vor Fürsten und Königen” Kapitel 16: Das Rote Kreuz in Van Kapitel 17: Der Teufel und das tiefe Meer Kapitel 18: Eine heldenhafte Verteidigung Kapitel 19: Spaß für Jevdet Bey Kapitel 20: Die Beschießung Kapitel 21: Ben-Hadads Heerscharen Kapitel 22: Unsere türkischen Flüchtlinge Kapitel 23: Der Schwarze Tod Kapitel 24: Der Exodus einer Nation...

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Another Way

By: Ash Avi Khalili

As you know the curiosity of public increases rapidly about the Islamic regime of Iran More than once we hear about people that searching for information about the lifestyle of the residents behind the walls After four years of intensive work the answers are finally published, now its up to us to share their secrets with the world "Another way" is the story of Iran through the eyes of a child within revolution events, the war, escape through Kurdistan and a search for a home. "Another way" is the true story of my life and my family...

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Pink Lotus

By: Manfred Mitze

A disaffected German comes of age and sets out on a lifelong journey to discover himself through sex, drugs and, ultimately, spirituality in Mitze’s novel. Walter Herzog was born in a small town outside of Frankfurt to an emotionally detached mother and a Nazi-sympathizing stepfather at the tail end of World War II. Teenage Walter and his pals come to school drunk and oversexed; eventually, they skip classes altogether to make out with girls and earn drinking money. Over the years, restless Walter finds himself loving numerous women. He gets drafted into the German military and relinquishes his service by claiming pacifism. Later, he discovers marijuana and finally settles with a beautiful girl, Hilde. But a stable relationship isn’t enough to stave off Walter’s mounting depression and intense desire to find meaning. When he and a friend visit the United States in the late 1960s, he falls in love with an unlikely place—Oklahoma City—where he encounters psychedelic drugs. He moves there with Hilde to open a restaurant, before returning to Frankfurt, addicted to psychedelics. One summer, while living with Hilde at his parents’ home i...

Walter Herzog was born in a small town near Marburg, in the state of Hessen, about fifty miles north of Frankfurt. Looking back at his life, one can only say that it was and is like a dream—a dream filled with the spectrum of all colors imaginable; a life full of love, drama, and fear, with inner richness but disenfranchised. It was a life and existence of courage on the verge of desperation, as if madness tried to find guidance through him. He experienced deep depression, loneliness, and indescribably awesome bliss. From when he was born in the forties of the last century until the year 2000 may not seem like a long time, but to remember standing at the crossroads of a small town in the middle of Western Germany when John F. Kennedy was assassinated seems like the brink of eternity. Walter had been locked up; had survived stabbing; was spit on, yelled at, and cursed; and had stuff thrown at him. One Sunday morning, however, he was fortunate enough to ask a true question at the proper moment. *** Tree leaves had already fallen to the ground after turning red and yellow. It was a melancholy season in Germany, with a certain smell...

C O N T E N T S Acknowledgment Eternal Hula Directory of Individuals Pink Lotus Lisa Herzog and "Father" First Changes Challenges Life at Home First Love Madeleine Summer Holidays Military Important Decision Andreas, Ombudsman Hilde and Frankfurt Following Sardinia USA No. 1 More Changes Darkness USA Encore Homecoming A New Chapter Arrangements The East Greece Turkey Mehmed Persia Afghanistan India Going North Roof of The World Journey through the interior of India Dravida Approaching Territory Transition Alternative Course New Life Perception Internal Affairs The Becoming of an Author Cyclic Devastation The Road to Dead End Resurrection Margaretha Part Two Life Goes On Homeland Far East and back The Beloved Repeat Red Zone Chandra Getting Acquainted Contemplation Mêlée Small, Red Family Celebrations Chicago Another Community in Hamburg Poona Life without Center Curtain Call Edmonton, Alberta...

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Poezdka v Polesye

By: Ivan Turgenev

To tell the truth, this story — “A trip to Polesye” — is not so much complicated with philosophical or psychological ideas. In this story author had another goal — to describe the beauty of places where he was born, the beauty of nature. The only thing which hero’s doing is the travel on horses across the small villages in the heart of Russia. You can also appreciate the artistic, colorful and talanted description of all that nature if you will read/listen to this small story. (Summary written by Yakovlev Valery)...

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Preußische Jugend zur Zeit Napoleons

By: Karl Leberecht Immermann ; Wilhelm Bode

Die Jugenderinnerungen Karl Leberecht Immermanns sind ursprünglich in den drei Bänden »Memorabilien eingeschlossen, die so vielerlei enthalten, daß sie im Ganzen nur wenigen Lesern mundgerecht sein können. Sodann hat Immermann durch seine Bescheidenheit und seine Betrachtungslust sich verleiten lassen, die Erzählung der eigenen und der vaterländischen Erlebnisse immer wieder durch lange geschichtsphilosophische, politische, literarische und andere Erörterungen zu unterbrechen und Vergleiche zwischen 1840 und 1810 zu ziehen, die uns Nachkömmlinge nicht mehr fesseln können. Es sind Leitartikel vorzüglichster Art, aber wer mag jetzt noch Leitartikel von Anno 1840 lesen? Auch vermeidet Immermann manche Anspielung nicht, die heute auch dem Gelehrten schwerverständlich geworden ist, gebraucht auch manches Fremdwort, das jetzt bereits veraltet ist. Am raschesten mußte der Titel veralten, denn Immermann nannte diesen Teil seiner Memorabilien: »Die Jugend vor fünfundzwanzig Jahren .Da nun aber der Kern des Werkes recht wertvoll ist, so haben wir den Versuch gemacht, durch ein unbarmherziges Streichen alles die Erzählung Hemmenden, durch ande...

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My Mark Twain

By: William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) became fast friends with Mark Twain from the moment in 1869 when Twain strode into the office of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston to thank Howell, then its assistant editor, for his favorable review of Innocents Abroad. When Howells became editor a few years later, The Atlantic Monthly began serializing many of Twain's works, among them his non-fiction masterpiece, Life on the Mississippi. In My Mark Twain, Howells pens a literary memoir that includes such fascinating scenes as their meetings with former president Ulysses Grant who was then writing the classic autobiography that Twain would underwrite in the largest publishing deal until that time. But it is also notable for its affectionate descriptions of his friend's family life during Howell's many visits to the Twain residences in Hartford and Stormfield. (Summary by Dennis Sayers)....

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Quiet Flame, The

By: Eva K. Betz

“You will never be a leper nor will any Sister of our Order.” The amazing promise was made by Mother Marianne of Molokai, the “Quiet Flame” of the this title who, as a Sister of St. Francis , spent 30 years on that island helping lepers during and after the time of Father Damien. Mother was speaking to a young nun, and she spoke the truth. Not one of the Sisters ever did contract the disease, a notable fact considering the tender care they fostered on the lepers. This story of this good nun, was written by the author of a number of Catholic biographies and fiction books for children. (Summary from original jacket and Maria Therese)...

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Autobiography of George Dewey

By: George Dewey

Admiral George Dewey, United States Navy, is best remembered for his victory over the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War (1898). Written when Dewey was seventy-five years old and had served fifty-nine years in the navy, this book offers not only an excellent account of the famous naval battle in the Philippines, but also stories of the author’s many adventures during his long sea-going career, including some hair-raising experiences during the Civil War. (Summary by Delmar H. Dolbier)...

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Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions

By: Frank Harris

Consumers of biography are familiar with the division between memoirs of the living or recently dead written by those who knew the subject more or less intimately, and the more objective or scholarly accounts produced by later generations. In the case of Wilde, as presented to us by Frank Harris, we are in a way doubly estranged from the subject. We meet with Oscar the charismatic talker, whose tone of voice can never be reproduced – even if a more scrupulous biographer had set down his words accurately – and we are perhaps already aware of him as Wilde the self-destructive celebrity who uneasily fills the place of the premier gay icon and martyr in our contemporary view. Neither of these images will do. We need to read as many accounts as possible. Harris, though himself a self-advertising literary and sexual buccaneer, takes a wincingly representative view of Wilde’s homophile activity: for him it is a patrician excrescence, the abominable vice of the few, contracted at English boarding schools – though thankfully “not infectious” as far as he himself is concerned. What a long road we have to travel to arrive at the essentially ga...

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George and Robert Stephenson

By: Samuel Smiles

George Stephenson did not invent the steam engine, that was due to Newcomen and later to James Watt. He did not invent the steam locomotive, that was due to a number of people including Cugnot, Trevithick and others. He did not invent the Railway. Railways or tramways had been in use for two hundred years before Stephenson. The reason why Stephenson was known as ‘The father of the steam locomotive’ was that he took a primitive, unreliable and wholly uneconomic device and turning it into an efficient machine not very different to those which ran until fifty or so years ago, married it with the iron rail and alone, and against considerable opposition,began, via the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and then the London and Birmingham Railway, the development of steam railways in England and the world. George Stephenson began life in 1781 in the worst and poorest of all circumstances, he did not learn to read until he was twenty years old, but he, together with his son Robert, became the foremost engineers in the railway world. If, in the middle years of the nineteenth century you wanted to build a ra...

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Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

By: Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope's autobiography will delight you whether or not you've read (or listened to) any of his many works. His honest if self-deprecating tone is at times hilarious and at times piteously moving. His detailed descriptions of his writing process and his philosophy of writing as work rather than art are fascinating. Fans of Trollope will enjoy learning the man's perceptions of his novels' shortcomings and triumphs. Anyone will appreciate learning about his years devoted to churning out literature for profit while working full time with the post office. (Summary by JessicaLouise)...

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John James Audubon

By: John Burroughs

Audubon's life naturally divides itself into three periods: his youth, which was on the whole a gay and happy one, and which lasted till the time of his marriage at the age of twenty-eight; his business career which followed, lasting ten or more years, and consisting mainly in getting rid of the fortune his father had left him; and his career as an ornithologist which, though attended with great hardships and privations, brought him much happiness and, long before the end, substantial pecuniary rewards. (Summary from the Preface of John James Audubon )...

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Herndon's Lincoln

By: William H. Herndon ; Jesse William Weik

A biography of Abraham Lincoln by his long-time law partner, William Herndon and Herndon's collaborator, Jesse Weik. The book is notable for its extensive use of first hand interviews (unusual for its time) and for Herndon's overriding determination to convey an affectionate but frank picture of his law partner's life story as remembered by Lincoln's family, friends, associates and neighbors. (Summary by RalphK)...

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