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  • Short Science Fiction Collection 061 by VARIOUS
    Science fiction is a genre encompassing imaginative works that take place in this world or that of the author’s creation where anything is possible. The only rules are those set forth by the author. The speculative nature of the genre inspires thought and plants seeds that have led to advances in science. The genre can spark an interest in the sciences and is cited as the impetus for the career choice of many scientists. It is a playing field to explore social perspectives, predictions of the future, and engage in adventures unbound into the richness of the human mind. - Summary by A. Gramour
  • American Language, The by MENCKEN, H. L.
    "It was part of my daily work, for a good many years, to read the principal English newspapers and reviews; it has been part of my work, all the time, to read the more important English novels, essays, poetry and criticism. An American born and bred, I early noted, as everyone else in like case must note, certain salient differences between the English of England and the English of America as practically spoken and written—differences in vocabulary, in syntax, in the shades and habits of idiom, and even, coming to the common speech, in grammar. And I noted too, of course, partly during visits to England but more largely by a somewhat wide and intimate intercourse with English people in the United States, the obvious differences between English and American pronunciation and intonation. Greatly interested in these differences—some of them so great that they led me to seek exchanges of light with Englishmen—I looked for some work that would describe and account for them with a show of completeness, and perhaps depict the process of their origin. I soon found that no such work existed, either in England or in America—that the whole literature of the subject was astonishingly meagre and unsatisfactory." - Summary by Mencken (Preface)
  • Winter Stars by TEASDALE, Sara
    This Weekly Poem is taken from Flame and Shadow, Copyright, 1920 by THE MACMILLAN COMPANY. - Summary by David Lawrence
  • Journal of a Disappointed Man, The by BARBELLION, W. N. P.
    The journal of British naturalist Bruce Frederick Cummings, spanning from his early childhood through to his early death from complications stemming from multiple sclerosis. The diary combines beautiful, lyrical passages concerning the natural world with more introspective ruminations reminiscent of Kafka. Although successful and scandalous upon their publication in 1919, interest in the diaries has faded along with public interest in naturalism and diary writing more generally. However, Cummings' work is very modern is its forthright confessional tone and contains some deeply moving pieces of writing not easily forgotten. - Summary by Adam Whybray
  • Thoughts on the Death Penalty by BURLEIGH, Charles C.
    This 1845 publication, written by a prominent reformer of the day, argues against capital punishment from several perspectives, including historical, philosophical and biblical arguments. It is broken into 3 chapters: Expediency, Justice, and Sacred Scriptures (although it has Scripture references peppered throughout). Burleigh frequently references and argues against George B. Cheever, a prominent death penalty advocate of the time."If it shall thus be the means of helping on in a humble way the progress of that humane reform whose principles it advocates; and of hastening, however little, the coming of that time, when the penal statutes of a "christian" and "civilized people," shall have ceased to be written in blood, I shall be richly repaid for the time and labor spent upon this task." (Summary by TriciaG and from the preface)
  • Romance of Polar Exploration, The by SCOTT, G. Firth
    While stories of the Polar explorers and their efforts to reach the Poles have been told again and again, the constant renewal of expeditions adds, every year, fresh incidents to the record, until it may almost be said that the fascination of the frozen regions is as inexhaustible as the list of Polar heroes is illimitable. Nor is the interest confined solely to the achievement of modern explorers. However great the results of their exertions may be, the fact that, in spite of all the advantages conferred by recent scientific discovery and modern appliances, the explorers of to-day have failed to penetrate the uttermost secrets of the worlds of ice, renders more impressively heroic the struggles of the earlier travellers, whose equipment, viewed in comparison with that of modern man, was apparently so inadequate and often inappropriate. No series of Polar adventure stories would be complete without a prominent place being given to the earlier explorers, and especially to that British hero, Franklin, whose name is so inseparably associated with the history of Arctic exploration. The account of his daring voyages and of his tragic end, at the moment of victory, has already been given in many a form; but the tale is one which will stand re-telling for generations yet to come. In the present instance it has been of necessity briefly written, but in such a manner as will, it is hoped, without loss of interest, render clear a comparison of the conditions under which he and his brave companions worked and fought to their death, with those that existed for later expeditions and especially the expeditions of Nansen, Peary, and Abruzzi. The Antarctic, equally with the Arctic, now commands the attention of man. In the South, as in the North, the British race has again produced explorers who have fought their way into the icy fastnesses. From the time that Captain Cook sailed round the unknown southern ocean, more than a century ago, the British flag has waved in the forefront of the advance. The work which Sir James Ross began, over half a century since, has now been carried farther than ever it was anticipated it could be. By the voyage of the Discovery, the Antarctic continent has been revealed to within five hundred miles of the Pole, and in the gallant exploits of the commander, Captain Robert Scott, there are many who see a repetition of all that made the name of Franklin so immortal. The source of the information on which these stories are based (as is frequently mentioned in the text) is the personal narrative of the explorer concerned, where available; and if the interest aroused in any of them requires more to satisfy it than the exigencies of space renders possible in this volume, the attention which will thereby be drawn to the more comprehensive records will stand as a slight acknowledgment of the indebtedness of the writer of these re-told stories to the authors of the original narratives. - Summary by the Preface
  • Guest of Quesnay, The by TARKINGTON, Booth
    This is the story of two young American painters residing in Paris in a moderate way. Others are more flamboyant than them, for example Larrabee Harman, whose life is one continuous scandal, one of which involved the cousin of one of the painters. Observing him one evening on the Boulevard in the company of a famous dancer, the next day we meet him again: Victim of a car accident, carried to the hospital, not expected to live. But his life is tied to the lives of the two painters in odd ways... - Summary by Carolin
  • Fifty years & Other Poems by JOHNSON, James Weldon
    This is a collection of poems by James Weldon Johnson. Johnson was an early civil rights activist, and this theme is the basis for many of the poems in this collection as well. This volume also contains an introduction by Brander Matthews.The first half of this volume contains poems in classical style and form, the second half of this collection is a set of "Jingles & Croons". - Summary by Carolin
  • Short Plays from Dickens by BROWNE, Horace Baker
    Here is a collection of 20 short plays drawn from various books by Charles Dickens such as Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and Our Mutual Friend. "For the use of Amateur and School Dramatic Societies" - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Introduction: ToddHW Mrs Tibbs Boarding House - From Sketches by Boz Mrs Tibbs - A boarding-house keeper: Availle Mr Tibbs - Her husband: Tim Watkins Mrs Maplesone - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': TriciaG Miss Matilda Maplesone - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Rachel Miss Julia Maplesone - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Lian Pang Mr Calton - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Tom U Mr Septimus Hicks - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Tomas Peter Mr Simpson - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Jason in Panama James - A boy-servant: Leanne Yau Robinson - A maid-servant: Lydia Stage Directions for Mrs Tibbs Boarding House: PaulHW Horatio Sparkins - From Sketches by Boz Mr Malderton - A City merchant: Jason in Panama Mrs Malderton - His wife: Leanne Yau Miss Teresa Malderton - Their daughter: Lydia Miss Marianne Malderton - Their daughter: Lian Pang Mr Thomas Malderton - Their son: TriciaG Mr Jacob Barton - A grocer - brother to Mrs Malderton: KHand Mr Flamwell - A friend of Mr Malderton: Larry Wilson A Linen Draper: David Olson Mr "Horatio Sparkins" - a young man: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Horatio Sparkins: Availle Miss Squeers' Tea-Party - From Nicholas Nickleby Fanny Squeers - Daughter of Mr Wackford Squeers, the Proprietor of Do-the-boys Hall: Lydia Matilda Price - A miller's daughter, and Miss Squeers' bosom friend: Rachel John Browdie - A Yorkshire corn-factor: ToddHW Nicholas Nickleby - Mr Squeers; usher, lately come to Do-the-boys Hall: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Miss Squeers' Tea-Party: TriciaG The Gentleman Next Door - From Nicholas Nickleby Mrs Nickleby - A widow: Michelle Kane Kate Nickleby - Her daughter: Rachel The Gentleman Next Door - A harmless lunatic: TriciaG Stage Directions for The Gentleman Next Door: Lydia Stormy Scenes in the Varden Household - From Barnaby Rudge Gabriel Varden - A locksmith: ToddHW Mrs Varden - His wife: Kalynda Dolly Varden - Their daughter: Rachel Miggs - Mrs Varden's "domestic": Bev J Stevens Edward Chester - A young gentleman: Tomas Peter Joe Willet - Dolly's sweetheart: TriciaG Stage Directions for Stormy Scenes: Lydia Hatching a Conspiracy - From Barnaby Rudge Miggs - The "domestic" of Mrs Varden: Bev J Stevens Simon Tappertit - Gabriel Varden's apprentice: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Hatching a Conspiracy: Lydia The Stranger's Visit - From Barnaby Rudge Barnaby Rudge - An idiot youth: Tomas Peter Mrs Rudge - His mother, living as a widow: Leanne Yau The Stranger - Banaby's father, a murderer in hiding, but supposed to have been murdered himself: K. Adrian Stroet Stage Directions for The Stranger's Visit: Lydia The Great Protestant Association - From Barnaby Rudge Lord George Gordon - A religious fanatic (President of the Great Protestant Association): TriciaG Gashford - His Secretary: Leanne Yau Dennis - The hangman: K. Adrian Stroet Hugh - An hostler at the Maypole Inn, who has run away from his master: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for The Great Protestant Association: Lydia Mr. Pecksniff's Pleasant Family Party - From Martin Chuzzlewit Mr Pecksniff - An architect and land-surveyor: K. Adrian Stroet Charity Pecksniff - His daughter: Lydia Mercy Pecksniff - His daughter: Rachel Mr Spottletoe: ToddHW Mr Anthony Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: TriciaG Mr George Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: Tomas Peter Mrs Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: Amy Deuchler Miss Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: Leanne Yau Stage Directions for Mr Pecksniff's Pleasant Family Party: Zames Curran An Unexpected Meeting - From Martin Chuzzlewit Martin Chuzzlewit - A young gentleman who is "hard up": Tomas Peter Montague Tigg - An undesirable acquaintance of Martin Chuzzlewit: K. Adrian Stroet A Shopman: ToddHW Stage Directions for An Unexpected Meeting: Lydia A Division Between Friends - From Martin Chuzzlewit Sairey Gamp - Professional nurse: TriciaG Betsy Prig - Professional nurse: Availle Mr Sweedlepipe: ToddHW Stage Directions for A Division Between Friends: MaryAnn The Friendly Waiter - From David Copperfield David Copperfield - A small boy: Lydia William - A waiter: K. Adrian Stroet Stage Directions for The Friendly Waiter: Availle Betsy Trotwood at Home - From David Copperfield Miss Betsy Trotwood - An elderly lady: Christine Lehman "Mr Dick" - A harmless lunatic: Twinkle Janet - Maid-servant to Miss Betsy Trotwood: Rachel David Copperfield - A small boy, to whom Miss Betsy Trotwood is great-aunt: Lydia Mr Murdstone - David Copperfield's step-father: ToddHW Miss Murdstone - His sister: Christine Lehman Stage Directions for Betsy Trotwood at Home: TriciaG Mr. Micawber's Prospects - From David Copperfield Mr Wilkins Micawber - A gentleman who is "waiting for something to turn up": ToddHW Mrs Micawber - His wife: Arielle Lipshaw David Copperfield - Law-student: Leanne Yau Traddles - Law-student: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Mr Micawber's Prospects: Lydia Mr. Guppy's Proposal - From Bleak House Esther Summerson - Ward of John Jarndyce: Rachel Mr Guppy - Clerk to the Firm of Kenge and Carboy, Solicitors: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Mr Guppy's Proposal: Lydia Mrs. Snagsby's Guests - From Bleak House Mr Snagsby - A law-stationer: TriciaG Mrs Snagsby - His wife: Leanne Yau The Rev Mr Chadband - A "vessel in the Ministry": Tomas Peter Guster - Mrs Snagsby's maid-of-all-work: Lydia Stage Directions for Mrs Snagsby's Guests: ToddHW Mr. George's Shooting Gallery - From Bleak House Mr George - Proprietor of the Shooting Gallery: Averagemoe Phil Squod - His "familiar": ToddHW Grandfather Smallweed - A miser and money-lender: TriciaG Stage Directions for Mr George's Shooting Gallery: MaryAnn Silas Wegg's Stall - From Our Mutual Friend Silas Wegg - A stall-keeper and ballad-monger: ToddHW Mr Boffin - A retired dustman: TriciaG Stage Directions for Silas Wegg's Stall: Lydia Mr. Venus's Shop - From Our Mutual Friend Mr Venus - A "Preserver of Animals and Birds": Bill Mosley Silas Wegg - A stall-keeper and ballad-monger: ToddHW Boy: Lydia Stage Directions for Mr Venus's Shop: TriciaG At "Jenny Wren's" - From Our Mutual Friend "Jenny Wren" - A dolls' dress-maker: Lian Pang "Her Bad Child" - Jenny Wren's father: ToddHW Lizzie Hexam - Jenny Wren's friend, who is living with her: Rachel Charlie Hexam - Lizzie Hexam's brother - a pupil-teacher: TriciaG Bradley Headstone - Charlie Hexam's school-master, in love with Lizzie: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for At Jenny Wren's: Lydia All edited by: ToddHW
  • Jack-Knife Man, The by BUTLER, Ellis Parker
    A lighthearted tale which revolves around old Peter Lane, who lives in a houseboat on the Mississippi River and mostly whiles away his time whittling with his jack-knife and not really doing much else. That is, until one night, a sickly woman knocks at his boat door holding her son in her arms. This encounter would change Peter's life, as the old man befriends little Buddy and is determined to keep him and raise him as his own, provided he is able to keep a host of others from laying claim to the orphan. (Note - While the online text for this book appears that there is no chapter 7, no chapters have been omitted from this recording.) - Summary by Roger Melin