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Devil is an Ass, The by JONSON, Ben

An inferior devil, Pug, asks Satan to send him to Earth to tempt men to Evil. But when Pug arrives in 1616 London and sets himself at the Squire Fabian Fitzdottrel, he finds Fabian currently beset by con men, cheats, connivers, thieves, villains, and seductresses – a delightful mix of cunning criminality in a world that already has far more vice in it than anything Pug is prepared to offer. – Summary by ToddHW


Cast list:

Satan, the great Devil: alanmapstone
Pug, the less Devil: Sonia
Iniquity, the Vice: Nemo
Fabian Fitzdottrel, a Squire of Norfolk: Tomas Peter
Meercraft, the Projector: Hamlet
Everill, his Champion: Algy Pug
Wittipol, a young Gallant: ToddHW
Eustace Manly, his Friend: Chuck Williamson
Engine, a Broker: Rob Board
Trains, the Projector’s Man: Jason in Panama
Thomas Gilthead, a Goldsmith: Caleb Tol
Plutarchus, his Son: Eva Davis
Sir Paul Eitherside, a Lawyer, and Justice: Beth Thomas
Ambler, Gentle-Usher to Lady Tailbush: Kurt
Sledge, a Smith, the Constable: Joseph Tabler
Shackles, Keeper of Newgate: Bruce Kachuk
Mrs. Frances Fitzdottrel: Sandra Schmit
Lady Eitherside: Leanne Yau
Lady Tailbush, the Lady Projectress: Linda Olsen Fitak
Pitfall, her Woman: Availle
Serjant: Roger Melin
Keeper 1: Victor Villarraza
Keeper 2: Adriana Sacciotto
Keeper 3: TJ Burns
Keeper 4: Owen Cook
Stage Directions: sawasawaya
and: Elizabeth Martinson
Edited By: ToddHW

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Howards End (version 3) by FORSTER, E. M.

Considered Forster’s masterpiece and one of the best books of the 20th century, Howards End tackles social conventions of the Edwardian era. The story focuses on three families in England at the beginning of the 20th century: the Wilcoxes, rich capitalists with a fortune made in the colonies; the half-German Schlegel siblings (Margaret, Helen, and Tibby), whose cultural pursuits have much in common with the Bloomsbury Group; and the Basts, an impoverished young couple from a lower-class background. The idealistic, intelligent Schlegel sisters seek to help the struggling Basts and to rid the Wilcoxes of some of their deep-seated social and economic prejudices. – Summary by Lynne Thompson

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IF by KIPLING, Rudyard

This poem is considered one of the most inspirational guidelines on how to live and act with integrity and develop a winning strategy throughout life, and the poem has garnered much attention in popular culture. The 4 stanzas each deal with different life situations and the best way to overcome the obstacles presented — and these lines in particular, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.”, hang in the tennis player’s entrance at Centre Court Wimbledon in England. They are meant to inspire the players to maintain a good attitude– win or lose. While Kipling wrote poetry, novels, and articles, he is most notably known for his collection of short stories called The Jungle Book, which he wrote in 1894. A British writer, Kipling won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. ( ~ Summary by Michele Fry)

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Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone by WHITMAN, Walt

Walter “Walt” Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist, in addition to publishing his poetry—was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Whitman’s major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. – Summary by Wikipedia

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Story of King Arthur, in Twelve Tales, The by MARTIN, Winona Caroline

Of all the legends of bygone ages which we in the foremost ranks of time may call our own perhaps none have come to us so fraught with the spirit of lofty idealism as those which cluster about the figure of King Arthur of Britain and the mystic Quest of the Holy Grail.

In their devious wanderings down the centuries they have gradually been purified of all original coarseness while still retaining that wonderful charm and simplicity which belongs to the tales of the childhood of the race. Furthermore, upon the lips of many a bard, both ancient and modern, they have become literature, so that they are now the rightful heritage of the child of to-day and should, in one form or another, find a place in every class room as supplementary reading at least.

Because, for obvious reasons, in dealing with young children, the versions of the masters have not always proved practicable, the author has ventured to offer this little volume which grew out of a library story-hour trusting that it may be useful to mothers, teachers, children’s librarians and others who are endeavouring to hold before the children of a materialistic age that vision without which the people perish. – Summary by Winona Caroline Martin

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Birds and Nature, Vol. XII, No 1, June 1902 by VARIOUS

“Birds and Nature” was a monthly publication of the Nature Study Publishing Company of Chicago. It includes short poems, anecdotes and factual descriptions of birds, animals and other natural subjects with accompanying color plates. The magazine was published from 1897-1907 under the various titles, “Birds,” “Birds and all Nature,” “Nature and Art” and “Birds and Nature.” – Summary by J. M. Smallheer

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Fun of Getting Thin, The by BLYTHE, Samuel G.

In this short, amusing book, subtitled “How to Be Thin and Reduce The Waist Line,” Samuel G. Blythe explains how he was able to lose, and keep off, 50 pounds, without resorting to fad diets or giving up the foods he loved. Over a hundred years later, his common-sense advice about food, drink and exercise still makes sense today. ***NOTE: It should be noted that there is language within this book that was commonplace during the time this book was written that is often considered offensive today.*** (Christine Lehman)

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Eighty Seven by PANSY

Twelve-year-old Winter Kelland is an orphan indentured to a cold, harsh farming couple. His one bright spot is eight-year-old Vine, a neighbor girl who believes he can do great things if he can get an education. Win finally has enough of the hard life at the farm and runs away. But he discovers that even his poor life at the farm was desirable to being a half-starved tramp. At his lowest, he encounters a prickly spinster who learns to follow God’s command, “He that honoreth Him hath mercy on the poor.” The title, Eighty Seven, refers to the year Vine will turn 22 years old and will have a grand birthday feast, and is a tribute to her Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) graduating class of 1887. (Summary by TriciaG)

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Man From Snowy River and Other Verses (version 2), The by PATERSON, Andrew Barton

The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses (1895) is the first collection of poems by Australian poet Banjo Paterson. It was released in hardback by Angus and Robertson in 1895, and features the poet’s widely anthologised poems “The Man from Snowy River”, “Clancy of the Overflow”, “Saltbush Bill” and “The Man from Ironbark”. It also contains the poet’s first two poems that featured in The Bulletin Debate, a famous dispute in The Bulletin magazine from 1892-93 between Paterson and Henry Lawson. The collection includes 48 poems by the author that are reprinted from various sources, along with a preface by Rolf Boldrewood, who defined the collection as “the best bush ballads written since the death of Lindsay Gordon” – Summary by Wikipedia

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Precipice, The by GONCHAROV, Ivan

The Precipice is a story of the romantic rivalry among three men, condemning nihilism as subverting the religious and moral values of Russia. It was originally published in 1869 in Vestnik Evropy. Later critics came to see it as the final part of a trilogy, each part introducing a character typical of Russian high society of a certain period: first Aduev (“A Common Story”), then Oblomov (“Oblomov”), and finally Raisky, a gifted man, his artistic development halted by “lack of direction”. According to scholar S. Mashinsky, as a social epic, The Precipice was superior to both A Common Story and Oblomov. Goncharov considered The Precipice to be his best work, in which he managed to realize his artistic ambition to the full. “Dreams and aspirations of Raisky for me sound like a sonorous chord, praising a Woman, Motherland, God and love,” he wrote in a letter to Mikhail Stasyulevich. ( summary by tovarisch, based on Wikipedia articles)

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Water Wonders Every Child Should Know by THOMPSON, Jean M.

Water: essential for life and in much of the world, we take it for granted. In this work, Jean Thompson explains various aspects of the water cycle in simple terms, for the benefit of young readers with enquiring minds. Listeners are referred to the text for the microphotographs described.

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Strangers And Pilgrims by BRADDON, Mary Elizabeth

Strangers and Pilgrims follows the journey of Elizabeth Lutterell from a vain, beautiful and self-centred although good-hearted 19 year old to a mature woman. She begins her journey to maturity when she meets the Rev. Malcolm Forde, whose influence opens her eyes to the trivial and selfish ways of the wealthier levels of society. When her genuine love for Malcolm Forde is thwarted and she becomes trapped in a cold, loveless marriage of convenience, she suffers illness, tragedy and regret. Will she find ultimate happiness?

A hugely prolific and popular author, M. E. Braddon was known as the “queen of the Sensation Novel” because of the taboo social subjects in some of her novels. In her own life she courted scandal by living in a de facto relationship with her publisher and becoming mother to six children and also step-mother to five of his children – his wife reportedly being in an asylum in Ireland, although her family denied this. In this novel, published about a year after the wife’s reported death, the scenes dealing with mental illness, its treatment and the difficulties of those seeking divorce are well observed, perhaps from the personal experiences of the author. (Summary by Anne F)

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Mark the Match Boy or Richard Hunter’s Ward by ALGER, JR., Horatio

In this third installment from the “Ragged Dick” series by Horatio Algers, Jr., the reader is reacquainted with some old friends and meets young Mark Manton. Mark is a match boy plagued by bad luck and an even worse guardian. But, with new friends, hard work, and smart choices, Mark may just find his luck taking a turn for the better. summary by tfaulder

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