The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters
This is a detailed and accurate account of the most awful marine disaster in history, constructed from the real facts as obtained from those on board who survived.
Edith Wharton’s 1911 novel Ethan Frome tells the story of a tragic love triangle.
The Apology of Socrates
Plato’s account of Socrates’ defense at his trial for «corrupting the youth» is a classic summation of his teacher’s life and mission, centered in Socrates’ most famous line, «The unexamined life is not worth living.» (Summary by FrZeile)
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
«The Murders in the Rue Morgue» is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841.
Ashton-Kirk, who has solved so many mysteries, is himself something of a problem even to those who know him best. Although young, wealthy, and of high social position, he is nevertheless an indefatigable worker in his chosen field. He smiles when men call him a detective. «No; only an investigator,» he says.
The Green Odyssey
Alan Green is a space traveller stranded on a barbaric planet who has been taken slave and made a consort to an insipid and smelly queen.
The Tao Teh King, or the Tao and its Characteristics
Lao-Tze’s Tao Teh King illuminates The Tao: a guiding principle of the universe and all within it.
Meditations on First Philosophy
After several years working on a treatise putting forth his mechanistic philosophy and physics, Descartes shelved the project when his contemporary, Galileo, was charged with heresy. That work, The World, was only published after Descartes’ death.
Ten Days in a Madhouse
In 1887 Nellie Bly, one of the first female newspaper writers, and a young reporter who would soon go on to make a career for herself as an investigative journalist and «stunt» reporter, had herself committed to the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in New York.
The Problems of Philosophy
The Problems of Philosophy is one of Bertrand Russell’s attempts to create a brief and accessible guide to the problems of philosophy. Focusing on problems he believes will provoke positive and constructive discussion, Russell concentrates on knowledge rather than metaphysics.
A concise collection of poems translated from the great German poet Rilke into formal English verse.
A collection of 20 short stories of the crime, detective, and thriller variety, sharing a common theme of …. you guessed it, revenge, and often with surprise conclusions.
A biography of the famous Cleopatra of Egypt, written in a manner, equally interesting to children and to adults.
The Wealth of Nations — Book 1
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist Adam Smith, published on March 9, 1776 during the Scottish Enlightenment.
Henry Stanton’s 1922 book Sex — Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English is intended as a frank (although consevative and moralistic) guide to human sexual behaviour and relationships.
The novel begins with a telephone call to Wimsey from his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, saying that her vicar’s architect has just found a dead body in his bath, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez. Whose body is it? Whodunnit? It’s up to Lord Peter to find out.
American Indian Fairy Tales
With no written language, Native Americans living in the Lake Superior region passed their cultural identity down through the generations by way of stories.
Not a few serious-minded students, […], have been discouraged from attempting a study of Freud’s dream psychology. The book in which he originally offered to the world his interpretation of dreams was as circumstantial as a legal record to be pondered over by scientists at their leisure, not to be assimilated in a few hours by the average alert reader.
The Power of Concentration
A series of twenty lessons designed to help develop and improve the power of concentration. (Summary by Andrea Fiore)
How to Speak and Write Correctly
This is a 1910 guide for those who wish to learn how to correctly (though maybe not «properly») create sentences, use figures of speech, write letters, and more, all while choosing the right words and doing it with style.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Franklin wrote his autobiography in the form of an extended letter to his son.
12 Creepy Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
This is a collection of 12 creepy stories by that master of creepiness, Poe.
The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened “Divina” by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance.
Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates the monster who has no name in the book.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s life for two years, two months, and two days around the shores of Walden Pond.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Having left Sherlock Holmes apparently deceased at the conclusion of The Final Problem (in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes), we now find that he is alive after all!
The Adventures of Pinocchio
The Adventures of Pinocchio is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi (here transl. by Carol della Chiesa).
Andersen’s Fairy Tales
A collection of eighteen fairy tales – some popular, some lesser known – by famous Danish author H.C. Andersen.
(Summary by Gesine)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain is one of the truly great American novels, beloved by children, adults, and literary critics alike. The book tells the story of «Huck» Finn (first introduced as Tom Sawyer’s sidekick in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), his friend Jim, and their journey down the Mississippi River on a raft. Both are on the run, Huck from his drunk and abusive father, and Jim as a runaway slave.
The Art of War
«The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise written during the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu
Moby Dick, or the Whale
Few things, even in literature, can really be said to be unique — but Moby Dick is truly unlike anything written before or since.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
Recording of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. A children’s classic!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (published 1876) is a very well-known and popular story concerning American youth.
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