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Apu Ollantay

By: Sir Clements R. Markham

Introduction: The drama was cultivated by the Incas, and dramatic performances were enacted before them. Garcilasso de la Vega, Molina, and Salcamayhua are the authorities who received and have recorded the information given by the Amautas respecting the Inca drama. Some of these dramas, and portions of others, were preserved in the memories of members of Inca and Amauta families. The Spanish priests, especially the Jesuits of Juli, soon discovered the dramatic aptitude ...

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The Haunted Jarvee

By: William Hope Hodgson

Seen anything of Carnacki lately?' I asked Arkright when we met in the City. 'No,' he replied. 'He's probably off on one of his jaunts. We'll be having a card one of these days inviting us to No. 472, Cheyne Walk, and then we'll hear all about it. Queer chap that.' He nodded, and went on his way. It was some months now since we four - Jessop, Arkright, Taylor and myself - had received the usual summons to drop in at No. 472 and hear Carnacki's story of his latest case. W...

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Child of Storm

By: H. Rider Haggard

For twenty years, I believe I am right in saying, you, as Assistant Secretary for Native Affairs in Natal, and in other offices, have been intimately acquainted with the Zulu people. Moreover, you are one of the few living men who have made a deep and scientific study of their language, their customs and their history. So I confess that I was the more pleased after you were so good as to read this tale -- the second book of the epic of the vengeance of Zikali, the Thing-...

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Derrick Vaughan : Novelist

By: Edna Lyall

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?Nothing fills a child?s mind like a large old mansion; better if un? or partially occupied; peopled with the spirits of deceased members of the county and Justices of the Quorum. Would I were buried in the peopled solitude of one, with my feelings at seven years old!? From Letters of Charles Lamb. To attempt a formal biography of Derrick Vaughan would be out of the question, even though he and I have been more or less thrown together since we were bo...

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Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

By: William Morris

Of old there was a land which was so much a woodland, that a minstrel thereof said it that a squirrel might go from end to end, and all about, from tree to tree, and never touch the earth: therefore was that land called Oakenrealm. The lord and king thereof was a stark man, and so great a warrior that in his youth he took no delight in aught else save battle and tourneys. But when he was hard on forty years old, he came across a daughter of a certain lord, whom he had va...

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Tale of the Parrot

By: Arnaut de Carcasses

In a garden enclosed by a wall in the shade of a leafy laurel, I heard a parrot discoursing on the subject I will relate to you. He had come before a lady and brought her greetings from afar. My lady, he said to her, God save you! I am a messenger, and may it not displease you if I tell you why I have come here to you in this garden. The best knight who ever lived, the most distinguished and full of joy, Antiphanor, the son of the king who gave a tournament in your honor...

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Letters from an American Farmer

By: Hector St. John De Crevecoeur

Introduction: Hazlitt wrote that of the three notable writers whom the eighteenth century had produced, in the North American colonies, one was ?the author (whoever he was) of the American Farmer?s Letters.? Crevecoeur was that unknown author; and Hazlitt said further of him that he rendered, in his own vividly characteristic manner, ?not only the objects, but the feelings, of a new country.? Great is the essayist?s relish for passages descriptive of ?a battle between tw...

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The Running Skeletons

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: He didn?t scare easy, this last being a part of his character which contributed no little to the subsequent mystery which came out of the first?of?the?week run of the limited train. The train was one that left Chicago late in the evening and got into New York City the following afternoon, making about a twenty?hour schedule, which was good time. The train carried two lounge cars, coaches, sleepers, drawing?room cars, baggage coaches?and Lincoln Wilson Washington...

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Return of the Shadow

By: Walter B. Gibson

In a black-walled room where a bluish light shone down upon the surface of a polished table, two long-fingered hands were moving in and out of the glow like detached creatures, operating of their own accord. These were the hands of The Shadow and this room was his hidden sanctum, where he received reports from his agents and planned his campaigns against crime. On the third finger of The Shadow's left hand there shone a large, strange gem, resplendent with a fiery sparkl...

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The Wellbe Loved

By: Thomas Hardy

Preface: The peninsula carved by Time out of a single stone, whereon most of the following scenes are laid, has been for centuries immemorial the home of a curious and well?nigh distinct people, cherishing strange beliefs and singular customs, now for the most part obsolescent. Fancies, like certain soft?wooded plants which cannot bear the silent inland frosts, but thrive by the sea in the roughest of weather, seem to grow up naturally here, in particular amongst those n...

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Roswell Testimony

Excerpt: A flying saucer crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. This document contains testimony from people who were closely associated with this incident. Most of the testimony in this document is from the 1992 book ?Crash at Corona? by Stanton Friedman and Don Berliner, published in the United States by Paragon House. That book contains lots of other interesting material, including material regarding another crash site in New Mexico. That book is the source of all...

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Southern Poems

By: Charles William Kent

THESE poems are selected from the wide range of Southern poetry, that the South's contribution to our national literature may be in part apprehended. For a long time the productions of Southern writers were so inaccessible that authors of text-books on American Literature were disposed to neglect them altogether; and even later the admission of any Southern author, save one or two of international fame, was somewhat grudging and apologetic. In recent years, especially si...

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The Borough

By: George Crabbe

The Difficulty of describing Town Scenery— A Comparison with certain Views in the Country— The River and Quay— The Shipping and Business— Shipbuilding— Sea-Boys and Port-Views— Village and Town Scenery again compared— Walks from Town— Cottage and adjoining Heath, &c. House of Sunday Entertainment— The Sea: a Summer and Winter View - A Shipwreck at Night, and its Effects on Shore— Evening Amusements in the Borough— An Apology for the imperfect View which can be given of these Subjects.

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The Insulted and Injured

By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Excerpt: Chapter One. Last year, on the evening of March 22, I had a very strange adventure. All that day I had been walking about the town trying to find a lodging. My old one was very damp, and I had begun to have an ominous cough. Ever since the autumn I had been meaning to move, but I had hung on till the spring. I had not been able to find anything decent all day. In the first place I wanted a separate tenement, not a room in other people?s lodgings; secondly, thoug...

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The Thoughts of the Emperor M. Aurelius Antoninus, Tr. By George L...

By: Marcus Aurelius

Preface: Perhaps some may question the wisdom of putting out the Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to be used as a Reader by children in the schools. It may appear to them better suited to the mature mind. The principle, however, that has governed us in selecting reading for the young has been to secure the best that we could find in all ages for grown?up people. The milk and water diet provided for ?my dear children? is not especially complimentary to them. They lik...

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Jonah

By: Louis Stone

One side of the street glittered like a brilliant eruption with the light from a row of shops; the other, lined with houses, was almost deserted, for the people, drawn like moths by the glare, crowded and jostled under the lights. It was Saturday night, and Waterloo, by immemorial habit, had flung itself on the shops, bent on plunder. For an hour past a stream of people had flowed from the back streets into Botany Road, where the shops stood in shining rows, awaiting the...

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Faust a Story in Nine Letters

By: Ivan Turgenev

Excerpt: I ARRIVED here three days ago, my dear friend, and, in accordance with my promise, I take up my pen to write to thee. A fine rain has been drizzling down ever since morning; it is impossible to go out; and besides, I want to have a chat with thee. Here I am again, in my old nest, in which I have not been ? dreadful to say ? for nine whole years. Really, when one comes to think of it, I have become altogether another man. Yes, actually, another man. Dost thou rem...

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One January Morning

By: H. M. Tomlinson

IT was January 12, 1928, and its dawn gave my empty suburban street an unrecognizable look of splendour. I think the chimneys of our houses were of gold, and the walls and roofs of jasper and amethyst, which is nothing like them. That glowing and unfamiliar vista was as if I had surprised a secret celebration of the earth and sky; we were not supposed to see it; it was to fade into our own place before we were about. As I looked out on my changed street I was repeating t...

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The Magigals Mystery

By: Maxwell Grant

WHEN Lamont Cranston entered the lobby of the Hotel Harbison, he found it filled with Magigals. They were of many shapes and sizes, they all wore big badges with red ribbons that said Magigals in gold letters, and they were holding the most unusual convention in the history of Chicago. The Magigals are a society of women magicians with chapters all over the country. They had picked Chicago for their convention because it was centrally located and the attendance had excee...

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Brief an den Vater

By: Franz Kafka

Du hast mich letzthin einmal gefragt, warum ich behaupte, ich hatte Furcht vor Dir. Ich wusste Dir, wie gewohnlich, nichts zu antworten, zum Teil eben aus der Furcht, die ich vor Dir habe, zum Teil deshalb, weil zur Begrundung dieser Furcht zu viele Einzelheiten gehoren, als dass ich sie im Reden halbwegs zusammenhalten konnte. Und wenn ich hier versuche Dir schriftlich zu antworten, so wird es doch nur sehr unvollstandig sein, weil auch im Schreiben die Furcht und ihre ...

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