By: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
The Scarlet Letter
A beautiful woman who is punished for the mortal sin of loving a man other than her husband, a cowardly lover, a vengeful husband, a rebellious illegitimate child and the oppressive and patriarchal morality of 17th century Puritanism in Boston. Together these form an unforgettable and thought-provoking glimpse of how much social attitudes have changed over the centuries. Nathaniel Hawthorne was the creator of such beloved works as Twice-Told Tales, A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls, The House of the Seven Gables and spine-chilling tales like Roger Malvin's Burial...
A sequel to Nathaniel Hawthorne's earlier volume of Greek mythology interpreted and retold for young people, Tanglewood Tales includes more legends and tales of ancient heroes and monsters. In his earlier book, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, Hawthorne had designed the book to be a book within a book. A young college student keeps a group of young children entertained by retelling Greek myths in a way in which they can easily understand. Nathaniel Hawthorne also wrote a brief introduction to Tanglewood Tales, entitled The Wayside...
The House of the Seven Gables
“The wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones and… becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief.” Hawthorne’s moral for “The House of the Seven Gables,” taken from the Preface, accurately presages his story. The full weight of the gloomy mansion of the title seems to sit on the fortunes of the Pyncheon family. An ancestor took advantage of the Salem witch trials to wrest away the land whereon the house would be raised… but the land’s owner, about to be executed as a wizard, cursed the Pyncheon family until such time as they should make restitution...
The story is set in Padua in a distant, but unspecified past. From his quarters, Giovanni, a young student of letters, observes Beatrice, the beautiful daughter of Dr. Rappaccini, a scientist working in isolation. Beatrice is confined to the lush and locked gardens filled with poisonous plants by her father. Having fallen in love, Giovanni enters the garden and meets with Beatrice a number of times regardless of the warning of his mentor, Professor Baglioni, that Rappaccini is up to no good and he and his work should be avoided.
The Blithedale Romance
The Blithedale Romance is the story of four principal characters who work with -- and sometimes against -- each other on Blithedale, a communal farm antecedent to those that sprang up later in the 1960s, and similar to one on which Hawthorne himself lived in 1841. These communes arose out of the pressures on society and the individual brought by the Industrial Revolution. Some were organized around religious philosophies, some were secular. Among the secularists, the Transcendental movement mentioned in the novel espoused the idea that the individual's intuition, rather than religious dogma, was the true path to spiritual enlightenment...
The Great Stone Face and Other Tales of the White Mountains
A collection of four short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the common theme of which is New Hampshire's White Mountains. Consists of: The Great Stone Face, written in 1850 and revolves around the 'Old Man of the Mountain (Cannon Mtn.) in New Hampshire which sadly collapsed on May 3, 2003; The Ambitious Guest, written in 1835; The Great Carbuncle, written in 1837; and Sketches From Memory, written sometime prior to The Great Carbuncle as will become obvious.
The Marble Faun
The Marble Faun is Hawthorne's most unusual romance. Writing on the eve of the American Civil War, Hawthorne set his story in a fantastical Italy. The romance mixes elements of a fable, pastoral, gothic novel, and travel guide. In the spring of 1858, Hawthorne was inspired to write his romance when he saw the Faun of Praxiteles in a Roman sculpture gallery. The theme, characteristic of Hawthorne, is guilt and the Fall of Man. The four main characters are Miriam, a beautiful painter who is compared...
|The Great English Short-Story Writers, Volume 1|
|Mosses from an Old Manse and other stories|
|From Twice Told Tales|
True Stories from History and Biography
In writing this ponderous tome, the author's desire has been to describe the eminent characters and remarkable events of our annals, in such a form and style, that the YOUNG might make acquaintance with them of their own accord. For this purpose, while ostensibly relating the adventures of a Chair, he has endeavored to keep a distinct and unbroken thread of authentic history. The Chair is made to pass from one to another of those personages, of whom he thought it most desirable for the young reader to have vivid and familiar ideas, and whose lives and actions would best enable him to give picturesque sketches of the times...
Wonder Book for Girls and Boys
A Yankee student stays at a country house called Tanglewood during a golden New England fall. Also at the house are about a dozen children: younger cousins of the student and their friends of varying ages. The student, as much to amuse himself as to amuse the children, organises games and activities and tells stories. And the stories he tells are wild and fantastic. When his store of fairy tales and folk legends is exhausted he hits on the idea of retelling Greek Myths in his own style.We visit Tanglewood...
|The Snow Image and other stories|
|John Inglefield's Thanksgiving (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|The Snow-Image A Childish Miracle|
|A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales For girls and boys|
|The Three Golden Apples (From: "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys")|
|Earth's Holocaust (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Passages from the American Notebooks, Volume 1|
|The Old Manse (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|The Wives of the Dead (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|The Paradise of Children (From: "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys")|
|The Gorgon's Head (From: "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys")|
|The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Beneath an Umbrella (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Septimius Felton, or, the Elixir of Life|
|Sketches and Studies|
|The Dolliver Romance|
|The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Passages from the English Notebooks|
|Main Street (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|The Man of Adamant (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|A Bell's Biography|
|The Miraculous Pitcher (From: "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys")|
|Browne's Folly (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")|
|Biographical Stories (From: "True Stories of History and Biography")|
|The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Passages from the French and Italian Notebooks|
|Sunday at Home (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Snow Flakes (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|A Virtuoso's Collection (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Fragments from the Journal of a Solitary Man (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")|
|Biographical Sketches (From: "Fanshawe and Other Pieces")|
|Passages from the American Notebooks, Volume 2.|
|Little Annie's Ramble (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Footprints on the Sea-Shore (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Seven Vagabonds (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Lily's Quest (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|P.'s Correspondence (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Little Daffydowndilly (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|A Book of Autographs|
|Old Ticonderoga, a Picture of the Past (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|The Vision of the Fountain (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Village Uncle (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The White Old Maid (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Chippings with a Chisel (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|A Select Party|
|A Rill from the Town Pump|
|Sights from a Steeple (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Edward Fane's Rosebud (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Threefold Destiny (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|The Ancestral Footstep (fragment) Outlines of an English Romance|
|The Toll Gatherer's Day (From "Twice Told Tales")|
|Fire Worship (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|The Old Apple Dealer (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Sylph Etherege (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|Old News (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")|
|Other Tales and Sketches (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")|
|Dr. Bullivant (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")|
|The Intelligence Office (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Passages from a Relinquished Work (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Sketches from Memory (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|Monsieur du Miroir (From "Mosses from an Old Manse")|
|An Old Woman's Tale (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")|
|Sketches from Memory (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")|
|Time's Portraiture (From: "The Doliver Romance and Other Pieces: Tales and Sketches")|
By: William Blake (1757-1827)
Songs of Innocence and Experience
“Tiger, tiger, burning bright/In the forests of the night/ What immortal hand or eye/ Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” These often quoted lines are part of The Tiger in William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. In 1789, William Blake released a limited edition of the book. Being a gifted artist, poet and printmaker, he undertook to personally publish all his work himself through a very painstaking but highly artistic process of etching, thereby transferring his drawings and poems individually onto copper plates by hand...
Poems of William Blake
Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of poetry by the English poet and painter, William Blake. Although Songs of Innocence was first published by itself in 1789, it is believed that Songs of Experience has always been published in conjunction with Innocence since its completion in 1794. Songs of Innocence mainly consists of poems describing the innocence and joy of the natural world, advocating free love and a closer relationship with God, and most famously including Blake’s poem The Lamb...
The First Book of Urizen
The Book of Urizen is one of the major prophetic books of the English poet William Blake, illustrated by Blake’s own plates. It was originally published as The First Book of Urizen in 1794. Later editions dropped the word “first”. The book takes its name from the character Urizen in Blake’s mythology, who represents alienated reason as the source of oppression. The book describes Urizen as the “primeaval priest”, and describes how he became separated from the other Eternals to create his own alienated and enslaving realm of religious dogma...
Milton: a Poem
Milton: a Poem is an epic poem by William Blake, written and illustrated between 1804 and 1810. Its hero is John Milton, who returns from heaven and unites with Blake to explore the relationship between living writers and their predecessors. While on earth, Milton also unites with his feminine aspect, Ololon. The poem describes progress toward the apocalyptic union of living and dead, internal and external reality, and male and female. .
|Illustrations of The Book of Job|
By: Karl Marx
Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Karl Marx’s Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production is a critical analysis of the political economy or the capitalist system. In this 3 volume work, he says that a capitalist economy can only survive by exploiting the working class. The concepts discussed in this book laid the foundations of the political doctrine that would later be known as communism. This book has three volumes, the first volume is Marx’s critical analysis of the capitalist mode of production and how it’s effects on poor people...
By: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1818-1883, 1820-1895)
The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an outline of the basic beliefs of the Communist movement. The authors believed that the European Powers were universally afraid of the nascent movement, and were condemning as "communist," people or activities that did not actually conform to what the Communists believed. This Manifesto, then, became a manual for their beliefs.In it we find Marx and Engel's rehearsal of the idea that Capital has stolen away the work of the artisan and peasant by building up factories to produce goods cheaply...
By: Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Wage-Labour and Capital
Orignally written as a series of newspaper articles in 1847, Wage-Labour and Capital was intended to give a short overview, for popular consumption, of Marx’s central threories regarding the economic relationships between workers and capitalists. These theories outlined include the Marxian form of the Labour Theory of Value, which distinguishes “labour” from “labour-power”, and the Theory of Concentration of Capital, which states that capitalism tends towards the creation of monopolies and the disenfranchisement of the middle and working classes...
Eleven Theses on Feuerbach
The “Theses on Feuerbach” are eleven short philosophical notes written by Karl Marx in 1845. They outline a critique of the ideas of Marx’s fellow Young Hegelian philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach. The theses form a basis for the activism emphasised by Marx’s work, and this short text is perhaps best know for its ending – a Eureka for revolutionary socialism. The theses were written in 1845, but not published until 1888 (five years after Marx’s death), with slight modifications by Friedrich Engels. The original text was published in 1924. This translation is based on the 1888 version.
|Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte|
Revolution and Counter-Revolution, or: Germany in 1848
Revolution and Counter-Revolution is an account of what happened in Prussia, Austria and other German states during 1848, describing the impact on both middle-class and working-class aspirations and on the idea of German unification. Events in Austria and Prussia are discussed, along with the role of the Poles and Czechs and Panslavism, which Engels was against.
|Secret Diplomatic History of The Eighteenth Century|
|Manifesto of the Communist Party|
By: Andre Norton (1912-2005)
A Free Trader rocket ship heads for the remote planet, Sargol, which is blessed with immense natural wealth and precious gemstones. The ship is manned by the heroic Dane Thorson and his crew of intrepid space traders. On Sargol, they enter into complicated negotiations with the inhabitants of this strange planet. These feline people, the Salariki, are reluctant to enter into a business partnership with the free traders till they discover that the ship carries a small amount of catnip on board which they'd obtained from another trading post...
If you've read and enjoyed The Stars Are Ours, you will certainly enjoy this exciting sequel! Star Born by Andre Norton was first published in 1957, two years after the previous book and is in itself a complete and riveting read. The theme depicts an early inter-stellar flight undertaken by people who call themselves the Free Scientists escaping from an oppressive regime on Earth. When Pax, a global authoritarian regime takes over the planet, it deems all space travel illegal. However this small group flees before the rules come into force...
The Time Traders
If it is possible to conquer space, then perhaps it is also possible to conquer time. At least that was the theory American scientists were exploring in an effort to explain the new sources of knowledge the Russians possessed. Perhaps Russian scientists had discovered how to transport themselves back in time in order to learn long-forgotten secrets of the past. That was why young Ross Murdock, above average in intelligence but a belligerently independent nonconformist, found himself on a “hush-hush” government project at a secret base in the Arctic...