By: William Dean Howells (1837-1920)
My Mark Twain
William Dean Howells (1837-1920) became fast friends with Mark Twain from the moment in 1869 when Twain strode into the office of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston to thank Howells, then its assistant editor, for his favorable review of Innocents Abroad. When Howells became editor a few years later, The Atlantic Monthly began serializing many of Twain’s works, among them his non-fiction masterpiece, Life on the Mississippi. In My Mark Twain, Howells pens a literary memoir that includes such fascinating scenes as their meetings with former president Ulysses Grant who was then writing the classic autobiography that Twain would underwrite in the largest publishing deal until that time...
A Little Swiss Sojurn
A charming brief account of a two months' autumnal stay on the shores of the Lake of Geneva. Howells, who was there with his family traveling from England to Italy, has a sharp eye not only for scenery and architecture, but for people and customs, both Swiss and foreign.
|Short Stories and Essays (from Literature and Life)|
|William Dean Howells Works|
|Stories Of Ohio|
|My Literary Passions|
|Roman Holidays, and Others|
|Criticism and Fiction|
|William Dean Howells Literature Essays|
|Familiar Spanish Travels|
|The Man of Letters as a Man of Business|
|Literary Friends and Acquaintance; a Personal Retrospect of American Authorship|
|A Belated Guest (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)|
|My First Visit to New England (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)|
|Studies of Lowell (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)|
|Cambridge Neighbors (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)|
|Literary Boston as I Knew It (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)|
|Oliver Wendell Holmes (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)|
|White Mr. Longfellow, the (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)|
By: Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)
|The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise|
By: Brooks Adams (1848-1927)
The Theory of Social Revolutions
Brooks Adams (1848- 1927), was an American historian and a critic of capitalism. He believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles. First, masses of people draw together in large population centers and engage in commercial activities. As their desire for wealth grows, they discard spiritual and creative values. Their greed leads to distrust and dishonesty, and eventually the society crumbles. In The Law of Civilisation and Decay (1895), Adams noted that as new population centers emerged in the west, centers of world trade shifted from Constantinople to Venice to Amsterdam to London...
|The Emancipation of Massachusetts|
By: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Case of Wagner / Nietzsche Contra Wagner / Selected Aphorisms
A collection of three of Nietzsche's writings concerning the music of Wagner. In particular, he relates Wagner's music as degenerate, unrefined and unintelligent and relates it to a gradually degenerating German culture and society. The translator provides a detailed introduction.
By: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)
The French Revolution
“It is, for that matter, self-evident that if one community decides in one fashion, another, also sovereign, in the opposite fashion, both cannot be right. Reasoning men have also protested, and justly, against the conception that what a majority in numbers, or even (what is more compelling still) a unanimity of decision in a community may order, may not only be wrong but may be something which that community has no authority to order since, though it possesses a civil and temporal authority, it acts against that ultimate authority which is its own consciousness of right...
Europe and the Faith
The Catholic brings to history (when I say "history" in these pages I mean the history of Christendom) self-knowledge. As a man in the confessional accuses himself of what he knows to be true and what other people cannot judge, so a Catholic, talking of the united European civilization, when he blames it, blames it for motives and for acts which are his own. He himself could have done those things in person. He is not relatively right in his blame, he is absolutely right. As a man can testify to his own motive so can the Catholic testify to unjust, irrelevant, or ignorant conceptions of the European story; for he knows why and how it proceeded...
|The Path to Rome|
|A General Sketch of the European War The First Phase|
|Avril Being Essays on the Poetry of the French Renaissance|
The Book of Lieh-Tzü
The Liezi (Chinese: 列子; pinyin: Lièzĭ; Wade-Giles: Lieh Tzu; literally “[Book of] Master Lie”) is a Daoist text attributed to Lie Yukou, a circa 5th century BCE Hundred Schools of Thought philosopher, but Chinese and Western scholars believe it was compiled around the 4th century CE. During the reign of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, the Liezi was designated a Daoist classic, completing the trilogy with the more famous Daodejing and Zhuangzi. The Liezi is generally considered to be the most practical of the major Daoist works, compared to the philosophical writings of Laozi and the poetic narrative of Zhuangzi...
By: Bret Harte (1836-1902)
By: William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882)
Windsor Castle, Book 1
Book 1 - Ann Boleyn. The focus of the novels is on the events surrounding Henry VIII's replacing Catherine of Aragon with Anne Boleyn as his wife. During Henry's pursuit of Boleyn, the novel describes other couples, including the Earl of Surrey and Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a match Henry does not support. However, some of the individuals oppose Henry and his desires for Boleyn, including Thomas Wyat who wants her for himself and Cardinal Wolsey, who uses his own daughter, Mabel Lyndwood, to lure Henry away from Boleyn...
By: Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
|Evolution, Old & New Or, the Theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck, as compared with that of Charles Darwin|