By: Gelett Burgess (1866-1951)
|The Rubaiyat of Omar Cayenne|
By: Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
|Pinnock's improved edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome|
By: Agnes Ethel Conway (1885-1950)
The Book of Art for Young People
This is a charming book on Art History for children (and everyone else). Each chapter focuses on a great painting, reproduced in color in the original text. The authors explain the story behind the paintings, as well as the life, times, and techniques of the artists.
By: Lewis Hodus (1872-1949)
Buddhism and Buddhists in China
Buddhism and Buddhists in China is an anthropological text describing Buddhism as practiced in China at the beginning of the 20th Century. Interestingly, it also compares and contrasts Buddhism with Christianity with respect to or in response to missionary work.
By: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
Culture and Anarchy
Culture and Anarchy is a series of periodical essays by Matthew Arnold, first published in Cornhill Magazine 1867-68 and collected as a book in 1869. The preface was added in 1875. Arnold's famous piece of writing on culture established his High Victorian cultural agenda which remained dominant in debate from the 1860s until the 1950s. According to his view advanced in the book, "Culture [...] is a study of perfection". He further wrote that: "[Culture] seeks to do away with classes; to make the best that has been thought and known in the world current everywhere; to make all men live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light [...
By: George Manville Fenn (1831-1909)
|The Young Castellan A Tale of the English Civil War|
|Begumbagh A Tale of the Indian Mutiny|
|Fix Bay'nets The Regiment in the Hills|
|The Black Tor A Tale of the Reign of James the First|
|Dick o' the Fens A Tale of the Great East Swamp|
|A Dash from Diamond City|
|Nat the Naturalist A Boy's Adventures in the Eastern Seas|
|The Ocean Cat's Paw The Story of a Strange Cruise|
|The Crystal Hunters A Boy's Adventures in the Higher Alps|
|Marcus: the Young Centurion|
|In Honour's Cause A Tale of the Days of George the First|
|Mass' George A Boy's Adventures in the Old Savannah|
|The Rajah of Dah|
|Jack at Sea All Work and no Play made him a Dull Boy|
|The King's Esquires The Jewel of France|
By: E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)
|Legends of Vancouver|
|Legends of Vancouver|
By: Mrs. Cecil Hall
A Lady's Life on a Farm in Manitoba
The nineteenth century was marked by intense colonization by countries like Britain, France, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. Initially, the pioneering efforts were made by men who battled unfamiliar terrain to create territories that they marked out as their own, while their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters kept the home and hearth in their native land. However, with travel becoming more common and family life assuming more importance, the women too began to travel to the four corners of the earth...
By: H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
|War and the future: Italy, France and Britain at war|
|Mankind in the Making|
|In the Fourth Year Anticipations of a World Peace|
By: John Foxe
Foxe's Book of Martyrs, A History of the Lives
The Book of Martyrs, by John Foxe, is an English Protestant account of the persecutions of Protestants, many of whom had died for their beliefs within the decade immediately preceding its first publication. It was first published by John Day, in 1563. Lavishly illustrated with many woodcuts, it was the largest publishing project undertaken in Britain up to that time. Commonly known as, “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs”, the work’s full title begins with “Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, Touching Matters of the Church...
|Fox's Book of Martyrs Or A History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of the Primitive Protestant Martyrs|
By: Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908)
|Holland, v. 1 (of 2)|
By: Clarence Edwords (b. 1856)
Bohemian San Francisco
While describing his dining experiences throughout “Bohemian San Francisco,” Clarence Edwords paints an historic panorama of California cuisine with all its cosmopolitan influences. Best of all, he offers tantalizing recipes culled from conversations with the master chefs of 1914 in “The City by the Bay.”
By: Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography
In his vital, illustrative and dynamic autobiography, Theodore Roosevelt let us into the life that formed one of the greatest and outspoken presidents in American history. Not only are we privy to the formation of his political ideals, but also to his love of the frontier and the great outdoors.
Through the Brazilian Wilderness
Roosevelt’s popular book Through the Brazilian Wilderness describes his expedition into the Brazilian jungle in 1913 as a member of the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition co-named after its leader, Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon. The book describes all of the scientific discovery, scenic tropical vistas and exotic flora, fauna and wild life experienced on the expedition. One goal of the expedition was to find the headwaters of the Rio da Duvida, the River of Doubt, and trace it north to the Madeira and thence to the Amazon River...
|The Winning of the West, Volume 1 From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi, 1769-1776|
By: Frederick Hoffman
|A Sailor of King George|
By: Francois Guizot (1787-1874)
Popular History of France from the Earliest Times
François Pierre Guillaume Guizot (1787-1874) was a French historian, orator, and statesman. Guizot was a dominant figure in French politics prior to the Revolution of 1848, actively opposing as a liberal the reactionary King Charles X before his overthrow in the July Revolution of 1830, then in government service to the “citizen king” Louis Philippe, as the Minister of Education, 1832-1837, ambassador to London, Foreign Minister 1840-1847, and finally Prime Minister of France from September 19, 1847 to February 23, 1848. His “Popular History of France” is an attractive and engrossing narravative, here presented in an easily readable English translation.
By: Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897)
|The Nabob, Volume 1|
|The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)|
By: Irwin S. Cobb (1876-1944)
Irwin Cobb’s humorous Europe Revised is a travelogue and comedy almost in the style of Mark Twain. The dedication says it best, “To My Small DaughterWho bade me shed a tear at the tomb of Napoleon, which I was very glad to do, because when I got there my feet certainly were hurting me.”
By: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)
Two Tactics of Social-Democracy in the Democratic Revolution
In the heat of the failed 1905 revolution in Russia, Lenin here contrasts the precision of the Bolshevik political program and tactics with various inconsistent and servile factions within the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party.
By: Zitkala-Sa (1876-1938)
Old Indian Legends
Fourteen Old Indian Legends by Native American ( Dakota ) Author Zitkala-Sa. These Legends feature the exploits of Iktomi the Native American Trickster god.
By: Lady Lucie Duff-Gordon (1821-1869)
Letters from Egypt
As a girl, Lady Duff-Gordon was noted both for her beauty and intelligence. As an author, she is most famous for this collection of letters from Egypt. Lady Duff-Gordon had tuberculosis, and went to Egypt for her health. This collection of her personal letters to her mother and her husband. By all accounts everyone loved her, and the letters are very personal in style and content. The letters are as much an introduction to her person as a record of her life on the Upper Nile.
By: Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935)
China and the Chinese
Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935) spent several years as a diplomat in China and in 1897 was appointed Cambridge University’s second professor of Chinese. His published works cover Chinese language and literature, history and philosophy. This series of lectures, published as “China and the Chinese”, was given at Columbia University in 1902, to mark the establishment of a Chinese professorship there. The lectures were not intended for the specialist, more to urge a wider and more systematic study of China and its culture, and to encourage new students into the field...
|The Civilization of China|
|China and the Manchus|
|Historic China, and other sketches|
By: Friedrich Schiller
The Thirty Years War
The History of the Thirty Years War is a five volume work, which followed his very successful History of the Revolt of the Netherlands. Written for a wider audience than Revolt, it is a vivid history, colored by Schiller’s own interest in the question of human freedom and his rationalist optimism. Volume 1 covers the background of the war, through the Battle of Prague in late 1620. (Introduction by Alan Winterrowd)
Schiller's tragedy depicts the final days of Mary, Queen of Scots, who has been imprisoned by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, because of her potential claim on the English throne. The action of the play revolves around an attempt to rescue Mary from prison and Elizabeth's indecision over whether or not to have her executed. The 1801 translation is by Joseph Mellish, a friend of Schiller's.
|Maid of Orleans|
|History of the Revolt of the Netherlands|
|The History of the Thirty Years' War|
|Fiesco; or, the Genoese Conspiracy|
By: Okakura Kakuzo (1863-1913)
The Book of Tea
The Book of Tea was written by Okakura Kakuzo in the early 20th century. It was first published in 1906, and has since been republished many times. – In the book, Kakuzo introduces the term Teaism and how Tea has affected nearly every aspect of Japanese culture, thought, and life. The book is noted to be accessibile to Western audiences because though Kakuzo was born and raised Japanese, he was trained from a young age to speak English; and would speak it all his life, becoming proficient at communicating his thoughts in the Western Mind...
By: John Ruskin (1819-1900)
|The Crown of Wild Olive also Munera Pulveris; Pre-Raphaelitism; Aratra Pentelici; The Ethics of the Dust; Fiction, Fair and Foul; The Elements of Drawing|
|Our Fathers Have Told Us Part I. The Bible of Amiens|
By: Frederick Marryat (1792-1848)
The Children of the New Forest
The children of Colonel Beverley, a Cavalier officer killed at the Battle of Naseby are believed to have died in the flames when their house, Arnwood, is burned by Roundhead soldiers. However, they escape and are raised by Joseph Armitage, a gamekeeper in his cottage in the New Forest. The story describes how the children adapt from anaristocratic lifestyle to that of simple cottagers. The children are concealed as the grandchildren of Armitage. Eventually after Armitage’s death, Edward Beverley leaves and works as a secretary for the sympathetic Puritan placed in charge of the Royal land in the New Forest...
Mr. Midshipman Easy
One of the first novel-length pieces of nautical fiction, MR. MIDSHIPMAN EASY (1836) is a funny and easygoing account of the adventures of Jack Easy, a son of privilege who joins the Royal Navy. The work begins as a satire on Jack’s attachment to “the rights of man” that may try the listener’s patience. But despair not, for the story soon settles down as the philosophical midshipman begins his many triumphs over bullies, foul weather, and various damned foreigners of murderous intent.Caveat audiens: This novel employs racial/ethnic epithets and religious stereotypes, as well as taking a rather sunny view of supply-side economics...
|Diary in America, Series Two|