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The World eBook Library’s Classic Literature Collection shelves around 10,000 works of literature, in many languages. In our collection you will find many of the classic works by the greatest authors of history, from the early Greek philosophers and story tellers, great playwrights, British romantic poets, American writers up to 1930.

 
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Travels in the Interior of Africa - Volume 1

By: Mungo Park

Introduction: Mungo Park was born on the 10th of September, 1771, the son of a farmer at Fowlshiels, near Selkirk. After studying medicine in Edinburgh, he went out, at the age of twenty?one, assistant?surgeon in a ship bound for the East Indies. When he came back the African Society was in want of an explorer, to take the place of Major Houghton, who had died. Mungo Park volunteered, was accepted, and in his twenty?fourth year, on the 22nd of May, 1795, he sailed for th...

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Travels in the Interior of Africa - Volume 2

By: Mungo Park

Introduction: The first of the two volumes which contain Mungo Park?s ?Travels in the Interior of Africa? brought him through many perils to the first sight of the Niger, and left him sick and solitary, stripped of nearly all that he possessed, a half?starved white man on a half?starved horse. He was helped on by a bag of cowries from a kindly chief; but in this volume he has not advanced far before he is stripped of all. There is not in the range of English literature a...

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When a Man Comes to Himself

By: Woodrow Wilson

Excerpt: It is a very wholesome and regenerating change which a man undergoes when he ?comes to himself.? It is not only after periods of recklessness or infatuation, when has played the spendthrift or the fool, that a man comes to comes to himself. He comes to himself after experiences of which he alone may be aware: when he has left off being wholly preoccupied with his own powers and interests and with every petty plan that centers in himself; when he has cleared his ...

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A Monk of Fife

By: Andrew Lang, M.A.
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The Man Who Kept His Money in a Box

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: first saw the man who kept his money in a box in the midst of the ravine of the Via Mala. I interchanged a few words with him or with his wife at the hospice, at the top of the Splugen.

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Many Kingdoms

By: Elizabeth Jordan

Excerpt: I. VARICK?S LADY O? DREAMS Varick laid down the book with which he had beguiled an hour of the night, turned off the electric light in the shaded globe that hung above his head, pulled the sheets a little nearer his chin, reversed his pillow that he might rest his cheek more gratefully on the cooler linen, stretched, yawned, and composed himself to slumber with an absolutely untroubled conscience. He was an eminently practical and almost rudely healthy young man...

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The Monikins

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Introduction: It is not improbable that some of those who read this book, may feel a wish to know in what manner I became possessed of the manuscript. Such a desire is too just and natural to be thwarted, and the tale shall be told as briefly as possible. During the summer of 1828, while travelling among those valleys of Switzerland which lie between the two great ranges of the Alps, and in which both the Rhone and the Rhine take their rise, I had passed from the sources...

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Manuel Pereira

By: F. Colburn Adams

Introduction: OUR generous friends in Georgia and South Carolina will not add among their assumptions that we know nothing of the South and Southern life. A residence of several years in those States, a connection with the press, and associations in public life, gave us opportunities which we did not lose, and have not lost sight of; and if we dipped deeper into the vicissitudes of life and law than they gave us credit for at the time, we trust they will pardon us, on th...

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A Man of Means

By: P.G. Wodehouse

Excerpt: THE EPISODE OF THE LANDLADY?S DAUGHTER First of a Series of Six Stories [First published in Pictorial Review, May 1916] When a seed?merchant of cautious disposition and an eye to the main chance receives from an eminent firm of jam?manufacturers an extremely large order for clover?seed, his emotions are mixed. Joy may be said to predominate, but with the joy comes also uncertainty. Are these people, he asks himself, proposing to set up as farmers of a large scal...

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The Man on the Box, The

By: Harold Macgrath

Excerpt: I. INTRODUCES MY HERO If you will carefully observe any map of the world that is divided into inches at so many miles to the inch, you will be surprised as you calculate the distance between that enchanting Paris of France and the third?precinct police?station of Washington, D. C, which is not enchanting. It is several thousand miles. Again, if you will take the pains to run your glance, no doubt discerning, over the police? blotter at the court (and frankly, I ...

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The Man of Property

By: John Galsworthy

Preface: ?The Forsyte Saga? was the title originally destined for that part of it which is called ?The Man of Property; and to adopt it for the collected chronicles of the Forsyte family has indulged the Forsytean tenacity that is in all of us. The word Saga might be objected to on the ground that it connotes the heroic and that there is little heroism in these pages. But it is used with a suitable irony; and, after all, this long tale, though it may deal with folk in fr...

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The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

By: P.G. Wodehouse

Excerpt: THE MAN UPSTAIRS There were three distinct stages in the evolution of Annette Brougham?s attitude towards the knocking in the room above. In the beginning it had been merely a vague discomfort. Absorbed in the composition of her waltz, she had heard it almost subconsciously. The second stage set in when it became a physical pain like red?hot pincers wrenching her mind from her music. Finally, with a thrill in indignation, she knew it for what it was?an insult. T...

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A Man of Samples

By: W.M.H. Maher

Excerpt: And then I sat down to think it all over. Our traveling man was off on a wedding tour, and I had agreed to take his place for this one trip. As the hour drew near for me to start, my courage proportionately sank, until I now heartily wished that I had never consented to go. What if I failed? I had been stock clerk and house salesman for three years; I had been successful; my position was a good one, and one that would grow better; there was nothing to be made by...

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Monsieur Bergeret a Paris

By: Anatole France

Excerpt: M. Bergeret etait a table et prenait son repas modique du soir; Riquet etait couche a ses pieds sur un coussin de tapisserie. Riquet avait l'ame religieuse et rendait a l'homme des honneurs divins. Il tenait son maitre pour tres bon et tres grand. Mais c'est principalement quand il le voyait a table qu'il concevait la grandeur et la bonte souveraines de M. Bergeret. Si toutes les choses de la nourriture lui etaient sensibles et precieuses, les choses de la nourr...

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Moon of Israel a Tale of the Exodus

By: H. Rider Haggard

Excerpt: AUTHOR?S NOTE. This book suggests that the real Pharaoh of the Exodus was not Meneptah or Merenptah, son of Rameses the Great, but the mysterious usurper, Amenmeses, who for a year or two occupied the throne between the death of Meneptah and the accession of his son the heir?apparent, the gentle?natured Seti II. Of the fate of Amenmeses history says nothing; he may well have perished in the Red Sea or rather the Sea of Reeds, for, unlike those of Meneptah and th...

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As a Man Thinketh

By: James Allen

Foreword: THIS little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much?written?upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that ?They themselves are makers of themselves.? by virtue of the thoughts, which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master?weaver, both of the inner garment of cha...

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Maintaining Health

By: R.L. Alsaker

Excerpt: Chapter 1. PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS. Writings on hygiene and health have been accessible for centuries, but never before have books and magazines on these subjects been as numerous as they are today. Most of the information is so general, vague and indefinite that only a few have the time and patience to read the thousands of pages necessary to learn what to do to keep well. The truth is to be found in the archives of medicine, in writings covering a period of...

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A Legend of Montrose

By: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet

Introduction: TO A LEGEND OF MONTROSE. The Legend of Montrose was written chiefly with a view to place before the reader the melancholy fate of John Lord Kilpont, eldest son of William Earl of Airth and Menteith, and the singular circumstances attending the birth and history of James Stewart of Ardvoirlich, by whose hand the unfortunate nobleman fell. Our subject leads us to talk of deadly feuds, and we must begin with one still more ancient than that to which our story ...

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Montsaintmichel and Chartres

By: Henry Adams

Excerpt: Editor?s Note From the moment when, through the courtesy of my friend Barrett Wendell, I came first to know Mr. Henry Adams?s book, Mont?Saint? Michel and Chartres, I was profoundly convinced that this privately printed, jealously guarded volume should be withdrawn from its hiding?place amongst the bibliographical treasures of collectors and amateurs and given that wide publicity demanded alike by its intrinsic nature and the cause it could so admirably serve. T...

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Moments of Vision

By: Thomas Hardy

Excerpt: MOMENTS OF VISION That mirror Which makes of men a transparency, Who holds that mirror And bids us such a breast?bare spectacle see Of you and me? That mirror Whose magic penetrates like a dart, Who lifts that mirror And throws our mind back on us, and our heart, Until we start?

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