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Classic Literature Collection (9,684 Books)


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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Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers or the Secret of Phantom Mountain

By: Victor Appleton

Well, Tom Swift, I don't believe you will make any mistake if you buy that diamond, said the jeweler to a young man who was inspecting a tray of pins, set with the sparkling stones. It is of the first water, and without a flaw. It certainly seems so, Mr. Track. I don't know much about diamonds, and I'm depending on you. But this one looks to be all right. Is it for yourself, Tom? Er -- no -- that is, not exactly, and Tom Swift, the young inventor of airships and submarin...

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

PROLOGUE: Through the kindness of Dorothy Gale of Kansas, afterward Princess Dorothy of Oz, an humble writer in the United States of America was once appointed Royal Historian of Oz, with the privilege of writing the chronicle of that wonderful fairyland. But after making six books about the adventures of those interesting but queer people who live in the Land of Oz, the Historian learned with sorrow that by an edict of the Supreme Ruler, Ozma of Oz, her country would th...

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Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice

By: Victor Appleton

CHAPTER I. ERADICATE IN AN AIRSHIP: Well, Massa Tom, am yo' gwine out in yo' flyin' machine ag'in to- day? Yes, Rad, I think I will take a little flight. Perhaps I'll go over to Waterford, and call on Mr. Damon. I haven't seen very much of him, since we got back from our hunt after the diamond-makers. Take a run clear ober t' Waterfield; eh, Massa Tom? Yes, Rad. Now, if you'll help me, I'll get out the Butterfly, and see what trim she's in for a speedy flight. Tom Swift,...

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Tik-Tok of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

The very marked success of my last year's fairy book, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, convinces me that my readers like the Oz stories best of all, as one little girl wrote me. So here, my dears, is a new Oz story in which is introduced Ann Soforth, the Queen of Oogahoo, whom Tik-Tok assisted in conquering our old acquaintance, the Nome Kin. It also tells of Betsy Bobin and how, after many adventures, she finally reached the marvelous Land of Oz. There is a play called The Tik...

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Tom Swift and His Sky Racer or the Quickest Flight on Record

By: Victor Appleton

Is this Tom Swift, the inventor of several airships? The man who had rung the bell glanced at the youth who answered his summons. Yes, I'm Tom Swift, was the reply. Did you wish to see me? I do. I'm Mr. James Gunmore, secretary of the Eagle Park Aviation Association. I had some correspondence with you about a prize contest we are going to hold. I believe -- Oh, yes, I remember now, and the young inventor smiled pleasantly as he opened wider the door of his home. Won't y...

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The Scarecrow of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

TWIXT YOU AND ME The Army of Children which besieged the Postoffice, conquered the Postmen and delivered to me its imperious Commands, insisted that Trot and Cap'n Bill be admitted to the Land of Oz, where Trot could enjoy the society of Dorothy, Betsy Bobbin and Ozma, while the onelegged sailor-man might become a comrade of the Tin Woodman, the Shaggy Man, Tik-Tok and all the other quaint people who inhabit this wonderful fairyland. It was no easy task to obey this orde...

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The Divine Comedy

By: Alighieri, Dante, 1265-1321

CANTO I: IN the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray Gone from the path direct: and e'en to tell It were no easy task, how savage wild That forest, how robust and rough its growth, Which to remember only, my dismay Renews, in bitterness not far from death. Yet to discourse of what there good befell, All else will I relate discover'd there. How first I enter'd it I scarce can say, Such sleepy dullness in that instant weigh'd My senses down, ...

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The Divine Comedy of Dante

By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

INFERNO. Inferno: Canto I, Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, Which in the very thought renews the fear. So bitter is it, death is little more; But of the good to treat, which there I found, Speak will I of the other things I saw there. I cannot well repeat how there I entered, So full was I of slumber at...

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Tom Swift and His Motor-Cycle; Or, Fun and Adventures on the Road

By: Victor Appleton

THAT'S the way to do it! Whoop her up, Andy! Shove the spark lever over, and turn on more gasolene! We'll make a record this trip. Two lads in the tonneau of a touring car, that was whirling along a country road, leaned forward to speak to the one at the steering wheel. The latter was a red-haired youth, with somewhat squinty eyes, and not a very pleasant face, but his companions seemed to regard him with much favor. Perhaps it was because they were riding in his automob...

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Ten Days That Shook the World

By: John Reed

The last hushed chord died into silence, but the woman lingered, dreaming over the keys. Firelight from the end of the room brought red- gold gleams into the dusky softness of her hair and shadowed her profile upon the opposite wall. No answering flash of jewels met the questioning light—there was only a mellow glow from the necklace of tourmalines, quaintly set, that lay upon the white lace of her gown. She turned her face toward the fire as a flower seeks the sun, but ...

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Rinkitink in Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

Here is a story with a boy hero, and a boy of whom you have never before heard. There are girls in the story, too, including our old friend Dorothy, and some of the characters wander a good way from the Land of Oz before they all assemble in the Emerald City to take part in Ozma's banquet. Indeed, I think you will find this story quite different from the other histories of Oz, but I hope you will not like it the less on that account. If I am permitted to write another Oz...

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Verses 1889-1896

By: Rudyard Kipling

Beyond the path of the outmost sun through utter darkness hurled -- Further than ever comet flared or vagrant star-dust swirled -- Live such as fought and sailed and ruled and loved and made our world.

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Tom Swift in the City of Gold

By: Victor Appleton

CHAPTER I. WONDERFUL NEWS: Letter for you, Tom Swift. Ah, thanks, Mr. Wilson. This is the first mail I've had this week. You've been neglecting me, and the young inventor took the missive which the Shopton postman handed to him over the gate, against which Tom was leaning one fine, warm Spring day. Well, I get around as often as I can, Tom. You're not home a great deal, you know. When you're not off in your sky racer seeing how much you can beat the birds, you're either ...

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The Lost Princess of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams -- day dream...

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The Twelve Months. A New Year's Dream

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

THE mystic hour had come: the parting year Sighed its adieu, — the midnight bell had tolled Its last sad requiem. It was an hour for fancy's wildest range, And in a magic trance my steps she led Down to the caverns of the hoary deep. Fair was the place; no mortal eye before Had e'er upon its radiant glories gazed; — No foot of man e'er sullied its pure strands. Around the cave a light unearthly shone, By whose clear beam the cavern's vast extent Throughout its wide expan...

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Twelve Stories and a Dream

By: Herbert George Wells

In truth the mastery of flying was the work of thousands of men -- this man a suggestion and that an experiment, until at last only one vigorous intellectual effort was needed to finish the work. But the inexorable injustice of the popular mind has decided that of all these thousands, one man, and that a man who never flew, should be chosen as the discoverer, just as it has chosen to honour Watt as the discoverer of steam and Stephenson of the steam-engine. And surely of...

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Tom Swift and His Air Glider; Or, Seeking the Platinum Treasure

By: Victor Appleton

Well, Ned, are you ready? Oh, I suppose so, Tom. As ready as I ever shall be. Why, Ned Newton, you're not getting afraid; are you? And after you've been on so many trips with me? No, it isn't exactly that, Tom. I'd go in a minute if you didn't have this new fangled thing on your airship. But how do you know how it's going to work -- or whether it will work at all? We may come a cropper. Bless my insurance policy! exclaimed a man who was standing near the two lads who wer...

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The Tin Woodman of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

I know that some of you have been waiting for this story of the Tin Woodman, because many of my correspondents have asked me, time and again what ever became of the pretty Munchkin girl whom Nick Chopper was engaged to marry before the Wicked Witch enchanted his axe and he traded his flesh for tin. I, too, have wondered what became of her, but until Woot the Wanderer interested himself in the matter the Tin Woodman knew no more than we did. However, he found her, after m...

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1492

By: Mary Johnston

CHAPTER I: THE morning was gray and I sat by the sea near Palos in a gray mood. I was Jayme de Marchena, and that was a good, old Christian name. But my grandmother was Jewess, and in corners they said that she never truly recanted, and I had been much with her as a child. She was dead, but still they talked of her. Jayme de Marchena, looking back from the hillside of forty-six, saw some service done for the Queen and the folk. This thing and that thing. Not demanding tr...

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Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera; Or, Thrilling Adventures While Ta...

By: Victor Appleton

Some one to see you, Mr. Tom. It was Koku, or August, as he was sometimes called, the new giant servant of Tom Swift, who made this announcement to the young inventor. Who is it, Koku? inquired Tom, looking up from his work-bench in the machine shop, where he was busy over a part of the motor for his new noiseless airship. Any one I know? Is it the 'Blessing Man?' for so Koku had come to call Mr. Damon, an eccentric friend of Tom's. No, not him. A strange man. I never se...

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