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Penn State University's Electronic Classics Series Collection (1,084 Books)


PSU's Electronic Classics Series, Great Literary Works in PDF Penn State's Electronic Classics: The PSU's Electronic Classics Series Site was created and is maintained by Jim Manis. These files include original work published in hard copy by the Pennsylvania State University and classical works of literature in English.

 
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The First Book of the Kings, Commnonly Called: The Third Book of t...

By: Various

Excerpt: The First Book of the Kings, Commonly Called: The Third Book of the Kings, the Eleventh Book of the King James Version of the Bible.

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Twelve Stories and a Dream

By: H.G. Wells

Excerpt: Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells.

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Twelfth Night or What You Will

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: Twelfth Night or What You Will.

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One of Our Conquerors

By: George Meredith

Excerpt: One of Our Conquerors by George Meredith.

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20, 000 Leagues under the Sea

By: Jules Verne

Excerpt: The year 1866 was signalised by a remarkable inci dent, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the Governments of several States on th...

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Twenty Three Tales

By: Leo Tolstoy

Excerpt: This volume is divided into seven parts. First we have Tales for Children, published about the year 1872, and reminding us of the time when Tolstoy was absorbed in efforts to educate the peasant children. This section of the book contains the two stories which of all that he has written Tolstoy likes best. In What is Art? he claims no place among examples of good art for any of his own productions ?except for the story God sees the Truth, but Waits, which seeks ...

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The Two Brothers Tranlated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: The Two Brothers by Honore de Balzac, translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley.

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A Tale of Two a Tale of Two Cities

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: Two Gentlemen of Verona.

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The Second Jungle Book

By: Rudyard Kipling

Excerpt: The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

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The Second Funeral of Napoleon

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

Excerpt: It is no easy task in this world to distinguish between what is great in it, and what is mean; and many and many is the puzzle that I have had in reading History (or the works of fiction which go by that name), to know whether I should laud up to the skies, and endeavor, to the best of my small capabilities, to imitate the remarkable character about whom I was reading, or whether I should fling aside the book and the hero of it, as things altogether base, unwort...

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A Second Home

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: The Rue Du Tourniquet-Saint-Jean, formerly one of the darkest and most tortuous of the streets about the Hotel de Ville, zigzagged round the little gardens of the Paris Prefecture, and ended at the Rue Martroi, exactly at the angle of an old wall now pulled down. Here stood the turnstile to which the street owed its name; it was not removed till 1823, when the Municipality built a ballroom on the garden plot adjoining the Hotel de Ville, for the fete given in ho...

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Two Penniless Princesses

By: Charlotte Mary Yonge

Excerpt: Young people. Dunbar Castle, standing on steep rocks above the North Sea, was not only inaccessible on that side, but from its donjon tower commanded a magnificent view, both of the expanse of waves, taking purple tints from the shadows of the clouds, with here and there a sail fleeting before the wind, and of the rugged headlands of the coast, point beyond point, the nearer distinct, and showing the green summits, and below, the tossing waves breaking white aga...

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The Two Sides of the Shield

By: Charlotte Mary Yonge

Preface: It is sometimes treated as an impertinence to revive the personages of one story in another, even though it is after the example of Shakespeare, who revived Falstaff, after his death, at the behest of Queen Elizabeth. This precedent is, however, a true impertinence in calling on the very great to justify the very small!

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Twice Told Tales

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Excerpt: There was once a time when New England groaned under the actual pressure of heavier wrongs than those threatened ones which brought on the Revolution. James II, the bigoted successor of Charles the Voluptuous, had annulled the charters of all the colonies, and sent a harsh and unprincipled soldier to take away our liberties and endanger our religion. The administration of Sir Edmund Andros lacked scarcely a single characteristic of tyranny: a Governor and Counci...

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The History of the Thirty Years' War in Germany

By: Friedrich Schiller

Preface: The present is the only collected edition of the principal works of Schiller which is accessible to English readers. Detached poems or dramas have been translated at various times, and sometimes by men of eminence, since the first publication of the original works; and in several instances these versions have been incorporated, after some revision or necessary correction, into the following collection; but on the other hand a large proportion of the contents hav...

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Three Ghost Stories

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: ?Halloa! Below there!? When he heard a voice thus calling to him, he was standing at the door of his box, with a flag in his hand, furled round its short pole. One would have thought, considering the nature of the ground, that he could not have doubted from what quarter the voice came; but instead of looking up to where I stood on the top of the steep cutting nearly over his head, he turned himself about, and looked down the Line. There was something remarkable ...

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The Three Musketeers

By: Alexandre Dumas

Preface: In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names? ending in os and is, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them.

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Ten Years Later

By: Alexandre Dumas

Excerpt: Towards the middle of the month of May, in the year 1660, at nine o?clock in the morning, when the sun, already high in the heavens, was fast absorbing the dew from the ramparts of the castle of Blois a little cavalcade, composed of three men and two pages, re-entered the city by the bridge, without producing any other effect upon the passengers of the quay beyond a first movement of the hand to the head, as a salute, and a second movement of the tongue to expre...

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Ten Years Later

By: Alexandre Dumas

Excerpt: The Shade of Cardinal Richelieu. In a splendid chamber of the Palais Royal, formerly styled the Palais Cardinal, a man was sitting in deep reverie, his head supported on his hands, leaning over a gilt and inlaid table which was covered with letters and papers. Behind this figure glowed a vast fireplace alive with leaping flames; great logs of oak blazed and crackled on the polished brass andirons whose flicker shone upon the superb habiliments of the lonely tena...

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