The Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Privately Printed for the Members of the Aldus Society, London, 1903

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Published: 1768
Language: English
Wordcount: 277,346 / 758 pg
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inary. Love soon removed every obstacle, and the two weddings were celebrated the same day: thus my uncle became the husband of my aunt, and their children were doubly cousins german. Before a year was expired, both had the happiness to become fathers, but were soon after obliged to submit to a separation.

My uncle Bernard, who was an engineer, went to serve in the empire and Hungary, under Prince Eugene, and distinguished himself both at the siege and battle of Belgrade. My father, after the birth of my only brother, set off, on recommendation, for Constantinople, and was appointed watchmaker to the Seraglio. During his absence, the beauty, wit, and accomplishments–

[They were too brilliant for her situation, the minister, her father, having bestowed great pains on her education. She was aught drawing, singing, and to play on the theorbo; had learning, and wrote very agreeable verses. The following is an extempore piece which she composed in the absence of her husband and brother, in a convers

The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio by Giovanni Boccaccio

Translated by John Payne.

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio
Language: English
Wordcount: 310,540 / 847 pg
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Genres: Classic, Fiction and Literature, Banned Books

hall tell a story that may appear goodly, now we have heard that of Lauretta? Certes, it was well for us that hers was not the first, for that few of the others would have pleased after it, as I misdoubt me[199] will betide of those which are yet to tell this day. Natheless, be that as it may, I will e’en recount to you that which occurreth to me upon the proposed theme.

[Footnote 199: Lit. and so I hope (spero), a curious instance of the ancient Dantesque use of the word spero, I hope, in its contrary sense of fear.]

There was in the kingdom of France a gentleman called Isnard, Count of Roussillon, who, for that he was scant of health, still entertained about his person a physician, by name Master Gerard de Narbonne. The said count had one little son, and no more, hight Bertrand, who was exceeding handsome and agreeable, and with him other children of his own age were brought up. Among these latter was a daughter of the aforesaid physician, by name Gillette, who vowed to the said Bertrand an infinite love and fervent more than pertained unto her tender years. The count dying and leaving his son in the hands of

Haabløse Slægter by Herman Bang

Author: Herman Bang
Published: 1880
Language: Danish
Wordcount: 90,491 / 311 pg
LoC Category: PT

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Genres: Fiction and Literature, Banned Books

slash;dt til at være Herredsfoged-kone!”

Saaledes levede de i Begyndelsen. Men efterhaanden som Stella blev ældre, indsaa hun, langsomt, men sikkert, at deres Ægtestab var en noget ulige Alliance, at han var gammel og hun ung, og at det, han gav, og hun maatte nøjes med at modtage, vel ikke var mer end et apathisk Venskab, krydret med en enkelt feberagtig og kort Forelskelse. Men hun opgav ikke Modet. Hun var Midtpunkt i hele Egnens Selskabelighed og uundværlig ved enhver Sammenkomst i tre Miles Omkreds.

Excellencen besøgte dem hvert Aar og var meget indtaget i sin Svigerdatter.

Denne var nu to og tyve Aar. De havde allerede været gift i tre Aar, og det syntes, som om den gamle Læge i Skelskør skulde faa Ret i sine Forhaabninger.

Saa i Ægteskabets tredie Aar blev Stella forelsket; den, hun elskede, var en Ven af hendes eneste Broder og omtrent hendes Jævnaldrende. Hvad der foregik, véd ingen, men en smuk Da

Candide by Voltaire

Ever since 1759, when Voltaire wrote “Candide” in ridicule of the notion that this is the best of all possible worlds, this world has been a gayer place for readers. Voltaire wrote it in three days, and five or six generations have found that its laughter does not grow old. With an introduction by Philip Littlell.

Author: Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
Published: 1759
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,710 / 112 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.4
LoC Category: PQ

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Genres: Fiction and Literature, Banned Books, Satire

lemen, “we ask you if you do not deeply love the King of the Bulgarians?”

“Not at all,” said he; “for I have never seen him.”

“What! he is the best of kings, and we must drink his health.”

“Oh! very willingly, gentlemen,” and he drank.

“That is enough,” they tell him. “Now you are the help, the support, the defender, the hero of the Bulgarians. Your fortune is made, and your glory is assured.”

Instantly they fettered him, and carried him away to the regiment. There he was made to wheel about to the right, and to the left, to draw his rammer, to return his rammer, to present, to fire, to march, and they gave him thirty blows with a cudgel. The next day he did his exercise a little less badly, and he received but twenty blows. The day following they gave him only ten, and he was regarded by his comrades as a prodigy.

Candide, all stupefied, could not yet very well realise how he was a hero. He resolved one fine day in spring to go for a walk, marching straight before hi

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

A sensitive portrayal of relationships within small towns and an exploration of seduction and illegitimacy within a small Dissenting community where tolerance and rigid morality clash.

Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
Published: 1853
Language: English
Wordcount: 161,005 / 446 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.6
LoC Category: PR

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Genres: Fiction and Literature, Banned Books

ht, the only light was derived from the glaring, flaring oil-lamps, hung above the doors of the more aristocratic mansions; just allowing space for the passers-by to become visible, before they again disappeared into the darkness, where it was no uncommon thing for robbers to be in waiting for their prey.

The traditions of those bygone times, even to the smallest social particular, enable one to understand more clearly the circumstances which contributed to the formation of character. The daily life into which people are born, and into which they are absorbed before they are well aware, forms chains which only one in a hundred has moral strength enough to despise, and to break when the right time comes–when an inward necessity for independent individual action arises, which is superior to all outward conventionalities. Therefore, it is well to know what were the chains of daily domestic habit, which were the natural leading strings of our forefathers before they learnt to go alone.

The picturesqueness

Simon Called Peter by Robert Keable

This tale of a priest’s wartime affair with a young nurse has been described as “an astounding novel, the most delicate, the most beautiful, and the most outspoken love story of modern fiction.”

Author: Robert Keable
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 114,013 / 316 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.5
LoC Category: PR

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Genres: War, Romance, Banned Books

The congregation of St. John’s assembled on a Sunday morning as befitted its importance and dignity. Families arrived, or arrived by two or three representatives, and proceeded with due solemnity to their private pews. No one, of course, exchanged greetings on the way up the church, but every lady became aware, not only of the other ladies present, but of what each wore. A sidesman, with an air of portentous gravity, as one who, in opening doors, performed an office more on behalf of the Deity than the worshippers, was usually at hand to usher the party in. Once there, there was some stir of orderly bustle: kneelers were distributed according to requirements, books sorted out after the solemn unlocking of the little box that contained them, sticks and hats safely stowed away. These duties performed, paterfamilias cast one penetrating glance round the church, and leaned gracefully forward with a kind of circular motion. Having suitably addressed Almighty God (it is to be supposed), he would lean ba

Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Covers the October Revolution in Russia 1917, which Reed experienced first-hand, and follows many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders, especially Zinoviev and Karl Radek. Banned by Stalin.

Author: John Reed
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 121,548 / 397 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.9
LoC Category: D

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mnybks.net#: 5859
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Genres: History, Banned Books

In this book, the first of several which I am writing, I must confine myself to a chronicle of those events which I myself observed and experienced, and those supported by reliable evidence; preceded by two chapters briefly outlining the background and causes of the November Revolution. I am aware that these two chapters make difficult reading, but they are essential to an understanding of what follows.

Many questions will suggest themselves to the mind of the reader. What is Bolshevism? What kind of

The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

A medieval Middle-Eastern literary epic which tells the story of Scheherazade, a Sassanid Queen, who must relate a series of stories to her malevolent husband, the King, to delay her execution. The stories are told over a period of one thousand and one nights, and every night she ends the story with a suspenseful situation, forcing the King to keep her alive for another day. The individual stories were created over many centuries, by many people and in many styles, and they have become famous in their own right.

Author: Andrew Lang
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 111,078 / 296 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.7
LoC Category: PN

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mnybks.net#: 4215
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Genres: Fantasy, Banned Books, Fiction and Literature

ed home his wife and children received him with the greatest joy. But instead of embracing them he began to weep so bitterly that they soon guessed that something terrible was the matter.

“Tell us, I pray you,” said his wife, “what has happened.”

“Alas!” answered her husband, “I have only a year to live.”

Then he told them what had passed between him and the genius, and how he had given his word to return at the end of a year to be killed. When they heard this sad news they were in despair, and wept much.

The next day the merchant began to settle his affairs, and first of all to pay his debts. He gave presents to his friends, and large alms to the poor. He set his slaves at liberty, and provided for his wife and children. The year soon passed away, and he was obliged to depart. When he tried to say good-bye he was quite overcome with grief, and with difficulty tore himself away. At length he reached the place where he had first seen the genius, on the very day that he had appointed