The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale

Author: Edward Everett Hale
Published: 1863
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,665 / 46 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.8
LoC Category: PS

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that he had an empire before him. At that time the youngsters all envied him. Burr had not been talking twenty minutes with the commander before he asked him to send for Lieutenant Nolan. Then after a little talk he asked Nolan if he could show him something of the great river and the plans for the new post. He asked Nolan to take him out in his skiff to show him a canebrake or a cotton-wood tree, as he said,–really to seduce him; and by the time the sail was over, Nolan was enlisted body and soul. From that time, though he did not yet know it, he lived as A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY.

What Burr meant to do I know no more than you, dear reader. It is none of our business just now. Only, when the grand catastrophe came, and Jefferson and the House of Virginia of that day undertook to break on the wheel all the possible Clarences of the then House of York, by the great treason trial at Richmond, some of the lesser fry in that distant Mississippi Valley, which was farther from us than Puget’s Sound is to-day, in

Notre-Dame de Paris — 1482 by Victor Hugo

Author: Victor Hugo
Published: 1831
Language: French
Wordcount: 186,490 / 632 pg
LoC Category: PQ

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ris, au grand ennui de M. le cardinal de Bourbon, qui, pour plaire au roi, avait dû faire bonne mine à toute cette rustique cohue de bourgmestres flamands, et les régaler, en son hôtel de Bourbon, d’une moult belle moralité, sotie et farce, tandis qu’une pluie battante inondait à sa porte ses magnifiques tapisseries.

Le 6 janvier, ce qui mettoit en émotion tout le populaire de Paris, comme dit Jehan de Troyes, c’était la double solennité, réunie depuis un temps immémorial, du jour des Rois et de la Fête des Fous.

Ce jour-là, il devait y avoir feu de joie à la Grève, plantation de mai à la chapelle de Braque et mystère au Palais de Justice. Le cri en avait été fait la veille à son de trompe dans les carrefours, par les gens de M. le prévôt, en beaux hoquetons de camelot violet, avec de grandes croix blanches sur la poitrine.

The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte

Author: Bret Harte
Published: 1870
Language: English
Wordcount: 130,318 / 386 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52
LoC Category: PS

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s de Gaul. The author has been frequently asked if such and such incidents were real,–if he had ever met such and such characters. To this he must return the one answer, that in only a single instance was he conscious of drawing purely from his imagination and fancy for a character and a logical succession of incidents drawn therefrom. A few weeks after his story was published, he received a letter, authentically signed, correcting some of the minor details of his facts (!), and enclosing as corroborative evidence a slip from an old newspaper, wherein the main incident of his supposed fanciful creation was recorded with a largeness of statement that far transcended his powers of imagination.

He has been repeatedly cautioned, kindly and unkindly, intelligently and unintelligently, against his alleged tendency to confuse recognized standards of morality by extenuating lives of recklessness, and often criminality, with a single solitary virtue. He might easily show that he has never written a sermo

The Confessions of Saint Augustine by Saint Augustine

From the 1921 Chatto & Windus edition, translated by Edward Bouverie Pusey.

Author: Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo)
Published: 401
Language: English
Wordcount: 112,172 / 304 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.3
LoC Category: BL
Series: Everyman’s Library

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down in hell, and yet Thou art there also. For if I go down into hell, Thou art there. I could not be then, O my God, could not be at all, wert Thou not in me; or, rather, unless I were in Thee, of whom are all things, by whom are all things, in whom are all things? Even so, Lord, even so. Whither do I call Thee, since I am in Thee? or whence canst Thou enter into me? for whither can I go beyond heaven and earth, that thence my God should come into me, who hath said, I fill the heaven and the earth.

Do the heaven and earth then contain Thee, since Thou fillest them? or dost Thou fill them and yet overflow, since they do not contain Thee? And whither, when the heaven and the earth are filled, pourest Thou forth the remainder of Thyself? or hast Thou no need that aught contain Thee, who containest all things, since what Thou fillest Thou fillest by containing it? for the vessels which Thou fillest uphold Thee not, since, though they were broken, Thou wert not poured out. And when Thou art poured out on u

Entire Gutenberg Twain Texts by Mark Twain

Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,409,359 / 382 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.4
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Guide–Church Magnificence–“Women not Admitted”–How the Genoese Live–Massive Architecture–A Scrap of Ancient History–Graves for 60,000


Flying Through Italy–Marengo–First Glimpse of the Famous Cathedral– Description of some of its Wonders–A Horror Carved in Stone—-An Unpleasant Adventure–A Good Man–A Sermon from the Tomb–Tons of Gold and Silver–Some More Holy Relics–Solomon’s Temple


“Do You Wiz zo Haut can be?”–La Scala–Petrarch and Laura–Lucrezia Borgia–Ingenious Frescoes–Ancient Roman Amphitheatre–A Clever Delusion–Distressing Billiards–The Chief Charm of European Life–An Italian Bath–Wanted: Soap–Crippled French–Mutilated English–The Most Celebrated Painting in the World–Amateur Raptures–Uninspired Critics– Anecdote–A Wonderful Echo–A Kiss for a Franc


Rural Italy by Rail–Fumigated, According to Law–The Sorrowing Engli

Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott

The story of Henry Bertram, son of the Laird of Ellangowan, is kidnapped at the age of five by smugglers, soon after witnessing the murder of a customs officer. It follows the fortunes and adventures of Henry and his family in the subsequent years, and the struggle over the inheritance of Ellangowan. The novel vividly depicts the lawlessness which existed at the time, when smugglers operated along the coast and thieves frequented the country roads. With Introductory Essay and Notes by Andrew Lang.

Author: Sir Walter Scott
Published: 1815
Language: English
Wordcount: 184,057 / 525 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.8
LoC Category: PR

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the Prince of Darkness.

As the fated and influential hour rolled on, the terrors of the hateful Presence grew more confounding to the mortal senses of the victim, and the knot of the accursed sophistry became more inextricable in appearance, at least to the prey whom its meshes surrounded. He had not power to explain the assurance of pardon which he continued to assert, or to name the victorious name in which he trusted. But his faith did not abandon him, though he lacked for a time the power of expressing it. ‘Say what you will,’ was his answer to the Tempter; ‘I know there is as much betwixt the two boards of this Book as can ensure me forgiveness for my transgressions and safety for my soul.’ As he spoke, the clock, which announced the lapse of the fatal hour, was heard to strike. The speech and intellectual powers of the youth were instantly and fully restored; he burst forth into prayer, and expressed in the most glowing terms his reliance on the truth and on the Author of the Gospel. The Demon re

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding

Author: Henry Fielding
Published: 1749
Language: English
Wordcount: 352,478 / 982 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.4
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he folly of Fitzpatrick.

* Chapter vii — In which are concluded the adventures that happened at the inn at Upton.

* Chapter viii — In which the history goes backward.

* Chapter ix — The escape of Sophia.


* Chapter i — A crust for the critics.

* Chapter ii — The adventures which Sophia met with after her leaving Upton.

* Chapter iii — A very short chapter, in which however is a sun, a moon, a star, and an angel.

* Chapter iv — The history of Mrs Fitzpatrick.

* Chapter v — In which the history of Mrs Fitzpatrick is continued.

* Chapter vi — In which the mistake of the landlord throws Sophia into a dreadful consternation.

* Chapter vii — In which Mrs Fitzpatrick concludes her history.

* Chapter viii — A dreadful alarm in the inn, with the arrival of an unexpected friend of Mrs Fitzpatrick.

* Chapter ix — The morning introduced in some pretty writing. A stagecoach. The civ

A House of Gentlefolk by Ivan S. Turgenev

also known as Home of the Gentry.

Author: Ivan S. Turgenev
Published: 1859
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,772 / 188 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.3
LoC Category: PN

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spent his whole life hanging about the aristocratic world; frequented the English clubs of both capitals, and had the reputation of a smart, not very trustworthy, but jolly good-natured fellow. In spite of his smartness, he was almost always on the brink of ruin, and the property he left his son was small and heavily-encumbered. To make up for that, however, he did exert himself, after his own fashion, over his son’s education. Vladimir Nikolaitch spoke French very well, English well, and German badly; that is the proper thing; fashionable people would be ashamed to speak German well; but to utter an occasional–generally a humorous–phrase in German is quite correct, c’est meme tres chic, as the Parisians of Petersburg express themselves. By the time he was fifteen, Vladimir knew how to enter any drawing-room without embarrassment, how to move about in it gracefully and to leave it at the appropriate moment. Panshin’s father gained many connections for his son. He never lost an opportunity, while shuffling