by Alfred Marshall (1842-1924) Principles of Economics is a leading economics textbook by Alfred Marshall (1842-1924). Marshall began writing the treatise in 1881 and he spent much of the next decade at work on it. His plan for the work gradually extended to a two-volume compilation on the whole of economic thought; the first volume was published in 1890 to worldwide acclaim that established him as one of the leading economists of his time. It brought the ideas of supply and demand, of marginal Read more [...]
John Stuart Mill; His Life and Works   John Stuart Mill; His Life and Works by Various This biography is actually a series of essays by prominent personalities of the time that shed light on John Stuart Mill's life and areas of endeavor. Those areas include his experiences in India House, his moral character, certain botanical explorations, how effective he was as a critic, studies in morals and the law, and discoveries concerning political economy. They also explore ideas concerning Read more [...]
The History of England from the Accession of James the Second The History of England from the Accession of James the Second (1848) is the full title of the five volume work by Lord Macaulay (1800--1859) more generally known as The History of England. It covers the period from 1685 to 1702, encompassing the reign of James II, the Glorious Revolution, the coregency of William and Mary, and up to William III's death. Macaulay's approach to writing the History was innovative for his period. He Read more [...]
The Palliser novels are six novels, also known as the "Parliamentary Novels", by Anthony Trollope. The common thread is the wealthy aristocrat and politician Plantagenet Palliser and his wife Lady Glencora. The plots usually involve English politics in varying degrees, specifically in and around Parliament. The books are: Can You Forgive Her? (1864) Phineas Finn (1869) The Eustace Diamonds (1873) Phineas Redux (1874) The Prime Minister (1876) The Duke's Children (1879) "Can Read more [...]
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood (1850-1928) An ex-convict breaks parole and starts a new life as a righteous man, but is pursued by a police inspector. Along the way, the ex-convict joins a revolution, adopts a daughter, and beats people up. Hooray   In the English-speaking world, the novel is usually referred to by its original French title, which can be translated from the French as The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Read more [...]
Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901 by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 -- 1942) Lucy Maud Montgomery was born at Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, Canada, on November 30, 1874. She achieved international fame in her lifetime, putting Prince Edward Island and Canada on the world literary map. Best known for her "Anne of Green Gables" books, she was also a prolific writer of short stories and poetry. She published some 500 short stories and poems and twenty novels before her Read more [...]
Library of World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories by Julian Hawthorne, editor In the six volumes of the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the first volume, we Read more [...]
The Faerie Queene Spenser's masterpiece is an extensive poem The Faerie Queene. The first three books of The Faerie Queene were published in 1590, and a second set of three books were published in 1596. This extended epic poem deals with the adventures of knights, dragons, ladies in distress, etc. yet it is also an extended allegory about the moral life and what makes for a life of virtue. Spenser originally indicated that he intended the poem to be twelve books long, so the version of the poem Read more [...]
Coffee Break Collection  by Various This is a collection of short (15 minute or less readings) stories suitable for a coffee break at work or a short commuter ride.   Various. "Coffee Break Collection 001 - Humor" · (readers) Various. "Coffee Break Collection 002 - Faith" · (readers) Various. "Coffee Break Collection 003 - Nature" · (readers) Various. "Coffee Break Collection 004 - Hodge Podge" · (readers) Various. "Coffee Break Collection 005 - Love and Relationships" · Read more [...]
The Dawn of Canadian History by Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)   Chronicles of Canada Series Edited by G. M. Wrong (1868-1940) and H. H. Langton(1862-1953). Chronicles of Canada series These little books were designed to cover Canadian history in a scholarly and readable fashion.   Volume 1- The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada by Stephen Leacock takes Canada from the beginning of existence to its first European discoverers and includes a brief Read more [...]
The Chronicles of Barsetshire (or, in more recent UK usage, the Barchester Chronicles) is a series of six novels by the English author Anthony Trollope, set in the fictitious English county of Barsetshire (located approximately where the real Dorset lies) and its cathedral town of Barchester. The novels concern the dealings of the clergy and thegentry, and the political, amatory, and social man?uvrings that go on among and between them. The novels in the series are: The Warden (1855) Barchester Read more [...]
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy   Anna Karenina, Book by Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)Translated by Constance Garnett (1861-1946) Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage to follow her heart and must endure the hypocrisies of society. (Summary by Mary Anderson)   Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy consideredAnna Karenina his Read more [...]
Popular History of France from the Earliest Times   Popular History of France from the Earliest Times by Francois Guizot (1787-1874), translated by Robert Black (1829-1915) Fran?ois Pierre Guillaume Guizot (1787-1874) was a French historian, orator, and statesman. Guizot was a dominant figure in French politics prior to the Revolution of 1848, actively opposing as a liberal the reactionary King Charles X before his overthrow in the July Revolution of 1830, then in government service Read more [...]