Literature

A Fox-Hunting Anthology: Selections from the Writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries - by E. D. Cuming Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edward William Dirom Cuming was born in 1862, the son of the late Colonel Edward William Cuming. He studied at private schools and then began working in business overseas, primarily in Lower Burma. Soon, having enough wealth, he was able to pursue his passion…Read more A Fox-Hunting Anthology: Selections from the Writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries
Bugle Echoes: A Collection of the Poetry of the Civil War - Edited by Francis F. Browne Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Bugle Echoes offers a vast collection of poetry illustrating the lived experiences of the Civil War. The collection was edited by Francis Fisher Browne (1843-1913) who fought in the Civil War as a soldier in the Forty-Sixth Massachusetts Volunteers. His father, William Goldsmith Browne,…Read more Bugle Echoes: A Collection of the Poetry of the Civil War
Chinese Nights Entertainments: Stories of Old China - Collected by Brian Brown, preface by Sao-ke Alfred Sze Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace “In a small country town in China there lived a great scholar named Kno Tzu Chien. This sage was an authority upon the old classics, and he also loved the folklore and fairy tales of ancient China. On winter…Read more Chinese Nights Entertainments: Stories of Old China
Dante and His Time - by Karl Federn In Dan Brown’s book, Professor Langdon tells his Harvard class that “Dante’s Inferno is a landscape so rich in symbolism and iconography that I often dedicate an entire semester course to it.” While taking Dr. Langdon’s course on Dante is impossible, there is no better guide to the references in Brown’s novel…Read more Dante and His Time
Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet’s Brave Departure - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) was born in Maine to a family that wished he was a daughter. Several months after his birth, fellow vacationers named him by drawing his name out of a hat, since his family had failed to give him one. Edwin Arlington was the name…Read more Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet’s Brave Departure
Espionage! - by H. R. Berndorff, Translated by Bernard Miall Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Hans Rudolf Berndorff (1895-1963) was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. From a young age was a journalist with an interest in the bizarre and adventurous, including shipwrecks and piracy. During the Nazi era he published a number of popular novels that steered…Read more Espionage!
Hymns to the Gods & Other Poems - by Gen. Albert Pike Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Albert Pike (1809-1891) began writing as a youth, and “Hymns to the Gods” was his first published poem when he was only 23. He subsequently became a contributor to Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine after his book, Prose Sketches and Poems Written in the Western Country,…Read more Hymns to the Gods & Other Poems
La Máquina Oscura - by D. G. Sutter Purchase through CreateSpace | Purchase through Amazon The ground rumbles. The humming beneath begins, a droning monotonous tune that will one day drive us mad. The machines rise and steal oxygen from the air, rotating at dangerous speeds and emitting lethal radiation. Upon the return home to the small village of Montejo de la…Read more La Máquina Oscura
Old-World Japan: Legends of the Land of the Gods - by Frank Rinder Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Frank Rinder (1863-1937) was the art correspondent of the Glasgow Herald and adviser to the National Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. He had the luck of a substantial bequest to the gallery, which enabled him to be aggressive as its agent. His other books included a history…Read more Old-World Japan: Legends of the Land of the Gods
Paddle Your Own Canoe - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Wallace Boston The protagonists in Horatio Alger stories are often, if one may play on a metaphor, up a creek without a paddle.  In this celebrated Alger novel, the young hero is comfortably ensconced at the Essex Classical Institute until misfortune makes his expensive…Read more Paddle Your Own Canoe
Roads of Adventure - by Ralph D. Paine Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Ralph Delahaye Paine (1871-1925) owed part of his swashbuckling success as a writer to connections forged at Yale’s secret society Skull and Bones and to an early friendship with the publisher William Randolph Hearst, for whom he covered the Spanish American War as well…Read more Roads of Adventure
Social Satire and the Modern Novel -   Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Arnold Bennett wrote thirty novels but has been somewhat neglected by modern critics. He was ahead of his time in appreciating Joyce, Lawrence, Faulkner and Hemingway.  His work is characterized by social irony without bitterness, and satire without nastiness. As this novel suggests, perhaps he has more…Read more Social Satire and the Modern Novel
Songs of a Sourdough - by Robert W. Service Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Robert Service was born in 1874 and grew up in Scotland as the oldest of 10 siblings. Even as a child he craved excitement, but his energy was channeled into the quiet life of a bank clerk. He did enroll in the English Language…Read more Songs of a Sourdough
Springfield: The Novel - by William Morris Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace “So why for God’s sake,” asked Mike Hanlin in his avuncular manner, “did Mary kill herself?” Hanlin, the seasoned ex-diplomat, perceptive but bewildered, finds himself stalking a dangerous unknown killer. The plot and setting are classically American with the pillars of the Catholic Church compromised…Read more Springfield: The Novel
Stories from the Diary of a Doctor: Snippets of Early Medicine and Life in England - by L. T. Meade and Clifford Halifax MD Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Clifford Halifax was actually the pseudonym of Edgar Beaumont (1860-1921). Interestingly, he used this name only when writing with L. T. Meade. Beaumont was indeed a physician operating in the UK and wrote a variety of works related to being…Read more Stories from the Diary of a Doctor: Snippets of Early Medicine and Life in England
Tales of Old Japan - by A. B. Mitford Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Sir Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916) was raised to the peerage as Baron of Redesdale in 1902. He was also a Knight of the Bath and a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. After joining the Foreign Service in 1858, Lord Redesdale was posted…Read more Tales of Old Japan
The Fire-Fly’s Lovers: And Other Fairy Tales of Old Japan - by William Elliot Griffis Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace William Elliot Griffis (1843-1928) served in the Union Army during the Civil War, then graduated from Rutgers University in 1869. He was a tutor for Taro Kusakabe, which opened up a world of opportunity for him in Japan. In 1870, he was invited to…Read more The Fire-Fly’s Lovers: And Other Fairy Tales of Old Japan
The Passing of the Storm and Other Poems - by Alfred Castner King Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Alfred Castner King was known as “the blind poet of Colorado,” having lost his eyesight in a mine explosion while working as an assayer in Colorado. After the accident, he moved to Grand Junction where he helped in the construction of apartment buildings, which…Read more The Passing of the Storm and Other Poems
The Torch of Liberty - by Frederic Arnold Kummer, Illustrated by Kreigh Collins Purchase on Amazon  |   Purchase on CreateSpace The Torch of Liberty features several Greek stories highlighting the development of democracy. The illustrations in this volume are by Kreigh Collins (1908-1974) who created the comic strip hero Kevin the Bold, and whose papers are collected by the library of…Read more The Torch of Liberty
The Wizard - by H. Rider Haggard Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace The Wizard was serialized in the African Review and then published in full in the 1896 issue of Arrowsmith’s Christmas Annual. The hero, a missionary named Owen, has to endure various trials at the hands of African tribal magicians, and discovers his own ability to…Read more The Wizard
The Young Vigilantes: A Story of California Life in the 1850s - by Samuel Adams Drake Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace The California Gold Rush really was a bonanza. Between 1849 and 1855 more than $400 million dollars was gathered by the miners; once adjusted, it is a sum today reaching into the trillions. It was a social phenomenon marked by the carnivalesque. In his work…Read more The Young Vigilantes: A Story of California Life in the 1850s
Trail of the Lonesome Pine - byJohn Fox Jr., Illustrated by F. C. Yohn Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is set in the Appalachian Mountains and examines a long-standing family feud between the Falins and the Tollivers, somewhat based on the life of “Devil John” Wesley Wright. The work examines the impact that…Read more Trail of the Lonesome Pine