Literature

A Century of French Fiction: Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal and More - by Benjamin W. Wells PhD Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Benjamin Wells takes on an epic task: to catalog 115 authors, and 688 pieces of writing. Rather than focus on the popularity of the piece or the author, Wells groups them together by place or birth, historical context, and writing style, choosing to…Read more A Century of French Fiction: Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal and More
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
Adirondack Summer, 1969: A Novel - by Alan Robert Proctor Purchase through Amazon “In Adirondack Summer, 1969, Alan Proctor has fashioned a marvelous world that invokes nostalgia and realism (and even magical realism) to superb effect. It’s a poignant, playful, intensely imagined book, written with grace and good humor and the kind of sentences all writers ache to produce. Highly recommended,…Read more Adirondack Summer, 1969: A Novel
American Indian Love Lyrics: and Other Verse from the Songs of North American Indians - by Nellie Barnes, Foreword by Mary Austin Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The verses selected reflect a variety of subjects, including friendship, sadness, nature, special places and religious beliefs. Although the book is old, it remains a notable source of information on Native American verse. The selections were chosen by Nellie L. Barnes…Read more American Indian Love Lyrics: and Other Verse from the Songs of North American Indians
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
In the Great God’s Hair: Translated from the Original Manuscript - by F. W. Bain Purchase through Amazon F.W. Bain translated this work from the original Sanskrit, and offered this as an introduction, “The name of the little Indian gable, here presented to the lover of curiosities in an English dress, is ambiguous. We may translate it indifferently, either: The New Moon in the hair of…Read more In the Great God’s Hair: Translated from the Original Manuscript
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
Shakespeare Problems: Shakespeare’s Fight with the Pirates and the Problems of the Transmission of his Text - by Alfred W. Pollard Purchase through Amazon Alfred William Pollard, 1859-1944, was a prolific writer who specialized in literary history. He became well known for elevating the study of Shakespeare, through encouraging rigorous examination, study, and sourcing of material. As a distinguished bibliographer, Pollard rose to be Keeper of the British Museum. Additionally, he served…Read more Shakespeare Problems: Shakespeare’s Fight with the Pirates and the Problems of the Transmission of his Text
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
Stamped: An Anti-Travel Novel - by Kawika Guillermo Buy it in print |  for Kindle Exasperated by the small-minded tyranny of his hometown, Skyler Faralan travels to Southeast Asia with $500 and a death wish. After months of wandering, he crosses paths with other dejected travelers: Sophea, a short-fused NGO worker; Arthur, a brazen expat abandoned by his wife and…Read more Stamped: An Anti-Travel 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 Jesters: A Simple Story in Four Acts of Verse from the French of Miguel Zamacois - by John N. Raphael Purchase through Amazon Miguel Louis Pascal Zamacoïs was born on September 8, 1866 into a family of artists. He himself became a writer of many types, including journalism, writing for the paper, Je suis partout; multiple novels; operas and numerous other pieces for the theater, including Les Bouffons; and poetry, such…Read more The Jesters: A Simple Story in Four Acts of Verse from the French of Miguel Zamacois
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 Story of Ab: A Tale of the Time of the Cave Man - by Stanley Waterloo Purchase through Amazon  Stanley Waterloo was a writer of many types of media, both fiction and non-fiction, and of books, essays and newspaper articles. Born in 1846, he showed a great deal of promise. He was to attend West Point, but due to an injury, Waterloo did not. He instead went into…Read more The Story of Ab: A Tale of the Time of the Cave Man
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 White Morning: A Novel of the Power of the German Woman in Wartime - by Gertrude Atherton Purchase through Amazon Born on October 30, 1857, in San Francisco, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton was fortunate enough to be raised by her grandfather after her parents divorced when she was two. Her grandfather was Stephen Franklin, a relative of Benjamin Franklin, was deeply committed to her education. After completing school, she…Read more The White Morning: A Novel of the Power of the German Woman in Wartime
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
Whimsical Madam New Orleans: Short Stories from the Times-Picayune -  by Carmelite Janvier, Illustrated by Standish Buell Purchase through Amazon  Carmelite Janvier came from a wealthy family and enjoyed all its trappings, along with her siblings. Born to Charles Janvier and Josephine Celeste Bush, she enjoyed life as one of eight children. However, it was the opulence that came to hurt her. Specifically, when Janvier…Read more Whimsical Madam New Orleans: Short Stories from the Times-Picayune