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  • The Black Poodle, and Other Tales, by F. Anstey.  Humorous stories by a member of the Punch staff.
  • The War-Workers, by E. M. Delafield.  A novel about “the travails of working in a Supply Depot under the tyrannical control of Charmain Vivian, who meets her match in a newly-arrived clergyman’s daughter Grace Jones.”
  • The Beaux-Strategem, by George Farquhar.  More Restoration comedy.  Two young men try to execute their plan to make money by using, robbing, and discarding young heiresses.
  • In A Glass Darkly, volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3, by Sheridan Le Fanu.  This is a collection of Gothic horror and mystery stories.  You’ll find the well-known lesbian vampire story “Carmilla,” which influenced Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in volume 3.
  • Jane Oglander, by Marie Belloc Lowndes.  The author was known for psychological thrillers; is this one of them?
  • Cecil Castlemaine’s Gage, Lady Marabout’s Troubles, and Other Stories, by Ouida.  Ouida is mostly forgotten now, but she was popular in her own time and her novels, of the realistic-but-sentimental school of writing, are good and still readable- I have one or two of her things on my Reader.
  • The Ranchman, by Charles Alden Seltzer.  You might not have guessed this from the title, but it’s a Western.
  • The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West.  Three women try to help the shell-shocked, amnesiac soldier when he returns home.  Was made into a movie.
As always, this is just a list of a few of this week’s new books that I found interesting- you’ll find the complete list of new releases at Project Gutenberg.
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Written by Contented Reader

August 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

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