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Free e-books this week

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This is a list of the most interesting things added or updated at Project Gutenberg this week.  All of them are available for free download in a variety of formats for your computer, e-reader, or direct mind interface.

What do you mean, that hasn’t been invented yet?

  • John Barleycorn, by Jack London.  This is the author’s autobiographical novel, about alcohol and alcoholism.
  • The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, by James Justinian Morier.  This is one of a series of books set in Iran, popular when it was published in 1824 but less-remembered now.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.  I think you can make a reasonable argument for buying an electronic reader, putting this on it, and calling it finished.  I mean, really, what else do you need?  When you get to the end, a decade or two from now, just start over and read it again.
  • Hamleto, by William Shakespeare.  Or if you want more of a challenge, why not read Hamlet in Esperanto?
  • Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman.  The best book of poetry by an American.  If you disagree, I will gladly fight you over it.
  • John Woolman’s Journal.  Included in the Harvard Classics (though not Great Books of the Western World, which is the competing collection that I own).  Continuously published since before the American Revolution.  Woolman was a Quaker minister who died in 1772.  He was against slavery, the draft, war, and cruelty to animals, and traveled the country preaching.

Written by Contented Reader

September 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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