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Free ebooks which have recently become available

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These are some of the books that are newly added or updated on Project Gutenberg this week.  It’s not the full list, but just a few that I thought looked especially interesting after a little investigation.  All are available in a variety of file formats, at least one of which will work on your electronic reading device.

  • Guy Fawkes, or, the Gunpowder Treason, by William Harrison Ainsworth.  Guy Fawkes Night is coming soon.  Why not prepare to celebrate with an 1841 novel about the notorious would-be terrorist, written by a close personal friend of Charles Dickens?
  • The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem, by an author who did not sign his name.  I find I don’t actually want to read this 1920 book, myself.  But it does have some historical value for students of the subject.  If you think you can stomach it, be my guest.
  • Atlantic Classics, by an assortment of authors.  This is a collection of articles which ran in Atlantic Monthly before 1916, collected by the editors into a book.
  • One Man’s Initiation- 1917, by John Dos Passos.  An early work by the famous writer.
  • Dr. Lavendar’s People, by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland.  It’s a collection of short stories, published 1903.  It caught my eye purely for the quote from the first story: “It is useless to deny that, unless one has a genius for imparting knowledge, teaching is a drudgery.”
  • Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis.  A free-spirited city woman moves with her true love to a small town, and tries to reform it.  The author had a Nobel Prize for Literature, so there’s that.
  • Poems of London, and Other Verses, by John Presland.  I’m sure someday, I will be bored with the sentimental poetry of bygone days.  But today is not that day.
  • Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray.  I remember taking this off my mother’s bookshelf when I was in high school, and truly enjoying the story of wicked Becky Sharp.

Written by Contented Reader

October 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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