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This week in free ebooks

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Here are some of the things added and updated to Project Gutenberg this week that I’m most likely to add to my Sony Reader:

  • Miss Mapp, by E. F. Benson.  I’ve read Mapp and Lucia, and it was very, very funny, but so far I’ve missed the other books in the series.
  • Poems, by Mathilda Betham.  Some Wikipedia editor states emphatically that there is no strong evidence that this poet was a lesbian.  So now I’m curious.
  • Judith Shakespeare: Her Love Affairs and Other Adventures, by William Black.  Popular in his time, most often compared with Trollope, and now mostly forgotten.  But doesn’t that title sound like fun?
  • The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins.  Some books stay in print for a hundred years, even though they are almost never studied in school, just because they are awesome.  This is one of those books.  No need for me to download it; I already own it in paperback.
  • The Deerslayer, by James Fenimore Cooper.  There aren’t many times when I disagree with Mark Twain, but I think Cooper is a little better than Twain gives him credit for.  Silly, sure, and melodramatic also, but lots of fun.
  • Fair Margaret, by H. Rider Haggard.  A few of Haggard’s works have survived the passage of time: King Solomon’s Mines, and She.  But he wrote lots more novels than I realized.  This is one of the ones that isn’t still in print.
  • Venus in Furs, by Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch.  This is the proud author whose name is now the word ‘masochist.’  Contains adult content.  Composed of adult content.  All right, yes, it’s basically porn.
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Written by Contented Reader

October 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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