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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.

Written by Contented Reader

October 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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