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  • Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen.  Other people’s favorite Austen book is Pride and Prejudice, or Emma, with their sparkling, witty heroines.  Other people mock me when they find out that my favorite is Mansfield Park.  Well, it is, anyway.
  • The Cryptogram, by James De Mille.  Never heard of it.  Never heard of the author.  But I read part of the first chapter, which involved a conversation between a reclusive lord and a general returned from India, about the pain of their lost loves, a conversation which takes place in an ancient and crumbling castle.  I think there’s a lot of promise here.
  • The Gully of Bluemansdyke, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  This collection of short stories has nothing at all to do with Sherlock Holmes.  They appear to be Westerns!
  • Ruth Hall, by Fanny Fern.  Our favorite newspaper columnist’s autobiographical novel, which tells the story, lightly fictionalized, of her marriage, her descent into poverty, and her rise to popular acclaim.

Written by Contented Reader

September 26, 2012 at 6:57 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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