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A Strange Disappearance

In the mood for a masterfully plotted detective story from the golden era of the mystery genre? Try A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green, who is regarded as one of the most important early innovators in the detective fiction field. The novel features Ebenezer Gryce, a rotund NYC police investigator who became one of Green's most beloved creations.

Adventures of a Telegraph Boy; Or, Number 91.

Horatio Alger Jr. January 13, 1832 - July 18, 1899) was an American writer, best known for his many young adult novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on the United States during the Gilded Age.All of Alger's juvenile novels share essentially the same theme, known as the "Horatio Alger myth" a teenage boy works hard to escape poverty. Often it is not hard work that rescues the boy from his fate but rather some extraordinary act of bravery or honesty. The boy might return a large sum of lost money or rescue someone from an overturned carriage. This brings the boy-and his plight-to the attention of a wealthy individual.Alger secured his literary niche in 1868 with the publication of his fourth book, Ragged Dick, the story of a poor bootblack's rise to middle-class respectability. This novel was a huge success. His many books that followed were essentially variations on Ragged Dick and featured casts of stock characters: the valiant hard-working, honest youth, the noble mysterious stranger, the snobbish youth,

Anna Christie (Dodo Press)

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888-1953) was a Nobelprize winning American playwright. More than any other dramatist, O'Neill introduced American drama to the dramatic realism pioneered by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg, and was the first to use true American vernacular in his speeches. His plays involve characters who inhabit the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behaviour, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. O'Neill wrote only one comedy Ah, Wilderness!, all his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism. O'Neill's first published play, Beyond the Horizon, opened on Broadway in 1920 to great acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His best-known plays include Anna Christie (Pulitzer Prize 1922), The First Man (1922), and The Hairy Ape (1922). In 1936 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

As I Remember – Recollections of American Society During the Nineteenth Century

Originally published in 1911, this is a fascinating novel of the period and still an interesting read today. Contents include; Early Long Island Days, New York and Some New Yorkers, School Days and Early Friends, Life and Experiences in the Metropolis, Long Branch, Newport and Elsewhere, Some Distinguished Acquaintances, Fashion and Letters, Washington in the Forties, Social Leaders in Washington Life, Diplomatic Corps and other Celebrities, Marriage and Continued Life in Washington, Sojourn in China and Return, The Civil War and Life in Maryland, Visit to the Far South and Return to Washington and To the Present Day...... Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Aunt Jimmy’s Will

Aunt Jimmy's WillJoshua?s honest face flushed with pleasure at the implied trust, yet he could hardly keep the smile from his lips and a mysterious twinkle from his eyes as he shook the doctor?s hand heartily and answered: ?We?re much obleeged, and we?ll never forget that you and Mis?is Jedd held us well enough in esteem to make the offer, but I reckon the only way we could come to own the fruit farm would be by buying it out fair and square. I don?t say but I?d be downhearted to see it go by me, especially to ?Biram Slocum, for they?ve been days, doc, when I?ve even kind o? pictured out the two farms, ourn and it, joined fast by your sellin?[216]?me that wood bluff that runs in between from the highway. But you know the sayin?, doc, ?Man proposes, woman disposes,? and all that.??This time the doctor caught the wink that Joshua?s near eye gave in spite of itself, but thought that it referred to Aunt Jimmy?s peculiarities.??Well,? said the doctor, deliberately, a genial smile spreading over his features, ?one thing I?ll do to help out your picturing, as you call it. If luck should turn so that you buy the fruit farm, I?ll sell you the wood knoll for what I gave for it, and that?s the first time I ever considered parting with it, though I?ve had no end of good offers.???Here?s the boys jest come home in time to witness that there remark o? yourn. Ain?t yer gettin? kind er rash ?n? hasty, doc????No, Joshua, the more witnesses, the better,? and the two men went out the door, toward the fence where the doctor?s chaise was tied, laughing heartily.? As to the boys, they were completely bewildered, for not a word did they know, or would until after the auction, and they had not the remotest idea that their father even dreamed of bidding on the fruit farm.