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A Charmed Life

This early work by Richard Harding Davis was originally published in the early 20th century and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'A Charmed Life' is a short story about a young woman distressed at her husband for going to fight in a war. Davis attended Lehigh University and Johns Hopkins University, but was asked to leave both due to neglecting his studies in favour socialising. During the Second Boer War in South Africa, Davis was a leading correspondent of the conflict. He saw the war first-hand from both parties perspectives and documented it in his publication 'With Both Armies' (1900). He wrote widely from locations such as the Caribbean, Central America, and even from the perspective of the Japanese forces during the Russo-Japanese War. Davis died following a heart attack on 11th April, 1916, at the age of 51.

A Crime of the Under-Seas: Large Print

Boothby was and still is a delightful writer. In this collection you can enjoy some of his finest tales, including; * A Crime of the Underseas * The Phantom Stockman * The Treasure of Sacramento Nick * Into the Outer Darkness * The Story of Tommy Dodd and 'The Rooster' * Quod Erat Demonstrandum * Cupid and Psyche * Misplaced Affections * In Great Waters * Mr. Aristocrat * This Man and This Woman

A Dreamer’s Tales

Escapists of the world, rejoice! This collection of golden-age fantasy from renowned Irish author Lord Dunsany is just the ticket if you're looking for a fictional portal to transport you out of the stresses and strains of everyday life. From weird tales in a Lovecraftian vein to sword-and-steed fantasy, A Dreamer's Tales has something to suit every reader's taste.

A Pail of Air

The dark star passed, bringing with it eternal night and turning history into incredible myth in a single generation! In this story of desperation and courage a family believing themselves to be the last humans alive on Earth must fight daily against a cold uncaring universe. Fritz Leiber won multiple Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. This story shows him at the height of his prowess.

A Prize for Edie

In this remarkably prescient short tale from the Golden Age of science fiction, author J.F. Bone probes the ethical dimensions of humanity's increasing reliance on artificial intelligence. The twist ending will leave readers pondering this dilemma long after the final page is turned.

A Ride Across Palestine

One of the most popular and prolific writers of fiction and non-fiction in Victorian England, beloved author Anthony Trollope completed nearly 50 book-length works during his lifetime. This gripping action-adventure tale is a fictionalized account of a journey through then-exotic Palestine.

A Simple Soul: Large Print

"A Simple Heart", also called Un coeur simple or Le perroquet in French, is a story about a servant girl named Felicit?. After her one and only love Th?odore purportedly marries a well-to-do woman to avoid conscription, Felicit? quits the farm she works on and heads for Pont-l'?v?que where she immediately picks up work in a widow's house as a servant. She is very loyal, and easily lends her affections to the two children of her mistress, Mme Aubain. She gives entirely to others, and although many take advantage of her she is unaffected. She is the epitome of a selfless character, and Flaubert shows how true altruism - the reality of being truly selfless - is the reward in itself. Whatever comes her way she is able to deal with it.

Adam & Eve & Pinch Me

This volume contains a collection of short stories by Alfred Edgar Coppard. Within these stories, Coppard explores the proximity of the spiritual world to the material, analysing the sudden impulses which cause secrecy to dissolve - and, for a moment, personality to be revealed. This collection will appeal to anyone with a love of short stories, and it is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Coppard?s seminal work. The stories include: ?Marching to Zion?, ?Dusky Ruth?, ?Weep not my Wanton?, ?Piffingcap?, ?The King of the World?, ?Adam and Eve and Pinch Me?, ?The Princess of Kingdom Gone?, ?Communion?, ?The Quiet Woman?, ?The Trumpeters?, and more. Alfred Edgar Coppard (1878 - 1957) was an English writer who is famous for his contributions to the short story form. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.

Angel’s Egg

When adopting a pet, choose the species that is most intelligent, obedient, loyal, fun to play with, yet a shrewd, fearless protector. For the best in pets?choose a human being!

Arm of the Law

In the mood for a thought-provoking read from the golden age of science fiction? Dip into "Arm of the Law" from mid-century SF virtuoso Harry Harrison. In this tale, Harrison recounts an experiment in robotic law enforcement that goes awry -- with an array of horrifying unforeseen consequences.

Bad Memory

Channing wanted a planet. Had they sold him a pup?

Beach Scene

It was a fine day at the beach for Purnie's game?but his new friends played very rough!

Beasley’s Christmas Party, Monsieur Beaucaire, and Other Novellas and Stories

This file includes five novellas: Beasley's Christmas Party, The Beautiful Lady, Harlequin and Columbine, His Own People, and Monsieur Beaucaire; and 7 short stories: Gipsy and In the Arena: 6 Short Stories of Political Life. According to Wikipedia, "Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 ? May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.... Much of Tarkington's work consists of satirical and closely observed studies of the American class system and its foibles....his novel The Magnificent Ambersons, which Orson Welles filmed in 1942, the second volume in Tarkington's Growth trilogy, contrasted the decline of the "old money" Amberson dynasty against the rise of "new money" industrial tycoons in the years between the American Civil War and World War I."

Bel Ami, Or, the History of a Scoundrel: A Novel. Illustrated Edition

Guy de Maupassant is often called the master of erotic prose. But the novel "Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel" goes beyond the scope of this genre. In it, rather, on the foreground moral criteria are put forward. Georges Duroy, a handsome young man, dreaming of building a brilliant career and getting rich. He certainly is not a mediocre person, his appearance can conquer the heart of any lady (which, by the way, and enjoys constantly), his conscience is silent when he does any meanness. Did Georges Duroy achieve his goal?

Burning Secret

A suave baron takes a fancy to twelve-year-old Edgar's mother, while the three are holidaying in an Austrian mountain resort. His initial advances rejected, the baron befriends Edgar in order to get closer to the woman he desires. The initially unsuspecting child soon senses something is amiss, but has no idea of the burning secret that is driving the affair, and that will soon change his life for ever.

Cambridge Pieces

One of the leading critics and intellectuals of the Victorian era, Samuel Butler produced literary works in a wide range of genres, ranging from translations of ancient Greek texts to critical essays. This collection of short sketches and stories offers an accessible introduction to Butler's body of work.

Charity Case

Throughout his entire life, William Hagle has been punished and persecuted for transgressions he didn't actually commit. It's almost as if someone is out to get him. Does he simply have astoundingly bad luck? When Hagle finally begins to root out the causes of his losing streak, he uncovers a mystery too confounding to be believed.

Cogito, Ergo Sum

Space jockey Marlow and his lovely lady Pat are cruising the universe when they hit a speed bump of sorts. Suddenly and unexpectedly, everything they thought they knew is torn asunder. Will things ever return to normal for the pair of interstellar travelers?

Confidence Game

In this mind-bending short story from the golden age of science fiction, a hard-living hobo named Kevin O'Malley finds his squalid daily routine falling to pieces around him when a mysterious woman shows up and begins throwing around some hard-to-believe accusations about his partner in crime, a lowlife who goes by the name of Doc.

Daisy Miller and an International Episode

'an inscrutable combination of audacity and innocence' Young Daisy Miller perplexes, amuses, and charms her stiff but susceptible fellow-American, Frederick Winterbourne. Is she innocent or corrupt? Has he lived too long in Europe to judge her properly? Amid the romantic scenery of Lake Geneva and Rome, their lively, precarious relationship develops to a climax in the Colosseum at midnight. The tale gave James his first popular success, yet some compatriots detected treachery in its portrayal of young American womanhood. James responded with 'An International Episode', which exposes a couple of English gentlemen to the charm and wit of American sisters in Newport, RI and then in London. Independently read, these short masterpieces probe the manners and morals of a newly emergent transatlantic world. Together they shed light on each other, demonstrating the range of James's own manners, from sharp satire and buoyant comedy to complex, perhaps even tragic, pathos. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Dead Men Tell No Tales

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

Death of a Spaceman

The manner in which a man has lived is often the key to the way he will die. Take old man Donegal, for example. Most of his adult life was spent in digging a hole through space to learn what was on the other side. Would he go out the same way?

Delay in Transit

An unprovoked, meaningless night attack is terrifying enough on your own home planet, worse on a world across the Galaxy. But the horror is the offer of help that cannot be accepted!


The general was bucking for his other star?and this miserable contraption bucked right back!