• Benediction and Other Stories

    Benediction and Other Stories


    Ranging in tone from humor to sentimentality, these stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald are set against a backdrop of jazz, flappers, and the changing mores of American society. In “Benediction,” a young woman visits her brother in seminary. A camel goes to a party in “The Camel’s Back.” “The...

  • Miscellaneous Pieces (Audio)

    Miscellaneous Pieces (Audio)




    John Bunyan, a Christian writer and preacher, was born at Harrowden (one mile south-east of Bedford), in the Parish of Elstow, England. He wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In the Church of England he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on 30...

  • Aesop’s Fables 101-125 (Audio)

    Aesop’s Fables 101-125 (Audio)


    Dating back to the 6th century BC, Aesop’s Fables tell universal truths through the use of simple allegories that are easily understood. Though almost nothing is known of Aesop himself, and some scholars question whether he existed at all, these stories stand as timeless classics known in almost...

  • Civil Disobedience (Audio)

    Civil Disobedience (Audio)


    Civil Disobedience is an essay by Henry David Thoreau. Published in 1849 under the title Resistance to Civil Government, it expressed Thoreau’s belief that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty both to avoid doing injustice...

  • The Ice Palace and Others

    The Ice Palace and Others


    The Ice Palace is a modernist short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in The Saturday Evening Post, 22 May 1920. It is one of eight short stories originally published in Fitzgerald's first collection, Flappers and Philosophers and is also included in the collection Babylon...

  • Girl Scout Collection (Audio)

    Girl Scout Collection (Audio)


    These articles, pamphlets, and stories relating to the Girls Scouts of America touch on the history, activities, ideals, and traditions of this remarkable girls' organization. Though some of the articles appear redundant, they were selected to represent a contemporary view spanning five years...

  • The Wanderings of Oisin

    The Wanderings of Oisin


    The Wanderings of Oisin is a narrative poem of the author William Butler Yeats, also know as W B Yeats. It is composed in three parts, and consists of a dialogue between the aged Irish hero Oisín and St. Patrick. Oisín relates his three-hundred year sojourn in the immortal isles of Faerie. In...

  • Tom Sawyer Abroad (Audio Book)

    Tom Sawyer Abroad (Audio Book)


    Tom Sawyer Abroad is a novel by Mark Twain published in 1894. It features Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in a parody of Jules Verne-esque adventure stories. In the story, Tom, Huck, and Jim set sail to Africa in a futuristic hot air balloon, where they survive encounters with lions, robbers,...

  • Tom Sawyer, Detective (Audio)

    Tom Sawyer, Detective (Audio)


    Tom Sawyer, Detective is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain. It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894). Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels of the...

  • The Offshore Pirate (Audio)

    The Offshore Pirate (Audio)


    "The Offshore Pirate" is a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. It appeared shortly thereafter in the collection Flappers and Philosophers. It was Fitzgerald's third Saturday Evening Post appearance during the month and demonstrates his rapid development as a...

  • Rain (Audio Book)

    Rain (Audio Book)


    William Somerset Maugham was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and, reputedly, the highest paid author during the 1930s. One of Maugham’s most famous short stories, Rain unfolds in a soggy tropical paradise marred by...

  • The King of the Golden River

    The King of the Golden River


    The King of the Golden River or The Black Brothers: A Legend of Stiria by John Ruskin was originally written in 1841 for the twelve-year-old Effie (Euphemia) Gray, whom Ruskin later married. It was published in book form in 1851, and became an early Victorian classic which sold out three...

  • Lectures on Landscape (Audio)

    Lectures on Landscape (Audio)


    The author, John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to...

  • The Three Great Virtues

    The Three Great Virtues


    Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of...

  • The Hunting of the Snark

    The Hunting of the Snark


    The Hunting of the Snark is a whimsical poem that takes the reader on a sailing hunt for the mythical Snark. The Bellman, the Butcher, the Baker, the Beaver and others named and unnamed provide a fast-paced, almost maniacal, romp to find the ellusive Snark. In the reading, you begin to suspect...

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