An Old Story of My Farming Days is a novel by Fritz Reuter, originally published in three volumes between 1862 and 1864, that portrays life in rural Mecklenburg in the 1840s in the context of the Revolutions of 1848. The novel was autobiographically-inspired as Reuter had himself worked as an apprentice farmer during the era. The story was one of Reuter's most successful works and has been adapted into other media a number of times. Although not the main character, the genial land inspector «Onkel» Zacharias Bräsig became the most well-known and his role was often emphasized in adaptations of the story.
The novel depicts the life story of Joshua, relating the biblical account of Moses and the subsequent Exodus, and entry into the Promised Land for the Israelites. "Bai, the second prophet of Amon, who acted as the representative of the aged and feeble chief-prophet and high-priest Rui, went into the holy of holies, the throng of inferior servants of the divinity pursued their various duties, and the frenzied mob rushed through the streets of the city towards the distant Hebrew quarter. As the flood, pouring into the valley, sweeps everything before it, the people, rushing to seek vengeance, forced every one they met to join them. No Egyptian from whom death had snatched a loved one failed to follow the swelling torrent, which increased till hundreds became thousands. Men, women, and children, freedmen and slaves, winged by the ardent longing to bring death and destruction on the hated Hebrews, darted to the remote quarter where they dwelt. How the workman had grasped a hatchet, the housewife an axe, they themselves scarcely knew. They were dashing forward to deal death and ruin and had had no occasion to search for weapons—they had been close at hand."
Down the Snow Stairs is a tale of young girl Kitty whose little brother Johnnie falls ill on a Christmas Eve. Kitty is worried and struggles to fall asleep, and when she finally closes her eyes she travels in her dream to Naughty Children Land. Kitty sees various strange things and meets weird people and creatures. She has to fight and struggle against many tempestuous lures in order to escape her nightmare and comes back in the morning to witness the incredible Christmas miracle.
The Story of Burnt Njal is a thirteenth-century Icelandic saga that describes events between 960 and 1020. The saga deals with a process of blood feuds in the Icelandic Commonwealth, showing how the requirements of honor could lead to minor slights spiraling into destructive and prolonged bloodshed. Insults where a character's manhood is called into question are especially prominent and may reflect an author critical of an overly restrictive ideal of masculinity. Another characteristic of the narrative is the presence of omens and prophetic dreams. It is disputed whether this reflects a fatalistic outlook on the part of the author. The principal characters in the saga are the friends Njáll Þorgeirsson, a lawyer and a sage, and Gunnar Hámundarson, a formidable warrior. Gunnar's wife instigates a feud that leads to the death of many characters over several decades including the killing by fire of the eponymous «Burnt Njáll».
The Sisters is a historical novel set in the 2nd century BC that features the story of the twin sisters Klea and Irene, growing up within the precincts of the temple of Serapis and serving as its wards. This carefully crafted ebook is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. "In front of these early visitors to the temple walked a man with a long staff in his right hand speaking to the two gentlemen who followed, with the air of a professional guide, who is accustomed to talk as if he were reading to his audience out of an invisible book, and whom the hearers are unwilling to interrupt with questions, because they know that his knowledge scarcely extends beyond exactly what he says. Of his two remarkable-looking hearers one was wrapped in a long and splendid robe and wore a rich display of gold chains and rings, while the other wore nothing over his short chiton but a Roman toga thrown over his left shoulder."
Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie, although her first mystery novel was published 12 years before Christie's first novel in 1920. Rinehart is considered the source of the phrase «The butler did it» from her novel The Door, although the novel does not use the exact phrase. Rinehart is also considered to have invented the «Had-I-but-Known» school of mystery writing, with the publication of The Circular Staircase. Excerpt: "There was nothing to indicate anything unusual that Tuesday morning in the life of Wade Forsythe II, ex-lieutenant of Marines in the late if not the last war and now member of the bar. There was no poetry in his soul, no particular love in his heart. There was, on the contrary, a look of concentrated hatred in his good-looking face as he sat down at his desk and glared at the red-bound book which was the Revenue Act of 1951. His secretary, Miss Potter, accustomed to the Ides of March, was unperturbed." Contents: The Frightened Wife If Only It Were Yesterday The Scandal Murder and the South Wind The Burned Chair
The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. The Book of Mormon is the earliest of the unique writings of the Latter-day Saint movement, the denominations of which typically regard the text primarily as scripture, and secondarily as a historical record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. According to Smith's account and the book's narrative, the Book of Mormon was originally written in otherwise unknown characters referred to as «reformed Egyptian» engraved on golden plates. Smith said that the last prophet to contribute to the book, a man named Moroni, buried it in the Hill Cumorah in present-day Manchester, New York, before his death, and then appeared in a vision to Smith in 1827 as an angel, revealing the location of the plates, and instructing him to translate the plates into English for use in the restoration of Christ's true church in the latter days
This book is a compilation of the author's letters to other naturalists – Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington. Some of the letters were never posted, and were written for the book. White's Natural History was at once well received by contemporary critics and the public, and continued to be admired by a diverse range of nineteenth and twentieth century literary figures. His work has been seen as an early contribution to ecology and in particular to phenology. The book has been enjoyed for its charm and apparent simplicity, and the way that it creates a vision of pre-industrial England.
"Salem Chapel" is a historical novel by Mrs. Oliphant published in 1863. Extract: "With these feelings the young pastor pursued his way to see the poor woman who, according to Mrs. Brown's account, was so anxious to see the minister. He found this person, whose desire was at present shared by most of the female members of Salem without the intervention of the Devonshire Dairy, in a mean little house in the close lane dignified by the name of Back Grove Street. She was a thin, dark, vivacious-looking woman, with a face from which some forty years of energetic living had withdrawn all the colour and fulness which might once have rendered it agreeable, but which was, nevertheless, a remarkable face, not to be lightly passed over. Extreme thinness of outline and sharpness of line made the contrast between this educated countenance and the faces which had lately surrounded the young minister still more remarkable."
Priscilla Harradine is the daughter of the recently deceased governor of the Leeward Islands in the West Indies who travels back to England with her father's second-in-command, Major Bartholomew Sands. Sands plans to marry Priscilla upon returning and to live in comfort off of her inheritance. However, a late passenger boards their ship and it turns out to be an ex pirate Charles de Bernis, mysterious and rogue character who obtains Priscilla's attention. As their friendship grows, a shady person from buccaneer's past comes back to haunt him and takes them in a dangerous adventure.