Category Archives: literature

Free4Kindle: Great Books Everyone Should Read

  These books are free at the time of listing. This can change, so be sure to check the cost first before you download, although nearly all, if not absolutely all, of these books should be free indefinitely as they are public domain texts without chapter by chapter formatting. (I love to hear from our […]

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1984 is Here

According to this article,  new education ‘guidelines’ require teachers to pull more than half of the reading assignments for high school from… what? Dickens? Austen? No, of course not.  Not even Bradbury, Tolkien, Rowling, or a Stephen King.  The new Common Curriculum requires that high school students read- for literature- ‘informational texts.’ Literacy experts point […]

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Living in contradistinction to existing=)

Are You Alive?by Stuart Chasecondensed from The Nationfrom the September 1922 issue of The Reader’s Digest, reprinted in the 1941 Twentieth Anniversay Anthology There seems to be an ascending scale of values in life, and somewhere in this scale there is a line–probably a blurred one–below which one more or less “exists” and above which […]

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I read my first Dickens when I was 18 years old, the summer I graduated high school. It wasn’t an assignment. I don’t even remember what, exactly, made me pick up the Dickens novels I found, a set of them for only a couple dollars each, from the little San Francisco book store where I […]

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Wedding story from 1887

From “THE STORY OF A NEW YORK HOUSE” By H. C. BUNNER AND in May of the next year, King’s Bridge being out of the question, and etiquette being waived at the universal demand of society, the young couple stood up in the drawing-room of the Dolph house to be wed. The ceremony was fashionably […]

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