Autobiography of Phineas Pett by Phineas PETT

Autobiography of Phineas Pett by Phineas PETT
Phineas Pett was a Master Shipbuilder from one of England’s greatest shipbuilding families of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and kept a journal of his experiences and thoughts at this important and turbulent time in the industry. Although some pages were damaged or lost, the diary was transcribed by Samuel Pepys and preserved in the British Library. It was edited and published in the form of an autobiography by William Gordon Perrin of The Council of the Navy Records Society in 1918. – Summary by Lynne Thompson

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

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Things Seen in Florence by Elizabeth W. GRIERSON

Things Seen in Florence by Elizabeth W GRIERSON
One of the largest and wealthiest cities of medieval Europe, the home of Dante and Giotto has long been a magnet for lovers of art, architecture and history. In this short guide, Elizabeth Wilson Grierson shares her passion for the city, taking the visitor on an informative tour of its major sights as well as some of its hidden corners. – Summary by Phil Benson

Genre(s): Travel & Geography

Language: English

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My Monks of Vagabondia by Andress Small FLOYD

My Monks of Vagabondia by Andress Small FLOYD - audiobook
Before welfare or rehab, what happened to those unfortunates who lost their way, fell through the cracks, were cast off by society? Men such as Andress Floyd and his wife Lillian stepped up. In 1908, the philanthropists converted a mansion in New Jersey into a refuge for homeless men and during the more than 30 years of its operation, more than 100,000 men stayed there until they were able to get back on their feet. In this volume, Floyd has collected 13 diverse true tales of what brought some of the residents to seek succor and enlightenment at the Self-Mastery Colony. – Summary by Lynne Thompson.

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Miranda by Grace Livingston HILL

Miranda by Grace Livingston HILL - audiobook
The third book in the Marcia Schuyler/Miranda trilogy, this story focuses on the irrepressible Miranda Griscom. She has repeatedly rejected a wealthy suitor’s proposals of marriage. The townsfolk are puzzled: why would she give up such a chance? But “jest plain, hombly, turn-upnose, freckle-faced, red-haired M’randy Griscom” has a long-secret love for a man who was accused of murder, whose escape she orchestrated. (Summary by TriciaG)

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The Man-Wolf by Émile ERCKMANN

The Man-Wolf by Émile ERCKMANN - audiobook
“The Man-Wolf” is a 38,000 word novella that appears in the English language collection of short stories entitled, The Man-Wolf and Other Tales. The other tales in that collection were not recorded for this project. The Man-Wolf is a gothic tale of lycanthropy authored by the French writing duo of Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian. Obviously this is an early version of the popular werewolf narrative, but it certainly is not the first. In fact, the lycanthropy mythology go back at least as far as the first century A. D. Listen and compare what you know of the modern-day werewolf story with what Erckmann and Chatrian imagined. – Summary by James K. White

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Mark Twain’s Speeches, Part 2 by Mark TWAIN

The Rulers of the Lakes by Joseph A ALTSHELER - audiobook
This collection of the 195 known, publicly-printed speeches of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was compiled by Paul Fatout and published by the University of Iowa Press. The speeches are in the Public Domain, and our thanks go to the University of Iowa for making them available for this Public Domain audio recording. They were compiled in the University of Iowa Press book entitled “Mark Twain Speaking” and are arranged, chronologically, from Twain’s first authenticated public speech in 1864, to his last speech, exactly 7 months before he died. Extensive analysis (for instance how other publications interpreted identical interview sessions), notes, appendix and index are included in the printed work. – Summary by John Greenman

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The Story of Old France by H. A. GUERBER

The Story of Old France by H A GUERBER - audiobook
The aim of this volume is to give a complete graphic account of the main features of the history of France to 1715 A.D., with as much additional illuminating detail as limited space permits. Besides outlines of the principal events, this narrative includes many biographical sketches, together with the anecdotes and sayings to which allusions are often made in literature, politics, and arts. It also gives such data in regard to places, public buildings, and works of art as the well informed like to have at their fingers’ ends. (from the Preface)

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