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Biased Reporting: A Breakdown

I saw the headline when a friend posted it on Facebook with the warning that such events would soon be happening all across America.  It had some definite shock value. “School’s Nation of Islam handout paints Founding Fathers as racists”I read.  Even though I homeschool my own children, I do find it disturbing that public school would hand out Islamic literature.  Perhaps it was a critical thinking assignment for high school students.  Curious about the details, I click on through to read the full article.

“The mother of an eight-year-old wants to know why a Tennessee school teacher gave her child a handout from the Nation of Islam that portrayed the presidents on Mount Rushmore as being racists.”

I can understand this.  If my eight-year-old son had been given such a thing, I would want to know a whole lot more about this situation.  Luckily, this mother had Mr. Todd Starnes helping her investigate, and he’s going to tell us what he learned.

By squinting at the picture accompanying the article, you can see that this handout pulled “facts” from the lives of four great men and attempted to define them by it.  But that wasn’t the most disturbing thing.  Sommer Bauer, the mother involved, visited a link she found on this paper and discovered the Nation of Islam Research Group.  She became even more alarmed when her son’s teacher told that her son should not have taken the handout home.

“I was caught off guard,” she told me. “I reassured my son that he needed to feel safe enough to bring anything that the school gave him home to me. Ultimately, while his teachers do care for him, his mother and his father have his absolute number one best interests at heart.”

He knows he needs to bring everything home to me, she said.

Well, our talented Todd Starnes wants to entertain the possibility that this is just an genuine mistake.  Being the bold and upright reporter he is, he investigates Ms. Bauer’s story. He discusses the handout with the school principal, and the principal is disturbed as well.  “It was not an authorized handout,” he insists.

Now a new person is alarmed: Julie West, President of Parents for Truth in Education.  She sums up this disturbing situation briefly.

“We had a teacher who apparently never looked at something, never read something, before it was distributed to a class of third graders,” West said. “In addition, she warned the students not to take it home.”

In the end, our dependable Todd Starnes realizes not everyone will automatically accept his story.  He has some words for them.

But let’s suspend reality for just a moment and say the little boy did take that handout. Regardless, there’s no disputing the fact that it was on the teacher’s desk.

And I do believe the good people of Elizabethton deserve to know how and why a handout from the Nation of Islam ended up on school property.

Obviously, every conservative in the country ought to be furious!

Well, many of them are.  While Fox News may have broken the story, several other sources have picked it up in their righteous anger.  Meanwhile, an elementary school is trying to salvage its reputation.  But you can only find that if you take the trouble to search for their page.

Welcome to Elizabethton City Schools

The following is an email sent to administrators, principals, and teachers regarding the Fox News report.

Dear Folks,
      In response to yesterday’s coverage by Fox News of an occurrence involving a sheet of paper taken home by a third-grade student at Harold McCormick Elementary School, the following is an accurate clarification:  First, when this circumstance was first  brought to my attention yesterday afternoon in a phone message, I immediately called the school Principal and obtained the details.  I then call the individual at Fox back and relayed the specific information I had just gotten.  The Principal quickly had done a thorough investigation and found the following (all of which was given to Fox News, prior to his national news report): 1) the sheet in question was not a hand-out sheet distributed to the students; 2) the sheet had been generated from internet information (on Mount Rushmore for a classroom history lesson) for the purpose of providing background material for a teacher observation; 3) the location of the sheet was on a separate teacher table adjacent to the teacher’s desk; 4) the student (without permission) took the sheet from a “ton” of discarded teacher’s material on that table; then, the student took it home and gave it to the parent.
     I was able late yesterday afternoon to obtain the sheet (via fax) and saw why it was, in fact, discarded by the teacher as material to utilize in her presentation.      Now, the thought that we as public educators would deliberately distribute such material is absolutely absurd!  What was reported (which had been rebutted prior to the airing) was misleading and totally incorrect.  I can only think it was shown for its sensational effect.  Sadly, regardless of any follow-up report, our System has been defamed (possibly permanently). Should you need more information or if you have questions, please call or e-mail me.
                             Ed Alexander

When I finally read what the school had to say, I got mad.  I have come to expect twisted and biased reporting from the left. To find it on Fox News, where supposedly conservative values are respected and truth matters, absolutely infuriates me.

Mr. Starnes “article” constantly referred to the school’s “handout” and left us wondering at the weak arguments used by the school to explain why they would have used this “handout” without intending to support such a viewpoint.

But there is an essential fact left out of this “article” all together: the school  claims it wasn’t a handout.  According to the school, the teacher recognized the unsuitability of the information and declined to use it in his/her classroom.  It wasn’t given to students.  It wasn’t passed around with a note that it was to remain in the classroom so paranoid parents didn’t realize their children were being indoctrinated.  According to the school, it wasn’t used at all.  Period.

This *ought* to make a difference.  Whether you believe the school is lying or the kid is, it still matters.  This is not a case of a school trying to explain away its actions.  This is a case of a school denying such actions all together. This is not a teacher trying to backpedal after getting caught.  This is a teacher categorically denying what he/she is accused of.

It wouldn’t have been difficult for Mr. Starnes to discover more, I think.  Rather than obtaining loaded quotes from an entity (Julie West) far removed from the incident, what about contacting other parents from that class and saying “Hey, did your kids hear about this?”  If Sommer Bauer’s son is the only child who appeared with the “handout”, wouldn’t that weigh heavily in favor of the teacher’s version of events?

We may never know exactly what happened.  I think that the school’s explanation makes the most logical sense, but no matter who is lying Mr. Starnes grossly misrepresented the school’s position in this matter, and he ought to be ashamed.  I hope and pray that the “righteous fury” of conservatives does not cost a good teacher a job.  A teacher who, apparently, had the good sense to consign biased drivel to the appropriate place: the trash.  May we all do the same.

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Presidential Speeches and Writings

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State of the Union Addresses

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The progression of our nation’s leadership, as seen through the State of the Union Addresses given by our presidents, is one which I find fascinating.  Enjoy.

State of the Union Addresses

George Washington

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John Adams

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Thomas Jefferson

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James Madison

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James Monroe

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John Quincy Adams

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Andrew Jackson

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Martin Van Buren

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John Tyler

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James K. Polk

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James Buchanan

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Abraham Lincoln

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Buttercup, Poppy, Forget-Me-Not

If there is one thing I have learned about poetry since beginning AO, it is that poems have a power to touch the soul in a way nothing else does. Poetry is like having music, art and great literature all wrapped together.

Zorro and I have been immensely enjoying the poems of Eugene Field.  Each night we read three, leaving off one at the beginning and tacking a new one on at the end so every poem gets read three times.  We have laughed over so many of these rollicking adventures in word play that I was utterly unprepared for Buttercup, Poppy,

For three nights I have read it, and for three nights I have struggled to control the rush of grief my children do not share and wait until I can remember in private.  Remember his first days in the world, when he was so brave and bold and alert despite his impossibly small size.  Remember the later weeks, when they increased his opiates to cover his pain, when his eyes were rarely opened and he no longer reacted.  Remember my rising panic in his last days, when everyone had a story to tell about a child who lived and no one spoke of children who died, and my greatest fear was not that he would die, but that I would never be free to speak of him once he did.

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I wonder how, a hundred years ago, a man named Eugene who was full of laughter and merriment managed to capture so poignantly the process of losing a child, the peace that comes from remembering the pain.  Did he, too, lose a child?  Did he have to hold a small body, see a tiny person wracked with pains that could only be relieved by drugs?  Did he have to watch that spiral towards death, the spiral that seems to last forever and later seems to have been but a moment?  Who was the child that inspired this poem?  It seems to me that this poem could only have been written by someone who had lost a child.  However it came to be, I know that next spring I will plant some new flowers around the small grave on the hill overlooking our pond.  Buttercups, Poppies and Forget-Me-Nots.

Buttercup, Poppy, Forget-Me-Not

Buttercup, Poppy, Forget-me-not—
These three bloomed in a garden spot;
And once, all merry with song and play,
A little one heard three voices say:
“Shine and shadow, summer and spring,
O thou child with the tangled hair
And laughing eyes! we three shall bring
Each an offering passing fair.”
The little one did not understand,
But they bent and kissed the dimpled hand.

Buttercup gambolled all day long,
Sharing the little one’s mirth and song;
Then, stealing along on misty gleams,
Poppy came bearing the sweetest dreams.
Playing and dreaming—and that was all
Till once a sleeper would not awake:
Kissing the little face under the pall,
We thought of the words the third flower spake;
And we found betimes in a hallowed spot
The solace and peace of Forget-me-not.

Buttercup shareth the joy of day,
Glinting with gold the hours of play;
Bringeth the Poppy sweet repose,
When the hands would fold and the eyes would close;
And after it all—the play and the sleep
Of a little life—what cometh then?
To the hearts that ache and the eyes that weep
A new flower bringeth God’s peace again.
Each one serveth its tender lot—
Buttercup, Poppy, Forget-me-not.

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Harvard Classics Part 2

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Harvard Classics, Part 2

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Round 2, Volumes 22-49.  Wherever possible I have linked to E-books, but where I could not find an e-book I have linked to the Bartleby Collection.

The Odyssey; by Homer

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Two Years Before the Mast; by Richard Henry Dana

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Edmund Burke: texts can be read online at Bartleby.com

On Taste

On the Sublime and Beautiful

Reflections on the French Revolution

A Letter to a Noble Lord

On Liberty; by John Stuart Mill

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Autobiography of John Stuart Mill

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Sir Walter Scott; by Thomas Carlyle (online Text)
Characteristics; by Thomas Carlyle (online Text)
Inaugural Address at Edinburgh; by Thomas Carlyle (online Text)
Life is a Dream; by Pedro de la Barca

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Polyeucte; by Pierre Corneille

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Phedre; by Jean Racine

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Tartuffe; by Moliere

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Minna von Barnhelm; by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

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Wilhelm Tell; by Freidrich Schiller

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English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay (Online Text)
Essays: English and American

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The Voyage of the Beagle; by Charles Darwin

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The Chemical History of a Candle; by Michael Faraday

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The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

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Literary and Philosophical Essays

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An Account of Egypt; by Herodotus

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Germany; by Tacticus

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Sir Francis Drake Revived; by Philip Nichols

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Sir Francis Drake’s Famous Voyage Round the World; by Francis Pretty

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Drake’s Armada

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Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s Voyage to Newfoundland; by Edward Hayes

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The Discovery of Guiana; by Sir Walter Raleigh

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Discourse on Methods; by Rene Descartes

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Letters on the English; by Voltaire (Online Text)
On the Inequality Among Mankind; by Rousseau (online Text)
Profession of Faith of a Savouyard Vicar; by Rousseau (online Text)
Leviathan; by Thomas Hobbes

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Chronicle and Romance

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The Prince; by Niccolo Machiavelli

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The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper (Online Text)

Utopia; by Sir Thomas More

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The Ninety-Five Thesis (Online Text)
Address to the Christian Nobility (Online Text)
Concerning Christian Liberty  (Online Text)
Some Thoughts Concerning Education; by John Locke (online Text)
Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous; by George Berkley

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An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding; by David Hume

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Volume 38: Scientific Papers

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English Poetry: Chaucer to Gray (online Text)
English Poetry: Collins to Fitzgerald (online Text)
English Poetry: Tennyson to Whitman (Online Text)
American Historical Documents (Online Text)
The Sayings of Confucius

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The Holy Bible, specifically Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Luke, Acts and the 2 Corinthians

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The Bhagavad-Gita; Hindu

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The Koran

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Edward the Second; by Christopher Marlowe

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Hamlet

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Macbeth

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The Tempest

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King Lear

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The Shoemakers Holiday; by Thomas Dekker (online Text)

The Alchemist; by Ben Johnson

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Philaster; by Beaumont and Fletcher

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The Duchess of Malfi; by John Webster

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A New Way to Pay Old Debts; by Philip Massinger (online Text)

The Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

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Letters of Blaise Pascal (online Text)

Minor Works of Blaise Pascal (online Text)

Volume 49: Epic and Saga

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Harvard Classics Part 1

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Harvard Classics

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I’ve had to re-adjust the postings, becuase there are simply SO MANY of these books that I needed to stretch them over a few days.  :D

 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Journal of John Woolman

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Fruits of Solitude by William Penn

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Apology by Plato

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Phaedo by Plato

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Crito by Plato

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The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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Essays, Civil and Moral, by Francis Bacon

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New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon

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Areopagitica by John Milton

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Tractate of Education by John Milton

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Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne

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The Poetical Works of John Milton

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Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

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The Confessions of Saint Augustine

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The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis

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Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Furies

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Four Plays of Aeschylus (Prometheus Bound can be found within this collection)

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Oedipus and Antigone

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Hippolytus and The Bacchae

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The Frogs

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Treatises on Friendship and Old Age by Cicero

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Letters of Pliny the Younger

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Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

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On the Origin of Species by Darwin

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Plutarch’s Lives

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Volume 2

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Volume 3

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Volume 4

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The Aeneid

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Don Quixote

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Pilgrim’s Progress

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Volume 4

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Aesop’s Fables

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Household Stories by the Brother’s Grimm

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Andersen’s Fairy Tales

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All For Love, by John Dryden

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School for Scandal, Richard Sheridan

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She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith

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The Cenci, by Percy Shelley

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A Blot in the ‘Scutcheon, by Robert Browning

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Manfred, by Lord Byron

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Faust

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Egmont: by Goethe

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Hermann and Dorothea: by Goethe

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Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe

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The Divine Comedy

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I Promisi Sposi

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Of Book Sales, Practical Jokes and Real-Life Romance

I’ve attended the Norman Library Book Sale for the last 5 years, and I’m fairly certain it counts as a family tradition at this point.  I set money aside for it all year long.  I practice for an entire week to ensure that we all wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, feed the animals, gather everything we need and load up in the van in time to make the 2 hour drive to the city and arrive at opening time. I agonize over life-changing meaningless decisions such as which room to visit first. I study my lists of favored authors, making sure their names are seared into my my mind and accessible under pressure. Over the years I have honed my technique into a model of efficiency and speed, able to flip through the books with rapidity and move forward feeling confident that I have missed nothing worth adding to my collection.

This year the book sale held an extra special surprise.  I was able to meetup with a fellow bibliophile who lives out of state!  Our harried husbands gallant escorts supervised the little ones in the library’s magnificent toy area while my friend and I smiled happily at each other and occasionally crossed paths as we dropped off sacks full of purchased books for our husbands to guard. Sometimes the pauses were longer because a baby needed nursed or a toddling youngster had caught a glimpse of Mother slinking waltzing by and would suddenly realize their desperate need for a hug. Our husbands would smile indulgently, listen dutifully to our excited descriptions of the treasures within our bags and send us off again.

If you have never had the joy of attending a library sale with a friend who is equally enthralled with books, I would highly recommend it.  It is a bonding experience of the strongest kind.  You rarely speak except to offer a book you just KNOW your friend will love, or to eagerly accept a book your friend has just recommended.  You spend your time at different tables so you never, ever end up reaching for the same book, and the entire expedition leaves you with a feeling of deep kinship for all mankind and your friend in particular.

After we were sufficiently shopped out we decided to eat lunch together at My Man’s favorite restaurant.  Our nifty GPS informed us that there was one very close to the library, and we set off to find it as my friend and her family followed us through the city.  But apparently there is this sport called football, and some people prefer watching football games to going to book sales! :-0  Alas, there were roads closed and streets lined with cars, and our confused searching revealed that Hideaway Pizza was within the area that had been cordoned off for the football game.

Undaunted, we headed north and located another Hideaway Pizza.  I experienced a brief moment of shock when I realized how badly outnumbered the adults are when two large families get together.  :)  Without the distraction of books, we were able to carry on with some actual conversation and admire our children as they played together.  As I watched our two oldest children exchanging stories, discussing books and talking about fighting moves I found it hard to remember that there was once a time when those two children had liked nothing better than to yank each other out of chairs and steal toys.  I realized that our children were growing up, and it felt good.  Somehow they had learned to be kind and unselfish and considerate, and I had hope that they will continue learning and practicing those things.

Goodbyes are said, hugs exchanged, children are safely sorted into the proper vehicles.  I dig into the treasure bags and hand each child a book to read on the long drive back.  But we’re not going home yet.  Still to come is The Annual Cookout, at which our entire church family and many others are present.

As expected, the food is good and the fellowship great.  The remainder of the afternoon passes in a blur of tending to children, visiting with friends and avoiding the ongoing volleyball game, a skill at which I am particularly talented. I am able to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes: watching My Man as he talks with his friends and does all sorts of capable, manly things that make my heart beat just a little faster.

As dusk falls it is finally time for the pinata. The children line up, youngest to oldest, and the fun begins.  The pinata is suspended from a pulley, and the end of the rope is held by a man who tries to make sure as many children as possible get a turn.  The encouraging crowd of grown-ups tries to shout directions to the children, but it doesn’t help.  The pinata has moved by the time they swing the bat.  Even so, not all of the children get a turn before the pinata is smashed.

Now it’s time for the grand finale, the hay ride. As I check and make certain that the children are all settled in, My Man takes the baby from me.  He’s going to stay behind and ensure that she falls asleep.  As the tractor pulls slowly away I see him step into the circle of firelight, his strong arms tucking Pumpkin inside his jacket while she nestles her head up under his chin.  I close my eyes briefly and capture the moment, my heart overflowing with the love I feel for him, my children and the whole wide world. But him especially.

The wagon is loud tonight.  It smells like something died and crawled under the hay, but the ladies around me insist it’s the tractor exhaust and will wear off. There are children standing up and being sat back down, girls giggling and lots of laughter. Suddenly there is a yelp, a scuffle, lots of chatter, and voices are lifted. Word is passed around.  One of the hay bales is shocking people.  Other people sit there, certain the girls are imagining it.  Everyone wonders how this is happening.  I realize that over half the men are not with us, and suddenly I remember My Man helpfully taking the baby and opting to remain behind.

See, everyone brings a meal to church and we have a potluck together after dinner.  The men are quite fond of the desserts, and on April Fools Day the women of the church (admittedly, under my leadership) planned some extra special desserts for their culinary delight.  There was Dirt Pudding, (complete with potting soil added to the Oreos), Mayonnaise-filled Cream Puffs, Chocolate Dipped Cherry Tomatoes and Cherry Fluff Salad flavored with some Robitussin Cough Syrup.  The men promised retribution, but they were patient.  So patient that they waited until no one was expecting it.

There is deeper investigation.  The hay bales have been hot-wired to a mild electric fence charger.  It’s a charger that looks suspiciously identical to the fence charger that sits outside my chicken house, and I know My Man had a hand in this.    The vile smell is coming from a bucket of rotted egg shells that has been fastened under the trailer.  The fence charger is removed, the egg shells are dumped, and the rest of the hay ride goes by quite pleasantly.

Every one is laughing when the ride unloads.  My Man is grinning from ear to ear, and I can’t help but feel proud of him.  It WAS brilliant. None of us expected it and no one was injured in any way, which is pretty much the ultimate practical joke.  I find Pumpkin asleep in the van, her father’s coat still wrapped around her like a giant cocoon. We drive home through the dark, talking quietly and laughing together as he explains exactly how they pulled it off.  As I suspected, he was the mastermind behind the plan. We hold hands for a moment, discuss what will happen when we get home, and talk over the day. I feel so secure here beside him, as if anything at all could happen and I’ll still be okay as long as I get to sit here, safe beside him as the headlights cut through the night and show the way. We make a good team, My Man and I.

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Historical Fiction

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Historical Fiction

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At times it seems there is a fine line between adventure stories and historical fiction.   The difference is that in today’s post I have attempted to include a wider variety of authors and to limit myself to those authors who were likely to convey an accurate sense of the time period about which they wrote. Of course no discussion of historical fiction would be complete without including some works by Sir Walter Scott, the greatest author of them all.  I have not included a complete list of his works, but rather the ones I am familiar with.  Read them slowly and let them sink in: Scott needs time to digest for optimum results.

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James Otis

The Boys of ’98

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Richard of Jamestown

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Mary of Plymouth

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Under the Liberty Tree

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Peter of New Amsterdam

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Antione of Oregon

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Martha of California

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Ruth of Boston

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The Minute Boys of Boston

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Corporal ‘Lige’s Recruit

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The Boy Spies with the Regulators

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The Boy Spies of Philadelphia

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The Story of Rolf and the Viking’s Bow

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The Siege of Boston

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At Plattsburg

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Luise Mulbach

Henry the VIII and His Court

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Empress Josephine: An Historical Sketch of the Days of Napoleon

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Frederick the Great and His Family

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Joseph the II and His Court

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Lousia of Prussia and Her Times

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Queen Hortense

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Prince Eugene and His Times

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Maria Antoinette and Her Son

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Joseph Alexander Altsheler: Civil War

The Guns of Bull Run

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The Star of Gettysburg

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The Guns of Shiloh

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The Shades of the Wilderness

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The Sword of Antietam

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The Texan Star

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The Texan Scouts

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Eva March Tappan

In the Days of Queen Victoria

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In the Days of Queen Elizabeth

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Walter Scott

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Ivanhoe

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Waverly

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The Lady of the Lake

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The Talisman

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The Bride of Lammermoor

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Rob Roy

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Guy Mannering

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The Pirate

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Adventure Stories Part 2

31 Days of Vintage E-Books

Adventure Stories Part 2

Vintage e-booksI thought about saying “This post is for the boys,” but the truth is that I have devoured a fair number of Henty novels in my life, and will probably read many more.  They are my escapist literature, second only to Georgette Heyer and Baroness Orczy.  Still, these books were written with boys in mind and will likely offer the highest appeal to the male gender.  Ballantyne is one I have never read, but who has been highly recommended based on my love of Henty.

G. A. Henty

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With the Allies to Pekin

The Cat of Bubastes Ancient Egypt

The Dragon and the Raven Days of King Alfred

Beric the Briton Roman Invasion

In Freedom’s Cause Scotland (My first Henty, which will stay with me always)

Under Drakes Flag Spanish Main

A Knight of the White Cross Siege of Rhodes

By Right of Conquest Cortez in Mexico

At Agincourt

Among Malay Pirates

The Boy Knight Crusades

With Clive in India

The Young Colonists Zulu and Boer Wars

Through Russian Snows Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow

Saint Bartholomew’s Eve  Huguenot Wars

With Frederick the Great Seven Years War

The Dash for Khartoum Nile Expedition

Wulf the Saxon Norman Conquest

The Young Carthaginian Hannibal

The Lion of Saint Mark Venice in the 14th Century

Friends, Though Divided Civil War

Under Wellington’s Command Peninsular War

At the Point of the Bayonet Mahratta War

Redskin and Cowboy Western Plains

The Lion of the North Gustav Adolphus

The Tiger of Mysore War with Tippoo Saib

At Aboukir and Acre Napoleon’s Invasion of Egypt

Won by the Sword Thirty Years War

In the Reign of Terror

Maori and Settler New Zealand War

Both Sides the Border Hotspur and Glendower

With Moore at Corunna

Bonnie Prince Charlie Fontenoy and Culloden

By Pike and Dyke Rise of the Dutch Republic

Tales of Daring and Danger

Saint George for England Cressy and Poitiers

In the Irish Brigade War of Flanders and Spain

Out with Garabaldi Liberation of Italy

Facing Death Coal Mines

Winning his Spurs Crusade

In the Heart of the Rockies Colorado

For the Temple Fall of Jerusalem

One of the 28th Waterloo

The Bravest of the Brave With Peterborough in Spain

With Wolfe in Canada Winning of a Continent

The Cornet of Horse Marlborough’s Wars

A Final Reckoning Bush life in Australia

In Greek Waters Grecian War for Independence

With Lee in Virginia American Civil War

On the Irrawaddy First Burmese War

True to the Old Flag American War for Independence

Colonel Thorndyke’s Secret

By Conduct and Courage Days of Nelson

Condemned as a Nihilist Escape from Siberia

A Jacobite Exile

Through Three Campaigns Chitral, Tirah and Ashanti

The Treasure of the Incas Peru

With Cochrane the Dauntless

When London Burned The Great Fire of London

March to Magdalla

Captain Bayley’s Heir Gold Fields of California

Jack Archer Crimea

A March on London Wat Tyler’s Insurrection

For Name and Fame Through Afghan Passes

With Kitchener in the Sudan

The Curse of Carne’s Hold

The Young Franc-Tiruers Prussian War

By Sheer Pluck Ashanti War

The Lost Heir

In the Hands of the Cave-Dwellers

A Roving Commission  Black Insurrection in Haiti

In Times of Peril India

No Surrender  Rising in La Vendee

Held Fast for England Siege of Gibraltar

Orange and Green Boyne and Limerick

Through the Fray Luddite Riots

By England’s Aid Freeing of the Netherlands

 

R. M. Ballantyne

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The Hudson’s Bay Company

The Young Fur Traders

The Coral Island

Ungava

Martin Rattler

Handbook to the new Goldfields

The Dog Crusoe and his Master

The World of Ice

The Gorilla Hunters

The Golden Dream

The Red Eric

Away in the Wilderness 

Fighting the Whales

The Wild Man of the West

Man on the Ocean

Fast in the Ice

Gascoyne

The Lifeboat

Chasing the Sun

Freaks on the Fells

The Lighthouse

Fighting The Flames

Silver Lake

Deep Down

Shifting Winds

Hunting the Lions

Over the Rocky Mountains

Saved by the Lifeboat

Erling the Bold

The Battle and the Breeze

Up in the Clouds

The Cannibal Islands

Lost in the Forest

Digging for Gold

Sunk at Sea 

The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands

The Iron Horse

The Norsemen in the West

The Pioneers

Black Ivory

Life in the Red Brigade

Fort Desolation

The Ocean and its Wonders

The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast

The Story of the Rock

Rivers of Ice

Under the Waves

The Settler and the Savage

In the Track of the Troops

Jarwin and Cuffy

Philosopher Jack

Six Months at the Cape

Post Haste

The Lonely Island

The Red Man’s Revenge

My Doggie and I

The Life of a Ship

The Giant of the North

The Madman and the Pirate

Battles with the Sea

The Battery and the Boiler

The Thorogood Family

The Young Trawler

Dusty Diamonds, Cut and Polished

Twice Bought 

The Island Queen

The Rover of the Andes

The Prairie Chief

The Lively Poll

Red Rooney

The Big Otter

The Fugitives

Blue Lights

The Middy and the Moors

The Eagle Cliff

The Crew of the Water Wagtail

Blown to Bits

The Garret and the Garden

Jeff Benson

Charlie to the Rescue

The Coxswain’s Bride

The Buffalo Runners

The Hot Swamp

Hunted and Harried

The Walrus Hunters

Wrecked but not Ruined

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The Hudson’s Bay Company

The Young Fur Traders

The Coral Island

Ungava

Martin Rattler

Handbook to the new Goldfields

The Dog Crusoe and his Master

The World of Ice

The Gorilla Hunters

The Golden Dream

The Red Eric

Away in the Wilderness

Fighting the Whales

The Wild Man of the West

Fast in the Ice

Gascoyne

The Lifeboat 

Chasing the Sun

Freaks on the Fells

Fighting The Flames

Silver Lake

Deep Down

Shifting Winds

Hunting the Lions

Over the Rocky Mountains

Saved by the Lifeboat 

Erling the Bold

The Battle and the Breeze

Up in the Clouds

The Cannibal Islands

Lost in the Forest

Digging for Gold

Sunk at Sea

The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands

The Iron Horse

The Norsemen in the West

The Pioneers

Black Ivory

Life in the Red Brigade

Fort Desolation

The Ocean and its Wonders

The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast

The Story of the Rock

Rivers of Ice

Under the Waves

The Settler and the Savage

In the Track of the Troops

Jarwin and Cuffy

Philosopher Jack

Six Months at the Cape

Post Haste

The Lonely Island

The Red Man’s Revenge

The Life of a Ship

The Giant of the North

The Madman and the Pirate

Battles with the Sea

The Battery and the Boiler

The Thorogood Family

The Young Trawler

Dusty Diamonds, Cut and Polished

Twice Bought 

The Island Queen

The Rover of the Andes

The Prairie Chief

The Lively Poll

Red Rooney

The Big Otter

Blue Lights

The Middy and the Moors

The Eagle Cliff

The Crew of the Water Wagtail

Blown to Bits

The Garret and the Garden

Jeff Benson

Charlie to the Rescue

The Coxswain’s Bride

The Buffalo Runners

The Hot Swamp

Hunted and Harried

The Walrus Hunters

Wrecked but not Ruined

 

 

 

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Adventure Stories Part 1

31 Days of Vintage E-Books

Adventure Stories, Part 1

Vintage e-books

There are ever so many Adventure authors to choose from, and most of them were quite prolific.  So for today I’m just going to include three of my personal favorites.  The unparalleled Baroness Orczy’s stories tend towards the romance end of this genre.  Jules Verne ventures into the science fiction realm, and James Fenimore Cooper puts significant work into the historical aspect of his tales. I have even found some new books for me to read.  :D

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel

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El Dorado: An Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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The Elusive Pimpernel

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The Laughing Cavalier

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Lord Tony’s Wife

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I Will Repay

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Petticoat Rule

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The Heart of a Woman

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Beau Brocade

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The Nest of the Sparrowhawk

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The Tangled Skein

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Castles in the Air

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“Unto Caesar”

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A Bride of the Plains

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Leatherface

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The Bronze Eagle: a Story of the Hundred Days

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Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days

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Off on a Comet

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In the Year 2889

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From the Earth to the Moon; and Round the Moon

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A Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Abandoned

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Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

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A Voyage in a Balloon

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The Last of the Mohicans

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The Deerslayer

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The Prairie

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The Pioneers

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The Spy

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The Pathfinder

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The Pilot: A tale of the Sea

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The Crater; or, Vulcan’s Peak

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The Bravo: A Tale

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The Red Rover

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Afloat and Ashore

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The Water Witch; or, the Skimmer of the Seas

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Homeward Bound; or, The Chase

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The Lake Gun

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The Two Admirals

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Ned Myers

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Jack Tier

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Home As Found

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Miles Wallingford

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Mercedes of Castile

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Wyandotte: or the Hutted Knoll

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The Sea Lions

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The Headsman

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Satanstoe: or, the LIttlepage Manuscripts

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The Chainbearer; or, the Littlepage Manuscripts

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The Wing and Wing; or, Le Feu-Follet

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The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish

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Precaution, A Novel

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