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The Morgesons

The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard

The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard

Stoddard’s novel traces the education and development of a young female in American middle-class society. The protagonist, Cassandra Morgeson, is educated by a series of journeys she makes throughout her youth and early adulthood. Each new setting represents a different stage in her intellectual development.
Cassandra is born in Surrey, a small New England town. Surrey is quiet and isolated, granting a young woman little intellectual stimulation. Cassandra escapes the boredom of domestic life through stories of adventure and exploration. Surrey instills in Cassandra a restlessness that drives her quest for knowledge and experience.
(Introduction by Wikipedia)

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Rob Roy

Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott

Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott

Rob Roy is a historical novel by Walter Scott. It is narrated by Frank Osbaldistone, the son of an English merchant who travels first to the North of England, and subsequently to the Scottish Highlands to collect a debt stolen from his father. On the way he encounters the larger-than-life title character of Rob Roy MacGregor. Though Rob Roy is not the lead character (in fact the narrative does not move to Scotland until half way through the book) his personality and actions are key to the development of the novel.

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The Pirates Own Book

The Pirates Own Book by Charles Ellms

The Pirates Own Book by Charles Ellms

Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers.

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Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship Pirate

Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship Pirate by Thornton Jenkins Hains

Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship Pirate by Thornton Jenkins Hains

This is the tale of a perilous voyage aboard a clipper ship told by the second mate. He looks up to Trunnell, the first mate, who somehow manages to hold things together between a murdering former captain, a captain who may not actually be a captain, and a crew inclined to mutiny. This all leads to a surprising and satisfying ending.

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The Invasion

The Invasion by William Le Queux

The Invasion by William Le Queux

This novel, also known as The Invasion of 1910, is a novel written mainly by William Le Queux. It is one of the more famous examples of Invasion literature and is an example of pre-World War I Germanophobia, as it preached the need to prepare for war with Germany. The book takes the form of a military history and includes excerpts from the characters’ journals and letters and descriptions of the fictional German campaign itself.

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The Vicomte De Bragelonne

The Vicomte De Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas

The Vicomte De Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later is the last of the Musketeer novels. It is usually divided into four volumes, The Vicomte de Bragerlonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask. This is the first of those 4 volumes, The Vicomte de Bragerlonne.

After 35 years of loyal service, d’Artagnan resigns as Cardinal Mazarin is the true power behind the throne. He resolves to aid the exiled Charles II to retake the throne of England, unaware that Athos is attempting the same. With their assistance Charles II is restored to the throne and d’Artagnan is rewarded richly.

In France Cardinal Mazarin has died, leaving Louis to assume power with Jean-Baptiste Colbert as his adviser. Louis persuades d’Artagnan to reenter his service, and tasks him to investigate Belle-Ile, the property of Nicolas Fouquet, promising him a substantial salary and promotion to Captain of the King’s Musketeers on his return.

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