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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.
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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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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

For killing an albatross, the mariner and his crew are punished with drought and death. Amidst a series of supernatural events, the mariner’s life alone is spared and he repents, but he must wander the earth and tell his tale with the lesson that “all things great and small” are important.

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Running Fox

Running Fox by Elmer Russell Gregor

Running Fox by Elmer Russell Gregor

Having reached the age of sixteen winters, Running Fox, the son of Black Panther, a famous Delaware war-chief, determined to establish his reputation as a warrior. He knew, however, that before he could gain admission into the gallant company of fighting men he would have to prove his courage and ability in some daring exploit.

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A Prisoner of Morro

A Prisoner of Morro by Upton Sinclair

A Prisoner of Morro by Upton Sinclair

A Prisoner of Morrow is set through a span of ten-week during the Spanish–American War which occurred in 1898. Revolts against Spanish rule had been prevalent for decades in Cuba and were closely watched by Americans. The main issue of the war was Cuban independence from Spain. The war was notable for a series of one-sided American naval and military victories and led to the downfall of Spain as a colonial power. Clif Faraday, a naval cadet, is the main character in this novel. Stationed on a gunboat off the Cuban island as part of the U. S. naval blockade, Clif survives a series of confrontations at sea and treacheries on land. He is captured while on the island during a mission and lands in a Cuban prison called Morro, renowned for its cruelty. Clif receives aid from an unlikely source when all seems lost and survives to show commendable leadership and canny judgment.

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She and Allan

She and Allan by Henry Rider Haggard

She and Allan by Henry Rider Haggard

H Rider Haggard’s “She and Allan”, is a gripping adventure about Allan Quatermain, who together with Hans, the Hottentot and, the Zulu-Chief Omslopogaas and at the bidding of the old Witch Doctor Zikali seeks out Ayesha, the daughter of Isis to find answers to their questions about life and death, and their many, sometimes strange, Adventures on their way.

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