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Life on the Mississippi

Mark Twain

The book begins with a brief history of the river as reported by Europeans and Americans, beginning with the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1542. It continues with anecdotes of Twain's training as a steamboat pilot, as the 'cub' (apprentice) of...

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain

The story begins as a first-person narrative in Warwick Castle, where a man details his recollection of a tale told to him by an "interested stranger" who is personified as a knight through his simple language and familiarity with ancient armor. Afte...

The Innocents Abroad

Mark Twain

A major theme of the book is that of the conflict between history and the modern world. Twain continually encounters petty profiteering and trivializations of history as he journeys, as well as a strange emphasis placed on particular past events. He...

The Prince and the Pauper

Mark Twain

Tom Canty, youngest son of a very poor family living in Offal Court located in London, has always had a better life, encouraged by the local priest, who has taught him to read and write. Loitering around the palace gates one day, he meets Edward Tudo...

Adventures of Huckleberry

Mark Twain

Pap forcibly moves Huck to an abandoned cabin in the woods along the Illinois shoreline. To evade further violence and escape imprisonment, Huck elaborately fakes his own murder, steals his father's provisions, and sets off downriver in a 13/14-foot...

Lost Face

Jack London

Lost Face is a collection of seven short stories by Jack London. It takes its name from the first short story in the book, about a European adventurer in the Yukon who outwits his (American) Indian captors' plans to torture him. The book includes Lon...

Love of Life, and Other Stories

Jack London

“And, dying, he declined to die.” “Though alone, he was not lost. ” “hard as he strove with his body, he strove equally hard with his mind, trying to think that Bill had not deserted him, that Bill would surely wait for...

Moon-Face and Other Stories

Jack London

The story follows the unnamed protagonist and his irrational hatred of John Claverhouse, a man with a "moon-face". The protagonist clearly states that his hatred of him is irrational, saying: "Why do we not like him? Ah, we do not know why; we know o...

The Jacket (The Star Rover)

Jack London

A framing story is told in the first person by Darrell Standing, a university professor serving life imprisonment in San Quentin State Prison for murder. Prison officials try to break his spirit by means of a torture device called "the jacket," a can...

Smoke Bellew

Jack London

This work has been chosen by researchers as being socially significant, and is essential for the information base of civilization as far as we might be concerned. This work was duplicated from the first ancient rarity, and stays as consistent with th...