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Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses

By: Mark Twain

The five tales reveal an extraordinary fullness of invention....One of the very greatest characters in fiction, Natty Bumppo... The craft of the woodsman, the tricks of the trapper, all the delicate art of the forest were familiar to Cooper from his youth up. -- Professor Matthews: Cooper is the greatest artist in the domain of romantic fiction in America. -- Wilkie Collins: It seems to me that it was far from right for the Professor of English Literature at Yale, the Pr...

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Roderick Hudson

By: Henry James

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Rowland Mallet had made his arrangements to sail for Europe on the first of September, and having in the interval a fortnight to spare, he determined to spend it with his cousin Cecilia, the widow of a nephew of his father. He was urged by the reflection that an affectionate farewell might help to exonerate him from the charge of neglect frequently preferred by this lady. It was not that the young man disliked her; on the contrary, he regarded her wit...

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Stray Birds

By: Sir Rabindranath Tagore

Excerpt: 1. STRAY birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away. And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh.

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Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy

By: Andrew Lang, M.A.

Preface: Persons not much interested in, or cognisant of, ?antiquarian old womanries,? as Sir Walter called them, may ask ?what all the pother is about,? in this little tractate. On my side it is ?about? the veracity of Sir Walter Scott. He has been suspected of helping to compose, and of issuing as a genuine antique, a ballad, Auld Maitland. He also wrote about the ballad, as a thing obtained from recitation, to two friends and fellow?antiquaries. If to Scott?s knowledg...

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The Camp of the Dog

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

Islands of all shapes and sizes troop northward from Stockholm by the hundred, and the little steamer that threads their intricate mazes in summer leaves the traveller in a somewhat bewildered state as regards the points of the compass when it reaches the end of its journey at Waxholm. But it is only after Waxholm that the true islands begin, so to speak, to run wild, and start up the coast on their tangled course of a hundred miles of deserted loveliness, and it was in ...

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