Published 1900 onward

1916: First Chapters Collection

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These are first chapters to books first published in 1916. Readers, following is a tentative list culled from Wikipedia's article on the yea…

Just As I Am

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Mary Elizabeth Braddon


The murder has finally been solved. After 20 years, Humphrey Vargas came with his dog, seemingly from no where, and informed the magistrate …

Futility: A Novel on Russian Themes

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William Alexander Gerhardi


From the preface written by Edith Wharton: Then I fell upon Futility. Some one said: “It's another new novel about Russia” –and every one of…

The Short Life

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Francis Donovan


At two years old, Timmy was an imbecile, incapable of talking or controlling his own body. At four years old, he abruptly stood up and bega…

The Old Ladies

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Hugh Walpole


“Quite a number of years ago there was an old rickety building on the rock above Seatown in Polchester, and it was one of a number in an old…

The Amethyst Cross

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Fergus Hume


Things look bleak for Lesbia Hales. Her father does not let her marry the man she loves. Her mother is dead. She has to keep secrets in orde…

The Silver Horde

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Rex Beach


The Silver Horde , is set in Kalvik, a fictionalized community in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and tells the story of a down on his luck gold miner …

Phyllis

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Maria Thompson Daviess


Phyllis is a lonely little rich girl who comes with her millionaire father and invalid mother to live in Byrdsville, Tennessee. There she me…

The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance

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Marie Corelli


Marie Corelli's book The Life Everlasting examines the world of past lives, mysticism, secret societies and twin souls against a backdrop of…

The Key Note

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Clara Louise Burnham


Love blooms amid the gorgeous scenery of an island off the coast of Maine as a group of vacationers discover an abused boy and set out to re…

Maggie Miller

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Mary Jane Holmes


From bestselling and prolific author Mary Jane Holmes, Maggie Miller or Old Hagar's Secret COMES a compelling story of deceit, love, misplac…

The Triumph of the Egg: A Book of Impressions from American Life In Tales and P…

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Sherwood Anderson


“The Triumph of the Egg” is a collection of stories and poems by Sherwood Anderson. Abandoning the interconnected quality of his more famous…

The Treasure

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Kathleen Norris


The Treasure is a story about the Salisbury Family and the trivialities of employing help for the household. Mrs. and Mr. Salisbury see the …

Entrapped

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Alice Mangold Diehl


The story begins with a storm outside an old house and stormy scenes inside between the house’s occupants. It details the eventful life of Z…

The Gambler

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Katherine Cecil Thurston


Clodagh, 18 years old, is the eldest daughter of Dennis Asshlin, an Irish gentleman who lives in an area of Ireland called Orristown. Dennis…

The Third Miss Symons

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F. M. Mayor


Miss Mayor tells this story with singular skill, more by contrast than by drama, bringing her chief character into relief against her world,…

A Fool There Was

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Porter Emerson Browne


Two friends were asked by their respective fathers on their death beds to promise to marry a special girl, who lived across the street and w…

The Love Affairs of Pixie

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Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey


This is the third book of the Pixie O’Shaughnessy trilogy. In a story of love lost and found, Pixie matures from an inexperienced young lass…

眼鏡 (Megane)

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Tōson Shimazaki


東京で、眼鏡は旦那に買われました。そして眼鏡は彼と、日本国内を9ヶ月にわたって旅 行しました。まず、西へ行きました。彼等は、高知を訪れました。彼等は琵琶湖のほとりにしばらく滞在しました。彼等は、帰ってきて、北に向かいました。彼等は、一ノ関 を訪ねて、そして東京に戻りました。 In…

The Strange Visitation

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Marie Corelli


The Strange Visitation is a Christmas ghost story in the spirit of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It was commissioned by the Strand as a supple…

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