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A Year with the Birds

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W. Warde Fowler

William Warde Fowler was a true polymath; although his early studies focused on natural history, he became a well-known authority on the his…

The Astral Plane: Its Inhabitants, Scenery, and Phenomena

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C. W. Leadbeater

Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is the fifth of a series of Manuals designed to meet the public dema…

Rambles Beyond Railways; or, Notes in Cornwall taken A-foot

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Wilkie Collins

Two travellers, the writer of this book, and an artist friend who is the companion of his ramble, explored Cornwall together, on foot in the…

William Blake

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G. K. Chesterton

From the author’s introduction: "Blake’s life of Blake … would have been full of symbolic wild beasts and naked women, of monstrous cl…

Practical Mysticism (Version 2)

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Evelyn Underhill

I write only for the larger class which, repelled by the formidable appearance of more elaborate works on the subject, would yet like to kno…

Orthodoxy (Version 3)

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G. K. Chesterton

… [In] its pages I have attempted in a vague and personal way, in a set of mental pictures rather than in a series of deductions, to state t…

The Patron and the Crocus

In The Common Reader

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Virginia Woolf

A collection of essays by Virginia Woolf, some of which originally appeared in the Times Literary Supplement or the Dial, and others were or…

Christians the Salt of the Earth (5:13)

In Matthew, from Horae Homileticae

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Charles Simeon

Simeon's Works, as they were published 1832, fill twenty-one large octavo volumes, and the title-page reads, 'Horae Homileticae or Discourse…

Nick Carter’s Opinion.

In Hidden Foes

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Nicholas Carter

Nick Carter is a fictional detective who first appeared in 1886 in dime store novels. Over the years, different authors, all taking the nom …