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Varieties of Religious Experience

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William James


The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book by the Harvard psychologist and philosopher William James that comp…

Gossip in a Library

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Edmund Gosse


A collection of informal essays about books in his library. He combines commentary, translations, and humorous asides about authors and thei…

Chapter 5

In Father and Son

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Edmund Gosse


Father and Son (1907) is a memoir by poet and critic Edmund Gosse, which he subtitled "a study of two temperaments." The book desc…

03 - Why Unc' Billy Possum Plays Dead

In Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories

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Thornton W. Burgess


Thornton W. Burgess was a conservationist and prolific author of children's books. His gently humorous stories about the animals of the mead…

Venial to Virtue

In English Synonyms and Antonyms

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James Champlin Fernald


English Synonyms and Antonyms is basically a vocabulary builder that students might use as they prepare for entrance or exit exams. Each ent…

10 - Under the Plane-Tree

In Romola

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George Eliot


George Eliot's own favorite among her novels, this novel tells the story of Romola, the intelligent daughter of a blind scholar, who is fall…

13 - Book 1, Chapter 13

In The History of Pompey the Little

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Francis Coventry


"Pompey, the son of Julio and Phyllis, was born A.D. 1735, at Bologna in Italy, a place famous for lap-dogs and sausages." At an e…