Two Years Before the Mast
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Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., published in 1840, having been written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834. In the book, which takes place between 1834 and 1836, Dana gives a vivid account of "the life of a common sailor at sea as it really is".

The Secret Life By Elizabeth Bisland
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The Secret Life By Elizabeth Bisland

A journal of sorts written by Elizabeth Bisland. She covers many things in this book, from her musings on death to the way we treat animals, from poetry entries to discussions that her and her friends had; it's an interesting read and beautifully written.

On the Writing of the Insane
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On the Writing of the Insane

A book of observations on the peculiarities of writing styles as shown by asylum patients. G. Mackenzie Bacon was a medical superintendant at Cambridgshire County Asylum (now Fulbourn Hospital) located near Cambridge, England. As well as the fascinating images, the book also gives a series of transcribed excerpts.

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The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise

Contains 6 letters of Peter Abelard and Heloise d'Argenteuil. The love between these two is the stuff that legends are made of, although their story seems less romantic when laid out bare. Abelard started an affair with her when he lived at her house (actually her Uncle's house). The Uncle found out and separated them, but they continued to meet in secret until Heloise became pregnant, at which point her lover shipped her off to Brit...

De Profundis
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De Profundis

This is a letter written by Oscar Wilde during his time spent in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde had been imprisoned for gross indency after his relationship with Douglas came to the public attention. It did so because Wilde had decided to sue Douglas' father for libel, which inadvertently caused his homosexuality to be put centre stage. In the first half of De Profundis, Wilde talks about his relationship with Douglas an...

The Life of Charlotte Bronte
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The Life of Charlotte Bronte

The Life of Charlotte Brontë is the posthumous biography of Charlotte Brontë by fellow novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. The first edition was published in 1857. A major source was the hundreds of letters sent by Brontë to her lifelong friend Ellen Nussey. Gaskell had to deal with some sensitive issues. She toned down some of her material: in the case of her description of the Clergy Daughters' School this was to avoid legal action from th...

The Mirror of the Sea By Joseph Conrad
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The Mirror of the Sea

First published in 1906, The Mirror of the Sea was the first of Joseph Conrad's two autobiographical memoirs. Discussing it, he called the book "a very intimate revelation. . . . I have attempted here to lay bare with the unreserve of a last hour's confession the terms of my relation with the sea, which beginning mysteriously, like any great passion the inscrutable Gods send to mortals, went on unreasoning and invincible, surviving t...

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
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The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

A small collection of letters written by that most famous of English naturalists, Charles Darwin. The letters cover subjects such as his marriage, his time at Cambridge, his 'Voyage of the Beagle', and his return to England.

The Life of Christopher Columbus
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The Life of Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was born in the Republic of Genoa. The honor of his birth-place has been claimed by many villages in that Republic, and the house in which he was born cannot be now pointed out with certainty. But the best authorities agree that the children and the grown people of the world have never been mistaken when they have said: "America was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, a native of Genoa."