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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

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selected poems by Walt Whitman

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O Captain!  My Captain!

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One’s Self I Sing

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When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

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The Curse of Carne’s Hold by G. A. Henty

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Summary: When Ronald Mervyn from Devonshire is falsely accused of murder he emigrates to South Africa. He takes part in the Kaffir war and during this time he rescues a family from death. The family then return to England and try to establish Ronald’s innocence. (Summary by Michele Eaton for Librivox)

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How The Curse Began

Margaret Carne

Two Quarrels

A Terrible Discovery

The Inquest

Ruth Powlett

The Verdict

Enlisted

The Outbreak

A Successful Defence

A Successful Defence

In The Amatolas

The Rescue

Ronald Is Offered A Commision

A Parting

Searching For A Clue

Ruth Powlett Confesses

George Forester’s Death

The Fire At Carne’s Hold

Cleared At Last

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Just David by Eleanor Porter

Arvid Aae, Knabe im Matrosenanzug, public domain

Summary: David and his father set out from their idyllic mountain home to go to meet family, but enroute, David’s father, who is sick dies, and David is left stranded in a little farming town. No one can read his father’s handwriting on the notes he’s left for David or his signature, and David doesn’t know his last name. A stern farmer and his wife take David in, and learn more from him than they realize! David, who counts only the sunny hours of his life, soon touches all the people’s lives he meets in his new life with his beautiful violin music and sunny disposition. (Summary by Mary Anderson for Librivox)

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Total running time: 6 hours, 50 minutes
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01 – The Mountain Home

02 – The Trail

03 – The Valley

04 – Two Letters

05 – Discords

06 – Nuisances Necessary and Otherwise

07 – You’re Wanted, You’re Wanted!

08 – Do’s and Don’ts

09 – Joe

10 – The Lady of the Roses

11 – Jack and Jill

12 – Answers That Did Not Answer

13 – A Surprise for Mr. Jack

14 – The Tower Window

15 – Secrets

16 – David’s Castle in Spain

17 – The Princess and the Pauper

18 – David to the Resuce

19 – The Unbeautiful World

20 – The Unfamiliar Way

21 – Heavy Hearts

22 – As Perry Saw It

23 – Puzzles

24 – A Story Remodeled

25 – The Beautiful World

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The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Imagine a strange, tropical place that is almost inaccessible. Time appears to have stood still there. Species of animal and plant life not seen elsewhere on Earth, except in the fossil record, inhabit the place. The lakes heave with the shapes of huge grey bulks moving under the surface. The woods are places where chittering cries move about above your head, as powerful apes move swiftly in the canopy of leaves. Then, a tree splinters nearby, and a dinosaur steps out from his hiding place… and he’s eyeing YOU.

Jurassic Park? Not quite. The Lost World was an inspiration for Jurassic Park; in fact, a character in J.P. has the same name as one of the chief characters in The Lost World. It also inspired King Kong. But this is the original! Four adventurers go off to find the place shown in a dead man’s sketch book – they find a war between apes and Indians, prowling dinosaurs, a sparkly treasure hidden in the blue clay – they find the Lost World. And because of the treachery of a native guide, their means of escape is destroyed! (courtesy of Librivox)

 

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Running time: 8 hours, 23 minutes

1: There are Heroisms All Round Us

2: Try Your Luck with Professor Challenger

3: He is a Perfectly Impossible Person

4: It’s Just the Biggest Thing in the World

5: Question!

6: The Flail of the Lord

7: Tomorrow we Disappear into the Unknown

8: The Outlying Pickets of the New World

9: Who Could Have Foreseen It?

10: The Most Wonderful Things Have  Happened!

11: For Once I Was the Hero

12: It Was Dreadful in the Forest

13: A Sight Which I Shall Never Forget

14: Those Were the Real Conquests

15: Our Eyes have seen Great Wonders

16: A Procession! A Procession!

Posted 5 years, 8 months ago.

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King of the Golden River by John Ruskin


Summary: When three brothers mortally offend Mr. Southwest Wind, Esquire, their farm is laid waste and their riches lost. Desperate for money, the brothers become goldsmiths and melt down their remaining treasures . . . only to find that the spirit of the King of the Golden River resides with a molded tankard, and knows the secret of the riches of the Golden River. (Introduction by Xenutia for Librivox)

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Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Preface

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

 

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Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

Summary:  This is the story of Rose, a rich but lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and sent to live with her maiden aunts. When Rose’s guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad he takes over her care. Through his unorthodox theories about child-rearing and her exposure to the exploits of her seven male cousins and numerous aunts, Rose becomes happier and healthier, cured of many of her fears and prejudices. She also makes friends with Phebe, her aunts’ maid of her own age, whose cheerful attitude in the face of poverty helps to illustrate to Rose her own good fortune. (Wikipedia)

 

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Total running time: 7 hours, 16 minutes

00 – Preface

01 – Two Girls

02 – The Clan

03 – Uncles

04 – Aunts

05 – A Belt And A Box

06 – Uncle Alec’s Room

07 – A Trip To China

08 – And What Came Of It

09 – Phebe’s Secret

10 – Rose’s Sacrifice

11 – Poor Mac

12 – The Other Fellows

13 – Cosey Corner

14 – A Happy Birthday

15 – Ear-Rings

16 – Bread And Button-Holes

17 – Good Bargains

 

18 – Fashion And Physiology

19 – Brother Bones

20 – Under The Mistletoe

21 – A Scare

22 – Something To Do

23 – Peace-Making

24 – Which?

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The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Total running time: 10 hours, 58 minutes

Introductory Note & Preface

01 – The Old Pyncheon Family

02 – The Little Shop Window

03 – The First Customer

04 – A Day Behind the Counter

05 – May and November

06 – Maule’s Well

07 – The Guest

08 – The Pyncheon of Today

09 – Clifford & Phoebe

10 – The Pyncheon Garden

11 – The Arched Window

12 – The Daguerrotypist

13 – Alice Pyncheon

14 – Phoebe’s Good-bye

15 – The Scowl and Smile

16 – Clifford’s Chamber

17 – The Flight of Two Owls

18 – Governor Pyncheon

19 – Alice’s Posies

20 – The Flower of Eden

21 – The Departure

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Through the Fray by G. A. Henty

Ned Sankey is a quick-tempered, strong-willed boy during the Luddite riots in Yorkshire. The happy times at the beginning of the story are soon marred by the death of his father. From there things only get worse. When things take a turn for the worst, how will he respond? (Summary by GabrielleC)

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Total running time: 8 hours, 20 minutes

Preface

1: A Fishing Expedition

2: The Fight on the Moor

3: A Cropper Village

4: The Worms Turn

5: A New Master

6: The Thief Detected

7: A Terrible Shock

8: Ned is Sorely Tried

9: A Painful Time

10: Troubles at Home

11: The New Machinery

12: Murdered!

13: Committed for Trial

14: Committed for Trial, continued

15: Not Guilty

16: Luke Marner’s Sacrifice

17: A Lonely Life

18: Ned is Attacked

19: The Attack on Cartwright’s Mill

20: Cleared at Last

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Through Russian Snows by G. A. Henty

There are few campaigns that, either in point of the immense scale upon which it was undertaken, the completeness of its failure, or the enormous loss of life entailed, appeal to the imagination in so great a degree as that of Napoleon against Russia. Fortunately, we have in the narratives of Sir Robert Wilson, British commissioner with the Russian army, and of Count Segur, who was upon Napoleon’s staff, minute descriptions of the events as seen by eye-witnesses, and besides these the campaign has been treated fully by various military writers. I have as usual avoided going into details of horrors and of acts of cruelty and ferocity on both sides, surpassing anything in modern warfare, and have given a mere outline of the operations, with a full account of the stern fight at Smolensk and the terrible struggle at Borodino. I would warn those of my readers who may turn to any of the military works for a further history of the campaign, that the spelling of Russian places and names varies so greatly in the accounts of different writers, that sometimes it is difficult to believe that the same person or town is meant, and even in the narratives by Sir Robert Wilson, and by Lord Cathcart, our ambassador at St. Petersburg, who was in constant communication with him, scarcely a name will be found similarly spelt. I mention this, as otherwise much confusion might be caused by those who may compare my story with some of these recognized authorities, or follow the incidents of the campaign upon maps of Russia. (Introduction by G.A.Henty)

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Preface

Chapter 1: Two Brothers

Chapter 2: Before the Justices

Chapter 3: In a Fresh Scrape

Chapter 4: The Smugglers Cave

Chapter 5: Following a Trail

Chapter 6: A Commission

Chapter 7: A French Prison

Chapter 8: Pistol Practice

Chapter 9: A Duel

Chapter 10: Smolensk

Chapter 11: With the Russian Army

Chapter 12: Borodino

Chapter 13: With the Read Guard

Chapter 14: Nery’s Retreat

Chapter 15: In Comfortable Quarters

Chapter 16: An Unexpected Meeting

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The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang?s Fairy Books or Andrew Lang?s ?Coloured? Fairy Books are a twelve-book series of fairy tale collections. Although Andrew Lang did not collect the stories himself from the oral tradition, the extent of his sources (who had collected them originally), made them an immensely influential collection, especially as he used foreign-language sources, giving many of these tales their first appearance in English. As acknowledged in the prefaces, although Lang himself made most of the selections, his wife and other translators did a large portion of the translating and telling of the actual stories.? (summary from wikipedia)

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Total running time:? 11 hours, 24 minutes

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00 ? Dedication and Preface

01 ? The Cat and the Mouse in Partnership

02 ? The Six Swans

03 ? The Dragon of the North

04 ? Story of the Emperor?s New Clothes

05 ? The Golden Crab

06 ? The Iron Stove

07 ? The Dragon and His Grandmother

08 ? The Donkey Cabbage

09 ? The Little Green Frog

10 ? The Seven-Headed Serpent

11 ? The Grateful Beasts

12 ? The Giants and the Herd-boy

13 ? The Invisible Prince

14 ? The Crow

15 ? How Six Men travelled through the Wide World

16 ? The Wizard King

17 ? The Nixy

18 ? The Glass Mountain

19 ? Alphege, or the Green Monkey

20 ? Fairer-Than-A-Fairy

21 ? The Three Brothers

22 ? The Boy and the Wolves, or the Broken Promise

23 ? The Glass Axe

24 ? The Dead Wife

25 ? In The Land of Souls

26 ? The White Duck

27 ? The Witch and Her Servants

28 ? The Magic Ring

29 ? The Flower Queen?s Daughter

30 ? The Flying Ship

31 ? The Snow-daughter and the Fire-son

32 ? The Story of King Frost

33 ? The Death of the Sun-hero

34 ? The Witch

35 ? The Hazel-nut Child

36 ? The Story of Big Klaus and Little Klaus

37 ? Prince Ring

38 ? The Swineherd

39 ? How To Tell A True Princess

40 ? The Blue Mountains

41 ? The Tinder-box

42 ? The Witch in the Stone B

43 ? Thumbelina

44 ? The Nightingale

45 ? Hermod and Hadvor

46 ? The Steadfast Tin-Soldier

47 ? Blockhead Hans

48 ? A Story about a Darning-needle

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The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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Total running time: 12 hours, 22 minutes

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00 ? Preface

01 ? The Twelve Dancing Princesses

02 ? The Princess Mayblossom

03 ? Soria Moria Castle

04 ? The Death of Koshchei the Deathless

05 ? The Black Thief and Knight of the Glen

06 ? The Master Thief

07 ? Brother and Sister

08 ? Princess Rosette

09 ? The Enchanted Pig

10 ? The Norka

11 ? The Wonderful Birch

12 ? Jack and the Beanstalk

13 ? The Little Good Mouse

14 ? Graciosa and Percinet

15 ? The Three Princesses of Whiteland

16 ? The Voice of Death

17 ? The Six Sillies

18 ? Kari Woodengown

19 ? Drakestail

20 ? The Ratcatcher

21 ? The True History of Little Goldenhood

22 ? The Golden Branch

23 ? The Three Dwarfs

24 ? Dapplegrim

25 ? The Enchanted Canary

26 ? The Twelve Brothers

27 ? Rapunzel

28 ? The Nettle Spinner

29 ? Farmer Weatherbeard

30 ? Mother Holle

31 ? Minnikin

32 ? Bushy Bride

33 ? Snowdrop

34 ? The Golden Goose

35 ? The Seven Foals

36 ? The Marvellous Musician

37 ? The Story of Sigurd

Posted 6 years, 10 months ago.

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The Long Winter is set in South Dakota during the severe winter of 1880-1881.  It is the 6th book in the Little House on the Prairie series.


Caroline and Charles Ingalls

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One of the 28th–A Tale of Waterloo

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Total running time: 10 hours, 3 minutes

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A tale of Victorian-style romance, maritime battles and even the penultimate Napoleanic battle – Waterloo. (Introduction by Mike Harris for Librivox)

00 – Preface

01 – Unexpected News

02 – A Country Visit

03 – Run down

04 – The Privateer’s Rendezvous

05 – The British Cruisers

06 – Home Again

07 – A Commission

08 – Startling News

09 – Mr. Tallboys’ Visitor

10 – On Detachment

11 – Still-Hunting

12 – The Cave Among the Rocks

13 – More Startling News

14 – The New Housemaid

15 – In Belgium

16 – Found at Last

17 – Quatre Bras

18 – Waterloo

19 – The Rout

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My Doggie and I by R. M. Ballantyne

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Total running time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

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Introduction: This story surrounds a child waif, a young woman, a young gentleman doctor, and an elderly lady. This tale unfolds the story of a bond that brings these unlikely friends together and merges their separate paths of life into one common path. The bond is “Dumps”, or “Pompey”, the “doggie”. With many twists, turns, and uncertainties, the ending may surprise the reader. All’s well that ends well in this doggie “tail”. (Introduction by Allyson Hester for Librivox)


01 Ch 1 – Explains Itself

02 Ch 2 – Introduces a New Hero

03 Ch 3 – Treats of an Old Heroine

04 Ch 4- In Which Dumps Finds Another Old Friend

05 Ch 5 – Conspiracy and Villainy, Innocence and Tragedy

06 Ch 6 – Relates a Stirring Innocent.

07 Ch 7 – My Circumstances begin to Brighten.

08 Ch 8 – Little Slidder Resists Temptation Successfully, and I Become Enslaved.

09 Ch 9 – On the Scent, but Puzzled.

10 Ch 10 – A Disappointment, an Accident, and a Perplexing Return.

11 Ch 11 – Relates Generally to the Doings and Sayings of Robin Slidder

12 Ch 12 – Begins with Love, Hope, and Joy, and ends Peculiarly.

13 Ch 13 – A Wonderful Discovery.

14 Ch 14 – The Last.

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The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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Total running time: 9 hours, 41 minutes

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00 – Preface

01 – The Story of the Hero Makoma

02 – The Magic Mirror

03 – Story of the King Who Would See Paradise

04 – How Isuro the Rabbit Tricked Gudu

05 – Ian, the Soldier’s Son

06 – The Fox and the Wolf

07 – How Ian Direach Got the Blue Falcon

08 – The Ugly Duckling

09 – The Two Caskets

10 – The Goldsmith’s Fortune

11 – The Enchanted Wreath

12 – The Foolish Weaver

13 – The Clever Cat

14 – Story of Manus, The

15 – Pinkel the Theif

16 – The Adventures of a Jackal

17 – The Adventures of the Jackal’s Eldest Son

18 – The Adventures of the Younger Son of the Jackal

19 – The Three Treasures of the Giants

20 – The Rover of the Plain

21 – The White Doe

22 – The Girl-Fish

23 – The Owl and the Eagle

24 – The Frog and the Lion Fairy

25 – The Adventures of Covan the Brown-Haired

26 – The Princess Bella-Flor

27 – The Bird of Truth

28 – The Mink and the Wolf

29 – Adventures of an Indian Brave

30 – How the Stalos Were Tricked

31 – Andras Baive

32 – The White Slipper

33 – The Magic Book

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The Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales by George MacDonald

Summary: George MacDonald claimed that he did not write for children, but for the child-like. Some of his longer works are clearly intended for adults, and this fantastic fiction influenced later writers such as G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. But you can find some of his best writing in the stories aimed squarely at children, and these are three of the finest.

The Light Princess. A wicked aunt curses her baby niece so that gravity has no effect on her, and she floats through the air as if it were water.The only way to break the curse is to make the princess cry.

The Giant’s Heart. Two children argue and run away to Giantland. There they find out that one of the Giants steals children from the land of men and eats them, but how can they kill the Giant when he has hidden his heart where no one can find it?

The Golden Key. A boy discovers a Golden Key, but cannot find the lock. He meets a girl, and together they search for the land from where the shadows fall, hoping that the key will allow them in.

(Summary by Clive Catterall for Librivox)

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Total running time:? 3 hours, 31 minutes

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1–The Light Princess, part 1

2–The Light Princess, part 2

3–The Light Princess, part 3

4–The Light Princess, part 4

5–The Giant’s Heart, part 1

6–The Giant’s Heart, part 2

7–The Golden Key

8–The Golden Key


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The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald

Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald, 1883, public domain image

Summary: The Princess and Curdie is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. It’s been a year since the Princess Irene and Curdie first met, and a year since the goblin incident and all appears to be going well in the Kingdom. Or is it? After a visit from Irene’s great-great-grandmother, Curdie finds himself on a mission to save the kingdom, with a rather strange companion in tow.  (Summary by Lizzie Driver for Librivox)

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Total Running Time: 6 hours

This book is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin.

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Alexanderschlacht by Albrecht Altdorfer, public domain image

01 – Chapter 1: The Mountain

02 – Chapter 2: The White Pigeon

03 – Chapter 3: The Mistress of the Silver Moon

04 – Chapters 4-5: Curdie’s Father and Mother and The Miners

Miners in the Sierras by Charles Christian Nahl and Frederick August Wenderoth, photograph by Ad Meskens, public domain

05 – Chapters 6-7: The Emerald and What is In a Name?

06 – Chapter 8: Curdie’s Mission

07 – Chapters 9-10: Hands and The Heath

08 – Chapters 11-12: Lina and More Creatures

09 – Chapters 13-14: The Baker’s Wife and The Dogs of Gwyntystorm

Woman baking bread by Jean Francois Millet, The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

10 – Chapters 15-16: Derba and Barbara AND The Mattock

11 – Chapters 17-18: The Wine Cellar AND The King’s Kitchen

Royal Kitchen at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England from John Nash's Views of the Royal Pavilion, 1826, public domain

12 – Chapter 19: The King’s Chamber

13 – Chapters 20-21: Counterplotting AND The Loaf

14 – Chapters 22-23: The Lord Chamberlain AND Dr. Kellman

15 – Chapters 24-25: The Prophecy AND The Avengers

16 – Chapters 26-27: The Vengeance AND More Vengeance

17 – Chapters 28-30: The Preacher AND Barbara AND Peter

18 – Chapters 31-32: The Sacrifice AND The King’s Army

19 – Chapters 33-35: The Battle AND Judgment AND The End

Posted 7 years, 9 months ago.

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Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt at the Tuskegee Institute, 10-24-1905, public domain image

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Booker T. Washington holds a Carnegie Hall audience spellbound, 1906.  Mark Twain is seated directly behind Mr. Washington, New York Times photograph, public domain image

# 00 – Preface/Introduction

# 01 – A Slave Among Slaves

# 02 – Boyhood Days

# 03 – The Struggle For An Education

# 04 – Helping Others

# 05 – The Reconstruction Period

# 06 – Black Race And Red Race

# 07 – Early Days At Tuskegee

# 08 – Teaching School In A Stable And A Hen-House

# 09 – Anxious Days And Sleepless Nights

# 10 – A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw

# 11 – Making Their Beds Before They Could Lie On Them

# 12 – Raising Money

# 13 – Two Thousand Miles For A Five-Minute Speech

# 14 – The Atlanta Exposition Address

# 15 – The Secret Of Success In Public Speaking

# 16 – Europe

# 17 – Last Words

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The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale

Coffee Drinker by Ivana Kobilca, public domain image

Summary: The Peterkins were a lovable but comically inept family that possess ingenuity, logic, resourcefulness, and energy — but not common sense. The general formula is that the family tries to solve some problem in an appealingly roundabout way, fails, and is eventually rescued by “the wise old lady from Philadelphia” who always cuts the Gordian knot with some effective but prosaic solution. The charm of the story is not in the plot, but in the telling, with the building up of layers of complication, and the affectionate fun poked at the not-quite-cartoonish characters. The “wise old lady’s” solution is usually obvious to the reader, or even the young listener, from the start. (From Wikipedia)

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Total running time:  4 hours, 24 minutes

Piano Lesson by Mihály Munkácsy, published by the Bekescsaba Mihaly Munkacsy Museum under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2 and under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license

Chapter 00-01 – Preface/The Lady Who Put Salt in Her Coffee

Chapter 02-03-04 – About Elizabeth Eliza’s Piano/The Peterkins Try to Become Wise/Mrs.
Peterkin Wishes To Go To Drive

The Blue House in Zandaam by Claude Monet, public domain image

Chapter 05-06 – The Peterkins at Home/Why the Peterkins Had a Late Dinner

Chapter 07-08 – The Peterkin’s Summer Journey/The Peterkins Snowed Up

Chapter 09-10 – The Peterkins Decide to Keep a Cow / The Peterkins’ Christmas-Tree

Under the Chestnut Tree by Carl Larsson, public domain image

Chapter 11-12 – The Peterkins’ Tea Party / The Peterkins Too Late For the Exhibition

Chapter 13-14 13 The Peterkins Celebrate the “Fourth” / The Peterkins’ Picnic

Chapter 15-16 The Peterkins’ Charades / The Peterkins are Obliged to Move

Chapter 17-18 The Peterkins Decide to Learn the Languages / Modern

Improvements at the Peterkins

Children's Breakfast by Albert Anker, public domain image

Chapter 19-20 Agamemnon’s Career / The Educational Breakfast

Chapter 21 – The Peterkins at the Carnival of Authors in Boston

Chapter 22 – The Peterkins at the Farm

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