While reading this book the reader gets more and more sure that James A. Garfield must deserve more historical recognition, one might say he’s almost forgotten! Horatio Alger's excellent biography should be required reading for all high school students and all Americans, who should see the country as a land of opportunity, learning that any person may make what he wants of himself! It is a rags-to-riches story that amuses as well as informs. It’s truly encouraging to be reminded that a sincere, frugal, pleasant, and scrupulous man like James A. Garfield, who was brought up in a humble, rather poor family, born in a log cabin, no shoes till he was four, could rise through military and political ranks to become America's 20th president. This is a very special book, where Alger wrote about success principles that worked 100 years ago - as they do nowadays. Thus, any of us can use these principles to achieve what we desire. James A. Garfield reached his aim without compromising his steady personal values or his integrity. It’s strongly recommended for those readers who still believe in the ‘American Dream’ and who try hard to achieve a goal of any difficulty and ultimately succeed.
A collection of short stories by James Baldwin, an American author and civil rights activist, is a series of legendary tales, each concerning a certain hero or famous person and describing episodes of their lives - Alexander the Great, Doctor Goldsmith, William Tell, George Washington, King Alfred and many others.
The book is generally of a great interest for children, as well as for any inquisitive reader, in addition to its being a perfect starting point for further literary studies.
A little-known play (in the form of a pantomime) of an Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde, best known by his only novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and social satire “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Wilde wrote it not for publication, but as gift to his childhood friend and a friend of the family, Mrs. Chan Toon. For a long time she did not give her consent for the book to be published. The play tells of a charming maiden, Mah Phru, who temporary alleviated King Meng Beng, awaiting of his bride from Ceylon, bearing him two sons.
The Five Little Peppers is a chain of stories narrating about the life of the Peppers during seventeen years who are not very rich and who have to work a lot but they have a wonderful spirit and a good attitude to the life. This is very special in the book. Many events take place in Five Little Peppers Abroad to the main characters Mamsie and her five children – Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie and Phronsie. Everyone in the family takes care of the other members making surprises for them. The children go to school, school, travel abroad, but no matter where they are they have a big heart and look at the life with a big smile.
Hall James Norman is an American author of the beginning of the 20th century. The participant of the World War I, he describes the post-war time and situation of the East Pacific, and being attached to this land, portraits his first acquaintance with French Polynesia. This story is one of his classic adventure travel ones.
In this charming collection that first was published in 1892, William Butler Yeats has collected all kinds of Irish folklore works taken from various sources. He divided the works into such categories: the ‘Trooping Fairies’ (fairies, changelings, and mermaids); the ‘Solitary Fairies’ (the lepracaun, the pooka - an animal spirit, and the banshee); ‘Ghosts’; ‘Witches & Fairy Doctors’; ‘T'yeer-na-n-Oge’ or ‘Tir-na-n-Og’ (a legendary island said to appear and disappear); ‘Saints & Priests’; ‘The Devil’; ‘Giants’; and ‘Kings / Queens / Princesses / Earls / Robbers’. The book contains many footnotes giving the meanings old Irish words and phrases. "Fairy And Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" offers a complete insight into Irish folk culture, and it this journey is breathtaking. Many of the stories are quite dark, as that tends to be the nature of lore from this region, but there are also some lighthearted and cheerful pieces that will be enjoyable to read. Everyone who is interested in Irish culture and folklore will find this book very delightful and fascinating.
Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...