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Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette is an inside look into the life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, written by her First Lady in Waiting Madame Campan.
First published in 1906, The Book of Tea discusses the impact of "Teaism" on all aspects of Japanese culture and life. Kakuzo elaborates on the relationship between tea ceremony and Zen and Taoism.
Though best remembered as the creator of the beloved children's series centered on the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, author A. A. Milne was a prolific essayist whose irreverent take on things will resonate with many adult readers.
In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, iconic American author Mark Twain discusses his own experience as a writer and his personal style.
In this fascinating volume, Jack London recounts his experiences living in the slums of the city that bears his name. Read the account that brought world-wide attention to the grim conditions facing England's working poor in the early 20th century.
Although best known as the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott lived a fascinating life that included a stint as a Civil War nurse. This collection includes essays and letters that outline her experiences serving the needs of the war wounded.
The Science of Being Great is from the author Wallace Delois Wattles (1860 - 1911), whose work inspired the cult-phenomenon book and film "The Secret".
John Muir is widely credited as being one of the important early figures in the conservation movement. In these essays, Muir introduces readers to the wonders of the Yosemite region, a place he visited as soon as he arrived in America in 1868.
Written in a lyrical literary style, this meditation provides many details about Poe's unique view of the universe, including the rational faculties of the human mind and the existence of an afterlife.
These inspiring essays offer insight into the world of a gifted woman who was deaf and blind. Keller relates her impressions of life's beauty, through the sensations of touch, smell, and vibration, together with the workings of a potent imagination.
Oscar Wilde is remembered best for his sharp wit, comedic plays and decadence. In this collection of essays, however, Wilde writes predominantly on socialism, anarchy and libertarianism.
What do we mean when we call something - or someone - beautiful? Which mental and cognitive processes play a role in making aesthetic judgments? Psychologist Ethel Puffer tackles these questions and many more in this volume, first published in 1905.
Leo Tolstoy, author of such masterpieces of fiction as War and Peace and Anna Karenina, also wrote extensively about his own life experiences. In these essays, Tolstoy presents a re-imagined version of his earliest recollections and influences.
If you're a fan of horror fiction, don't miss Birkhead's classic survey of the origins of the genre. Focusing on the early roots in the Romantic and Victorian eras, this study offers insight and analysis of well-known tales and obscure gems alike.
Though it may sound like little more than a slacker's bill of rights, Lafargue's The Right to Be Lazy is actually a carefully considered philosophical defense of a life free of the demands of labour carried out purely in service of capitalism.
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