ffred's nearly-forgotten treasures
In my literary ramblings, occasionally I stumble across old books
that are worth reading, yet are at best available as what I term
"scan-offs:" over-priced, minimally processed cheesy clones of free
online resources. Not so the entries in this list: they are labors of
enthusiasm. These are actual e-texts that I have carefully transcribed,
spell-checked, proof-read, and published on Amazon in Kindle
Last updated: 2019-11-18
- Krilof and his
Fables — by Ivan Krylov, W. R. S. Ralston.
First English prose translation of Russia's celebrated fabulist, whose
works were often political, satirical, penetrating, and elegant.
Chivalry — by H. H. Brackenridge.
One of the earliest, yet often overlooked, U.S. novels: a hilarious
picture of politics in Pennsylvania during the Whiskey Rebellion.
- The Adventures
of Gil Blas de Santillane — by Alain René Lesage,
First English translation of a widely influential French comic classic:
a prototype of the naif and his adversities in the human jungle.
- The Adventures of
Harry Franco — by Charles Frederick Briggs.
Delightful, satirical depiction of Manhattan life and nautical merchants
during the 1830's, notable as an early Abolitionist literary work.
Knickerbocker Gallery — by Lewis Gaylord Clark.
A feast of short works, many by writers still famous today, in tribute
to the editor of the monthly literary magazine of the early 1800's.
Men — by Elizabeth Stoddard.
Ahead of its time: a brilliant, unflinching dissection of a uniquely
Yankee view of human pride, romance, and racial prejudice.
House — by Elizabeth Stoddard.
Psychological, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining character study,
warts and all: a significant predecessor of modern literature.
- The Slave
of the Lamp — by William North.
Influential forerunner of New York's Bohemian literary movement:
romantic, bathetic, yet fiercely devoted to intellectual liberty.
- The Hive
of the "Bee-Hunter" — by Thomas Bangs Thorpe.
Easy-going, fast-shooting antecedent of Mark Twain; an entertaining
collection of essays and tales of the Southwest frontier.
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