Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871), written by Lewis Carroll, the pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Charles Lutwidge Dodson, a professor of mathematics at Magdalen (Maudlin) College, Oxford, originally wrote these charming children’s stories for young Alice, the daughter of his friend, Henry George Liddell, the dean of Christ…

As a Man Thinketh

Considered the pioneer of modern inspirational thought and motivation, James Allen (1864 – 1912) published As a Man Thinketh in 1903. This is a powerful little self-help treatise, which essentially discusses how, by adjusting the way we think in response to external circumstances, we can shape our lives, personally, professionally, physically, and psychologically, towards the…

Queen Elizabeth II’s Address to People of USA July 6th 1976

Queen Elizabeth II’s address in Philadelphia on July 6th, 1976, where she presented a new Liberty Bell inscribed with “Let Freedom Ring” in honor of the bicentennial of the USA. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

The Story of Aaron Burr

Lyndon Orr published his story of Aaron Burr in 1912 within his Famous Affinities of History. Here he briefly and simply compares Burr’s life with Alexander Hamilton’s and attempts to dispel some of the negative opinions that surrounded him as the “villain” who shot and killed one of the Founding Fathers of the USA in…

A Little Princess

Published in 1905 by Frances Hodgson Burnett – author of the beloved The Secret Garden – this is the story of Sara Crewe, the adored and pampered daughter of a wealthy widowed father. Sara suffers great losses but taps in to her “inner princess”, and with strength, imagination, and storytelling, she triumphs over her sad…

The Secret Adversary

Described as an “excellent yarn”, “amazingly clever”, and a “thrilling adventure”, Agatha Christie’s tale of a dauntless pair of amateur detectives, Tommy Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley, who stumble upon a puzzling mystery, was recently adapted for a BBC TV series that will air in 2015. The story begins on the doomed RMS Lusitania and…

Three Weeks

Elinor Glyn was famous as the notorious author of several sexy Hollywood movies and novels, e.g., It, in which she described “it” as the strange magnetism that attracts both sexes. Three Weeks became her most popular novel, described as erotic, romantic, and risqué. Glyn’s work in movies, novels, and articles in Cosmopolitan is considered to…

Tess of the D’urbervilles

Tess of the d’Urbervilles is the 19th century novel lately thought to be one of the inspirations of E .L.James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. It depicts the life of an impressionable, naive, somewhat educated young woman, who yearns to be free to live her own life, but finds herself constricted by the bonds of the…