From time to time we feature a special one of our texts. This is the full list of all previously featured texts.
Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell
February, the month for love and romance, is the perfect time to discover English and Australian novelist Angela Thirkell (1890-1961). Her Barsetshire novels, set in the fictional county of Barsetshire invented by Anthony Trollope, remain popular today and have inspired fans to maintain Angela Thirkell appreciation societies in several countries.
In Wild Strawberries, Mary Preston, a relation of the large Leslie family, spends her summer at their country home and finds herself drawn to two of the sons, each very different in temperament and life experience from the other. At the same time, she gets caught up in the complicated and often hilarious social affairs of the family. While romance plays a large part in this novel, it’s Thirkell’s skill with social satire that makes this such an entertaining story.
Here at Faded Page, we have a number of Angela Thirkell’s titles and are continuing our work to bring more of her books and other public domain titles to Canada. More information about volunteering with our organization is available on our companion site Distributed Proofreaders Canada.
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), American novelist, short story writer, playwright and winner of the 1930 Nobel Prize in Literature, is best known for his satirical works depicting social issues during the Depression years. His father and grandfather were both physicians and this background gave him the medical knowledge needed to write Arrowsmith. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith in 1925 but refused the award.
In the story, Martin Arrowsmith starts out in medicine at age 14 as an assistant to a drunken physician. He becomes a doctor and his wife urges him to leave the mundane small-town-doctor life in order to pursue his calling as a scientist and researcher. He heads for the West Indies with a serum to halt an epidemic but a tragic turn of events forces him to evaluate his career and personal life.
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The Age of Innocence (1920) by Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence is the story of an upper-class couple’s impending marriage, and the introduction of the bride’s cousin, plagued by scandal, whose presence threatens their happiness. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1921.
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was an American writer of 15 novels, 85 short stories, 7 novellas, 3 poetry books and 9 non-fiction books of travel and design. Although she was born and spent most of her early life in New England, she moved to Paris, France to help raise money to assist refugees during WWI. After the war, she remained in France living in Paris and southern France where she wrote The Age of Innocence.At Faded Page, we have 15 other titles of Edith Wharton including Ethan Frome, In Morocco, and Tales of Men and Ghosts. Come join us and proof a few pages to help us bring more of these public domain titles to Canada. More information about volunteering is available on our companion site pgdpcanada.net.
Let’s welcome the new year with a classic mystery, The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers. Featuring her popular sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, this novel published in 1934 starts on New Year’s Eve, when Wimsey finds himself stranded in the village of Fenchurch St. Paul after a car accident. Wimsey, along with his valet Bunter, gets involved in a murder investigation as well as the fascinating world of bell-ringing, when he offers to help with a nine-hour peal of bells to bring in the new year.
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957) is well known for her crime novels, but she was also a poet, playwright and essayist. Here at Faded Page, you can browse The Works of Dorothy L. Sayers to see the growing collection of works we have made available to readers. If you would like to help us in our mission to provide high-quality e-book versions of Sayers’s works and other public-domain books, you can find information about volunteering with our organization on our companion site pgdpcanada.net.
With the coming of the Holiday Season, we think of Charles Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol. We have the original first-edition manuscript transcript with facsimile pages and illustrations by John Leech. The book was written when the British were examining their past and present Christmas traditions of Christmas cards and caroling. Dickens’s sources for the tale were derived from his childhood experiences in factory work with a father in debtor’s prison, as well as his lifelong sympathy for the poor, children living in poverty, and social justice issues related to child education and work conditions. After a three day visit to Manchester and a school for street children, he had the plot developed.
In the story, a bitter old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, transforms into a gentler, kinder man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The story is as popular today as it was when it was first published a few days before Christmas in 1843.
Other illustrated Charles Dickens titles at Faded Page include Bleak House with illustrations by “Phiz”; Dickens’ last unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and selections from Christmas Stories.
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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for 14 comic operas produced with collaborator-composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. Together they produced such notable comic operas as The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, and in 1885, The Mikado. The Mikado is a story that allowed Gilbert & Sullivan to satirize British politics and institutions using a thinly disguised Japanese setting. It has become one of the most successful productions performed and has been translated into numerous languages and adaptations.
One such adaptation is The Story of The Mikado, Gilbert’s last literary work. It is a retelling of The Mikado, with various changes to simplify the language and make it more suitable for children, and includes color and B&W illustrations by Alice Bolingbroke Woodward (1862-1951). Woodward, a children’s book and magazine illustrator, illustrated The Story of Peter Pan: Retold from the Fairy Play, also available here at Faded Page.
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This memoir about Ernest Hemingway’s time in Paris during the 1920’s includes his thoughts on his writing process, living in Paris, French food and drink, skiing, horse racing and many other things. Particularly interesting are his interactions with other writers such as Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book is a beautifully written, easy read that makes the reader feel as if he or she were in France, and many of the food descriptions are mouth-watering. It wasn’t all pleasant for Hemingway, though. There were sad moments and even tragic ones. However, his love of life shows clearly during this period in which he and his wife were, as he put it, “very poor and very happy.” It’s a stark contrast to the image that is more prevalent, that of the older broken Hemingway who ends up taking his own life.
Here at Faded Page, we have a number of books and short story collections by Ernest Hemingway, including The Sun Also Rises, Men Without Women and The Old Man and the Sea. The last undoubtedly contributed to Hemingway’s being awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954.
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As Remembrance Day, Veteran's Day and Armistice Day approach on November 11, thoughts turn to Peregrine Palmer Acland, a Canadian author and soldier who served with the 48th Highlanders, earned the Military Cross and was subsequently critically injured in the Battle of the Somme. His bestselling novel, All Else is Folly, subtitled "A Tale of War and Passion", depicts the Canadian experience during the First World War and portrays the terrors and hardships of trench warfare. Critics and commentators viewed it as a meditation on the nature of man and the idea of man as lover. This book was long out of print and we are happy to offer it to our readers here at fadedpage.com.
Other related fiction and non-fiction titles for this Remembrance Day currently available at Faded Page include: the Parade's End series by Ford Maddox Ford; The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole; In Flanders Fields And Other Poems by Lt.-Col. John McCrae; Carry On--Letters in War-Time by Coningsby William Dawson; WAAC: The Woman's Story of the War by Anonymous; A Sub and a Submarine-The Story of H.M. Submarine R19 in the Great War by Percy Westerman; The Silent Watchers by Frederick Harcourt Kitchin; and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
Future titles coming to Faded Page include Phillip Gibbs's Across the Frontier, the transcripts of the Nuremburg trials, and Winston Churchill's multi-volume memoirs beginning with The Second World War, Volume I: The Gathering Storm.
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The perfect reading as we approach All Hallows' Eve is a volume of scary tales of the supernatural. In E. F. Benson's collection, Spook Stories, we encounter ghosts benevolent and evil, many of which reside in old haunted English houses in sleepy towns. For example, "Home Sweet Home" features a mysterious room in which an invisible pianist plays, "Spinach" recounts the strange events that befall two psychic mediums on holiday, while "The Face" describes a nightmare that turns into reality.
Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was a prolific writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction work. Television adaptations have been made from his popular Mapp and Lucia books, the most recent in 2014. A number of Benson's works are available here at Faded Page and we are currently working at bringing more to you. We welcome volunteers to help us with this effort. More information can be found here.
“All chess players think of opening on the Queen's side but never do. Life ends too soon.”
—S. Leacock, “Pawn to King's Four”
Stephen Butler Leacock (1869-1944), Canada's most famous humourist as well as a highly respected economist and educator, was a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction. He travelled around the globe delivering speeches, usually on economic subjects in a witty and satirical style. With a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Chicago, he lectured and chaired the economics department at McGill University until his retirement in 1936.
Happy Stories, Just to Laugh at is a collection of 24 short stories that was one of Stephen Leacock's last publications. Happy Stories, along with two other titles, My Remarkable Uncle and Wit & Humour, were also part of the specially published book collection of Armed Services Editions (ASEs) for troops and POWs during WWII. These light, paperback editions, the size of a serviceman's pocket, provided relief to many servicemen and POWs.
Happy Stories, Just to Laugh at is available at Faded Page here along with 35 other Leacock titles of humor and nonfiction including Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, The Boy I Left Behind Me, The Hohenzollerns in America, and 1937 Governor General's Award winner My Discovery of the West. We have many more Leacock titles under development at the current time, come join us and proof a few pages and help us bring more Stephen Leacock public domain titles to Canada.
William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. Born in Paris, he trained and qualified as a physician. While serving with the Red Cross in World War I, he was recruited into the British Secret Service in 1916. His medical knowledge and travel experiences after the war around the world influenced his later short stories and novels including The Painted Veil, written in 1935.
The title “The Painted Veil” is taken from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet which begins, “Lift not the painted veil which those who live call Life.” Set in England and China during the 1920’s, the story is told through Kitty Fane. When her husband, a bacteriologist, discovers her infidelity, he forces her to accompany him into a cholera epidemic in the interior of China. Stripped of all friends and society contact, Kitty is forced to reassess her life.
Find this and other W. Somerset Maugham titles here at Faded Page.
For many students in the northern hemisphere, the arrival of September coincides with the beginning of the new school year. The Abbey Girls Go Back to School by Elsie J. Oxenham (the pseudonym of Elsie Jeannette Dunkerley) is one of the 38-book Abbey series that tells the stories of students at a girls' school. The abbey that is featured in the books was inspired by Cleeve Abbey, a medieval monastery located in Somerset, England.
Dunkerley was born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire but grew up and spent much of her life in Ealing, West London. She later moved to Worthing, where she died in 1960, after having had almost 90 titles published. One of Dunkerley's great interests was English folk dancing, which she herself taught. Many of these dances are described in detail in her books and they play an especially large role in The Abbey Girls Go Back to School.
The Abbey series is very popular among collectors and there exist several appreciation societies around the world. You are invited to browse our collection of Dunkerley's works, including a number of the Abbey Girls books, available here at Faded Page.
E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946) was a novelist who wrote 39 volumes of short stories and 116 novels mainly of suspense and international intrigue. He is generally regarded as the earliest writer of spy fiction as we know it today, and, invented the “Rogue Male” school of adventure thrillers that was later exploited by other authors like John Buchan.
In Ask Miss Mott, a collection of 10 short stories representing 10 cases, Lucie Mott solves two cases, helps rescue her uncle in a third case, and in five cases is saved from her own folly by a supposed criminal, Violet Joe, with whom she immediately falls in love. The final case ties them all together.
Ask Miss Mott is available at Faded Page HERE along with 56 other Oppenheim titles of suspense and short stories including The Spymaster, Murder at Monte Carlo, Last Train Out, and Mysterious Mr. Sabin. Future titles coming to Faded Page include The Stranger's Gate, Up the Ladder of Gold, and Matorni's Vineyard. Come join us and proof a few pages and help us bring more Phillips Oppenheim public domain titles to Canada.
Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908-1964) was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer in World War II where his wartime service and journalist career provided much of the the background detail of the James Bond novels. During the Second World War, Fleming was involved in planning Operation Goldeneye and in the planning and oversight of two intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. Fleming was a heavy smoker and drinker for most of his life and succumbed to heart disease in 1964 at the age of 56. Two Bond books were published posthumously.
In Goldfinger (Bond #7), Auric Goldfinger, the most phenomenal criminal Bond has ever faced, is an evil genius who likes his cash in gold bars and his women dressed only in gold paint. After smuggling tons of gold out of Britain into secret vaults in Switzerland, this powerful villain is planning the biggest and most daring heist in history-robbing all the gold in Fort Knox. That is, unless Secret Agent 007 can foil his plan. In one of Ian Fleming's most popular adventures, James Bond tracks this most dangerous foe across two continents and takes on two of the most memorable villains ever created-a human weapon named Oddjob and a luscious female crime boss named Pussy Galore.
In addition to James Bond titles such as Moonraker, From Russia With Love, and Live and Let Die, Fleming also wrote the children's story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and two non-fiction works including The Diamond Smugglers, all available now at Faded Page here. Future titles coming to Faded Page include James Bond titles Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only, and Diamonds Are Forever. Come join us and proof a few pages to help us bring more James Bond public domain titles to Canada.
Charles Bernard Nordhoff and James Norman Hall began in 1929 their work on an historical novel dealing with the mutiny on board H.M.S. Bounty. Upon the advice of their publishers, English assistants researched the archives of the British Museum, rare-book shops, collections of prints and engravings in London, Bligh’s correspondence and the Admiralty records of the court-martial proceedings. Copies of the Bounty’s deck and rigging plans were also secured, with special reference to the alterations made for her breadfruit tree voyage. All this was forwarded to the home of Nordhoff and Hall in Tahiti.
The Bounty history divides itself naturally into three parts, and it was the plan of the authors, from the beginning, to deal with each of these in a separate volume. Mutiny on the Bounty, which opens the story, is concerned with the voyage of the vessel from England, the long Tahiti sojourn while the cargo of young breadfruit trees was being assembled, the departure of the homeward-bound ship, the mutiny, and the fate of those of her company who later returned to Tahiti, where they were eventually seized by H.M.S. Pandora and taken back to England for trial. The authors chose as the narrator of this story a fictitious character, Roger Byam, who tells it as an old man, after his retirement from the Navy. Byam had his actual counterpart in the person of Midshipman Peter Heywood on H.M.S. Bounty.
The second book of the trilogy, Men Against the Sea, the story of Captain Bligh and his fellow castaways, is also available here at Faded Page, and Pitcairn's Island, the story of Fletcher Christian and the mutineers, will be coming soon. If you would like to help make more titles available to the public, come join us in proofing additional titles such as The Hurricane and Lost Island, also from Nordhoff and Hall currently in the proofing rounds.
On Canada Day, it is fitting to showcase the work of one of Canada's earliest writers, Susanna Moodie. Born in England, Moodie immigrated to Upper Canada in 1832 and wrote Roughing it in the Bush as a guide for other British people moving to Canada. With its realistic portrayal of the hardships of a settler's life, this book is considered an important and historic part of Canadian literature. Moodie has inspired the work of celebrated writers Carol Shields and Margaret Atwood, including the latter's collection of poetry, The Journals of Susanna Moodie.
Blanc-Mange Strawberries, Curried Calf's Brain, Gruel, Sago Jelly, Disinfectant, Cure for Lumbago or Caustic Soap. This cookbook has whatever you could possibly want around the house. Anything a domestic person might require is here, from How to Purify Cistern Water, to Boot Polish; Apple Fritters to Boiled Beefsteak Pudding. Oysters appear to have been popular at this time, with more than a dozen recipes for them alone! There are not just obscurities, but many recipes which you might want today, from Salad to Lemon Pie; from Devilled Eggs to multiple recipes for Tomato Catsup.
Written at the turn of the 20th century, this is a truly comprehensive cookbook put together in the town of Galt, now amalgamated into Cambridge, Ontario. Each recipe names its contributor, and their home town: Preston, Woodstock, St. George, Fergus, Stratford... This book was the subject of a blog found at Cooking with the Galt Cook Book, where Carolyn Blackstock for a year cooked every day from this book!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t.
—William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203-206
Aldous Leonard Huxley, (July 26, 1894—November 22, 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, Hollywood screenwriter, and Oxford graduate in English Literature. He is best known for Brave New World and his social satires, essays, and non-fiction.
Set in London in the year A.D. 2540, Brave New World is a novel of ideas which takes place in a dystopian state where the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Written in 1932, Huxley’s fantasy of the future anticipates the developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning.
C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (29 November 1898 - 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, lay theologian, literary critic, broadcaster, and medievalist. Lewis held academic positions at Oxford University and Cambridge University and is best known for his fictional work: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and The Screwtape Letters.
The Screwtape Letters takes the form of a series of letters. Screwtape, a senior demon, holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy (“Lowerarchy”) of Hell and acts as a mentor to his nephew Wormwood, the inexperienced tempter. In the body of the thirty-one letters, Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and promoting sin to a British man, “the Patient”, interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine. Wormwood and Screwtape live in a peculiar morally reversed world, where individual benefit and greed are seen as the greatest good, and neither demon is capable of comprehending or acknowledging true human virtue when he sees it.
Find this and more than 30 other C.S. Lewis titles including volumes from The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Space Trilogy, as well as Christian essays such as “The Pilgrim’s Regress” and “The Problem of Pain”, here at Faded Page.
Our Young Folks contains much that would appeal to children and adults alike, including stories presented in serial form, poetry, challenging puzzles, and beautiful engravings like the one shown here. The May 1866 issue contains an article of particular interest on this date. “May-Day” describes the origins of the festival and the ways in which the English celebrated this event in earlier days, including the custom of raising the May-pole. The article also features the lyrics of songs that would have been heard during these celebrations.
“May, sweet May, again is come,
May, that frees the land from gloom;
Children, children, up and see
All her stores of jollity!”
William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury follows the lives of various members of the Compson family in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County of Mississippi. Published in 1929, this novel is presented in four parts, with different narrators for each. The Sound and the Fury is a challenging book to read, with its stream-of-consciousness style, unorthodox use of punctuation and nonlinear structure featuring sudden shifts in time. Yet, it is worth the effort, as it is considered by many to be one of the finest works of American literature. It was ranked 6th on the 1998 Modern Library’s list of the 100 best English-language novels of all time and was a significant part of the body of work that led to Faulkner’s winning the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. Many of Faulkner’s other novels and short stories also take place in Yoknapatawpha County and are among the most well-known examples of the Southern Gothic genre.
Edgar (Richard Horatio) Wallace, an English writer born into poverty in Greenwich, bought his way out of the army after joining at age 21 and, instead, became a war correspondent for Reuters and the Daily Mail during the Second Boer War. He left South Africa with a mountain of horse-racing debt and began writing thrillers to raise income. Over his lifetime he wrote 957 short stories, 18 plays, and over 170 novels and screenplays. He was hired on as a “script doctor” at RKO Studios in Hollywood, California and wrote the initial 110 page draft script for the producer’s ‘gorilla picture’ called “The Beast”. This movie script later became known as “King Kong”. He died of undiagnosed diabetes before the final movie script reached the screen.
His most popular writing genre, crime novels, include The Forger, published in 1927. In this story, forged notes have started to appear everywhere. Mr. Cheyne Wells of Harley Street has been given one. So has Porter. Peter Clifton is rich, but no one is quite certain how he acquired his money--not even his wife, the beautiful Jane Leith. One night someone puts a ladder to Jane’s window and enters her room. It is not her jewels they are after. Inspector Rouper and Superintendent Bourke are both involved in trying to solve this thrilling mystery.
More than nineteen other Edgar Wallace titles are available here at Faded Page.
Why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by indulging your senses in the wonderful selection of short tales in Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland? Here is a sample of some of the treats awaiting you!
In “The Brewery of Egg-Shells”, a mother wonders if the child in its cradle is her own baby or a changeling (a bad fairy). A helpful neighbour suggests dunking the baby in a bath of boiling water and a dozen broken egg-shells to find out if it is her own boy or a fairy. Will she take the advice? (Don’t try this at home!)
“The Banshee” is a rather spooky tale of a forewarning of impending death. Mr. Bunworth was not dangerously ill but a man bringing him medicine was convinced that the Banshee was on the prowl. No-one would believe him. Would you? Read this to find out the truth but beware of a wailing woman with long white hair!
The last tale in the book, “The Giant’s Stairs”, tells the strange story of young Philip Ronayne who escaped the giant Mahon Mac Mahon. How did he outwit him and who helped him?
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is an environmental science book documenting the detrimental effects of pesticide aerial spraying on the environment and the long-term effects on animal and human health. Its publication led to a U.S. ban on DDT and inspired an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Rachel Carson began as a marine biologist at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries writing copy for radio educational programs. She became a full-time writer after her 1951 best seller The Sea Around Us won her a National Book Award. During the 1940's she became concerned with the use of synthetic pesticides that had been developed initially through military funding programs and used in Europe at the end of the war. In 1957 the Department of Agriculture, as part of its Fire Ant Eradication program, began aerial spraying of DDT mixed with fuel oil over private land, despite public objection. This spurred Carson to research, investigation and the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, two years before she died of cancer.
Carson's main argument is that pesticides have detrimental effects on the environment and are more properly termed “biocides” because their effects are rarely limited to the target pest. She also accuses the chemical industry of intentionally spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically. The title, originally planned for the chapter on birds, was inspired by John Keats “La Belle Dame sans Merci” which contains the lines
“The sedge is wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.”
Albert Camus, journaliste, philosophe et écrivain lauréat du prix Nobel de littérature, publie L’Étranger en 1942. Il y décrit les fondements de sa philosophie: l’absurde.
L’Étranger est l’histoire d’un homme franco-algérien indifférent qui, après avoir assisté à l’enterrement de sa mère, tue dans un état apathique un Arabe qu’il connaît. Ce roman en deux parties, écrit à la première personne, restitue le paysage mental de l’assassin avant et après le meurtre.
Camus s’explique plus tard: « J’ai résumé L’Étranger, il y a longtemps, par une phrase dont je reconnais qu’elle est très paradoxale: “Dans notre société, tout homme qui ne pleure pas à l’enterrement de sa mère risque d’être condamné à mort.” Je voulais dire seulement que le héros du livre est condamné parce qu’il ne joue pas le jeu. »
Albert Camus, journalist, philosopher, and Nobel Prize winning author, wrote L’Étranger in 1942 as a representation of his philosophy known as “absurdism.”
The Stranger is the story of an indifferent French Algerian man who, after attending his mother’s funeral, apathetically kills an Arab man whom he knows. The two-part story is his first-person narrative view before and after the murder.
Camus later wrote: “I summarized The Stranger a long time ago, with a remark I admit was highly paradoxical: ‘In our society any man who does not weep at his mother’s funeral runs the risk of being sentenced to death.’ I only meant that the hero of my book is condemned because he does not play the game.”
Mazo de la Roche (pronounced may'zo and Rosh to rhyme with Foch), was born on January 15, 1879 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and is best known for her Jalna Series, otherwise known as the Whiteoak Chronicles. The series tells the story of one hundred years of the Whiteoak family covering from 1854 to 1954. Although the novels were not written in sequential order, each can be read as an independent story. Names of many of the characters were taken from gravestones in a Newmarket, Ontario cemetery and the author reportedly once told a friend that she “had the whole story in her head from beginning to end; all she had to do was write it down.” Mazo de la Roche died July 12, 1961 and is buried near Stephen Leacock, another Canadian author available here at Fadedpage, in Sutton, Ontario. The Jalna series has sold over eleven million copies worldwide in 193 English and 92 foreign editions.
In Mary Wakefield, published in 1949 and the third book of the Jalna series, a young English woman is hired by Ernest Whiteoak to be a governess to Phillip’s motherless children. When Phillip falls in love with her, his mother does all she can to prevent the marriage.
The poem “In Flanders Fields” was written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae while he was waiting for the wounded to arrive at his dugout in Flanders, Belgium. It was inspired particularly by the death of a friend on May 2, 1915. Published in the London magazine Punch in December 1915, it rapidly became the most popular English-language poem of the war. The poem has made the poppy the enduring symbol of the war dead of the British empire; it is a lasting symbol of self-sacrifice in war.
On January 28, 1918, McCrae died of pneumonia and meningitis; he was 45 years old. He was buried with full military honours in the cemetery at Wimereux, France.
This book contains most of the poems that he wrote and submitted to various publications over the years of his medical career. There is also a biographical essay by Sir Andrew Macphail.
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography website contains more information on John McCrae. There is also a commemorative vignette that was created by Historica Canada for their Heritage Minutes Collection. There are several museums in Canada that commemorate John McCrae's life. In 1946, John McCrae was declared a Person of National Historic Significance by the Government of Canada.
Are you feeling jaded after the excesses of Christmas and New Year, or perhaps you are still in a celebratory mood? This book might just revitalise your taste buds and spirits (of both kinds)!
There are some short histories of the meals of the day, such as breakfast, “luncheon” and dinner as well as information about the drinks and where they might have come from. There are plenty of recipes for you to try your shaky hands at!
How about a breakfast from India: parrot pie, cold buffalo hump, and grilled sheep's tail? That should set you up for the day! On the other hand, you might fancy luncheon in London and try out Ye Pudding stuffed with steak, kidney, oysters, mushrooms, and larks, or perhaps curried locusts are more to your taste. Grilled bones might be a tempting treat for supper.
Feeling thirsty? How about a Glasgow Punch, a Bosom Caresser or a Crimean Cup? I wonder which one you would enjoy most!
Be a bit reckless and download this book. It is sure to make you laugh!
In this classic Golden Age mystery, family and friends gather at a country manor for Christmas celebrations. The mood turns from joyful to chilling as the first murder occurs, and the guests are cut off from the outside world by a fierce snowstorm. This novel is a wonderful example of the traditional country-house mystery and the perfect book to read in snowy December. The author, Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark, better known as Cyril Hare, is the author of the Francis Pettigrew mystery stories, featuring a barrister as amateur sleuth. All of these, as well as other works by Hare, are available here at Faded Page.
Many know the story of Anne of Green Gables, the warm, precocious and spirited orphan girl adopted by the Cuthberts. Anne is known and loved by readers from all around the world and many of her fans have visited the attractions inspired by her story on Prince Edward Island.
But what happens to Anne after she settles in Green Gables? Her story continues in Anne of Avonlea, published in 1909, which describes Anne's experiences as a schoolteacher from age 16 and 18. There are 8 Anne books in all, and these can be found, along with many other works, in our Lucy Maud Montgomery special collection.
Autobiography of Matthew Scott, Jumbo's Keeper plus Jumbo's Biography, are found together in one volume. We are so used to the adjective jumbo that we forget that the term comes from Jumbo, a very famous large elephant. The first part of the book tells of the “peculiar and checkered” life of his keeper, Matthew Scott, who was born, one of seventeen children, in England in 1834. After having worked in the menagerie on the estate of Lord Derby, he eventually became a keeper at London Zoo. Later, he travelled to France, to bring Jumbo, the elephant, to London.
In the Biography of Jumbo we learn all about Jumbo's arrival in London and his life as a celebrity there. Due to his fame, Jumbo along with Matthew travelled by sea to America where he was exhibited by Barnum. The book gives a real insight into Jumbo's varied life.
We present Arthur Stringer's Shadowed Victory as we observe Remembrance Day in Canada and many other countries on November 11. In some countries, Armistice Day is observed, while in the United States, November 11 marks Veterans Day.
Arthur John Stringer, novelist, screenwriter and poet, was born in 1874 in Cedar Springs, Ontario. He is best known as a writer of crime fiction, wilderness adventures, numerous film scripts, and several books of poetry. His best known blank-verse drama is Sappho in Leucadia. In 1914, he attained fame as the first Canadian poet to use free verse with his Open Water book of verse. Seven years before he died in 1950, he published Shadowed Victory, a blank-verse poem about Canada during World War I.
In the poem, Stringer paints the story of Hugh, the young man who rushes to join and go to war, and his friend Clyde, the young man who stays behind to work the farm on the prairie to feed the troops. Each fights the enemy presented to them; one 'fighting the Hun' and the other fighting the drought and frost and the loss of his girl, Lynn, to the soldier. The war ends, but for Hugh, Clyde and Lynn, it is a shadowed victory.
Our collection includes short stories "Cool Air" and The Nameless City, which is considered the first of his well-known Cthulhu Mythos stories. The image above is Lovecraft's own sketch of the cosmic entity Cthulhu.
The Canadian Horticulturist is a periodical from the late 1800's and early 1900's that contains articles on all kinds of gardening and crops in Canada. Surprisingly, much of the information and advice given in the magazine is still relevant today. One of our readers found articles on the care of amaryllis and clematis particularly helpful. If you're a fruit farmer, you would benefit from reading this magazine. If you're a greenhouse owner, you will find tips here. If you want to grow potatoes or house plants, you will get plenty of useful information in the pages of this magazine. With the resurgence of interest in heirloom gardening, this century-old periodical is perfect for the current times!
This story by British naturalist John Coulson Tregarthen never fails to fascinate in its telling of the amazing life of a hare from its birth, its learning curve as a young leveret to its becoming an adult hare. It is told in an unsentimental way and features the animals and landscape of Cornwall in England. The book provides a vivid picture of a young animal coping with and overcoming the stresses of life around it. A number of photographs enhance this edition.
This story is about two bodies: one, an unknown man found wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez in a local architect’s bath tub, the other a well-known wealthy financier who is missing and who is definitely not the unknown man in the bath tub. Through various twists and turns—typical of all the Wimsey mystery stories—a surgeon at a local teaching hospital becomes the chief suspect.
You’ll have to read to story to discover the reasons ... I don’t want to spoil it for you ... but, be assured that, if you enjoy mysteries involving aristocratic amateur sleuths, you’ll having difficulty putting down the book until it’s finished ... then you’ll want to read the others.
Dorothy L. Sayers 1893-1957 is a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright essayist, translator, Christian humanist, and more. She was a fairly prolific author and Faded Page has quite a few of her books with plans to add more; see Special Collection: The Works of Dorothy Leigh Sayers.
Lord Peter is a dilettante who solves mysteries—quite often murders—for his own amusement; he is an archetype for the British gentleman detective with a touch of mild satire for the British class system. Though he enjoys the “thrill of the chase”, he has ambiguous feelings about catching criminals for a hobby—especially if they could be hanged. Lord Peter occasionally suffers from “nervous” problems caused by wartime shell-shock—what we would now probably call PTSD—then it was termed “malingering”. He has an interest in rare books and collecting incunabula—which is usually used to refer to “the earliest stages or first traces in the development of anything”. He considers himself an expert on food, wine, male fashion and classical music.
Whose Body?—which introduces many of the regular characters—is followed by ten other novels, interspersed with over 20 short stories, and followed by, at least, four books by Jill Paton Walsh—approved by the Sayers’ estate—with the first one being the completion of an unpublished manuscript. The stories begin in the 1920’s and follow Lord Peter through his life, and marriage, for the next 20 years; the books by Walsh take us further. Naturally, those books written by Walsh will not be in the public domain for many years yet, as she is still living, but you can probably find them at your local library.
Everyone—well, almost everyone—knows the story of “Winnie-the-Pooh” and his friends; if not the original stories by A.A. Milne, at least the Disney version. So I will relate how Winnie was “born”.
In August 1914, a Canadian veterinarian and soldier with the Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps purchased as a female cub in White River, Ontario, Canada. Lt. Colebourn smuggled the bear cub into Britain as an unofficial regimental mascot. She was named for Lt. Colebourn's home city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
When the regiment was ordered to France, Winnipeg (aka Winnie), was left at the London Zoo for the duration of the war. After the war was over, Colebourn decided to leave her at the London Zoo where she was much loved for her playfulness and gentleness. She lived at the zoo until her death in 1934.
One of Winnipeg's ardent fans was A.A. Milne's son Christopher Robin who regularly enticed his father into visiting the zoo. Christopher Robin changed the name of his own teddy bear from “Edward Bear” to “Winnie the Pooh” and so provided the inspiration for his father's stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and friends.
Historica Canada created the following heart-warming vignette about Winnie.
Please note that we were not able to include any of the original illustrations done by E.H. Shepard as they will not be in the Public Domain in Canada until 2027.
Ben Ide spends his time chasing wild horses in Northern California, accompanied by the wanderer, Nevada and his Indian companion, Modoc. Rather than catching horses, rumours circulate that he is a cattle rustler. But Ina Blaine, his childhood sweetheart, doesn't believe the rumours. She defends Ben against the suspicions of her newly-rich father and his unscrupulous associate, Les Setter, who has a previous connection to Nevada.
Looking toward the future, Ben Ide and his companions buy out a couple of ranchers in a severe drought and proceed to catch a lot of wild horses. He is after one in particular- California Red, whom Ina's father has promised as a present for her, if any man should catch him. Setter and Blaine set out to steal Ben's new land while he's off, and trouble follows.
Zane Grey writes from personal knowledge of northern California where he identifies Mt. Shasta, Tule Lake, and the landscape in and around Lava Beds National Monument. The "Forlorn River" represents the Lost River that flows through the Tule Lake area.
Although "Forlorn River" was first published in 1927, it was adapted to two motion pictures, one in 1926 starring Jack Holt and another in 1937 starring Buster Crabbe. It was also made a feature Dell comic in 1952. "Nevada", the sequel to "Forlorn River" is also available for download here at fadedpage.com. For more Zane Grey titles, see our Special Collection page.
To celebrate Independence Day in the United States on July 4, we feature "American Scenery Volume I & II" by Nathaniel Parker Willis with illustrations by William Henry Bartlett.
Bartlett, a Londoner, became one of the foremost illustrators of topography of his generation. In 1835, he first visited the United States in order to draw the buildings, towns and scenery of the northeastern states. The 118 finely detailed steel engravings Bartlett produced were published in 1840 uncolored and with a text by Nathaniel Parker Willis as "American Scenery; or Land, Lake, and River: Illustrations of Transatlantic Nature". Willis writes a travel dialogue for each engraving by addressing the reader as a prospective tourist visiting the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara, Yale College or Harper's Ferry. His use of historical vignettes and poems to express his views and add color to his writing may explain how he became the leading magazine writer of his time.
American Scenery was originally published in London in 30 monthly installments from 1837 to 1839 and later as bound editions beginning in 1840. Bartlett's impressions of Canada were collected in 1842 and he collaborated with Willis again using the same format. The result of their collaboration was published as "Canadian Scenery Volume I & II" and is also available here at fadedpage.com.
Early History of the C.P.R. Road by Walter Moberly
A History of the Canadian Pacific Railway by Harold Adams Innis
To celebrate Canada Day on July 1, we feature two works that tell the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada's first transcontinental railway. The C.P.R. was originally built between 1881 and 1885, with the goal of uniting the Eastern and Western parts of the country.
Walter Moberly was a civil engineer and surveyor who played a vital role in the development of British Columbia. He discovered Eagle Pass, through which the C.P.R eventually travelled. His 1909 monograph, Early History of the C.P.R., includes his reflections on the building of the railway.
Innis College at the University of Toronto is named for Harold Adams Innis, who was a professor of political economy there. A History of the Canadian Pacific Railway, published in 1923, was actually his Ph.D. thesis. It is a detailed and comprehensive volume that attempts, in the author's own words, "to trace the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway from an evolutionary and scientific point of view."
Trente Arpents by Ringuet
Afin de souligner la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, fête nationale du Québec le 24 juin, nous présentons un roman de 1938, écrit par Philippe Panneton dit Ringuet. Un des derniers romans du terroir (anti-roman du terroir pour certains), Trente Arpents dépeint l'essor et le déclin d'Euchariste Moisan, fermier québécois des Laurentides exilé aux États-Unis à la fin de sa vie. Le roman gagne des prix en France et au Québec et la traduction de Felix et Dorothea Walter, Thirty Acres, remporte le prix du Gouverneur général du Canada en 1940. À l'instar de Maria Chapdelaine et du Survenant, le roman est un classique de la littérature canadienne. Depuis 1997, le prix Ringuet est décerné chaque année à un auteur pour un roman, récit ou recueil de nouvelles qui est jugé de très grande qualité par l'Académie des lettres du Québec.
To celebrate St.-Jean-Baptiste Day or fête nationale in the Canadian province of Québec on June 24, we feature this 1938 book by French-Canadian writer Philippe Panneton, better known as Ringuet. This novel, one of the last examples of the roman du terroir (or an anti-roman du terroir for some), depicts the rise and fall of Quebec farmer Euchariste Moisan, born in the Laurentians but exiled to the United States at the end of his life. This novel won prizes in both France and Québec, and the English translation by Felix and Dorothea Walker, Thirty Acres, won the Governor General's Award for fiction in 1940. Like Maria Chapdelaine and Le Survenant, this novel is considered a classic of Canadian literature. Since 1997, the Prix Ringuet has been awarded each year by the Académie des lettres du Québec for an outstanding work of fiction.
Tom Swift and His Flying Boat by Victor Appleton
The Tom Swift series of novels make up what may be the most famous books concerning scientific inventors and inventions in all juvenile literature. Many of the inventions talked about, dreamed about, and built in the books are a reality today.
In this novel, Tom wants to improve seaplane technology and builds a new and large luxurious flying boat from scratch and in record time. In fact, it is done just in time to mount a rescue mission to the Arctic to save Mr. Damon and Mr. Nestor, who have been stranded on an iceberg after their schooner was wrecked. Agents of the USSR and foul weather are just a few of the obstacles hampering Tom's rescue efforts. Does Tom make it in time?
If you want to read more about Tom, Ned Newton, Mary Nestor, Mr. Damon and Patagonian giant Koku, then be sure to come back to the Faded Page site, as we will be adding more Tom Swift adventures in the coming months!
The Beckoning Hand: Olga Davidoff's Husband by Grant Allen
"Olga Davidoff’s Husband" is one of thirteen short stories of suspense in The Beckoning Hand series, each one full of twists and turns. This one starts off in Tobolsk, Siberia in 1873. Olga David is the twenty-year-old heiress of the family Davidoff who originally came from Wales but through the generations changed their name from David to Davidoff.
Olga, the belle of the city, meets the dashing, handsome Baron Niaz, a Russian with Tartar blood, and from then on her life takes a dramatic turn. The persuasive Baron proposes and after their marriage they set off for Siberia to his isolated stronghold up in the mountains. All goes well for many weeks and then things change. Olga cannot understand why her husband keeps disappearing for several days before returning. Where does his mysterious new watch with strange initials come from? Why does he stamp on it in the courtyard and destroy it?
Arctic Searching Expedition - A Journal of a Boat-Voyage, Vol. 1 (1851)
Arctic Searching Expedition - A Journal of a Boat-Voyage, Vol. 2 (1851)
by Sir John Richardson (1787-1865)
DPC recently completed, and have posted, their 2,000th and 2,001st projects.
This two volume set is a report of a voyage through Rupert's Land (central to northern interior of Canada) and the Arctic Sea, in search of the lost ships under the command of Sir John Franklin. This was the first voyage in search of Franklin and his ships.
These volumes include discussions of the journey and searching undertaken, along with the geography, people, plants, etc. found on the voyage. An extensive Appendix includes details on the geography, geology, climatology, distribution of plants and insect species, and vocabulary lists for a number of the aboriginal groups they met. There are also coloured illustrations and drawings of natives and locations visited.
In September 2014, a Parks Canada expedition discovered the remains of one of Franklin's ships. It was eventually determined that the ship found was the HMS Erebus. For those interested, here is the link to the Parks Canada website for The Franklin Expedition.
The Adventures of the Chevalier de la Salle
by John S. C. Abbott (1875)
This fascinating history of exploration, discovery and settlement along the great Missouri/Mississippi valley—the heart of the North American continent—features adventure, research, colonization and religious conversion amongst the native peoples and early settlers.
de la Salle was one of the explorers who opened up the continent, travelling by canoe and on foot. Over a period exceeding 30 years he and his colleagues met people, proselytized for the Catholic faith, recorded geographic and biologic discoveries, and establsihed trading posts and forts. In the long run, their last voyage proved fatal, when they attempted to settle near the mouth of the Mississippi.
And the book itself represents a bit of an exploration, too, as we set out on a program to "recapture" the early eBooks produced by DPC. They were posted to Project Gutenberg Canada. Now we propose to add them all to the FP catalogue. The program will take a lot of effort, as there are several hundred such eBooks. Once we have identified which eBooks need to be transferred to FP, their header files will need to be modified, the projects will have to be loaded to the FP database via FTP software, and an entry made in the FP catalogue.
Not much time for a single eBook, but multiplied by hundreds of entries, quite a task!! The resulting expansion in the FP catalogue of hundreds of additional titles will be well worth the effort.
Enjoy de la Salle!