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  • Stories of Catulle Mendès.
    Catulle Mendès
    , (1841—1909) was a Frenchman who wrote prolifically, producing plays, poems, short stories and novels. The stories were mostly short fairy tales, science fiction, and horror. Very popular at the time, he is now mostly forgotten, and it turned out to be very difficult to find any of them in English. We have managed to track a few down: here they are.
  • The Hasheesh Eater, by Fitz Hugh Ludlow.
    This book was first published in the USA in 1857 and was a very early account of the effects of hallucinogens. He describes in great detail the fantastic visions and distortions of reality he experienced after taking large doses of cannabis extract. He also warns of the unfortunate side-effects he experienced.  Despite these, the book stimulated a brief fashion for emulating him: clubs were formed in several cities to experiment with the effects. See the article at the Public Domain Review for more information.
  • The History and Chronicles of Scotland, by Hector Boece.
    This was the first complete history of Scotland to be written. Hector Boece (1465–1536) compiled it from earlier chronicles and published it in Latin in the year 1527 as Historia Gentis Scotorum, (The History of the Scottish People.)  It was a major source for Holinshed's Chronicles, mined by Shakespeare for his story of Macbeth.  In 1536 it was translated from Latin into Scots by John Bellenden; there is also a French translation done at about the same time. Our version will be a translation of Bellenden's version into modern English.
  • The Poems of Henry Griffin.
    Henry Griffin flourished in early 20th-Century New York, and self-published a number of books of poetry.  Though neither great literature, nor yet amusingly bad like the works of the Great McGonagall, they have a style and charm of their own which has led to them having a certain cult following.  An acquired taste, maybe  --  but one well worth acquiring.


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