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World’s Famous Orations, Vol. III: Great Britain – I, The by BRYAN, William Jennings and HALSEY, Francis Whiting

In 1906, William Jennings Bryan, himself a famous American orator, and Francis Whiting Halsey published a series of the most famous orations of all time. They are ordered by both geographic area and time period, ranging from Ancient Greece to their contemporary United States. The third, fourth, and fifth volumes of this collection concern British speakers. The speeches contained in this third volume are ordered chronologically. We begin in the year (altro…)

Pantropheon by SOYER, Alexis

Soyer was a ‘celebrity chef’, devising innovations such as water-cooled refrigerators and adjustable temperature ovens. He developed many popular recipes and catered for 2000 guests at Queen Victoria’s coronation celebration. He had a social conscience and donated a penny for every mean sold, to help alleviate the Irish famine. During the Crimean War, he laid the foundations for the future British Army Catering Corps. He is credited with writing several books, (altro…)

Lady Byron Vindicated by STOWE, Harriet Beecher

In 1869, the Atlantic published Stowe’s article, The True Story Of Lady Byron’s Life, a brief exposé of the famous poet Lord Byron’s sordid private life which had led to a separation from his wife and drove him out of England, as told to her by Lady Byron herself before her death. Stowe wrote this article long after Lady Byron’s death, when Lady Byron‘s impeccable reputation was being smeared across Europe (altro…)

Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, The by ZAYAS, Marius de

“This Convention represents the fourth updated version of the Geneva Convention on the wounded and sick following those adopted in 1864, 1906 and 1929. It contains 64 articles. These provide protection for the wounded and sick, but also for medical and religious personnel, medical units and medical transports. The Convention also recognizes the distinctive emblems. It has two annexes containing a draft agreement relating to hospital zones and a model identity (altro…)

Good Stories for Great Birthdays by OLCOTT, Frances Jenkins

“Here are over 200 stories celebrating 23 great birthdays of patriot-founders and upbuilders of the Republics of both North and South America. In the stories are more than 75 historical characters, men, women, and children. The arrangement follows the school-year, beginning in October with Columbus.” The stories included are to be read by or to children as an introduction to the biographies of many fascinating and important Americans. – Summary by (altro…)

Silver Bullet, The by HUME, Fergus

Dr. Jim Herrick and his friend Robin are on a walking tour in the English countryside when they come across a large house where all the lights in the house are on and all of the doors are open. While trying to find someone at home, they discover the body of Colonel Carr, dead from a gunshot wound. After reporting their discovery to the authorities, Dr. Jim decides he would investigate (altro…)

Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 055 by VARIOUS

Fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the
readers. Topics include Philosophy and Psychology: selections from Kierkegaard’s
“Preparation for a Christian Life” and Jung’s “The Hymn of Creation,” and an
exploration of Hegel’s psychology; Arts and the Avant-garde: critiques of Kreymborg by
Lola Ridge and of Pablo Picasso by Marius de Zayas, the rationale behind “1001
Afternoons in Chicago” by Ben Hecht, and notes on the 15th (altro…)

Short Science Fiction Collection 062 by VARIOUS

Science fiction is a genre encompassing imaginative works that take place in this world or that of the author’s creation where anything is possible. The only rules are those set forth by the author. The speculative nature of the genre inspires thought and plants seeds that have led to advances in science. The genre can spark an interest in the sciences and is cited as the impetus for the career choice (altro…)

Exigimos mayor transparencia cuando negocien sobre nuestros datos

Bajo los estándares actuales de protección de derechos humanos, la vigilancia de las comunicaciones y actividades en línea requiere ciertas precondiciones, una de las cuales es la existencia de una orden judicial. Sin embargo, de acuerdo con la normativa que se discute actualmente en Europa y en Estados Unidos, muchas cosas estarían por cambiar, en especial la garantía de que nuestros datos personales no terminen en manos de otros gobiernos sin (altro…)

Collection of Ballads, A by LANG, Andrew

This is a collection of ballads, edited, with an introduction and notes by Andrew Lang. The ballads range widely in style, from the historic to the romantic, from the short to the epic, from Scotland to France. Some of the material is the fabric of well-known fairy-tales, others have a historical core, and again others are myths. In any case, every reader and listener should be able to find a poem (altro…)

History of Mary Prince, The by PRINCE, Mary

Mary Prince was born into slavery in the West Indies. As a free woman in England she wrote her memoirs, which sold well and supported and publicised the anti-slavery movement.

NB This book contains racial vocabulary and refers to physical and sexual abuse that some listeners may find offensive or distressing. (Newgatenovelist)
This title is avalable for free download at: www.librivox.org.

Folk-Lore and Legends: Scandinavian by TIBBITS, Charles John

Thanks to Thiele, to Hylten-Cavallius and Stephens, and to Asbjörnsen and Moe, Scandinavian Folklore is well to the front. Its treasures are many, and of much value. One may be almost sorry to find among them the originals of many of our English tales. Are we indebted to the folk of other nations for all our folk-tales? It would almost seem so.

I have introduced into the present volume only one or (altro…)

Gerry Mandering

E mentre davanti alle telecamere assiepate dentro le aule della commissione senatoriale del Congresso degli Stati Uniti  si consuma la caccia all’untore per individuare il capro espiatorio della querelle facebook/cambridge analytica… Diffidare sempre di chi promuove la caccia serrata contro qualcuno o qualcosa, normalmente non ha a cuore la verità e nemmeno la giustizia. Noi vorremmo provare ad aggiungere qualche tassello alla vicenda. Poche nuove tessere per disegnare particolari nuovi di  un (altro…)

Niccolò Machiavelli – Clizia


Quanto sia lieto el giorno
che le memorie antiche
fa ch’or per voi sien mostre e celebrate
si vede, perché intorno
tutte le genti amiche
si sono in questa parte ragunate.
Noi, che la nostra etate
ne’ boschi e nelle selve consumiamo,
venuti ancor qui siamo,
io ninfa e noi pastori,
e giàm cantando insieme e nostri amori.
Chiari giorni e quïeti!
Felice e bel paese,
dove del nostro conato el suon s’udia!
Pertanto, allegri e lieti,
a queste vostre imprese
faren col cantar nostro compagnia,
con (altro…)

Leonardo da Vinci – Scritti letterari


1. DE ANIMA. Il moto della terra contro alla terra ricalcando quella, poco si move le parte percosse. L’acqua percossa dall’acqua fa circuli dintorno al loco percosso. Per lunga distanzia la voce infra l’aria. Più lunga infra ‘l foco. Più la mente infra l’universo. Ma perché l’è finita non s’astende infra lo ‘nfinito.

2. FACCIÀNO NOSTRA VITA COLL’ALTRUI MORTE. In nella cosa morta riman vita dissensata, la quale ricongiunta alli stomaci de’ (altro…)