Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex

On November 20, 1820, a sperm whale struck and sunk the whaling ship Essex, stranding the 21 crew members who escaped on three whale-boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2000...

Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

This was the first speech given by the newly-elected President of the United States. In an already tense state, Lincoln made the address with the hopes that the discordant South...

Rue Baree

This tale follows a group of art students roaming around the Latin Quarter of Paris. Bohemians with womanizing tendencies, they go through as many working-class girls as they can...

Jabberwocky

“Jabberwocky” is one of the most well-known nonsense poems in the English language. Though full of playful made-up words like “brillig,” “mimsy,” and frumious,” the...

The King of Terrors

Everyone’s greatest fear, it’s safe to say that death truly is the “King of all terrors.” But in this sermon preached at St. Paul’s Cathedral of London in 1910, Henry...

The Gold Bug

Inspired by the real-life click beetle, Poe’s story, The Gold Bug, impresses on the reader the stress that wealth can often have upon humans. William Legrand and his servant,...

The Diary of a Madman

The public mourns when a beloved magistrate dies, a man of upstanding character who had a reputation for bringing criminals to justice. Yet when our tale’s narrator stumbles...

On Sense and the Sensible

This Aristotelian treatise makes up part of the philosopher’s Parva Naturalia, which is Latin for “short treatises on nature.” In this text, he presents his ideas about the...

On Dreams

“On Dreams” is part of Aristotle’s Parva Naturalia, a collection of works on the phenomena of human life. In this treatise, he hypothesizes that we dream because our sensory...

Message Regarding Newly Acquired Territories

In this message, Zachary Taylor addresses the state of two newly acquired territories -- namely California and New Mexico. Essentially, he acknowledges that these territories are...

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