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Scribd. Get (Almost) Any Book For Free: 100+ (Kosher) Sites Offering Great Literature for Download. - Thousands of Full-Text Free Books. Rare Book Room. Mary Shelley’s Handwritten Manuscripts of Frankenstein Now Online for the First Time.

Thanks to the newly-opened Shelley-Godwin Archive, you can read “for the first time in digital form all the known manuscripts of Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley’s finest work and arguably the most famous work of British Romanticism. The story behind the writing of Frankenstein is famous. In 1816, Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, summering near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, were challenged by Lord Byron to take part in a competition to write a frightening tale. Mary, only 18 years old, later had a waking dream of sorts where she imagined the premise of her book: When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw — with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, — I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together.

Via The New York Times Related Content: See F. 10 revolutionary reads that changed history. There’s nothing out there to beat a book for escapism; after all, who wouldn’t rather be transported to Middle Earth, Tralfamadore, or even to the windswept Kansas prairies of Laura Ingalls Wilder rather than suffer through a dull day in work? But books aren’t all about fantastical transportation – they’re also about revolutionary inspiration! Words do have the power to change the world – and here’s ten empowering examples to rouse your fighting blood: 1.

William Tyndale’s Bible (1526) Sure, it doesn’t sound counter-cultural, but Tydale’s English-language translation of the New Testament, first published in 1526, was a huge force in the Protestant Reform movement. The book, along with its translator, was considered heretical; it had to be smuggled into Britain, where copies were publically burnt, and Tyndale himself was eventually strangled and burnt to death in 1535. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1984, George Orwell (1949) 8. 9. 10. Book Recommendations. Good Books - Metamorphosis : Hunter S. Thompson And Gonzo Inspired Animation Is A Psychedelic Ride, Destination : Nonprofit Online Bookstores. To promote a non-profit book distributor, a group of artists donned their bucket hats and thin-rimmed aviator glasses, "harnessed" the infamous drug-fueled rants of a linguistic genius, and tied it in with an unreal, mind-boggling Gonzo-inspired animation style to send a message you'll want to see over and over again.

It is not very often that we have the opportunity to create a graphic equivalent of a drug fueled rant bringing all of our collective skills to bear. And it is almost unfathomable that we could actually do something like this and benefit a good cause. The Buck team dug deep, channeling our inner gonzo, to direct and produce this homage promoting Good Books, the online bookseller that passes all its profits through to Oxfam. A big thanks to String Theory in NZ for bringing us this script, Antfood for their amazing audio stylings, to Thor for giving his voice and to all the artists who made this something we are proud of.