Best Sellers of 1900

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ColleenMc
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Post by ColleenMc » June 14th, 2019, 5:01 am

There are more books already recorded or that appeared on the 1899 list here than usual, but a few are still out there!


1. To Have and To Hold by Mary Johnston (1870-1936)

Already on Librivox, one version.


2. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley

Already on Librivox, one version.


3. Unleavened Bread by Robert Grant

Already on Librivox, one version.


4. The Reign of Law by James Lane Allen (1849-1925)

Historical saga set immediately after the American Revolution, featuring a man and woman of very different classes finding each other "in the hemp fields of Kentucky".

4 full-length works by Allen have been recorded, along with several short works.

Text link (Project Gutenberg): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3791
Wikipedia article on James Lane Allen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lane_Allen


5. Eben Holden by Irving Bacheler

Already on Librivox, one version.


6. Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford (1865-1902)

Also on 1899 list; more details there.


7. The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss

This is a summary of the film version so I'm not sure how closely it matches the book version --

"David Corson is a Quaker who is admired by members of his community for his spiritual ways. He has a crisis of faith when a snake-oil salesman named Dr. Paracelsus arrives in town with a young gypsy named Pepeeta. Thinking Pepeeta is Paracelsus' daughter, he becomes enamored of her and joins Paracelsus and Pepeeta as they travel about the countryside. He eventually discovers Pepeeta is Paracelsus' wife. David descends into drunkenness and gambling, and has a fight with Paracelsus, leaving him for dead. David then marries Pepeeta. Eventually, David meets Paracelsus, who was not killed, but was blinded in the fight. David, feeling remorse, allows Paracelsus to try to stab him, but Paracelsus drops dead in the attempt. David, with the help of Pepeeta, begins to regain his faith." (from IMDB)

No works by Goss have been recorded yet for Librivox.

Text link (Project Gutenberg): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14730
Wikipedia article on Charles Frederic Goss: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Frederic_Goss


8. Richard Carvel by Winston Churchill (1871-1947)

Also on 1899 list; more details there.


9. When Knighthood Was in Flower by Charles Major

Already on Librivox, one version.


10. Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson (1844-1901)

(Fun fact, Maurice Thompson's Wikipedia entry describes him as "an American novelist, poet, essayist, archer and naturalist." Archer? Wow.)

From Goodreads:

"Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Alice of Old Vincennes is the story of the orphan girl Alice Roussillon. In 1778 the French outpost of Vincennes, Indiana revolts against the British and swears allegiance to the American cause. Hoisting her hand-made American flag over the fort, Alice provides the rallying symbol of the cause of liberty. The handsome Virginian Lt. Fitzhugh Beverly proves to be both a noble companion in arms as well as of the heart. When the British retake Vincennes, the rallying cry "Viva la banniere d'Alice Roussillon" is heard throughout the land. The true battle for liberty and love has begun."

No works by Goss have been recorded yet for Librivox.

Text link (Project Gutenberg): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4097
Wikipedia article on Maurice Thompson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Thompson
Wikipedia article on Alice of Old Vincennes (very little info here, more about bestseller status than book itself): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_of_Old_Vincennes

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