First published in 1873, The Gilded Age is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America - an age of corruption when crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers, and dishonest politicians voraciously took advantage of the nation's peace-time optimism. With his characteristic wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust, and naivete of their own time in a work which endures as a valuable social document and one of America's most important satirical novels.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897. Excerpt: ... Then she: "Behold the faulter here in sight: This hand committed that supposed offense; It took the image; mine that fault, that fact, Mine be' the glory of that virtuous act." This spotless lamb thus offered up her blood To save the rest of Christ's selected fold: O noble lie! was ever truth so good? Blest be the lips that such a leasing told. Thoughtful awhile remained the tyrant wood; His native wrath he 'gan a space withhold, And said, "That thou discover soon, I will, What aid, what counsel hadst thou in that ill?" "My lofty thoughts," she answered him, "envied Another's hand should work my high desire; The thirst of glory can no partner bide: With mine own self I did alone conspire." "On thee alone," the tyrant then replied, "Shall fall the vengeance of my wrath and ire." "'Tis just and right," quoth she: "I yield consent, --Mine be the honor, mine the punishment." The wretch, of new enraged at the same, Asked where she hid the image so conveyed: "Not hid," quoth she, "but quite consumed with flame, The idol is of that eternal maid; For so at least I have preserved the same With hands profane from being eft betrayed. My lord, the thing thus stolen demand no more: Here see the thief, that scorneth death therefor. "And yet no theft was this; yourwas the sin: I brought again what you unjustly took." This heard, the tyrant did for rage begin To whet his teeth, and bend his frowning look; No pity, youth, fairness no grace could win; Joy, comfort, hope, the virgin all forsook; Wrath killed remorse, vengeance stopped mercy's breath. Love's thrall to hate, and beauty slave to death. Ta'en was the damsel, and without remorse; The king condemned her, guiltless, to the fire; Her veil and mantle plucked they off by force, And bound her tender arms in twisted wir...
Popular American essayist, novelist, and journalist CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER (1829-1900) was renowned for the warmth and intimacy of his writing, which encompassed travelogue, biography and autobiography, fiction, and more, and influenced entire generations of his fellow writers. Here, the prolific writer turned editor for his final grand work, a splendid survey of global literature, classic and modern, and it's not too much to suggest that if his friend and colleague Mark Twain-who stole Warner's quip about how "everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it"-had assembled this set, it would still be hailed today as one of the great achievements of the book world. Highlights from Volume 9 include: . the politcal writings of William Ellery Channing . verse by Thomas Chatterton . excerpts from Geoffrey Chauncer's Canterbury Tales . the letters of Lord Chesterfield . philosophy and maxims from Chinese literature . dialogues and letters from Marcus Tullius Cicero . the speeches of Henry Clay . the writings of Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) . poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge . selections from the works of William Wilkie Collins . and much, much more.