Project Project Gutenberg

Wherein the "webmistress," who hates that phrase, brings to the masses piquant passages from forgotten books 

If you're unfamiliar with Project Gutenberg, familiarize yourself with it as soon as you can. I'm in love with the intrepid souls who've scanned or transcribed 17,000 books for me to read and mock. I'd mention some of the specific wonders I've encountered, but I don't want to spoil future Finds of the Week. It's difficult to plonk oneself down at the computer and read the text of an entire book, but Project Gutenberg remains a peerless source of reference. And if your photography career involves as much travel as mine does, you can be like me and copy several hundred books onto a PDA for instant access and mind-boggling portability. That's how I read 85% of The Warden by Anthony Trollope (who may attain the honorary title of George if the last four Barsetshire novels live up to the promise of the first two). Anyway, I plan to trawl Project Gutenberg for books worthy of special attention, and when I find them, I'll write about them for this site. If you stumble across anything notable, whether for quality, lack of quality, or sheer unbelievability, let me know via e-mail. 

Project Gutenberg Finds of the Week  

3/22/2006 - The Boston Terrier and All About It, by Edward A. Axtell

2/25/2006 - What Two Children Did, by Charlotte E. Chittenden