Published in 1896, A Monk of Fife is a fictitious narrative purporting to be written by a young Scot in France from 1429 to 1431.
The novel is narrated very effectively by multiple voices — Jonathan's journal of his trip to Transylvania, Mina's diary, and Seward's recorded journal, as well as letters and newspaper items. Although somewhat crude and certainly sensational, the novel also does have psychological power, and the sexual longings underlying the vampire attacks are manifest. The pace is relaxed and atmospheric and the characters richer than one might expect.
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This collection of twelve Sherlock Holmes stories were originally published in the Strand Magazine.
Darwin presents a theory of evolution that is, except concerning the inheritance of traits acquired by education in which he still believes, almost identical to the theories now accepted by scientists. He carefully argues this theory of evolution of species by natural selection by presenting the accumulated scientific evidence of his voyage on the HMS Beagle in the 1830s. His theories were opposed to the then-accepted viewpoint of creationism. It is arguably one of the pivotal works in scientific history. Moreover, it was (and still is) eminently readable, even by the non-specialist.
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