A trilingual ebook to celebratethe 40 years (1971-2011)of Project Gutenberg,born on July 4, 1971,with celebrationsduring the whole year 2011. (Includes French and Spanish versions of text)
is an anthology of short fictions by authors from the French Academy (Académie Française): Emile Souvestre, Pierre Loti, Hector Malot, Charles de Bernard, Alphonse Daudet, and others.
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Thanks for this history of the beginnings of Project Gutenberg . They do a wonderful service to the World, with their making books available to the masses. Interesting reading. Given 3 languages ,nice.