Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871), written by Lewis Carroll, the pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Charles Lutwidge Dodson, a professor of mathematics at Magdalen (Maudlin) College, Oxford, originally wrote these charming children’s stories for young Alice, the daughter of his friend, Henry George Liddell, the dean of Christ…

As a Man Thinketh

Considered the pioneer of modern inspirational thought and motivation, James Allen (1864 – 1912) published As a Man Thinketh in 1903. This is a powerful little self-help treatise, which essentially discusses how, by adjusting the way we think in response to external circumstances, we can shape our lives, personally, professionally, physically, and psychologically, towards the…

The Secret Adversary

Described as an “excellent yarn”, “amazingly clever”, and a “thrilling adventure”, Agatha Christie’s tale of a dauntless pair of amateur detectives, Tommy Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley, who stumble upon a puzzling mystery, was recently adapted for a BBC TV series that will air in 2015. The story begins on the doomed RMS Lusitania and…

Three Weeks

Elinor Glyn was famous as the notorious author of several sexy Hollywood movies and novels, e.g., It, in which she described “it” as the strange magnetism that attracts both sexes. Three Weeks became her most popular novel, described as erotic, romantic, and risqué. Glyn’s work in movies, novels, and articles in Cosmopolitan is considered to…