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Can you help me find information on a given author or work?
I'm willing to try, although at times I may have to turn down requests for help due to a lack of free time. Just send an email to detailing what kind of information you're trying to find, and I'll see what I can do. Please be as specific as possible -- I'd hate to give you an answer only to find out I had made a wrong assumption about the question. If the question is too broad (like, "what do you know about Thoreau?"), I'll just direct you to a website or two.

If I can't help personally, there are a few hints I can give you to help you find the information yourself. If you are looking for information about an author or work, try a Google search. I have found Google more useful than any other search engine I've used in looking for information about classics. The more search terms you use, and the more specific they are, the better.

If you are looking for a copy of a book, and you couldn't find it on Amazon (either new or in their ZShops), be sure to check other online bookstores, both new and used. My first stops when helping people find books are:

Alibris - one of the best online used bookstores. - another great used bookseller.
Barnes and Noble online.
Bookfinder - Indexes over 40,000 sellers of new/used/rare/OOP books.
AddALL - Indexes over 20,000 sellers of used/rare/OOP books.
Grant & Cutler - specializing in non-English books, including English works in translation.
Yahoo's Used Book Site directory - Over 300 online bookstores last time we looked.
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I have an old edition of a classic. Can you tell me what it's worth?
I have no expertise in book valuation; all I do when asked this is to look for copies of the same book on one of the sites listed above (especially Bookfinder and AddALL), and look at the prices. They can give you a rough idea.
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Does this site use cookies?
No -- I don't need them. I have no need to collect information about visitors, I don't have "shopping carts" or other things which require cookies, and navigation options are handled by URL coding.
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I have a website. Can we trade links?
I'm certainly willing to consider it. Just send an email to giving me your URL, and if your site is related to the Great Books in any way I'll probably link to you.
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How can I support this site?
The easiest way is to shop at If you use a link on this site to visit, then this site gets a commission on anything you purchase during that visit.

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Do you plan to put advertising on the site?
Not unless it's the only way to keep the site running. I don't like being distracted by ads (especially those annoying pop-ups and flashing banner ads) while surfing, and I assume you don't either. As long as I can cover the site's expenses without it, I won't put up advertising.
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Arabian Nights, 1001
Archipelago, The Gulag
Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, An
Aristotle for Everybody
Arithmetic, Introduction to
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Arms, A Farewell to
Arms and the Man
Arnauld, Correspondence with
Around the World in Eighty Days
Ars Amatoria
Ars Poetica
Art, On Poesy or
Art?; What is
Art of Beauty, The
Art as Experience
Art of Love, The
Art of Poetry, The
Art and Scholasticism
Art of War, The
Arthur, Le Morte d'
Articles of Confederation
Articulations, On the
Artist, A Hunger
Artist as a Young Man, A Portrait of the
Arts, Especially Medicine; Exhortation to the Study of the
As You Like It
Ascent of Mt. Carmel, The
Ascent of Mt. Ventoux
Assisi, The Little Flowers of St. Francis of
Astronomy, Epitome of Copernican
Athenian Constitution, The (Aristotle)
Athens, Timon of
Atlantis, New
Atlas Shrugged
Attack Upon Christendom, The
Aulis, Iphigenia at
Autobiography (Darwin)
Autobiography (Franklin)
Autobiography (Gibbon)
Autobiography (Josephus)
Autobiography (Mill)
Autobiography, Scientific (Planck)
Babylonian Captivity of the Church, The
Bacchae, The
Badge of Courage, The Red
Ball, After the
Ballads (Stevenson)
Ballads (Thackeray)
Ballads, Lyrical
Barbara, Major
Barn Burning
Battle of the Books
Bead Game, The Glass
Beagle, The Voyage of the
Beast in the Jungle, The
Beautiful, On the Sublime and
Beauty, The Art of
Bede, Adam
Being Earnest, The Importance of
Being and Nothingness
Bell Tolls, For Whom the
Benedict, The Rule of St.
Beyond Good and Evil
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Bible, The Holy
Billy Budd
Biographia Literaria
Birds, The
Birmingham Jail, Letter from
Birth of Tragedy, The
Black, The Red and the
Black Monk, The
Black Sea, Letters from the
Bleak House
Blood, On the Circulation of the
Blood in Animals, On the Motion of the Heart and
Bodies, On Floating
Bodies, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly
Bondage of the Will, Concerning the
Book; How to Read a
Book of Common Prayer, The
Book of Five Rings, The
Book of Prognostics, The
Books, Battle of the
Bostonians, The
Bovary, Madame
Brave New World
Breathing; On Youth and Old Age, On Life and Death, On
Breeding, Treatise on Good Manners and Good
Brigade, The Charge of the Light
Brinker or the Silver Skates, Hans
Brothers, Joseph and his
Brothers Karamazov, The
Budd, Billy
Builder, The Master
Burnt Njal, The Saga of

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