As the owner of the The Classic Literature Library I have to send a huge thanks to the volunteers behind The Project Gutenberg Project without which the Classic Literature Library would consist of empty virtual bookshelves :-)
The Project Gutenberg Project volunteers have tirelessly scanned and transcribed tens of thousands of public domain books over the past few decades and I’ve taken a small sample and added them to this virtual library in a different format.
David Cameron Law
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