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A strange manuscript found in a copper cylinder

By James De Mille
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Four sailors discover a copper cylinder containing a manuscript written by the adventurer Adam More, who was shipwrecked in the southern hemisphere. They read its contents out loud to one another, and the incredible story unfolds—his journey through a subterranean tunnel to a lost world that survives at the foot of a volcano. This strange utopian society, in which humans coexist with prehistoric animals, is the antithesis of Victorian England, as poverty is preferred to wealth and darkness to light. At once a timeless satire and a pioneering work of the science fiction genre, this story is bound to enthrall readers today and revive James De Mille’s reputation as a writer ahead of his time.James De Mille (1833–1880) was a Canadian academic and rhetorician who published many works of Victorian popular fiction. His best-known work,A Strange Manuscript found in a Copper Cylinder, was serialized posthumously inHarper’s Weeklyin 1888.

Table of Contents
  • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
  • CONTENTS
    • CHAPTER I
      • THE FINDING OF THE COPPER CYLINDER
    • CHAPTER II
      • ADRIFT IN THE ANTARCTIC OCEAN
    • CHAPTER III
      • A WORLD OF FIRE AND DESOLATION
    • CHAPTER IV
      • THE SIGHT OF HUMAN BEINGS
    • CHAPTER V
      • THE TORRENT SWEEPING UNDER THE MOUNTAINS
    • CHAPTER VI
      • THE NEW WORLD
    • CHAPTER VII
      • SCIENTIFIC THEORIES AND SCEPTICISM
    • CHAPTER VIII
      • THE CAVE-DWELLERS
    • CHAPTER IX
      • THE CAVERN OF THE DEAD
    • CHAPTER X
      • THE SACRED HUNT
    • CHAPTER XI
      • THE SWAMP MONSTER
    • CHAPTER XII
      • THE BALEFUL SACRIFICE
    • CHAPTER XIII
      • THE AWFUL "MISTA KOSEK"
    • CHAPTER XIV
      • I LEARN MY DOOM
    • CHAPTER XV
      • THE KOHEN IS INEXORABLE
    • CHAPTER XVI
      • THE KOSEKIN
    • CHAPTER XVII
      • BELIEF AND UNBELIEF
    • CHAPTER XVIII
      • A VOYAGE OVER THE POLE
    • CHAPTER XIX
      • THE WONDERS OF THE "AMIR"
    • CHAPTER XX
      • THE DARK MAIDEN LAYELAH
    • CHAPTER XXI
      • THE FLYING MONSTER
    • CHAPTER XXII
      • ESCAPE
    • CHAPTER XXIII
      • THE ISLAND OF FIRE
    • CHAPTER XXIV
      • RECAPTURE
    • CHAPTER XXV
      • FALLING, LIKE ICARUS, INTO THE SEA
    • CHAPTER XXVI
      • GRIMM'S LAW AGAIN
    • CHAPTER XXVII
      • OXENDEN PREACHES A SERMON
    • CHAPTER XXVIII
      • IN PRISON
    • CHAPTER XXIX
      • THE CEREMONY OF SEPARATION
    • CHAPTER XXX
      • THE DAY OF SACRIFICE
    • CHAPTER XXXI
      • CONCLUSION
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