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The Golden Ass relates the ludicrous adventures of Lucius, a virile young man obsessed with magic. In his enthusiasm to see the use of magic he is accidentally transformed into an ass and thus forced to witness and experience the lives of slaves and the destitute. This is the only surviving work of Greco-Roman literature to give a first person perspective of the abhorrent condition of the lower classes. T. E. Lawrence carried a small copy of the book in his saddlebags throughout the Arab Revolt.
In his day E. P. Roe was a bigger seller than Mark Twain.
A story of the Chicago fire.
"We accord a hearty commendation to this work. The narrative is vigorous, often intense, but rarely if ever melodramatic.
Its language is usually no less chaste than forcible and impressive.
It betrays a power of invention and description which is not met with every day in the best of writers of popular fiction."
-- Dr. Ripley, in the New York Tribune (contemporary review)
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