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Project Gutenberg

From the Project Gutenberg site, you can download out-of-copyright “e-texts” of all sorts of literary works. All files are in plain ASCII text. Eg: Shakespeare’s Complete Works can be found there weighing in at around 5 Megs. I remember I did a project on Johannes Gutenberg a few years back. Father of modern printing, I think.