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Round the Block

Round the Block by John Bell Bouton
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In Round the Block (1864), John Bell Bouton, a newspaper editor who later became a travel writer, stirs together comedy and pathos to explore the schemes and dreams of the average and extraordinary people inhabiting and intermingling on a single New York City block. In the path of the novel's circumambulation lie mystery, romance, and a murder trial, as love-matches and fortunes are made and lost through invention, speculation, and flimflam - plenty of flimflam. This richly-charactered novel, told with Dickensian brio, offers a fascinating slice of life, vivid in detail, of the bustling big-city habits and mores of America shortly before the Civil War. (Introduction by Grant Hurlock)

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ROUND THE BLOCK

An American Novel

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

by

JOHN BELL BOUTON

1864

[Illustration: MRS. SLAPMAN AT HOME (Book First, Chap. IX.)]

CONTENTS.

BOOK FIRST.

NEW YEAR'S DAY.

I. THE BLOCK. II. THREE BACHELORS. III. PEEPS. IV. QUIGG. V. PLEASURE AS BUSINESS. VI. SOMETHING HIDDEN. VII. THE BOY BOG. VIII. MALTBOY'S TWENTIETH AFFAIR. IX. MRS. SLAPMAN AT HOME. X. INFIRMITIES OF GENIUS.

BOOK SECOND.

POLISHING.

I. THE ENIGMA. II. A DELICATE PROPOSITION. III. AN AUXILIARY OF MODERN CIVILIZATION. IV. MISS PILLBODY. V. A FRIEND IN NEED. VI. BRANCHING OUT. VII. THE LITTLE PUPIL.

BOOK THIRD.

TRAIL OF THE SERPENT.

I. "ONE TWO THREE FOUR." II. THE FALLING BOARD. III. SNEAKING JUSTIFIED. IV. UP IN THE AIR. V. TONGUES OF FIRE.

BOOK FOURTH.

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

I. MENDERT VAN QUINTEM AND SON. II. BUYING GOOD BEHAVIOR. III. THE YOUNG MONSTER. IV. WESLEY TIFFINS. V. THE PANORAMA OF AFRICA.

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