By: J. M. Barrie (1860-1937)
|My Lady Nicotine A Study in Smoke|
By: Gerard Nolst Trenité
“The Chaos” is a poem which demonstrates the irregularity of English spelling and pronunciation, written by Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870-1946), also known under the pseudonym Charivarius. It first appeared in an appendix to the author’s 1920 textbook Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche uitspraakoefeningen.
By: Tobias Smollett
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker was the last of the picaresque novels of Tobias Smollett, and is considered by many to be his best and funniest work. Published in London on 17 June 1771, it is an epistolary novel, presented in the form of letters written by six different characters: Matthew Bramble, a Welsh Squire; his sister Tabitha; their niece and nephew, Jery and Lydia Melford; Tabitha’s maid Winifred Jenkins; and Lydia’s suitor, Wilson. Much of the comedy arises from differences in the descriptions of the same events by different participants...
By: Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)
The Princess Aline
Morton Carlton, an easy-going, rich young artist, has never taken the concepts of love and marriage all that seriously -- until by accident a copy of an English illustrated paper falls into his hands, which contains a photograph of the young Princess Aline of Hohenwald. Instantly, Carlton is captivated by the princess, and decides that he must meet her. But how to get close to a princess, who lives in a small German duchy well protected by guards and etiquette? Carlton decides to travel to Europe and try his luck...
My Buried Treasure
"This is a true story of a search for buried treasure. The only part that is not true is the name of the man with whom I searched for the treasure. Unless I keep his name out of it he will not let me write the story, and, as it was his expedition and as my share of the treasure is only what I can make by writing the story, I must write as he dictates. I think the story should be told, because our experience was unique, and might be of benefit to others. And, besides, I need the money." (From the text)
By: James Stephens
There is a Tavern in the Town
The soul of Irish wit is captured in this unique tale of a barstool philosopher, the concluding story from 'Here Are Ladies' by James Stephens. (Introduction by iremonger)
By: Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)
"Kashtanka," a shaggy-dog story penned by Anton Chekhov in seven parts and first published in 1887, relates the experiences of its eponymous heroine, a fox-faced, reddish dachshund-mix, whose name means 'little chestnut.' After her detestation of music causes her to become separated from the carpenter with whose family she had been living, Kashtanka finds herself taken up by an unusual vaudevillian and goes to live among an assortment of other intelligent animals, each of whom is observed with the characteristic empathy and humor that stamp Chekhov's work.
By: William Henry Giles Kingston (1814-1880)
|Voyages and Travels of Count Funnibos and Baron Stilkin|
By: Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
Second Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow
A second volume of humorous essays on various subjects, following the success of Idle thoughts Of An Idle Fellow.
Diary of a Pilgrimage
A possibly fictionalised account by the comic novelist Jerome K. Jerome of a trip to Germany that he undertook with a friend in order to see the famous Passion Play at Oberammergau. The journey takes in London, Dover, Ostend, Cologne, Munich, Oberau, Oberammergau and then back to London via Heidelberg. As one might expect from the author of 'Three Men in a Boat', much goes wrong along the way, including seasickness, strange food, stranger beds, misleading guidebooks, bewildering train timetables, and numerous cultural and linguistic misunderstandings.
By: P. T. Barnum (1810-1891)
The Humbugs of the World
P. T. Barnum exposes some of the chief humbugs of the world with his usual entertaining style. He looks at medicine and quacks, ghosts, witchcraft, religious humbugs, money manias, adventurers, personal reminiscences, and much more.
By: Carolyn Wells (1862-1942)
The Jingle Book
A collection of silly poetry and limericks for children.
|A Phenomenal Fauna|
|The Re-echo Club|
By: Daisy Ashford (1881-1972)
The Young Visiters, or Mr. Salteena's Plan
The Young Visiters is a comic romance novella that parodies upper class society of late Victorian England. Social climber Alfred Salteena introduces his young lady friend Ethel to a genuine gentleman named Bernard and, to his irritation, they hit it off. But Bernard helps Alfred in his plan to become a gentleman, which, Alfred hopes, will help him win back Ethel.
By: Ring Lardner (1885-1933)
|Treat 'em Rough Letters from Jack the Kaiser Killer|
Gullible's Travels, Etc.
Humorous stories of social climbing in America's "classless" society.
By: Dorothy Quigley
What Dress Makes of Us
A wickedly funny book of advice on women’s dress. However old, fat or plain you are, Dorothy Quigley will tell you what not to wear.
By: Helen Rowland (1875-1950)
A Guide to Men: Being Encore Reflections of a Bachelor Girl
A series of occasionally witty one-liners, poems and considerations on the subject of Men, Women and their Conjunction. By turns tender, bland, sexist (in both directions!) and funny.
By: Henry W. Lucy (1845-1924)
Faces and Places
Faces and Places is a collection of articles on nineteenth century travel, events and personalities by the British journalist Henry Lucy, who wrote for the Daily News, a London newspaper. His open letter To Those About to Become Journalists rings as true today as when it was written.The first article, “Fred” Burnaby, includes a lively account of a balloon trip, while Night and Day on the Cars in Canada and Easter on Les Avants relate Lucy’s experiences of rail travel at that time. Other travel tales (A Night on a Mountain, Mosquitoes and Monaco, and Oysters and Arcachon) provide an insight into the Victorian Englishman’s attitude to Europe...
By: Thomas Love Peacock
Deep in the fens of the British coast sits the gloomy mansion that goes by the name Nightmare Abbey. It is inhabited by persons of very low opinion of the human race, and in fact they pride themselves in the depths of their detestation. Others of its denizens believe the ultimate exercise and product of the human mind ought to be chaos. Now let the young master of the house get snared by the wiles of a beautiful young lady. And for good measure, toss in another beautiful young lady. Now Scythrop...
By: Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
‘A wickedly funny 1911 satire on undergraduate life in Edwardian Oxford’ in which the entire student body of Oxford university including the young, handsome aristocrat the Duke of Dorset falls hopelessly in love with Zuleika who is visiting her grandfather, the warden of Judas college, and ultimately commit mass suicide at the end of ‘Eights Week’
By: Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
In order to liven up the literary history of Great Britain in the 1890s (as if Oscar Wilde, Stevenson, Kipling, Hardy, etc., were not lively enough) Max Beerbohm wrote short biographies of six imaginary writers. Though their works of course no longer exist, he leaves the impression that the literary world is really none the poorer. It is, of course, the six men themselves (Beerbohm himself is the seventh man of the title) who are worth our attention. ( Nicholas Clifford) Note that the Gutenberg edition of Seven Men is incomplete, but the missing sections may be found separately James Pethel http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/759 E.V. Laider http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/761
Happy Hypocrite: A Fairy Tale For Tired Men
Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist. The Happy Hypocrite: A Fairy Tale for Tired Men is a short story with moral implications. Beerbohm's tale is a lighter, more humorous version of Oscar Wilde's classic tale of moral degeneration, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The Happy Hypocrite tells the story of a man who deceives a woman with a mask in order to marry her.
By: W. W. Jacobs (1863-1943)
|The Old Man of the Sea Ship's Company, Part 11.|
|Sailor's Knots (Entire Collection)|
|The Lady of the Barge and Others, Entire Collection|
|Self-Help Sailor's Knots, Part 4.|
|Deep Waters, the Entire Collection|
|Ship's Company, the Entire Collection|
|Captains All and Others|
|An Adulteration Act The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 10.|
|More Cargoes 1897|
|Fairy Gold Ship's Company, Part 4.|
|Keeping Up Appearances Sailor's Knots, Part 12.|
|The Toll-House Sailor's Knots, Part 7.|
|The Guardian Angel Ship's Company, Part 7.|
|Manners Makyth Man Ship's Company, Part 12.|
|Double Dealing Sailor's Knots, Part 11.|
|Odd Man Out Sailor's Knots, Part 6.|
|Sam's Ghost Deep Waters, Part 4.|
|Dirty Work Deep Waters, Part 11.|
|Matrimonial Openings Sailor's Knots, Part 5.|
|The White Cat Captains All, Book 10.|
|Watch-Dogs Ship's Company, Part 5.|
|Skilled Assistance Ship's Company, Part 9.|
|Peter's Pence Sailor's Knots, Part 8.|
|The Nest Egg Captains All, Book 3.|
|The Lady of the Barge The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 1.|
|The Well The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 4.|
|For Better or Worse Ship's Company, Part 10.|
|Sentence Deferred Sailor's Knots, Part 4.|
|Prize Money Sailor's Knots, Part 10.|
|Paying Off Deep Waters, Part 2.|
|Fine Feathers Ship's Company, Part 1.|
|The Boatswain's Mate Captains All, Book 2.|
|Shareholders Deep Waters, Part 1.|
|Cupboard Love The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 5.|
|A Tiger's Skin The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 8.|
|A Golden Venture The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 11.|
|Friends in Need Ship's Company, Part 2.|
|The Bequest Ship's Company, Part 6.|
|Dual Control Ship's Company, Part 8.|
|Deserted Sailor's Knots, Part 1.|
|Husbandry Deep Waters, Part 6.|
|Family Cares Deep Waters, Part 7.|
|Bedridden and the Winter Offensive Deep Waters, Part 8.|
|Striking Hard Deep Waters, Part 10.|
|Good Intentions Ship's Company, Part 3.|
|Homeward Bound Sailor's Knots, Part 2.|
|The Temptation of Samuel Burge Captains All, Book 8.|
|Bill's Paper Chase Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 3.|
|The Head of the Family Sailor's Knots, Part 9.|
|The Constable's Move Captains All, Book 4.|
|Four Pigeons Captains All, Book 7.|
|Captain Rogers The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 7.|
|Captains All Captains All, Part 1.|
|Over the Side Captains All, Book 6.|
|The Madness of Mr. Lister Captains All, Book 9.|
|Made to Measure Deep Waters, Part 3.|
|Bob's Redemption Captains All, Book 5.|
|The Convert Deep Waters, Part 5.|
|The Substitute Deep Waters, Part 9.|
|In the Library The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 6.|
|A Mixed Proposal The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 9.|
|Three at Table The Lady of the Barge and Others, Part 12.|
By: Alfred Elwes (1819-1888)
The Adventures of a Dog, and a Good Dog Too
This fictional work is written in 1st person by the dog himself. It's a cute story of the adventures in the life of a noble dog who is appropriately named, Job. The canine society in which he lives is an interesting parallel to human society.
By: Edward Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
An Amiable Charlatan
An Englishman is enjoying his dinner at Stephano's, at which he is a regular diner. A man enters quickly, sits at his table, starts eating his food, and hands him a packet underneath the table! So begins Paul Walmsley's acquaintance - and adventures - with American adventurer Joseph H. Parker and his lovely daughter, Eve. (Intro by TriciaG)Note that there is an alternate reading of section 8. Both are excellent renditions, so enjoy either or both of them.
By: Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965)
The Adventures of Mr. Mocker
When an innocent blue jay starts talking in his sleep, it’s up to him to find out what’s going on in this fun, naturalistic, Southern-style children’s story.
By: F. Anstey (1856-1934)
Set in Victorian times, the novel concerns business man Paul Bultitude and his son Dick. Dick is about to leave home for a boarding school which is ruled by the cane wielding headmaster Dr. Grimstone. Bultitude, seeing his son's fear of going to the school, foolishly says that schooldays are the best years of a boy's life, and how he wished that he was the one so doing. At this point, thanks to a handy magic stone brought by an uncle from India which grants the possessor one wish, they are now on even terms...
By: Anstey, F. (1856-1934)
The Black Poodle and Other Tales
This is a collection of ten humorous short stories
By: F. Anstey (1856-1934)
Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.
Another delightful example of an English writer poking fun at his countrymen, or maybe all races' reactions to someone from a diferent background. A series of adventures of a well educated foreigner in London which originally appeared weekly in Punch, sometimes with illustrations, dealing with the difficulties of fully understanding a different culture. The hero's perfect English reminds one of a quote from "My Fair Lady" ..."His English is too good, he said, "that clearly indicates that he is Foreign. Whereas other people are instructed in their native language English people aren't."
Talking Horse And Other Stories
A collection of short stories by famed humorist and Punch magazine staff member, F. Anstey, pseudonym for Thomas Anstey Guthrie. They range from humorous and whimsical to haunting and thought-provoking.
When a young newly engaged man finds himself bound for an amusement garden with an old flame, not his fiancee, it is not surprising that he still feels some attraction for her. When they escape the heat of the dance floor to walk among the trees in the garden, it is not surprising that they should come upon a statue of a woman of uncommon beauty, with the smallest hands. When the young man attempts to demonstrate that his absent fiancee has hands even smaller than this immortalized stone woman, it is surprising when the engagement ring he is carrying fits easily on the stone finger, but does not easily come off...