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By: Richard Steele (1672-1729)

Book cover Isaac Bickerstaff, physician and astrologer

By: Anne Warner (1869-1913)

Book cover The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary
Book cover Susan Clegg and Her Friend Mrs. Lathrop
Book cover Susan Clegg and Her Neighbors' Affairs
Book cover Susan Clegg and a Man in the House

By: Montague Glass (1877-1934)

The Competitive Nephew by Montague Glass The Competitive Nephew

By: Martin Ross (1862-1915)

Book cover Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.

By: Roger Kuykendall

Book cover We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly

By: John Galt (1779-1839)

Book cover The Provost

By: Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald (1834-1925)

Book cover Bardell v. Pickwick

By: Artemus Ward (1834-1867)

Book cover The Complete Works of Artemus Ward — Part 1: Essays, Sketches, and Letters

By: William H. Mallock (1849-1923)

Book cover Every Man His Own Poet Or, The Inspired Singer's Recipe Book

By: Percival Leigh (1813-1889)

Book cover The Comic Latin Grammar A new and facetious introduction to the Latin tongue

By: Kate Sanborn (1839-1917)

Book cover The Wit of Women Fourth Edition

By: T. W. H. Crosland (1865-1924)

Book cover The Old Man's Bag

By: Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865)

Book cover The Attaché; or, Sam Slick in England

By: Barry Pain (1824-1928)

Book cover If Winter Don't

Barry Pain's parody takes a sharp knife to ASM Hutchinson's best selling novel 'If Winter Comes'.We follow the professional and marital decline of long suffering (and loving it), Luke Sharper, as his marriage to Mabel flounders while his love for Jona flourishes. It could only end in tears.....Or could it? (

By: Charles Harrison (-1943)

Book cover A Humorous History of England

By: Robert Smith Surtees (1805-1864)

Book cover Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour

By: C. E. (Clara Elizabeth) Fanning (1878-1938)

Book cover Toaster's Handbook Jokes, Stories, and Quotations

By: Donald Ogden Stewart

Perfect Behavior by Donald Ogden Stewart Perfect Behavior

A humorous guide to manners and etiquette for ladies and gentlemen in a social "crises," published in 1922. (Introduction by Samanem)

By: Don Marquis (1878-1937)

Book cover Danny's Own Story

Danny is the proverbial basket-on-the-doorstep baby, found by Hank and Elmira Walters, a childless couple who welcome him into their home because they need a new topic over which to bicker. Bicker they do, and fight just as often, from the day they attempt to settle on a name, to the day eighteen years later, when Danny and Hank come to blows and Danny leaves home in company with Dr. Kirby, bottler and supplier of the miracle elixir, Siwash Indian Sagraw. For years Danny wanders aimlessly--from Illinois to Indiana to Ohio, back to Illinois, then into Tennessee and points south--sometimes in company with Dr...

By: P. Hampson

Book cover The Romance of Mathematics Being the Original Researches of a Lady Professor of GirthamCollege in Polemical Science

By: W. S. Gilbert (d 1911)

Book cover More Bab Ballads

This is a subset of the first twelve poems from the second collection of Gilbert’s “Bab Ballads” – light verses poking fun at the life and people of his time in Gilbert’s unique “topsy-turvey” style. The epitaph on his memorial on the Victoria Embankment in London is “HIS FOE WAS FOLLY AND HIS WEAPON WIT”, an epitaph amply exemplified in these verses.

By: W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert (1836-1911)

Book cover Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs

By: Al. G. (Alfred Griffith) Field (1852-)

Book cover Watch Yourself Go By

By: James Parton (1822-1891)

Book cover The Humorous Poetry of the English Language; from Chaucer to Saxe

By: Stephen Lucius Gwynn (1864-1950)

Book cover Irish Books and Irish People

By: Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Book cover Rogers-isms, the Cowboy Philosopher on the Peace Conference

By: Mark Lemon (1809-1870)

Book cover How to Make a Man of Consequence

Mark Lemon had a natural talent for journalism and the stage, and, at twenty-six, retired from less congenial business to devote himself to the writing of plays. More than sixty of his melodramas, operettas and comedies were produced in London, whilst at the same time he was contributing to a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, and was founding editor of both Punch and The Field.

By: Henry Wallace Phillips (1869-1930)

Book cover Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters
Book cover Red Saunders His Adventures West & East
Book cover Mr. Scraggs

By: J. Thorne Smith, Jr. (1892-1934)

Biltmore Oswald by J. Thorne Smith, Jr. Biltmore Oswald

The hilarious diary of a young man's recruitment into, and service in a navy, which, though well equipped and disciplined, remains woefully ill prepared for his arrival and dubious contribution. (Introduction by Nigel Boydell)

By: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

Book cover Workhouse Clock

There were scarcely any events in the life of Thomas Hood. One condition there was of too potent determining importance—life-long ill health; and one circumstance of moment—a commercial failure, and consequent expatriation. Beyond this, little presents itself for record in the outward facts of this upright and beneficial career, bright with genius and coruscating with wit, dark with the lengthening and deepening shadow of death.

By: George A. (George Alexander) Morton (1857-)

Book cover Law and Laughter

By: Mary Belle Freeley

Book cover Fair to Look Upon

By: F. Anstey (1856-1934)

Bayard  from Bengal by F. Anstey Bayard from Bengal

The estimable gentleman, Chunder Bindabun Bhosh, ESQ., B.A., travels from his native India to England, with his impeccable English and manners, which immediately mark him as a foreigner, and embarks on an enviable program of escapades. These stories are the product of the fertile imagination of Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee, B.A., a nom de plume for the humorist F. Anstey, which is a further nom de plume for Thomas Anstey Guthrie. Whether rescuing a nubile maiden from a charging bull or falling in love with said nubile maiden, Mr. Bosh, B. A. cannot help but perform with the requisite humor to engage our attention.

By: George W. Carleton (1832-1901)

Our Artist in Cuba Fifty drawings on wood. Leaves from the Sketch-book of a traveler, During the Winter of 1864-5. by George W. Carleton Our Artist in Cuba Fifty drawings on wood. Leaves from the Sketch-book of a traveler, During the Winter of 1864-5.

By: Clarence Day (1874-1935)

Book cover This Simian World

By: Lucretia P. (Lucretia Peabody) Hale (1820-1900)

Book cover The Peterkin Papers

By: Henry Walcott Boynton (1869-1947)

Book cover The Golfer's Rubaiyat

By: Wallace Irwin (1876-1959)

Book cover The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Jr.
Book cover The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum

By: Heywood Broun (1888-1939)

Seeing Things at Night by Heywood Broun Seeing Things at Night

This Book is a collection of humorous short stories which describe the comedy in everyday things and situations.

Pieces of Hate and other Enthusiasms by Heywood Broun Pieces of Hate and other Enthusiasms

This book is a collection of humorous short stories about ordinary instances in daily life. We learn many interesting things about life, such as how to court women successfully, what it feels like to be a god, and why sometimes it would be a good idea to exchange one's own newborn baby for a better one at the hospital.

By: George V. (George Vere) Hobart (1867-1926)

Book cover You Should Worry Says John Henry
Book cover Skiddoo!

By: David Ross Locke (1833-1888)

Book cover "Swingin Round the Cirkle." His Ideas Of Men, Politics, And Things, As Set Forth In His Letters To The Public Press, During The Year 1866.

By: Metta Victoria Fuller Victor (1831-1885)

Book cover The Blunders of a Bashful Man
Book cover The Bad Boy At Home And His Experiences In Trying To Become An Editor - 1885

By: James Bell Salmond (1891-1958)

Book cover My Man Sandy

By: Knight Russ Ockside (1830-1898)

Book cover History and Records of the Elephant Club

Mortimer Q. Thomson (September 2, 1832 – June 25, 1875) was an American journalist and humorist who wrote under the pseudonym Q. K. Philander Doesticks. He was born in Riga, New York and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Michigan University in Ann Arbor, but was expelled along with several others either for his involvement in secret societies[1] or for "too much enterprise in securing subjects for the dissecting room."[2] After a brief period working in theater, he became a journalist and lecturer...

By: H. C. (Harry Charles) Witwer (1890-1929)

Book cover Alex the Great
Book cover Kid Scanlan

By: Jesse Lynch Williams (1871-1929)

Why Marry? by Jesse Lynch Williams Why Marry?

Why Marry? is a comedy, which "tells the truth about marriage". We find a family in the throes of proving the morality of marriage to a New Age Woman. Can the family defend marriage to this self-supporting girl? Will she be convinced that marriage is the ultimate sacredness of a relationship or will she hold to her perception that marriage is the basis of separating two lovers."Why Marry?" won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

By: Richard D. Blackmore (1654?-1729)

Book cover Essay upon Wit

By: Steele Rudd (1868-1935)

Book cover On Our Selection

The humorous account of Dad and Dave and the rest of the Rudd clan as they attempt to carve a farming 'selection' out of the Australian wilderness in spite of fire, famine, snakebite, and a loony hired hand.

By: Susan Edmonstoune Ferrier

Book cover Marriage, Volume 1

“Love!–A word by superstition thought a God; by use turned to an humour; by self-will made a flattering madness.” – Alexander and Campaspe. Lady Juliana, the indulged and coddled seventeen (”And a half, papa”) year old daughter of the Earl of Cortland, is betrothed by her father to a wealthy old Duke who can give her every luxury. She instead runs away and marries her very handsome but penniless lover. Very soon, they are forced to travel to Scotland to live with his quirky family in a rundown “castle” in the barren wilderness. Can this marriage survive?(Summary by P.Cunningham)

By: Will M. (Will Martin) Cressy (1863-1930)

Book cover Continuous Vaudeville

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