By: Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy
Humorous, ironic, and sometimes cynical observations of life in 1915 from Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock.
My Discovery of England
"In the course of time a very considerable public feeling was aroused in the United States and Canada over this state of affairs. The lack of reciprocity in it seemed unfair. It was felt (or at least I felt) that the time had come when some one ought to go over and take some impressions off England. The choice of such a person (my choice) fell upon myself. By an arrangement with the Geographical Society of America, acting in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society of England (to both of whom I communicated my proposal), I went at my own expense."And from thence follow the impressions of Canadian political economist and humourist, Stephen Leacock, after a lecturing visit to England.
By: Stephen Lucius Gwynn (1864-1950)
|Irish Books and Irish People|
By: Susan Edmonstoune Ferrier
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: T. W. H. Crosland (1865-1924)
|The Old Man's Bag|
By: Thomas A. Janvier (1849-1913)
Uncle Of An Angel
In what I have read so far this book appears to be a humorous character study on two levels. That between the uncle and niece and that of polite society in the 19th century. Anything can happen. I for one want to find out what will happen!!
By: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
|Sartor Resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh|
By: Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865)
|The Attaché; or, Sam Slick in England|
By: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
The Hand of Ethelberta
Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since her marriage, Ethelberta has been treated to foreign travel and further privileges by Lady Petherwin but restricted from seeing her own family. The story follows Ethelberta's career as a famous poetess and storyteller...
By: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)
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: Thomas L. Masson (1866-1934)
|Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor|
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: 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: Timothy S. Arthur (1809-1885)
The reader cannot but smile at some of the phases of life presented in this volume. Yet the smile will, in no case, the author thinks, be at the expense of humanity, good feeling, or virtue. Many of the incidents given, are facts embellished by a few touches of fancy. In all, lessons may be read that some, at least, will do well to lay to heart.
By: Timothy Templeton
|The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth|
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...
Poems Every Child Should Know
A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to. Published in 1904, Poems Every Child Should Know contains some well-loved verses like Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Lewis Carroll's delightful parody Father William, Felicia Hemans' deeply-moving Casablanca and other favorites. It also has lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Arrow and The Song, Robert Browning's The Incident of the French Camp, Eugene Field's nonsense lyrics Wynken, Blynken and Nod and a host of other wonderful verses...
Vice in its Proper Shape
Cautionary tales of the transmigration of the souls of naughty boys and girls, as elucidated by the mysterious Bramin, Mr Wiseman: “Having been gifted with the faculty of distinguishing those animals which are now animated by the souls of such human beings as formerly degraded themselves to a level with the unthinking brutes, I have taken the pains to provide a collection of beasts, birds, &c. most of which are inhabited by the souls of some naughty masters or misses, who died in the neighbourhood.” (David Barnes, quoting the Introduction)
Humour of the North
Some day an enterprising editor may find time to glean from the whole field of Canadian literature a representative collection of wit and humour. . . . The present little collection obviously makes no such ambitious claim. It embraces, however, what are believed to be representative examples of the work of some of our better-known writers, many of which will no doubt be quite familiar to Canadian readers, but perhaps none the less welcome on that account.
|The Humors of Falconbridge A Collection of Humorous and Every Day Scenes|
“Brazilian Tales” is a collection of six short stories selected by Isaac Goldberg as best representative of the Brazilian Literature of his period – the end of the 19th century. His comprehensive preface aims at familiarizing the reader with a literature that was – and still is – virtually unknown outside the boundaries of its own land, and the pieces chosen by Goldberg to be translated belong to writers that reached popularity and appreciation while still alive. This “pioneer volume”, as the translator himself puts it, still keeps its charm and interest as a way of offering to the English speaking public some “sample cases” of Brazilian Literature.
|The Jargon File, Version 4.2.2, 20 Aug 2000|
|The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; containing a collection of over one thousand of the most laughable sayings and jokes of celebrated wits and humorists.|
|The Jargon File, Version 4.0.0, 24 Jul 1996|
By: W. S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert (1836-1911)
|Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs|
By: W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
The Bab Ballads
The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before he became famous for his comic opera librettos with Arthur Sullivan. In writing the Bab Ballads, Gilbert developed his unique “topsy-turvy” style, where the humour was derived by setting up a ridiculous premise and working out its logical consequences, however absurd. The Ballads also reveal Gilbert’s cynical and satirical approach to humour. They became famous on their own, as well as being a source for plot elements, characters and songs that Gilbert would recycle in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas...
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. 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.|