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|
Coffee Break Collection
If you find yourself with nothing particular to do in an airport, train or bus or you've got a quiet evening to yourself in a hotel room or you're facing the delicious prospect of an extended lunch or tea break, why not pick up Coffee Break Collection 001 and enjoy the experience? This anthology has a selection of humorous pieces guaranteed to keep you entertained. Opening with a master of the genre, PG Wodehouse, the first story is a pseudo-scholarly treatise on football captains! A delightful piece follows – Beyond Pandora by RJ Martin with its memorable opening line, “The ideal way to deal with a pest...
“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.
Short Humor Collection
This is a collection of short humorous works first published before 1923.
|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.|
|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: Wallace Irwin (1876-1959)
|The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Jr.|
|The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum|
By: Walter Scott (1771-1832)
|St. Ronan's Well|
By: Wardon Allan Curtis (1867-1940)
|The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton|
By: Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent.
The Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle, Gent. (1824) is a compilation of eight humorous and observational letters written by American writer, Washington Irving, under the pseudonym, Jonathan Oldstyle. These eight letters and one additional were first published as a series of "Letters to the Editor" of the New York paper, The Morning Chronicle, between 1802 and 1803. In them Oldstyle skewered the local New York social scene on the topics of etiquette, marriage, fashion, and other particulars of human interaction...
By: Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)
|Max and Maurice a juvenile history in seven tricks|
By: Will M. (Will Martin) Cressy (1863-1930)
By: Will Rogers (1879-1935)
|Rogers-isms, the Cowboy Philosopher on the Peace Conference|
By: William Combe (1742-1823)
Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque
“To bury these, to christen those, And marry such fond folks who chose To change the tenor of their life And risk the matrimonial strife.” This was the humdrum life of Dr. Syntax before he set out on his bizarre and hilarious adventures, presented here in the form of satirical poem in 26 cantos. It’s a lot of fun!
By: William Dean Howells (1837-1920)
Five O'Clock Tea
A light-hearted romantic comedy in twelve short scenes, set during a tea party in the home of Mrs. Amy Somers, a widow who is courted by the ingenuous and delightful Mr. Willis Campbell.