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Mother Goose for Grownups

By: Guy Wetmore Carryl

Mother Goose for Grownups is a delightfully silly collection of parodies on well-known Mother Goose tales by Guy Wetmore Carryl. (Summary by fink)

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Not George Washington

By: P. G. Wodehouse

It has been said that behind every successful man is a good woman. This is certainly true in the case of James Orlebar Cloyster. However, some funny things happened on his road to success. His story is humorously told from the point of view of several parties involved. According to Wikipedia, the book is a humorous, fictionalized account of Wodehouse's early years as a journalist, with Wodehouse being portrayed by the character of Cloyster. (Summary by Debra Lynn)...

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Wit and Humor of America, The Vol 01

By: Various

The Wit and Humor of America is a 10 volume series. In this, the first volume, 53 short stories and poems have been gathered from 44 authors. This volume is sure to delight listeners. (Summary by Linette Geisel)...

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Book of Snobs, The

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

The necessity of a work on Snobs, demonstrated from History, and proved by felicitous illustrations:—I am the individual destined to write that work—My vocation is announced in terms of great eloquence—I show that the world has been gradually preparing itself for the WORK and the MAN—Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science, and are a part of the Beautiful (with a large B). They pervade all classes—Affecting instance of Colonel Snobley. (Summary excerpted from Prefatory Remarks from the book by W. M. Thackeray)...

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Chronicles of Clovis, The

By: Saki ; Hector Hugh Munro

This is the third collection of short stories by Saki, following on from “Reginald” and “Reginald in Russia”. Although some of the stories have characters that do not appear elsewhere in the collection, many of them are loosely centred round the young Clovis Sangrail (effectively a reincarnation of Reginald). (Summary by Graham Redman)....

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Idle Ideas in 1905

By: Jerome K. Jerome

Back in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including Should Women Be Beautiful?, Should Soldiers Be Polite? and Is The American Husband Made Entirely Of Stained Glass?. Each subject is analysed and commented on in the witty and satirical style we've grown to expect from the author....

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Philo Gubb, Correspondence-School Detective

By: Ellis Parker Butler

Philo Gubb, not being content with his job as wallpaper-hanger, has higher aspirations: to become a detective, just like Sherlock Holmes. To that end, he enrolls in a correspondence course, where he gets lessons through the mail as well as the necessary disguises for a detective. Philo Gubb, not being really clever or intuitive, or even looking good in those disguises, gets involved in one case after the other - and sooner or later happens to stumble on and solve the crime..Each of these stories is a complete mystery unto itself so if you read just one, you will know it's beginning and the unorthodox methods by which Philo Gubb, Correspondence-School Detective solves it using his woeful 'deteckative' (as he puts it) skills (Summary by Aville and Phil Chenevert)...

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À se tordre

By: Alphonse Allais

Alphonse Allais est un journaliste, écrivain et humoriste français célèbre à la Belle Époque, connu pour sa plume acerbe et son humour absurde. (adapté de Wikipedia par Ezwa) Alphonse Allais was a French writer and humorist. He is the author of many collections of whimsical writings. (from Wikipedia)...

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Silver Wedding, The

By: John Godfrey Saxe

volunteers bring you 15 recordings of The Silver Wedding by John Godfrey Saxe. This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 12th, 2010.

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Art de payer ses dettes et de satisfaire ses créanciers sans débourser un sou, L'

By: Émile Marco de Saint-Hilaire ; Émile Empesé

Manuel du Droit Commercial, à l'usage des gens ruinés, des solliciteurs, des surnumérateurs, des employés réformés et de tous les consommateurs sans argent. Par feu mon oncle, Professeur Emérite. Précédé d'une notice biographique sur l'auteur. Le tout publié par son neveu.

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Defendant, The

By: G. K. Chesterton

A collection of reprinted articles on a wide-range of subject, all in the unique style of G. K. Chesterton. Using wit, paradox, and good humor he “defends” a series of seeming harmless things that need no defense, and in so doing he exposes many of the broken assumptions and dogmatic notions of secular humanism and other trends of his age and of ours. (Summary by Ray Clare)...

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Five O'Clock Tea

By: William Dean Howells

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. (Summary by Ruth Golding)...

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Physiologie du jour de l'an

By: Louis Couailhac

Premier de l'an, jour si triste pour les uns, si beau pour les autres, je vais essayer d'esquisser ta physionomie ; et je te traiterai aussi bien que possible. Je te redoute trop, moi qui suis une de tes victimes ordinaires, pour ne pas me montrer indulgent envers toi ! Je ne te demande q'une chose, c'est qu'il te plaise de me rendre la pareille. Cher lecteur, puisse mon cadeau du jour de l'an vous plaire !

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Witches of New York, The

By: Q. K. Philander Doesticks

A humorous account of visits to various fortune tellers, card readers, seers, and other witches of New York. Written by Q.K. Philander Doesticks (a.k.a.Mortimer Thomson)....

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Nous deux

By: Paul Bilhaud

Riquette et Riquet s'aiment, c'est là l'important. Que voudriez-vous savoir de plus ? Comment ils se sont connus ? Où ils se sont rencontrés ? S'ils sont mariés ? S'ils ne le sont pas ? S'ils demeurent ensemble ou s'ils habitent séparément ? Dans quel quartier ? À quel étage ? Quel est le prix de leur loyer ? Comment ils s'habillent ? Ce qu'ils mangent à leurs repas ? etc... etc... L'auteur n'estime pas ces détails indispensables à son récit. Aussi de Riquette et de Riquet il ne vous dira que ceci : Vous voulez les connaître ? Écoutez-les bavarder, rire et s'embrasser. Bavardages, rires et baisers, toute leur histoire tient en ces trois mots que résume cet autre : l'Amour ! (Extraits) Riquette and Riquet are in love, that's what matters. What else would you like to know? How and where they met? If they are married or not? If they live together or apart? In which neighbourhood? What floor? How much is their rent? How they are dressed? What they eat?... The author does not consider those details necessary to his narrative. Therefore, he won't tell you anything about Riquette and Riquet but this: you'd like to know them? Listen to them...

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Nonsense Novels

By: Stephen Leacock

Ten silly stories by Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock. (Summary by Tricia G)

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This Giddy Globe

By: Oliver Herford

Is there a genre called FUN? Yes, and this is it! Insanely humorous geography that will have you rolling on the floor laughing with your sides hurting. (Summary by Neeru Iyer)...

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Toys of Peace, The

By: Saki ; Hector Hugh Munro

This is the fifth collection of short stories by Saki (H.H. Munro), and was published posthumously in 1923. Even so, many of the stories are quite up to the standard of those collected earlier. (Summary by Graham Redman)...

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Silly Syclopedia, The

By: Noah Lott

A Terrible Thing in the Form of a Literary Torpedo which is Launched for HILARIOUS PURPOSES ONLY Inaccurate in Every Particular Containing Copious Etymological Derivations and Other Useless Things by Noah Lott (an ex-relative of Noah Webster)(Summary from book's cover page)...

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Off-Hand Sketches

By: T. S. Arthur

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. (Summary by the author)...

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