Written in 1962 it is set in some unspecified time in the future, when earth has become a Utopia. The population is under control, there is no poverty, suffering or even...
First Page:IN THE SWEET DRY AND DRY
CHRISTOPHER MORLEY AND BART HALEY
ILLUSTRATED BY GLUYAS WILLIAMS
DEDICATED TO G. K. CHESTERTON
MOST DELIGHTFUL OF MODERN DECANTERBURY PILGRIMS
As far as this book is concerned, the public may Take It, or the...
First Page:SARTOR RESARTUS:
The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh
By Thomas Carlyle.
CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY.
Considering our present advanced state of culture, and how the Torch of Science has now been brandished and borne about, with more or less effect, for five thousand years and upwards; how, in these times especially, not only the Torch still burns, and perhaps more fiercely than ever, but innumerable Rushlights, and Sulphur matches, kindled thereat, are also glancing in every direction, so that not the smallest cranny or dog ho...
This novel is sometimes thought of as [Fielding's] first because he almost certainly began composing it before he wrote Shamela and Joseph Andrews. It is a satire of Walpole that draws a parallel between Walpole and Jonathan Wild, the infamous gang leader and highwayman. He implicitly compares the Whig party in Parliament with a gang of thieves being run by Walpole, whose constant desire to be a “Great Man” (a common epithet for Walpole) should culminate only in the antithesis of greatness: being hanged.
First Page:THE WORKS OF HENRY FIELDING
John Kendrick Bangs (May 27, 1862 – January 21, 1922) was an American author and satirist, and the creator of modern Bangasian Fantasy, the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife. (Wikipedia)
Plot summary: J K Bangs has taken Alice from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and lets her on a boring day travel with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and the other of Carroll’s familiar characters to Blunderland. The story is a well written Satire, a witty, humorous tale of adventure and city politics, a tale of Alice in ...
First Page:A LECTURE ON HEADS
By Geo. Alex. Stevens
By Mr. Pilon
AS DELIVERED by Mr. Charles Lee Lewes.
TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN ESSAY ON SATIRE.
WITH FORTY SEVEN HEADS By Nesbit, From Designs By Thurston.
[Transcriber's Note: Numbers in the text within curly brackets are page numbers.]
ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC.
There having been several pirated editions published of this Lecture, it is necessary to describe their nature, and to explain the manner in which they were obtained; from which the public will judge, how much they have been i...
First Page:FIFTY ONE TALES
by Lord Dunsany
The Death of Pan
The Sphinx at Giza
Wind and Fog
The Raft Builders
Death and Odysseus
Death and the Orange
The Prayer of the Flower
Time and the Tradesman
The Little City
The Unpasturable Fields
The Worm and the Angel
The Songless Country
The Latest Thing
The Demagogue and ...
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 (named in honor of an ancestor who became bored with life and hanged himself) is about to ...
An old monk is tricked by the Devil into undertaking a voyage to a remote island to save the souls of thousands who live there. He arrives on the island which is actually a desolate one, inhabited only by colonies of millions of penguins. The old monk whose eyesight and hearing are almost nonexistent, mistakes them for humans and begins baptizing them. In Heaven, God finds Himself in a dilemma; the old monk's unwavering faith compels him to regard the baptisms as genuine.
However, in Christian theology, only humans have souls – hence God is forced to grant the thousands of newly...
First Page:THE GHOST OF CHATHAM; A VISION.
DEDICATED TO THE HOUSE OF PEERS.
"Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. A SPIRIT passed before my face." Job.
LONDON: PRINTED FOR WILLIAM HONE, 45, LUDGATE HILL.
J. M'Creery, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.
The following lines were written under the powerful impulse of feelings which appear to have been almost consentaneous with those of the whole British people. The...