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The Ghost-Extinguisher

by Frank Gelett Burgess

This short story must have been the inspiration for the popular movie "Ghost Busters" (1984). The humorist-author here tells the tale of a scientist-philosopher who invents devices to capture ghosts and sets...

The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton

by Wardon Allan Curtis

A collection of 15 fantasy short stories, similar to the "Arabian Nights", set in Chicago.

The Hand of Ethelberta

by Thomas Hardy

At the beginning of the book, we are told that Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but, through her work as a governess, married well at the age of eighteen. Her husband died two weeks after the wedding...

Brother Jacob

by George Eliot

Brother Jacob is Eliot's literary homage to Thackeray, a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading. Revealing Eliot's deep engagement with the question of whether there are...

The Night Life of the Gods

Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

The Missing Angel

by Erle Cox

A man trades his soul to the Devil -- and is happier for it.

The Chronicles of Clovis

by Saki

One of Saki's best-known works. A collection of satirical short stories featuring Clovis.

Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice

by James Branch Cabell

Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice is a 1919 fantasy book by James Branch Cabell - the eighth among some fifty-two books written by this author - which gained fame (or notoriety, in the view of some) shortly after...

All Roads Lead to Calvary

The Brass Bottle

by Thomas Anstey Guthrie

A djinn, sealed in a jar for three thousand years, has been found by Horace Ventimore, a young and not very flourishing architect. Upon his release the djinn expresses his gratitude by seeking to grant his benefactor's...

A Reversible Santa Claus

by Meredith Nicholson

A humorous and exciting story of a burglar who reformed on Christmas Eve and returned the things he had stolen, told in Mr. Nicholson's best vein.

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

by Tobias Smollett

The story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, and it provides a comic and caustic portrayal of 18th century European society.

Erewhon, or Over The Range

Parnassus On Wheels

by Christopher Morley

Parnassus on Wheels is Morley's first novel, about a fictional traveling book-selling business. The original owner of the business, Roger Mifflin, sells it to 39-year-old Helen McGill, who is tired of taking...

Cheerful—By Request

by Edna Ferber

A collection of 12 short stories.

A Voyage to the Moon

by George Tucker

On my return to this my native State, as soon as it was noised abroad that I had met with extraordinary adventures, and made a most wonderful voyage, crowds of people pressed eagerly to see me.

The Bishop's Jaegers

Tartarin of Tarascon

by Alphonse Daudet

The burlesque adventures of Tartarin, a local hero of Tarascon, a small town in southern France, whose invented adventures and reputation as a swashbuckler finally force him to travel to a very prosaic Algiers...

The Adventures of Roderick Random

by Tobias Smollett

A picaresque novel, partially based on Smollett's experience as a naval-surgeon’s mate in the British Navy.