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Bouvard and Pécuchet

by Gustave Flaubert

Nowhere do Flaubert's explorations of the relation of signs to the objects they signify reach a more thorough study than in this work. Bouvard and Pécuchet systematically confuse signs and symbols with reality,...

Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

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...

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...

Three Men on the Bummel

The Chronicles of Clovis

by Saki

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

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 Missing Angel

by Erle Cox

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

The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

by Robert Barr

The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (1906) brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial...

Topper Takes a Trip

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.

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

Cheerful—By Request

by Edna Ferber

A collection of 12 short stories.

Rain in the Doorway

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...

The Glorious Pool

The Stray Lamb

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.

Skin and Bones