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Classic Ebooks: Humorous

  • The Toys of Peace and Other Papers

      by Saki   This is the last collection of short stories written by the witty British author, Hector Hugh Munro, better known by his pen names "Saki" or "H. H.

    CONKApril 3, 2013
  • Love Insurance

      by Earl Derr Biggers   Allan, Lord Harrowby, son and heir of James Nelson Harrowby, came to Lloyds of London with a most unusual request for insurance. He knew that Lloyds took out policies on unusual risks.

    CONKJuly 13, 2012
  • 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, an assumption that causes them much …

    CONKJune 9, 2010
  • Mrs. Raffles

      by John Kendrick Bangs   Being the Adventures of an Amateur Crackswoman.

    CONKJanuary 6, 2010
  • 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 every wish–generally with r…

    CONKDecember 16, 2009
  • 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.

    CONKDecember 12, 2009
  • 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 ‘necessary truths’ independent of our…

    CONKNovember 3, 2009
  • Crome Yellow

      by Aldous Huxley   Crome Yellow is the first novel by British author Aldous Huxley. It was published in 1921. In the book, Huxley satirises the fads and fashions of the time.

    CONKSeptember 3, 2009
  • Right Ho, Jeeves

      by P. G. Wodehouse   Right Ho, Jeeves is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, the second full-length novel featuring the popular characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, after Thank You, Jeeves.

    CONKAugust 13, 2009
  • My Man Jeeves

      by P. G. Wodehouse   My Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the UK in May 1919 by George Newnes. Of the eight stories in the collection, half feature the popular characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, while the others conc…

    CONKAugust 4, 2009
  • Botchan

      by Natsume Sōseki   Botchan (坊っちゃん) is a novel written by Natsume Sōseki (real name: Kin’nosuke Natsume) in 1906. It is considered to be one of the most popular novels in Japan, read by most Japanese during their childhood.

    CONKMay 20, 2009
  • The Mirror of Kong Ho

      by Ernest Bramah Smith   A lively and amusing collection of letters on western living written by Kong Ho, a Chinese gentleman. These addressed to his homeland, refer to the Westerners in London as barbarians and many of the aids to life in our society give Kong Ho endless…

    CONKMay 19, 2009
  • The Way We Live Now

      by Anthony Trollope   The Way We Live Now is a scathing satirical novel published in London in 1875 by Anthony Trollope, after a popular serialisation. It was regarded by many of Trollope’s contemporaries as his finest work.

    CONKMay 10, 2009
  • Gigolo

      by Edna Ferber   Eight stories of tangy satire and sweet sentimentality. Filled with human drama, unfaltering reason, and extraordinary description.

    CONKApril 12, 2009
  • R. Holmes & Co.

      by John Kendrick Bangs   A collection of 10 short stories about the son of Sherlock Holmes and grandson of Raffles.

    CONKMarch 13, 2009
  • 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.

    CONKMarch 12, 2009
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill

      by Gilbert Keith Chesterton   The Napoleon of Notting Hill is a novel written by G. K. Chesterton in 1904, set in a nearly-unchanged London in 1984. Though the novel deals with the future, it concentrates not on technology nor on totalitarian government but on a government wh…

    CONKFebruary 23, 2009
  • It Can’t Happen Here

      by Sinclair Lewis   It Can’t Happen Here is a semi-satirical political novel by Sinclair Lewis published in 1935. It features newspaperman Doremus Jessup struggling against the fascist regime of President Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, who resembles Gerald B.

    CONKFebruary 14, 2009