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  • The Booming of Acre Hillby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Over the course of his career, John Kendrick Bangs gained prominence as one of the most beloved humor writers of his era. In this charming collection of short stories, Bangs muses on the emergence of the suburban middle class in the United States with his trademark wit and humanity. more...

  • Cobwebs From a Library Cornerby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 2.99

    This collection of literary-themed verse from satirist and man of letters John Kendrick Bangs is sure to please book lovers. Filled with allusions to authors and their works and characterized by a light, playful tone, every poem in Cobwebs From a Library Corner is a witty delight. more...

  • The Enchanted Typewriterby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    American writer John Kendrick Bangs was an innovator who removed the ponderous solemnity from the typical ghost story and replaced it with his own trademark wit and imagination. The Enchanted Typewriter is part of Bangs' Associated Shades series, which features famous people who have passed on to the afterlife. In these stories, the famed 18th-century... more...

  • The Genial Idiotby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    American editor and writer John Kendrick Bangs eased into humor writing and satire by anonymously submitting a few essays for publication amidst his busy career at a number of prominent publications. One of his most lasting creations is an opinionated buffoon called the Idiot. In this amusing collection, the Idiot holds forth on a number of his pet... more...

  • Half-Hours with the Idiotby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Part of John Kendrick Bangs' beloved Idiot series, based around the exaggerated exploits of the eponymous antihero, this collection features the Idiot's opinions on a number of diverse topics, including women, taxation, and international diplomacy. As always, the Idiot's silly soliloquies are packed with equal parts ridiculous fallacy and... more...

  • A House-Boat on the Styxby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 1902; US$ 4.99

    The souls of the dead must cross the Styx, to pass into a Hades-like afterworld. In the first of the twelve stories compiled in A House-Boat on the Styx, the man who ferries the souls across sees a houseboat floating downriver and fears for his livelihood. He is appointed janitor on the boat, where the remaining stories take place between characters... more...

  • The Idiotby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Today, quirky or eccentric outsiders are often afforded a measure of tolerance or even respect. In the nineteenth century, however, these original thinkers were often regarded as dangerous crackpots and subjected to scorn -- or worse. John Kendrick Bangs' The Idiot follows the ups and downs of one such unfortunate fellow in a most amusing fashion. more...

  • The Inventions of the Idiotby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    What happens when a brilliant but eccentric tinkerer sets his mind on improving the conditions of mankind through the power of science? John Kendrick Bangs' follow-up to The Idiot details this one-of-a-kind inventor's ideas -- some brilliant, some batty -- in this eminently readable romp. more...

  • A Little Book of Christmasby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Renowned journalist and essayist John Kendrick Bangs worked at the helm of many of the most important news magazines of his day -- and all the while, he was submitting his own short humor pieces, poems, and other blurbs to mass-market publications, often anonymously or using a pen name. This holiday-themed collection brings together some of Bangs'... more...

  • Mr. Bonaparte of Corsicaby John Kendrick Bangs

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    American author John Kendrick Bangs carved out a unique niche for himself in the literary pantheon by penning dozens of satirical works focusing on historical figures. In the ersatz biography Mr. Bonaparte of Corsica, he mercilessly skewers bombastic French emperor Napoleon. more...