Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote (1867)

From whole multi-paragraph excerpts to single lines, this wonderful little book dedicates itself, as the title declares, to presenting the wit and wisdom to be foun…more

The Confidence-Man (1857)

Published on the day it is set, April Fool’s Day 1857, Herman Melville’s last novel concerns a group of passengers travelling by steamboat along the Mississippi and…more

Thackerayana (1875)

A remarkable compendium of more than six hundred doodles made by the nineteenth-century author William Makepeace Thackeray, depicting a huge range of subjects, from…more

17 Numbered Lists from History

17 Numbered Lists from History (or, 17 numbered lists that will restore your faith in humanity, specifically in its ability to make numbered lists)….more

A Meditation upon a Broomstick (1711)

A classic piece of parody from the great English satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift. The particular butt of Swift’s sharp pen in this instanc…more