Nonsense Novels

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Author: Stephen Leacock
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 32,196 / 98 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,338 4299

The author of this book offers it to the public without apology. The reviewers of his previous work of this character have presumed, on inductive grounds, that he must be a young man from the most westerly part of the Western States, to whom many things might be pardoned as due to the exuberant animal spirits of youth. They were good enough to express the thought that when the author grew up and became educated there might be hope for his intellect. This expectation is of no avail. All that education could do in this case has been tried and has failed. As a Professor of Political Economy in a great university, the author admits that he ought to know better. But he will feel amply repaid for his humiliation if there are any to whom this little book may bring some passing amusement in hours of idleness, or some brief respite when the sadness of the heart or the sufferings of the body forbid the perusal of worthier things.

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I. Maddened by Mystery: or, The Defective Detective
II. "Q." A Psychic Pstory of the Psupernatural
III. Guido the Gimlet of Ghent: A Romance of Chivalry
IV. Gertrude the Governess: or, Simple Seventeen
V. A Hero in Homespun: or, The Life Struggle of Hezekiah Hayloft
VI. Sorrows of a Super Soul: or, The Memoirs of Marie Mushenough
VII. Hannah of the Highlands: or, The Laird of Loch Aucherlocherty
VIII. Soaked in Seaweed: or, Upset in the Ocean
IX. Caroline's Christmas: or, The Inexplicable Infant
X. The Man in Asbestos: an Allegory of the Future


Average Rating of 5 from 4 reviews: *****
Marie Bruemmer

Fast easy read. I too read this when young. Still funny after all these years.


I agree with Mr. Taylor,about the Prince riding off in all directions... I also remember laughing hilariously as a 10 year old, till I cried, at some of these stories. They were included in a complete works of stephen Leacock, where he had something to say about gowns clinging, and the only gown that he wore was a nightgown...Worth many hours of joyous enjoyment.

Peter Taylor

I too read this book when I was young -- about 12, and my best friend and I used to quote and lie double with laughter at the wondrous absurdities... when the prince rode madly off in all directions.


I first read this book when I was very young. It became one of my favourite and most read and re-read books. I just enjoyed the humour throughout. This is why I am here today, to find and purchase a new copy to enjoy all over again in my later years.

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