Miss Mapp

Miss Mapp

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

E. F. Benson\'s strikingly original comic creation Miss Mapp is an arch-schemer and social climber from the British town of Tilling who spends her days using opera glasses and a notebook to chart her neighbors\' affairs. Among her interests are Major Benjamin Flint, whom she has been trying to marry for years, and the underhanded Miss Susan Poppit.
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The House of Defence v. 2

The House of Defence v. 2

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

Leopold Classic Library is delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive collection. As part of our on-going commitment to delivering value to the reader, we have also provided you with a link to a website, where you may download a digital version of this work for free. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. Whilst the books in this collection have not been hand curated, an aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature. As a result of this book being first published many decades ago, it may have occasional imperfections. These imperfections may include poor picture quality, blurred or missing text. While some of these imperfections may have appeared in the original work, others may have resulted from the scanning process that has been applied. However, our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. While some publishers have applied optical character recognition (OCR), this approach has its own drawbacks, which include formatting errors, misspelt words, or the presence of inappropriate characters. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with an experience that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work. We hope that you will enjoy this wonderful classic book, and that the occasional imperfection that it might contain will not detract from the experience.
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Dodos Daughter: A Sequel to Dodo

Dodo's Daughter: A Sequel to Dodo

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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How Fear Departed the Long Gallery

How Fear Departed the Long Gallery

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

Biblioasis is thrilled to continue this series of beautifully illustrated, collectible, classic Christmas ghost stories designed and illustrated by world-famous cartoonist Seth.In How Fear Departed the Long Gallery, for the Peverils, the appearance of a ghost is no more upsetting than the appearance of the mailman at an ordinary house. Except for the twin toddlers in the Long Gallery. No one would dare be caught in the Long Gallery after dark. But on this quiet and cloudy afternoon, Madge Peveril is feeling rather drowsy . . .E. F. Benson was the English writer of the Mapp and Lucia series.
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Night Terrors

Night Terrors

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

His body was pressed against the wall at the head of the bed, and the face was a mask of agonised horror and fruitless entreaty. But the eyes were already glazed in death, and before Francis could reach the bed the body had toppled over and lay inert and lifeless. Even as he looked, he heard a limping step go down the passage outside.'E. F. Benson was a master of the ghost story and now all his rich, imaginative, spine-tingling and beautifully written tales are presented together in this bumper collection. The range and variety of these spooky narratives is far broader and more adventurous than those of any other writer of supernatural fiction. Within the covers of this volume you will encounter revengeful spectres, vampires, homicidal spirits, monstrous spectral worms and slugs and other entities of nameless dread. This is a classic collection that cannot fail to charm and chill.
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The Second E. F. Benson Megapack

The Second E. F. Benson Megapack

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

The Second E. F. Benson Megapack collects 11 more short stories and 11 novels by E. F. Benson, spanning horror, mystery, suspense, and historical subjects, including such classics as Miss Mapp and Queen Lucia.Included are:THE OUTCASTTHE COUNTESS OF LOWNDES SQUARETHE BLACKMAILER OF PARK LANETHE DANCE ON THE BEEFSTEAKTHE ORIOLISTSIN THE DARKTHE FALSE STEP"PUSS-CAT"THERE AROSE A KINGTHE TRAGEDY OF OLIVER BOWMANPHILIP'S SAFETY RAZORQUEEN LUCIAMISS MAPPTHE BLOTTING BOOKDAISY'S AUNTACROSS THE STREAMSCARLET AND HYSSOPTHE RUBICONMICHAELMAMMON AND CO.DODO'S DAUGHTERDODO WONDERS—And don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Megapack" or "Wildside Megapack" to see more entries in Wildside Press's Megapack series, ranging from science fiction and fantasy to westerns, mysteries, ghost stories—and much, much more!
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The E. F. Benson Megapack

The E. F. Benson Megapack

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

The E.F. Benson Megapack collects 36 of Benson's horror stories, including such classics as The Bus-Conductor, The Room in the Tower, and The Thing in the Hall.Included are:AT ABDUL ALI'S GRAVETHE MAN WHO WENT TOO FARTHE CATGAVON'S EVETHE DUST-CLOUDTHE SHOOTINGS AT ACHNALEISHTHE BUS-CONDUCTORTHE HOUSE WITH THE BRICK-KILNOUTSIDE THE DOORHOW FEAR DEPARTED FROM THE LONG GALLERYTHE CONFESSION OF CHARLES LINKWORTHTHE ROOM IN THE TOWERCATERPILLARSBETWEEN THE LIGHTSTHE TERROR BY NIGHTTHE OTHER BEDTHE CHINA BOWLTHE PASSENGERTHE APETHROUGHTHURSDAY EVENINGSTHE PSYCHICAL MALLARDSMRS AMWORTHTHE GARDENERTHE HORROR-HORN"AND THE DEAD SPAKE..."NEGOTIUM PERAMBULANSIN THE TUBEMR. TILLY'S SEANCETHE CASE OF FRANK HAMPDENMRS. ANDREWS'S CONTROLTHE DEATH WARRANTMACHAONAT THE FARMHOUSEINSCRUTABLE DECREESTHE THING IN THE HALLAnd don't forget to search your favorite...
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The Complete Mapp & Lucia

The Complete Mapp & Lucia

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

Lucia is one of the great comic characters in English literature. Outrageously pretentious, hypocritical and snobbish, Queen Lucia, as by right divine rules over the toy kingdom of Riseholme based on the Cotswold village of Broadway. Her long-suffering husband Pepino is her prince-consort, the outrageously camp Georgie is her gentleman-in-waiting, the village green is her parliament, and her subjects, such as Daisy Quantock, are hapless would-be Bolsheviks. In Lucia in London, the prudish, manically ambitious Lucia launches herself into the louche world of London society. Her earnest determination to learn all about modern movements makes her the perfect comic vehicle for Benson s free-wheeling satire of salon society, and of the dominant fads and movements of the 1920s, including vegetarianism, yoga, palmistry, Freudianism, séances, Post-Impressionist art and Christian Science. Meanwhile in Tilling, clearly modelled on Benson s home town of Rye, Miss Mapp consumed by chronic rage and curiosity sits at her window, armed with her light-opera glasses keeping baleful watch on her neighbours. Anger and the gravest suspicions about everybody had kept her young and on the boil : and Benson transmutes her boiling into a series of small humiliations in his witty, malicious comedy. In his insightful Introduction Keith Carabine shows that these books are excruciatingly funny because Benson, like Jane Austen, invites the reader to view the world through the self-deluded fabrications and day-dreams of Lucia and the self-deluded chronic anger and jaundiced suspicions of Elisabeth. Carabine also concentrates on the novels disturbing, bitchy, camp humour whenever that horrid thing which Freud calls sex is raised.The last three wonderful comic novels drolly record the battle between Lucia and Elisabeth Mapp for social and cultural supremacy in the village of Tilling (based on Rye). Their constant skirmishes ensure that every game of bridge, tea or dinner-party, church service, council meeting or art exhibition are thrilling encounters that ensure Tilling is always on a very agreeable rack of suspense . Both Elisabeth and Lucia are gross hypocrites, snobs and bullies, the huge differences in temperament and style ensure the battle is usually unequal. Elisabeth is incurably mean-spirited and Lucia suffers from splendid delusions of grandeur and personal prestige. Driven by demons of revenge, Elisabeth always acts impulsively, and therefore every revelation of her meanness allows Lucia, the consummate actress, to kill her ally with a sickening kindness. In his insightful Introduction Keith Carabine shows that these books are excruciatingly funny because Benson, like Jane Austen, invites the reader to view the world through the self-deluded chronic anger and jaundiced suspicions of Elisabeth and through the self-deluded fabrications and day-dreams of Lucia. Carabine also concentrates on the novels disturbing, bitchy, camp humour whenever that horrid thing which Freud calls sex is raised.
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The Blotting Book

The Blotting Book

E. F. Benson

Fiction / Humor and Comedy / Biography

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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