Excellent fiddlesticks for the insolent rascal, and other ways to while the days
May 29, 2009 1:32 PM   Subscribe

As a belated tribute (of sorts) to Victoria Day, may you find interest in a variety of Victorina era literature, short and long. In the short category, there is Chit-Chat of Humor, Wit, and Anecdote (Edited by Pierce Pungent; New York: Stringer & Townsend (1857), who has written quite a bit of such work) [via mefi projects], and Conundrums New and Old (Collected by John Ray Frederick; J. Drake & Company Publishers Chicago, 1902) [via mefi projects] This publishing house also published The Art of Characturing, copyright 1941. If you prefer your antiquated humor with a twist, take a gander at bizarro version of Conundrums New and Old [via mefi projects]. In the category of longer works, behold the The Lost Novels of Victorian New Zealand [via an older mefi projects].

The lost novels is a free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, provided by the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, which is part of the Victoria University of Wellington. The content of the online archive ranges from novels written or set in New Zealand to shorter fiction that appeared in local pamphlets and newspaper supplements, and covers a broad range of topics. The long list of archive projects are available under various licenses, and where the original text is out of copyright it is our policy to provide the digitised version under a New Zealand Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License (CC BY-CA).
posted by filthy light thief (3 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Clarifications: Chit-Chat, Conundrums (in the FPP, linked to the MeFi Projects page, not the actual project), and Bizarro Conundrums are all short blog-a-day postings from old books of jokes and humor. The Lost Novels is a much larger undertaking, coming from scanning and performing OCR on a lot of really old text, all relating to, or written from, New Zealand.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:39 PM on May 29, 2009

The riddels/riddles thing is more of a conundrum than any of it's/their contents.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:58 PM on May 29, 2009

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