Monday, 6 December 2010

ghost writing

Published in 1919, Christopher Morley's tale The Haunted Bookshop (thanks Archie for the image), was a Brooklyn-set tale of mystery, spies and an attempt to blow up President Woodrow Wilson rather than the gothic supernatural odyssey the title suggests, but it is a book filled with ghosts, as it celebrates the possibilities of literature. A placard within the titular bookshop announces, "This shop is haunted by the ghosts/ Of all great literature, in hosts" and wryly notes at the end that, "Malnutrition of the reading faculty is a serious thing." No better way to be haunted, it could be said.

Free download of The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley available at Project Gutenberg

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