PREFACE

I lingered at the window of the garden-room from which Miss Mapp so often and so ominously looked forth. To the left was the front of her house, straight ahead the steep cobbled way, with a glimpse of the High Street at the end, to the right the crooked chimney and the church.

The street was populous with passengers, but search as I might, I could see none who ever so remotely resembled the objects of her vigilance.

E. F. BENSON.

Lamb House, Rye.

Printed in Great Britain.
Chapter I

Miss Elizabeth Mapp might have been forty, and she had taken advantage of this opportunity by being just a year or two older. Her face was of high vivid colour and was corrugated by chronic rage and curiosity; but these vivifying emotions had preserved to her an astonishing activity of mind and body, which fully accounted for the comparative adolescence with which she would have been credited anywhere except in the charming little town which she had inhabited so long. Anger and the gravest suspicions about everybody had kept her young and on the boil.

She sat, on this hot July morning, like a large bird of prey at the very convenient window of her garden-room, the ample bow of which formed a strategical point of high value. This garden-room, solid and spacious, was built at right angles to the front of her house, and looked straight down the very interesting street which debouched at its lower end into the High Street of Tilling. Exactly opposite her front door the road turned sharply, so that as she looked out from this projecting window, her own house was at right angles on her left, the street in question plunged steeply downwards in front of her, and to her right she commanded an uninterrupted view of its further course which terminated in the disused graveyard surrounding the big Norman church. Anything of interest about the church, however, could be gleaned from a guide-book, and Miss Mapp did not occupy herself much with such coldly venerable topics. Far more to her mind was the fact that between the church and her strategic window was the cottage in which her gardener lived, and she could thus see, when not otherwise engaged, whether he went home before twelve, or failed to get back to her garden again by one, for he had to cross the street in front of her very eyes.


The prolific novelist E. F. Benson is celebrated for his hilarious satires of upper-middle-class life, as depicted in the ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels, and for being an adept narrator of ghost stories. This comprehensive eBook presents the largest collection of Benson’s works ever compiled in a single edition in the US, with numerous illustrations, rare texts and concise introductions. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Benson’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* 26 novels, all with individual contents tables
* Many early and late novels available here for the first time in digital publishing
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Rare short story collections, appearing here for the first time in digital print
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
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* Includes a selection of Benson’s non-fiction
* Features an autobiography - discover Benson’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

Mapp and Lucia Series
QUEEN LUCIA (1920)
MISS MAPP (1922)

Other Novels
DODO: A DETAIL OF THE DAY
THE RUBICON
THE JUDGEMENT BOOKS
LIMITATIONS
THE BABE, B.A.
MAMMON AND CO.
SCARLET AND HYSSOP
THE ANGEL OF PAIN
THE HOUSE OF DEFENCE
THE BLOTTING BOOK
DAISY’S AUNT
THE OSBORNES
MRS. AMES
DODO’S DAUGHTER
THORLEY WEIR
ARUNDEL
MIKE
DAVID BLAIZE
UP AND DOWN
ACROSS THE STREAM
ROBIN LINNET
DODO WONDERS
LOVERS AND FRIENDS
PETER

The Short Story Collections
SIX COMMON THINGS; OR, A DOUBLE OVERTURE
THE ROOM IN THE TOWER, AND OTHER STORIES
THE COUNTESS OF LOWNDES SQUARE, AND OTHER STORIES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
CRESCENT AND IRON CROSS
CHARLOTTE BRONTË

The Autobiography
OUR FAMILY AFFAIRS

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Chapter I

Mrs. Assheton's house in Sussex Square, Brighton, was appointed with that finish of smooth stateliness which robs stateliness of its formality, and conceals the amount of trouble and personal attention which has, originally in any case, been spent on the production of the smoothness. Everything moved with the regularity of the solar system, and, superior to that wild rush of heavy bodies through infinite ether, there was never the slightest fear of comets streaking their unconjectured way across the sky, or meteorites falling on unsuspicious picnicers. In Mrs. Assheton's house, supreme over climatic conditions, nobody ever felt that rooms were either too hot or too cold, a pleasantly fresh yet comfortably warm atmosphere pervaded the place, meals were always punctual and her admirable Scotch cook never served up a dish which, whether plain or ornate, was not, in its way, perfectly prepared. A couple of deft and noiseless parlour-maids attended to and anticipated the wants of her guests, from the moment they entered her hospitable doors till when, on their leaving them, their coats were held for them in the most convenient possible manner for the easy insertion of the human arm, and the tails of their dinner-coats cunningly and unerringly tweaked from behind. In every way in fact the house was an example of perfect comfort; the softest carpets overlaid the floors, or, where the polished wood was left bare, the parquetry shone with a moonlike radiance; the newest and most entertaining books (ready cut) stood on the well-ordered shelves in the sitting-room to beguile the leisure of the studiously minded; the billiard table was always speckless of dust, no tip was ever missing from any cue, and the cigarette boxes and match-stands were always kept replenished. In the dining-room the silver was resplendent, until the moment when before dessert the cloth was withdrawn, and showed a rosewood table that might have served for a mirror to Narcissus.
Musaicum Books presents to you this unique collection, designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Content: Detective Stories: The Purloined Letter (Edgar Allan Poe) A Scandal in Bohemia (A. Conan Doyle) The Biter Bit (Wilkie Collins) The Safety Match (Anton Chekhov) The Black Hand (Arthur B. Reeve) Missing: Page Thirteen (Anna Katherine Green) Some Scotland Yard Cases (Sir Robert Anderson) The Rope of Fear (Thomas W. Hanshew and Mary E. Hanshew) Suspense Stories: The Birth Mark (Nathaniel Hawthorne) The Oblong Box (Edgar Allan Poe) A Terribly Strange Bed (Wilkie Collins) The Torture by Hope (Villiers de l'Isle Adam) The Mysterious Card (Cleveland Moffett) The Box with the Iron Clamps (Florence Marryat) My Fascinating Friend (William Archer) The Lost Room (Fitz-James O'Brien) The Great Valdez Sapphire (Anonymous) Ghost Stories: Thrawn Janet (Robert Louis Stevenson) The Horla (Guy de Maupassant) To Sura: A Letter (Pliny the Younger) The Beast with Five Fingers (William F. Harvey) Number 13 (Montague Rhodes James) Joseph: A Story (Katherine Rickford) Sister Maddelena (Ralph Adams Cram) The Man Who Went Too Far (E.F. Benson) The Phantom Rickshaw (Rudyard Kipling) The Apparition of Mrs. Veal (Daniel Defoe) Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book (M. R. James) The Haunted and the Haunters (Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton) The Silent Woman (Leopold Kompert) The Rival Ghosts (Brander Matthews) The Damned Thing (Ambrose Bierce) The Interval (Vincent O'Sullivan) Dey Ain't No Ghosts (Ellis Parker Butler) The Banshees of Ireland Some Real American Ghosts The Deserted House (E. T. A. Hoffmann) The Withered Arm (Thomas Hardy) The House and the Brain (Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton) The Roll-Call of the Reef (A. T. Quiller-Couch) The Open Door (Mrs. Margaret Oliphant) The Mysterious Sketch (Erckmann-Chatrian) Green Branches (Fiona Macleod) The Were-Wolf (H. B. Marryatt) Clarimonde (Théophile Gautier) Paranormal Psychic Stories
This collection of dark Christmas mysteries is bound to satisfy the cravings for an eerie Christmas for all aficionados of the horror and supernatural fiction: The Wolves of Cernogratz (Saki) The Silver Hatchet (Arthur Conan Doyle) What the Shepherd Saw: A Tale of Four Moonlight Nights (Thomas Hardy) Markheim (Robert Louis Stevenson) Mustapha (Sabine Baring-Gould) The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance (M.R. James) The Christmas Banquet (Nathaniel Hawthorne) The Ghost's Touch (Fergus Hume) Glámr (Sabine Baring-Gould) The Ghosts at Grantley (Leonard Kip) A Terrible Christmas Eve (Lucie E. Jackson) Ghosts and Family Legends (Catherine Crowe) The Ghost: A Christmas Story (William Douglas O'Connor) Thurlow's Christmas Story (John Kendrick Bangs) The Mystery of My Grandmother's Hair Sofa (John Kendrick Bangs) The Abbot's Ghost; or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (Louisa M. Alcott) Old Applejoy's Ghost (Frank R. Stockton) Wolverden Tower (Grant Allen) The Christmas-Eve Vigil (James Bowker) Told After Supper (Jerome K. Jerome) The Box with the Iron Clamps (Florence Marryat) Joseph: A Story (Katherine Rickford) The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton (Charles Dickens) The Ghost of Christmas Eve (J. M. Barrie) The Dead Sexton (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu) Uncle Cornelius His Story (George MacDonald) The Grave by the Handpost (Thomas Hardy) Number Ninety (Bithia Mary Croker) At Chrighton Abbey (Mary Elizabeth Braddon) The Haunted Man (Charles Dickens) Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions (Charles Dickens) The Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) The Black Bag Left on a Door-Step (Catherine L. Pirkis) Between the Lights (E. F. Benson) Transition (Algernon Blackwood) The Kit-Bag (Algernon Blackwood)
Ten of the greatest authors of all time present their great works in the short story genre. A great compilation of tales for all tastes with the great geniuses of literature in his most acclaimed works. This selection specially chosen by the literary critic August Nemo, contains the following stories: A. E. W. Mason: The Affair At The Semiramis Hotel The Clock Green Paint Ensign Knightley The Man Of Wheels The Coward Keeper Of The Bishop Julian Hawthorne: David Poindexter's Disappearance. Ken's Mystery. When Half-gods Go, the Gods Arrive. Set Not Thy Foot on Graves. My Friend Paton. The Christmas Guest. The Laughing Mill Kenneth Grahame: The Twenty-First of October Dies Irae Mutabile Semper The Magic Ring Its Walls Were as of Jasper A Saga of the Seas The Reluctant Dragon John Kendrick Bangs: The Water Ghost Of Harrowby Hall The Spectre Cook Of Bangletop A Midnight Visitor The Speck On The Lens A Quicksilver Cassandra The Ghost Club A Psychical Prank Frank R. Stockton: The Bee-Man Of Orn. The Griffin And The Minor Canon. Old Pipes And The Dryad. The Queen's Museum. Prince Hassak's March. The Battle Of The Third Cousins. The Banished King. Jacques Futrelle: The Problem of Cell 13 The Thinking Machine Five Millions by Wireless Kidnapped Baby Blake, Millionaire The Problem of the Motor Boat The Problem of the Opera Box The Problem of the Vanishing man Ella D'Arcy: Irremediable White Magic A Marriage In Normandy The Pleasure-Pilgrim The Web of Maya An Engagement John Buchan: Politics and the Mayfly The Keeper of Cademuir The Wife of Flanders The Watcher by the Threshold Comedy in the Full Moon The Herd of Standlan E. F. Benson: The Room in the Tower Caterpillars Mrs. Amworth Mr. Tilly's Séance Negotium Perambulans How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery The Horror-Horn Daniil Kharms: Symphony no. 2 On phenomena and existences - No. 1 The thing Andrey Semyonovich An unexpected drinking bout The destiny of a professor's wife The memoirs of a wise old man
This carefully crafted ebook: "The Collected Works of E. F. Benson (Illustrated)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson. He started his novel writing career in 1893 with the fashionably controversial Dodo, which was an instant success, and followed it with a variety of satire and romantic and supernatural melodrama. He repeated the success of Dodo, with sequels to this novel, but the greatest success came relatively late in his career with The Mapp and Lucia series consisting of six novels and two short stories. The novels feature humorous incidents in the lives of (mainly) upper-middle-class British people in the 1920s and 1930s, vying for social prestige and one-upmanship in an atmosphere of extreme cultural snobbery. Benson was also known as a writer of atmospheric, oblique, and at times humorous or satirical ghost stories. Table of contents: Make Way For Lucia: Queen Lucia Miss Mapp Dodo Trilogy: Dodo: A Detail of the Day Dodo's Daughter or Dodo the Second Dodo Wonders David Blaize Series: David Blaize David Blaize and the Blue Door Other Novels: The Rubicon The Judgement Books The Vintage Mammon and Co. Scarlet and Hyssop The Relentless City The Valkyries The Angel of Pain The House of Defence The Blotting Book Daisy's Aunt Mrs. Ames Thorley Weir Arundel Michael Up and Down Across the Stream Short Story Collections: The Room in the Tower, and Other Stories The Countess of Lowndes Square, and Other Stories Historical Work: Crescent and Iron Cross
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