- The literary shop: In an old garret. The "Ledger" period of letters. Something about "Good bad stuff". The early Holland period. Mendacity during the Holland period of letters. The dawn of the Johnsonian period. Woman's influence in the Johnsonian period. Literature--pawed and unpawed; and the crown-prince thereof. Certain things which a conscientious literary worker may find in the city of New York. "He trun up bote hands!" The conclusion of the whole matter.--And other tales: The poets' strike. Ancient forms of amusement. The sober, industrious poet, and how he fared at Easter-time. The two brothers; or, Plucked from the burning. The story of the young man of talent. The society reporter's Christmas. The dying gag. "Only a type-writer". The culture bubble in Ourtown. Some thoughts on the construction and preservation of jokes.
- "Many of these papers are new. Others are reprinted by permission from Puck and Truth." - Author's note.
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