Parnassus on Wheels

Parnassus on Wheels

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by Christopher Morley
     
 

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I imagined him in his beloved Brooklyn, strolling in Prospect Park and preaching to chance comers about his gospel of good books.

"When you sell a man a book," says Roger Mifflin, the sprite-like book peddler at the center of this classic novella, "you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life." In…  See more details below

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I imagined him in his beloved Brooklyn, strolling in Prospect Park and preaching to chance comers about his gospel of good books.

"When you sell a man a book," says Roger Mifflin, the sprite-like book peddler at the center of this classic novella, "you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life." In this beguiling but little-known prequel to Christopher Morley's belovedHaunted Bookshop, the "whole new life" that the traveling bookman delivers to Helen McGill, the narrator of Parnassus on Wheels, provides the romantic comedy that drives this charming love letter to a life in books.

The Art of The Novella Series

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612192550
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Art of the Novella Series
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,051,977
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Morley (1890-1957) was a New York newspaper columnist who wrote over one hundred books, including the bestselling novels The Haunted Bookshop and Kitty Foyle, which sold over a million copies and was made into a hit Hollywood movie.

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Parnassus on Wheels (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Jarber More than 1 year ago
Makes me think of a story like Arsenic and Old Lace. Just good old fashioned fun to read and full of characters you can't help but like.
OldbookwormTN More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was the first book I ordered for my Nook and I got several ideas about other books to read, the next one was The Haunted Bookshop which goes with this one . I love the old classics and I am not sure how I have managed to miss this one. When books have been around as long as these have there must be some value to what they have to say. Hope there are others that will enjoy it as well
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a cute little book. It can probably be read over a weekend. The main character in the story, Helen, has a brother who is a successful novelist who writes about farm life and its inhabitants. Helen has baked 6,000 loaves of bread in the past 15 years! When a salesman comes to their farm and wants to sell Parnassus (a traveling bookstore/van with a horse), Helen gets mad that her brother will go off yet again to have adventures which he will write a book about. Consequently, leaving her to tend the farm and all chores. Instead, Helen buys Parnassus off the man to spite her brother but then has an adventure of her own! The sequal is 'Haunted Bookshop.'
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