The Roger Mifflin Collection

A series of fine books preserving and protecting the recommendations of Roger Mifflin, proprietor of Christopher Morley’s Haunted Bookshop.

The Haunted Bookshop – Christopher Morley

If you’re here for a ghost story, you may be disappointed.

It’s a romance, it’s a mystery, it’s full of intrigue, it’s a celebration of the magic of books, but (spoiler alert?) you’re not going to find any supernatural beings on these pages. If that disappoints you, well, this book may not be for you.

But if you love a good book, you’re about to meet a kindred spirit. His name is Roger Mifflin, and he can’t stop talking about how books can save your life, save your soul and probably save the world.

Set in the aftermath of The Great War, still filled with the hope it was the last war, the “war to end all wars,” Christopher Morley gives us Roger Mifflin, a pistol of a fellow whose life mission is to put the right books into the right hands, with a firm belief that there’s a “right book” for every pair of hands that ever lived.

Part mystery thriller, part romance, and all fun for the book lover, The Haunted Bookshop is one of the great forgotten classics of early 20th century literature and the keystone of The Roger Mifflin Collection.

Men In War – Andreas Latzko

“… SO DAMNED TRUE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SUPPRESSED IT”

— Roger Mifflin, proprietor of The Haunted Bookshop (by Christopher Morley)

Andreas Latzko was hospitalized for malaria and severe shock after serving on the warfront on the Isonzo River during the war between Austria-Hungary and Italy in 1916. While he was recuperating he poured out his anguish over what he had seen and experienced in these six harrowing chapters.

The book was published in 1917 as the war still raged, and Roger Mifflin was not exaggerating when he said the government suppressed it. Never mind which government he was talking about; every one of the warring countries tried to censor it. You’ll understand why when you read this forgotten classic of The Great War.

Trivia – Logan Pearsall Smith

“If your mind needs phosphorus, try ‘Trivia,’ by Logan Pearsall Smith.”

— Roger Mifflin, proprietor of The Haunted Bookshop

“It would be extravagant to claim that Pearsall Smith’s Trivia, the remarkable little book from which these miniature essays are extracted, is well known: it is too daintily, fragile and absurd and sophisticated to appeal to a very large public. But it has a cohort of its own devotees and fanatics, and since its publication in 1917 it has become a sort of password in a secret brotherhood,” wrote Christopher Morley in his book Modern Essays about this hard-to-categorize collection of aphorisms that, through its title, introduced a word into the English language. Smith’s aphorisms are anything but trivial; alternately whimsical and insightful and heartbreaking, they are popcorn-sized glimpses into the human condition.

The Man Who Was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton

“If your mind needs a tonic of iron and wine, and a thorough rough-and-tumbling, try Samuel Butler’s Notebooks or The Man Who Was Thursday, by Chesterton.” — Roger Mifflin (Christopher Morley), The Haunted Bookshop

“It is all a huge joke, a quite absurd and laughable fantasy – or it is a sermon – or it is even an explanation. Read the book and make your choice.” — Hildegarde Hawthorne, New York Times, May 2, 1908

“Mr. Chesterton has done an admirable thing, and probably knows it.” – Austin Harrison, London Observer, March 1, 1908

The Demi-Gods – James Stephens

Publishing November 2021

War Poems of Siegried Sassoon

Publishing December 2021

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