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W.W. Jacobs

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W.W. Jacobs


Born
in Wapping, London, England, The United Kingdom
September 08, 1863

Died
September 01, 1943

Genre


William Wymark Jacobs was an English author of short stories and novels. Quite popular in his lifetime primarily for his amusing maritime tales of life along the London docks (many of them humorous as well as sardonic in tone). Today he is best known for a few short works of horror fiction. One being "The Monkey's Paw"(published 1902). It has in its own right become a well-known and widely anthologized classic.


~Literary Works

Many Cargoes (1896)
The Skipper's Wooing (1897)
Sea Urchins (1898) /aka More Cargoes (US) (1898)
A Master of Craft (1900)
The Monkey's Paw (1902)
The Toll House (1902)
Light Freights (1901)
At Sunwich Port (1902)
the Barge (1902)
Odd Craft (1903) : contains The Money Box, basis of Laurel and Hardy film Our Relations (1
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The Monkey's Paw

3.84 avg rating — 11,947 ratings — published 1902 — 407 editions
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The Monkey's Paw and Other ...

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The Monkey's Paw The Lady o...

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The Toll House: A Ghost Sto...

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3.43 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 1909 — 11 editions
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Sailors Knots

3.54 avg rating — 156 ratings29 editions
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The Lady of the Barge and O...

3.59 avg rating — 149 ratings — published 1902 — 28 editions
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Piccola guida tascabile agl...

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Strange Stories of the Supe...

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3.33 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1980 — 2 editions
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The Old Man of the Sea Ship...

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Many Cargoes

3.59 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1896 — 76 editions
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“She stooped for a stone and dropped it down.

'Fancy being where that is now,' she said, peering into the blackness; 'fancy going round and round like a mouse in a pail, clutching at the slimy sides, with the water filling your mouth, and looking up to the little patch of sky above.'

'You had better come in,' said Benson, very quietly. 'You are developing a taste for the morbid and horrible.' ("The Well")”
W.W. Jacobs, Ghost Stories

“I've never understood it,' continued Wilfred Carr, yawning. 'It's not in my line at all; I never had enough money for my own wants, let alone for two. Perhaps if I were as rich as you or Croesus I might regard it differently.'

There was just sufficient meaning in the latter part of the remark for his cousin to forbear to reply to it. He continued to gaze out of the window and to smoke slowly.

'Not being as rich as Croesus - or you,' resumed Carr, regarding him from beneath lowered lids, 'I paddle my own canoe down the stream of Time, and, tying it to my friends' doorposts, go in to eat their dinners.' ("The Well")”
W.W. Jacobs, The Monkey's Paw and Other Tales of Mystery and Macabre

“But the days passed, and expectations gave way to resignation—the hopeless resignation of the old, sometimes miscalled apathy.”
W.W. Jacobs, The Monkey's Paw

Polls

October 2021 Short Story/Novella Poll

The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe, 40 pages, 1893
 
  48 votes, 20.9%

The Lifted Veil by George Eliot, 75 pages, 1859
 
  43 votes, 18.7%

The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous, 120 pages, -1800
 
  41 votes, 17.8%

 
  26 votes, 11.3%

The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs, 32 pages, 1902
 
  26 votes, 11.3%

The Viy by Nikolai Gogol, 66 pages, 1835
 
  18 votes, 7.8%

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh, 130+- pages, 1948
 
  14 votes, 6.1%

The Altar of the Dead by Henry James, 48 pages, 1895
 
  14 votes, 6.1%

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