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In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

Robert Barr (1849-1912)

1. 00 Dedication
2. 01 In A Steamer Chair Part 1 The First Day
3. 02 In A Steamer Chair Part 2 The Second Day
4. 03 In A Steamer Chair Part 3 The Third Day
5. 04 In A Steamer Chair Part 4 The Fourth Day
6. 05 In A Steamer Chair Part 5 The Fifth Day
7. 06 In A Steamer Chair Part 6 The Sixth Day
8. 07 In A Steamer Chair Part 7 The Seventh Day
9. 08 In A Steamer Chair Part 8 The Eighth Day
10. 09 In A Steamer Chair Part 9 The Ninth Day
11. 10 Mrs Tremain
12. 11 Share and Share Alike
13. 12 An International Row
14. 13 A Ladies' Man
15. 14 A Society For The Reformation Of Poker Players
16. 15 The Man Who Was Not On The Passenger List
17. 16 There Terrible Experience of Plodkins
18. 17 A Case Of Fever
19. 18 How The Captain Got His Steamer Out
20. 19 My Stowaway
21. 20 The Purser's Story
22. 21 Miss McMillan

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Summary

Thirteen short stories by one of the most famous writers in his day. Robert Barr was a British Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. In London of the 1890s Barr became a more prolific author - publishing a book a year - and was familiar with many of the best selling authors of his day, including Bret Harte and Stephen Crane. Most of his literary output was of the crime genre, then quite in vogue. When Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were becoming well known, Barr published in the Idler the first Holmes parody, "The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs" (1892), a spoof that was continued a decade later in another Barr story, "The Adventure of the Second Swag" (1904)(For these two stories, see in LibriVox Barr's The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont). Despite the jibe at the growing Holmes phenomenon Barr and Doyle remained on very good terms. Doyle describes him in his memoirs Memories and Adventures as, "a volcanic Anglo - or rather Scot American, with a violent manner, a wealth of strong adjectives, and one of the kindest natures underneath it all."