Welcome to the Harry Stephen Keeler e-texts page. If you download any of these texts, please let me know how it works out and whether I can make it easier in any way. I would also appreciate being nofitied of any typos in the files. To my best knowledge, these texts are in the public domain, not protected by copyright. --Richard Polt, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hungry for more Keeler books? I recommend Ramble House.
John Jones's Dollar
(written in 1914, first published in 1915)
Keeler's least-unknown work is a classic SF story
about the wonders of compound interest.
This is a web page, not an RTF document.
When Thief Meets Thief
(London: Ward Lock, 1938)
Prepared by Fender Tucker
A good, old-fashioned webwork tale involving a
Chicago mystery novelist named Tillary Steevens ...
no relation to Harry Stephen Keeler, of course ...
- thief.rtf (487K)
- Dustjacket for this book
- Jim Gill's audio version of When Thief Meets Thief
- thief.zip (224K): this Zip archive prepared for Palm Pilot users by Glyn Webster contains one Palm DOC file for each chapter of When Thief Meets Thief.
The Case of the 16 Beans
(New York: Phoenix Press, 1944)
Prepared by Jim Weiler and Fender Tucker
If you inherited 16 beans in a bag, what would you do?
Consult a collection of ancient Chinese aphorisms, of course!
The Man Who Changed His Skin
(written 1959, never before published in English)
Prepared by Chris Wheeler
explores what it would be like for a white man to wake up
in a black man's body ...
- skin.rtf (539K)
- Dustjacket for the 1967 Spanish paperback edition of this book
- Race in Keeler: Some Pieces of the Puzzle: Before reading The Man Who Changed His Skin, you might want to read this article by Richard Polt that sheds some light on HSK's weird and ambiguous treatment of racial issues.
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