The Haunted Bookshop
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.
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About the Author
Christopher Morley (1890-1957) was an American journalist, poet, and novelist. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, he was the son of mathematics professor Frank Morley and violinist Lillian Janet Bird. In 1900, Christopher moved with his parents to Baltimore, returning to Pennsylvania in 1906 to attend Haverford College. Upon graduating as valedictorian in 1910, he went to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship to study modern history. While in England, he published The Eighth Sin (1912), a volume of poems. After three years, he moved to New York, found work as a publicist and publisher's reader at Doubleday, and married Helen Booth Fairchild. After moving his family to Philadelphia, Morley worked as an editor for Ladies' Home Journal and then as a reporter for the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger. In 1920, Morley moved one final time to Roslyn Estates in Nassau County, Long Island, commuting to the city for work as an editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A gifted humorist, poet, and storyteller, Morley wrote over one hundred novels and collections of essays and poetry in his lifetime. Kitty Foyle (1939), a controversial novel exploring the intersection of class and marriage, was adapted into a 1940 film starring Ginger Rogers, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.