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America's humor : from Poor Richard to Doonesbury

Author: Walter Blair; Hamlin Lewis Hill
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1978.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blair, Walter, 1900-
America's humor.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1978
(OCoLC)560961882
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Blair; Hamlin Lewis Hill
ISBN: 0195023269 9780195023268
OCLC Number: 3167838
Description: xvi, 559 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: Starters --
No end of Jokes: the lies of the land, evolving jokes, folk journalism, favorite incongruities --
"A harmonious human multitude": Franklin: muddied giant, teachers, varied masks, Franklin's monsters--and some offspring --
Cast typing: John Wesley Jarvis, storyteller, Mike Fink, David versus Davy, Davy versus Captain Fear of Hell's Gulch, Davy II, Davy III, and Mose --
Part II: The golden age of American humor --
A national phenomenon: oppositions, Ichabod and Rip --
The reputables: "to laugh newenglandly", the Yankee and the major --
Subversives: the profile of a prude, a gallery of rogues --
Two masterpieces: "The big bear of Arkansas", Sut Lovingood and the end of the world --
Tall tales go west: The last frontier --
Derby, alter egos: Phoenix and Squibob, Jim Bridger and William Wright --
Part III: "And the war came" --
Changes in jokelore: Twilight of the comic demigods, The local colorists --
Phunny phellows: Charles Farrar Browne/ Artemus Ward, Shaw, Locke, and Smith --
Part IV: Mark Twain --
Mark Twain's chestnuts: "The jokes that never die", Eiron and Alazon, "The art which the teller puts into the telling", Mark Twain's other masterpiece --
Mark Twain pioneers: Eirons in the fire, nightmares and silences --
Part V: Into the twentieth century --
The turn of the century, 1895-1905: Another transitional period, Some urban humorists --
Between the wars: Mass production comic demigod, The lunatic fringe: colyumnists and Algonquin wits, The New Yorker, Benchley and Perelman, White and Thurber, "The secret life of Walter Mitty" --
Modern humor: humor in fiction, the great American novel, up from the underground, cinema, cartoon, and stand-up comic.
Responsibility: Walter Blair, Hamlin Hill.

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