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The Mirth of a nation : America's great dialect humor

Author: Walter Blair; Raven Ioor McDavid
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [1983]
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Genre/Form: Humor
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Blair; Raven Ioor McDavid
ISBN: 0816610223 9780816610228 0816611688 9780816611683
OCLC Number: 7837166
Description: xxvii, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Rustic Yankees --
Jack's grandfather (1834) / Seba Smith --
The clockmaker (1837) / Thomas Chandler Haliburton --
The Biglow papers (1848) : The courtin ; A second letter from B. Sawin, Esq. / James Russell Lowell --
Hezekiah Bedott (1855) / Frances Miriam Whitcher --
Part II. Frontier storytellers --
Cousin Sally Dilliard (ca. 1830) / Hamilton C. Jones --
Nimrod Wildfire's tall talk (1833) / James Kirke Paulding (with W.B. Bernard) --
Colonel Coon's wife Judy (1837) ; A sensible varmint (1841) ; Crockett's morning hunt (1853) Crockett Almanack stories. The big bear of Arkansas (1841) / Thomas Bangs Thorpe --
A tight race considerin (1843) / Henry Clay Lewis --
Simon Suggs attends a camp meeting (1845) / Johnson Jones Hooper --
The big dog fight at Myer's (1845) / Phillip B. January --
The standing candidate (1846) / John S. Robb --
A coon hunt in a fency country (1847) ; The Hoosier and the salt pile (1848) / William Tappan Thompson --
How Sally Hooter got snakebit (1850) / William C. Hall --
The harp of a thousand strings (1855) / William Penn Brannan --
Larkin Snow, the miller (1859) / Harden E. Taliaferro --
Rare ripe garden seed (1867) / George Washington Harris --
Part III. Funny fellows --
Interview with President Lincoln (1861) ; The Tower of London (1867) / Charles Farrar Browne --
Bill Arp to Abe Linkhorn (1861) ; Bill Arp addresses Artemus Ward (1865) / Charles H. Smith --
Why he should not be drafted (1864) ; The assassination (1865) ; The reward of virtue (1866) / David Ross Locke --
Live Yankees (1868) / Henry Wheeler Shaw --
On the Victorian era (1897) ; On reform candidates (1898) ; On charity (1898) / Finley Peter Dunne --
Part IV. Local colorists --
The minister's housekeeper (1871) / Harriet Beecher Stowe --
"Posson Jone" (1876) / George Washington Cable --
The wonderful tar-baby story (1880) / Joel Chandler Harris --
Ginger and the goose (1882) / F. Hopkinson Smith --
Gentian (1887) / Mary E. Wilkins Freeman --
The conjurer's revenge (1889) / Charles W. Chesnutt --
The old soldier's story (1890) / James Whitcomb Riley --
Jaybird Bob's joke (1897) / Alfred Henry Lewis --
The horse trader (1898) / Edward Noyes Westcott --
Part V. Mark Twain --
Jim Baker's blue-jay yarn (1880) ; Frescoes from the past (1883) / Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
Responsibility: edited by Walter Blair and Raven I. McDavid, Jr.

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