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The Humour of America - Selected with an Introduction and Index of American Humorists - cover

The Humour of America - Selected with an Introduction and Index of American Humorists

Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bill Nye, Charles Dudley Warner, Eugene Field, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Washington Irving, James Russell Lowell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Whitcomb Riley, Benjamin Franklin, Artemus Ward

Publisher: Good Press

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The Humour of America serves as a vibrant anthology capturing the essence of American wit and satire through a spectrum of literary forms, from essays to short stories and playful poems. This collection, showcasing the diverse traditions of American humor, spans over two centuries of literary history, featuring seminal pieces from a broad array of authors who have deftly employed humor to critique society, reflect on national identity, or simply entertain. The anthology's curation highlights the evolution of American humor, demonstrating its role in shaping and challenging perspectives on culture, politics, and daily life. The contributing authors, including Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, are titans of American literature, each bringing a unique voice and vision to the anthology. Their backgrounds reflect a mosaic of American society, with works that emerged amidst pivotal movements such as the transcendentalist era, the abolitionist movement, and the early phases of modern American literature. These writers collectively underscore the complexity and richness of America's literary heritage, offering insights into the nation's evolving sense of humor and its cultural fabric. The Humour of America is an essential anthology for readers seeking to explore the depth and diversity of American humor. It offers a unique opportunity to engage with the works of renowned authors side by side, providing an educational journey through the landscape of American satire and wit. This collection not only invites readers to appreciate the literary genius of its contributors but also fosters a dialogue on the enduring power of humor to connect, critique, and celebrate the human experience.
Available since: 11/20/2023.
Print length: 339 pages.

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