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By Arthur Power Dudden

ISBN-10: 0195042123

ISBN-13: 9780195042122

ISBN-10: 1429400951

ISBN-13: 9781429400954

The paramount query spoke back during this soaking up number of essays is: what is so humorous approximately American humor, and why? What are American humor's features? How have they advanced and displayed themselves? Which features are distinctively, or maybe uniquely, American? initially showing as a topic of the yankee Quarterly, those essays take a detailed examine American humor from progressive instances to the current day, and especially specialise in the overlooked tendencies of the earlier fifty years. taking a look at American comedian figures as diverse--and even surprising--as Mark Twain and Richard Nixon, at a number of cars for American humor similar to comedian strips, radio and tv, video clips, and standup comedians, and at diversified genres of humor together with political, ethnic, and feminist humor, this e-book brings a full of life new point of view to the examine of yankee tradition.

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Yet this in itself cannot entirely account for why George Ade's clever fables and stories—even the marvelous "Dubley, '89," that amusing account of an alumnus's inappropriate speech at a dinner of the Beverly alumni—are practically forgotten today, along with the humorous productions of scores of other literary comedians like Petroleum V. Nasby and Robert J. Burdette, while Twain reigns paramount in the field of American comedy. George Ade and the others primarily wrote their materials for specific newspapers (and newspaper syndicates)—the Chicago Record, the Toledo Blade, and the Burlington Daily Hawk Eye—as Twain did at the commencement of his writing career, an arrangement he was eventually able to abandon.

The overall lesson that Trumbull finds in Dick Hairbrain's foppish and debauched career is really a "male" version of the famous moral that Pope's Clarissa tries to explain to Belinda after the loss of her lock (Rape of the Lock V, 19-34). Here is Trumbull's version: But oh, since youth and years decay, And life's vain follies fleet away, Since Age has no respect for Beaus, And Death the gaudy scene must close, Happy the Man, whose early bloom Provides for endless years to come; That learning seeks, whose useful gain Repays the course of studious pain, Whose fame the thankful age shall raise, And future times repeat its praise; Attains that heart-felt peace of mind, To all the will of heav'n resign'd, .

Duke Univ. Press, 1972), 144. 5. , 144. The Importance of Mark Twain 27 until eventually he came to believe that this narrative device alone was everything literature was about, that he could dispense with setting, dialect, manners, character development, even plot. He would progressively experiment with eliminating these other elements, one by one, in stories like "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" (1899) and "The $30,000 Bequest" (1904), culminating in the enchanting talk of his Autobiographical Dictations, often faulted for their formlessness, but which can best be viewed as a reversion to Twain's earliest, favored form—a series of newspaper-type topical sketches and occasional columns, each perfectly intact and self-contained.

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