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  • Make 'em Laugh! American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuriesby Zeke Jarvis

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 89.00

    This unprecedented look at the history of satire in America showcases the means by which our society is informed by humor?from the way we examine the news, to how we communicate with each other, to what we seek out for entertainment. From biographical information to critical reception of material and personalities, the book features humorists from... more...

  • Mark Twain?s Helpful Hints for Good Livingby Mark Twain; Lin Salamo; Michael Barry Frank; Victor Fischer

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 19.95

    Irreverent, charming, eminently quotable, this handbook?an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race?contains sixty-nine aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain's private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress,... more...

  • Very Serious Thingby Nancy A. Walker

    University of Minnesota Press 1988; US$ 54.00

    Defines why women have been blocked from participating in the mainstream of American comedy yet have overcome hurdles to produce a humor that is sustaining and spells survival for women in society. more...

  • Revel with a Causeby Stephen E. Kercher

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 35.00

    We live in a time much like the postwar era. A time of arch political conservatism and vast social conformity. A time in which our nation?s leaders question and challenge the patriotism of those who oppose their policies. But before there was Jon Stewart, Al Franken, or Bill Maher, there were Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce?liberal satirists... more...