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  • See John Runby Kevin Joslin

    Headline 2010; Not Available

    For the last four years, 8 million listeners to BBC Radio 2's Wake Up To Wogan have been beguiled and bewitched by the naughty but nice adventures of John and his wife Janet. In the style of children's stories of yesteryear, John gets up to all sorts. Then he tells Janet all about his day, by which time every perfectly innocent big end, back passage... more...

  • The Wisdom of Oscar Wildeby Philosophical Library

    Philosophical Library/Open Road 2010; US$ 7.99

    A comprehensive selection of his quips, aphorisms, and wit One of the most well known personalities of his day, Oscar Wilde charmed and beguiled readers and audiences with his eloquent and biting observations, his smart quips, and the witticisms peppering his own speech and the speech of his characters. The Wisdom of Oscar Wilde collects both... more...

  • Cheeky Fictionsby Susanne Reichl; Mark Stein

    Editions Rodopi 2005; US$ 91.00

    Humour is a key feature, laughter a central element, disrespect a vital textual strategy of postcolonial transcultural practice. Devices such as irony, parody, and subversion, can be subsumed under an interventionist stance and have accordingly received some critical attention. But literary and cultural postcolonial criticism has been marked by a restraint... more...

  • Sense and Nonsensibilityby Lawrence Douglas; Alexander George

    Touchstone 2007; Not Available

    Two widely published humor columnists and "bad boys" of academia take their wit and wisdom to dazzling new lows in this irreverent send-up of highbrow literary culture. At last, the thinking person's take on the life of the mind in today's increasingly mindless age. Sense and Nonsensibility pokes fun at everyone from spoof-proof scholars to... more...

  • Sense and Nonsensibilityby Lawrence Douglas; Alexander George

    Touchstone 2007; Not Available

    Two widely published humor columnists and "bad boys" of academia take their wit and wisdom to dazzling new lows in this irreverent send-up of highbrow literary culture. At last, the thinking person's take on the life of the mind in today's increasingly mindless age. Sense and Nonsensibility pokes fun at everyone from spoof-proof scholars to... more...

  • Life, End ofby Christine Brooke-Rose

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 21.80

    She is eighty. Facing death, she considers her experiments with narrative, and with the narrative of her life. What is the purpose of the narrative she is creating here, and what the purpose of the life that lives it in the writing? At the centre of Life, End of, in a mock-technical lecture from the Character to the Author, she comes to accept that... more...

  • The Big Book of Ironyby Jon Winokur

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 17.99

    Jon Winokur defines and classifies irony and contrasts it with coincidence and cynicism, and other oft-confused concepts that many think are ironic. He looks at the different forms irony can take, from an irony deficiency to visual irony to an understatement, using photographs and relate-able examples from pop culture. * "Irony in Action" looks... more...

  • Life, End Ofby Christine Brooke-Rose

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2006; US$ 21.99

    This tour de force by a master of experimental novels finds the author reflecting on her old age and its effects on her writing. As she reflects on her own career, her experiments with narrative, and on the narrative she writes here, she ultimately reasserts herself and accepts the life behind her. more...

  • How to Be a Heroineby Samantha Ellis

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 14.95

    While debating literature?s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation?her whole life, she's been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights when she should have been trying to be Jane Eyre. With this discovery, she embarks on a retrospective look at the literary ladies?the characters... more...

  • The Gentle Art of Making Enemiesby James M. Whistler

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Whistler's Gentle Art, a classic in the literature of insult and denigration, might well be subtitled "The Autobiography of a Hater," for it contains the deadly sarcasm and stinging remarks of one of the wittiest men of the nineteenth century. Whistler not only refused to tolerate misunderstanding by critics and the so-called art-loving public ?... more...