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  • Calvinist Humor in American Literatureby Michael Dunne

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 29.95

    Though the phrase "Calvinist humor" may seem to be an oxymoron, Michael Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times far into the twentieth century. Calvinist doctrine views mankind as fallen, apt to engage... more...

  • How to Write a New York Times Bestseller in Ten Easy Stepsby Jason Mulgrew

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 0.00

    Download, for free!, a hilarious essay by New York Times bestselling author Jason Mulgrew, plus get a sneak peek from his new book, 236 Pounds of Class Vice President , available February 12, 2013. For a few "glorious" weeks, Jason Mulgrew's first book, Everything Is Wrong with Me , appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, before dropping... more...

  • Kafka's Hatby Patrice Martin; Chantal Bilodeau

    Talonbooks 2013; US$ 12.95

    Three stories fit together like nesting dolls in this intelligent and funny novel. more...

  • Little House of Oxymoronsby Steven Carter

    Hamilton Books 2010; US$ 24.99

    This volume features well over 200 fresh and original oxymorons with commentaries-all with a satirical twist. As a satire, Little House of Oxymorons complements Steven Carter's The New Devil's Dictionary, a two-volume 'sequel' to Ambrose Bierce's notorious The Devil's Dictionary of a century ago. more...

  • American Humoristsby Willard Thorp

    University of Minnesota Press 1964; US$ 36.00

    AMERICANS, in the early days, imported much of their humor and made it over. Addison and Steele were influential; Dickens had his American imitators. Baron Munchausen's adventures were particularly popular in this country. Many of his tales disappeared into American folklore and rose again as transformed American tall tales. more...

  • Are There Lumps in Wind?by Brian Cosgrove

    Original Writing 2013; US$ 2.99

    Primarily a collection of jokes under various headings, Funny Bone makes few concessions to political correctness or excessive decorum. Laughter is by its nature subversive, and the joke can be shocking, as it happily engages with taboo subjects. But there is no need to conceal this book from your maiden aunt ? provided she has a sense of humour more...

  • A Cabinet of Greek Curiositiesby J. C. McKeown

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 13.99

    The ancient Greeks were a wonderful people. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and many forms of art and branches of science would be inconceivable without their influence. And yet, they were capable of the most outlandish behavior, preposterous beliefs, and ludicrous opinions. Like its companion volume, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities,... more...

  • Comedyby Henri Bergson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00

    Henri Bergson ? Laughter George Meredith ? An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher      Laughter is a mystery?a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter,"... more...

  • A Decade of Dark Humorby Ted Gournelos; Viveca Greene

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 55.00

    A Decade of Dark Humor analyzes ways in which popular and visual culture used humor-in a variety of forms-to confront the attacks of September 11, 2001 and, more specifically, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary volume brings together scholars from four countries to discuss the impact of humor and irony on both media discourse and tangible political... more...

  • Everything Is Wrong with Meby Jason Mulgrew

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 12.39

    ?People who grow up like this tend to become agoraphobics, serial killers, or really funny writers. Mulgrew, I think ? hope? ? is the last of these three things. His stories of childhood made me laugh out loud.? ? Rob McElhenney, star, creator, and producer of It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ?The somewhat alarming, always interesting world inside... more...